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8 Chefs Compete

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With half of the original 16 contestants remaining, it's time for them to get more serious than ever. After a good night's sleep, the chefs - Benjamin, Fran, Holli, and Nilka on the Red Team and Ed, Autumn, Jay, and Jason on the Blue Team - head downstairs, where Chef Ramsay serves them a chicken gorgonzola dish that he claims is featured on a restaurant brunch menu. Little do they know, it's actually a frozen meal he just heated up in the microwave. When asked what they think of the chicken, they have nothing but glowing things to say about it and are shocked when he reveals the truth. Jay tries to back-pedal by explaining he thought the chicken did, in fact, taste a little watery, but it's too late.

Chef Ramsay explains that the chefs have got to rely on what they're tasting, and then he introduces one of the show's most anticipated challenges: the blind tasting that tests the chefs' palettes. Fran and Autumn are called up to take the first test. After donning blindfolds and soundproof headphones, they taste the first item, and both guess it's cabbage, though it's actually Brussels sprouts. After they both wrongly identify the next two ingredients as well, Autumn finally correctly identifies coconut, landing the Blue Team their first point.

Next up, it's Holli against Ed, and only Holli scores one point out of four (while Ed gets zero) by correctly identifying trout, tying the score 1 to 1. When Benjamin goes up against Jason, both men earn just one point each, keeping the score tied. That means it's up to the final two contestants, Nilka and Jay, to try to land the win for their respective teams. After both scoring another point, it all comes down to the last ingredient, eggplant. Nilka guesses prunes (prunes?), but Jay comes through and says the right answer, giving the Blue Team yet another win. They're rewarded with VIP passes to Sea World, while the Red Team members are forced to accept a day's worth of deliveries, which Nilka decides is the worst punishment ever.

When the Blue Team returns from Sea World, both teams open "mystery packages" sent from Chef Ramsay. Inside are instructions about creating menus for the next dinner service. They'd better do a good job of making the dishes sound enticing because the diners will be choosing which menu they want to order from. As the Red Team tries to come up with ideas, Benjamin pushes a few dishes involving ingredients that Nilka is not familiar with, while the team members continue to shoot down one another's suggestions. The Blue Team, however, is on a much better roll and agrees to keep their menu simple.

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