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Speaking with Hell's Kitchen Runner Up Petrozza

Always a Gentleman, Petrozza Bows Out Gracefully

Many of you were disappointed by the outcome of the Hell's Kitchen season finale. Gordon Ramsay chose the young, inexperienced blonde over the seasoned, bearded male. I wasn't surprised by his decision, but I was bummed for Petrozza. Over the course of the fifteen episodes, he's the one character who I actually admired and enjoyed. Yesterday morning I spoke with the optimistic caterer, who chatted with me while he sat on his front porch nursing a soda. To see what he had to say,


PartySugar: How did it feel to be the last person eliminated?
: You know what, I feel happy and a little tired. Would I have rather won? Yeah, I would be lying if I didn't say I wanted to win. I'm accepting it. I like where I am. I love my job and my family. There are a lot of awesome opportunities out there for me and I'll find something interesting to do.
PartySugar: What was it like working for Ramsay?
: At the beginning, working for Gordon sucked. I can understand how the people who got kicked off early would have nothing nice to say. They probably see him as a butthead in the kitchen. But, once you know the guy and you know yourself, you see he is a decent person. He's not a total moron, you get to appreciate him. He's a cool guy, with a big heart. He's a maniac in the kitchen, but he's a good man.

PartySugar: At the end of the episode, Ramsay grabbed you and said something. What did he tell you?
: He said, "it's going to be okay Petrozza" and I said, "I'm okay, I'm okay." I was happy to be done with the challenge of HK. I ran with the pack and ended up out in front, right behind the winner. It sucks a little, but I'm very happy with the people I met along the way. Everybody was super cool and super nice to me.

PartySugar: Is there anything you would have done differently?
: They didn't show it on last night's episode, but I would have cooked my ducks less. I would have done the lobster strudel differently. I would have not had Jen on that station, although I think she would have screwed me wherever she was. Not consciously, but she can't change herself, she can't help herself. I'm not using her as an excuse to why I didn't win. But I'm happy, being on HK gave me more confidence. My style of cooking has taken a little bit of a turn. Now I'm more adventurous when pairing foods. I learned that what's good for the soul is good for the heart and good for the career.

PartySugar: A lot of people think you have a great heart. What's your response to this?
: I'm very fortunate. I have a good family, good parents, good people around me all the time. I'm blessed to be thought of in that way. Hopefully I showed everyone that you don't have to be a backstabber, you don't have to be sneaky to get far in the game.

Photos courtesy of Fox.

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