Monday, July 18, 2011

Jamie Gregorich survives first night on 'Hell's Kitchen'

Jamie Gregorich/Fox
Jamie Gregorich made her debut tonight on the sizzling reality series "Hell's Kitchen," which featured a lot of yelling, profanity-laced rants and an ambulance ride for one contestant. And it's only the first show.

The 25-year-old, who lives in Bradenton, has worked for the past four years at famed Longboat Key eatery Euphemia Haye.

Her signature dish on "Hell' Kitchen," lollipop lamb chop with red onion confiture, will be served at the local restaurant starting this evening. Unfortunately hot-headed celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay thought her lamb was overcooked when he sampled it during tonight's show.

He said to Gregorich, "If you are going to call yourself a sous chef learn how to cook lamb properly first."

The good news is that Gregorich is on the Red Team, which is made up of all the female contestants. They worked together semi-well as a team during the dinner service round and performed better than the men's Blue Team.

We didn't see much of Gregorich during the dinner service portion of the show, which means she was doing what she was supposed to do and was not getting yelled at by the expletive-loving host.

The Blue Team lost the competition and had to nominate three contestants for elimination: Steven, Monterrey and Chino. Chef Ramsay kicked off Steven.

The stakes are high in this reality cooking show. The winner of "Hell's Kitchen" will get a $250,000 salary as head chef of the prestigious BLT Steak in New York City.
The next episode of "Hell's Kitchen" airs at 8 p.m. July 25 on Fox.

Tune in to see if the Manatee County native can survives Ramsay's wrath for another week.
 “(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 the Herald's interview with Gregorich: "Bradenton chef heats up ‘Hell’s Kitchen’."

Jamie Gregorich page on

—Posted by day/features editor Jana Morreale.

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