‘Hell’s Kitchen’ season 19 episode 11 recap: ‘Sink or Swim’

In “Hell’s Kitchen” it only comes to an end. Only seven chef testants are in the running to become head chef Gordon RamsayLake Tahoe Restaurant. They are: Jordan Savell, Kori Sutton, Mary Lou Davis and Nicole “Nikki” Hanna of the red team and Cody Candelario, Declan Horgan and Amber Lancaster of the blue team. At the end of the 11th episode on Wednesday, boss Ramsay picked up another jacket and let six players fight for the crown. How did it all play out?

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Read our up-to-the-minute recap of Hell’s Kitchen: Las Vegas from Season 19, Episode 11, titled “Sink or Swim,” below to find out what’s happening on Thursday, March 18 at 8:00 p.m. (ET / PT ) has happened. Then be sure to check out the comments section of your favorite upcoming 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 pm – “Formerly at ‘Hell’s Kitchen’!” In the 10th episode Marc QuinonesThe trip ended after being on the elimination pad a whopping five times. “Marc is a great speaker and a decent cook, but I’m looking for someone who can lead a brigade,” he noted Gordon Ramsay after sending him home. After Marc is eliminated, there are only seven aspiring chefs left in the competition. Who will go home tonight? Let’s go!

8.10 p.m. – After the weakest link in the Blue Team disappears, Amber feels like she has a target behind her back. Meanwhile, a romance ensues between Cody and Mary Lou, who feel flirtatious playing a nightly card game. Morning comes and the cooks are called downstairs to the first “magic kitchen”, a game to test how fast the cooks can think on their feet. They have to untangle fruits and vegetables and then decide whether to assign them to one of their own proteins or to pass them on to the other team. After the ingredient list is complete, the chefs decide which proteins to cook. Each cook has 40 minutes to prepare their protein with the assigned ingredients.

8:20 pm – Amber meets the Blue Team when she burns her rib on the bottom of a pan with only a few minutes left to cook. She has to save her court, but luckily Nikki has her own problems when she overseasones her court. The Red Team decides to drop Nikki’s halibut dish and go with Mary Lou. Now is the time to compete! First up is a battle of the Ribeye courts with Kori versus Amber. Gordon comments that Amber’s rib is thin but fabulously cooked and flavorful. Kori nails hers too, and the points are split evenly between the two. Next comes a battle of veal chops between Jordan and Declan. Jordan nailed the meat, but the parsnips were a little crispy. As for Declan, his veal was delicious, but his vegetables were also missing. Again the points were divided. After all, it’s Cody versus Mary Lou on halibut. Cody was a little tough with the chilli flake, but the dish overall worked. Mary Lou’s fish was well cooked, but her dish had a smear that reminded Gordon of his grandfather’s underpants. The winner is Cody and the Blue Team wins this challenge. Your reward is a pool party and BBQ night while the Red Team prepares 600 tiny cookies by hand.

8:30 p.m. – Mary Lou is embarrassed that she lost the challenge for her team and her confidence is low. Morale at their agonizing cookie station doesn’t rise as the chefs slip through hundreds of tender cookies and break most of them. In the meantime, the Blue Team’s reward is not going as planned due to the bad weather. They make the most of it and tell stories about how they started cooking.

8.40 p.m. – The reward and punishment are over and Gordon informs the cooks that Hell’s Kitchen is closed tonight. Instead of a typical dinner, the chefs will endorse a few charities that Gordon care about. The Red Team cooks for contributors at the Sarah McLachlan School of Music, which provides free music education to underserved children. The Blue Team will conjure up dinner for the Chris Long Foundation, which provides clean water to developing countries. The courses start with scallops and Nikki is determined to prove himself to Gordon. Meanwhile, Declan also has something to prove and refuses to allow others to cook scallops in the blue kitchen. His methods pay off as the blue team serves appetizers and the red team is two servings too short. Ouch! Better late than never, but Nikki isn’t feeling well on her first class.

8:50 pm – Dinner continues with both teams nailing down their risottos. Next up is the main course: halibut. Over on the Blue Team, Cody isn’t thrilled with Bernstein’s lack of teamwork. Kori has executed her halibut perfectly and both teams are thriving. In the meantime, the second course is on deck, with Declan on steak against Jordan. Amber gets frustrated because she feels like she’s doing all the work on the Blue Team and then gets snapped at for overburning one of the steaks. The blue team has finally delivered starters to happy guests, but the red team has raw steaks. The red team finally makes the right steak and then both teams successfully serve the dessert. Without a complete disaster on either team, both the blue and red teams will be sent upstairs to advise a chef they will nominate for elimination.

8:59 pm – The blue team has nominated Amber for elimination while the red team is pushing Jordan forward. Both argue why they should stay at Hell’s Kitchen, but Gordon ultimately eliminates Jordan. His parting words for the chef: “Jordan survived many battles here in Hell’s Kitchen, but tonight she lost the war.”

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