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Benjamin Knack
Benjamin Knack
Hometown
Elmont, NY
Age
Season 7: 33
Season 17: 41
Occupation
Culinary Instructor
Season
7, 17
Kitchen Experience
Culinary Education
N.Y.I.T.
Culinary Inspiration
Placement
Season 7: 3rd
Season 17: Runner-up
Resides

Benjamin Knack was a contestant on Season 7 and Season 17 of Hell's Kitchen. On season 7, he ranked in 3rd place, and on season 17, he was the runner-up.

Personality Edit

Benjamin was the main antagonist of season 7. While he formed great friendships with his male teammates, he became a light sexist, condescending and contemptuous towards his female teammates, especially Siobhan, and tried to steal everybody's job. On season 17, he improved his attitude, but was still considered cocky and arrogant at some points, and his light sexism could still be seen towards Robyn.

Season 7 Edit

Episode 1Edit

During the Signature Dish Challenge, Benjamin was the second person from the blue team to have his dish judged by Ramsay, and went up against Holli. He served his poached lobster with chocolate sauce, and confirmed Ramsay when the latter asked him if he made the pasta from scratch. After tasting the dish, Ramsay deemed it delicious, congratulated him, and he won the round over Holli.

The blue team won the challenge 4-3, and they were eventually rewarded with a breakfast in bed prepared by the red team the next morning. Back in the dorms, the men felt more pressure while studying the menu for the opening night, and when they received the lessons from Ramsay by television, Benjamin acknowledged that they were really helpful and Ramsay would be proud of them.

During dinner service, Benjamin was on the appetizer station with Salvatore. When he was working on his first risotto, Ramsay asked him to taste his food, but after he did, he put his spoon back in the pan. Ramsay caught him, was dismayed, and schooled him on how he did it in front of customers in the dining room. He acknowledged his mistake, and Ramsay ordered him to start over. On the last ticket of appetizers, he was caught cooking a risotto without rice, he got schooled by Ramsay, who asked how it was possible to cook a risotto without rice, and reminded him he had to put the rice before the stock. That mistake made Salvatore question his position as a chef, and when Ramsay asked for a time, neither him or Salvatore answered, and because of that, they were kicked out of the kitchen. Back in the dorms, Maria told them to not feel that bad, and when Mikey was kicked out, he asked the latter if the service would be completed. The blue team won the service.

Episode 2Edit

Back in the dorms, when the men were talking about their problems during the opening night, Benjamin accused Mikey of being the downfall the team because of his lack of communication.

The next morning, at 5 am, the chefs were awaken by an alarm clock amplified all over the dorms by Sous Chefs Scott and Andi. During the Egg Relay Challenge, Benjamin was paired with Jason, and they were the last pair to compete for the blue team. They succeeded to score three points, the blue team won the challenge 11-10, and they were rewarded with a helicopter tour of Los Angeles, and lunch with Ramsay on top of a building.

During dinner service, Benjamin was on the fish station. He was not seen much, except at one point when he urged Mikey to take his time while acknowledging he was a young kid despite knowing he deserved to get his ass kicked for not serving the proper food. At another point, he expressed dismay over Jason not properly cooking the chicken, saying that he was rushing it, that it was not even ready, and that he totally fucked the team. Both teams were named joint-losers, and they were asked to nominate one person each.

He was not nominated for elimination.

Episode 3Edit

While going back to the dorms, Benjamin was upset as he wished Jason would have been eliminated instead of Mikey. The next morning, the chefs went to the dining room, where Ramsay introduced the Marching Band Lunch Service Challenge, while revealing they would be serving the marching band of the University of Southern California. During the challenge, he was not seen much, but at one point, he helped Jason to dress the salads, and because of his help, Jason succeeded to send his first salad bowl to the dining room.

The blue team lost the challenge, and they were punished by cleaning a section of the Los Angeles River to help the Heal the Bay organization, while wearing yellow jumpsuits. During the punishment, Benjamin revealed that he thought they would go to an actual river and not a cement river, and told that it sucked. At the end of the day, he said that it was a rewarding punishment as they worked as a team all day, wished that they would work like that during service, and added that he did not want to wear the yellow jumpsuit again. The next day, during prep, he was very happy to see Jason smiling again and working as a team member, despite being nominated the previous night.

During dinner service, Benjamin was on the meat station. At one point, he wondered why Jason could not cook the garnishes properly as it was very easy, and was praised by Ramsay for cooking the Wellingtons perfectly. Later, when Salvatore brought back a dish that was supposed to be medium-well, he was urged to refire another one, but Ramsay did not blame him for that mistake because Salvatore did not wrote the requested temperature on the ticket first place. After that, when he was working on his beef, Scott tried to interfere with his job, but he was annoyed and aggressively pushed him away, while telling that he was working for Ramsay and that if Scott was doing the same thing, they would have a better service. He was praised once again for perfectly cooking the beef, was congratulated by Scott as well, and customers were satisfied.

When both teams were lined up, Benjamin was called the lucky star of the blue team by Ramsay, who praised him for his strong performance. The blue team won the service.

Episode 4Edit

The next morning, the chefs went downstairs, where Ramsay introduced the Craps Challenge. When Ed chose salsify, Benjamin was very happy about that as he found it a great vegetable that would balance the dish. He was the fourth person to roll the die for the blue team, landed on C, and chose crab. During the cooking, he was not seen at all, the blue team won the challenge, and they were rewarded with an indoor skydiving activity. During the reward, he was the first person who tried it, and said that he enjoyed it and that they really needed to relax while doing it.

During dinner service, Benjamin was on the dessert station. He was not seen much, but near the end, he helped the blue team to complete the service by sending out the desserts. Both teams were named joint-winners, and for the blue team, Salvatore was named "Best of the Best".

Benjamin was not nominated for elimination, and said goodbye to Scott, who was transferred to the red team, while welcoming Autumn as a new teammate.

Episode 5Edit

The next morning, the chefs were woken up by Sous Chefs Scott and Andi, who gave them butchering outfits to wear for the Pork Challenge. During the first part, Benjamin was the third person from the blue team to grab his pig, and during the second part, he was paired with Ed, and they were the first pair from the blue team to have their dish judged. He presented their pan-roasted pork loin with thyme and baby bok choy, while being very happy about it and even stating that he would have make love to it on-the-spot. The dish was deemed absolutely delicious by Ramsay, and he and Ed won the round over Nilka and Fran.

The blue team won the challenge 2-1, and they were rewarded with a spa day at the Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa, in Corona, while wearing brown bath robes. During the reward, Benjamin went to the grotto with Jay, Ed, and Salvatore, they were all painted in a substance crusted with seaweed by four women, sat down, rubbed themselves, and took a shower together. The next day, during prep, he joked about the fact that he would open a barbecue place after the competition, which made his teammates laugh.

During the Barbecue themed dinner service, Benjamin was a waiter during the first seating, and on the appetizer station with Jay during the second. He was not seen much, but at one point, he tried to communicate with Salvatore without success, and at another, he wanted to tell Jason to shut the fuck up and not talk back to Ramsay the way he did, while wondering what was going on in his head. The blue team won the service.

Episode 6Edit

The next morning, everybody went to the dining room, where Ramsay introduced the Mother Sauce Challenge, and Benjamin worked with the béchamel sauce. He was the last person from the blue team to have his dish judged, went up against Scott, and served a John Dory with a lemon béchamel sauce and roasted potatoes. It was deemed lovely by Ramsay's mother, but Ramsay's wife deemed the fish dry and under seasoned. Despite that, he won the round over Scott.

The blue team won the challenge after a tiebreaker at 2, and they were rewarded with a day at the British pub Ye Olde King's Head, in Santa Monica, being taken there in a double-decker bus, and a gift of brand new cookware. During the reward, they played a little game of darts, but Benjamin's dart did not stick to the board, and fell to the ground. When they came back from their reward, they noticed that the mood on the red team was very tense, and he added that he wanted a very strong service and kill the red team, as they were a bunch of losers.

During the Family Night dinner service, Benjamin was on the garnish station. When Scott and Siobhan went to the kitchen to know who was cooking the pasta, he told them that it was the garnish station because spaghetti was a garnish, and later, when Salvatore lied about a mistake he did, he was told to keep an eye on the latter as he was a liability, while he acknowledged that he should not lie to his chef and fellow cooks. Near the end, he took vocal leadership of the team, saying that he was a natural born leader and that he liked to lead by example. His mashed potatoes were deemed very nice, he continued to motivate the team by telling Jason what was on order for him, and because of his strong leadership, entrées were being served at a good pace to the blue diners, and they succeeded to complete the service.

The blue team won the service by a mile, and at elimination, Benjamin was transferred to the red team, with Ramsay saying that they desperately needed leadership, and urging him to step up. While being dismissed, he was determined to bust his ass for the red team, while declaring that he would whip the blue team's asses in the kitchen.

Episode 7Edit

While going back to the dorms, Benjamin was not happy to be on the red team as he knew they were so fragmented, even stating that it was a joke. All the members from the blue team gave him hugs, and on the patio, Nilka apologized to him because she knew that he was not happy about that decision. Then, he joked that they would all die before the next service, and left the conversation by jokingly saying that he would hang himself.

The next morning, the chefs went to the dining room, where Ramsay introduced the 50th Wedding Anniversary Planning Challenge, where they would update three dishes served at Sal and Marcy's wedding reception 50 years ago. During the challenge, Benjamin was on his own, worked on the trout Almondine dish, and emerged as the definite leader, making sure that everybody knew what they were doing, much to Siobhan's praise. Also, he was feeling better about the red team, and added that the women could be strong. He was the last person from the red team to have his dish judged, and went up against Jay. He presented his trout with mint purée, almonds and vanilla, and it was deemed mild by Marcy, but good by Sal. Eventually, he won the round over Jay, and clinched the victory 2-1 for the red team.

They were rewarded with a day at the World Famous Frisco's Carhops diner, while wearing red shirts from the 1950s, and being driven there in 1950s style convertibles. While being dismissed, Benjamin was compared to Lebron James by Nilka, and when he entered the convertible, he really felt like he was back in the 1950s. At the diner, when he saw the girls in their tiny skirts, he thought of his wife, while adding that he would get in trouble. Before entering, he reminded Fran that she and himself were already married, and urged her to get something to eat inside. Arrived inside, a group of girls with roller skates came in, invited all of them to line dance, and he told that it was nice to be the only man as he was getting a lot of attention, while sarcastically asking if they really thought he was looking at their roller skates. Later, he revealed how better he was feeling than the previous night, while adding that he felt really close to the women at that moment.

The next day, during prep, Benjamin continued to lead the red team, and when he entered the blue kitchen to grab something, he was allowed by Jay to take whatever he wanted as the latter jokingly said he would need it. Moments later, he was concerned when Jay cut his finger, and asked him if he was okay.

During the 50th Wedding Anniversary dinner service, Benjamin was on the fish station. His challenge-winning trout Almondine was featured on the menu, and the first crab cakes that he served were raw in the middle. He was berated and ordered to start over by Ramsay, he acknowledged that he screwed up on the crab cakes, and called it embarrassing when Ramsay was yelling at him. Then, he sent his second attempt, but they were overcooked, much to Siobhan's dismay, he was berated once again, and when Fran offered her help, he told her that he did not need anything. Then, Nilka also wanted to help, but he aggressively pushed her away, much to her annoyance. Later, he had to start his trout over because of Holli's mistake, and after that, he thought that Fran was over her head as she was disregarding safety because she was busy. Under his leadership, they succeeded to serve the last entrées and the desserts, but after both teams went in the dining room to give a standing ovation to Sal and Marcy, the red team lost the service, and they were asked to nominate two people.

While being dismissed, Benjamin was not happy as everybody felt they had a good service, and during deliberation, he was considered by Fran, but he reminded her that she had a hard time on garnish. She retorted that it was her first time on that station, but he was still convinced that despite that, she should be nominated, without giving a valid reason. After, he agreed with nominating Holli despite telling her that she still did a great job, and moments later, he told that she was not the worst cook on the red team when Jason asked that question. Then, he suggested to talk about their decision one more time, so the red team went in the dorms, and he acknowledged that Holli was a strong cook and nominating her might not be the best decision. When Siobhan arrived in the dorms, he targeted her for being nervous and unsure of herself because he thought she did not have the technique nor passion, much to her frustration. She reminded him that she did not have a bad service, which he agreed but added that Holli was a stronger cook.

Benjamin was not nominated for elimination, and when Ramsay asked why Siobhan was nominated, he answered that she lacked technical skill and passion, thinking that she was second-guessing herself because of that. While being dismissed, he still thought that the blue team was stronger than the red team despite being one member down, and arrogantly added that he was sick of Siobhan and Fran as the garbage can in front of him was probably a better cook than them.

Episode 8Edit

While going back to the dorms, Benjamin told Siobhan that she needed to stop talking and just work, much to her annoyance by that comment, and on the patio, he told to his teammates that he did not want to hear them saying that services were easy. After Siobhan left the conversation, he became extremely negative by saying that she was lacking technical skills and passion, that she talked too much, and that she was lucky to be there, much to Holli's annoyance. Finally, he was convinced that Siobhan would go down.

The next morning, Benjamin answered Sous Chef Scott's phone call, and he was told to get everybody down to go to one of the oldest and most famous French restaurants in Los Angeles. The chefs went on a field trip to the Philippe's restaurant, in Los Angeles, where they tasted the classic French dipped sandwich with Ramsay, and after the tasting, he introduced the Gourmet Sandwich Challenge. On their way back to Hell's Kitchen, he was psyched to cook his own food, was confident that his sandwich would be awesome, and during the cooking, he asked if anybody was looking for the tuna, which Siobhan responded that she had her tuna already. Then, he reminded her to cut the blood line off, and when Fran was looking for the challah bread, Siobhan had it all for herself, and he told that because of that, the latter was driving him nuts.

Before the judging, the red team was asked to drop one of their sandwiches as they had one more member, and they quickly agreed on Siobhan, with Benjamin adding that he would be pissed and would like his money back if he would order it in a restaurant. He was the first person from the red team to have his sandwich judged, and went up against Ed. He presented his pan-seared Ahi tuna sandwich with watercress and spicy olives, which was praised for the tuna being cooked perfectly, and tied the round with Ed. After a tie at 3, Siobhan's sandwich was used as the tiebreaker, but he was angry about that because he had no fate she could pull it off. However, because her sandwich was deemed better than Fran's, the red team lost the challenge as they made a poor decision.

They were punished by making peanut butter and jelly from scratch, by grinding 50,000 peanuts by hand, for an amuse-bouche that would be served during the next service. Back in the dorms, Benjamin condescendingly told Siobhan to work as a team, that her sandwich was not good, and that he would not serve it in his restaurant. Siobhan responded that it was his personal opinion, but he corrected her by saying it was his professional opinion, and added that she did not have the experience that he had and that she needed to ask for help if needed. He continued by saying that he did not regret his decision, and that her ingredients were not going well together, despite her reminding that it went well on her sandwich. He concluded that he was brutally honest to her like Ramsay was, and she left the conversation. During the punishment, he was annoyed by Siobhan continuing to think that her sandwich was better than Fran's, and gave the excuse that she would not have beaten Jay anyway. When the blue team came back from the reward, he went on the patio along with Jay, saw Holli, Siobhan and Ed in the hot tub, and dared the latter to get naked, while thanking God that he had his goggles on.

The next day, during prep, Benjamin knew that they had an advantage over the blue team as all of them were having hangovers, while wanting to send the message that they were not untouchable. During dinner service, he was on the dessert station. When Siobhan was kicked out of the kitchen to eat her mistake, he was relocated to the fish station for a few minutes, declared that he just wanted to get the food out while Siobhan fucked up the fish station, and when she came back, she wanted to get her station back, but he ordered her to stay on desserts, which she reluctantly accepted. Then, she wanted to help, but he became rude, pushed her away while taking the scallops she had in her hand, and after a few seconds, he aggressively told her to fuck off his station, much to her anger. Later, when Fran sent a salad that was not dressed, he thought that the latter was talking a lot despite being a shit cook. After a lot of mistakes, the red team was kicked out of the kitchen, and back in the dorms, he threw his apron in anger, and was dismayed that they got kicked out because there was losers on his team.

Both teams were named joint-losers, and they were asked to nominate two people each. During deliberation, Benjamin quickly considered Siobhan as he would have thrown her out of the kitchen himself, but she was annoyed because he was classically French-trained.

He was not nominated for elimination.

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Season 17 Edit

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Trivia Edit

Season 7Edit

Season 17Edit

  • He is one of five contestants who made it to the black jackets in two different seasons.
  • He participated in the eighth different-gender finals of Hell's Kitchen, and the first ever All-Star finals.
  • He is the seventeenth runner-up, and tenth male runner-up of Hell's Kitchen.
  • He is the third contestant, and second male, who participated in two different seasons and made it to the finals on his second appearance, following Jason (Season 12), and Michelle (also from Season 17).
  • He is the fourth runner-up, and third male runner-up, who completely avoided nomination throughout the entire season, following Jay (Season 7), Will (Season 9), and T (Season 14).
  • He is the only All-Star contestant who made it to the black jackets after scoring a perfect five during the Signature Dish Challenge.
  • He is the fifth contestant who made it further in the competition on his second run, following Jason (Season 12), Robyn, Nick, and Michelle (also from Season 17).

Quotes Edit

  • "Oui, Chef!"

Season 7Edit

  • "The dish that we did was a beautiful dish. The pork was fucking gorgeous... I mean, I would've make love to it right there!"
  • "It's not my personal opinion, it's my professional opinion!"
  • "I'm not a big fan of serving rice in restaurants because it's like poor food."

Season 17Edit

  • "Robyn, it's really simple. Go fuck yourself. No, seriously, go fuck yourself!"
  • "Who doesn't love fucking truffles, they're beautiful! I love my dish."
  • "I think I have a huge crush on Chef Ramsay."
  • "Elise is just bad energy. Bad, bad, bad."
  • "The camel's pretty gorgeous as far as animals go, of course. My wife's much more beautiful than the camel."

Gallery Edit

  • Benjamin on Season 17 (All-Stars)