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

Corey here, from Hells Kitchen Season 4. I guess since I was on this past season of Hells Kitchen, I should be expected to have some type of sympathy for the current contestants. Well, let’s just say, I feel their pain!

Can we just start with Lazy Lacey? I think most of us know why we are cast as contestants on this show, to bring some type of dramatics and excitement to the set. But Lacey, is to me, like the female version of Matt from my season. You’re not sure why they are there, but they are extremely annoying and unnecessary. And she works as a banquet chef. I can only imagine how much pain and anxiety her co-workers go through working with her. It gives me a panic attack just thinking about it.

Speaking of panic attacks, watching the chefs get woken up at 6am after going to bed at 2:30am was excruciating. Then, standing outside in their pajamas was just awkward, and I know how they feel. I could care less what anyone else thought, but standing in front of Ramsay un-showered and with bad breath just feels wrong. And there are some people on this season who who you just don’t want to see in their skivvies. I couldn’t have laughed harder when Colleen fell face first into the cold scallop juices….but at the same time I felt really bad inside. What are you to do at that moment besides cry?

So the morning debauchery continues as usual back in the kitchen when the cheftestants had to compete for the reward by opening fresh scallops, which of course no one knows how to do. I’m pretty sure I could have figured it out. Let’s face it, in this season, there is a food court chef, a cooking school operator, what’s next? A cocktail waitress? Sure these are all respectable extensions of the food industry but when it comes to having the common sense of a chef, you either got it or you don’t.

Ji really screwed herself literally, slipping before service even started. I knew it was over for her right away. There is so much pressure on the set, especially right before for dinner service, sometimes I wonder if sometimes the chefs purposely try to injure themselves, I know I thought about it a few times!

As for dinner service, both teams really showed their weakness. Hell’s Kitchen is definitely one of the most stressful situations you can put yourself in. Why we do it? I’m still not quite sure. But it’s really tough to try and relax and do what you know how to, which is cook, when you have Chef screaming at you that “you cook like you’re in a coma.” Yeah, that was me. I totally can understand why Carol acted the way she did, a total spazz case, when she was getting yelled at. She really didn’t understand why it sucked. Hello, it’s called Hell’s Kitchen for a reason. The boys’ team won, so of course Ji sent herself home. How can Lacey even sleep at night?

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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