Maybe the summer heat is getting to me, or maybe I'm just cranky beyond reason, but damn it, it's the final five and these idiot contestants are still screwing up on appetizers. I don't think any one of them should win at this point. Well, it's a little more bearable to watch than seeing these so called cooks vying for a $250K job at a top restaurant not be able to cook a hamburger properly.
Well, the episode starts out promisingly enough, with the challenge being replicating Gordon's Chicken Parmesan -- or "Chicken Parm" as everyone keeps saying just to annoy me. Gordon says not only do they have to copy his recipe as closely as possible, but the cooks can't touch the food. They have to tell their helpers -- former Miss Teen contestants what to do.
Each cook contestant is paired up with a Miss Teen contestant. The Miss Teens are all wearing short dresses, high heels and beauty queen sashes lest we forget who they are. Barbie's partner has trouble peeling and chopping an onion, so it looks like we're in for a long night ...
Since the cooks are making Italian food, Clemenza parades around all "Italian Stallion" but really more like a pudgy pony. Chef Ramsay says Clemenza's tomato sauce is too chunky and Clemenza huffs off, insulted. Well, I love chunky Italian tomato sauce, personally although I'm not lovin' clumsy Clemenza tonight.
Clemenza then angers Chef Ramsay more by pounding the chicken way too big and flat. You are not making paper, Clemenza.
There is an unlikely partnership in Hell's Kitchen now -- Barbie and Justin. They seem so different, but are really starting to get along. Although it's a huge surprise when Barbie and her very slow Miss Teen partner win the Chicken Parmesan challenge, it's no surprise when Barbie chooses Justin to accompany her on her reward. They get a fabulous Italian lunch and some kayaking.
It hasta be pasta
While Justin and Barbie enjoy their afternoon off, the others have to make oodles of noodles. Clemenza enjoys lording his handmade pasta making skills over everyone though. When Barbie and Justin return, they volunteer to make dinner up in the dorms for the tired contestants. But, it's a cruel joke as they cook a big pot of pasta.
Italian night bites
It's Italian Night in Hell's Kitchen and of course, risotto is a featured appetizer. How many times have these cook contestants made risotto? A zillion. So, why, on Italian Night of all nights is Barbie screwing up the risotto? Diners are waiting an hour for appetizers. Chef Ramsay is getting red in the face with anger and his wrinkles have wrinkles. "There is a bunch of idiots cooking tonight" he yells and he is right.
Even Italian Clemenza can't do anything right when this should have been his night to shine. This stuff is getting old and painful to watch. I should have counted how many times the words "idiot" and "risotto" were used tonight instead of actually watching this disaster unfolding.
Not surprisingly, Barbie and Clemenza are put up for nomination. Chef Ramsay is not happy with either of their dinner service performances. But, Barbie won the challenge and Clemenza has been nominated far too many times. So, it's arrivederci to Clemenza.
I think he has been given lots of chances and deserved to leave tonight. What do you think?