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* Peter. Despite his team's efforts to get his head back in the game, he answered ''no'' to one of Chef Ramsay's usual "Yes, Chef" questions and was summarily dismissed mid-service.

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* Nikki. She had shown tremendous growth over the course of the season and was really close to getting a black jacket after the first two black jacket challenges. Unfortunately, she lost the third and final challenge to Amber, who had been going on a downward spiral by that point.

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* Adam. The man had ''one'' mistake going into his boot episode, and one decidedly mediocre service was enough to get him eliminated over Marc, who not only had a far worse service, but went back to his [[NeverMyFault old behavior]].

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* Brittani. She had a struggle on fish, and Nikki had to help her out, but this paled in comparison to Peter, who made his whole team start a ticket over thanks to not remembering to a start a pan for his fish, and then getting them kicked out when he overcooks it. Furthermore, he did bad in the first service as well, barely avoiding nomination then.

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* Drew. The ''very first'' thing we see in episode 4 is him complaining of bad cramps and spells of dizziness, and is placed into a hospital as a result, with the announcement of his removal not happening until before dinner service.


* Kenneth. While he was clearly the weakest chef on the blue team, no one expected him to get sent home after a Cook For Your Life challenge [[EpicFail before the first service even started]].

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* Kenneth. While he was clearly the weakest chef on the blue team, no one expected him to get sent home after a Cook For Your Life challenge [[EpicFail before the first service even started]].


* Simone, who suddenly blurts out to Chef Ramsay that she can leave, sparing Mike and DeMarco. Though it most likely would have been her or Mike leaving anyway.

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* Simone, who suddenly blurts out to Chef Ramsay that she can leave, sparing Mike and DeMarco.[=DeMarco=]. Though it most likely would have been her or Mike leaving anyway.


* Andrew. After being sent out of the kitchen by Ramsay, JP, much like with Andrew two season earlier, tries to talk him back in, but Andrew takes an offhand comment made by the Belgian literally and leaves, jacket still on and all. While he was called a "joke to the industry" by Chef Ramsay, he might have survived over Mikey (who was ''un''surprisingly eliminated that night) had he not left.

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* Andrew. After being sent out of the kitchen by Ramsay, JP, much like with Andrew Andrea two season earlier, tries to talk him back in, but Andrew takes an offhand comment made by the Belgian literally and leaves, jacket still on and all. While he was called a "joke to the industry" by Chef Ramsay, he might have survived over Mikey (who was ''un''surprisingly eliminated that night) had he not left.


* Jeff. Suddenly abandoned his team on his own terms (a first), and allegedly hurt himself trying to fight Ramsay when the latter confronted him over him leaving service, which was cited as why he got eliminated.



* Larry, the first chef ever to be medically evacuated. It came out of nowhere too.



* Aaron, who suddenly passes out during the third episode's punishment and gets eliminated in the hospital.



* Josh. Not based on his performances, as they had been terrible, but he became the first chef to get eliminated ''during'' service.

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* Josh. Not based on his performances, as they had been terrible, but he became the first chef to get eliminated ''during'' service.service, which was very much unforeseeable at the time.



* Craig. Even though Ramsay accused Ben of not taking the competition seriously (after he cheered despite the blue team being four tables behind the red team) and Matt being the worst performer of that night (to the point where he sent a raw chicken leg to a ''child''), Ramsay couldn't overlook Craig's own problems that night on top of his terrible attitude towards the red team that were sent to help the blue team complete service.

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* Craig. Even though Ramsay accused Ben of not taking the competition seriously (after he cheered despite the blue team being four tables behind the red team) and Matt being the worst performer of that night (to the point where he sent a raw chicken leg to a ''child''), Ramsay couldn't overlook Craig's own problems that night on top of his terrible attitude towards the red team that were sent to help the blue team complete service. His "I don't know percentages" quote also didn't help.
* Vanessa. She ended up taking herself out, much like Ji would one season later, all over a burn injury she sustained. Despite early inconsistancies, she became one of the stronger competitors leading up to this.



* Robert. He was with the other chefs enjoying the prize restaurant when he excuses himself...OK, so far so good. But then, he ends up in the hospital, and when he returns, he reveals he had heart problems, which causes him to announce his resignation.



* Louie. A terrible night, but getting eliminated midway through the ''first'' service was shocking, especially considering there have been many comparable opening night performances before and after, but only he got ejected this early.
* Joseph. He was a decent chef, but for whatever reason, he felt compelled to let the planned nominees (Tony and Andy) speak for themselves, then tried to challenge Chef Ramsay to a fight. [[NoSell Chef Ramsay calmly eliminates him on the spot]].



* Andrew. After being sent out of the kitchen by Ramsay, JP, much like with Andrew two season earlier, tries to talk him back in, but Andrew takes an offhand comment made by the Belgian literally and leaves, jacket still on and all. While he was called a "joke to the industry" by Chef Ramsay, he might have survived over Mikey (who was ''un''surprisingly eliminated that night) had he not left.



* Salvatore, the second chef eliminated from the winning team. He had a bad night, but so did a number of chefs on the red team, such as Fran and Holli (the latter of whom escaped nomination in favor of Siobhan based on overall performance). Chef Ramsay simply couldn't overlook his 1 out of 7 track record with services.



* Antonia, who suddenly came down with a migraine painful enough to have to be dragged out, and set a record for fastest elimination on the show.



* Raj. Eliminated out of the blue despite his team winning. Other than that, it wasn't all to shocking. He got along with no one, he couldn't follow simple instructions, and almost provoked a brawl during prep. In the actual service; he cooked three Dover Soles that were not ordered (emptying the blue team's supply), and literally ''ate the discarded entrees'' in the middle of service.
* Emily. She was a weak performer on the red team, but Melissa was on her second straight nomination and made a big mistake in all five services, in this case managing to overcook ''all twenty-three'' of the red team's beef before [[EpicFail the team even finished appetizers]].

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* Raj. Eliminated out of the blue despite his team winning. Other than that, it wasn't all to shocking. He got along with no one, he couldn't follow simple instructions, and almost provoked a brawl during prep. In the actual service; he cooked three Dover Soles that were not ordered (emptying the blue team's supply), and literally ''ate the discarded entrees'' in the middle of service.
* Emily. She was a weak performer on the red team, but Melissa was on her second straight nomination and made a big mistake in all five services, in this case managing to overcook ''all twenty-three'' of the red team's beef filets before [[EpicFail the team even finished appetizers]].



* Jason, who out of nowhere, started having trouble breathing during prep, and left almost as quickly as Antonia.



* Elizabeth. Another chef who was more consistent than Elise, yet having two bad services in a row was enough for Chef Ramsay to eliminate her. Elise however, also did poorly both of those nights, getting nominated both times on top of many nominations before.



* Guy. The other nominee, Clemenza, had struggled that night as his station was swamped with orders, but the fact that he got through the night without being kicked off probably played a factor in his survival. Guy, while being consistent before, had many problems on the meat station, which didn't receive half the workload of the fish station. Finally, Clemenza's passionate survival plea, which earned a standing ovation from the red team, is likely what kept him alive.

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* Guy. The other nominee, Clemenza, had struggled that night as his station was swamped with orders, and all five of his and Guy's teammates voted him as the weaker of the two, but the fact that he got through the night without being kicked off probably played a factor in his survival. Guy, while being consistent before, had many problems on the meat station, which didn't receive half the workload of the fish station. Finally, Clemenza's passionate survival plea, which earned a standing ovation from the red team, is likely what kept him alive.



* Patrick. On meat, he misread an order and sent up a raw piece of meat, getting him kicked out. While this would ordinarily be enough, the red team's bickering STOPPED service, leading to ''all'' of them being kicked out. Tiffany showed a lack of passion by answering said "like, a 9" to the question of how much on a scale of 1 to 10 she cared, and was sloppy and lazy, though Patrick was sent home, probably because Ramsay expects better from executive chefs like him.

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* Patrick. On meat, he misread an order and sent up a raw piece of meat, getting him kicked out. While this would ordinarily be enough, the red team's bickering STOPPED service, leading to ''all'' all of them being kicked out. Tiffany showed a lack of passion by answering said "like, a 9" to the question of how much on a scale of 1 to 10 she cared, and was sloppy and lazy, though Patrick was sent home, probably because Ramsay expects better from executive chefs like him.



* Brian. Despite absolutely tanking on the meat station that night (he was so bad that Barbie, in the other kitchen, had to step in and do his job), he had been one of the more consistent chefs on his team (plus he got 3 out of 4 on the palate test, which is important to Ramsay and is rare). Robyn wasn't as bad that night, but was worse in terms of consistency, and attempted to throw her team under the bus that night. However, in all fairness, Brian's goofiness (which made him a fan favorite for some) contributed to his elimination, as Ramsay doesn't like it when chefs make jokes during service or don't take him seriously, and Brian had a knack for doing both, which combined with his terrible performance that night, pretty much sealed his fate.

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* Brian. Despite absolutely tanking on the meat station that night (he was so bad that Barbie, in the other kitchen, had to step in and do his job), he had been one of the more consistent chefs on his team (plus he got 3 out of 4 on the palate test, which is important to Ramsay and is rare).rather uncommon, while Robyn got [[EpicFail zero]]). Robyn wasn't as bad that night, but was worse in terms of consistency, and attempted to throw her team under the bus that night. However, in all fairness, Brian's goofiness (which made him a fan favorite for some) contributed to his elimination, as Ramsay doesn't like it when chefs make jokes during service or don't take him seriously, and Brian had a knack for doing both, which combined with his terrible performance that night, pretty much sealed his fate.



* Gina, who just suddenly quits at the start of a challenge of all places, all over her teammates (Nedra in particular) yelling at her too much.



* Michael. He had a few slip-ups here and there, but still was more consistent overall than Zach. Unfortunately, he had one disastrous service that saw him get eliminated over Zach.

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* Michael. He had a few slip-ups here and there, but still was more consistent overall than Zach. Unfortunately, he had one disastrous service that saw him get eliminated over Zach. Even the women were shocked he got eliminated over Zach.



* Simone, who suddenly blurts out to Chef Ramsay that she can leave, sparing Mike and DeMarco. Though it most likely would have been her or Mike leaving anyway.



* Steve. In episode 8, he suddenly winds up with a leg distension, which causes him to get eliminated for his own safety. Chef Ramsay even called him a solid competitor.



* Aaron, who, when asked why he should stay in Hell's Kitchen, instead says winning will not help his own personal goal, and quits right there. Even Chef Ramsay admitted it was shocking, though Aaron probably would have left anyway.



* Brett. He was one of the more consistent members of the blue team so far, but suddenly had excruciating back pains when he went to the bathroom (he had a history of slipped discs).

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* Brett.Bret. He was one of the more consistent members of the blue team so far, but suddenly had excruciating back pains when he went to the bathroom (he had a history of slipped discs).



* Meese: While she hasn't been the most impressive chef at the time, her only mistake that night was serving mashed potatoes on a tray poorly. Jackie, who was nominated next to her, served very pink chicken, argued with Sous Chef Christina, and her volatile attitude was really getting on her teammateís nerves (even Manda went as far to call her the "cancer" of the red team). However, Meese was on her third time up for elimination, didn't communicate well with her team, and the potatoes were meant for Kris Jenner's table (which Ramsay saw as a big insult, causing him to call the recently finished blue team to come and help).

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* Meese: While she hasn't been the most impressive chef at the time, her only mistake that night was serving mashed potatoes on a tray poorly. Jackie, who was nominated next to her, served very pink chicken, argued with Sous Chef Christina, and her volatile attitude was really getting on her teammateís nerves (even Manda Christina went as far to call her the "cancer" of the red team). However, Meese was on her third time up for elimination, didn't communicate well with her team, and the potatoes were meant for Kris Jenner's table (which Ramsay saw as a big insult, causing him to call the recently finished blue team to come and help).



* Hassan. Started the season as one of the stronger chefs and was still doing well in the episodes before his elimination. (Although serving raw chicken several times is a serious mistake.)

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* Hassan. Started the season as one of the stronger chefs and was still doing well strongest chefs, but while he did start making mistakes in the his first two episodes before on the red team, they were nothing compared to his elimination. (Although last night, serving raw chicken several times is twice to the VIP table. However, Dannie had a serious mistake.)bad night too, fucking up scallops to the point Chef Ramsay had to cook them for her, and was less consistent overall than Hassan.



* Gia. Her elimination was shocking only because she was eliminated despite being on the winning team and almost half the chefs had their jaws on the ground. Otherwise, it's not surprising at all. She was hated by all her teammates due to her bad attitude, outright ''lied'' to Ramsay about a wound, had a bad night on the garnish station (requiring Ryan to jump in and save it), and seemed to give up when Ramsay confronted her on it. This spared Koop (who struggled on the fish station) and Aaron (who was doing decent in services but lacked confidence and communication).

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* Gia. Her elimination was mostly shocking only because she was eliminated despite being on the winning team and almost half the chefs had their jaws on the ground.ground, and partly because the blue team got kicked out on the last ticket whereas the red team survived the night with no one getting kicked out. Otherwise, it's not surprising at all. She was hated by all her teammates due to her bad attitude, outright ''lied'' to Ramsay about a wound, had a bad night on the garnish station (requiring Ryan to jump in and save it), and seemed to give up when Ramsay confronted her on it. This spared Koop (who struggled on the fish station) and Aaron (who was doing decent in services but lacked confidence and communication).



* Chris, who suddenly had bad visions from his recent accident return, and he told Chef Ramsay and Sous Chef Christina that he couldn't focus anymore. Even worse, this came after [[TookALevelInBadass taking a level in badass]] in that episode's challenge.



* Arguably Scotley might be one. While his attitude was going south and had a poor performance on meat (at one point requiring Bret to help him ''slice'' a Wellington), Trev and Jose had many problems on fish that night, with a raw salmon from the latter getting the red team kicked out of the kitchen. Still though, Ramsay expected more from Scotley considering that he came into the competition with a strong attitude, but lately has not walked the walk. Being on his third nomination as well (compared to Trevís second) probably didnít help things either.

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* Arguably Scotley might be one.Scotley. While his attitude was going south and had a poor performance on meat (at one point requiring Bret to help him ''slice'' a Wellington), Trev and Jose had many problems on fish that night, with a raw salmon from the latter getting the red team kicked out of the kitchen. Still though, Ramsay expected more from Scotley considering that he came into the competition with a strong attitude, but lately has not walked the walk. Being on his third nomination as well (compared to Trevís second) probably didnít help things either.


* Maribel. She was eliminated over Virginia (on her third time up for elimination) and Sara (whose exotic ideas on the menu put the red team so far behind the blue team, and argued with Ramsay), simply based on Ramsay's decision that she wasn't leadership material.

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* Maribel. She was eliminated over Virginia (on her third time up for elimination) and Sara (whose exotic ideas on the menu put the red team so far behind the blue team, and argued with Ramsay), simply based on Ramsay's decision that she wasn't leadership material. Granted, Virginia and Sara both had good services in the past while Maribel had generally been between mediocre and outright bad, but on that particular night her performance was, if anything, the ''least'' bad of the three remaining red team members.


* Julia. Made more prominent that Josh was eliminated that same night prior, but Ramsay stated that someone else would be eliminated. The other person up for elimination that night was Rock. Ramsay himself was struggling as to who he should eliminate: the one who showed so much potential and was determined to get to the high point of his career, or the one who made the biggest amount of progress in a short amount of time.

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* Julia. Made more prominent that Josh was eliminated that same night prior, but Ramsay stated that someone else would be eliminated. The other person up for elimination that night was Rock.Rock, who'd had what was easily both his own worst performance and the worst performance of any of the chefs remaining after Josh's mid-service ejection, but had been a lot more consistent than Julia overall. Ramsay himself was struggling as to who he should eliminate: the one who showed so much potential and was determined to get to the high point of his career, or the one who made the biggest amount of progress in a short amount of time.



* LA. Despite Carol and Andrea having worse performances than her, she was eliminated simply for lacking creativity and leadership. Not forgetting that he had eliminated Lacey earlier that night for her abysmal performance on the meat station.

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* LA. Despite Carol and Andrea having worse performances than her, she was eliminated simply for lacking creativity and leadership. Not forgetting that he had eliminated Lacey earlier that night for her abysmal performance on the meat station.station (albeit her team still won that night's service after she was kicked out).


** it was later revealed it wasnt his beef that got him sent home but rather his homosexuality. the owner of the restaurant which was the prize did not want a gay man to get the job and told ramsay he couldnt let nick win. so it was homoophobia rather than beef that led to his shocking elimination

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** it was later revealed it wasnt his beef that got him sent home but rather his homosexuality. the owner of the restaurant which was the prize did not want a gay man to get the job and told ramsay he couldnt let nick win. so it was homoophobia rather than beef that led to his shocking elimination


* Carol. She became the first chef to be eliminated on a winning team (strictly by technicality however, as the red team's customer satisfaction was higher than the blue). While Ben and Robert (who were up for elimination) made mistakes that night, Carol's potato dish was severely undercooked because she thought they needed to be cooked when the order came in (the dish was Au-gratin dauphinois, which Ramsay said they needed to be cooked ''before'' service) and tried to fix them by pouring more cream onto already crunchy potatoes ([[CaptainObvious It didn't work]]). By that point, Ramsay truly believed she given up, and eliminated her over the two men.

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* Carol. She became the first chef to be eliminated on a winning team (strictly by technicality however, as the red team's customer satisfaction was higher than the blue). While Ben and Robert (who were up for elimination) made mistakes that night, Carol's potato dish was severely undercooked because she thought they needed to be cooked when the order came in (the dish was Au-gratin dauphinois, which Ramsay said they needed to be cooked ''before'' service) and tried to fix them by pouring more cream onto already crunchy potatoes ([[CaptainObvious It (It didn't work]]).work). By that point, Ramsay truly believed she given up, and eliminated her over the two men.

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