Last night's episode of Hell's Kitchen
featured one of the most surprising eliminations that I've seen on reality television in a while. After asking Corey
to nominate two of her teammates for elimination, Chef Gordon Ramsay
was shocked when she chose Christina
for purely personal reasons. Thinking that both nominees were undeserving of being kicked off, Ramsay decided to eliminate Sharon
for her lack of culinary prowess. If there's one thing we learned, it's that nobody is safe on Hell's Kitchen
Today we had a chance to sit down with Sharon and discuss her elimination, her future plans, and what she thought about all those "Barbie" comments. 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 Sharon from Hell's Kitchen. Just to get us started here, I was wondering if you could let us know about some of your prior experience before you got on the show?
I'm currently a chef in Vegas, and I've been cooking for 13 years.
And what made you want to try out for Hell's Kitchen?
Cause it's an ultimate prize. We didn't know what the prize was going to be, but we know that you're going for your own restaurant and a nice sum of money. A salary.
So how did the atmosphere in Hell's Kitchen differ from your normal day job?
Kitchens are always crazy and always hectic, but Ramsay's constant screaming definitely puts a whole new spin on "people skills."
It's not something you deal with on a day to day basis, right?
Was there anything worse than digging through that trashed food that got dumped out on the street?
No, that was definitely probably the grossest thing I think I've done.
After your elimination, you mentioned that you didn't think Chef Ramsay liked you from the beginning. Do you think you should have had more time to prove yourself in the kitchen?
Yeah. I felt like coming into the show, after all the "Barbie" and all the crazy comments I got, [like] "Vegas showgirl," I think that he just judged me on the way I looked, so he never took me seriously.
I was going to ask about that, because some of the girls also seemed to judge you for that, which didn't seem fair. Did they tell you that to your face, or was that only on the show in the interviews that they did?
Oh, nobody ever told me anything to my face. Some of the other girls would tell me what the other girls had said, but nobody ever really told me face to face.
So while you were actually living together you got along pretty well?
I don't know if "get along" is a good word.
Tolerated each other?
Lived civilly, yeah.
Did you have any problems with the editing of the show, or was there anything that they didn't show that you thought should have been in there?
No, honestly. There is a lot that I think that people don't see, as far as, you know, we cook to the extreme. We get the menu, and a few hours later we're cooking in service. I think that's why it looks like such a circus, and maybe people don't realize that.
How many of those recipes did you know ahead of time that Ramsay gave you?
We only got the menu that night of our first service. You try to memorize them the best you can, but it's hard. You know what the main ingredients are, but it's hard to remember all the sauces and all the little garnishes that go with everything.
Were you shocked when Ramsay chose you for elimination even when you weren't up for elimination that night?
Yeah, cause you think you're in the clear. My heart dropped, I think, when he called my name.
What was going through your mind when Jen and Christina were put up there?
The only thing that was going through my head, I was just like, "Jen, shut up!" She was talking for like 25 minutes.
I was wondering that, if they just edited it to make it look like she rambled on, or if she was actually talking that long.
No, she really did talk that much.
What are you going to do now that you're done with the show? Are you going to go back to your job?
Yeah, I'm still going to be cooking in Vegas. Hopefully one day I'll get my own restaurant. That's still my goal.
- Interview conducted by Don Williams
(Image courtesy of FOX)