‘Hell’s Kitchen’ finale review: Did Christina or Justin emerge as the winner?

“Hell’s Kitchen” wrapped up what was one of its most entertaining seasons in years Monday night, and we had what was a culinary battle for the ages. The two people competing for the job at Gordon Ramsay Steak were actually pretty evenly matched. Christina was the consistent warrior who never let Ramsay down, while Justin was the mad scientist in the kitchen who had the “honor” of working with what was the biggest motley crew of guys in the show’s history.

The episode kicked off this week with the beginning of the final dinner service, and this is one that really tested the creativity and the leadership skills of the two remaining chefs. Their biggest challenge? Trying to get the likes of Royce, Clemenza, and surprisingly even Dana on Christina’s team to actually make everything properly. It really was the typical sort of “Hell’s Kitchen” stress that you have come to expect over the years, with there being a ton of shouting and with the final two judges completely losing their minds. Sadly, there was no fish-smashing or plate-throwing from Ramsay, and everyone ended up staying in the kitchen for the entire episode. The only real surprise was seeing Barbie overcooking some steaks, mostly because she has been a complete and total beast in the kitchen (when it comes to the meat station) for much of the year.

The best part of this whole episode was seeing Ramsay jokingly declare the first chef out in Tavon the winner; meanwhile, the worst part was this dragging on for so long. The two-part nature of this finale made it feel a little bit too much to take, almost like we were waiting in Hell’s Kitchen for one of those dishes that the chefs kept messing up on. At the very end, Christina was declared the winner and it made sense given her consistency. The women have been stronger all season long, and Justin really did a pretty good job all things considered.

Did we get our predictions right for the show? If you want to take a look back, all you have to do is read the article over at this link.

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