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14 Chefs Compete

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Aired: 7/26/11

After the contestants get a brief night's sleep, sous chefs Scott and Andy show up with overalls and boots for the contestants to use in the next challenge. They all go downstairs, where Chef Ramsay explains today's test. Each team must create four chicken dishes, but before retreating to the kitchen they must determine what they will be working with. For every live chicken they catch and deposit into a cage, they can retrieve an ingredient from a list including such items as bleu cheese, pickles, and grits.

Chef Ramsay says, "The key is to get as many ingredients in five minutes as possible." Carrie and Jonathan are first in the pen. They each grab a chicken and an ingredient. Next up is Monterray, who struggles chasing the fowl but still manages to get one in the pen. Natalie and Chino have no problem wrestling a winged captive, and even city slickers Krupa and Gina manage to wrangle a bird. When the first part of the challenge is over, the Red Team has nine ingredients while the Blue Team has eleven.

After changing out of their farmers' garb, they move on to part two. Each team is given 30 minutes, one chicken, and the ingredients they won in the challenge to make four different dishes. The teams are split up into pairs. Each duo will use a different technique for their poultry creation: grill, sautéed, roast, and fry.

When time is up, Gina confesses to Chef Ramsay that she and Carrie are serving up raw chicken. The Red Team once again erupts into finger pointing and calls out Carrie as the weakest link. Chef Ramsay pleads with them to hold it together as he introduces the guest judges: Jen Garcia from People magazine and Dave Karger from Entertainment Weekly. Gordon tells the cooks that the winner will be featured alongside him in an upcoming issue of People.

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