Ji-Hyun Cha, or Ji, as she’ll likely go by on the show, is one of the 16 aspiring chefs featured in the upcoming season of Hell’s Kitchen. Now, everybody knows that Hell’s Kitchen is just as much about the strong personalities of the contestants and the head Chef Pottymouth, Gordon Ramsay, as it is about the food, and based one what Ji has been hinting at about the season, I’m hoping that she’ll be one of the combative chefs.

“I was marching into battle,” she told TV Guide about joining the show. “And I was ready to do pretty much whatever I had to not to become one of the casualties.”

On working closely with Gordon Ramsay, Ji said, “I’m passionate about my cooking — really passionate. But he takes it to a whole other level. It’s as close to a volcano erupting as I ever want to come.”

Chef Ji shared a delectable recipe for a cocktail that is New Year’s Eve appropriate. It also works as a classy Hell’s Kitchen viewing party beverage too!

Chef Ji’s Sparkling Scarlet Sangria

3-1⁄2 cups of dry red wine
2 cups of Vueve Cliquot Champagne
4 tablespoons Bombay Sapphire Gin
4 tablespoons of Grey Goose Citron Vodka
4 tablespoons of Grand Marnier
3 tablespoons of simple syrup
Juice of 1 blood orange and 1 lemon
1 blood orange, sliced thin
1 lime, sliced thin
1 lemon, sliced thin
1/4 of an Asian pear, sliced thin

Pour all of the ingredients (except for the champagne) into a pitcher and refrigerate overnight. At party time, serve over ice and top off with champagne.

Hell’s Kitchen season 5 premieres on Thursday, January 29 at 9pm on FOX. The winner, selected from the 16 contestants, will become the new head chef for Gordon Ramsay’s Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City.

-Debbie Chang, BuddyTV Staff Writer
Source: TVGuide.com
(Image courtesy of FOX)


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