This morning I had the pleasure of talking to Paula Dasilva, the runner-up on Season 5 of Hell's Kitchen
, and by Chef Ramsay's own repeated admission, one of the best chefs to ever grace his cooking competition show.
Paula was many viewers' favorite (and I have to admit, my pick to win) going into the Hell's Kitchen
finale against the ultimate winner Danny Veltri
(whom I also interviewed today), and it's not hard to see why. She excelled all season, stalwart and consistent under Ramsay's trademark stressors, and left with her head held high, though she admitted to me she was just excited to finally get out of there! Well, who can blame her?
Read on for the full mp3 audio and transcript of the interview.