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5 Chefs Compete

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Being nominated for elimination once more is taking quite a toll on Virginia. Back in the dorms, she flops into her bed and sobs about how terrible she's been performing. Outside, Keith and Garrett promise to look out for each other from here to the finale. The next morning, the five remaining cooks come to the dining room, where Chef Ramsay is waiting for them. He merges the five into one team, the black team. Virginia mentions that everybody has to be on their tippy top toes from now on.

Chef Ramsay sends the cooks off to get changed and asks them to return in ten minutes. When they do, he has their first individual challenge waiting. With the same ten ingredients, they all have to create a special dish. The winner will be going to Las Vegas to tour the new restaurant space with Chef Ramsay, who unveils the ingredients. Prawns, veal loin, baby spinach, lentils, saffron, truffles, sunchokes, turnips, mushroom and white beets. The cooks are given twenty minutes to prepare a dish. This challenge, as it turns out, is the same one Chef Ramsay gives to prospective chefs before hiring them.

Time runs out and the chefs have to plate their dishes. Chef Ramsay starts with Garrett's dish, pointing out that the veal has been cooked perfectly. He goes on to compliment the taste of Garrett's dish, but complains that there's too much saffron in the prawns. Next is Heather's dish, sautéed prawns on a bed of spinach and sunchokes. Chef Ramsay says it's very, very nice, but unfortunately, he found some dirt and grit on the spinach. Third is Virginia with a chiffonade of spinach and beet tops with poached prawns and truffles. Chef Ramsay finds the prawns to be delicious, the dish vibrant and the presentation very artistic. His only lament is that Virginia didn't cook like this during the last service.

The next dish, grilled veal with prawn sauce, belongs to Sara. Chef Ramsay's immediate complaint is that the presentation, slices of veal on a pool of sauce, is boring. However, the flavors do work well. Last is Keith's dish, a veal chop stuffed with mushrooms and spinach over a prawn salad. Chef Ramsay marvels at Keith's veal, highly impressed by the color and flavor. Keith blushes over the compliment. Chef Ramsay then praises the group for a surprisingly good performance, mentioning that it's a struggle to decide if Virginia or Keith did the best. He eventually settles on Keith as the winner, allowing Keith to take a friend with him to Las Vegas. After some agonizing deliberation, Keith decides to take Virginia because she was the runner-up. This despite the fact that Keith earlier promised to take Garrett if he won.

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