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'Hell's Kitchen': Real finale next week

After a near 10-minute recap of the season, it was time to get down to business and see who was going to win Hell's Kitchen. Too bad we're going to have to wait until next week to find out.

Petrozza and Christina were charged with creating their own restaurant. That meant each was allowed to craft their own menu and design their own dinning room. Christina seemed to have a better sense of what she wanted; Petrozza seemed to be a little indecisive. Chef Gordon Ramsay called the two into his office and told them that he was having second thoughts if they were right for the top prize.

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Of course, this was done to be extra dramatic. Ramsay was joking. He told them that he in fact had the right contestants for the final. (Come on now. We knew there was no way Ramsay was going to second-guess his own picks.)

Ramsay reminded the two finalists what was on the line -- an executive chef position at London restaurant of West Hollywood.

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He then informed the two that he wanted them to visit his other restaurant in New York City. While in New York, Ramsay asked each to make their signature dish to be judged by executive chefs from his restaurants from around the world.

Christina made New York strip steak, fingerling potatoes and sweet corn succotash. Petrozza made filet mignon with caramelized onion risotto.

Petrozza won 3-2. As a result, he earned the first pick of former contestants that Ramsay invited back to help the two finalists cook and then serve their food to customers.

(For what it's worth, Whoppi Goldberg made a special appearance to wish the contestants good luck. She was literally on scene for a couple of seconds.)

When the pair returned to Los Angeles, Christina was disgusted by the way her restaurant was developing. She was totally against the color scheme of the room -- even though she picked it out. In something resembling Mommy Dearest, Christina totally did an about face and demanded that the window treatments and wallpaper be changed.

While the crew scrambled to adjust to Christina's mercurial behavior, it was time for the two contestants to choose from the ousted contestants.

Petrozza first picked Bobby. Christina chose Corey. Petrozza chose Ben. Christina picked Louross. And then the show ended with a lame "to be continued" preview for the second part of the finale next week. I was totally disappointed that I'd have to wait another week to learn the winning cook. And I immediately wanted to find out who was going to get stuck with Jen and Matt. (Lord knows that neither wanted to chose either contestant.) We'll see next week.

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