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11 Chefs Compete

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Back in the dorms, Fran tries to apologize to Nilka, but an angry Nilka wants nothing to do with her. The next morning Chef Ramsay explains the next challenge. Each team will be given 20 ingredients and must create in 30 minutes five dishes representing the five mother sauces: hollandaise, bechamel, veloute, tomato, and demi-glace. The catch? Each ingredient can only be used once.

The Blue Team starts working together, but over on the Red Team, a still bitter Nilka takes all the ingredients she wants without checking with her teammates and only focuses on her own dish. Since the Blue Team has an extra member, Autumn and Ed work together, and Ed explains during confessional that he much prefers having Autumn on the team over Scott. Fran and Nilka aren't getting along quite as well, and their bickering slows down their group. After the cooking time is up, Chef Ramsay introduces the guest judges for the "mother sauce" challenge -- his mother, Helen, and the mother of his children, his wife, Tana.

First up is tomato sauce. Fran's oyster fra diavolo beats out Salvatore's undercooked pasta dish, giving the Red Team a point. No one gets a point for the hollandaise dish, since Siobhan presents a Cornish hen dish that's actually one very undercooked pigeon and Tana doesn't care for Jay's duck dish. Next up is veloute. Ed's pan-roasted sea bass beats out Holli's halibut and gives the Blue Team a point. Though Chef Ramsay's mom loves both Nilka's pan-seared steak with mushroom demi-glace and Jason's strip steak with rosemary demi-glace, she gives the point to Nilka.

Finally, it's time for the bechamel dishes. Benjamin's John Dory beats out Scott's roasted duck breast, which means the score is all tied up. But because Jason had such an excellent dish, which would have beaten any other dish other than Nilka's, Chef Ramsay gives the win to the Blue Team. The defeated Red Team gets yet another punishment: They must deep-clean the kitchen and prep both kitchens for that night's dinner service, while the members of the Blue Team get treated to a fun afternoon at a British pub for darts and beer and then each gets a new set of cookware.

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