Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Bradenton chef Jamie Gregorich still standing the heat in 'Hell's Kitchen'

Red Team contestant Jamie Gregorich, of Bradenton, on the July 18 debut episode of season nine of 'Hell's Kitchen'/Fox

Jamie Gregorich didn't have much screen time today on night two of the season premiere of "Hell’s Kitchen," which aired on Fox from 8 to 9 p.m.

But when it came to her close-ups, she looked and sounded confident.

The 25-year-old who lives in Bradenton and has worked for the past four years at famed Longboat Key eatery Euphemia Haye also managed to go the entire episode without once being reprimanded by hellishly cruel celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay

"I think it will be a turning point," she told millions of viewers after being forced to drink a meat shake — gross to most; looked pretty good to me — after her female Red Team lost to the male's Blue Team during the steak/grill challenge.

Jamie Gregorich/Fox
Gregorich was right.

The Red Team then smoked the Blue Team in the kitchen — completely crushing the boys who were carpet-bombed by Ramsay's expletive-laced rants.

The celebrity chef mostly praised the women.

"It's the most amazing feeling," Gregorich said near the episode's end.

The Blue Team's second straight loss meant Ramsay gave the boot to bass fish liar Brendan Heavey and next week a woman will join the men's team to help the struggling fellows out.

Will it be our Manatee County native?

The next episodes of "Hell's Kitchen" airs 8 p.m. Mon. July 25 and Tue. July 26 on Fox.

The winner of the reality cooking show will get a $250,000 salary as head chef of the prestigious BLT Steak in New York City.

But in order to do so she (or he) has to survive Ramsay's wicked wrath.

“(Ramsay) is a very passionate chef who is always trying to build on your weaknesses,” said Gregorich, who is sworn to secrecy about the outcome of the show. “Each chef is passionate in different ways and he’s just a little tougher.”

Continue reading my interview with Gregorich: "Bradenton chef heats up ‘Hell’s Kitchen’."

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WATCH season 9 premiere episode part 1 of "Hell's Kitchen."

Jamie Gregorich page on Fox.com.

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