The 10th season of "Hell's Kitchen" is in the books, and a new champion has been crowned. In a tension-packed season finale, Christina managed to defeat Justin to earn the coveted honor. In addition to the win, she also lands a head chef job at Gordon Ramsay's new steakhouse in Las Vegas. Of course, her road to winning the "Hell's Kitchen" finale wasn't an easy one. Here's what happened in the Season 10 finale.
Tension on the teamsWhen the last episode ended, it looked like Clemenza was ready to walk off of Justin's team. However, the bitter cook promised Justin that he will have his back and deliver a great service. It looked like Justin was going to have a hard time believing that, and it's easy to understand why. When he's reviewing the prep list with his team, Clemenza is curiously absent. Instead of listening to his instructions, he's sitting at the bar waiting for Justin to get him. Christina has her team under control, and that might have been the first clue that she was on the right track in the finale.
The menusBefore dinner service, each chef must have Gordon sign off on their menus. As Justin and Christina have their teams prepare the menus, it is obvious how different their strategies are. While Christina is firm but respectful of her team, Justin is operating like a drill sergeant. At one point, he screams at Clemenza for burning his crostini dish. Despite that setback, Gordon is generally pleased with both menus. He offers a few minor tweaks to each chef, but they are good to go after that.
Dinner serviceAs soon as the final dinner service begins, the problems begin to surface. Robyn and Dana can't seem to get the appetizers working for Christina, and that is largely due to Dana's scallops. Christina eventually gets through to her, and appetizers start flying out of the red kitchen. Meanwhile, Royce has some issues with his crab cakes on the blue team. Justin continues his strategy of yelling, and eventually Royce delivers.
As the teams start working on the main course, issues continue. Clemenza continues to get under Justin's skin, but that is nothing compared to Dana and Christina. As Dana makes continuous mistakes on her halibut, she doesn't take criticism from her friend very well. Christina gives her one more chance on the fish station, and Dana finally delivers. Meanwhile, Justin's military tactics carry over to Barbie. The strong meat cook botches several steaks until she ultimately runs out of rib-eyes. Justin tells her to cook filets instead, and that does the trick. Dinner service ends, and both teams breathe a huge sigh of relief.
The winnerAfter Gordon calls both cooks to the office, he tells them to stand in front of their doors. It's time for them to turn the knobs, but only Christina's opens. It seems her ability to run the kitchen was much better than Justin's. Seeing how Christina's team seemed much happier to fight for her, it wasn't too much of a surprise that Gordon chose her. When all was said and done, Justin is gracious in defeat and admits that Christina is a deserving winner.