And we have a winner! After a season that held, according to Gordon, the greatest number of highs and lows, another chef has emerged Hell's Kitchen with a heftier bank account, and a new place to store their knives. More on that a bit later.
But first, after a much (mercifully) shorter season recap, we returned to Petrozza debating between choosing Jen and Matt to be the final sous chef on his team. In the end, he chose Jen over Matt, a wise choice in my opinion. Jen may be a bit of a pain, but she at least doesn't show shades of insanity. But Jen was sure to remind us that her ego-stroking knows no bounds, as she again said she was picked second to last because she was "too strong" and would "outshine" the finalists. Yeah, sure, Jen.
But when the chefs grouped their teams together to discuss their game plan, both Jen and Matt reared their "bad teammate heads." Matt discussed Christina's bad attitude (and the fact that he didn't want to call her chef), but was convinced she had matured when she told him she put a risotto on the menu "just for him." The egos of these people! Jen had a problem with Petrozza's unorganized plans and lack of prep consideration for his menu, a valid concern to be sure. She said she felt like the people playing the violin on the Titanic while it was going down. She does give good sound bites! But I was ready to change the channel when she started sucking up to Ramsay for a letter of recommendation. I was happy to see Gordon blow her off.
But tonight was really about two people: Christina and Petrozza. The dishes from the menu we got a peak at were Christina's trio of beef sliders for appetizers, her New York strip from last week and a tropical sundae dessert. Petrozza served a lobster strudel, his filet and risotto from a week ago, and a vanilla soufflé with whiskey crème. Gordon gave his advice on the menus, suggesting Christina add a little something extra to her "plain Jane" menu, particularly the sliders and the desert. Gordon complimented Petrozza's soufflé and his bravery in serving a highly imaginative menu, but warned that it could be very dangerous. Based on what we saw, I'd have to say that Christina's appetizers were more to my taste, but Petrozza's entrée seemed more satisfying. I'm not much into sweets (I know, I know), so I'll reserve judgment.
After her all her bellyaching, Christina ends up very pleased with her dining room, as was Gordon. He complimented the comfy chairs, and the contemporary elegance of the room. Petrozza also earned Chef Ramsay's compliments for his rustic yet vibrant dining room, particularly loving the fireplace.
And then the final service began. I have to say, overall, the service must have been really smooth, because there weren't a ton of errors to speak of. Of course, both Jen and Matt ruffled Gordon's feathers (Matt with raw fish twice, and Jen with soggy onion rings), but both Christina and Petrozza eventually stepped up and refocused them on the task at hand. The two biggest mistakes of the night came when Christina (who successfully stopped Matt's raw food) sent "lukewarmish" food into the dining room and had it returned. I chuckled at Petrozza's delight in this. But Petrozza also had trouble serving hot food, mostly because he needed extra hands to plate his complicated presentations. Additionally, he ran out of food for both his salad and lobster appetizers, forcing Bobby to come up with lobster risotto on the fly, which managed to impress the diner's nonetheless. On the positive side, Gordon was pleased with both Petrozza and Christina's managing of their "brigade" and their level of quality control.
I was a little surprised not to hear more out of Ben and Corey, both of whom had plenty to say during their stints on the show. I guess between Jen claiming nothing (including the under-prepped station) was her fault, and Matt being unable to make a salad and mouthing off to
everybody (that's right, even Gordon, or at least that's what the producers would have us believe), there wasn't enough room in the hour to add much of them. Either way, the service was again strong, and according to Gordon, it all came down to an agonizing decision.
So after weighing his options long and hard, Gordon named Christina, as the winner of Hell's Kitchen. I would be lying if I said was shocked, but I was really pulling for Petrozza. Although I was pretty tough on Christina's attitude last week, she
has won a ton of challenges, and I buy Gordon's thoughts about investing in her long-term future, considering how well she is already doing with the least experience of the group. I felt really bad for Petrozza, who was emotional as usual, but he handled the defeat with a lot of grace. Major props to him. Speaking of emotional, does anyone else think Christina's mom might still be crying this very moment? Her waterworks were only outdone by the flying champagne!
So congratulations must go out to Christina, who proved herself to be the best out of (in my estimation) a lackluster group this year. It will be interesting to see where she goes from here. So that does it for the season. What did you think of the finale? Are you pleased with Gordon's choice? Also, be sure and keep your eyes peeled with a video Q&A with Christina coming soon here on TVGuide.com! Share your thoughts, and feel free to post questions you'd like us to ask Christina when she stops by. Thanks for reading and commenting this season!
And we have a winner After a season that held according to Gordon the greatest number of highs and lows another chef has emerged Hells Kitchen with a heftier bank account and a new place to store their knives More on that a bit laterBut first after a much mercifully shorter season recap we returned to Petrozza debating between choosing Jen and Matt to be the final sous chef on his team In the end he chose Jen over Matt a wise choice in my opinion Jen may be a bit of a pain but she at least doesnt show shades of insanity But Jen was sure to remind us that her ego-stroking knows no bounds as she again said she was picked second to last because she was too strong and would outshine the finalists Yeah sure JenBut when the chefs grouped their teams together to discuss their game plan both Jen and Matt reared their bad teammate heads Matt discussed Christinas bad attitude and the fact that he didnt want to call her chef but was convinced she had matur