Hell's Kitchen (U.S. season 10)

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Hell's Kitchen (U.S. season 10)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 20
Release
Original network Fox
Original release June 4, 2012 (2012-06-04) – September 10, 2012 (2012-09-10)
Season chronology
List of Hell's Kitchen episodes

Season 10 of the American competitive reality television series Hell's Kitchen premiered on June 4, 2012 on Fox and concluded on September 10, 2012. Chef de Cuisine Christina Wilson won the season and received a head chef position at Gordon Ramsay Steak at the Paris Las Vegas in the Las Vegas suburb of Paradise, Nevada.

Gordon Ramsay returned as head chef, Scott Leibfried and Andi van Willigan returned as sous chefs and James Lukanik returned as the maître d'.

Production and development[edit]

This season saw an alteration to the show's format, with many episodes now being two-parters, depicting the team challenge and reward/punishment one night, followed by service and elimination the following night. This season is also the first season in Hell's Kitchen history in which all chefs were eliminated normally. In other words, no chef was eliminated either despite being on the winning team, without being nominated, during dinner service, had to withdraw for medical reasons, or walked out on their own terms. This is also the first & only season where one challenge produced no winner and both teams faced punishment.

Opening sequence/credits[edit]

The opening sequence of Season 10 of the show, like the previous three seasons, did not take place in the kitchen. Instead, it began with the iconic "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign, which morphed to "Welcome to Fabulous Hell's Kitchen." This is followed by a magic show-style opening, featuring contestants doing various stunts and tricks, with Chef Ramsay magically appearing at the end.

Credit order: Patrick, Briana, Barbie, Kimmie, Clemenza, Don, Roshni, Royce, Brian, Robyn, Dana, Guy, Justin, Tavon, Tiffany, Christina, Chris, Danielle

Chefs[edit]

18 chefs competed in season 10. Full names per official site.[1]

Contestant Age Occupation Hometown
Robyn Almodovar 31 Executive Sous Chef Hollywood, Florida
Justin Antiorio 29 Sous Chef Lyndhurst, New Jersey
Chris Carrero 33 Executive Chef Queens, New York
Clemenza Caserta 41 Executive Chef Staten Island, New York
Patrick Cassata 40 Executive Chef Lombard, Illinois
Dana Cohen[2] 27 Chef Instructor River Vale, New Jersey
Roshni Gurnani 28 Executive Chef Boston, Massachusetts
Tavon Hubbard 22 Executive Chef Washington, D.C.
Tiffany Johnson 30 Sous Chef Warren, Vermont
Barbie Marshall[3] 34 Catering Chef Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Brian Merel 31 Personal Chef Chicago, Illinois
Danielle Rimmer 27 Saucier Bayonne, New Jersey
Don Savage 44 Cafeteria Chef Houston, Texas
Briana Swanson 32 Personal Chef New York, New York
Guy Vaknin 28 Executive Catering Chef New York, New York
Royce Wagner 29 Sous Chef Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Kimberly "Kimmie" Willis 27 Personal Chef Memphis, Tennessee
Christina Wilson[3] 32 Chef de Cuisine Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Contestant progress[edit]

Original teams First switch Second switch Individual Finals
No. Chef 1001 1002 1003 1004 1005/1006 1006/1007 1008 1009/1010 1011 1012/1013 1014 1015 1016 1017 1018 1019/1020
1 Christina WIN LOSE BoW LOSE LOSE WIN WIN LOSE WIN LOSE LOSE WIN IN IN IN WINNER
2 Justin LOSE LOSE WIN LOSE LOSE LOSE LOSE BoW LOSE LOSE LOSE NOM[n 1] IN IN IN RUNNER-UP
3 Dana WIN LOSE LOSE LOSE LOSE WIN WIN LOSE WIN LOSE LOSE WIN IN IN OUT
4 Barbie WIN NOM NOM LOSE NOM WIN WIN LOSE BoB NOM LOSE BoB IN NOM[n 1] OUT
5 Clemenza LOSE LOSE WIN LOSE LOSE NOM NOM[n 2] BoW NOM NOM LOSE NOM[n 1] NOM OUT[n 1]
6 Robyn WIN LOSE LOSE LOSE LOSE WIN WIN NOM BoW NOM NOM NOM OUT
7 Brian LOSE LOSE WIN NOM BoW LOSE NOM[n 2] BoW LOSE LOSE LOSE OUT[n 1]
8 Kimmie WIN LOSE LOSE LOSE LOSE BoB WIN LOSE WIN LOSE OUT
9 Tiffany WIN LOSE LOSE LOSE LOSE WIN WIN NOM WIN OUT
10 Royce NOM[n 1] NOM BoB LOSE LOSE LOSE LOSE NOM OUT
11 Patrick LOSE LOSE WIN LOSE NOM LOSE NOM[n 1] OUT
12 Roshni WIN NOM NOM[n 1] NOM BoW LOSE OUT[n 1]
13 Guy LOSE BoW WIN LOSE NOM OUT
14 Danielle WIN LOSE LOSE NOM OUT
15 Don NOM[n 2] LOSE WIN OUT
16 Briana WIN LOSE OUT
17 Chris LOSE OUT
18 Tavon OUT
Notes
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Chef was nominated by Ramsay
  2. ^ a b c Although nominated, chef was not called down by Ramsay


Episodes[edit]

Each episode consists of a challenge with a reward, a service and an elimination.

No.
overall 
No. in
season 
Title  Original air date  U.S. viewers
(millions) 
125 1 "18 Chefs Compete" June 4, 2012 5.46[4]

In this episode, 20 initial chefs were transported to Hell's Kitchen in a police-escorted motorcade, where sous chef Scott greeted them and explained he shaved his head to prove his dedication to Chef Ramsay, as did sous chef Andi. He called for volunteers to shave their heads; two of the "chefs" then turned out to be Scott's friends instead and got their heads shaved. Scott then called out actual contestant Danielle and was about to shave her head before Ramsay stopped him. It was later revealed that Andi was wearing a bald cap.

Team challenge: Each chef created their signature dish; men (blue team) competed against women (red team). Robyn's sea bass scored over Don's southwestern saltimbocca, neither Tiffany's Lamb Schnitzel nor Guy's pan-seared bass scored a point, Roshni's lamb and Royce's grouper both scored points, Justin's dish scored over Danielle's, neither Kimmie's Fisherman's Trio nor Brian's dessert scored a point, neither Barbie's nor Chris' dish scored a point, Briana's and Patrick's dish both scored a point and Dana's pan-seared scallops scored over Tavon's shrimp scallops and crab. Lastly, Christina's pork chop scored over Clemenza's veal chop, giving the women a 5-3 win.

The women were treated to a steak meal with two of Hell's Kitchen's past winners: Rahman "Rock" Harper from Season 3 and Dave Levey from Season 6, while the men were forced to clean both kitchens.

Dinner service: In the red kitchen, Roshni was kicked out after struggling on scallops, and although Barbie led the women to getting appetizers out, Christina's Wellingtons came out raw. In the blue kitchen, Tavon served raw pigeon, prepared Justin's scallops very poorly and laughed after being scolded by Ramsay, getting him kicked out, while Royce had trouble finding anchovies for salads and was also kicked out for serving undercooked spaghetti. Don did little, annoying his teammates, and the team was kicked out after Chris served an onion tart with raw pastry. After Christina still struggled on Wellingtons, Ramsay shut the red kitchen down. Though no entrées were served, the red team was named winners for at least serving appetizers; the blue team was told to nominate two for elimination.

Elimination: Tavon and Don were nominated. Ramsay overruled Don's nomination, nominating Royce. Ramsay eliminated Tavon for failing to live up to his Executive Chef job.

Ramsay's comment: "Tavon may have been an executive chef at 22, but he did little to impress me in his short stay in Hell's Kitchen."
126 2 "17 Chefs Compete" June 5, 2012 4.87

The chefs were awakened by a rap group inside the dorms.

Team challenge: The chefs removed 125 scallops from a large mound of ice and seaweed before cooking them to Ramsay's standards; the first team to make six plates of five scallops would win. The red team won mainly thanks to Barbie and Tiffany, preparing six plates to the blue team's two.

The women went on a yacht cruise for a day on Santa Catalina Island, while the men had to clean and prep the kitchens and dining room for service, as well as drink smoothies made from rejected scallops.

Dinner service: The service was deemed "Redemption Night", with Ramsay specifically wanting flawless scallops from both kitchens. Brian and Christina served shrimp scampi appetizer tableside. In the blue kitchen, Don served a burnt and also raw pizza, Brian served raw and also overcooked shrimp, Chris needed his teammates' help with scallops and served raw opah and Royce struggled on garnish. On the red team, Robyn and Barbie did not work together well and served undercooked food. Barbie continually argued with her teammates and struggled on fish before Ramsay kicked the red team out. After discovering an overcooked steak in the blue kitchen, Ramsay kicked the men out as well; Ramsay named both teams losers.

Elimination: Barbie, Roshni, Chris and Royce were nominated. Ramsay eliminated Chris for his poor performance on fish.

Ramsay's comment: "I'm sure that Chris prays that he never sees another scallop. And after tonight, I pray I don't see any more of him."
127 3 "16 Chefs Compete" June 11, 2012 6.25[5]

Team challenge: Both teams had to cook a meal for sixty immigrants who had just becomeU.S. citizens. Barbie attempted to cook pizzas too early, while Clemenza undercooked his. The red team won, their third challenge win in a row.[note 1]

The women were rewarded with a safari trip in San Diego, while the men were sent to do hard labor at the Ballona Wetlands. Prior to service, Ramsay had season 1 runner-up Ralph Pagano, Royce's boss, give Royce a pep talk.

Dinner service: Don and Tiffany were assigned as servers, but Don's writing and bad spelling slowed the blue team down. Royce had a near-perfect performance on appetizers, but Clemenza struggled on meat, running out of Beef Wellingtons, though he recovered on steaks. Dana put too much sauce on spaghetti, while Briana and Barbie served undercooked scallops. With Christina's help, the red team served appetizers, but on entrees, Briana served cod missing half a portion. Kimmie started well, but served undercooked Wellingtons, while Roshni forgot an order of dumplings and then served them undercooked. After Briana served overcooked cod, Ramsay threw the red team out. The blue team were named clear winners and Ramsay praised Royce. Ramsay berated the red team, but did praise Christina.

Elimination: Briana and Barbie were nominated; Ramsay also nominated Roshni. Ramsay eliminated Briana for her lack of improvement.

Ramsay's comment: "Tonight, Briana had a battle with the cod, and the cod won. And that's why her time in Hell's Kitchen was a short one."
128 4 "15 Chefs Compete" June 12, 2012 5.32[6]

Ramsay woke the chefs early and took them to a lamb pen at a local farm.

Team challenge: Each chef retrieved as many ingredients off animals as possible, with the collars and paint indicators of each ingredient. They then split into pairs to create 4 different lamb dishes; as the blue team had one less member, Patrick worked on his own. Tiffany/Danielle and Clemenza/Don both earned a point on lamb chop, Roshni and Kimmie's ground lamb earned a point over Patrick's and Justin and Guy's lamb chop earned a point over Barbie and Robyn's. Lastly, Royce and Brian's lamb steak earned a point over Christina's and Dana's, giving the blue team their first challenge win.

The men were rewarded with a day at the horse races, while the women had to wash paint off the sheep, clean and prep both kitchens and eat a lunch of lamb testicles.

Dinner service: In the red kitchen, Danielle served undercooked appetizers and was thrown out, while Roshni struggled on Beef Wellingtons and was also thrown out. For the blue team, Brian undercooked and overcooked cod before being thrown out for calling Ramsay "baby". Ramsay then threw Don out for overcooking steak, followed by Robyn and Danielle for communication issues and Justin and Royce for both cooking bass for the same table. Service was completed, but both teams were named losers.

Elimination: Don, Brian, Roshni and Danielle were nominated. Ramsay eliminated Don for his lack of improvement.

Team change: Ramsay then transferred Roshni to the blue team.

Ramsay's comment: "Everyone in Hell's Kitchen starts at the bottom. Unfortunately, Don stayed there."
129 5 "14 Chefs Compete" June 18, 2012 5.65[7]

Team challenge: Sous chef Scott brought a large donkey piñata to the teams and Ramsay explained that the piñata would pour out balls with ingredients labelled on them. Each chef had 25 ingredients to work on 6 different Mexican dishes, before each team selected five to be judged by Ramsay and two guest judges. The red team won 3-2, with Dana’s dish being noted as the best.

The red team went to one of the guest judge's gourmet restaurant for lunch and later an outdoor salsa dancing class, while the blue team had to prep both kitchens, make handmade salsas for service and eat tripe for lunch.

Dinner service: The service was Mexican night. The blue team started badly with Guy delivering undercooked tuna, but he recovered. On the red team, Barbie served incorrectly seasoned mussels and Kimmie baffled Ramsay by putting meat and fish on the same tray. Several chefs were kicked out; Guy and Patrick for communication issues, Danielle for serving raw pork twice, Justin and Clemenza after Justin served meat despite Clemenza's warning, Barbie for using a thermometer in chicken, Tiffany for serving burnt mashed potatoes and Royce for serving burnt chicken. The remaining chefs finished service, but Ramsay again named no winner.

Elimination: Patrick, Guy, Barbie and Danielle were nominated. Ramsay sent Barbie back in line, but the episode then ended in a cliffhanger.
130 6 "13 Chefs Compete, Part 1" June 19, 2012 5.34[8]

Continued from the previous episode, Ramsay eliminated Danielle. Ramsay did not give a comment on Danielle's elimination and she did not receive a coat hook and burning picture scene.

Team challenge: Both teams prepared an appetizer and two entrées (seafood and poultry) for three fashion designer judges; David Meister, Amanda Che and Ina Soltani. Christina and Dana's appetizer scored over Brian and Justin's, but Roshni and Patrick's poultry dish scored over Barbie and Tiffany's. Clemenza, Royce and Guy's seafood dish then beat out Kimmie and Robyn's, giving the blue team the win.

The blue team was treated to a shopping spree in Malibu, while the red team had to assemble the runway for Hell's Kitchen's first-ever fashion show.

Dinner service: Ramsay chose Kimmie and Royce to assist with plating dishes. Clemenza started cooking scallops before the show started and, upon questioning, Ramsay found out he cooked four servings.

The episode ends with "To Be Continued" cliffhanger.
131 7 "13 Chefs Compete, Part 2" June 25, 2012 5.66[9]

Continued from the previous episode, despite Clemenza's mistake, Ramsay ordered Hell's Kitchen to be opened.

Dinner service: The red team beat out the blue team on appetizers as Clemenza got overwhelmed with the number of scallop orders, but redeemed himself on entrées. Guy got distracted and was scolded, while Robyn ran out of beef, was scolded for asking Christina to get some from the blue kitchen and was eventually forced to apologize to the customers and offer them a different entree. Tiffany served undercooked swordfish and then tried to blame it on Christina, while Guy served undercooked beef and Royce struggled plating food. Both teams completed service, but Ramsay discovered a leftover tray of swordfish, resulting in an argument between Clemenza and Royce over who was responsible. The red team was named winners, with Kimmie being named best of the night.

Elimination: Clemenza and Guy were nominated. While the blue team all blamed Clemenza, Ramsay eliminated Guy for his lack of fight-back, but praised him for his hard work.

Ramsay's comment: "Guy's performance in Hell's Kitchen was extremely inconsistent. That is why I know he is not THE guy to run Gordon Ramsay Steak."
132 8 "12 Chefs Compete" June 26, 2012 5.51[10]

Team challenge: In front of each team were 4 domes and each dome contained 6 ingredients. Every 5 minutes, one dome became available for use. Each team member was told to take one ingredient from each dome that matches their protein and were judged by three Michelin-starred chefs, Michael Cimarusti, Anita Lo and Douglas Keane. The red team won 30-29 after Christina's lobster dish received 3 stars from Anita.

The red team was rewarded with a day at a spa and a set of Demeyere cookware each and Christina's lobster dish was placed on the menu for dinner service, while the blue team had to prep both kitchens for service and clean the dorms.

Dinner service: Tito Ortiz and Sugar Ray Leonard were seated at the Chef's Tables, with Robyn and Justin supervising them. The red team had little trouble except for Christina undercooking risotto and Tiffany having trouble on meat, including using a dirty knife to check a Wellington, but the team rebounded. In the blue kitchen, Clemenza served hard pasta, Brian served soupy risotto, Roshni served raw and overcooked meat and Ramsay kicked the blue team out after Patrick served cold lobster twice. Ramsay had the red team complete their service.

Elimination: Brian and Clemenza were nominated. Ramsay, angry, overruled and nominated Roshni and Patrick. Ramsay eliminated Roshni, but praised her for her big heart.

Ramsay's comment: "Roshni is a small lady with a big heart. Unfortunately, her performance tonight matched her stature."
133 9 "11 Chefs Compete Part 1" July 2, 2012 5.83[11]

Team challenge: A slot machine was spun and determined what type of ingredients and steak one member of each team had to cook in 30 minutes. Since Kimmie did not spin due to the red team having an extra member, she got to choose which batch of ingredients she would cook with; she chose Robyn's, but Robyn's ribeye steak was chosen over Kimmie's. Justin's filet mignon scored over Tiffany's, Christina's hangar steak scored over Royce's, neither Dana's or Patrick's flat iron steak scored a point and both Barbie's and Brian's New York strips scored a point. Clemenza's ribeye steak then scored over Robyn's, giving the blue team a 3-2 win. Ramsay told the red team they should have chosen Kimmie's steak, which Ramsay preferred.

The men were rewarded with a shopping spree for kitchenware and utensils, followed by lunch at Comme Ça, a local restaurant, while the women had to prep beef for service.

Dinner service: Service was a special steakhouse service, which included a kid's menu. Shortly before service, Kimmie burned her left hand and arm picking up a pan with hot grease; while she was medically treated, she argued with Robyn. The episode then ended in another "To be continued" cliffhanger.
134 10 "11 Chefs Compete Part 2" July 3, 2012 5.07[12]

Dinner service: Despite being advised by the medic not to take part in service, Kimmie decided to, which led to her team (bar Robyn) praising her dedication. Tiffany burned pizzas for kids and served inconsistent bellinis for smoked salmon, but Barbie took over and served perfect appetizers, earning praise from Ramsay. Kimmie and Robyn continued to argue and failed to get entrées out due to disagreeing over times. On the blue team, Patrick and Royce were thrown out for serving raw meat and Brian was scolded for acting goofy. Ramsay called Clemenza, Brian and Justin to assist the red team, but the fighting among the women continued and Ramsay threw them out after Robyn served raw steak. Although the men finished both team's services, Ramsay named both teams losers.

Elimination: Patrick, Royce, Tiffany and Robyn were nominated. Ramsay eliminated Patrick for struggling in two straight services.

Team change: Ramsay then accepted Robyn's request to be transferred to the blue team, though he warned her to stop blaming others for her mistakes.

Ramsay's comment: "Patrick talked a good game, but he couldn't back it up with his cooking so it was time for him to leave Hell's Kitchen."
135 11 "10 Chefs Compete" July 9, 2012 6.01[13]

Team challenge: Each team member rolled a 12-sided dice, with each face having a letter, and had to think of a food item beginning with that letter, after which each team had to produce one dish using all the ingredients named.[note 2] The blue team narrowly won after the red team's brussel sprouts were undercooked.

The blue team were rewarded with a trip on Southwest Airlines to Las Vegas, where they spent an entire evening at the Paris Las Vegas, while the red team had to spend all night barbecuing a pig to make pulled pork, with an alarm sounding every hour.

Dinner service: American Idol season 9 champion Lee DeWyze and season 10 finalist Haley Reinhart, as well as soccer pro David Beckham and his son, Brooklyn, were seated at the chef's tables. On the red team, Tiffany mistook cod for sea bass twice, but Barbie had an excellent performance on meat. The blue team struggled; Royce struggled on meat, Clemenza struggled on fish and Brian struggled with flatbread, so Ramsay took all the male blue team members aside for a time out. After the red team finished service, Ramsay had them help the blue team. The red team were named winners and Barbie was named best of the night. Ramsay criticized the blue team, but did praise Robyn.

Elimination: Royce and Clemenza were nominated. Ramsay had them both remove their jackets; Ramsay eliminated Royce for failing to live up to his abilities to his mentor before giving Clemenza a clean jacket.

Ramsay's comment: "Royce came in promising a Rolls-Royce service. But instead, his service was like a broken-down car. Time to send Royce to the junkyard."
136 12 "9 Chefs Compete Part 1" July 16, 2012 6.33[14]

Two chefs from each team competed against competitive eater Joey Chestnut in a chicken wing contest; Brian/Justin and Barbie/Tiffany had 60 wings to eat between them, while Chestnut had 60 to himself. The first to finish won $500 in cash; Chestnut won.

Team challenge: The annual "blind taste test" then took place; since the red team had an extra member, Kimmie sat out. Brian identified three ingredients compared to Christina's two, Barbie scored one while Robyn failed to get any and Tiffany scored one while Clemenza also failed to get any. Lastly, Dana scored two, but Justin became the first chef in Hell's Kitchen history to get a perfect score of four, giving the blue team a 7-6 win.

The blue team spent a day at the Raging Waters water park in San Dimas, while the red team spent the day taking in deliveries, grinding peppercorns with a mortar and pestle, changing the oil in the fryers and peeling potatoes.

The teams received an iPad video message from Ramsay, instructing them to create their own menu, consisting of three appetizers, three entrées and three desserts. Barbie prepped at a slow pace, annoying her teammates, the first batch of Kimmie's barbecue sauce tasted awful, forcing Christina to help her, and Dana helped Tiffany with potatoes since they were crunchy, while Clemenza stepped out of prep to clean his jacket. Ramsay had issues with the red team's appetizers, but had positive comments about their entrées. By contrast, Ramsay did not like any of the blue team's dishes, eventually finding several bones in Clemenza's quail dish, leading him to threaten Clemenza with elimination before service. The episode then ended with another "To be continued" cliffhanger.
137 13 "9 Chefs Compete Part 2" July 17, 2012 6.02[15]

Continuing from the previous episode, Ramsay warned the blue team to step up their game.

Dinner service: The customers submitted comment cards based on which team's dishes they preferred. The blue team ran out of scallops, leading to Robyn suggesting an alternate to the diners, Brian struggled to cook bass, Robyn faced problems with Justin's complicated dish, Justin overcooked prime steak and Clemenza lied to Ramsay after forgetting a sea bass. After numerous dishes were rejected for being overcooked and undercooked, Ramsay kicked the blue team out, despite only having one ticket left. For the red team, Christina got overwhelmed on flatbreads, Kimmie overcooked ribeye steak, Dana served raw lobster and Tiffany cooked garnish in a dirty pan. Tiffany got stalled on potatoes, and when she argued with sous chef Andi, Andi kicked her out. Ramsay tore up the customers' comment cards and named both teams losers, despite the red team finishing service.

Elimination: Robyn, Clemenza, Tiffany and Barbie were nominated. Ramsay eliminated Tiffany for her lack of passion and leadership.

Ramsay's comment: "The most passionate I ever saw Tiffany was moments ago when she was already on her way out. That was just too late."
138 14 "8 Chefs Compete" July 23, 2012 6.46[17]

Team challenge: A southern gospel choir, the Southern Voices of Victory, serenaded the chefs with their rendition of This Little Light of Mine before the challenge. The teams split into pairs and one from each team cooked a modernized version of a Southern entrée and side item, each revealed on a fan held by a choir member that the chefs chose. They then had 30 minutes to cook the items and were judged by Ramsay and Epicurious editor Tanya Steel. The red team won 3-1, with Dana's dish being judged best, leading for her dish to be featured on Epicurious.[16]

The red team were featured in a photo shoot for Epicurious, followed by a trip for lunch at The Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, while the blue team preped for service, which involved baking biscuits and churning butter from scratch.

Dinner service: Service featured a special menu of Southern cuisine. There were only minor faults on appetizers in both kitchens, but on entrées, Kimmie undercooked and overcooked catfish, Barbie under-seasoned garnish, Robyn undercooked chicken and Brian overcooked fish. When Brian gave Ramsay a snide answer, Ramsay kicked him out. After prompting by maître d' James, Brian returned and fought back, but the numerous mistakes continued and Ramsay threw both teams out, leaving he and the sous chefs to complete service. Furious, Ramsay ordered both teams to nominate one chef for elimination.

Elimination: Kimmie and Robyn were nominated. Ramsay eliminated Kimmie for not living up to her expertise on southern cooking, but praised her for her passion and drive.

Ramsay's comment: "As a woman from Memphis, tonight's Southern cuisine menu should've been an easy walk in the park for Kimmie. But it turned out to be a difficult uphill battle, and that is why it was her time to go."
139 15 "7 Chefs Compete" July 24, 2012 6.23[18]

Team challenge: The chefs had to prepare three dishes from the regular Hell's Kitchen menu in a tag-team race. Ramsay then judged the dishes on completeness, taste and appearance. However, all the dishes from both teams were rejected by Ramsay, making both teams losers and marking the first time in the history of Hell's Kitchen that neither team won a team challenge.

The reward would have been a day at the beach in Santa Monica, with lunch and a helicopter tour. Instead, both teams were forced to detail the SUVs, clean the restaurant and prepare for that night's service.

Dinner service: The red team did very well in service, their only problems being Christina burning risotto and Dana needlessly cooking each piece of fish in a separate pan, but they finished well before the blue team, who failed to get entrées out, causing some of their tables to walk out. Clemenza had trouble putting out multiple appetizers at the same time and Robyn put all her garnishes in the oven and then tried to blame her team. Justin served old sea bass and Brian failed to serve meat at the right temperature, losing control soon after. Ramsay kicked Brian off and had Barbie take over. The red team were named clear winners and Christina, Dana and Barbie were given black jackets.[note 3]

Elimination: The blue team nominated Robyn, but could not choose between Brian and Clemenza, so Ramsay also nominated Brian, Clemenza and Justin. Clemenza and Justin were given black jackets before Robyn was given the final black jacket and Brian was eliminated for giving up easily in service and not having a more serious attitude.

Ramsay's comment: "Brian had a lot of energy and was a funny guy. But after tonight's performance, I wasn't laughing. And that's why he has to leave Hell's Kitchen."
140 16 "6 Chefs Compete" August 13, 2012 6.58[19]

Team challenge: The chefs were split into pairs (Barbie/Justin, Christina/Robyn and Clemenza and Dana) and had to taste Chef Lefebvre's and Chef Hatfield's dishes. This lead to the actual "taste it, make it" challenge, in which the chefs had to distinguish the ingredients in Ramsay's dish and reproduce it in 30 minutes. Clemenza and Dana won.

Clemenza and Dana went to Silverwood Lake, where they spent the day jet skiing and having a gourmet picnic, while the others were forced to clean the dining room and polish glasses and silverware.

Dinner service: The chefs competed against another team, composed of runner-ups from previous seasons of Hell's Kitchen: Russell Kook II (Season 8), Jay Santos (Season 7), Kevin Cottle (Season 6), Paula DaSilva (Season 5), Bonnie Muirhead (Season 3) and Virginia Dalbeck (Season 2). The runner-up team started off with Jay getting overwhelmed on fish, forcing Kevin to help him. For the black team, Robyn underdressed caesar salads and she and Clemenza cooked appetizers not on order. Dana failed to ask for help and control the fish station, Robyn was kicked out for talking back to Ramsay and Clemenza overcooked scallops. Ramsay told the black team their service was "not bad", but the returning chefs were deemed to have been far better, meaning one member of the black team would be eliminated.

Elimination: Robyn and Clemenza were nominated. Ramsay eliminated Robyn for her lack of teamwork, but praised her for her passion.

Ramsay's comment: "Making it to the black jackets was a dream come true for Robyn. But cooking against the runners-up was a reality check for her and for me."
141 17 "5 Chefs Compete" August 20, 2012 6.23[20]

Individual challenge: The chefs had to teach five Miss Teen USA winners, Kamie Crawford, Stevi Perry, Hilary Cruz, Katie Blair and Allie LaForce, how to cook a chicken parmesan dish; Barbie won.

Barbie was treated to a gourmet Italian lunch and kayaking in the Venice canals, and chose Justin to go with her, while the others were forced to prepare for Italian service.

Dinner service: Before service, Sous Chef Scott caught Clemenza overtenderizing chicken. Barbie incorrectly cooked risotto numerous times, to a point where Ramsay threatened to throw her out if she messed up again, Dana burnt filets and Clemenza, despite producing perfect flatbreads, had a dirty workspace. Christina burned and under-seasoned sides, but recovered. Ramsay expressed disappointment with the performance and had the team nominate one for elimination.

Elimination: The team could not choose between Barbie and Clemenza, so Ramsay nominated both of them.[note 4] Ramsay eliminated Clemenza for his inconsistency and lack of organization, but commended him on his effort; Ramsay provided no comment on Clemenza's elimination and he did not receive a coat hook and burning picture scene.

The final four found a champagne bottle from Ramsay, which included a congratulations note and a promised surprise the following night.
142 18 "4 Chefs Compete" August 27, 2012 6.87[21]

The chefs were treated to a visit from their loved-ones.

Individual challenge: The chefs were taken to a Bristol Farms supermarket, where they had 10 minutes to spend up to $15 on ingredients before having 30 minutes to cook their dish. Three judges, two restaurateurs and a critic for Bon Appétit magazine, priced the dishes, with the chef with the highest average price winning. Dana won with her panko-coated halibut, narrowly beating out Christina, while Barbie finished third and Justin last.

Dana visited the Manhattan Beach Post restaurant, where the chef helped her cook a dish and serve it to very special customers, her parents. The others were forced to sort recyclable material from the garbage and prepare for service.

Dinner service: The chefs took turns running the pass while having to spot acts of sabotage Ramsay and sous chefs Scott and Andi set up. Justin had a very strong start, spotting crab instead of lobster in a spaghetti, and only had trouble with Dana's poor attitude on fish. Dana was strong in leadership, but failed to notice that a risotto was seasoned with sugar instead of salt. Barbie kept addressing her orders to the diners instead of the chefs, but managed to catch mashed celeriac instead of mashed potatoes. Christina had a rough start when Dana kept getting her times wrong, but became more vocal and decisive, catching arugula instead of spinach.

Elimination: Ramsay announced that two chefs would advance to the final. After each chef gave a reason to stay, Ramsay eliminated Barbie, but praised her for her improvement, passion and hard work. The episode then ended in a "To Be Continued" cliffhanger as Ramsay prepared to name the two chefs advancing to the final.
143 19 "2 Chefs Compete" September 4, 2012 6.17[22]

Continued from the previous episode, Ramsay chose Christina and Justin to advance to the final, eliminating Dana, but Ramsay allowed Dana to keep her jacket.

Christina and Justin prepared a menu of four appetizers, four entrées and three desserts before Ramsay sent them on a private jet to Las Vegas, where they meet sous chefs Scott and Andi poolside at the Paris Las Vegas. They spent a day at a pool and had dinner with their loved ones. Later, they saw Penn & Teller perform, which featured Ramsay as part of a magic trick.

Individual challenge: Christina and Justin then had each one hour to cook five entrées, judged by five well-renowned chefs, including Wolfgang Puck. Christina won 3–2.

Christina was granted first pick in drafting a team using the eight chefs eliminated from the competition prior to the final.[note 5] Christina picked Dana, Patrick, Kimmie and Robyn, while Justin chose Barbie, Brian and Royce, and was left with Clemenza.

Christina and Justin then briefed their team on their menus, but Clemenza, upset over being picked last, began to walk out. The episode then ended in a "To Be Continued" cliffhanger.
144 20 "Winner Chosen" September 10, 2012 6.27[23]

Continued from the last episode, while Clemenza was less than enthused, he decided to take part. Christina and Justin held one final briefing the following morning, but Clemenza did not show up, causing Justin to encourage him. Ramsay gave each of the menu items a taste test, identifying dishes in need of tweaking, before starting Hell's Kitchen's 140th service.

Dinner service: Both teams encountered problems; Clemenza burned bruschetta, Royce served raw crab cakes and undercooked meat and Barbie overcooked ribeye steak. After conferring, Justin served filet mignon as a substitute. On Christina's team, despite Christina distrusting Robyn, she put in a solid performance, while Dana struggled on fish. Near the end of service, an undercooked pork went to the pass for the red team, leading Ramsay to ask Christina to either serve it or restart the table. She decided to restart, a decision Ramsay approved of. Both teams completed service.

Winner: After deliberating, Ramsay called Christina and Justin to his office and sent them to two doors; Christina's door opened, making her the tenth winner of Hell's Kitchen. Christina hung her portrait on the Wall of Fame and Justin took his defeat graciously.

Ramsay's comment: "Christina's passion and talent are undeniable. She's a strong leader who is totally at home in the kitchen. I know I'm not rolling the dice with her in Vegas because she is the real deal."

Epilogue[edit]

Christina appeared in the Season 11 finale when she was visited by the finalists at Gordon Ramsay Steak, where they had lunch together and she gave them tips for their final service. She also appeared in Season 12 in episode 8 during the red team's reward trip in Las Vegas. Christina also returned in Season 13 for the 200th dinner service black-tie affair as a diner with Rock Harper (Season 3), Jay Santos (Season 7), Elise Wims (Season 9) and her Sous Chef at Gordon Ramsay Steak Jon Scallion (Season 11). Christina appeared in the Season 14 finale when she was visited in Hell's Kitchen and going with finalist to the Las Vegas. Dana returned in Season 12 to pick one of the contestant's dishes to appear in the Hell's Kitchen Calendar alongside Season 3 winner Rock Harper, and Season 9 winner Paul Niedermann. Christina later returned as the Red Team's sous chef in Season 15, replacing Andi Van Willigan.


In March 2014, Christina became the executive chef at Gordon Ramsay BurGR at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

In April 2015 during Vegas Uncork'd, Christina was promoted to US Top Executive of the Gordon Ramsay Group.[24]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The blue team's loss meant they set a record for the worst start in Hell's Kitchen history, with five lost challenges/services out of five.
  2. ^ Clemenza chose heirloom tomato, Justin chose daikon, Robyn chose dragonfruit, Brian chose edamame and Royce chose chicken. For the red team, Tiffany chose chicory, Barbie chose lamb, Kimmie chose turnips, Dana chose brussels sprouts and Christina chose truffles.
  3. ^ The blue team set the worst competitive record of any blue team in the history of Hell's Kitchen dinner services. They were victorious only once in twelve services, losing five outright to the red team as well as suffering six joint losses.
  4. ^ Clemenza's nomination count ties with Autumn Lewis of season 7 Sabrina Brimhall of season 8, Elise Wims in Season 9 and Scott Commings of Season 12.
  5. ^ Tiffany did not return, so Patrick took her place as the last person eliminated prior to the top ten.

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