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Christina on Her Hell's Kitchen Win

Christina on Her Hell's Kitchen Win

Yesterday I spoke with Christina, the young culinary school graduate from the Midwest, who won this season's Hell's Kitchen. Elated about her win and eager to get started at Gordon Ramsay's Los Angeles restaurant, Christina was bubbly and confident. She's kept in touch with Vanessa, but isn't friendly with runner-up Petrozza. To see what she had to say and find out what her real job title at the London will be,


PartySugar: How did it feel to be the winner?
: It feels really good. I've known for a long time now. When I won it was so strange, at that moment I couldn't think anything. I have no idea what Chef Ramsay said to me. I can't remember anything except thinking, don't fall down the steps.

PartySugar: Why did you win?
: The thing about the competition is that at some point you see the worst and best of everyone. Gordon said I won because of my potential, but I think I won because of a combination of things. My ability to deal with stress, my quick wit, and my potential are all reasons why I won.

PartySugar: What was it like when you went back to culinary school, but couldn't tell anyone about the win and your experience?
: That was horrible. Being on the show I was constantly challenged. To go back to culinary school was really hard. It wasn't exciting and I didn't feel challenged. The hardest thing about the show was not being able to rely on the formulas, recipes, and time frames they spend so much time teaching at culinary school. On the show you had to constantly create things off the top of your head. It only became easier when I realized I could do this without a recipe.
PartySugar: Have you started working at the London yet?
: I haven't started there yet, I hope I do soon. Right now I am doing things like this, appearances in public. After graduating from culinary school I was working in a restaurant, but I quit my job on Tuesday. I'm getting everything in order to move. I haven't had a detailed meeting with the staff to know exactly what I will be doing at the London, but I do know my title is "Senior Chef."

PartySugar: What is it like to be a female in the kitchen?
: I think a lot of the things you hear about being a female in the kitchen are not true. I don't think of it like it's hard and "boo-hoo, I'm a female in the kitchen I'm treated differently," females are treated differently in a lot of ways. Being a female in the kitchen gives me strength. Women are amazing multitaskers and it's beautiful to see a woman in that role.

PartySugar: On a previous episode of HK Ramsay said, "Nice girls don't make great chefs." Do you consider yourself a nice girl?
: I don't think so. I come across sweet, I'm from the Midwest, but I'm mean as sh*t. Maybe I'm nicer than Ramsay is when he's in the kitchen, but I don't consider myself nice or mean. I consider myself fair.

Photos courtesy of Fox.

iheartstyle iheartstyle 9 years
didnt want her to win, everyone on the show was horrible, petrozza was the nicest but i didnt want him to win either
BeatBoxANNI BeatBoxANNI 9 years
It should have been Petrozza.
kristyrk kristyrk 9 years
I thought it was hilarious that almost all the chefs on this show smoked!! Doesn't that mess with your taste buds? No wonder some of them couldn't taste what some of the ingredients were in the challenges!
TiKiBoo TiKiBoo 9 years
seriously am more interested in where Petrozza goes than Christina
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 9 years
Jen didn't even deserve to be on the show. I think they kept her on longer because her attitude was irritating but still entertaining to everyone. Disliking Jen gave people one more thing to talk about when it came to the show. As for Christina I hope she does well but I would have liked to see Petrozza win. Christina cried too much during the show. Whenever she was stressed or someone bothered her too much you could see the silent tears coming.
brwnidgrl22 brwnidgrl22 9 years
Petrozza was a cry baby. Def. glad Christina won. She deserved it. So thankful Jen didn't make it to the final!!!!
Livvy-P Livvy-P 9 years
freegracefrom - i'm with you. i wonder if she kept in touch with corey - they seemed pretty tight by the end. and i also agree with the other posters - i feel like she has a lot more maturing to do. that's why i was pulling for Petrozza. I'd love to know where he is cooking, if he is still in the NC area or moved to a bigger city to try for another job. he seemed like such a great guy.
ashleyhefley ashleyhefley 9 years
i went to high school with miss christina. i wish her all the best.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 9 years
I think she has a lot of growing up to do - I'd still like to know where Petrozza is cooking. I'd love to eat his food.
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
I think the contract is only for a year anyway. So the $250,000 was also like a prize... I don't think she's guaranteed to be making that every single year. I'm also curious why she isn't "friendly" with Petrozza. It seemed like she and Corey bonded at the end of the show - I'm surprised she didn't keep in touch with her either.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i think that it's such BS about the 'senior chef' thing. i think that we all knew that gordon wasn't going to give an EXECUTIVE chef position out - but that's a lot of money to supposedly pay someone to be a step up from Sous right? i just hope it works out for her.
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 9 years
I agree with steen. I do wish Christina all the best, but I no longer care. Petrozza, on the other hand, has definitely won me over, and I hope that he gets some great offers after comporting himself with such honor. And Christina doesn't have to tell us she's mean as sh*t; we already know.
steen steen 9 years
cravin - I just don't think they have anything in common (cooking aside) to really warrant any type of friendship outside of the show. I'm rather indifferent about her career at this point. I'm not really interested in her. I wish her the best but I hope Petrozza gets a good gig after the exposure he's gotten from the show.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 9 years
I just wish she would quit smoking, I can't respect a chef who smokes like a chimney.
harstad harstad 9 years
Upon winning , Christina's first sentence was, "Holy #^*(@^@^!! Oh my &#^&*^# God!!! I can't @#&*&#(@ believe it!!! What a potty mouth.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
I wonder why her and petrozza wouldn't get along? unless they only showed his good side...
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