After opening with the brutally long (almost 10 minutes!) season recap, the final showdown got underway. Not that I didn't enjoy looking back on the events of this year, but it seemed like they could have edited the package a little quicker. I was shocked by how many of these people I had already forgotten about, so the opening did its job I suppose, for better or worse.
For the final challenge, the two chefs are given the task of creating their dream restaurant, picking everything from the menu and décor all the way down to the uniforms of the wait staff. Create own dream restaurant. Petrozza, as usual, got very emotional during his time of reflecting on how far he's come, while Christina seemed rather arrogant. Perhaps that arrogance was based on the fact that she knew
exactly what she wanted on her menu, while Petrozza sat scratching his head, eating potato chips and ultimately going to be without finalizing his plans.
The following morning both chefs met with the designer to plan the look of their restaurant and JP to pick their waiters uniforms. Again, Petrozza and Christina were polar opposites. Petrozza cannot articulate his menu to the designer for ideas, while Christina knows exactly what she wants. Christina wants to keep everything simple, while Petrozza wants flowers everywhere (which Christina hates) in complicated arrangements. Finally, Christina hates all of the wait staff uniform choices, particularly the one that features a chef's jacket, which, naturally, is Petrozza's first choice. Overall, Christina is playing to simplicity, while Petrozza is making matter complicated, perhaps over thinking and overdoing everything.
Then Gordon calls the chefs up to his office to address his concerns about perhaps not having the right finalists. This leads to a cliff-hanger commercial break, and wouldn't you know it, my DVR flipped out on me. The next clip I could get to play is Christina and Petrozza stepping out of the limo in Times Square. (Someone, please fill me in on what I missed in the rest of the office meeting!)
Even so, once in New York, the chefs were greeted with their name in the Times Square lights and also learned that they would each be receiving a weeklong trip to Dubai. (Though Christina is going to need a map to get there!) Then the gang gets a tour of Chef Ramsay's London New York, and meets Josh Emmett, the executive chef who will be overseeing them when the London in West Hollywood opens.
While in the kitchen, they are given their chef's jackets for the final showdown, as well as the orders for their final challenge. Each chef has to prepare their signature dish from the menu and serve it to Gordon's executive chefs from each of his five restaurants. Petrozza makes a filet mignon with onion risotto and an onion paintbrush (?!) garnish. Christina serves an aged New York strip steak with a sweet corn succotash. Again, Christina is pretty cocky, mostly based on the fact that she's keeping it simple and flavorful while Petrozza is getting a little fancier, but perhaps unfocused.
As if it could happen any other way, the judging panel is split, with Mark Sargeant and Angela Hartnett picking Petrozza's dish (despite his paintbrush!) and Stuart Gillies and Simone Zanoni picking Christina's. (My biggest laugh of the evening came from Petrozza calling Simone a ding dong because he never served risotto as a side dish!) But the deciding vote came down to Josh Emmett, who ultimately decided that the risotto made Petrozza's dish the winner, earning Petrozza the chance to pick first when building his kitchen team.
Christina (whose arrogance was now showing shades of Jen) claimed she was not worried because her menu is better that Petrozza's. And then Whoopi Goldberg walked out?!? (Her appearance seemed pointless, and since I've yet to make a connection as to why she showed up - aside from being a "fan" of
Hell's Kitchen - I will address it no further.)When the chefs got back to Hell's Kitchen, again, the two chefs were completely different. Petrozza was thrilled with his dining room, while Christina complained about the white window treatments and the striped wallpaper that
shepicked out. (Ugh. Even though I was already putting my support in Petrozza's corner, I'm definitely rooting for him now.)
So the time comes to introduce the recently eliminated chefs who will cook on the final two's teams. Ben comes in running his mouth reminding me why I wasn't as sad to see him go as I would have been in week two. And Jen was matching him step for step. Matt didn't do anything completely ridiculous, but there's always hope for next week! Because he won the challenge in New York, Petrozza picked first and selected Bobby. He's not a terrible choice, but it opened up the door for Christina to get her No. 1 choice in Corey. I suppose Petrozza having someone he trusts by his side is a positive thing. With Corey already spoken for, Petrozza picks Ben and Christina snatches up Louross. At this point, I feel like Petrozza is picking with his heart rather than his head and perhaps handing Christina a better team in the process.
So it all comes down to Matt and Jen. Petrozza understands the gravity of the choice, weighing the difference between having Matt who will whine all day and potentially have a meltdown versus Jen who doesn't take orders very well. (Especially since she confessed to only being there to make Chef Ramsay second guess his decision to send her home). So Petrozza chose
We'll find out next week in the season finale! I really wish they had just done one show and wrapped up this season already, but I'll be back with the results again following the final episode. So who are you pulling for? Who do you think Petrozza will choose to be the final member on his team? Share your thoughts and check back next week for more.
After opening with the brutally long almost 10 minutes season recap the final showdown got underway Not that I didnt enjoy looking back on the events of this year but it seemed like they could have edited the package a little quicker I was shocked by how many of these people I had already forgotten about so the opening did its job I suppose for better or worseFor the final challenge the two chefs are given the task of creating their dream restaurant picking everything from the menu and dcor all the way down to the uniforms of the wait staff Create own dream restaurant Petrozza as usual got very emotional during his time of reflecting on how far hes come while Christina seemed rather arrogant Perhaps that arrogance was based on the fact that she knew exactly what she wanted on her menu while Petrozza sat scratching his head eating potato chips and ultimately going to be without finalizing his plansThe following morning both chefs met with the designer to