The show started with a mind-numbing 15-minute recap of every week of this past season, and the next couple segments saw finalists Petrozza and Christina do litle more than start to prepare their menus and decors for their final showdown.
The challenge – for which everyone was flown to Gordon Ramsay’s New York City restaurant – saw Petrozza finally edge out Christina, as each made their signature dishes with Ramsay’s executive chefs from his other restaurants serving as judges.
With the win, Petrozza got first pick among the six eliminated contestants to serve on his team for the final cook-off. He chose Niagara Falls Bobby Anderson with the first pick and also chose Ben, with Christina taking Corey and Louross. The episode ended with a “cliffhanger” of Petrozza choosing to cut off his left hand by taking Matt or chopping his right hand by picking Jen; part two will air at 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 8. The action picked up in the show’s second half, and it looks from the preview clips like next week’s REAL finale should entertain.
It seems Christina is overconfident all of a sudden, a trait accentuated after Ramsay told her she set the record for challenges won on “Hell’s Kitchen” with nine. She’s definitely matured as the season’s progressed, but her onset of cockiness may end up costing her the crown; she’s already clashed with set designers who didn’t redecorate her half of the restaurant exactly to her liking and seems to have become a bit of a control freak (which Ramsay may admire, in hindsight).
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For anyone who didn’t catch my preview “Hell’s Kitchen” story, it’s available at http://www.niagara-gazette.com/archivesearch/local_story_086155201.html