Exclusive Interview: Ji Cha of 'Hell's Kitchen'

This season of Hell's Kitchen is shaping up to be a season of firsts: last night, for the first time, the Blue and Red teams completed a full dinner service on their second try. Another first: Robert, a sous chef from New York, missed out on his team's prize (a trip to Catalina island) because he weighed too much for the helicopter insurance policy. And perhaps the most shocking first: chef Ji Cha, 33, volunteered to leave Hell's Kitchen after seriously injuring her ankle. She's not the first chef ever to ask to leave, but she may have been the first that Chef Ramsay was truly sorry to see go.

We had a chance to talk to Ji today about why she decided to leave Hell's Kitchen, who she's rooting for this season, and what the future holds.

Ji, a private caterer from Palisades Park, NJ, started off as one of the strongest chefs on Hell's Kitchen this season. She wowed Chef Ramsay with a perfectly cooked Signature Dish in the first episode, and was a solid team member on the line for the Red team. Which is why it shocked everyone last night when a freak injury cost her a chance at the grand prize.

Just before their second dinner service, Ji slipped on a wet spot in the Red team's kitchen area and severely twisted her ankle. She powered through the entire service and never complained, helping her team finish all their orders. But the stress of being on the line all night irritated her ankle so much that she required a wheelchair to leave the kitchen.

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