On Hell's Kitchen this week, Ramsay asked new mother — were you surprised her recently born baby wasn't mentioned until this episode? — Shayna to hang up her chef's coat and leave the kitchen. Although Rosann, screwed up an important steak order, I knew Shayna was going home based on the editing. In previous episodes, she was rarely a featured character. Yesterday I spoke with Shayna over the phone — to find out what she's up to and what she thinks of Ramsay,
PartySugar: How did it feel to be eliminated?
Shayna: I was a little saddened and very shocked. I really thought Rosann was going to be sent home.
PS: Is Gordon really as big of a jerk as he seems?
Shayna: I've often said he's a big pussycat. He is one person in the kitchen but when you take that person out of the kitchen he's kind. He's a good human being. But working with him was kind of like going to boot camp. You have to break someone down in order to build them up. When he called my name [to be sent home] he said I had a great heart and called me darling. He was very polite. He said I was a good cook and that is what I am going to remember.
PS: What was it like working in the kitchen? Did you ever really feel like you were in Hell?
Shayna: I looked at it like it was a job. I was there to work as a cook. It was stressful, hot, and crazy but that is what a real, professional kitchen is like.
PS: What made you decide to leave your 3 month old baby at home and be on the show?
Shayna: I've always wanted to be on the show, since it was conceived. I wanted to be on it since I saw the first episode of the first season. I applied for season 3 but then I got pregnant. When season 4 came around, it was very difficult. It wasn't a decision that I took lightly. But I knew my baby would have the utmost care from my husband and family.
PS: What have you been up to? What is next for Shayna?
Shayna: Well I have a catering company here in Buffalo called Bohemian Hostess Catering — it's very hippie chic — and we are opening our first cafe. It's a lot of fun, the cafe is called Steel Crazy Cafe.
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