Hell's Kitchen (U.S. season 7)

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Hell's Kitchen (U.S. season 7)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 15
Original channel Fox
Original release June 1, 2010 (2010-06-01) – August 10, 2010 (2010-08-10)
Season chronology
List of Hell's Kitchen episodes

Season 7 of the American competitive reality television series Hell's Kitchen aired on the Fox Network from June 1, 2010 to August 10, 2010. The winner, Holli Ugalde, was promised the head chef position at Chef Ramsay's newly renovated restaurant at the Savoy Hotel in London. Filming had concluded on February 2009, 16 months prior to seventh season premiere, when the hotel reopened in 2010; however, Ugalde was not given the job. Ramsay stated that the American Ugalde could not work in London due to visa problems, but Ugalde called that explanation an excuse, saying, "I don't know if they even applied for my visa." Holli was awarded an undisclosed amount of money in compensation and retained her title as the winner of season 7.[1]

Sous chef Scott Leibfried returned for the Blue Team, and newcomer Andi Van Willigan from Santa Monica, California became the sous chef for the Red Team.[2]


16 chefs competed in season 7.[2]

Contestant Age Occupation Hometown
Siobhan Allgood 25 Pub Executive Chef Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Edward "Ed" Battaglia 28 High School Cooking Teacher Edgewater Park, New Jersey
Jamie Bisoulis 26 Sous Chef Chicago, Illinois
Salvatore Coppola 35 Pizzeria Chef Laurel Springs, New Jersey
Jason Ellis 37 Personal Chef Suwanee, Georgia
Andrew Forster 28 Farmer Wake Forest, North Carolina
Scott Hawley 32 Executive Chef New York, New York
Nilka Hendricks 28 Line Cook West Hempstead, New York
Fran Klier 44 Catering Chef Rockville Centre, New York
Benjamin Knack 33 Culinary Instructor Malden, Massachusetts
Autumn Lewis 29 Personal Chef West Hollywood, California
Jason "Jay" Santos 32 Executive Chef Medford, Massachusetts
Stacey Slichta 38 Private Chef Studio City, California
Michael "Mikey" Termini 29 Line Cook Kihei, Hawaii
Maria Torrisi 24 Kitchen Supervisor Scranton, Pennsylvania
Holli Ugalde 24 Banquet Chef San Bernardino, California

Contestant progress[edit]

Original teams First switch Second switch Third
Individual Finals
No. Chef 701 702 703 704 705 706 707 708 709 710 711 712 713 714 715
10 Salvatore WIN LOSE WIN BoB WIN WIN OUT[n 3]
13 Jamie LOSE NOM[n 2] OUT
14 Mikey WIN OUT
15 Andrew WIN LEFT
16 Stacey OUT
  1. ^ Chef was eliminated by Ramsay during service
  2. ^ a b c Chef was nominated by Ramsay
  3. ^ Despite being on the winning team, the chef was eliminated by Ramsay


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

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79 1 "16 Chefs Compete" June 1, 2010 6.20[3]

At the start of this episode, Chef Ramsay and the contestants introduced themselves to members of the press, with Ramsay promising that the first dinner service will be completed.

Signature dishes/team challenge: Teams are divided into men (blue) and women (red) and each member cooks a signature dish to be judged by Ramsay against a member of the opposing team. Maria earns a point over Salvatore, Benjamin earns a point over Holli, neither Jamie or Scott earn a point, both Siobhan and Mikey earn a point, Jay earns a point over Stacey, Jason earns a point over Fran, and Autumn earns a point over Ed, making the score 4-3 in favour of the men. In the last pairing, neither Nilka or Andrew earn a point, giving the blue team a 4-3 win.

Ramsay then gives the contestants a series of video demonstrations on how to cook various dishes with a fire alarm siren preceding each video.

Reward/punishment: The men were treated to breakfast in bed, with the women cooking and serving it to them.

Service: Jay and Nilka served tableside chicken caesar salad. In the red kitchen, Stacey struggled on scallops and Fran served undercooked potatoes and mistook crab for lobster, while Jamie served cold steak and Maria laughs after Ramsay reprimands it. Ramsay kicks Fran, Jamie, and Maria out, and brings Nilka into the kitchen. In the blue kitchen, Salvatore burns shallots twice, Mikey serves raw halibut twice, getting him kicked out, and Benjamin struggles on risotto. Salvatore and Benjamin are kicked out after Salvatore cooks scallops in a cold pan, and Jay is brought into the kitchen. Stacey is then kicked out for still struggling on the fish station. Ramsay then merged the teams together, and under the leadership of Ed, service is completed. Ramsay named the blue team as the winners and the red team were told to nominate two members for elimination.

The women nominated Fran and Stacey; Ramsay eliminated Stacey for her lackadaisical attitude and lack of experience.

Ramsay's comment: "It's a good thing Stacey's a private chef, her food wasn't good enough for the public."
80 2 "15 Chefs Compete" June 8, 2010 6.29[4]

Team Challenge: The contestants were divided into pairs for the next team challenge: each pair must cook four egg dishes in four different styles (soft-boiled, poached, scrambled and sunny side up) in five minutes. Since the red team had one less member, Siobhan worked on her own, but accepted help from Autumn, which resulted in most of her eggs being disqualified by Ramsay. The men won the challenge 11-10.

Reward/punishment: The men were treated to helicopter tour of Los Angeles and a champagne lunch with Ramsay and Jean-Philippe on top of a skyscraper, while the women took in deliveries of tuna and prepped it for service.

Service: Scott and Fran served table-side tuna tartar, but Fran struggled. In the blue kitchen, Mikey consistently undercooked risotto, while Jason poorly cooked chicken. In the red kitchen, Autumn put too much salt in the water pots, and was scolded for taking over the appetizer station from Siobhan. The women finish appetizers well before the men, but Holli, Jamie and Nilka suffer communication problems, and Jamie serves raw fish.

Andrew's exit: After Andrew adds poor mash potato to a fresh pot, and argues with Ramsay, Ramsay threw him out of the kitchen. Andrew then began to leave the building, thinking that he was thrown out of the competition, and though Jean-Philippe tried to talk Andrew back into the contest, Andrew left the competition, making him the second chef to quit mid-service.

Despite both teams finishing service, Ramsay declared both team losers and had both teams nominate one member for elimination. The women nominated Autumn, while the men nominated Jason. Ramsay overruled Autumn's nomination and after questioning, nominated Jamie, but in the end, spared Jamie and Jason, eliminating Mikey for struggling on two straight dinner services.

Ramsay's comment: "Mikey was all about appearances. Unfortunately for him, it didn't appear he could cook."
81 3 "13 Chefs Compete" June 15, 2010 4.84[5]

Team challenge: In the Team Communication challenge, teams serve lunch to members of the University of Southern California Marching Band and Cheerleaders; the first team to serve their diners first win. The women narrowly won their first challenge of the season in a close finish.

Reward/punishment: The women are rewarded with a trip to the beach, playing soccer with Ramsay and his family, while the men had to clean a portion of the Los Angeles River.

Service: Before service begun, Fran burned her hand carrying a large pot of hot water, but refused to see the medic. Holli and Salvatore were chosen as maitre d' assistants; Salvatore struggled, and contemplated quitting the competition. In the blue kitchen, Scott serves poor potatoes, but the men do well on entrees thanks to Benjamin's strong performance on meat. Jason struggled on garnish, but recovered. In the red kitchen, Fran struggles on meat with her burn, and Ramsay eventually forced her to seek medical attention, while Jamie burnt carrots and mashed potatoes. Siobhan tried to take over Jamie's station, but lost track of her work on the fish station in the process; both teams were able to complete service. Ramsay named the men the winners, praising Benjamin, and the women were told to nominate two members for elimination.

The women nominated Fran and Jamie; Ramsay eliminated Jamie for her lack of leadership.

Ramsay's comment: "To be a great chef you need creativity, leadership qualities, and passion. Jamie had passion."
82 4 "12 Chefs Compete Part 1" June 15, 2010 6.22[5]

After the elimination, Ramsay pulls aside Salvatore and encourages him to fightback after his poor performance.

Team challenge: Each chef rolled a die which had letters on its twelve sides. Upon seeing the letter, the chef had ten seconds to call out an ingredient starting with that letter.[note 1] The teams then had 30 minutes to create a dish using those ingredients. The men made a pan roasted halibut with a bacon, pea and crab ragu, a salsify puree and a salad of crab and endive, while the women made a mango glazed pan seared duck with ham, pureed turnips and beets. The men won after the women's duck was cooked with too much "fat" left on.

Reward/punishment: The men were told that they were going skydiving (much to the dismay of Jason), but they discovered that they were going to be in a vertical wind tunnel for the day. The women cleaned the entryway to Hell's Kitchen and prepped both kitchens for the night's dinner service.

Service: Service included numerous celebrities as well as special guests on the chef's tables. The men's special guests were Debi Mazar and her husband, while the women's special guests were Kevin Frazier and his wife. In the blue kitchen, Salvatore has a strong perfomance on fish, but Scott struggled on meat, and Ed served hard mashed potatoes. In the red kitchen, Nilka has a strong performance on the meat station, but Siobhan mistakes lobster for crab twice, and Autumn has issues handling fish, dropping a piece of salmon onto one of her burners. However, Ramsay considered the service to be an improvement and named both teams winners, though he had each team nominate one member for elimination.

Nilka and Salvatore were named Best of the Best on their teams and were asked to choose the nominees. Nilka nominated Autumn, while Salvatore nominated Scott. No chef was eliminated, but Ramsay transferred Autumn to the blue team and Scott to the red team.

Ramsay's comment: "After our best service yet, I've decided to give Autumn and Scott another chance. But they better excel or they'll both be gone."
83 5 "12 Chefs Compete Part 2" June 22, 2010 5.68[6]

Team challenge: Each chef brought a pig in a pen to get an ingredient listed on the pigs collar, totaling 3 pork items and 3 side items. The teams then had to create three dishes, each with pork as the primary ingredient and one further ingredient. The red team got ham hock, tenderloin, blood sausage, apple, prunes and sweet potato, while the blue team got bacon, pork chop, loin chop, cabbage, pinto beans and bok choi. The blue team's roasted pork loin scores over the red team's blood sausage and prunes, but the red team's fennel-encrusted pork tenderloin scored over the blue team's honey-glazed bacon. Finally, the blue team's pork chop with pinto beans scores over the red team's sweet potato soup as the soup only used hamhock as a garnish, when it was supposed to be the main ingredient.

Reward/punishment: The blue team were rewarded with a trip to Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa, while the red team had to go to give the pigs in the pen a bath.

Service: The theme of service is Barbecue Night. The service had two servings, with the teams taking turns cooking the menu and working tables in the dining room. Fran had a strong performance on appetizers, but Maria serves raw crab, Scott serves burnt chicken and Siobhan serves undercooked burgers. The blue team did well in the dining room, their only problem being Salvatore's poor handwriting. When the teams swapped, Jay was strong on the appetizers, but Salvatore struggled on garnish, Autumn undercooked ribs, and Ramsay scolded Jason after he tried to save time by frying chicken and French fries in the same basket. The red team were slow to get orders into the kitchen; Maria double-took an order from a table that Holli had already taken the order for and wrote down orders incorrectly.

Ramsay named the blue team the winners due to their performance in the dining room. Fran was named the best of the worst, and initially planned to nominate Maria and Scott, until Scott persuaded her to nominate Nilka instead. Ramsay immediately overruled Nilka's nomination and nominated Scott, but eliminated Maria for being the worst performer in both the kitchen and the dining room. Ramsay told Fran to follow her instincts when given a responsibility.

Ramsay's comment: "Maria was in over her head. On garnish she was lost and her team paid the cost. That's why her life in Hell's Kitchen is dead."
84 6 "11 Chefs Compete" June 22, 2010 6.28[6]

Team Challenge: The challenge was to make meals out of five mother sauces (Hollandaise, Béchamel, Demi-glace, Velouté, and Tomato) while not reusing any of the other twenty ingredients given to them for use. The blue team worked well together, but on the red team, Nilka took most of the ingredients without first consulting her teammates. To judge the dishes, Ramsay called on the help of his wife and mother. Fran scores over Salvatore on tomato sauce, neitehr Jay or Siobhan earn a point for their hollandaise dishes, Ed scores over Holli on velouté, Nilka scores over Jason on demi-glace, and Benjamin scores over Scott on béchamel, leaving the score at 2-2 tie. Ultimately, Ramsay gives the blue team the win, judging Jason's dish to be the best of the dishes not awarded a point.

Reward/punishment: The blue team were rewarded with a trip to Ye Olde King's Head British Pub in Santa Monica, California and each member received a set of premium pots and pans, compliments of Ramsay. The red team cleaned and preped both kitchens.

Service: Hell's Kitchen hosted family night, adding a kids menu consisting of dishes such as chicken fingers and spaghetti. The blue team had a strong performance, their only problem being Salvatore cooking only one portion of risotto when two were on order, and then lying to Ramsay about having done so, causing Ramsay to berate him. Under Benjamin's strong leadership, the blue team completed service. The red team continued to struggle, Nilka undercooked the risotto, and nobody on the team knew who was supposed to be cooking spaghetti. Fran overcooked the scallops, and Scott lost track of his orders, serving raw wellingtons. After Scott served burnt chicken and beef, Ramsay kicked all of the red team out of the kitchen while he, Sous Chef Scott and Sous Chef Andi completed their service.

Ramsay named the blue team as the clear winners, and told the red team to nominate two for elimination. The red team nominated Fran and Scott, but Fran admitted that she wasn't sure why she was nominated and thought Siobhan should be nominated, causing Ramsay to call all three forward. Ramsay eliminated Scott for his arrogance and failing to live up to his executive chef position. Ramsay then transferred Benjamin to the red team.

Ramsay's comment: "If Scott could cook as well as he talks, he'd be the winner of Hell's Kitchen. Unfortunately for him, he can't."
85 7 "10 Chefs Compete" June 29, 2010 5.70[7]

Team challenge: Both teams cooked meals for a 50th wedding anniversary, remaking three dishes that the wedding couple had at their wedding reception 50 years ago. The challenge ended in a tie, but Ramsay awarded the win to the red team.

Reward/punishment: The red team were rewarded with dinner at a 50's style diner, while the blue team had to decorate the dining room for the 50th anniversary reception being held the following day.

Service: Ed and Nilka served Steak Diane tableside. For winning the challenge, the red team served the guests of honor. In the blue kitchen, the cake made almost fell over but was saved in time, and Salvatore struggled on garnish as he did not communicate with his teammates. In the red kitchen, Benjamin served raw crab cakes and then overcooked them, while Holli served overcooked duck and raw chicken and Fran struggled on the garnish station. However, both kitchens completed service. The blue team were named the winners, and the red team were told to nominate two for elimination.

The red team nominated Fran and Siobhan. However, Ramsay spared them due to the red team's improved performance and instead eliminated Salvatore for consistently poor performances, making him the second chef to leave the competition despite being on the winning team.

Ramsay's comment: "Salvatore had a big heart. Too bad he couldn't cook with it."
86 8 "9 Chefs Compete" June 29, 2010 6.33[7]

Team Challenge: Each person made a gourmet sandwich in 30 minutes. Because the red team had one more member, they had to choose the worst sandwich on their team to sit out, choosing Siobhan, much to her dismay. The score ended in a 3-3 tie, so Ramsay used Siobhan's sandwich to declare a winner. Ramsay awards the blue team the win, telling the red team they should have chosen Fran's sandwich to sit out instead.

Reward/punishment: The blue team was rewarded with wine tasting in a private jet with Ramsay, while the red team had to shuck peanuts and grind them into peanut butter. Ed and Autumn got drunk from the reward, giving them hangovers heading into service.

Service: In the red kitchen, Fran struggled on risotto and Siobhan served under-seasoned scallops and argued with Ramsay, who forced her out to eat them; Benjamin took over her station. Also, Nilka serves raw chicken. In the blue kitchen, Jason and Jay struggled to communicate, serving overcooked the scallops and under-salted risotto out. Autumn serves salty mashed potatoes and Ed struggles with meat. After Ed serves raw duck, Ramsay kicks the blue team out. Fran continued to struggle on appetizers, leading Ramsay to kick the red team out as well. An angry Ramsay declared no winner and told both team to nominate two for elimination.

The red team nominated Fran and Siobhan, while the blue team nominated Autumn and Ed. Ramsay eliminated Siobhan for her poor performances, and for allowing Benjamin to take over her station.

Ramsay's comment: "Siobhan got pushed around a lot in Hell's Kitchen. So it was up to me to finally push her out."
87 9 "8 Chefs Compete" July 6, 2010 6.29[8]

Team challenge: The contestants conduct a blind taste test to see which foods they can correctly identify. The blue team won 4-3, with Jay being the only contestant to correctly identify two ingredients.

Reward/punishment: The blue team were rewarded with VIP passes to Sea World to swim with the dolphins and to spend the day at the park, while the red team takes in several deliveries of food for Gordon Ramsay at The London, West Hollywood, not for Hell's Kitchen.

Service: Each team prepares their own menu consisting of four appetizers, entrees and desserts, with the customers deciding which menu to order from. Ramsay was not impressed with either menu, branding the red team's menu uninspiring, apart from Holli's desserts, which he complimented, and the blue team's menu terrible. The blue team decided to revamp their menu at the last minute, but the red team ignored Ramsay's suggestions for improving their dishes. As a result, the orders for the blue team's menu vastly outnumbered those of the red team. Both kitchens saw poor performances from Autumn and Fran on their respective meat stations, and this eventually led to Jay kicking Autumn off the meat station and putting her on desserts instead.

While the red team had clearly been the worse of the two teams, Ramsay refused to name the blue team the winners since they had come up with such a bad menu at the first time of asking, and had not executed their redesigned version to his satisfaction. Ramsay has both teams nominate one chef for elimination.

The blue team nominated Autumn, while the red team nominated Fran. Ramsay told both Autumn and Fran to take their jackets off; Ramsay eliminated Fran after feeling that she had gone as far as she could, though Ramsay commended her for her determination. Ramsay then reassigns Autumn to the red team.

Ramsay's comment: "Fran wanted her team to communicate, but it seems the only thing her team agreed on was wanting her gone."
88 10 "7 Chefs Compete" July 6, 2010 7.08[8]

Team Challenge: The contestants each cook a lobster dish with a 10-pound lobster, with three judges, all Michelin-starred chefs, deciding which ones are best. As the red team had an extra member, they chose Nilka's dish to sit out. Only one dish from each team earned a point: Holli's and Jason's. Ramsay broke the tie by choosing Holli's dish as the best dish, giving the red team the win.

Reward/punishment: The red team were treated to sampling caviar at a Petrossian Paris, and were each given $1000 to spend in a shopping spree, while the blue team cleaned the dorms and prepped each kitchen for that night's service.

Service: When the red team returned from their reward, the blue team had still not prepped their own kitchen. Ramsay then declared that both teams will operate in the red team's kitchen, serving customers who will be attending the theatre after dinner, placing a 2½-hour time limit on the service. Holli served carvier tableside, which she did without any problems and also appeared to enjoy herself in the dining room. Jason had a strong performance on the meat station, but Nilka undercooked the fish and suffered an emotional meltdown, causing Jay to help her. Ed causes mulitple pans to catch on fire on the garnish station.

Automatic elimination: After numerous mistakes on the fish station, Ramsay eliminated Nilka during service. Nilka then went back into the kitchen and pleaded to be given a second chance, refusing to leave until Ramsay forced Benjamin to help him get her out of the kitchen. The two teams rallied and finished the service with fifteen minutes to spare. Ramsay then confronted Nilka at the back entrance after service and urged Nilka not to give up on her dream before sending her home via taxi. Nilka received her full elimination sequence at the end of the episode.

Despite both teams being named joint-winners, both teams were told to nominate one chef for elimination. Though Autumn and Ed were nominated, Ramsay retained each chef and gave each chef a black jacket.

Ramsay's comment: "Tonight was the best service we've had in Hell's Kitchen, and that's why I rewarded the final six. Now, only the best chefs remain. Nilka was clearly out of her depth."
89 11 "6 Chefs Compete" July 20, 2010 5.98[9]

Individual challenge: In an individual challenge, the chefs have thirty minutes to create a great-tasting dish and make it look aesthetically pleasing. The dishes are judged based solely on presentation by culinary students. From worst to best, the dishes were Holli, Jay, Jason and Autumn. Benjamin and Ed's dishes were singled out as the top two dishes. The dishes are then judged by Tanya Steel of Epicurious on taste, who declared Benjamin the winner.

Reward/punishment: Benjamin received a make-over and a photo shoot with Epicurious, as well as his dish being featured at the next dinner service, while the others cleaned the entire restaurant.

Service: Ed frequently undercooked and overcooked fish, and Benjamin's lack of communication caused Jay to give Ramsay inaccurate times. The team as a whole struggled to remember the ordesr. After Ed overcooked scallops and Benjamin brought up meat entrées for the wrong table, Ramsay kicked them out of the kitchen. The remaining four chefs completed service, which included serving Whoopi Goldberg, who was a special guest at the chef's table.

It appeared that Benjamin and Ed would be the two nominees, however, when Ramsay told the team to decide on two nominees based on "overall" performance, this caused the team to nominate Autumn for the numerous times in she had been nominated alongside Ed. Ramsay eliminated Ed for disintegrating performances and also for an unconvincing final plea.

Ramsay's comment: "Ed was one of the favorites because of his strong start. Unfortunately in cooking it's not how you start, it's how you finish."
90 12 "5 Chefs Compete" July 20, 2010 6.96[9]

Individual challenge: The contestants went to a local supermarket, where they spent no more than $10 in ten minutes on ingredients for their dish, after which they have 30 minutes to cook. Each dish is judged by a panel of three gourmands, who then come up with a price they would pay, if they ordered this dish at a restaurant; the contestant with the largest average among the three prices wins. Jason ($16.00) ended up in last for buying prepared ravioli. Ben's ratatouille dish ($25.00) in fourth. Autumn's veal dish ($27.33) in third. Jay's lamb dish ($28.66) in second. Holli in first with her tuna dish ($29.66).

Reward/punishment: Holli chooses Jay, as he came second, to join her and Jean-Philippe at The Peninsula Beverly Hills for a poolside lunch, followed by a $1000 kitchen equipment shopping spree. Holli's dish was also featured in that night's service. The others did laundry and dined on Spam sandwiches.

Service: Ramsay has the contestants switch stations every several minutes to test their communication skills, in which each chef tells the contestant taking their place what to do next before moving on to the next station. The service was very rocky; Jay struggled on meat, Benjamin served rejected scallops, and Jason served overcooked halibut. At one point, Ramsay stepped out for a moment, leaving Sous Chef Scott in charge. Benjamin, however, attempted to read the orders at the pass, only to be berated by Scott, furiously warning Benjamin never to usurp him at the pass again.

The team managed to eventually complete service, though Ramsay was far from impressed with the performance and had the team nominate two for elimination. The team nominated Benjamin and Jason. Ramsay eliminated Jason as Ramsay did not consider him to be head chef material. However, Ramsay told Jason not to give up on his dream.

Ramsay's comment: "Jason was good enough to make it to the final five, but he just didn't instil the confidence I needed to see to be my head chef."
91 13 "4 Chefs Compete Part 1" July 27, 2010 6.25[10]

Individual challenge: Ramsay showed the chefs how to cook monk fish, and then they each had to verbally teach a novice how to duplicate Ramsay's dish. Jay won the challenge.

Reawrd/punishment: Jay chose Holli to come with him on an aerial tour of Los Angeles on the Goodyear Blimp, the Spirit of America. Benjamin and Autumn did maintenance and cleaning work, including in the parking lot.

Service: For the first time in Hell's Kitchen history, contestants choose which station they would work in. Holli undercooked the John Dory, Jay served bland risotto, Autumn undercooked the scallops, and Benjamin caused a beef wellington to split open, and had a lack of communication. However, eventually, all four chefs finished service.

Jay, the service's Best of the Best, was told by Ramsay to nominate two chefs for elimination; he chose Autumn and Benjamin.[note 2]

Ramsay called Autumn and Benjamin forward, one by one, only to order both of them back in line. After a great dinner service, Ramsay decided that it was impossible to send anyone home. Instead, he decided to invite each of the contestant's family members to Hell's Kitchen for a brief visit (Benjamin's wife and daughter, Holli's son and best friend, Jay's mom and step-dad and Autumn's best friend and boyfriend).

Ramsay's comment: "I decided to let all the chefs enjoy tonight's successful dinner service, but what they don't know is, after the next dinner service I'll be cutting the field in half."
92 14 "4 Chefs Compete Part 2" August 3, 2010 7.07[11]

Individual challenge: Ramsay presented a dish and had the chefs taste it. In a "taste it, make it" challenge, they then had to recreate that dish in 45 minutes without knowing the ingredients. Holli won the challenge.

Reward/punishment: Holli spent a trip with her family on a yacht, while the others cleaned the dorms. Benjamin complained of lower back and shoulder pains and initally decided to leave the competition, but stayed after talking to Ramsay.

Service: Ramsay gave each of the chefs an opportunity to run the hot pass. During the chefs' time on the pass, they had to complete quality control checks, including sous-chef Scott sabotaging the food and Jean-Philippe leaving out an entree from an order. Jay had a very strong start and passed both of his quality control tests comfortably. Holli had a nervous start at first and failed the first of her quality control tests, but recovered. Benjamin, despite failing his first quality check by not noticing he had been given venison wellingtons rather than lamb wellingtons, proved to be a strong leader. Autumn had a shaky start by failing to notice she had been given the wrong sauce, and then angered Ramsay by not taking her mistake seriously. She then became excessively nitpicky and started sending back dishes which the other chefs and even Scott thought were cooked correctly. Ramsay took over again for the end of the service, which the chefs completed successfully.

Instead of asking the chefs who should be nominated for elimination, Ramsay told the chefs to each say why they should advance to the final. Autumn was the first chef to be eliminated, but Ramsay commended her for her passion and dedication. Ramsay then chose Jay and Holli to advance to the final, eliminating Benjamin, though Ramsay encouraged Benjamin to never give up.
93 15 "2 Chefs Compete" August 10, 2010 7.09[12]

Individual challenge: Holli and Jay travel by limo to The London West Hollywood where, to a crowd of fans, they had one hour to cook five dishes: an Amuse-bouche, a cold appetizer, a hot appetizer, a fish course and a meat course, to be judged by five chefs from Ramsay's restaurants in England. Jay won the challenge 3-2.

Jay is granted first choice in drafting a team, using the six chefs eliminated prior to the final.[note 3] Jay picked Benjamin, Jason and Fran, while Holli picked Autumn and Nilka, and was left with Siobhan.

Service: Among the customers are Holli and Jay's relatives and friends. In the red kitchen, Nilka and Siobhan struggled on the appetizers, and in the blue kitchen, Jason had trouble on the meat station, Fran struggled on scallops, and Ramsay noted that Benjamin appeared to be leading the team more than Jay, warning Jay to step up and run the kitchen. Both teams eventually rallied and finished service.

The winner was then determined by Ramsay, based on the comments of the diners. Each contestant stands in front of a door; the door that opens designates the winner. Holli's door opened, making her the seventh season winner of Hell's Kitchen; Jay took his defeat graciously.

Ramsay's comment: "Holli won because she has grown as a chef more than any other chef in Hell's Kitchen. At the start, she was barely noticeable. But then, she got her confidence. She emerged and there was no holding her back. I'm absolutely thrilled she'll be working with me at the Savoy Grill in London."


  1. ^ Scott rolled H and went for Halibut, Jason rolled E and went for endive, Ed rolled S and went for salsify, Benjamin rolled C and went for crab, Jay rolled P and went for peas and Salvatore rolled B and went for bacon. For the women, Fran rolled B and went for beets, Nilka rolled S and went for shallots, Autumn rolled M and went for mangoes, Siobhan rolled H and went for ham, Maria rolled T and went for turnips and Holli rolled D and went with duck.
  2. ^ Autumn's nomination ties her with Sabrina Brimhall from season 8, Elise Wims from season 9, Clemenza Caserta from season 10 and Scott Commings from season 12 as the most nominated contestant in the history of the show, at seven nominations.
  3. ^ Ed did not return, so Siobhan took his place as she was the last person to be eliminated prior to final eight contestants.


After Holli was declared the winner of Hell's Kitchen, Ramsay announced that Holli would not be given the job at the newly renovated Savoy Grill at the Savoy Hotel, stating that her visa would not let her work in the United Kingdom. Holli called that explanation an excuse, saying, "I don't know if they even applied for my visa." However, Ramsay expressed disappointment and said that she was a great chef. Holli accepted an undisclosed amount of cash instead.[13]

A year later after season 7 was filmed, Holli was one of the special VIP guests for Hell's Kitchen's "black-tie" 100th dinner service on October 13, 2010.

Jay later returned to Season 10, to face against that seasons final six chefs, along with other Runner-Ups and as Holli showed up for the 100th dinner service in Season 8. Jay returned in Season 13 as a guest in the 200th dinner service.


  1. ^ "London's Savoy hotel reopens but without Hell's Kitchen winner Holli Ugalde". The Daily Telegraph, via PerthNow. 2010-11-29. 
  2. ^ a b First names only are given onscreen. Last names and biographical information per Hell's Kitchen Bios at Fox site
  3. ^ Hibberd, James. "'Got Talent,' 'Hell's Kitchen' debuts rise in ratings", The Hollywood Reporter; section "The Live Feed", June 02, 2010
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  5. ^ a b "TV Ratings: Tuesday June 15, 2010 (NBA, Lakers Dominate)", TheTVAddict.com, June 16, 2010
  6. ^ a b "TV Ratings: Tuesday June 22, 2010 (The only thing JILLIAN is losing is viewers!)", TheTVAddict.com, June 23, 2010
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