‘Hell’s Kitchen All Stars’ episode 12 recap: ‘Five Is the New Black’ sets up the final stage of competition

Episode 12 of “Hell’s Kitchen All Stars” aired Friday night on Fox, with host Gordon Ramsay narrowing the field of aspiring chefs from seven down to only six. In this week’s episode of the reality TV show, Ramsay revealed that the next stage of the competition was about to begin and that the only thing standing between the chefs and their new black jackets were three difficult challenges. Gold Derby’s exclusive odds predicted that either Robyn Almodovar or Elise Harris would be eliminated this week — were we correct?

Below, check out our “Hell’s Kitchen” recap of Season 17, Episode 12, titled “Five Is the New Black.” Then be sure to sound off in the comments section about your favorite contestants and who you think can go the distance to win this season’s prize of a head chef position at the Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen Restaurant at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Previously, on “Hell’s Kitchen”! Back in the 11th episode, Ramsay asked for Dana Cohen‘s jacket because of her inability to serve lamb at the proper temperature. Who will be following her out the door this week? Only seven players remain at this stage of the competition: Robyn, Elise, Nick Peters Bond, Michelle Tribble, Milly Medley, Benjamin Knack and Jennifer Normant.

Ramsay announced that only five chefs would receive black jackets this week, meaning two contestants were going home. The first of the three challenges they would compete in was the Hell’s Kitchen classic, “Taste it Now Make It.” In this contest the chefs had to re-create a complex, 16-ingredient entree. Milly was the only competitor to correctly guess the ingredients to both purees and successfully re-create the dish, earning him the first black jacket of the night. Nick was the second chef to earn a black jacket after he was able to match up four out of five ingredients in the hash.

In challenge number two, the remaining chefs had to race to collect ingredients and create an amazing dish in less than 30 minutes. After serving up a well-seasoned veal chop, Michelle became the third chef to earn a black jacket and advance further in the competition. The fourth black jacket went to Benjamin, leaving Elise, Jennifer and Robyn to battle it out in the final challenge.

With only one black jacket remaining, the chefs had total freedom to create any dish of their choosing within a 30-minute time limit. Robyn created a refined lamb loin, Elise presented a pan-seared filet mignon and Jennifer served up a glamorous plate of shrimp and scallops. After Ramsay tasted each dish, Elise was the first chef to be eliminated. Ramsay then sent Jennifer home and handed Robyn the final black jacket.

Here are the answers to Gold Derby’s contest questions for “Hells Kitchen” Season 17, Episode 12:

Who will be eliminated? Elise Harris and Jennifer Normant

Who will be in bottom 2, but safe? Robyn Almodovar

Will anyone be eliminated during service? No

Who will win reward challenge? Milly Medley

Who will win service challenge? No One

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