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Hell's Kitchen 22/3

This page is about Hell's Kitchen Season 22, Episode 3 and outlines key issues concerning the food and the cooking. It bypasses the people and the drama! If you'd like to understand more about the culinary processes, this is the place to come each week.

In this episode ...

The first half of the show is about the preparation of the first ever breakfast as American citizens for a large group of people who qualify 

for citizenship. The meal offers:

Steak and Eggs

Chicken and Waffles

Denver Omelet

Crab Cakes

We don't learn much about the recipes during the episode - the emphasis is more on a fast service than on the details of the food, but the following food issues might be of interest:

Fried Chicken

Gordon Ramsay celebrates the use of buttermilk in his chicken and waffle recipe. He recommends sitting chicken pieces in a blend of buttermilk, shallots, garlic and onion - ideally leaving it overnight. The buttermilk tenderizes the chicken. The next morning, shake the chicken free of buttermilk and roll it in flour, seasoned with paprika. The secret (according to Gordon Ramsay) to crispy chicken is to double dredge it - i.e. repeat the process of dipping in buttermilk, then flour. This leaves an uneven surface which crisps up during deep frying. Finish off the cooking with 6 - 7 minutes in an oven. 

Denver Omelet

A Denver Omelet is made up of eggs with bell peppers, onions, ham and, usually, cheese. It is called "Denver Omelet" because unlike most omelets, it is not flipped. The peppers, onions and ham are sauteed in butter until they begin to caramelize, then the eggs are added and the pan is shaken to mix. Then the omelet is cooked slowly until the bottom begins to brown and the top is wet but cooked. Then the cheese is melted onto the top and the omelet is served folded in half.

Crab Cakes

In other platforms, Gordon Ramsay has been seen cooking crab cakes as follows. Saute garlic, shallots and spices very gently until cooked but not browned. Mix with crab. Form into 3 ounce patties and roll in flour, egg and Panko breadcrumbs. Shallow fry.

The second half of the show sees the two teams on their second dinner service in Hell's Kitchen. You can see the menu they were supporting here. For the second time, the service was disastrous because the protein was either raw or burnt. See here for some details on how to know when protein is ready to serve. 

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