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12 Chefs Compete

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Aired: 8/2/11

The remaining 12 chefs face Chef Ramsay, eager for a shot at redemption after the previous night's disastrous dinner service. The competitors are told that they are going to be hosting a high school reunion for the Culver City High Class of 1991.

Chef Ramsay chooses a delegate from each team to meet with three reunion committee members to discuss what they'd like to see on the event's menu. From the Red Team he appoints Elizabeth, while Paul will represent the Blue Team.

The event's planning council members say that they'd like to have a Hawaiian luau theme. They want a hearty dish such as pork as well as some scallops on the menu. But one of the committee members says that she's a pescetarian and eats fish but not meat. Seeming to ignore this comment, Elizabeth asks how they feel about combining meat and seafood on the same plate in a surf and turf offering - leaving everyone speechless.

The delegates go back to their teams for a tasting menu challenge that will test the chefs' creativity and Paul and Elizabeth's ability to translate the wishes of the reunion organizers. With 45 minutes to plan and prepare their selections, Elizabeth tells her team that they need to make Asian food and recommends creating bacon-wrapped scallops.  

Paul does a better job of communicating the Hawaiian theme. His teams decides on pineapple mango chutney for the pork. And when Will suggests surf and turf, Paul points out that one of the women can't have meat so they switch to a seafood dish with crab sauce.

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