When we get back, Ramsay adds Chino to the chopping block, and tells them to step forward.
Monterray says he should stay because he knows he can do better than Steven: "He tried to step up to the plate and he really didn't do what he said he was gonna do." Neither did you, points out Ramsay. "Yes, chef, I know," says Monterray, who adds some nonsense and trying his best.
Chino admits to overextending himself, and Ramsay points out that Chino spent more time peeling garlic than cooking, and he's looking for an executive chef, not a prep cook. Chino wisely doesn't point out that Ramsay was the one who sent him to peel the garlic.
Anyway, Steven thinks Monterray should go, because he and Chino at least got some appetizers out. "Honestly, all three of you sucked," says Ramsay, who then says his decision is Chino and Monterray. Both of them step forward, but it's a fakeout, and Ramsay sends them back into the line, and brings Steven forward.
"Steven, jacket off, your time is done. Short and sweet. Thank you. Sorry, but I can't go through that again." Steven walks through the doors and towards the light. He says it's embarrassing being the first one kicked off. Probably partly because if he figured if he were going home already, he'd have worn something more than the wifebeater under his chef's jacket. Something with a little more body hair coverage? "It is what is, it's done. Nice guys always finish last, that's probably me," he says.
Ramsay tells the rest of them that Hell's Kitchen is a series of test, and so far they've got a failing grade. "Get a grip. Fast. Got it?" he tells them. "Yes, chef," they say. "Fuck off," he tells them, and the battered, defeated crew trudge off. Monterray tells us he's gotta bring his A-plus-plus-plus game from now on, Krupa's pleased with herself but says she's going to get better, and Brendan persists in his delusion that chef=gangster by saying it's time for him and Paul to go to the mattresses and eliminate Paul sooner rather than later. I'd like to point out to the wannabe that you go to the mattresses with your family and you go to war with your enemy.
Ramsay takes us out by saying he realized early on that Steven had as much chance of being executive chef at BLT Steakhouse as Ramsay has of winning a gold medal in figure skating.
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