After an unsettling night watching Jamie get sent home, Chef Ramsay gets right down to the business of assigning the next challenge. He tells the eight remaining contestants that it's time for this season's Blind Taste Test. It's always a critical challenge for Chef Ramsay, as he feels that a discriminating palate is essential to being a great chef.
The contestants will need to identify foods by taste alone; the team with the most correct answers will win the challenge. Tommy from the Blue Team and Carrie from the Red Team are first to taste. Neither recognizes the anchovies or the egg yolks. Carrie gets carrots right, while Tommy correctly identifies the mango, so each team has a point at the end of the round.
Will and Elizabeth square off next. Elizabeth earns no points for the Red Team, while Will correctly guesses mushy peas. The Blue Team takes the lead, two points to one.
Then Paul and Jennifer go head-to-head. Paul recognizes the asparagus, and Jennifer identifies the cheddar cheese. Neither guesses chicken or pecans correctly, leaving the Blue Team still ahead by a single point.
Elise and Natalie are up last, but while both contestants know they have tasted coconut, neither can tell they ate Brussels sprouts. When Elise recognizes the filet mignon, she ties the score. Jennifer misses the final ingredient, leaving Elise, who has been bragging about her palate, to break the tie. When she correctly identifies the sour cream, the Red Team is victorious. She is the only chef to name three of the four foods she tasted.
As a reward, the women are taken by horseback to the highest point in the Hollywood Hills to enjoy a gourmet lunch with maitre d' James. The Blue Team is left behind to unload a 200-pound grape delivery and then peel and de-seed the fruit for jam.
Carrie is the only one who had ever ridden a horse before, but all the women soon get the hang of it and enjoy the view when they arrive at the summit. Meanwhile, the Blue Team has sour grapes in the kitchen and resorts to bad jokes and puns to get them through the torture. Natalie has a meltdown throwing grapes on the floor and stomping all over them to let out her frustrations.
After a long day of prep, the men settle in for the night while the women regale Natalie with tales of their tipsy horse ride. The happy reminiscing is cut short, however, when Carrie and Elise erupt into an argument.
The next morning, the teams get to work prepping for Steak Night at "Hell's Kitchen." Chef Ramsay informs the contestants that the dining room is overbooked, so they will be doing two services. The first team will cook while the other serves, and then for the second seating they'll trade places. The Red Team chooses to serve first.
The special menu includes a rib eye, a New York strip, and a hamachi appetizer. Knowing they have only 90 minutes to serve the entire dining room, Tommy hustles to get the appetizers out of the Blue Kitchen. Elise struggles with writing tickets as a waitress, but Carrie excels at the customer service.
Back in the Blue Kitchen, Tommy does not communicate with Chef Ramsay, who says, "This guy is sinking." When he finally sends out all the apps, it's one hour into service, leaving only 30 minutes to complete the rest of the meal.
Natalie struggles to get the meat temperatures right, frustrating her team and Chef Ramsay. When her meat station literally goes up in flames, Chef Ramsay implores her to stop. He shuts down the kitchen after 90 minutes with five tickets left unserved.
The tables now turn, and The Red Teams takes over the kitchen with an hour and a half to feed all the diners. Tommy is out of his element in the dining room, and Chef Ramsay tells him, "You write like a nine-year-old!"
Communication is going well in the Red Kitchen, and the ladies have really come together as a team. Appetizers are flowing out, and the ladies move onto entrees 30 minutes into the challenge, but they hit a snag when Elise brings raw bass to the pass.
With 11 tables yet to be served, the Red Team strives to get back on track, but Carrie has a hard time delivering the garnishes, holding up the entrees. Jennifer loses her cool, demanding that Carrie ask for help if she needs it. But when Carrie brings Chef Ramsay burnt mashed potatoes, service comes to a standstill.
With ten minutes left, Elise drops her bass, time runs out, and the kitchen is shut down. Gordon screams, "You had 90 minutes to cook, and you spent 85 minutes disorganized and bitching."
Because neither team completed dinner service Chef Ramsay informs them, "This is the worst any group of chefs have performed at this stage in this competition." He then tells Elise, "You have a bright future in this industry . . . as a customer," prompting a screaming match between Jennifer and Elise.
Once again neither team wins, and both must choose one individual to put up for elimination. The women select Carrie, hoping to break up the drama, and the Blue Team puts Tommy on the chopping block due to his lack of communication.
Both players plead their cases to Chef Ramsay. But, in the end, he sends Carrie home, telling her, "You have a big heart, you are incredibly ambitious, but you need a bit more time to grow."