Gordon then unveils his own dish, which will serve as the basis of the Taste It, Now Make It challenge. Ludo and Quinn bow out, since they presumably have things to which they must attend in their own restaurants, and Gordon divides everyone into teams of two: Dana and Clemenza, Justin and Barbie, and Christina and Robyn. Poor Christina. The pair who comes the closest to recreating Gordon’s dish based on taste alone will win. Clemenza starts hogging it down immediately, and Gordon has to actually say something to him. Good things Kimmie isn’t still there.
Two of the teams seem to be going in the same direction on every single ingredient, but Dana and Clemenza have gone rogue, wrapping their veal in prosciutto instead of Serrano ham, flavoring their white bean puree with horseradish instead of bacon, and using madeira instead of port in their sauce. Gordon makes a bunch of non-committal noises while tasting it, then moves on to the next one without telling them if they’re off base or not.
All the teams were correct in their veal assumptions, and the wrapping was indeed prosciutto—not Serrano ham, which Barbie adorably rationalizes should be solid, since it’s the prosciutto of Spain. The beans were flavored with bacon, not horseradish, which means everyone was right except Dana and Clemenza, and it’s all tied up, as per usual. The sauce will be the deciding factor, and it turns out, the winners are Dana and Clemenza! Wow, way to use that palate, Clemenza. Too bad about the horseradish. But they still won, and they get to spend the day at a lake with a gourmet picnic, then go jet skiing. Justin is pissed that he doesn’t get to jet ski, and more pissed when they find out that they have to work with James to clean the entire front of the house, including the linens and silverware. Well, Justin, you’re the one with the supposed best palate in the history of Hell’s Kitchen, what with the blind taste test win, so maybe you should’ve put that to better use.
Clemenza and Dana make some bitchy remarks on the way out and then proceed to have a damn blast on the lake. I don’t think I’ve ever seen these two interact before this episode, but they seem to get along just fine. Then they have a horrible moment when they stop for lunch, and Dana’s life vest comes off, revealing lots of cleavage. Clemenza is checking out her boobs, of course, and production adds a lot of pervy music, but at least he’s not openly being a pig. She’d better be happy it’s not Royce out there with her, or someone would likely need a lawyer.
Yes, Clemenza, we know they were big. We don’t need the ASL interpretation.
Meanwhile, everyone is bitching because they hate ironing. Justin feels it’s degrading, probably because he thinks it’s women’s work, and he passive-aggressively avoids it until James hands him a couple of Gordon’s shirts and tells him to get moving like a good little drudge. Not much time is spent on the punishment, so it must have been relatively drama-free. Boring.