« Hell’s Kitchen: Young Guns »-kok-testanterne Samuel Garman og Antonio Ruiz havde en aftale i gang med deres endelige dom før Gordon Ramsay: ingen af dem ville sige et ondt ord om den anden, og de ville lade deres track records være den eneste afgørende faktor for, hvem der gik hjem. Det lyder godt på papiret, ikke? Da Gordon spurgte Sam, hvem der var det svageste led på det røde hold, ærede Sam sin kammerat ved at nægte at svare. Men det vred kun den anerkendte britiske kok mere og mere op. Han vendte sig derefter mod Antonio og stillede det samme spørgsmål, og Antonio affyrede et dødsskud på ét ord: « Sam. »
Chef Ramsay immediately took Sam’s jacket, making this 23-year-old executive chef from Fleetwood, Pennsylvania the 11th person eliminated from Season 20.
“Your effort is 100%,” Gordon told Sam, who was coming off a disastrous night on dinner service in which he couldn’t properly cook chicken. “I can’t ask for a more passionate young man. But when I ask you a question, give me a f***ing answer. That is it, young man. Head up. Continue climbing the ladder and one day you’re gonna get there.”
Sam sulked out of the restaurant and expressed his disappointment over his [former] buddy on the Red Team. “I’m definitely pissed,” he grumbled. “Antonio really f***ed me over this night. That really honestly was my demise. He’s the person that should be standing here. But I’m not the type to push blame around, I’m the type to own it and learn from it. Little mistakes are what kills you and that is what happened tonight.”
Gordon later addressed his Final 7 contestants like a general on the battlefield. “Being a great chef is not only determined by what you do when things are going well,” he started. “I’m looking to see how you perform when things are going poorly. Because Red Team tonight, you could have prevented that situation from happening if somebody took control. Is that clear?”
In a private confessional, Antonio defended his choice to throw Sam under the bus. He said, “Ultimately Sam was the worst cook. It’s true. I didn’t lie. At the end of the day, he could have said my name, but he didn’t do that.” Antonio was nominated by his teammates for repeatedly messing up on the salmon and for trying to hide from a heavy workload by cooking asparagus.
Next week, Antonio, Brynn Gibson, Kiya Willhelm, Emily Hersh, Megan Gill, Steve Glenn and Trenton Garvey compete for black jackets with only five of these seven competitors earning the coveted honor. Who are YOU rooting for to receive black jackets?