Hell's Kitchen

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6 Chefs Compete

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With her surprisingly significant friend Rachel gone, Heather cries in the dorms. Outside, Keith and Garrett express surprise that Heather isn't as good as they had assumed. Early, early, early the next morning, Scott and Mary Ann use bullhorns to wake up the chefs. The chefs get dressed, walk outside, pile into cars and head off to the Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles.

Chef Ramsay's challenge for today is based on inspiration. He wants the teams to browse the market and find the inspiration to create a three-course meal. He gives the cooks twenty minutes and sends them on their way. Virginia takes the lead for the red team in setting the menu, which of course irks Sara and leads to snide comments. But Virginia's leadership skills aren't in order and the red team is scrambling around for ingredients as time ticks away.

Time is up and the teams are shuttled back to the kitchens. Once there, they're given one hour to prepare their meals. The red team immediately starts sniping at each other, while in the blue kitchen, Keith oversees Garrett's efforts on the starter and main course. Heather handles the dessert by herself. Both teams finish plating as time runs out.

The teams present their appetizers to Chef Ramsay. For the blue team, Garrett offers a roasted corn, scallop and shrimp bisque. Chef Ramsay likes the presentation, but finds a hard, sharp shrimp tail in the soup. He complains to Garrett that if he swallowed that, he'd be on his way to the hospital. In private, Garrett rails that, "If you order shrimp, guess what you automatically assume? That there's going to be a tail on there, old Gordo!" Perhaps one day Keith will teach Garrett that knives exist and can be used to cut unwanted parts off of food. Sara offers up red pepper soup. Although a lot of soup has been spilled on the rim of the bowl, Chef Ramsay appreciates the color. But he complains that the peppers have been burned. Unfortunately for Sara, she was just following Virginia's orders to roast and burn the hell out of the peppers. Chef Ramsay gives the blue team a slight advantage after one round.

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