Hell's Kitchen

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5 Chefs Compete

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Aired: 9/5/11

The five remaining players, now in black jackets, meet Chef Ramsay in the dining room, where they are assigned their first individual challenge. They are given 50 minutes to revamp a classic comfort food into an exquisite and delicious dish.

The chefs race through the dining room to claim the dishes imprinted with the names of the not-so-lovely entrees, such as meatloaf and chicken and dumplings. Elise, or Little Miss Speedy Knickers, as Chef Ramsay dubs her, is the first to get to the coveted eggplant Parmesan.

When time is up, Chef Ramsay welcomes the esteemed panel of guest judges: Los Angeles magazine dining editor Lesley Bargar Suter, cookbook author Susie Heller, food stylist Valerie Aikman-Smith, food photographer Deborah Jones, and owner of the Foundry on Melrose Eric Greenspan. Each dish will be scored on presentation and taste, with a maximum of ten points per category. A perfect entree will receive 100 points.

First up is Tommy, who makes a twist on chicken and dumplings. Lesley exclaims, "It's a lovely dish!," and Deborah thinks that the garnish is "perfect." But all the judges agree that the dumplings are overcooked. He gets 44 on presentation and 30 on taste for a total of 74.

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