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Hell's Kitchen - Season 3 Finale Recap

Hell's Kitchen - Season 3 Finale Recap

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And so began the final episode of Hell's Kitchen and the final installment of my weekly recaps. In a somewhat anticlimactic finish, tempers raged, seafood was under/over cooked, tears fell freely, and a winner was selected. Things began where we left them last week with the return of the battle of the sexes. Bonnie is relaxed with her approach to leading the ladies and Rock goes in strong and fierce assigning the boys their stations, explaining the menu, and stating what he needs from each guy. To find out what happened next and who opened the door to their very own restaurant,

The finalists and their posses arrive at the kitchen ready to prep and practice the menus. Throughout the day, Bonnie and Rock receive updates on their re-designs of Hell's Kitchen. Bonnie's half is simplistic and classic and reminds Ramsay of a neighborhood hideaway. Rock's half is comfortable and elegant and Ramsay describes it as a homestyle bistro. With an hour till service, the finalists present a tasting of their menus to Chef Ramsay. He approves of the majority of their dishes, but asks both Bonnie and Rock to change up elements of the desserts. After one last pep talk and a present from Ramsay - real master chefs coats, Jean Phillipe opens Hell's Kitchen.

As to be expected, each team stumbles and screws up, yet the excitement that was once there is oddly missing. The boring dinner service drags on with Julia being a bitter loser, Josh unable to cook crab cakes, and Melissa equally unable to cook shrimp and pasta. The girls fail to communicate and quickly run out of both fettuccine and prawns for Bonnie's signature dish. Meanwhile, Rock must adjust for his teammates inadequate culinary skills and nearly fires Josh from the line.

Finally the long dinner service ends with all of the appetizers, entrees, and desserts making it out of the kitchen. Ramsay faces his wannabe restaurateurs questioning what they would have done differently to make the night more successful. Bonnie regrets not checking the quantity of food at her stations and Rock wishes he could have chosen Jen as a member of his team.

Before announcing the winner, Ramsay sends Bonnie and Rock up to the dorms so he can read the feedback and comments from the diners. Upon making his (or was it the producer's or the Green Valley Ranch's?) decision, Ramsay leads Bonnie and Rock to two doorways. Only one will open into the restaurant and whoever stands in front of the unlocked door is the winner. The drumming music quickens, the camera flashes from Ramsay's face to Bonnie's face to Rock's face to a burning fire and back again. Ramsay counts 1, 2, 3 and --- Fox cuts to commercial. The break quickly passes, the dramatic build up is repeated and Rock's door opens! Rock wins, everyone hugs, and even Bonnie, whose positive thinking I admire, and Ramsay sprays champagne all over the contestants. Congratulations Rock! Congratulations PartySugar you can have your Monday nights back!
But wait... no final episode is complete without some fabulous little quotes from our hero Ramsay (who was really nice tonight... perhaps because he knew the end was near?):

  • No salt and pepper on the tables? You'd like them to think it's well seasoned when it comes!
  • You run it or it runs you.
  • Rock I'm not impressed. It's dry on the outside and piss in the middle.
  • Tough that one. You know what it's like now, standing on the hot plate.
  • I can see why you're called Rock 'cause you're rock solid.

What did you guys think? Were you happy with Rock being crowned the winner? Could you believe the chef's starting salary is $250,000? Why do you think Julia turned into a total b*tch? How did Bonnie handle her loss? Is Ramsay always in such a bad mood because he has a contract to be on reality tv?

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pjirick pjirick 10 years
Excellent recap! I was thrilled with the outcome, and agree with the comments about Julia's weird twist of sour grapes behavior. Congrats Rock!
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 10 years
I actually liked both Bonnie and Rock a lot, so I was just happy that they were the finalists. Bonnie impressed me from coming up out of nowhere, but Rock really deserved it, too. I LOVED Julia the entire season, but the season finale made me not like her. I agree with everyone else; Chef Ramsey gave her such a great prize and she was still so bitter!
tchan01 tchan01 10 years
Um :-O kiwitwist took the words out of my mouth. Go Rock! :-)
kaelye kaelye 10 years
I didn't really care for this season. I don't think there was anyone that was really high on my list. Here's hoping for a better next season.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
I knew itd be Rock!
Mokona Mokona 10 years
There really wasn't anyone that I wanted to win... no one really stood out as outstanding to me. Rock seemed better of the two, but his attitude and arrogance throughout the show really annoyed me. I had really liked Julia up until the end... she seems really spiteful now. She should be more grateful that Chef Ramsay was so generous to her!
herjoiedevivre herjoiedevivre 10 years
Rock was a better chef, but I just liked Bonnie more. I couldn't believe how Julia acted- if I was Bonnie, I would've yelled at her so fast. Sure, things didn't work out for you and that sucks, but why would you ruin things purposefully for someone else? that's just mean-spirited!
staceyleeroberts staceyleeroberts 10 years
Bonnie was so fake and couldn't pick a personality! There was no stategy on her part, she must have been doing "extra favors" to get as far as she did. Her technique was laughable! Rock was hands down the better chef!
lyfsaverzyumm lyfsaverzyumm 10 years
seriously? people wanted Bonnie to win? I thought she was just lucky. She didn't seem to know what she was ever doing, and was so inconsistent. I really can't believe Jen got kicked off before Bonnie.
Lissiebug Lissiebug 10 years
I wanted Bonnie to win, but I thought that Rock would. :(
crystallyn crystallyn 10 years
I really wanted Bonnie to win, sigh. Rock was kind of a jerk at various times during the show and overall I just wasn't impressed. Bonnie shot through the ranks from nowhere and I agree, it would be nice to see a few more female chefs in the world.
ccy ccy 10 years
I was rooting for Bonnie but as soon as I saw her running out of ingredients, I knew Rock had it. Obviously Rock had forseen enough to know that a ton of the crabcakes would be a garbage because they made it through service without running short. It was heartbreaking to see the bitterness and lack of support from all the women. Not just Julia. Yes, the focus was on Julia but I try to look at the whole situation from Julia's point of view. She's a Waffle cook. Needs to keep a roof over her head, bills paid and food on the table. It's great that she has been given the opportunity to go to school. However, it's a daunting thought going to school full time and still having to work full time to keep what you have. People do it but it's tough. It's so much easier to be handed a job that pays $250,000.00/year! I would probably be bitter and pissed off with myself as well. Atleast for a while.
thisisalladream thisisalladream 10 years
i was rooting for Bonnie but kind of knew it would be Rock... i don't think it helped her that the majority of her team didn't seem to give a damn during service and she couldn't get them in line. it sucks that there aren't more female chefs in the world and it doesn't help my chances of getting promoted in my kitchen. boo.
glossyveneer glossyveneer 10 years
I had hoped Bonnie would win, and judging on the restaurant that the winner will end up she seems to be a better fit. (And it seems the restaurant already has an executive chef.) Julia's bitterness was silly. She already gets a prize of culinary school from Chef Ramsay.
aibrean aibrean 10 years
I was hoping Bonnie would win. I tend to lean towards the more interesting, less "homestyle" menus and restaurant designs. I'm hoping she gets some sort of offer. I'm bummed that Michael Wray does not seem to have landed in a successful restaurant of his own yet. He was very cool and very creative.
culinarygirl culinarygirl 10 years
Cheers to Rock!
chellebaby chellebaby 10 years
I'm really disappointed in Julia's b*tchy attitude! She was my homegirl throughout the season and I was so upset when she left, but my respect for her totally dwindled last night. I personally wanted Bonnie to win because I couldn't stand Rock's attitude and temper, especially in the "trash" episode. Oh well. I'll be interested to see if Rock actually ends up as exec. at GVR since the past two winners aren't really doing the jobs they were promised.
AndiO1225 AndiO1225 10 years
I can't believe that Julia was so pissy, I used to really like her. She recieved a great opportunity and she is so bitter. I guess she thinks things should just be given to her and she shouldn't have to earn it. She had great cooking skills but the fact of the matter was she was a wafflehouse cook!
kiwitwist kiwitwist 10 years
OH and I thought Bonnie handled the loss greatly. Actually amazingly! I don't think Rock would have been soo gracious. Kudos to Bonnie big time! I think Ramsay is somewhat of an act... I mean, someone cannot really be that bitchy can they? Who knows. I think Julia was upset for losing but she should be happy that Ramsay was giving her a wonderful opporunity that no one else got (Chef school).
kiwitwist kiwitwist 10 years
I was rooting for Bonnie because she was fun! BUT I have to admit that Rock was the better choice. Congrats Rock, all the best to you!
kristyrk kristyrk 10 years
Thank Goodness it was Rock! I thought for a second it just might be Bonnnie, then I would have thought that Ramsay was REALLY insane!!
ALSW ALSW 10 years
I'm thinking maybe next year I'll actually watch this show! But I've enjoyed the reviews and recaps!
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