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12 Chefs Compete

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With the teams evened out again now that Jamie has been eliminated, the remaining dozen contestants head up to the dorms, but Chef Ramsay asks Salvatore to stay behind. Chef Ramsay explains that he hasn't given up on Salvatore, but the sensitive contestant can't simply "disintegrate" every time Chef Ramsay criticizes him. He implores Salvatore to fight back.

Early the next morning Scott and Salvatore get up while the rest of their teammates are sleeping and go over strategy for winning the competition. Later, both teams line up downstairs ready for Chef Ramsay to give them their next challenge. He says he wants to find out how creative they can be and wants to test their abilities to think on their feet. Each contestant will get a chance to roll a die with letters on it. Then he or she will have 10 seconds to come up with an ingredient that starts with that letter and his or her team will have to use that ingredient for one combined dish. The guys quickly come up with halibut, endive, salsify, crab, peas, and bacon -- a rather nice combination -- and Chef Ramsay admits the dish already sounds delicious. When it's the ladies' turn to roll, Fran freezes when she gets a "B" but finally chooses beets. After Nilka and Autumn choose shallots and mango, Chef Ramsay is wary. The remaining ladies choose ham, turnips, and duck, and it's clear they have their work cut out for them.

As they get cooking, Autumn goes back into bossy mode and tries advise Nilka on how to cut a duck. Over in the Blue Kitchen, Salvatore has a hard time finding something to do. Chef Ramsay is happy with the Blue Team's halibut dish but finds their salsify chips too bitter. And though he's impressed with the ladies' duck dish, he finds there to be a bit too much fat.

It's a tough decision, but Chef Ramsay decides the men are the winners because of the Red Team's dish's excess fat, an error blamed on Nilka. The ladies must clean the restaurant's entry hall and prep both kitchens for dinner service as their punishment, while the guys get an adventurous reward: They're going skydiving! Everyone's excited‚ except for Jason, who explains he doesn't fly because he's not a bird. When they arrive at their destination, Jason's happy to discover they'll just be "skydiving" in a wind tunnel -- not jumping out of a plane. Phew.

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