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Hells Kitchen - S08 E14

Reality-TV . Game-Show . Reality

Emotions run high for the remaining four contestants who are more motivated and determined than ever after Chef Ramsay's sobering announcement that not one, but two chefs will be eliminated in the next round. In HELL'S KITCHEN's most sophisticated test to date, Chef Ramsay challenges the chefs to design and execute a balanced fusion dish that combines the flavors of two countries' distinct cuisines. Chef Ramsay enlists the help of three renowned executive chefs and experts in fusion cuisine: Philip Dubose of Asia de Cuba, Helene An of Crustacean and Lee Hefter of Spagoto select one winner who will earn a fine dining experience at Spago Beverly Hills while the remaining contestants are left behind at the dorms for Move-Out Day. Dinner service takes a turn for the worse when the chefs fail to see eye to eye, and Chef Ramsay is forced to intervene. Find out which two contestants let their tempers get the best of them and who is rewarded with a coveted spot in the final round of competition.

Episode Title: 4 Chefs Compete
Airs: 2010-12-8 at 08:00 pm
  • Andrew Ryan

    Hell's Kitchen is a cut above the rest of the current crop of reality shows because of its unique approach and, of course, the bombastic host. [30 Jul 2005]

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    And therein lies the main flaw of this otherwise entertaining show. Not much time is devoted to actually teaching the novices the top-notch technique that they'd need to make it in one of Ramsay's successful London establishments, let alone the restaurant that gives the program its name.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    It's painfully derivative on so many fronts that it sometimes seems you're watching five reality shows at once.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • John Maynard

    Ramsay is mean to the point of being unlikable. ... But viewers who like their reality shows with a dash of nastiness may revel in just how cruel he can be. [29 May 2005]

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    Not surprisingly, watching a functional maniac pitching fits gets old pretty quickly. It's like listening to "You are the weakest link" on a loop for an hour straight. [30 May 2005]

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Terry Kelleher

    Though [Ramsay's] bleep-filled rants are supposed to bring out the best in his staff, they seem like blatant workplace harassment. When he turns his ire on the customers, it's even harder to stomach.

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    "Hell's Kitchen" cribs both the format of "The Apprentice" and that show's major problems. As with the two "Apprentice" sequels, the cast is filled with people who appear to have no clue what they're doing - or, at least, are placed in positions in which they'll inevitably fail so Ramsay can cuss them out. [30 Sep 2005]

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    I suppose sadomasochists or anyone craving abuse will enjoy "Hell's Kitchen," but I won't be tuning in again. [29 May 2005]

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Some will doubtless embrace the show's camp qualities, but I simply kept thinking "Check, please" through the first two episodes. [27 May 2005]

    Variety Full Review
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