Gordon Ramsay Names The Top Four Chefs In “Hell’s Kitchen”

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September 13th, 2011

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GORDON RAMSAY NAMES THE TOP FOUR CHEFS IN “HELL’S KITCHEN”

Will Lustberg, Paul Niedermann, Tommy Stevens and Elise Wims To Compete Head-to-Head for Grand Prize Monday, Sept. 19 on FOX

Last night, Chef Gordon Ramsay turned up the heat on HELL’S KITCHEN by announcing the Top 4 chefs: Will Lustberg from Jersey City, NJ; Paul Niedermann from Davie, FL; Tommy Stevens from Brewster, NY; and Elise Wims from Pittsburgh, PA.

In the two-hour finale event on Monday, Sept. 19 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, Chef Ramsay will put the final four through one of the toughest challenges ever on HELL’S KITCHEN. But the biggest test comes at dinner service, when Chef Ramsay judges the finalists’ leadership skills as each chef demonstrates how they would run a kitchen. The two chefs who survive this dramatic dinner service will lay it all on the line to prove to Chef Ramsay that they deserve the life-changing grand prize – a head chef position at the legendary BLT Steak in New York City.

The Top 4 finalists reveal their favorite HELL’S KITCHEN moments, challenges, rewards and punishments in the competition:

Name: Will Lustberg
Age: 31
Occupation: Sous Chef
Hometown: Jersey City, NJ
Signature Dish: Sheep’s Milk Ricotta Gnudi

Favorite Challenge So Far: The Ugly Foods Challenge
Favorite Reward: “When the Red Team won and went to Vegas
for the night, even though I didn’t get to go, the dorm was quiet for once.”
Least Favorite Punishment: Peeling Grapes
Favorite Moment in HELL’S KITCHEN: “The VIP charity dinner that we did for the American Humane Association and the American Cancer Society. One of my fellow chefs and best friends, John Lucente, unfortunately lost his battle with cancer and I have a rescue dog, so this dinner meant so much to me.”
What Chef Ramsay Taught Me: “It's hard to narrow this down to only one thing, but if I have to choose, it would be to never stop fighting. The second you stop fighting for what you want, is the second you will go down in a ball of flames.”

Name: Paul Niedermann
Age: 26
Occupation: Jr. Sous Chef
Hometown: Davie, FL
Signature Dish: Eggplant Involtini

Favorite Challenge So Far: Salmon Challenge
Favorite Reward: Helicopter Ride with Chef Ramsay
Least Favorite Punishment: Doing Laundry

Favorite Moment in HELL’S KITCHEN: “My favorite moment was when Chef Ramsay said to me, ‘Welcome back Paul.’ It just was a reassuring moment that I was on my way to greatness.”
What Chef Ramsay Taught Me: “The biggest thing that Chef Ramsay taught me was, not to be afraid to make mistakes. He told me, ‘I've made more mistakes than you can even imagine and it’s not what you did, it’s what you do to fix it.’”

Name: Tommy Stevens
Age: 31
Occupation: Line Cook
Hometown: Brewster, NY
Signature Dish: Toasted Coconut Crab Cake

Favorite Challenge So Far: The Beer Challenge
Favorite Reward: The Sprint Cars
Least Favorite Punishment: Peeling Grapes

Favorite Moment in HELL’S KITCHEN: “When I cooked my signature dish and my first compliment from Chef Ramsay was, ‘There's finesse on the plate.’”
What Chef Ramsay Taught Me: “I learned too much from Gordon to actually list here, he’s a great chef and a pleasure to work with.”

Name: Elise Wims
Age: 26
Occupation: Line Cook
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Signature Dish: Pesto Seared Scallops with Sautéed Escarole

Favorite Challenge So Far: The Palate Challenge
Favorite Reward: Vegas!
Least Favorite Punishment: Delivery Day

Favorite Moment in HELL’S KITCHEN: “My favorite moment would have to be the night that I held it down on the meat station. I was in rare form that night and felt that I finally had the brigade system down. Chef Ramsay let me know how impressed he was with me and it was a great moment for me as a chef.”
What Chef Ramsay Taught Me: “Chef Ramsay taught me to never give up and to strive for perfection in everything I do. He taught me discipline and, most importantly, to own up to your mistakes, and learn from them. Chef Ramsay is a great chef, a wonderful person, and he has changed my life forever.”

 
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