So far during the first-ever “Rookies vs. Veterans” season of “Hell’s Kitchen” the returning chefs seem to have a leg up on the newbies. Last week Chef Gordon Ramsay made his first cut of Season 18, sending home rookie Scott Popvic and hissing, “I won’t remember him by tomorrow.” But this week a veteran is on the proverbial chopping block. Gold Derby exclusively revealed that Season 4 favorite Jen Gavin went into a fiery outburst during Friday’s episode, accusing Ramsay of “lying” about her missing duck garnish. Did she end up turning in her jacket?
Below, check out our minute-by-minute “Hells Kitchen” recap of Season 18, Episode 3 to find out what happened Friday, October 12 at 9/8c. Then be sure to sound off in the comments section about your favorite chef-testants on Fox’s reality TV show, who annoys you the most, and who you think will ultimately join the “Hell’s Kitchen” winners list. Keep refreshing/reloading this live blog for the most recent updates.
9:00 p.m. — “Previously on ‘Hell’s Kitchen’!” During last week’s second episode, Scott’s team of rookies failed to complete their first dinner service. Ramsay asked the team to nominate two people for elimination and they chose Scott and Chris Mendonca. However, Ramsay also asked Jose DeJesus to step forward, calling him out for his poor showing at the fish station. In the end Scott became the first casualty of “Rookies vs. Veterans.” Who will be following him out the door this week?
9:02 p.m. — After last week’s elimination ceremony, rookie Chris took a positive outlook on their team loss despite being nominated for elimination himself, saying, “There’s nothing more you can do than own up to your mistakes.” The winning veterans team, however, was embarrassed by their own performance and was focused on finding redemption in the next challenge. Ariel Contreras-Fox‘s concerns were that they weren’t communicating with each other and T Gregoire was worried that if they didn’t fix their problems they’d “fester” and hurt them in the long run.
9:03 p.m. — Not one to keep it quiet, Jen told the camera that the problem with the veteran team is that they’re a bunch of “entitled wankers,” with everyone thinking they’re the boss and having something to prove.
9:05 p.m. — For this week’s challenge, Ramsay brought in marines from the USMC who would be served a luncheon of dishes from the air, land and sea with the first team to finish winning. As a veteran himself, the challenge was of special importance to veteran member Kevin Cottle. For the dish representing the air the chefs made chicken parmesan with angel hair pasta. For land a New York strip steak and frites and for the sea a dish of fish and chips.
9:07 p.m. — Though she originally thought the challenge would be a breeze for her because she was stationed on salads, Jen got into hot water quick with Ramsay when right off the bat he was waiting longer than normal for two salads that when delivered were overdressed. Heather Williams made matters worse when she came to the station to help Jen who preferred to handle her task on her own. Meanwhile, the rookies got off to a strong start with Ramsay content with their progress through salad service.
9:10 p.m. — Because Heather was spending her time on salads, by the time the vets were ready to serve their steak dish the frites she was supposed to be working on were nowhere near ready. Heather was disappointed that no one else on the team helped her out with the frites, furthering their trend of poor communication. Unfortunately, the rush on the fries caused them to be undercooked, as critiqued by the marines.
9:18 p.m. — With the frites setback on the vets team, the rookies pulled ahead of them with continued momentum. After some soggy fish made their way to Ramsay, he railed into the vets claiming that they were doing something marines would never do, giving up. And as if things couldn’t get worse, the vets sent out a cold steak and that just about sealed the win for the rookies!
9:20 p.m. — As their reward for winning the challenge the rookies were treated to what Ramsay called “an authentic Hollywood experience” by starring in their own film. For the losing vets, they were tasked with breaking down and prepping the calamari for the upcoming dinner service meal, including taking out the ink sacs and other internal organs as well as cutting them into steaks. Bret Hauser had the choice of using his “Punishment Pass” to avoid the calamari break down and he indeed chose to join the rookies on their reward instead.
9:26 p.m. — During prep, Jen and Ariel got into a tiff about their bourblanc mishaps from the prior day and while Ariel thought it was a simple miscommunication, Jen took it much more personally and left the kitchen for some time to cry alone. Struggling to connect with her teammates was breaking Jen down emotionally, but she was determined to pull through and give a good dinner service that night.
9:32 p.m. — Prior to dinner service, Ramsay unveiled the trailer for “Hell’s Riders,” the film the rookies (plus Bret) filmed earlier in the day. The viewing of the trailer was rare bit of lightness by “Hell’s Kitchen” standards, but it didn’t last long as the teams began dinner service.
9:34 p.m. — Added to the dinner service menu tonight was a grilled calamari appetizer to be served tableside by rookie Mia Castro and vet Ariel. With hot apps on the menu, Kevin was less worried about those and more worried about Trev McGrath who generally takes too long to get plates out. Sadly for Trev, Ramsay noticed this, too, and scolded him for taking too many breaks to drink water.
9:36 p.m. — Motto presented a risotto to Ramsay, but it was too crispy and that set Ramsay off for the first time this episode against the rookies. On his second try, Motto delivered a much better dish and service continued.
9:42 p.m. — Both teams served first courses to the dining room around the same time, but on second course Jen was once again struggling, this time not putting enough salt in her mashed potatoes. When Ramsay addressed her, Jen’s response was “what am I doing wrong now, chef?” Her words came off as disrespectful to Ramsay, but instead of making too much of it he simply walked away from her and allowed her team time to help her recover her dish.
9:43 p.m. — On the rookie side of the kitchen, Gizzy Barton and Scotley Innis had a breakdown in communication about time that ultimately caused Gizzy’s fish to come out dry. From her perspective it was Scotley’s fault for failing to help her out.
9:51 p.m. — Luckily for the rookies, Jose stepped up to the plate to course correct for their team and presented good halibut dishes for service. Despite the setbacks for both side, they maintained a proper pace for service until Kanae Houston fell behind for failing to delegate things she couldn’t handle to her teammates. Once again the rookies were saved, this time by Mia coming in to reorganize everything for them.
9:53 p.m. — For the vets, Jen was still in the hot seat, but now it was with her fellow chefs. T took a dig at her, saying maybe she only came back to the show in order to sell her jackets! With tensions high, when Ramsay brought the vets in for a huddle, Jen lost her temper and accused Ramsay of disrespecting her and attempting to sabotage her in the competition by using an example of her poor work that she didn’t believe was hers. As diners looked on, the fight escalated to a point where Ramsay and Jen were in the back of the kitchen yelling at one another, resulting in Jen removing her chef’s coat and Ramsay telling her to get out.
9:57 p.m. — After Jen left the kitchen (through the dining room of all places!), the vets continued dinner service, with Bret saying she was going to be the first from their team to leave anyway. Jen left the show for good at that point wishing she’d said more to Ramsay than she did. Before announcing the dinner service winners, Ramsay defended his own integrity and made it clear that Jen was gone because of her own attitude and for disrespecting him. As a result, Ramsay decided that both teams would be spared the elimination of any other chefs and congratulated them on finishing service.