Julia is surprised that Chef Ramsay kept Bonnie in the competition over Brad. The guys are just as surprised, but Rock is confident he can beat Josh to the finish. He tells him this.
The next morning, Chef gets rid of the team aspect. The remaining five will now work together and be judged on their individual performances. Chef toasts them by spraying champagne on them. Then they go up to the dorms to find new jackets with black accent as the new color scheme. "This is cutthroat," Rock notes. "This is where it gets really serious."
For the next challenge, each chef must create an individual dish to be served to "trendsetters." And this time, they will not be cooking in Hell's Kitchen. Sous Chefs Scott and MaryAnne blindfold the contestants and lead them to the SUVs. Everyone has their suspicions of who they will be cooking for. Yet they meet Chef at Alhambra High School to cook for 100 high school students in one hour. The winner will accompany Chef Ramsay to Las Vegas.
Rock plans to make a kobe beef meatloaf on a ciabatta roll. Josh is doing baked salmon with pineapple salsa. Julia is going back to her forte, preparing a grilled chicken and cheese sandwich with onion rings. Bonnie's serving up fried goat cheese over salad and Jen has created a baked chicken fettuccini with a lemon chive butter sauce.
The students pile into the cafeteria. The chefs push their dishes on colored plates so that the kids can vote for the color. After they devour their lunches, the students cast their ballots. Chef Ramsay announces to everyone that the winner with 51% of the votes is Julia's chicken sandwich. Chef makes her quickly choose one of the other competitors to join her on the Vegas trip. She picks Jen. The two are driven to an airstrip where Chef is waiting with a private jet.
The three losers return to Hell's Kitchen where Jean Phillipe has them steam clean the carpet and iron all the tablecloths. As they work late into the night, Rock's temper is starting to bother Bonnie.
Meanwhile, in Las Vegas, Jen and Julia travel by limo to the Green Valley Ranch. Their hotel suite is huge. Then they go to the spa for massages. The next day, Jen and Julia are taken to the sister hotel, the Red Rock. Chef Ramsay introduces them to a previous Hell's Kitchen winner, Heather, who is now chef at the resort's Terra Rosa restaurant. They try some of her dishes. Heather gives them tips on the competition.
Back at Hell's Kitchen, Rock, Bonnie and Josh must prep the dinner service on their own. Bonnie thinks the monkfish smells bad and throws it out. Sous Chef MaryAnne is angry and makes her dig it out. Both sous chefs smell it and deem it fine. Bonnie starts crying, worried that this mistake will send her home. They take a break in the dorm after the prep as Julia and Jen return regaling tales of their trip.
That night, everyone enters the kitchen for dinner service. Josh is on the appetizer station, and Chef notices that he has already made too many risottos than have actually been ordered. "What a f***ing donut," Chef says. Then Rock churns out scallops that are overdone. Next, Josh makes spaghetti before anyone has ordered it. Both get yelled at by Chef.
Bonnie and Julia are on entrees. Bonnie gets praise from Chef on her Beef Wellington, but Julia has a misstep with the vegetables. Josh wastes more spaghetti when he cooks it before the ticket comes in.
An hour into service, guests are finally getting a taste of Josh's appetizer. Dishes come back for being undercooked. Chef is furious and gives Josh a real tongue-lashing in his inimitable style. Chef throws Josh out of the kitchen, tossing a spoon at him as he leaves. Chef then chases after Josh and takes away his jacket. Josh furiously heads back to the dorms and packs up his belongings at his own bidding. Josh leaves the premises.
The four remaining chefs have to save the whole dinner service. Chef puts Jen on apps, and she knows this is a real test for her. She makes risotto to Chef's liking. Yet Julia has misplaced the vegetable garnish for the monkfish. Chef chides her for acting like she has given up, and she tries to pull herself together.
Rock misplaces the turbot, and when Chef asks Bonnie for the dishes she says she is waiting on the turbot. This infuriates Rock. Jen takes control of the kitchen, barking out orders. She asks Rock not to hand over his scallops because it will mess her up, but he has no choice when Chef asks for them. "Don't do that to me, Rock!" she yells. Jen and Rock argue, and Rock isn't sure he can get along with the three women.
Despite the disputes, they are getting out all their food and move onto the dessert course. Rock picks up a bucket of ice cream base, and Jen asks him to place it near the sink. He tosses it on Bonnie's counter instead. Jen calls him out on it. Rock is angry that Jen is giving out orders. Chef Ramsay has had it with the fighting and yells for them to stop. As they get through the entire dinner service, Rock and Jen trade barbs under their breaths.
Chef assembles the four contenders in the empty kitchen. He singles out Bonnie for having the best night so far in her tenure. He instructs her to pick two people from the team for elimination. One will be going home. As they all walk back towards the dorms, Jen tries to speak to Rock. He tells her to f*** off.
The girls privately discuss how Rock cannot control his temper. Bonnie thinks he was bullying Jen. Meanwhile, Rock sits alone and thinks about how he handled the Jen situation. He is disappointed in himself and sheds a few tears for the camera. Besides choosing Rock, Bonnie can't decide on the number two choice because she doesn't think either Jen or Julia should go home.
Bonnie lets Chef know that she has picked Rock because he stopped communication and allowed his temper to flare. "In my opinion, he could have done better," she explains. Her second nominee is Julia because she struggled on garnish during the service. Both Rock and Julia plead their cases. Chef observes that Rock is really driven and that Julia has made significant improvements. Chef says it is a tough call, but he selects Julia as the one to leave.
As Julia hands over her jacket, Chef tells her that she has done "phenomenally well." Yet he says he is personally sending her to culinary school because he thinks she has real talent. Chef wants her to come back after she has graduated and "win it hands down!" In a first for Hell's Kitchen, Chef tells Julia that he is proud of her and he hugs her. Julia is sad about leaving, but Chef sees the talent in her. With more experience, he thinks she will be able to run her own restaurant.
Chef tells the final three that things are only going to get harder. Bonnie can't believe she's made it this far. Jen knows she needs to step up and be a leader. Rock is sure that Chef sees something in him. "This is Rock's restaurant to lose!" he exclaims.