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3 Chefs Compete

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There will be no crying from Virginia after the most recent elimination. Wait...no...there will be some more crying. Virginia's a little confused about how she feels, although she's positive that she's happy Sara is gone. As she says it, "This whole situation's given me a new skin on life." Keith and Heather, meanwhile, are fairly positive that they'll be in the finals since Virginia is their only remaining competition.

In the morning, when the cooks return to the kitchen, they find Chef Ramsay doing a little cooking. He presents them with his signature dish, asks them to have a smell and a taste and then gives them twenty minutes to recreate it. This is their next challenge. All three are quite intimidated by the task. They rush around the kitchen, searching for the proper ingredients. Keith chooses Chilean sea bass, while Virginia and Heather go for wild striped sea bass. Right off the bat, somebody's gone the wrong direction.

Fish selected, the cooks try to recreate the puree the fish is resting on. Keith and Heather start preparing mashed potatoes. But Virginia, who has spotted Tuscan white beans on a rack in the back, thinks that's the base of the puree. When it comes to the sauce, Keith figures out that it contains Israeli couscous. Not wanting to girls to copy his discovery, he tries to sneak some out of the storeroom. But Virginia sees him and claims she was looking for the couscous as well. The two cooks split on the sauce seasoning, with Keith using cilantro and Virginia selecting basil and grapefruit.

The last seconds tick away and the cooks plate their recreations. Now Chef Ramsay will taste each dish and determine who came the closest. After a taste, Chef Ramsay lauds each dish for being quite tasty and artfully produced. But, he notes, they're also quite different even though they were all based on the same dish. And only one faithfully recreated Chef Ramsay's signature dish. Virginia's. She correctly used the striped bass, white bean puree and grapefruit from the original plate. Chef Ramsay compliments her palate. For her reward, Virginia will get to spend time with Chef Ramsay, and he will divulge as many of his secrets and as much information about the intimacy of cooking as possible to help her become a top chef.

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