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16 Chefs Compete

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Welcome back to the magical place that is Hell's Kitchen. After the biggest turn out hopefuls ever wanting to compete and face the wrath of Chef Ramsay, the top 300 candidates were brought to Hell's Kitchen, to leave their fate up to fate, and hope that their number was pulled out of a huge raffle drum.

Once the 16 aspiring chefs were selected, they were quickly thrown into the fire, and whipped up their signature dish for Chef Ramsay to taste. Many of the women's dishes provoked positive feedback, which marked a first in Hell's Kitchen for so many signature dishes to be enjoyed by Chef Ramsay. However, the men did not fare as well. Only a fraction of the men's dishes got good reviews. Concerned that "luck" might not have been on his side today, Chef Ramsay announces that it will once again be men versus women as the blue versus red teams and once they move in, they should select names for their teams. He also adds that the prize for this season is a quarter of a million dollars as well as the position of Head Chef at Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City. The aspiring chefs are excited about the opportunity, and they head upstairs to check out where they will be living and get to know each other.

In the team name selection, some of the personalities start to come out. Ben is clearly trying to be the leader of the blue team, and it rubs some people the wrong way. While on the red team, everyone is throwing out ideas, but no one seems to be listening. The teams then spend the rest of the evening studying Chef Ramsay's menu.

The next day, as the teams prepare for their first dinner service, Lacey has a meltdown. She worries about her lack of experience in the kitchen and exits the kitchen declaring that she quits. The rest of the team shows little concern and come to resent her for her lack of ambition as they continue with their preparations. After a smoke break and a snack, Lacey peps herself up, puts the drama away and comes back to join her team. However, because the station that she was working on, the dessert station, is now behind in preparation, Coi will not let Lacey off the hook, and they start yelling at each other. Chef Ramsay steps in and gets them to cool off. Meanwhile, on the blue side, the men start to notice how Seth does not have much kitchen knowledge, and they express concern in his lack of hustle.

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