Scott Hawley becomes the sixth contestant cut from 'Hell's Kitchen'
By Christopher Rocchio, 06/23/2010
Scott Hawley received numerous opportunities to prove himself to Gordon Ramsay, however he eventually ran out of chances.
The 32-year-old executive chef from Modesto, CA who currently resides in New York, NY became the sixth contestant eliminated from Hell's Kitchen's seventh season during Tuesday night's broadcast of the culinary competition series.
"I certainly am the best cook on the Red Team, but when you're working with teammates that aren't as qualified to be there as you are, it makes it hard," said Scott after his ouster.
"But at the end of the day I'm still going to go on and continue to be a great chef."
However it was Nilka Hendricks, a 28-year-old line cook from Glen Cove, NY who currently resides in West Hempstead, NY, who was upset at the Red Team for originally being nominated when she didn't think she deserved it.
"Oh my god, Nilka was completely pissed off," commented Siobhan Allgood, a 25-year-old pub executive chef from Rockledge, PA who currently resides in Philadelphia, PA.
"It was like a bomb exploded."
Fran Klier, a 44-year-old catering chef from Rockville Centre, NY who was responsible for nominating Nilka, tried to talk to her but was turned away.
"It was just the wrong frickin' decision," said Fran. "If I ever had to do it again I would put myself up before that woman. That's how bad I feel."
The next morning, the 11 remaining contestants met Gordon in the kitchen -- and he immediately began asking them the five "mother sauces."
Jay Santos, a 32-year-old executive chef from Melrose, MA who currently resides in Medford, MA, correctly stated Hollandaise, Nilka said tomato, and Autumn Lewis, a 29-year-old personal chef from Chicago, IL who currently resides in North Hollywood, CA, gave Bechamel.
Holli Ugalde, a 24-year-old banquet chef from San Bernardino, CA, also correctly stated Veloute -- leaving one left, which Scott got when he said demi-glaze.
For their next challenge, Gordon revealed each team would be creating five dishes using the five mother sauces as the base. Each team would be given 30 minutes and a total of 20 ingredients, which they could only use once.
The challenge commenced and the Blue Team made a plan, while Nilka was working by herself in the Red kitchen.
"Nilka took all the ingredients," commented Siobhan. "The rest of us were left with s--t."
Autumn and Ed Battaglia, a 28-year-old high school cooking teacher from Burlington, NJ who currently resides in Edgewater Park, NJ, worked together in the Blue kitchen since they had an extra member, and they worked well together.
The Red kitchen worked as a team divided.
"There's tension between us," said Holli. "I'm so sick of it. It pisses me off beyond belief."
The challenge ended and the dishes were presented to Gordon as well as his mother and wife.
Fran and Salvatore Coppola, a 35-year-old pizzeria chef from Monte Di Procida, Italy who currently resides in Laurel Springs, NJ, went first and presented their tomato dishes. She used oyster, lemon and cheese while he chose eggplant and red peppers. Both dishes were complimented, however Salvatore's pasta was undercooked. The Red Team got the point.
Siobhan and Jay then went head-to-head with their Hollandaise dishes. She presented pigeon -- which she incorrectly called Cornish hen -- and the dish also had blood on it. Gordon didn't even taste it. Jay presented duck breast with English peas. However it had a raw taste and nobody got the point.
Holli went up against Ed and Autumn, as both worked with Veloute. Holli presented sea bass -- which she called halibut -- and Gordon was disappointed in the mistake. However the dish received praise. Ed presented pan-roasted sea bass with mushroom. Both dishes were well-liked, but the Blue Team won the point and tied the score.
Jason Ellis, a 37-year-old personal chef from Greenville, SC who currently resides in Suwanee, GA, and Nilka went next and worked with the demi-glaze. She presented pan-seared steak and mushrooms, while he served steak and rosemary. Again, both dishes were deemed tasty, but the Red Team got the point and grabbed the lead.
Benjamin Knack, a 33-year-old culinary instructor from Elmont, NY who currently resides in Malden, MA, and Scott worked with the Bechamel and were the last to present. Benjamin served John Dorry and roasted potato, while Scott served roasted duck breast with sweet potatoes and eggplant. The Blue Team got the point.
"Scott is proving to possibly be the worst cook in Hell's Kitchen," said Holli. "And he's so f--king cocky. He's the worst thing to happen to the Red Team."
With the scored tied at two points apiece, Gordon said there was one dish that should be "highlighted and noticed" -- Jason's steak and rosemary. The Blue Team won the challenge.
"Not to be cocky, but we cannot lose," said Jason.
For their reward, the Blue Team enjoyed an English experience that included a ride on a double-decker bus, a trip to a British pub and a dart tournament.
For their punishment, the Red Team would have to clean the ovens and prep both kitchens. Scott sulked that Nilka got all the good ingredients, and Fran thought he was making excuses. In addition, Siobhan was also concerned that she was allergic to some of the cleaning ingredients. She eventually broke out in hives and went pale before seeing the medic.
"They cut the suit off of me like I was going into surgery, so I had to stay away from the chemicals," said Siobhan, who wasn't having problems breathing. "We caught it fairly early on."
The Red Team then began to prep both kitchens, and they continued to have communication problems.
"The Red Team can't get it together," said Nilka.
Before the dinner service commenced, Gordon revealed it was family night in the restaurant -- so there would be a kids' menu and lots of children in the dining area.
The dinner service then commenced, with the Red Team still looking for their first victory of the season. However it got off to a rough start, as nobody knew who was cooking the spaghetti. It was Siobhan's responsibility, which she was unaware of since she didn't consider it a garnish. She also forgot to begin boiling the water.
"Get a grip," implored Gordon. "You need to wake up!"
The Red Team's diners were starting to get restless as nothing left their kitchen, while the Blue Team quickly pushed the appetizers out. However Salvatore was having a hard time remembering the number of orders and tried a quick fix. It was noticed by Gordon.
"You just lost my trust!" screamed Gordon, unhappy that Salvatore didn't own up to the mistake until questioned about it. "How dare you! Pathetic!"
In the Red kitchen, Nilka's risotto lacked lobster -- stalling her team. The Red kitchen had more problems when Fran overcooked the scallops. The Blue kitchen wasn't without problems, as Jason miscounted the number of chickens he was serving and then shut down verbally.
The Red Team eventually moved onto entrees, however Scott through his team under the bus for getting one of the tickets wrong.
"You can only work with the teammates you're given," he said in a confessional. "But it's difficult when they don't have a lot of talent or skill in a fine-dining restaurant. It's impossible."
Gordon grew even more upset when Scott served pink beef Wellington. He took him aside and screamed at him, and Scott promised it wouldn't happen again. Benjamin took control in the Blue kitchen, and the team got back on track.
The Red Team continued to struggle, as neither the meat nor chicken met Gordon's standards. The team argued about whose fault it was and Gordon threw all of them out of the kitchen. Gordon and sous chefs Scott Leibfried and Andi Van Willigan completed the Red Team's service, and Scott noticed their kitchen was a mess.
The Red Team continued to argue upstairs in the dorm.
"I've never been thrown out of a dinner service and I'm really aggravated because it was Scott on our team who brought everybody down," said Siobhan.
The Blue Team stayed focused in their kitchen and continued to push out entrees, which were well-received by the diners.
"I think we had excellent team work," said Jason. "I think we did great."
The Blue Team got out all the desserts and Gordon called the Red Team back to the kitchen to clean. The dinner service came to a close.
"Red Team lost," said Gordon. "I have never, ever witnessed such a disastrous service in all my f--king life. It was across the board the most disorganized service ever."
He sent the Red Team upstairs to come to a consensus on two nominees for elimination.
Scott said he would nominate Siobhan and Nilka, which both disagreed with. Scott then threw Fran's name out there, and she also defended herself.
"Scott can be overbearing -- extremely arrogant and overbearing," said Siobhan. "He's Mr. Know-It-All."
The Red Team's ladies agreed Scott should be nominated but had a hard time coming up with a second name to give Gordon.
Back in the kitchen, Fran nominated Scott.
"Scott has totally fallen apart since he's gotten to our team," she said. "He's had two bad services and he just has a lot of talk but he can't seem to produce anything."
Fran then said she was the second nominee but wasn't really sure why. She then said Siobhan should be the second nominee because she's always second-guessing herself. Nilka said Siobhan has shown a lot of progress while Fran moves to slowly and received a lot of help.
Gordon asked who the best chef was on the Red Team and as Scott was claiming he was, Nilka immediately disagreed. The bickering continued, and Gordon eventually called Fran, Scott and Siobhan forward.
Fran defended herself and said she was starting to come into her own, and Siobhan said she takes pride in her work and puts her best effort forward. Scott said "common sense things" were dragging the Red Team down, and Gordon asked him to defend himself.
"I've had a tough couple services, but I'm a hard worker," said Scott. "By no means am I the worst cook on this team. I'm the best cook on this team, the best leader on this team."
Gordon sent Fran and Siobhan back in line.
"This team will f--king die if I'm not here," said Scott before Gordon gave him the boot.
Gordon then said he wasn't finished and put Benjamin on the Red Team.
"The one thing missing on that team is a leader," said Gordon. "Run it, get it together."
Hell's Kitchen's next seventh-season episode will air Tuesday, June 29 at 8PM ET/PT.