The final four contestants of “Hell’s Kitchen” Season 19 had little time to celebrate their standings as they were woken up in the wee hours of the morning by Gordon Ramsay for their next challenge. Mary Lou Davis, Cody Candelario, Kori Sutton and Declan Horgan had an hour to cook 40 portions of comfort food for Las Vegas partiers who still hadn’t gone to bed. Later in the episode, they each had to prove their worth during the most important dinner service to date. So how did it all play out?
Below, read our minute-by-minute “Hell’s Kitchen: Las Vegas” recap of Season 19, Episode 14, titled “Snuggling with the Enemy,” to find out what happened Thursday, April 8 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. Then be sure to sound off in the comments section about your favorite aspiring chefs on Fox’s reality TV show and who you think has what it takes to join the “HK” winners list.
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8:00 p.m. — “Previously on ‘Hell’s Kitchen’!” In last week’s 13th episode, Amber Lancaster was sent home after another disastrous night on the fish station. “Amber came here expecting to beat the competition, but her biggest obstacle ended up being herself,” Chef Ramsay said after eliminating the 30-year-old executive chef from Chicago. Following Amber’s ouster, only four aspiring chefs remain in the competition. Who will be going home tonight? Let’s go!
8:10 p.m. — Mary Lou and Cody are cozied up on the couch celebrating their spots in the final four. Will this romantic duo make it all the way to the finale together? They seem to hope so! The next morning the chefs are called downstairs and encounter a raging party happening in the dining room at 7am! Gordon says no town parties like Vegas and the crowd in the dining room has worked up an appetite while dancing all night. The chefs have 30 minutes to prep and plate 40 portions of snacks for these rowdy diners. The challenge is to see which chef creates food that is most appealing to Vegas crowds.
8:20 p.m. — Time is up and the chefs have each plated their food. Each club-goer takes one portion from each chef and they’ll be filling out survey cards to determine the winner of this challenge. Kori is announced as the winner, followed by Cody, Declan and Mary Lou in last place. Kori wins a spectacular reward and chooses Cody to join her. They’ll enjoy a shopping spree at Macy’s, spending a total of $4,000. They also get a complete Hell’s Kitchen culinary set. Declan and Mary Lou will be tidying up the beds and cleaning out the fridge upstairs. Before leaving for her reward, Kori apologizes to Mary Lou for not choosing her to go on the reward. Kori knows she has to work with the boys for the remainder of this season, so this is a calculated move to get to know one of her enemies. As a nice gesture, Kori and Cody pick up a couple of Vitamix blenders to give Mary Lou and Declan.
8:30 p.m. — Night arrives and this evening the chefs will face their toughest task yet, taking turns managing the pass. To make things more difficult, a few sabotage dishes will be thrown in. Right off the bat Cody notices the risotto is off and Gordon is impressed with his attention to detail. But when he has to criticize Mary Lou’s overcooked salmon, he flounders. When Mary Lou takes over, she speaks with much more authority but she misses small details in sabotaged food. She eventually finds her rhythm and Gordon is loving Mary Lou’s authority, but is upset that she didn’t spot Kori’s raw lamb chop. In addition to telling Mary Lou to pay attention, Gordon yells at Kori to get it together!
8:40 p.m. — Declan takes over the pass, hollering out orders with determination to separate himself from the pack. But he fails his first quality control test and distracts his fellow chefs (and diners) with his profuse sweating. Gordon says Declan had a tough start but finished strong. Last, it’s Kori’s turn to take over the pass. She quickly catches her first quality control test, spotting fish on a plate instead of scallops. Kori is focused and calm under pressure, redeeming herself after serving up some raw chops earlier in the night. With Kori in command, Cody falls apart at the meat station. After asking for a few more minutes to finish up a beef Wellington, Kori lights a fire under him, screaming “I don’t have three minutes!”
8:50 p.m. — Cory is embarrassed by his misfired Wellingtons, but he blames Kori’s performance for his failures. But Cody’s opinion isn’t what’s important here. Gordon looks pretty impressed with her. After dinner service, Gordon tells the chefs to go upstairs and think about who think they should stand next to them in the finale. While they deliberate with each other, everyone seems to agree Cody was the weakest of the night, except Cody who believes Kori is the weakest. They head back downstairs and Gordon asks each chef who they want to face in the finale. Kori would like to face Mary Lou. Mary Lou would like to face Kori. Cody would like to face Mary Lou. Declan would like to face Cody. Gordon says these are the four most passionate, articulate and competitive chefs he’s ever had on “Hell’s Kitchen.” But he’s made up his mind on who needs to be eliminated before the finale.
8:59 p.m. — The first chef eliminated tonight is Cody. Gordon says he’s not ready to run a brigade of that magnitude, but lets Cody keep his black jacket and tells the chef to reach out to him any time. Next, Gordon announces that Declan is the first chef moving on. The Irishman is “over the moon.” Then Gordon says Kori will join Declan in the finale, but so will Mary Lou! He assures them that only two will face off in the finale, but all three will compete in one more cooking challenge. Gordon’s parting words about Cody’s elimination: “Throughout this competition, Cody was never shy about his abilities. But when it came to running the pass, he was just a bit shy, so unfortunately, it was time to say goodbye.”