It’s time for one of the toughest challenges of the 22nd season of Hell’s Kitchen. And that is because it is all about communication!
For episode 8 of Hell’s Kitchen it is all about “Cooking for Your Life.” And what better way to do that than with a reward challenge that sees our chefs cooking up some of the top cuisines in the U.S.. But what are the top five cuisines in the country? They would be Chinese, Italian, Thai, Mexican, and Indian cuisine.
For the team challenge, the chefs have to make dishes from each of these cultures. Prawn Fried Rice for Chinese, Steak Tacos for Mexican, Veal Parmesan for Italian, Shrimp Pad Thai for the Thai Cuisine, and finally Chicken Curry for Indian.
Both teams have to make these dishes and then they will go head to head to determine who will win the reward for the day. In order to succeed, the chefs must talk to each other to make sure that the dishes come together.
It was all about communication in Hell’s Kitchen for episode 8
So why is communication so important in this challenge? Because one chef gets pulled out of the kitchen every few minutes and the chefs left behind have to keep cooking the dishes being made on each side.
On the blue team, Ryan was the final chef standing. And on the red team, Sandra was the last chef cooking. For the final five minutes, the entire team gets sent back in the kitchen on both sides.
In the end, the team that ultimately communicated the best and won the challenge was the blue team. And the winning point definitely came from Ryan.
After the red team lost, Atoye went off on her team. In fact, she is so upset about the challenge and what happened with the lack of communication that she makes it clear that is done and she wants to go home. She straight up tells the red team that she will self-nominate herself to be done with them all.
Considering people weren’t listening to her about one of the dishes and it ended up being the worst dish, which Chef Ramsay called her out on, it makes sense that she would be upset. And honestly, the way they dismissed her and made it out like she should have been able to “pull out the wrong rice” for her fried rice dish, we can’t exactly blame her for wanting to ditch the red team entirely.
However, after a chat with Dahmere (who isn’t even on her team), Atoye calms down and apologizes to her team and gets to work on their punishment. It’s a reminder that sometimes we need people to just listen to us and appreciate who we are and what we are going through.
Before a new dinner service can start, Atoye gets a call from Chef Ramsay to come to his office for a chat. But she isn’t the only one he wants to talk to. With the top 10 “around the corner” he wants to talk to the chefs. That is why Jason is the next chef he calls to his office.
These one-on-one meetings are a reminder that Chef Ramsay is truly watching everything and he wants to raise up these chefs, at the same time as he wants to find his next executive chef. And it may not be surprising that he also has the chefs rank their teammates.
The four weakest cooks based on their teammates rankings will be cooking for their lives tonight. So who will be cooking to stay in Hell’s Kitchen? The chefs at the bottom of the rankings are Devon and Jason from the blue team and Sandra and Atoye from the red team. They have 30 minutes to make a dish with filet mignon as their protein.
It’s a cook for your life challenge and these four chefs are absolutely fighting to stay in Hell’s Kitchen.
After tasting Jason and Atoye’s dishes, the person who is safe first is Jason. Next up is Sandra’s plate, which gets some great comments, although the garnish is a problem. So who is the second chef who is safe? Sandra is the second chef sent back up to the dorms. Finally it is time for Devon to present his dish.
It is all about the details and both chefs had problems. But who is leaving Hell’s Kitchen? In the end, Devon is the chef going home, which means Atoye is safe.