John-John reports on the season finale of Hell's Kitchen:
When the season finale of "Hell's Kitchen" started things weren't looking that good for Holli. She narrowly missed out on beating Jay in a head-to-head challenge that tested the pair's cooking of five dishes in one hour. (Jay won 3-2).
After crafting a menu to serve at the dinner service, host Gordon Ramsay brought back six of the more memorable contestants from this season-- Nilka, Benjamin, Fran, Autumn, Jason, and Siobhan. Jay and Holli had to pick a team of three to assist them in the night's dinner service.
Jay got Benjamin, Jason, and Fran. (Did anyone else notice that Ramsay dissed Fran when he said that she looked like she went on "The Swan"?)
Holli picked Autumn, Nilka, and Siobhan. It appeared that Jay had the competition all sewn up with his team. (Siobhan was most definitely the weakest link among all the returning contestants.)
Anywho, just before the dinner service, Ramsay told Jay and Holli that he was sending them to Australia for a food and wine vacation. (I don't remember him ever doing that in past finales. Maybe the Australian government decided to sponsor the show or something.)
As expected, during dinner service, Siobhan was messing up on appetizers, which put Holli behind. Meanwhile, Fran was messing up on scallops, which slowed Jay.
Autumn stepped in to help Siobhan, who was moving at a snail's pace. Jay was losing momentum when Jason undercooked lamb repeatedly.
At this point in the dinner service it appeared that all the cooks were incompetent. Nilka was messing up when she overcooked venison. Jason was struggling with steak. Jason's brief struggles was nothing compared to Autumn's screw up on garnishes!!!!! When her teammates attempted to assist her, she said that they didn't know what they were doing so they couldn't help her out. (Seriously, Autumn?)
Jay finished first. (He just barely beat Holli again.)
Jay said he didn't know how to feel after the dinner service was completed.
Ramsay reviewed customer comment cards before addressing the two finalists. He said he was proud of the pair. He added that each has a promising future.
Then it was time for the decision. Holli won!
Holli's son rushed up to her, gave her a huge hug, and congratulated her. It was a heart-warming moment.
Ramsay said Holli won because she has grown more than any chef in the competition. He added that he was absolutely thrilled to have her running his kitchen, Savoy, in London.
Holli was the feel-good choice of the competition. She didn't really ruffle any one's feathers. Her food was good. She won challenges. And she wasn't a chauvinistic, Simpsons-looking character. (Hello, Benjamin.) I'm glad to see her win.