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.

Hell’s Kitchen Elimination: Week 3

For week 3 the contestant eliminated was Jamie. Here is her bio from Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen web site:

Jamie Bisoulis on WannabeTVchef.comContestant Jamie Bisoulis

* Age : 26
* Hometown : Chicago, IL
* Occupation : Sous Chef, Chicago, IL

Q&A with Jaime –

What was your first job in a kitchen?


What is the first dish you ever mastered?

Meatloaf. Deliciousness in a loaf form.

What is your signature dish?

Arborio rice pudding and red wine risotto. Basically anything with arborio rice.

Who was your first cooking inspiration?

My mom. She always cooks from scratch and has rubbed off on me, thankfully. She cooks with a great palate, and even when dishes turn out spot on, she always says, “If this dish sucks, there’s Domino’s on speed dial.” Everytime.

Here is a bit about Jaime’s elimination from Christopher Rocchio for RealityWorld.com:

Jamie Bisoulis, a 26-year-old sous chef from Chicago, IL, became the fourth contestant eliminated from Hell’s Kitchen’s seventh season during last night’s broadcast of the culinary competition series on Fox.

“Words can’t describe how pissed off I am right now,” opined Jaime after her ouster.

“I don’t think Chef Ramsay made the right decision. I am by far a better cook than [Fran Klier] is, and I expected to be here a lot longer than what it was.”

Hell’s Kitchen’s third seventh-season episode began following the elimination of Mikey Termini instead of Jason Ellis, a 37-year-old personal chef from Greenville, SC who currently resides in Suwanee, GA.

“They all threw me under the bus,” said Jason, who confronted the Blue Team back up in the dorms.

While he admitted to being “upfront and outspoken,” he didn’t think he should be “crucified” for it.

“I’m not the weakest up in there,” he said in a confessional. “I am not.”


Hell’s Kitchen Elimination: Week 2

For week 2 the contestants eliminated was Andrew and Mikey. Here is their bios from Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen web site:

Andrew Forster opn WannabeTVchef.comContestant  Andrew Forster

* Age : 28
* Hometown : West Babylon, NY
* Occupation : Farmer, Wake Forest, NY

Q&A with Andrew –

What is the first dish you ever mastered?

A wise man once told me to never strive for perfection, for once it’s attained what more can you achieve? He believed in striving for excellence, which he correlated to a never-ending perfection. To say you’ve mastered something means you can perform the task flawlessly time after time without error. I would be a fool and open myself up as target to proclaim that I’ve mastered anything.

What is your signature dish?

All of what I do is my signature in life. What more does a man have at the end of his life than his accomplishments? This is why it is of utmost importance to take pride in all you do, and continue to stand up eight times after being knocked down seven. For the righteous shall eat the fruit of their doings.

Who was your first cooking inspiration?

I was not inspired by man to cook, I started cooking out of necessity and enjoyed and excelled at it. The chef I admire most is Chef Rama, my meat fabrication teacher at the Culinary Institute of America. My inspiration comes from my Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ, and I am filled with joy when I think about cooking for Him.

Contestant  Mikey Termini

* Age : 29
* Hometown : Santa Cruz, CA
* Occupation : Line Cook, Kihei, Maui, HI

Q&A with Mikey –

What was the first dish you mastered?

Bourbon chicken. It was my first cooking job. I could make a bourbon chicken. I remember one time I was cooking it and I didn’t realize that my chef was reaching into the oven below me. I slapped the piece of chicken into the pan and splashed hot oil all over his neck!

What is your signature dish?

I love to mess around with different food combinations. That’s why one of my signature dishes is lobster mac n’ cheese. It doesn’t have macaroni, it’s lobster stuffed inside a small wheel of brie, then a macadamia nut crust. Get it? Lobster, ‘mac’adamia nut, and cheese. Also, nobody can resist my pasta carbonara with caramelized Maui onions, pancetta and black truffles.

Any stories of triumph from the kitchen or workplace?

I would have to say that my greatest triumph is having the cooking status and skills that I have achieved with no proper culinary schooling. I also think that how I am able to manage people and not just the food is a great triumph.

Who was your first cooking inspiration?

I’d have to say my first cooking inspiration was my dad. He had already opened his first restaurant before I was born. We would make pasta sauce simmering for days. I remember my dad giving me the job of stirring the sauce as soon as I got home from school. He taught me a good work ethic, which they just don’t teach in culinary school. He also taught me how to manage people and how to be a great leader.

Contestant Andrew Forster

  • Age : 28
  • Hometown : West Babylon, NY
  • Occupation : Farmer, Wake Forest, NY

Hell’s Kitchen Elimination: Week 1

For week 1 the contestant eliminated was Stacey. Here is her bio from Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen web site:

Stacey Slichta on WannabeTVchef.comContestant Stacey Slichta

* Age : 38
* Hometown : Buffalo, NY
* Occupation : Private Chef, Studio City, CA

Q&A with Stacey –

What was your first kitchen job?

My first kitchen job was my externship, for the CIA, in Holland at Vreugh and Rust.

What was the first dish you mastered?

Salmon paillarde with blanced seasonal veggies and a simple salsa.

What is your signature dish?

My signature dish would be the above dish I mastered, or crispy mac and cheese.

Who was your first cooking inspiration?

My biggest inspiration would be my father, and Anthony Bourdain.

From her spotlight on the Culinary Institute of America’s web site:

Stacey Slichta knows what’s cooking in the lives of some celebrities. That’s because she has worked as a private chef in the Los Angeles, CA area almost since graduation. It’s a career choice that she loves, but also one that she never expected to make when she was a student at the CIA.

Stacey arrived at the CIA with a background in foodservice management and a bachelor’s degree in English and philosophy. She had no plans to work in a kitchen after graduating with her associate degree in culinary arts. But a student job in the college’s Career Services Office led to a summer position as a private chef, and that launched Stacey’s career in the field.

Her list of clientele features several celebrities, including comedian Don Rickles and his wife. Stacey’s duties include buying the food, beverages, and other supplies used by the household as well as preparing daily meals and the food for dinner parties and receptions. Additionally, Stacey does catering and teaches at Chefmakers, a new culinary school for home cooks and children in Pacific Palisades, CA.

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Stuart is a celebrity chef, food activist and award-winning food writer. He penned the cookbooks Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico, No Sides Needed: 34 Recipes To Simplify Life and Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor." His recipes have been featured in Current, Lagniappe, Southern Tailgater, The Kitchen Hotline and on the Cooking Channel.

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2015 1st Place Luck of the Irish Cook-off
2015 4th Place Downtown Cajun Cook-off
2015 2nd Place Fins' Wings & Chili Cook-off
2014 2015 4th Place LA Gumbo Cook-off
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2012 Finalist in the Safeway Next Chef Contest
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2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Wing Cook-off
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