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'Hell's Kitchen' crowns Holli Ugalde champion, defeats Jay Santos

By Reality TV World staff, 08/11/2010 

Hell's Kitchen crowned Holli Ugalde, a 24-year-old banquet chef from San Bernardino, CA, the Fox culinary competition's seventh-season winner during Tuesday night's finale broadcast.

"I am so excited, yeah!  It's crazy," Holli said after discovered she had won Hell's Kitchen's seventh season.

As the seventh season's winner, Holli won a head chef position at Hell's Kitchen star Gordon Ramsay's The Savoy Grill restaurant in London.

"Holli won because she's grown as a chef more than any other chef in Hell's Kitchen," Gordon said.  "At the start, she was barely noticeable.  But then, she got her confidence, she emerged, and there was no holding her back.  I'm absolutely thrilled she'll be working for me at The Savoy Grill in London."

Holli defeated Jay Santos, a 32-year-old executive chef from Melrose, MA, during last night's Hell's Kitchen finale broadcast.

"Come here you, well done," Gordon consoled Jay after Holli's victory was revealed.

Jay took the news of his loss to Holli -- who he'd had a crush on throughout the competition -- well.

"I'm not psyched about losing, but it was very close and Holli did a great job and deserved to win," Jay said afterwards.

"Jay is a great person, and if it wasn't me against him, I would hope that he would win, because I think he deserves to win.  Jay rocks," Holli said.

(Photo credit Fox)

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