Giovanni of 'Hell's Kitchen' Says He's not a Showbiz Person
Glenn Diaz
Glenn Diaz
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
On the last episode of Hell's Kitchen, Ji had everyone's jaw on the floor when she volunteered to leave Ramsay's Kitchen citing her ankle injury.  Gordon was the first to express his disappointment with the unprecedented turn of events (yes, there have been voluntary eliminations in the past, but Ji is perhaps the first to leave with a really good chance to make it all the way).  In fact, Ramsay asked her to keep her jacket because she's done so well. Another in fact, the other team members went so far as saying that the combined skills of Lacey and Colleen, who were both up for elimination, wouldn't even meet half of Ji.

In an exclusive interview with BuddyTV, Ji said she liked staying a little longer, but the thought of losing challenges and being blamed for it disheartened her.  “I wouldn't be able to live with myself.”

In other news, fellow Hell's Kitchen contestant Giovanni said he had no problems with anybody on the show, contrary to what some might be thinking.

“I get along with them,” says the New Jersey-native.  “I'm not a showbiz person.  After this, if I win or lose, I go back to the restaurant business and do what I know how to do, run a kitchen and cook food.”

Giovanni, who is the executive chef at Creehan's Copper Grill in Destin, Florida, also explained his blunder on the show's first episode when he had to do the serving for his team.  That and the fact that he didn't know what polenta is.

“Let them try an do what I did.  Your brain freezes; it's nerve wracking.  It was my first day in a brand new kitchen, you try and learn everything and study.  You show me a chef that can walk in a place he never worked in – a brand new restaurant you get a mock run so you could get a flow of things. I'm no server.”

- Glenn Paul Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Broward Palm Beach New Times
(Image courtesy of Fox)