After Jason and Scott were announced as the finalists, Ramsay told them theyâ€™d spend a nice time out in a suite at the â€œFour Seasons Hotel.â€ Both knew this was nice and all, but they had to work on their menus for final cooking competition. This was very smart on both of them.
The surprises just kept coming. First it was breakfast with their families. Ramsay then gave head chef jackets wrapped in gold wrapping paper to both and a night out at a boxing event. Of course, anyone who has watched this show long enough will know that these night outs for the final two are cooking challenges. In fact, the boxing event looked really phony. It was cool that both chefs were announced as boxers would with a ring announcer. Jason even had a ring name (â€The Vikingâ€)
One amazing thing about this seasonâ€™s final challenge was that the kitchens were right on top of the walkway ramp. They had one hour to make a cold appetizer, a hot appetizer, a chicken entrÃ©e, a seafood entrÃ©e and a beef filet.
The way this challenge worked was a guest judge would come out and judge each dish on a scale of 1-10. The chef with the highest score after five rounds one. To judge the cold app was head chef/owner of â€œInkâ€ Michael Voltaggio. He gave Scott a nine and Jason eight. Hot apps was judged by the owner of â€œFordâ€™s Filling Stationâ€ Ben Ford. Both got an eight. The other judges were head chef/owner of â€œBudâ€ Neal Fraser for the chicken entrÃ©e (gave both an eight) and the owner of â€œHatfieldâ€™sâ€ Quinn Hatfield judged the fish entrÃ©e (Scott eight. Jason nine.)
It was tied for the final dish (bee filet). The judge was executive chef of â€œComme Caâ€ David Myers. Scott got a nine and Jason an eight, giving Scott the win by one point. This had to have been the closest a final challenge has ever gotten. That says a lot about both chefs.
Of course, this was the part where both chefs had to choose their teammates for the final dinner service. As usual, the teammates were the chefs who got eliminated. Scott chose Chris, Ralph, Rochelle, Kashia and Jessica. Jason chose Anton, Melanie, Gabriel, Bev and Sandra.
Back at â€œHellâ€™s Kitchenâ€ Jason was all over the place telling his brigade his menu. He was yelling â€œboomâ€ and â€œyeahâ€ a lot. Scott on the other hand was droning and boring. Those are nice little differences for the final two: A loudmouth and Ben Stein.
The final dinner service for both kitchens went well despite some drawbacks.
In Scottâ€™s kitchen Chris started with slightly undercooked scallops. Kashia tried to put up entrees before garnish was ready, but Scott put a stop to that. Ramsay even said â€˜not tonight.â€ Later, Jessica would send up garnish that she didnâ€™t mix and potatoes that werenâ€™t crispy. Scott even threw Jessica out. This had to be the first time a chef was kicked out at the last service.
In Jasonâ€™s kitchen Sandra was the biggest problem. Sandra wanted to put up reheated crab cakes. Ramsay had to tell her to put up fresh ones. Jason was even in her face saying â€œyou want to go home?â€ The only other problem was Gabriel overcooking two filets.
With that it was time for Ramsay to choose who he thought won this season. After a lot of nail-biting minutes, Ramsay finally called Scott and Jason to where we see the winner. They usual manner was to have both chefs go in front of two doors and open them at the count of three. The chef whose door opens wins â€œHellâ€™s Kitchen.â€ This yearâ€™s winner was Scott.
This was one of the most amazing wins in â€œHellâ€™s Kitchenâ€ history. Hereâ€™s a contestant who started off not so well and was almost eliminated a few times to winning it all. This yearâ€™s final was one of the toughest to choose. Both Scott and Jason had plenty to offer and had a high chance to win. Truthfully, it was nice that Scott won.
This season was actually pretty good. In fact, it was one of the best. The drama was kept to a minimum, the multi part episodes were few and the chefs were tolerable. â€œHellâ€™s Bitchesâ€ was absent this year which is a relief because that gimmick gets old quickly.
The biggest surprise has to be Joy not being in the final. She had all the trappings of being a finalist and she decided to walk away. Maybe sheâ€™ll return another season and win it all?