For the first time in season 16 of Hell’s Kitchen, the Red Team may be in trouble. The women started out this season strong and united, as they schooled the Blue Team in just about every challenge thrown at them by Chef Gordon Ramsay. However, the Red Team fell a part during a recent dinner service, causing an epic fight to break out between Gia and Kimberly. Let’s find out if the women can recover in this episode, “Surf Riding & Turf Fighting.”
Surfing and Turfing
After Gordon eliminates Jessica for seemingly giving up, Gia breaks down. She is not only upset that she came so close to being sent home; she is also angry that the other women were so rough on her. “These bitches are savages,” Gia says.
As Gia promises to come back stronger than ever, she and the rest of the chefs head into the kitchen for the next challenge. They see Gordon standing in front of them with just about every protein possible behind him.
In this challenge, the teams will be divided into groups of two. One at a time, each group will taste one of the four entrees in front of them. They must run over to the wide array of meats, select which two they think the entree is made up of and place them on their platform. If the platform turns red, both meats are wrong. If it turns yellow, one meat is wrong. However, Chef Ramsay cannot tell them which meats are wrong. The team to correctly guess the two meats in all four meals in the shortest amount of time will win.
The Red Team is up first. Heidi and Ryan make up the first duo, and they taste a dish of shrimp and guinea fowl. They immediately know that one of the meats is shrimp, but they are confused as to what the other is. They try chicken and turkey, until they eventually select the guinea fowl and get it right.
Despite their massive blowout in a recent episode, Gia and Kimberly pair up for this challenge. They do just as well as Heidi and Ryan did by only taking a few tries before correctly guessing that their dish is made up of venison and bay scallop.
Aziza and Shaina then bring the whole team down. Their dish is made up of squab and octopus, and they continuously get both meats wrong in each of their guesses. After eight long minutes, they finally get it right. But they are all confused as to what exactly a squab is.
With Aziza and Shaina taking up so much time, Heather and Wendy have a lot of ground to make up. Their dish consists of buffalo and monkfish, which they correctly guess in just a few seconds.
The Red Team’s total time is 13 minutes and 41 seconds.
Just like Aziza and Shaina did, Devin and Koop are completely stumped on the squab and octopus meal. They try a wide variety of meats until they finally figure it out. This makes Aziza feel a bit vindicated, since she isn’t the only one confused by squab. “What the hell is a squab?” she asks.
Last up is Paulie and Matt. They only have about five minutes to figure out the buffalo and monkfish dish. They know it is buffalo, but they just can’t seem to pick the right turf. In the end, they choose the monkfish with four minutes to spare. The Blue Team has won yet another challenge.
Have the Men Gone Too Far?
For winning the challenge, Gordon awards the Blue Team with a day of surfing in San Diego. To make sure they are truly ready for the activity, he also sends them for training at the Wave House, which has the best artificial waves.
The Red Team, on the other hand, will be up to their necks in turf because they must spend the entire day making sausages from scratch. This may seem like a rough task, but some of the women have fun with it.
The women must also chow down on several dishes placed in front of them. These are meals no one would ever want to eat. Ryan must eat a tarantula, while Kimberly eats testicles. However, with the help of trusty hot sauce, Kimberly actually enjoys her meal.
When the Blue Team gets back from their reward, they decide to break down one of the women in hopes of getting that specific chef out of the competition. They think they successfully did this to Jessica, so they plan on doing it to Kimberly too. “I just can’t wait to make her cry,” Johnny says.
Johnny completely attacks Kimberly by calling her “rat face” and asking her if she has any cheese. Andrew’s loud mouth then enters the room and screams at her, demanding to know if she thinks she will make it further than Johnny in the competition. The women are completely shocked at what the men are doing to them.
As Hell’s Kitchen opens its doors, the Blue Team is hoping to continue their winning streak, while the Red Team wants to show that they can bounce back from their losses. Chef Ramsay encourages all of the chefs to simply “cook with confidence.”
The appetizers prove to be a challenge for both teams. In the Red Team’s kitchen, Chef Ramsay notices that Aziza’s scallops are way too fatty. He makes her redo them because deep-fried scallops are not on the menu.
The Blue Team faces some issues as well. Koop is confident that he’ll “kill” his lobster for the risotto, but Gordon finds it to be ice cold. Luckily, both he and Aziza are able to move on from their mistakes and get the appetizers out for each of their teams. “I’ll never do that again,” Aziza says about her scallop mishap.
As the teams both move on to entrees, Gordon tells them that there is a table of 12 VIPs, and some of them are pregnant. He wants them to split the table between each team so they can get their food out as quickly as possible.
The Blue Team isn’t off to the best start because Koop delivers raw salmon. However, his mistake is not as bad as Gia’s on the Red Team. Her team’s entrees are done, but they are waiting on her to complete the garnishes. The other women believe this could cost Gia her game. “Gia’s sinking tonight like the Titanic on that cold winter’s day,” Kimberly explains.
Gia’s attitude continues to get the best of her. As Chef Ramsay tells her what she needs to do to improve her garnishes, she throws her hands up. He sees this as a sign of disrespect, but she says it is just the New York in her. Ryan steps in to help, allowing their half of the entrees to reach the table of 12.
As the Blue Team gets their entrees out, Gordon and the rest of the men are fed up with Aaron for never speaking up when he should. However, things for the team become much worse, as Aaron’s beef Wellington is cold and Koop’s sea bass is overcooked. Gordon has had enough and kicks the men out of the kitchen, giving the win of this dinner service to the Red Team.
The Blue Team heads back to the dorms to decide who their two nominees should be. They are all in agreement that Koop should definitely be on the block due to his numerous issues with the fish.
Some of the men think Aaron should join Koop, but Andrew, with a mouth full of chewing tobacco, does his best to defend the young chef and throws in Devin as an option. Andrew explains that Devin is slipping through the cracks, and his talents in the kitchen do not match up with the rest of the team’s.
When the men reunite with Chef Ramsay in Hell’s Kitchen, they reveal that their two nominees are Koop and Aaron. Both of the men understand that they messed up, but they promise to fix their mistakes. However, Chef Ramsay is unsure if Aaron’s communication issues can ever be resolved.
In the end, Gordon makes a shocking announcement that neither Aaron nor Koop will be going home. Instead, he eliminates Gia because she is not ready to become the head chef of the Venetian. Even though one of their own went home, the Red Team is more than happy to finally see Gia go.
What did you think of this episode? Do you think the men should be able to treat the women as poorly as they do? Was it fair that Gia went home or should it have been Aaron or Koop instead? Will the Red Team perform better now that Gia is gone? Let us know all of your thoughts in the comments section and in the poll below.
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