Ed Battaglia was a contestant on Season 7 of Hell's Kitchen. He ranked in 6th place.
Ed had a moderate and quiet personality, being nice to everybody and focused on his own things. On the other hand, he could be extremely wild at some points, especially when drunk. In the kitchen, he quickly became a strong link in the blue team, eventually became inconsistent and messed up his performances really badly, but always admitted his mistakes and never gave excuses for them.
Season 7 Edit
When the chefs entered Hell's Kitchen, Ed did not want to sound cocky, but declared that it would be a piece of cake. During the Signature Dish Challenge, he was the seventh person from the blue team to have his dish judged by Ramsay, and went up against Autumn. His dish was unknown, but the fish was deemed too salty by Ramsay, and he lost the round to Autumn.
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.
During dinner service, Ed was on the meat station with Andrew. After three of his teammates were kicked out, the blue team merged with the red team to serve all the remaining customers. When Ramsay declared he would not shut the place down, he decided to take vocal leadership of the team, while Ramsay urged him to bring it together. He was determined to take control of the team, gave clear instructions to Siobhan and Nilka, and declared that he would get done all it may took. Because of his strong leadership, entrées were served at a good pace, with Ramsay telling him that his Wellingtons were perfectly cooked. The team rallied to serve their last tickets while he continued to vocally rally everybody, and finally, the last ticket was served, with him declaring that it was awesome. The blue team won the service.
Back in the dorms, while talking with his team about their problems during the opening night, Ed acknowledged that Ramsay expected perfection. 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, he was paired with Jay, and they were the second 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, Ed was on the appetizer station with Mikey. He was not seen much, except at one point when he noticed that Andrew was talking to himself and compared him like a maniac, while wondering what that was.
He was not nominated for elimination.
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, Ed was on the fries station. He was not seen much, but near the end, while rallying, he asked what was the next order, and after the women sent their last ticket before the men, he was ready to take the responsibility for the loss as he was not fast enough with the fries.
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, after getting a shopping cart out of the river, Ed acknowledged there was a lot of weird things coming out of it.
During dinner service, Ed was on the dessert station. He was not seen much, except at one point when he tried to help Scott on appetizers before being rejected by him, while stating that he was fine if he did not want any help. The blue team won the service.
The next morning, the chefs went downstairs, where Ramsay introduced the Craps Challenge. Ed was the third person to roll the die for the blue team, landed on S, and chose salsify. 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 dinner service, Ed was on the garnish station. He was not seen much, except at one point when he served mashed potatoes that were too hard. He was schooled by Ramsay for not cooking them properly, Jay was dismayed, he was disappointed in himself, apologized to Ramsay, but despite that, customers were enjoying their meals. Both teams were named joint-winners, and for the blue team, Salvatore was named "Best of the Best". On the patio, he admitted that Ramsay was upset with him as he made some stupid moves, but did not think that tables were sitting and waiting on the pass because of him.
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, Ed was the fifth person from the blue team to grab his pig, and during the second, he was paired with Benjamin. They were the first pair from the blue team to have their dish judged, he did not present the dish, which was a pan-roasted pork loin with thyme and baby bok choy, but they 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, Ed went to the grotto with Jay, Salvatore, and Benjamin, they were all painted in a substance crusted with seaweed by four women, sat down, rubbed themselves, and took a shower together. Later, when Autumn joined them in the mud bath, he was convinced that she would be a nice addition to the team as she would bond just fine.
During the Barbecue themed dinner service, Ed was a waiter during the first seating, and on the dessert station during the second. He was not seen at all, and the blue team won the service.
The next morning, everybody went to the dining room, where Ramsay introduced the Mother Sauce Challenge, and Ed worked with the velouté sauce, while being paired with Autumn. During the cooking, he was happy to work with her as she was not trying to interfere or jump in everybody's job like Scott did. He was the third person from the blue team to have his dish judged, went up against Holli, and he served his and Autumn's pan-roasted sea bass with mushroom velouté and oysters, which won the round over Holli.
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 Ed's dart did not stick to the board, fell to the ground, and he wondered if they were the worst dart throwers in the United States.
During the Family Night dinner service, Ed was on the fish station. He was not seen at all, the blue team won the service by a mile, and at elimination, he and his teammates said goodbye to Benjamin, who was transferred to the red team.
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, Ed was paired with Jason on the steak Diane dish, they were the first pair from the blue team to have their dish judged, and went up against Nilka and Siobhan. He presented their pan-seared filet with mushrooms, crab cakes, and lobster, which was deemed very good by the couple, and they won the round over Nilka and Siobhan.
The blue team lost the challenge 1-2, and they were punished by decorating the dining room for the next service, and building a three-story cake. During the punishment, Ed took control of the building of the dance floor as he knew how they had to build it, and later, he suggested Jay to help him with the cake, which the latter accepted. Sous Chef Scott explained them that they would be serving a replica of the cake the couple had at their wedding reception, but he struggled to cut the first layer in half, asked Jay to do it for him, and declared that he did not want the cake to look like the leaning tower of Pisa. After that, he was tasked by Jean-Philippe to arrange some tiny gift boxes, but when he learned that he had to make one hundred of them, he was dismayed and wondered if Jean-Philippe was serious. Fortunately, he received help from his teammates, but still wanted to make sure they were all perfect.
The next day, during prep, Ed was concerned when Jay sustained an injury because he did not want to lose anybody as it was a very important service, and when Jay came back in the kitchen, he told that the latter was a warrior and would come back whatever would happen. During the 50th Wedding Anniversary dinner service, he served steaks Diane tableside. At one point, the cake started to bend over, so he was dedicated to go check on it, along with Jay, and he told that they just had to push the tilting part through the steady part. Later, he was dedicated to work on his steaks Diane in the dining room, and started working on it while talking with some customers. After both teams went in the dining room to give a standing ovation to Sal and Marcy, the blue team won the service.
The next morning, 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. After the tasting, Ramsay introduced the Gourmet Sandwich Challenge. During the challenge, Ed was excited, but was nervous because of the ingredient list, saying that it would be difficult to make a sandwich tasting as good as the French dipped, and knew that Jay was his biggest competition as both of them were ready to work hard. He was the first person from the blue team to have his sandwich judged, went up against Benjamin, served a Ahi tuna sandwich with grilled sesame bread, wasabi mayonnaise, fresh mint and chives, which was deemed delicious by Ramsay, and tied the round with Benjamin.
The blue team won the challenge after a tiebreaker at 3, and they were rewarded with a day at the California Central Wine Country for a wine tasting, and being taken there in a private jet. Ed was excited because he accomplished his two goals, which were to go on the private jet, and to be told he was perfect by Ramsay. When they came back from their reward, he was so drunk that he was dancing, and later, he struggled to get inside the hot tub. He was joined by Holli, who encouraged him to drink even more, and he drank three more beers. Eventually, Siobhan joined them, he started to dance, making the two women laugh, and after Jay and Benjamin joined them on the patio, Holli ripped a part of his bathing suit. Because of that, he was challenged by everybody to get naked, which he did, and he declared that the shit was wild.
The next morning, Ed was still hungover, stated that he felt like hell, wondered what was he thinking the previous night, and declared that he was still tired. Because of that, he worked very slowly during prep. During dinner service, he was on the meat station. Near the end, he was urged by Ramsay to pick it up as Autumn was still slow, and because he was not sending his food to the pass despite being ready. He was upset because of Autumn's lack of communication, but when Jason brought his salmon to the pass, he was still slicing his duck, which Ramsay was furious about as the food was not coming together. The duck was still raw, Ramsay was angry as it was not good enough, gave him the entire order, and kicked the blue team out of the kitchen because of that. Back in the dorms, he apologized to his teammates as he knew it was his fault that they got kicked out.
When both teams were lined up, Ed admitted that he was not listening, and Ramsay asked him if he drank too much white wine supposed to go in the risotto, which he answered not. Both teams were named joint-losers, and were asked to nominate two people each. During deliberation, he was considered by Jay, and he acknowledged that he had a bad service, but reminded that at this stage, a bad service could mean everything.
Ed was the blue team's second nominee for elimination, with Autumn being the first, and they joined Siobhan and Fran from the red team. During his plea, he was asked why he could not cook a duck breast, and he acknowledged that he should have waited a little bit more and that he was rushing, but Ramsay reminded that only the feathers and the beak were missing because the duck was so raw. He survived elimination, and while being dismissed, he was nervous as the competition turned up a notch, but was ready to be more careful in his cooking.
- He did not come back for the last dinner service of the season as supposed to, so Siobhan took his place, making him the third black jacket contestant who did, following Robert (Season 5), and Tennille (Season 6).
- "Ah, if you don't want help, that's... hey, that's fine with me!"
- "Fist pump, come and get ya, how do ya like me now?"
- "Man, that shit was wild!"
- (After being eliminated) "I guess it's kinda easy when you got 15 others, but when you got only 5 others and you mess up, you really stand out."