'Hell's Kitchen' Insider: Poor Charlie. The Undeserving Losses Continue.
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Originally from Philadelphia, Corey Earling is best known for making it to third place on the fourth season of Hell's Kitchen. She started working in restaurants at age 14, where she realized that her strong willingness to work hard would take her farther than her SAT scores would. She made it her hobby to save large amounts of money and decided to follow her lifelong dream of travel. At the age of 15, she took her first trip to Ireland and England. She has now visited over 18 countries and has no plans of stopping. She currently resides in NYC where she is still saving money for future trips.

By Corey Earling

After being on Hell's Kitchen, its very easy for me to spot who has not watched the show beforehand. I will admit I had never seen Hell's Kitchen before I signed on the dotted line. I really had no idea of what I was about to get myself into, and still to this day I wonder why I didn't do a little research first.

Needless to say, I think there are a few hopeless cheftestants on this season, like little ol' Colleen. But there is definitely something to say for an over-40-something venturing onto the set of Hell's Kitchen to compete against a bunch of crazy energetic 20-year-olds. I think Colleen has probably one of the most annoying voices I have ever heard, and doesnt have a shot in Hell winning this competition, but good on her for having the sheer determination. I have kind of a love/hate Sarah-Palin-type-thing for Colleen.

Getting back to Episode 3, I have started to notice how vicious and cut-throat this season's contestants are. Both teams this year are excellent at not sugarcoating their feelings, and they are not afraid to call out someone for doing a shitty job. I really like it. I think I would have fit in perfectly. Andrea and her "bitch-switch" are just what this show needs. Say it like it is, and move on.

When anyone wakes you up, and you're just not ready to be awake, it sucks. But when Chef Scott is in your room screaming at you, all you really want to do is beat the crap out of him. Seriously. It really is painful for me to witness these miserable characters get woken up and dragged downstairs to see what is awaiting them as a challenge. I still have nightmares of being woken up on the set of Hell's Kitchen. Fun times.

Knowing the cuts of an animal as common as cow shows who are the real chefs. And obviously Seth and Lacey do not fall into that category. The girls pretty much suck at knowing the cuts of beef; not that the boys' team was any better. I couldnt help but notice the lack of team leadership throughout the challenge on both teams. And that's the one thing Chef Ramsay instills in us on Day One. The boys' team won luckily, which sent the team and the corporate executive wanna-be (aka Seth) on a visit to a California vineyard, where Seth got to stalk Chef more.

Back in Hell's Kitchen, the Red Team got a decent weightlifting challenge, unloading hundreds of pounds of beef. The girls struggled back into the kitchen carrying most of the weight while Lacey barely lifted a rib. Then somehow she managed to get herself underneath the cow before falling ass-first on the the kitchen floor. Way to go, Lacey.

Its always seems like contestants with the biggest pipes usually have the biggest downfalls in the kitchen. Just like Giovanni saying more than three times that he is the chef at a steakhouse... really? Then what's your problem? And I feel really bad for Colleen. She was so vulnerable when Chef asked her to repeat the order. She did so three times, and on the fourth she got stuck in the mud. And poor Charlie, with his lack of waiter experience. Who hasn't had a little bacon spilled in their ice water? And Chef Scott didnt make it any easier on Charlie, whispering sweet nothings in his ear as he was already spiraling downhill.

Have we learned nothing so far in Hell's Kitchen? I guess not really. I'm now convinced that Poor Charlie was not sent home first  to leave the so-called strongest chef (the corporate executive filet butcher, known in the culinary underworld as Seth). Seth was kept there to keep the show outrageous. Just my opinion.

Corey is living and working in NYC. She got married this summer on the beach in Maryland and hopes to start a family in the next few years. She is currently freelancing as a chef while studying travel/food journalism. She hopes to start a new career in television with a strong focus on food, travel and culture.

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