Hell’s Kitchen Elimination: Week 4

For week 4 the contestants eliminated was Maria and Scott. Here is their bios from Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen web site:

Maria Torrisi on WannabeTVchef.comContestant  Maria Torrisi

* Age : 24
* Hometown : Scranton, PA
* Occupation : Kitchen Supervisor

Q&A with Maria

What was your first job in a kitchen?

I worked at the McDonald’s in South Scranton as a cook.

What was your best restaurant job?

When I was a short order cook at the Sun Coast Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

What is the first dish you ever mastered?

Chicken Cutlets, my Mom’s recipe.

What is your signature dish?

Grilled Filet Mignon with Bleu Cheese Beurre Blanc sauce.

Any stories of triumph from the kitchen?

At 21 years old, I ran the kitchen at the Marriott in Las Vegas for 3 weeks while the Head Chef was out due to illness.

Who was your first cooking inspiration?

My 6th grade Home Economics teacher.

Contestant  Scott Hawley

* Age : 32
* Hometown : Modesto, CA
* Occupation : Executive Chef, New York, NY

Q&A with Scott –

What was your first job in a kitchen?

My father owned a pizzeria on Bainbridge Island, just outside of Seattle. I worked there starting at the age of 15 and all through high school. Also during this time, I worked at a small cafe as a dishwasher learning the art of pot scrubbing.

What was the first dish you ever mastered?

I’d say it was scrambled eggs, but my mother insists it is chocolate chip cookies. I’m not sure, but either one is a good choice. I have spent the better part of 30 years perfecting both.

What is your signature dish?

I’d have to say my signature dish is a whole quail stuffed with homemade duck and apple sausage, served with parsnip puree, pomegranate and pomegranate molasses.

Do you have a story of triumph from the kitchen or workplace?

A triumph that comes to mind was doing a tasting menu for Morimoto while I was chef of OBAR restaurant in Los Angeles. I fed him and his whole entourage a seven- or eight-course tasting menu. It was a smashing success and possibly one of the best meals I have ever cooked.

Who was your first cooking inspiration?

I’d have to say that would be mother’s father, my grandpa. Or as I remember him, Papa! Between teaching to drive his car in parking lots at the age of 10, he was teaching me the finer points of manning the grill. He taught me a lot about life and cooking. A wonderful influence in my life.

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