After a season of baking, bickering and backstabbing, “Hell’s Kitchen All Stars” finally revealed its winner Friday night on Fox. Host Gordon Ramsay had a tough choice to make between his Final 3 chefs: Nick Peters Bond, Benjamin Knack and Michelle Tribble. Were Gold Derby’s exclusive odds correct in picking Nick as the reality TV show’s 17th winner, or did Benjamin or Michelle pull off a shocking upset?
Below, check out our minute-by-minute “Hell’s Kitchen” recap of the Season 17 finale. Then be sure to sound off in the comments section about what you think of the winner and their prize of a head chef position at the Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen Restaurant at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, NV.
7:59 p.m. – Previously, on “Hell’s Kitchen”! Back in the 14th episode Ramsay eliminated Milly Medley in fourth place, thereby ensuring that the Final 3 chefs were Nick from Newburyport, Massachusetts, Benjamin from San Antonio, Texas and Michelle from Dallas, Texas. How will Friday’s two-hour finale play out? Let’s get cookin’! The show starts in 3 … 2 … 1 …
8:15 p.m. – For the first time ever, three chefs have advanced to the finale of “Hell’s Kitchen.” The trio only had minutes to celebrate before Ramsay called them to the dining room. For their next critical challenge they will have to prepare five incredible dishes. Each were assigned a sous chef to assist in the implementation of their meals. Michelle has an Asian cuisine planned while Benjamin will create a classic French dish and Nick is preparing “Nick on a plate,” which is apparently halibut. They have one hour to prepare a tasting menu for Chef Ramsay.
8:25 p.m. – Nick is having a complete Beurre Blanc meltdown! Can he recover? There’s no time. Ramsay is ready to eat. Michelle was the first to serve up her dishes and Ramsay described it as “delicious,” “really good” and “oozing with personality.” Benjamin was next. Ramsay thought his food was “refreshing,” “vibrant,” and “wonderful.” Nick was trembling as he brought forward his plates. He was relieved to hear Ramsay described it as “a hit,” “frickin’ delicious,” and “brilliant.” This could be too close to call!
8:35 p.m. – Ramsay is ready to reveal who is ready to compete in the final challenge. All three of them! He claimed the competition has never been so deadlocked. The final three are headed to a Malibu beach club for pampering before attending the California Culinary Association Awards with Ramsay. It sounded fancy, but it looks like they’re getting a manicure on someone’s front porch. Off to the ceremony they go! Upon arrival, they found out the ceremony was a total farce and everyone in attendance was there to judge them on their final dishes. The top two will advance to the grand finale.
8:40 p.m. – With only 24 hours to go before the final dinner service, Chef Ramsay has surprised the finalists with one last challenge. Only two will move on to the grand finale. But the final two will NOT be decided by Ramsay.
8:50 p.m. – Five incredible judges have been recruited to decide who will move on. Each will score the various dishes on a scale of 1 to 10. After two appetizers, the finalists were tied. After the fish dish, Michelle took the lead. Just two dishes remained and in the fourth round Nick and Benjamin tied up the score. It all comes down to the filet. And the first finalist is Michelle! The second chef in the grand finale is…
9:00 p.m. – The second chef selected as a finalist was Benjamin! Wow! Gold Derby’s odds-on favorite to take the title was just eliminated. Shortly after, the other eliminated chefs emerged to help the two finalists win the title. Michelle and Benjamin had to choose their teams. Michelle chose Nick, Dana Cohen, Milly Medley and Elise Harris. Benjamin chose Jennifer Normant, Van Hurd, Robyn Almodovar and Barbie Marshall.
9:10 p.m. – Michelle is organizing her work stations and it is clear that Elise will not be there to help Michelle win. Within minutes, Elise is already giving Michelle attitude. She’s the worst. Benjamin’s team appears more cohesive but generally uninspired. After a long night spent reviewing their final menus with their teams, Michelle and Benjamin begin preparing for the most important dinner service of their lives. Barbie looks completely confused and Benjamin is trying not to over-criticize her mistakes. Over on Michelle’s team, Elise is barking at everyone. I would fire her. Is that not an option? Nick chimed in and finally told Elise to “shut up.”
9:20 p.m. – Shortly before dinner service was about to begin, Benjamin and Michelle were surprised by their families. Benjamin gave his team a motivational speech and they look ready to win. Michelle tried her best to do the same, but Elise looks like she wants to commit homicide. Despite her rage, Elise managed to make a delicious risotto. Jennifer’s grits lacked seasoning over on Team Benjamin, but she took the criticism in stride. Meanwhile, Dana is confused about how to plate her dish on Team Michelle, can she recover in time?
9:30 p.m. – Only 25 minutes into the All-Star finale, Ramsay called Michelle into the pantry to light a fire under her. She needs to take control and bring the best out of Dana. Barbie is struggling with hot appetizers on Team Benjamin, so this could end up being a wash. Barbie is doing her best and respects Benjamin’s leadership style. But now Jennifer is serving up raw sea bass. What a disaster! Ramsay is about to blow a gasket.
9:40 p.m. – Ramsay is throwing an absolute temper tantrum over this sea bass. Benjamin finally got it worked out and plates are being served. Meanwhile, Nick mistakenly called for nine entrees instead of six and now Ramsay doesn’t think Michelle has control of her kitchen. But Robyn is serving up more raw meat over on Team Benjamin, causing Ramsay to accuse her of sabotage. She’s an absolute mess and Ramsay kicked her out of the kitchen. Ouch!
9:50 p.m. – Robyn begged to return to her station and Benjamin allowed it. Will his decision come back to haunt him? Dinner service is finally complete. Elise held in her vomit while Michelle hugged her and thanked her for a solid effort. Ramsay congratulated Benjamin and Michelle for pushing through difficulties and making it to the end. But who will be the winner? Ramsay will review the comment cards from the diners and make a decision.
9:59 p.m. – Ramsay put a lot of thought into what he observed not only tonight, but throughout the entire season. After much deliberation, he has made a decision. The winner of “Hell’s Kitchen All Stars” is Michelle. She won the role of Executive Chef at the Caesars Palace Hell’s Kitchen in Las Vegas and a salary of $250,000. Congratulations Michelle!
Here are the answers to Gold Derby’s contest questions for the “Hell’s Kitchen” finale:
Who will win ‘Hell’s Kitchen’? Michelle Tribble
Who will place second? Benjamin Knack
Who will place third? Nick Peters Bond
Who will place fourth? Milly Medley
Who will place fifth? Robyn Almodovar