No one was eliminated on this week's episode of Hell's Kitchen. Instead, Vanessa decided to leave the competition. The pressure of successfully performing with only one hand — the other was severely burnt — was too difficult so she asked Ramsay for permission to leave the show. I spoke to her on the phone yesterday and found out how she is doing. To see what she had to say about her decision to leave and her experience working at Hell's Kitchen,
PartySugar: How is your hand? Has it fully healed?
Vanessa: It's still sensitive but it's as healed as it's going to get. I couldn't do anything for about two weeks and there is definitely some permanent scarring.
PS: What made you decide to leave Hell’s Kitchen? Was it as simple as it looked on the show?
Vanessa: No it wasn't, it was really a long, decision making process. The outcome hinged on what the plastic surgeon said. The doctor said it couldn't touch water for a week and told me I shouldn't work for at least three days. Basically what it came down to were the consequences of not taking care of it. It wasn't worth it to me. I've worked through injuries before and every one I've worked through I am still dealing with to this day. I don't really think Gordon understood. He asked me if it was my kitchen would I stop working, and told me a story about his friend who was awarded a Michelin star after losing his arm.
PS: What was it like working in the kitchen? Did you ever really feel like you were in Hell?
Vanessa: Everyday. It was the hardest thing I have ever done in my entire life. You go there thinking I could totally do all of this and you leave thinking wow, I really don't know anything.
PS: Is Gordon really as big of a jerk as he seems?
Vanessa: You might have to ask his wife that. When we were on the reward trips he was very kind and gracious, but he was always on point. Even as we were eating lunch he would look at his watch a lot. It's like you could feel the stress emanating from him.
PS: What was the dynamic like between the girls?
Vanessa: Most of us really wanted to get along and work together. It was Corey who screwed it all up. But we really did want to work as a team and succeed together. Now I am rooting for Jen. She has the skill level needed to win.
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