Holli Ugalde was named the winner of “Hell’s Kitchen” season seven on the season finale Tuesday. As the winner, Holli will become the newest chef at London’s Savoy Hotel.
“I’m so excited. This is crazy!” Holli said in the confessional after her win. “Jay is a great person, and if it wasn’t me beside him, I would hope he would win because I think he deserves to win. Jay rocks!”
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Chef Gordon Ramsay said Holli won because once she gained her confidence in the kitchen, she could not be stopped.
Holli and Jay, the runner-up chef, were given trips to Australia.
One final challenge
The chefs’ final challenge was to cook five extraordinary dishes in one hour. The twist was the addition of five of Ramsay’s European executive chefs, who were brought in to the judge the dishes, and a giant live audience, who was their to root on and celebrate the two finalists.
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After a judge had tried each of the chefs’ five dishes, the final judge announced that Jay was the winner. Jay was ecstatic, but Holli saw this as the final push she needed to win.
One final dinner service
Before the chefs could execute their final dinner service, they needed to create their menu. Jay was ready to bring out all of the bold flavors and crazy techniques he had been saving, while Holli was cooking things she loved at the moment and things that felt right for that service.
Six former season seven “Hell’s Kitchen” chefs were invited back the night before the final dinner service to help the two finalists through that next day and a half. Jay chose Ben, Jason, and Fran as his sous chefs. Holli chose Autumn and Nilka and was given Siobhan (she was picked last) as her sous chefs.
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Holli had a slow start to dinner service. Siobhan was a huge obstacle for her. She was very slow and couldn’t seem to grasp the instructions Holli had given her. Holli kept calm, though, and tried to keep the motivation and morale up. Later, Holli had another hiccup with Nilka, who sent her over-cooked meat, and Autumn, who refused help with the garnish station when she really needed it because she believed no one, but her knew what they were doing.
Jay’s service went really well as a whole. The few issues he had were because of Jason, who screwed up several times. Ben could’ve been a problem because he kept trying to take over, but Jay saw Ben as a huge help and great backup.
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