As the show begins, Chef Ramsay explains that he's come to a decision and that he wants all of the competitors to take off their jackets. He tells them that he's closing "Hell's Kitchen" because he's not convinced that any of them has the drive to become the head chef at BLT Steak. But the contestants go from terrified to thrilled when he reveals that they'll be flying to New York City the following morning to see the restaurant first hand.
Chef Ramsay has made plans for the competitors to visit the culinary crossroads of the world while they're in New York City. They go on a tasting tour and sample an Italian clam pizza, Chinese Peking duck, French foie gras, and Mexican carnitas. They also try some Greek, Jamaican, and Indian fare before visiting BLT Steak.
Reinvigorated from their trip, the chefs return to "Hell's Kitchen." Chef Ramsay tells them that for their next challenge they will try their hands at ethnic cuisine. Every contestant steps up to a specially designed "Hell's Kitchen" slot machine, which will determine the protein, starch, fruit, and two vegetables used in each dish. A coin will come out, displaying the type of cuisine.
Natalie pulls the handle first. She will be making a Jamaican dish with pork. Jennifer spins the slot machine and has to prepare Greek salmon. Will gambles for ingredients and ends up with scallops, mango, and asparagus to prepare an Italian dish.
Elizabeth will be making a Mexican meal with New York strip and corn. Tommy is disappointed to learn that he'll be preparing Indian food. And Elise is concerned that she'll be cooking Chinese food with kumquats, which she's never even seen before. Paul hits the jackpot with a filet, eggplant, polenta, grapefruit, and kale for his French dish.
When it comes time for judging, Chef Ramsay unveils a "King of the Hill" chair. He explains that he'll taste the dishes individually and the person with the best dish will take the winner's seat. They'll stay there unless the next chef prepares better food.
Tommy presents his Indian mango curry dish. Chef Ramsay says it tastes delicious and sends him to sit in the chair. Elizabeth's Mexican steak is slightly overcooked, but her flavors are good, and she knocks Tommy out of the victory seat.
Natalie's jerk chicken is so spicy it almost brings tears to Chef Ramsay's eyes, and she does not dethrone Elizabeth. But Paul's French filet is cooked perfectly, and it helps him win the seat away from the women's team.
Elise's Chinese ahi tuna meets Chef Ramsay's approval, and she is briefly crowned Queen Elise until Will presents his Italian scallops. Will's dish is dubbed the best of the evening so far. He takes the lead, and waits to see if Jennifer can overthrow him.
Chef Ramsay says that Jennifer's Greek salmon is cooked perfectly, and he declares her the "King of the Hill."
The Red Team is rewarded with a trip to the beach, while the Blue Team preps everything for the night's service. When Elise returns to "Hell's Kitchen," she begrudgingly scores the Wellingtons because Tommy didn't.
With only three chefs left in the Red Kitchen and four in the Blue, each will be under heavy scrutiny as they feed a full house in "Hell's Kitchen." Both Natalie and Elizabeth have some rocky moments during the appetizers, but the two teams manage to move on to entrees.
Only an hour into dinner service, both teams have fed half of their diners. But Elizabeth brings dry fish to the pass, and she gets called out for getting frazzled. Chef Ramsay pulls her aside and tells her to take a deep breath and get back into the kitchen.
Next, Elise presents Wellingtons that are falling apart. Upon investigation, Chef Ramsay discovers that she's scored the pastry too deeply. She blames Tommy and is forced to confront him about it as everyone looks on. Tommy denies that he scored them and the replay shows that he's telling the truth.
In the meantime, James comes into the Blue Kitchen with a disturbing announcement. He let's them know that every single table on their side of the dining room has complained about the dry sea bass.
Chef Ramsay tells Natalie she can't cook fish. Elizabeth is having an equally hard time on the Red Team, taking twice as long and serving raw sea bass. And when Elise brings overcooked dry steak to the pass, they both get thrown out of the kitchen. Jennifer is left on her own to complete the service with just Chef Ramsay to help finish.
When dinner is over, the contestants are told that there will no longer be a winning team unless one group completes a perfect service. Chef Ramsay tells each team to nominate one person for elimination who they think will make their team stronger. The Blue Team sends Natalie forward, and Jennifer chooses Elise for the Red Team.
Each competitor presents her case to Chef Ramsay. He tells Natalie that there are no places left to hide. He chastises her for blaming Tommy for the Wellington problems. In the end, he sends Natalie home but implores her not to stop cooking.