Carolann Valentino was a contestant on Season 1 of Hell's Kitchen. She was on the red team. She ranked in 12th place.
Carolann was a quiet and calm chef, but her lack of experience and teamwork was her downfall.
Season 1 Edit
Carolann was the last contestant to have her Signature Dish judged by Ramsay. She served a chicken parmesan, and Ramsay was impressed because despite her lack of experience in the kitchen, she managed to cook the chicken to perfection, and the presentation was appealing. It was deemed the best signature dish of the season. After the challenge, she was placed in the red team, along with Chris, Elsie, Dewberry, Jeff, and Jimmy.
During dinner service, Carolann was on the dessert station. At one point, she was shown standing still and not helping her team which was struggling, leading Ramsay to tell her to help them. Eventually, Ramsay shut down both kitchens because of a lot of struggles. When both teams were lined up, she was reminded that she only sent one dessert to the dining room, but Ramsay was not impressed despite it being well-received. The red team lost the service, and Elsie was named "Best of the Worst".
Carolann was Elsie's first nominee for elimination, with Dewberry being the second. During her plea, she told Ramsay to not underestimate her despite her lack of experience. In the end, she was eliminated because of her lack of teamwork and overall knowledge and experience in the kitchen.
Ramsay's comment: "Some can handle it, some can't. I'm not interested in the ones who can't!"
- She is the first contestant in the history of the show to be eliminated.
- After her appearance on the show, she became an actress and starred in the comedy play "Burnt to the Steak", a one-woman show, which is critically acclaimed.
- "I'm dying inside, dying!"
- "I was doing whatever I could. I wish I were Superwoman and do everybody's station!"