There are certain reality shows that you watch at home and wish you could participate in, but Hell's Kitchen
is not one of them. The atmosphere in Chef Gordon Ramsay
's restaurant looks intense, volatile, and extremely brutal. The chefs that compete on the series have extensive culinary backgrounds, but the insanity of the kitchen is enough to shake-up even the strongest professionals. One chef who constantly found herself unable to deal with the craziness was Rosann
. Though she initially showed promise in the competition, her continuous mistakes finally forced Ramsay to send her home last night.
Today we had a chance to sit down with Rosann to discuss her elimination, her plans for the future, and who she thinks should make it to the finals. Read on for the mp3 and complete transcript of the interview.
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Hi, this is Don from BuddyTV, and today I'm talking to Rosann from Hell's Kitchen. I was wondering what experience you had prior to the show, and what made you want to go on Hell's Kitchen?
I had really limited experience in the culinary industry. I worked not even three solid years. I worked in restaurants, the catering industry -- Abigail Kirsch in Manhattan. I've worked in a country club in New Jersey. I was watching the show for about two years thinking, "I can do that," so I gave it a shot, I went for an audition, and they took me.
On TV the atmosphere in the kitchen looks really intense and insane. Would you say it's as bad as it looks?
Actually, it is really like that in the kitchen. The chef is a little more over the top than most chefs in kitchens, but the atmosphere is that way. It's very fast paced, it's very high pressure, and there's a lot of cursing going on.
So you'd say it probably wasn't that different from your usual kitchen experiences?
No, like I said, it is very much like that, but a little more intense. A lot more intense I should say.
What's the toughest aspect of working in Hell's Kitchen? Is it Ramsay's yelling, or is it just keeping everything organized and keeping up with the pace?
Well, the whole experience was a little difficult. The most difficult part for me was living with all those strangers. They don't show that part in the show, but that was really hard living with other people. There's a lot of other people to deal with, and that was the hardest part for me. It was also difficult to have somebody yelling in your face. It was very degrading, but I try to look at him as a superior, as a boss, as a sergeant, as somebody that needs to be respected. I bit my tongue and stayed quiet.
What was your reaction when Ramsay decided to eliminate you after putting you back in line like that?
Yeah, he definitely pulled the rug out from under my feet. I thought I was safe when he sent me back to the line, but you never know what to expect around there. I didn't think I needed to go home that particular night. I thought that Matt did a little worse than I did, but I guess it's just an all around decision based on the past few services, and not that particular night. I respect his decision.
Were you surprised, watching the show back, seeing what the other contestants said and how things were edited together?
I can't say so much surprised, but as the show went on it got more and more crazy. Everybody was just becoming more and more spiteful, vindictive. It wasn't that much of a surprise. It's just a way to see how much you really didn't know. They smile in your face and stab you in the back.
Adding Matt to the women's team and losing Jen, did that affect the team significantly?
I don't know. I wouldn't say that was the deciding factor, but Matt, he did fall apart that particular night. That could have brought us down.
Out of all the challenges you had to do on the show, which was the toughest for you, and which did you think you did the best at?
I'd say I did great when we had to portion the chickens. That's culinary 101, that's like the first thing they teach you in any school, so I know I did the best at that. I'd say the pasta was a little bit difficult. I had a slight injury in my arm, so I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to keep up the pace with trying to do the pasta machine. It was a little crazy, but we did alright, we pulled through that.
Out of the other chefs that you worked with, who do you think has what it takes to make it to the finals?
If I had to say, on the girl's team I would pick Corey, and on the guy's team I'd pick Petrozza.
Now that you're done with the show, what's in the future for you? Are you going to keep cooking?
Well, currently I'm still working as a receptionist in a downtown Manhattan law firm, but I definitely want to start to market my skills come September when my daughter starts school again. She's gonna be going to high school soon, so I'm gonna be spending the summer trying to help her decide what school she'd like to go to. Like I said, she's my number one priority, so once I do that for her I can start to focus on myself again.
- Interview conducted by Don Williams
(Image courtesy of FOX)