After deciding not to send anyone home at the last elimination, Chef Ramsay welcomes the final five to "Hell's Kitchen" once again. He presents them with their next challenge: taking a $450 white Alaskan salmon and turning it into a profitable dish. He explains that the fish, after it's split into 30 portions and turned into a meal worthy of a $40 charge, will yield a profit of $750.
Elise admits that she's never worked with white salmon before, but she's determined to show Chef Ramsay she's worthy of being in the final four. Paul decides to keep it simple by cooking the fish in just a little truffle oil. While the other chefs start cooking, Jennifer is stuck in the planning phase.
Chef Ramsay invites three judges from acclaimed restaurants to evaluate the dishes: Nobu L.A. general manager Justin Wyborn, Providence general manager Donato Poto, and Mr. Chow maitre d' Chris Denton. Chef Ramsay asks them to taste each dish and say what they would expect it to be priced at on a menu. Their prices will be averaged, and the chef with highest dollar amount will win the challenge.
Will presents his dish first. His pan-roasted wild Alaskan king salmon with a tomato and garlic stew seems to please the judges. He earns an average price of $28.67.
Elise's plate is met with immediate criticism because her slicing of the salmon makes it visually unappealing. She tells Chef Ramsay that she thinks it looks pretty, but he remarks, "It looks like a dog's chewed it." Chris also points out to her that by serving macaroni and cheese as a side dish, "You really don't notice the fish so much." She gets an average price of $24.33.
Chris likes the seasoning in Tommy's pan-roasted salmon with a pomegranate-anise beurre but finds the fish a bit dry. Donato says that he wanted to like the dish more than he does. Tommy lands between Will and Elise, with an average price of $25.33.
All three guest judges compliment Paul's salmon; they give him an average score of $29.67. As Paul moves into the lead, Jennifer brings forward the final dish of the challenge. Chef Ramsay is surprised to hear that she chose to poach her salmon, and she admits that she wanted to try something different. While she gets negative comments about her presentation, the judges like the taste. But with a price of $28.33, it's not enough to overtake Paul, and he wins the challenge.
Paul's prize is a private tour of Los Angeles in a helicopter with Chef Ramsay and lunch at the Water Grill with the restaurant's executive chef. Paul is allowed to bring one other competitor with him, and he chooses Tommy over Jennifer, who has admitted to having a crush on him. Will, Jennifer, and Elise are left behind to spruce up the "Hell's Kitchen" bar and to prepare Paul's salmon dish, which will be added to the evening's menu.
"Hell's Kitchen" opens that night to a packed house, including Jackson Five member Tito Jackson. For the first time in the competition, one kitchen will be responsible for the entire dining room, and there will be no place for the chefs to hide.
Jennifer mans the appetizer station with Tommy assisting. She gets off to a rocky start by being too quiet and not calling out times. Because of her poor communication, Tommy's capellini dish is raw, and Chef Ramsay makes them begin again.
Jennifer seems to get into a groove when her risotto is praised, but she quickly falls out of sync with Elise on timing with her scallops. The kitchen dissolves into a shouting match among the competitors.
Chef Ramsay pushes the challengers to send out entrees along with the remaining apps. But Elise starts to stumble on the salmon station. In a break from "Hell's Kitchen" tradition, half of a table of diners are served their meat dishes while their fellow guests sit waiting for their fish to arrive.
Paul attempts to direct Elise to prepare the salmon the way he had in his challenge-winning performance. But she can't manage to cook the skin properly, and the kitchen is failing to turn out fish entrees.
Attention turns to Paul and the beef station. He manages to communicate clearly and, along with Will, deliver the meat entrees.
Jennifer and Tommy continue to struggle on the appetizers, as Jennifer delivers undercooked capellini once again. When Tommy feels stifled on the apps, he moves over to try to help Elise with the fish. But when her final attempt fails, Chef Ramsay orders all of the competitors to go to the dormitories. Then he calls Will and Paul back down to the kitchen to help him finish service.
With dinner finally complete, Chef Ramsay sends off the challengers to nominate two candidates for elimination. Rather than go with his fellow contestants, Tommy approaches Chef Ramsay and asks why he hadn't been called back to the kitchen with Paul and Will. When the chef threatens to stick Tommy's head in the oven, he pushes back and says, "Do it." But then Chef Ramsay tells him to not rub any more salt in the wound, and Tommy retreats to the dormitories.
The black-jacketed chefs nominate Jennifer and Elise for elimination. Elise pulls both Will and Paul aside separately and asks them to defend her to Chef Ramsay. When asked to name the weakest chef, Will and Paul both pick Jennifer, and she is sent home.