July 18, 2005 11:05 PM by Joe Blackmon
Chef Gordon Ramsay yelled and screamed his way through the first several episodes of Hell’s Kitchen, but the last couple episodes have shown a kinder, gentler Chef Ramsay. Don’t get us wrong, Chef Ramsay is relentless as ever when it comes to demanding perfection and efficiency in the kitchen, but he seems to have bonded with some of the remaining contestants and has definitely mellowed some.
The first challenge on the Monday, July 18, 2005 episode of Hell’s Kitchen is cooking from a bowl of leftovers. Elsie wins the challenge by preparing a bowl of chicken soup. Her spectacular prize is that she wins the opportunity to cook on national television (which seems like kind of a lame prize considering that is essentially what the contestants are already doing). Elsie also gets to choose who will work on what station for Hell’s Kitchen’s dinner service.
However, in an attempt to get the cooks to work as a team, Chef Ramsay winds up having the cooks rotate stations during the dinner service. The other cooks are resentful of Elsie winning the challenge and ignore her during the dinner service. Elsie starts to break down from the pressure in the kitchen. Instead of screaming relentlessly at her like one would expect, Chef Ramsay actually gives Elsie a pep talk and allows her to take a break to compose herself.
Because Chef Ramsay feels that the kitchen did not work together, he decides that he will do the nominations himself. Chef Ramsay nominates Jessica and Elsie. Chef Ramsay repeatedly asks Elsie if she felt like she got the support of her teammates in the kitchen. Instead of trying to shift the blame, Elsie claims that she did get support. Chef Ramsay eliminates Elsie, but just like last week he offers words of encouragement. Chef Ramsay tells Elsie that she has touched his heart and that she lights up the place when she smiles. Fortunately, Chef Ramsay stops just short of breaking out into song.