Hell's Kitchen Diner's Confessional: I Didn't Go Hungry!

To be a Hell's Kitchen contestant, one must be hungry for fame, excellence and no small amount of drama. But to be a Hell's Kitchen diner, one must go hungry ... or at least that's the impression the editing on the reality cooking competition show has given. With all of host-mentor Chef Gordon Ramsay 's bellowing, the undercooked proteins and overdone egos apparent on the show, many a filmed dinner service has ended in tears or has been shut down well before all courses have been served. Imagine my relief (and satiation) that this was not necessarily the case when I recently had the privilege to dine at Hell's Kitchen itself. Check out what other preconceived notions I had and how they played out through dinner service:

Hell's Kitchen Runner-Up Justin: Exclusive Interview

Last Monday on the Hell’s Kitchen finale, Chef Gordon Ramsay finally revealed the winner of season 10 and who would be taking the position as head chef at Gordon Ramsay Steak in Las Vegas. With a final dinner service they surely won’t soon forget, Justin and Christina duked it out, both putting forth a good fight until the last ticket had been served.  In the end, when the two stood behind those frosted doors waiting to hear their fates, it was Christina who emerged as the winner and Justin whose door stayed firmly shut. For all of Justin’s fans out there who were outraged by Justin’s runner-up status, you can take solace in the fact that Justin, himself, is content with the outcome. I had the opportunity to speak with Justin about his experience on Hell’s Kitchen and he maintains that although it was difficult to come so close to victory, he feels as though this path is the one that is meant to be. With plenty of congratulatory wishes to Christina for her win, Justin explained that, in the end, he’s not so certain that Gordon Ramsay Steak is the place for him and that he dreams of opening his own restaurant where he can develop a menu that includes the complex flavors he enjoys so much. When it came to the Hell’s Kitchen competition, Justin went into it blind, having never watched the show previously. Many of the other contestants knew what to expect, but according to Justin, he didn’t know “what the hell they were talking about.” Pretty impressive considering he came out on top on more than one occasion, most notably when it came to Chef Ramsay’s famous palette test to which Justin pulled off a perfect score, a feat not accomplished by any other chef in all ten seasons. Throughout the season, Justin played it straight, not pulling any punches when it came to getting things done in the kitchen. He carried this attitude all the way through the final Hell’s Kitchen dinner service in which he refused to send out food that was not up to par. When asked what happened during that final dinner service when his team couldn’t seem to meet his standards, he explained simply that “it was a really hard menu” and that he feels his team gave all they could, but that from the start he had planned to play “balls to the wall” and didn’t want to simplify his dishes or let less than stellar food slip by just to win, which if that meant losing, at least he felt he would “lose with pride.” The integrity that Justin demonstrated throughout this season of Hell’s Kitchen , along with his tremendous talent is what has his fans anxiously awaiting his next move.  With big plans to open his own restaurant and run his own “brigade,” Justin assures me that his fans will be the first to know when he makes his move.  Justin’s appreciation for his fans is obvious as he reveals that reading the encouraging comments from everyone over last few days have left him “so happy and so humble.”  With a great deal of thanks to his fans, Justin assured me that we have not seen the last of him, a fact that I’m certain will make many people very happy.

Hell's Kitchen Season 10 Winner: Exclusive Interview

Last night on Hell’s Kitchen , audiences watched as finalists Justin and Christina battled it out in a fight to the finish at their final dinner service.  With their fate somewhat in the hands of their teams, which were composed of eliminated Hell’s Kitchen contestants, it seemed like it could be anybody’s game. In the end, however, passion won out over palette, with the big win going to Christina. I had the opportunity to speak with Christina about her Hell’s Kitchen experience and how she feels about her new role as head chef at Gordon Ramsay Steak and one thing is for certain; her passion certainly does shine through. The chef, whom the people on the Hell’s Kitchen set called “The Senator” due to her fair attitude and refusal not to talk badly about the other contestants, shared that the magnitude of it all has not quite sunk in yet, but she is very excited to get started on her new adventure. Read More...

TV ratings: 'The Voice' opens lower but still rules Monday, 'New Normal' does OK

Fast National ratings for Monday, Sept. 10, 2012The Season 3 premiere of "The Voice" gave NBC a ratings win Monday, but its numbers were down from both of its previous debuts. A drop from the huge post-Super Bowl premiere in February was expected, but its adults 18-49 rating was lower than the first-season premiere too."The New Normal" pulled in so-so numbers for its series premiere following "The Voice," but it also bled more than 45 percent of its lead-in. Elsewhere, the finales of "Hell's Kitchen" and "Masterchef" on FOX and "Bachelor Pad" on ABC were on par with their ratings last week.NBC led the night by a sizable margin, drawing 10 million viewers and a 6.2 rating/10 share in households. FOX (6.3 million, 3.7/6) came in second. CBS averaged 4.8 million viewers and a 3.1/5, though its numbers may change since live coverage of the U.S. Open men's final ate up an hour-plus of primetime....

The Winner of "Hell's Kitchen" Is...

In its 10th season, original episodes of the series ranked No. 1 in total viewers for 15 out of the 18 nights it aired this summer.

'Hell's Kitchen' Season 10 Winner Revealed

And the winner is...

'Hell's Kitchen' Season 10 winner: Christina Wilson or Justin Antiorio, who took home the prize?

"Hell's Kitchen" ended its Season 10 run with a bang, as chefs Christina Wilson and Justin Antiorio faced off in the finale battle. Their finale teams were Dana, Patrick, Kimmie and Robyn for Christina and Barbie, Brian, Royce and Clemenza for Justin.In the end, Christina pulled it out with a dinner menu that includes of salad, scallops, risotto and halibut. After the final dinner service, Chef Ramsay tells Christina that he has never met a more passionate chef. He also tells Justin that he has an extraordinary pallet and they will both have great careers. But Christina is declared the winner.She will receive a head chef position at Gordon Ramsay Steak at the Paris Las Vegas in the Las Vegas suburb of Paradise, Nevada.Did the right chef win, "Hell's Kitchen" fans?...

HELL’S KITCHEN: Contestants Justin Antiorio and Christina Wilson Talk About Making the Final 2

We’re down to the final two contestants on HELL’S KITCHEN. Do you have a favorite? Well, in case you needed a little swaying before tonight’s big finale (airing at 8 PM on Fox), I spoke with finalists Justin Antiorio and Christina Wilson over the weekend to see what they could say about their journey so [...]

Video: A Few Minutes With... "Hell's Kitchen" Finalists Christina Wilson & Justin Antiorio

The show's season finale airs tonight at 8:00/7:00c on FOX.

Hell's Kitchen : 3rd Place Chef Dana Gives Us The Scoop

Last night on Hell’s Kitchen , America watched as three contestants became two when Chef Gordon Ramsay eliminated Dana from the competition.  The two remaining chefs, Justin and Christina, and even Chef Ramsay himself seemed genuinely sad to see her go, which isn’t a surprise considering her fun sense of humor, good work ethic, and not to mention those killer scallops she regularly delivered. I had the chance to speak with Dana about her experience on Hell’s Kitchen to which she called it “a dream come true.”  Despite her elimination on last night’s episode, she was very positive about her experience on the show and revealed that although Chef Ramsay is definitely just as intimidating in person as he is on TV, he is also “funny as hell and the nicest guy.” Read More...