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Hell’s Kitchen Recap: The Season Nine Winner Is…

September 19, 2011 06:58 PM by Lisa Princ

Hell’s Kitchen on Fox is back for one last night as it’s the season nine finale. Who will what it takes to impress Gordon Ramsay enough to be crowned the season nine winner? If you think you know who won, you may want to rethink that! Read on for all the details!

The Hell’s Kitchen season nine finale kicked off tonight with the usual gloating by Elise about how she was still there – big shocker, huh? Then Gordon Ramsay announced that the final four would be facing their most inspiring challenge yet, and then he surprised them all with their families. This challenge was a taste it, then make it challenge. The contestants each took a taste of Gordon Ramsay’s dish and then try to recreate it. The winner would get the day with their loved ones.

During the challenge, Elise seemed so unsure of what the dish was, that she had to watch what the guys were using. Tommy and Will used monkfish, while Elise used halibut and Paul chose cod. All four of them chose identical garnish, but while the other three wrapped their fish with prosciutto, Tommy decided to wrap his with serrano ham. After tasting the dishes, Gordon eliminated Tommy first as the serrano ham was not correct, but who had the correct fish? Paul did! Paul was the only one who chose the cod, so he got to spend the day with his brother.

When Gordon announced that it was moving day in Hell’s Kitchen for the other three, Elise broke down in tears – oh the drama! Dinner service that night required each chef to show Gordon Ramsay their leadership skills, as he announced that two chefs would be headed home after the service. Each of the chefs had their own issues running the pass – Elise and Paul missed some quality tests, while Will was tough, but struggled with his team listening to him. Tommy, however, seemed to be a flake and all over the place. Personally, I think Will did the best job, but it was all up to Chef Ramsay at this point.

When it time for elimination, Gordon Ramsay asked that they all come up with a reason as to why they deserved to be in the finale. When they returned, Gordon announced that the first chef leaving Hell’s Kitchen was not surprisingly Tommy. While Gordon Ramsay said that he finally started to understand Tommy, Tommy was not ready for the job. Then Gordon Ramsay announced that the first person heading the finale was Will!

Next Gordon said that the next finalist had an edge in running a kitchen, and that they would not back down. After hearing that, we could see Paul whisper something to the effect of “oh shit” as he thought he would be headed home. Gordon Ramsay however, gave us all the moment we were waiting for as he announced that Elise was going home, and Paul was headed to the finale! Finally!

In the second half of the season nine finale of Hell’s Kitchen, it was the battle of Will versus Paul, and Gordon Ramsay started by asking the chefs to go up the dorm and work on their menus. Then Gordon told them he was taking them out to dinner, but in a surprise twist walked them both straight into their finale challenge. This time, Will and Paul had to create 5 stunning dishes to impress 5 judges from BLT Steak. As usual, they were tied by the fourth dish, and the final dish was being judged by the president of BLT Steak. With both filet dishes on the line, the president of BLT Steak declared Will the winner of the challenge.

When Will and Paul arrived back at Hell’s Kitchen, they were greeted by a huge present. Literally, when they opened the huge box, out walked the former contestants, Elise included. Ugh, just when we thought we were rid of her. Will had the first choice since he won, and that first choice ended up giving him a bigger advantage than he realized at first. Will started with Tommy, Natalie, and Jennifer, while Paul chose Elise, Elizabeth, and Jonathon. With only Carrie and Krupa left, Will decided to make a smart move for his team and went with Krupa, which sent Carrie to Paul’s team – remember the drama between Carrie and Elise?

Paul was not having it though, as he warned both Elise and Carrie that if they started any crap, he would be rid of them. But when Gordon Ramsay did a quick check of their menus, he was impressed by Will’s and disappointed in Paul’s, claiming that it needed work. In an emotional moment, Paul walks out and begins to tear up about how he promised his mother, who passed away a few months before he started Hell’s Kitchen that he would get on the show and win. Paul pleaded with his team about helping him do this in honor of his mother, and they agreed, but would it last once Elise and Carrie got together in the kitchen?

During service, Will’s team was off to a strong start with Natalie on appetizers, while Elizabeth and Elise were both messing up on Paul’s side. Elise quickly came back though and decided that she would be standing up for Paul – for once she was being reasonable. Krupa then started to struggle on Will’s team, while Jonathon could not get any decent meat out for Paul’s team, until finally Paul had enough and put Elise on the meat. Then we watched as Will had his first dish come back for being undercooked – no surprise that Krupa cooked it…maybe Krupa was not such a smart decision after all?

Finally, Will decided he needed to take Krupa off her fish station, as she was replaced by Natalie. What a disaster the night was turning out to be for both Will and Paul! In the end, both teams finally pulled together and got all the dishes out. Gordon Ramsay was then off to go through all the comment cards and make his decision. Hmm, did anyone else notice that we saw no restaurant’s for the chefs this time around? Then, both Will and Paul headed to the doors to see which one would open. After what seemed like an eternity, it was revealed that Paul was the season nine winner of Hell’s Kitchen!

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29 Responses to “Hell’s Kitchen Recap: The Season Nine Winner Is…”

  1. Josh Says:
    September 19th, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    If it was my restaurant I would want Will as the head chef. Paul blows a lot of smoke about being a big deal and it’s annoying. I would want consistency and, being a steakhouse, I would want the best protein chef and hands down that is Will.

  2. Roll Dog Says:
    September 19th, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    I could understand why Paul won because of two reasons:

    1. He was honoring his mother who died.

    2. He brought Carrie and Elise together finally even though he was stuck with both of them thanks to Will.

    I wanted Will to win because of his strong and friendlier personality and that he had the favorable ones on his team like Natalie, Jennifer, and Tommy (I love that guy.).

  3. Kage Says:
    September 19th, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Bad Decision Gordon. Not only was Will an absolute rock throughout the entire season,he was the strongest chef to appear on ANY season of HK. Youve done a diservice to BLT and to a bright young chef who was all business and talent, clearly deserving of the job and the money. Respect to Paul for his efforts but hes just not at Will’s level in any area of the kitchen

  4. Action Jackson Says:
    September 19th, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    I think will was the better all around chef and than Elliss should have been running up she cooked well and ran the kitchen well besides her big mouth running non stop that might have been what knocked her out of contention her big mouth. But much love Pgh keep your head up

  5. Mary Says:
    September 19th, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Will was robbed! Robbed I tell you!! Gordon Ramsay got this one wrong!

  6. asdf Says:
    September 19th, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Will was robbed! Robbed I tell you!! Gordon Ramsay got this one wrong!

  7. mm Says:
    September 19th, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Will should have won!

  8. Margee Says:
    September 19th, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    No. Will should have won. And I do not understand why Elise was in the final four. Just an “Omarosa” move I guess – just for ratings, but I almost stopped watching the show because of her.

  9. JD Says:
    September 19th, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Hell no Paul should have lost he was no good and he was nothing but a jersey shore wannabe (catchphrases and all) and i see now why he won. I think Will and Elise should have been in the top 2 and i wanted elise to win but i really thought will would have won.

  10. gr8cooker141 Says:
    September 19th, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    I am happy with any winner as long as it wasn’t Elise. I really believe the only reason she was kept was for TV ratings. She sucked big time and her leading skills are practices left in the 80′s and do not belong in today’s kitchen.

    I am happy again, if she would have won I never would have watched the show again. Ramsey always tends to lead towards the women, even if they don’t deserve to win. Maybe he thinks he will get some action!!!

  11. Brian Says:
    September 19th, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Another dreadful decision by Ramsey. How many times did Paul get kicked out of service? At least twice for sending up raw fish. Will never got yelled at once during the entire season, and was never even close to being put on the block. And if he did get yelled at, you can bet FOX would have aired it.

    The biggest loser was Jen. She took her eye off the ball with three weeks left with her stupid crush talk to Paul, then he dissed her twice, once upon being told, then when he picked Elizabeth over her for his team.

  12. April Says:
    September 20th, 2011 at 6:33 am

    Bad Decision. I think Will should have won. He was consistant and forced to be wreckoned with through the whole season. I think Paul was definitely a weaker link than some others. Will definitely got robbed. Major finale bummer

  13. green Says:
    September 20th, 2011 at 8:45 am

    in reality TV the victory goes to the guy with the sob story. in REAL reality Will gets the job every time. I’ve never seen a contestant on Hell’s Kitchen dance so effortlessly through the dinner services and around the competition. He was never even close to being put up for elimination and we never saw Ramsay return a single dish at the dish. Will got straight robbed

  14. Dennis Marsh Says:
    September 20th, 2011 at 8:54 am

    This was absurd, Will was the best from start to finish. We will never watch this show again. What bullshit

  15. Dawn Thomas Says:
    September 20th, 2011 at 10:46 am

    It seems that the last few years (with the exception of the guy who broke his arm), the finalists are the “best of the worst”. I haven’t agreed with the winning selections for some time now. I, too, have almost stopped watching the show because it seems they deliberately keep people you HATE on the show to keep you watching, when you know they can’t do the work.

  16. Dawn Thomas Says:
    September 20th, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Also, why don’t they just give people the money? I have read updates on all the winners and it seems like only 2 of all seasons actually work at the place they won the job at. The others took the money and worked elsewhere. People are only doing this for the money. Let them find a job on their own, since many of them probably wouldn’t be able to keep it anyway.

  17. Dee Says:
    September 20th, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Elise is nothing but a ghetto rat. Her attitude would not be tolerated at a place like BLT Steak.

  18. Bonnie Says:
    September 20th, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Will was the winner hands down. Paul is a likable guy but Will is a leader. He may not get BLT but something wonderful is just around the corner. He was a star from day one.

  19. anonymous Says:
    September 20th, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    I totally agree Will was the top dog, his menu had no faults and he was the most consistent on there through and through….I hope Ramsey is reading all of this.

  20. Nacho gamez Says:
    September 20th, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    I was an Elise fan

  21. Lisa Wi Says:
    September 21st, 2011 at 7:51 am

    Elise should have won. She did not start out that way(w/attitude). On the first show, she was berated by the blond from Texas(??) regarding her background. There were plenty of older bullies yelling at the younger ones. Actually, she should have won – best menus, most team saves, and ingenuity. The others were not creative.

  22. BOOTSIE Says:
    September 21st, 2011 at 9:41 am

    I was reasonably comfortable with the outcome. Would have preferred Will and I think not guessing the main ingredient in Ramsey’s fish dish really hurt him. As was said in a previous comment HE never got dismissed from the kitchen. He also seemed to have a smoothe yet effective way of rallying his troops.

  23. Sharon Says:
    September 21st, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Will is the true winner!!!!!!!!!Paul is a wimp and I really believe that BLT will not do well. Why did Chef Ramsey keep Elise and Tommy on. She is selfish and low down and Tommy is just goofy!!!

  24. observer Says:
    September 21st, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Paul is a weasle, he’d throw his own brother under the bus to get ahead!!! Bad call Ramsey.

  25. observer Says:
    September 21st, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Paul is a weasle, he’d throw his own brother under the bus to get ahead!!! Bad call Ramsey. Oh and the girl, whatshername, I would have shut her up day 1.

  26. Pat Says:
    September 23rd, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    I quit watching the show when Jen was dismissed and Elise stayed–sheer ratings walk. Will should have won–don’t know that I will watch next season. What used to be an original and entertaining show has devolved into inedible tripe (and I like tripe!)

  27. Jaycie Says:
    September 26th, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Ramsey screwed up on this one. Will is clearly the best chef on this season. He carried his team and would have made a great head chef. Paul is ok but definetly not in Will’s league. Elise was a joke and probably only kept around for drama on the show. She was totally cluesless most of the time.

  28. S E A Says:
    November 16th, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Will should have won. He is one of the best participants of the show ever. Why he lost the competition ????

  29. Jan Gunsolley Says:
    December 31st, 2011 at 11:43 am

    I did not get to see who the winner of season 7 was. I went into the Hospital. Please could you who won? Thank You, Jan


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