Twenty-five-year-old St. Louis Missouri native Christina Machamer, despite being the least experienced in the crew, bested her able competitors to emerge fourth season winner on Fox's Hells Kitchen
. The title, earned after persisting through constant yells from Gordon Ramsay (and incessant comparisons to donkeys), comes with the top position of executive chef at Gordon's recently opened The London West Hollywood and a hefty $250,000 monthly paycheck.
It was bad enough Machamer had to tell the world she was unemployed while waiting for the finale to air, the recent culinary school graduate says it was just difficult to keep the whole thing a secret.
“[There are] situations [that] are hard because I had to put down unemployed, even though the Hell's Kitchen winner has the best job ever,” she shares. “But it's hard to keep a secret…. Kind of knowing the results for so long, I've just sort of been treading water and waiting for the finale. Now that it's aired, I'm ready to just shoot out of the gate.”
Moreover, Machamer said she wasn't too surprised that Ramsay favored her potential over the experience of the other finalist Petrozza.
“I don't think I was too surprised. I was pretty confident there towards the end. I really thought my restaurant design was better. Even though I had the least amount of experience, that's not what this is about. It's not one of those other cooking shows where it's like, "Cook from the 3,000 recipes you have in your head!" It's more about coming up with new things and thinking on your feet. It's just the basic stuff, that's all it is.”
-Glenn L. Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Reality TV World
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