At their next challenge, Chef Ramsay instructs the Top 3 contestants to take a classic American dish and transform it into an entrée worthy of fine-dining, noting that special guests of honor will be judging their creations. In one of the most emotional reunions yet, the contestants learn that the greatest home-cooking experts they know - their very own mothers - have come to HELL'S KITCHEN to vote for their favorite entrée. Not knowing who made what, the mothers select a winner, who is treated to a memorable meal. That evening in a critical dinner service, Chef Ramsay informs the chefs that each of them will have a shot at running the kitchen in his place, so that he can separate the cooks from the leaders. To ensure that the chefs have a discerning eye and a desire for perfection not unlike his own, Chef Ramsay enlists the helps of the sous chefs to throw some wrenches into the preparations. While some contestants catch the mistakes before the sabotaged plates are served to the diners, others struggle to handle the hot plate. In one of the most difficult eliminations yet, Chef Ramsay chooses two finalists who will go on to compete for the Head Chef position.