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9 Chefs Compete

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As the teams head back to the dorms, Carol and Giovanni stay back to discuss their team chemistry. Carol voices her dislike for Andrea, while Giovanni tries to keep her morale high. Meanwhile, on the balcony, Lacey is chastised about her inadequacies in the kitchen by her teammates, both new and old.

The next morning, Chef Ramsay greets the contestants with a demonstration in the kitchen. After exhibiting the steps taken to prepare both a steak and scallop tartar, Chef Ramsay passes around a finished product of each for the chefs to sample. After remarking about how "wonderful" the steak is, and that they were "the best scallops ever," the aspiring chefs were stunned to find out that they had been duped. Chef Ramsay reveals that steak was replaced by tuna in the steak tartar, and that the scallop tartar was actually prepared with sea bass. He urges the importance of chefs having an accurate palate, upon which Chef Ramsay introduces the Blind Taste Test.

LA volunteers to sit out of the challenge in order to even up the teams, and her self confidence is questioned. Ben and Andrea are the first to compete in the head-to-head competition, as they each attempt to identify four different foods, while blindfolded. Ben is able to correctly name fried egg white, beets, and romaine lettuce, while Andrea fails to identify the lettuce. Ben and Giovanni follow, though neither are able to identify any of the four foods correctly. Upon  Giovanni's poor performance, LA begins to regret her decision to sit out. Carol names mushroom, calves liver, and sweet potato correctly, while Lacey can only identify sweet potato, bringing the score to 5-4 for the red team. Danny and Paula are the final pair to compete, and Chef Ramsay announces that he will change the rules for this final round. Each contestant will taste an entire prepared dish, and receive one point for each correct ingredient they can identify in the dish. They each have 10 guesses to get as many correct ingredients that they can. Each contestant is blindfolded, and given samples of Chef Ramsay's minestrone soup. Danny names three ingredients correctly when he identifies chicken stalk, carrots, and celery, although Paula secures the victory for the red team when she names beans, bacon, celery and keeps the red team ahead by one.

In the dining room, the winning team participates in a photo shoot for TV guide, for a cover story in which they'll be featured. While the red team goes through hair, makeup, and wardrobe changes, the blue team must prepare a catered lunch for Chef Ramsay and the red team to enjoy at the event. They are also instructed to prep both kitchens for a dinner service the very same night.

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