We’re down to the final TWO!!! Either Russell or Nona will be the new head chef at LA Market, plus the spokesperson for Rosemount Estate wines before the end of the night. The pressure is mounting! Each chef has to design their own menu for the final dinner service, but first, it’s challenge time! Both chefs are kidnapped and sent to LA Market in a helicopter. Once they get there, they’re told they have to skydive down to the audience waiting below and are given parachutes. The funniest part about this was that Russell started totally freaking out and almost crapped his pants. It was all a false alarm though. They ended up walking down to the audience instead. Very disappointing, but I’m sure Russell was relieved.
The first challenge is to create 5 separate dishes, soup, salad, pasta, fish and meat, and they will be judged by these really awesome judges. Russell decided fusion was his thing, despite the fact that he didn’t do well in the fusion challenge, and Nona stuck with her southern flair. The fusion idea worked well for Russell this time, since he won the challenge, beating Nona with 3 of the 5 dishes. This, of course, swelled his ego even more. Then they’re told to head back to the dorms where previous contestants from the season jump out of closets, scaring Russell and Nona, even though we all knew they were going to be there. Russell’s reward for winning the challenge was that he got to pick the first team member, which I honestly think is the lamest reward Hell’s Kitchen has ever thought of. Russell picks Jillian first, which makes sense since she made it so far. He also ends up with Vinny, Sabrina, and Rob, which means Nona’s team consists of Gail, Melissa, Trev, and Boris. Nona totally got the shaft. I barely even remember Melissa and Boris certainly didn’t make any impressions on me, other than washing dishes in the middle of dinner service and sweating in the food.