Chef Ramsay asks the remaining 10 contestants to nominate one chef from each team who possesses the best leadership skills. The Blue Team decides on Will, while the Red Team struggles to make a selection. When they meet Chef Ramsay in the kitchen the following morning, the Red Team picks Jennifer as their strongest player.
But in true "Hell's Kitchen" style, Chef Ramsay turns the tables on the contestants as he describes today's challenge. He asks the two strongest players to name their weakest teammates. Jennifer does not hesitate to say Carrie, and Will immediately calls out Tommy.
For this challenge, Carrie and Will must lead their respective kitchens. They will start by creating a menu for their versions of five classic comfort foods: spaghetti and meatballs, pizza, burgers, Cobb salad, and chicken noodle soup.
The Red Team, especially the outspoken Elise, disagrees with Carrie's game plan, but at least she has one. Tommy can't pull it together, and the Blue Team waits for his guidance. Jonathan creates a pizza following Tommy's recipe but struggles to get his leader to focus. Still, both disorganized teams manage to finish the dishes before time runs out.
Chef Ramsay announces the guest judge for this challenge is renowned chef Wolfgang Puck. The contestants present their dishes in head-to-head match-ups.
First is the battle of the burgers that pits Jamie against Tommy. Jamie has made a lamb slider, which Wolfgang Puck says has "good flavor." Tommy puts a Japanese spin on a classic burger by cooking the beef with soy caramel and ginger. Chef Puck awards the point to the Red Team.
Elizabeth presents her traditional Cobb salad with honey Dijon dressing. The judges wish she had displayed a little more invention. Natalie uses salmon in place of chicken in her dish. Chef Puck says that although it's not a Cobb salad, he would put it on his menu and she wins the point.
Will and Elise both bring their spaghetti and meatballs to the judges. Wolfgang is not impressed with Elise's presentation or Will's lack of sauce. Neither team earns a point in this round.
With the score tied at 1 to 1, it's time for the judges to measure Jennifer's Southwestern chicken noodle soup against Paul's Italian version. Chef Puck thinks that Paul's flavor fell flat and gives the point to the Red Team.
In the final round, Jonathan hesitates to bring up the pizza made from Tommy's recipe, while Carrie presents her shrimp basil pesto pie. Chef Puck exclaims, "It looks raw, and it tastes raw!" He then tells Jonathan that if he made this pizza in Italy, they'd arrest him. Both dishes are sent back, and no points are awarded.
The Red Team wins the challenge by a score of 2 to 1. For their prize, they get a convertible ride down Sunset Strip to attend a performance at the Laugh Factory.
The Blue Team is left behind for a long, brutal day of prepping for dinner service that evening and shining the dorms until they're spotless.
As they begin cleaning, Jonathan complains of a pinched nerve in his neck and goes to rest, leaving his teammates to do all the heavy lifting. He returns to the kitchen less than one hour before dinner service.
When the doors open at "Hell's Kitchen," Chef Ramsay introduces the special dinner guests from the Coast Guard. Carrie starts the night off slowly for the Red Team, rolling out the pizza dough improperly. On the Blue Team, Jonathan struggles with portion control for his pasta.
Jamie then jumps in to help Carrie on the appetizer station, and the Red Team sends out food to the dining room. The Blue Team sends overcooked capellini and under-salted mussels to the pass, stalling their apps again.
After a third bad attempt at the spaghetti, Chef Ramsay sends Paul to the appetizer station to help out and pulls Jonathan aside.
Jonathan tells Gordon about his painful neck, and the chef reprimands him, "If you've given up, get out." Jonathan promises to step it up and fight back. He ignores the pain and gets the Blue Team back in the groove, sending appetizers to the Coast Guard's table.
The Red Team has moved on to entrées and is working well together to bring their perfect dishes to the pass simultaneously. The Blue Team is not so harmonious. Tommy struggles to keep his head above water with the main dishes.
In the Red Kitchen, the meat orders are flooding in to Elise. Jennifer, who was on the fish station, pitches in to help her teammate with the meat. Elise delivers perfectly cooked Wellington to the pass, and her beef is a hit in the dining room.
Two hours into service the Blue Team falls further behind. Tommy is overwhelmed by the orders that are piling up and brings raw Wellington to Chef Ramsay.
Elise takes credit in the Red Kitchen for what she predicts will be a victory for her team, while the Blue Team struggles to complete service. Chef Ramsay says that the Red Team raised the bar and that he was particularly impressed by Elise. He notes that the Blue Team is moving backward and tells them to collectively determine which two team members will be on the chopping block.
After some deliberation, they choose Jonathan and Natalie because their slow service on the appetizer station brought the team down. After the two plead their cases about why they should stay, Gordon tells Jonathan to turn in his "Hell's Kitchen" jacket.
"The only thing worse than the pain in Jonathan's neck was listening to him blame everyone else for his mistakes," Chef Ramsay said. "I was glad to put him out of his misery."