Elise was the main antagonist of both her seasons. Despite her doubtless strong cooking skills, her arrogance, running feuds with Carrie and Jennifer, abrasive attitude, throwing people under the bus, slacking off during punishments, and being the backstabbing queen, led her to be one of the most hated chefs in the show's history. On season 17, she did not change at all, and had a running feud with Michelle.
Season 9 Edit
During the introduction of the season, Elise was one of the five chefs who were seen receiving their acceptance letter, and she promised her family that she would win.
When the chefs arrived in Los Angeles, they were greeted by James on the bus ride, and then, it pulled over to the Orpheum Theatre, where they would be given a standing ovation by a live audience. However, when the curtain was pulled up, they discovered that the room was completely empty, much to their disappointment, before Ramsay revealed himself applauding very slowly. After the latter revealed the grand prize of the season, the chefs were asked to get back to Hell's Kitchen and cook their signature dishes.
During the Signature Dish Challenge, Elise declared that she was not afraid to fight back and that everybody should watch for themselves, she was the sixth person from the red team to have her dish judged by Ramsay, and went up against Chino. Her scallops were cooked perfectly, and she won the round over Chino.
The red team lost the challenge 5-6, and they were punished by cleaning both kitchens for the opening night. During the punishment, Elise boasted that she scored a point and was still doing punishment, claimed that she was upset about that, and threw Krupa and Carrie under the bus by thinking that they sunk the red team, even thinking that they would be on the reward if it was not for those two.
The next day, both teams went to the kitchens to begin prepping for the opening night, they were given their ankle knives set, and during prep, Elise vocally rallied the red team. During dinner service, she was on the appetizer station with Elizabeth. When Ramsay called the first ticket, she started to shout over him, much to his frustration, and he berated and ordered her to call the ticket out for him, which she did. Moments later, she was not ready with her risotto when Carrie sent her scallops, and when she sent her risotto to the pass, it was too liquidy, Ramsay compared it to a rice pudding, and schooled her about not caring for his standards, saying that he would stop caring about her. Then, Krupa volunteered to help her, but she was not convinced that she was better than herself, even stating that she would beat Krupa with a blindfold on and a broken arm. However, when Krupa delivered a perfect risotto, she was lost for words. Later, she was watching Carrie delivering unacceptable scallops, told that Carrie should get her shit together, and when the latter was working on her third attempt, she jumped on fish uninvited, and stole Carrie's job by declaring that she was a weaker cook than herself, and that she stole her job because she wanted to impress Ramsay. Then, she told that she grabbed her pan because she was a team player, Ramsay reminded her that she had to cook appetizers for a six-top, before ordering her to bench at the chefs table, much to Krupa's amusement. Eventually, customers walked out, and the service was shut down.
When both teams were lined up, Elise had an argument with Carrie as she felt the latter threw her under the bus about the risotto, reminded her that her scallops came back twice, and claimed that she was trying to help her when she jumped on the fish station. The red team won the service.
The next morning, the chefs were woken up by a young guitarist and very loud amplifiers, and they were ordered to get outside. Arrived there, Ramsay introduced the Meat & Grill Challenge, where each pair would have to cook a medium-rare New York strip, a medium rib-eye, a medium-well filet mignon, and a well-done burger. During the challenge, Elise was paired with Carrie, and when the countdown began, she was already bossing her by telling her to back off. Both of them were seen arguing and butting heads all challenge long, they were the second pair to compete for the red team, and they only scored with their filet mignon. She claimed that it was Carrie's fault as she was just hanging around and bitching, but it was revealed that she was the one who cooked every piece of meat.
The red team lost the challenge 10-11, and they were punished by cleaning the grills, taking a delivery of a whole cow, and drinking a protein shake made from the meat used during the challenge. After they learned the blue team's reward, Ramsay acknowledged that she and Carrie screwed it for the red team, and during the punishment, she bashed against Carrie, saying that just the sight of her was making her want to punch her. When the women were drinking their meat shakes, she believed that Carrie had plenty of meat in her mouth as the latter was the only one who did not seem disgusted by the shake, and later, they were prepping their kitchen while she rallied her teammates to review the menu. When Elizabeth revealed that she did not know what was in the egg batter put over the Wellingtons, she whistled contemptuously, but did not feel at a disadvantage as she knew that the men were not thinking about the next service while being drunk. When the blue team came back from their reward, the women studied the menu further, but she was amused when Carrie was flirting with Brendan, even calling her a skank.
The next day, during prep, Elise organised the station with her teammates, and vocally rallied them all day long. During dinner service, she was on the meat station with Amanda. At one point, she decided to lead her teammates vocally by yelling orders out loud, much to Natalie's annoyance, and when Ramsay asked for a time, she called ten minutes, but quickly corrected herself by calling ten seconds. However, when she did, she pointed Ramsay with her tongs, annoying him who told he was not a dog, and when she interrupted him while he was talking, she was called down, told to shut her big fat mouth, and to not point at him. When she went back to her station, she stayed quiet, much to Jennifer's relief. Moments later, she was determined to lead vocally as she did not want to lose, and when she did, entrées were leaving the kitchen at a good pace.
The red team won the service, and at elimination, they were asked for a volunteer to be transferred to the blue team the next morning.
Back in the dorms, the women discussed about who would be transferred to the blue team, but when Amanda suggested that either her or Carrie should switch, Elise refused by reminding that Ramsay asked for a volunteer, and that she did not want to. In the end, the women agreed on Carrie, which made everybody happy.
The next morning, the chefs were woken up by clowns, and when both teams were lined up in the dining room, Sous Chef Scott revealed that they were woken up by clowns because they were cooking like clowns. After taking a delivery of naan bread with the other chefs, Elise and her teammates said goodbye to Natalie, who was transferred to the blue team instead of Carrie.
During the Mommy & Me Lunch Service Challenge, Elise immediately asked for somebody to do the quesadillas, declared that she was over losing challenges, and moments later, she aggressively told Carrie that she was just running around frazzled, which the latter did not agree with. Then, she tried to dictate Carrie by telling her to slice the sandwiches and to be organized, much to Carrie's annoyance, and when Krupa suggested to cut the sandwiches, she told that Carrie was not listening, but Carrie responded that she was just trying to get the shit done. She was annoyed by Carrie because she thought that she was just running around the kitchen like a chicken with the head cut off, and when Jamie discovered that things were missing on the quesadilla, she told that Carrie did it, which the latter admitted, and pushed the latter away by taking her job over. The red team failed to serve their last ticket before the blue team, and she already wanted to point fingers at their weakest link, before ordering Carrie to get off her space.
The red team lost the challenge, and when Ramsay asked the red team if they were crumbling because Natalie was gone, Elise immediately threw Carrie under the bus for running around the kitchen not knowing what to do, but Jamie quickly intervened by revealing that the real problem was both of them constantly arguing, which everybody else agreed with. They were punished by cleaning the dining room, prepping both kitchens for the Family Night dinner service, and setting up a playground for the children. During the punishment, she complained about the mess left by the children as her three-year-old son was not even that messy, and was seen being amused when Carrie was struggling to use the vacuum properly. Later, she expressed annoyance when the latter tried to organize the playground set up.
Back in the dorms, Elise trash talked about Carrie with Jennifer and Jamie, and when she told that Carrie did not do the béchamel sauce from scratch, the latter revealed herself and admitted that point. The next day, during prep, the red team was completely silent as they wanted to avoid the drama, even when she asked if anybody needed confit garlic.
During the Family Night dinner service, Elise was on the pizza station. The first pizza that she delivered was perfect, she was determined to bring her A game, but when a minor fire erupted on the fish station, she acknowledged that Amanda was frazzled while being tired of babysitting people. Moments later, Amanda's bass was still raw, so she ordered her to put it back in the oven, and after Amanda did, she continued to push her aggressively. When Ramsay asked Amanda for a time on the bass, she answered three minutes for her while adding that she did not cook it, much to Amanda's annoyance, and Ramsay stopped the argument between both of them. Later, Amanda revealed that she forgot the cod, so she asked if there was somebody home, and warned Amanda that she would be nominated if she would not get it together. Later, she yelled at Carrie for not doing anything at the moment, much to the latter's annoyance, and when she asked for a time, Carrie answered one minute. When Carrie sent raw lamb to the pass, she wondered if she did not have all her marbles, and that mistake caused the red team to go in the dining room to apologize to the customers, which she was humiliated about as she felt it was not her fault.
The red team was kicked out of the kitchen, lost the service by a mile, and back in the dorms, Elise knew that it was a good chance to get rid of Carrie. When the latter wanted to speak to her, she rudely rejected her talk request by saying that she could say everything she had to say on the chopping block, and asked her if she was on medication. Then, she started to bully Carrie by telling that she was living in another world, that she was nothing but a distraction, that she fucked up all night long, but that led to an argument between both of them over her disrespectful way of talking. Later, she blamed the meat station, and after Carrie told her that she would blame her anyway as she did not want her to be there, she rubbed salt in the wound even further by saying that she fucked up the entire night. The argument between both of them ended when she called Carrie crazy.
Elise was not nominated for elimination, and when Ramsay asked what happened after their great performance during the second service, she immediately threw Carrie under the bus, but Jamie revealed that her attitude and Carrie's was part of the problem. When Krupa revealed that she was pissed about the situation, she targeted the latter by saying that all she did was standing there, and Krupa confirmed her ego. While being dismissed, she disagreed with Amanda's elimination, was furious about the fact that Carrie was still there, and stated that she should have gone with Amanda.
While going back to the dorms, Elise clearly showed her disagreement over Amanda's elimination as she had a lot of potential, and was extremely angry that Carrie, who she called a bitch, was still there. In the dorms, she bullied Carrie by saying to everybody that she sucked and that she would never improve, much to Carrie's annoyance, and continued by saying that she did nothing during service. Then, she targeted Krupa by calling her the second weakest link, which Krupa answered that she could suck it. In the bedroom, Krupa decided to move out because of her, but she was defended by Jennifer despite Krupa still not being convinced as she said a lot of nasty things to her. She retorted to Krupa that she only said that the naan bread she served as her signature dish was a piece of shit, much to Krupa's frustration, and when the latter told her to keep her opinions for herself, she continued by saying that she should not have moved in a house with fourteen other people if she did not want to hear other opinions. After that, Krupa left the room and the argument by targeting her attitude, and went to the room at the other end of the hallway, while she told Krupa had her nerve.
The next morning, the chefs were woken up by Sous Chefs Scott and Andi, who brought them special farm outfits to wear, and were told to get outside. Arrived there, Ramsay introduced the Chicken Creation Challenge, and Elise was not seen much during the first part. During the second part, she was paired with Elizabeth, they worked on the roasted chicken course, and when the countdown began, she was already bossing Elizabeth after the latter poured more salt in the blender. After Gina revealed that her chicken was raw because of Carrie, she could not believe it, and declared that even though she had nothing against anybody, she called Carrie the common denominator almost all the time, before adding that everywhere she was going, it was horrendous. She and Elizabeth were the last pair from the red team to have their dish judged, she presented their "succulent" roasted chicken with butternut squash purée, Swiss chard, onions, and garlic, which was appreciated for the great colors and flavors, and when Ramsay asked whose idea it was, she tried to give all the credit for herself, much to Elizabeth's annoyance. Despite that, they won the round over Chino and Natalie, with Ramsay acknowledging that she did not like sharing, and during deliberation, she declared how tired she was of losing, before declaring that the red team had to get out of Hell's Kitchen before she would hurt somebody.
The red team won the challenge 3-2, and Elise was excited as she knew that her dish was the best, before remembering that Elizabeth also contributed to that dish. Also, she and Elizabeth were photographed with Ramsay for People magazine as their dish was deemed the best. The red team was rewarded with a go-kart activity at K1 Speed, and while going back to the dorms, she declared that it was the best day of her life. During the ride to the reward, she declared how happy she was about getting out of Hell's Kitchen, and arrived at K1 Speed, she revealed that she never rode in a go-kart before, but was still ready to kick butts. She qualified for the final race, along with Jamie and Carrie, as she had the third fastest time, and when the race began, she immediately targeted Carrie by bumping into her, and declared that she would never have allowed Carrie to win. Despite all of her efforts to make sure that Carrie would not win, she finished third and Carrie finished second, while Jamie won the trophy. However, she claimed that she was happy as long as Carrie did not win.
During prep, Elise started to give attitude to Sous Chef Andi, which the latter did not appreciate and told her to stop talking like if she was her child. However, she continued to talk back to Sous Chef Andi despite the latter telling that she was in a position of authority over her, and when she condescendingly told Sous Chef Andi that she understood what she said, the latter called her out on her disrespectful behavior.
During dinner service, Elise was on the fish station with Jamie. She acknowledged the pressure that the chefs table was adding because of how close they were to the action, and was confident because Carrie was not on meat. Then, she called four minutes on her scallops, but when she sent them to the pass, they did not have any color and were rubbery and watery, and while he showed her how to properly cook them, she acknowledged that she better cook them right afterwards. Her second attempt was cooked perfectly, she was proud of herself as she succeeded to recover from her rough start. Later, she told Carrie that she was ready with her scallops, but Elizabeth was not with her appetizers, much to her dismay, before she blamed Carrie for calling it out. When Elizabeth and Carrie were ready to send their appetizers, she told that she had to start her scallops over, so she was urged by Carrie to hurry up. After that, she still needed seven minutes despite Gina already slicing her New York strip, and when she sent her sea bass to the pass, one piece was raw and the other was dry, Ramsay ordered her to get it back in the pan, and she was berated for not giving a championship performance. Then, she was asked by Ramsay who she would blame, which she answered nobody, and after a lot of mistakes, the red team was kicked out of the kitchen.
Both teams were named joint-losers, and they were asked to nominate two people each. During deliberation, Elise immediately recalled the first service, which she claimed everybody was disappointing except herself despite Carrie disagreeing, and threw the latter under the bus for her slow tableside work during the second service. Then, Carrie told her that the red team would be better if she was not running her mouth all the time, and declared war on her, which she accepted. Because of that, an intense argument erupted between both of them, where she exposed Carrie's weaknesses and bragged about the fact that she ran the meat station better than everybody else, and Carrie exposing her disrespectful way of talking to her.
Elise was the red team's second nominee for elimination, with Carrie being the first, and they joined Chino and Monterray from the blue team. When Carrie accused her of not being a team player, she interrupted her by saying that she improved and thought that her teammates would be more likely to see Carrie be eliminated instead of herself. Because of that statement, Ramsay asked the red team who they would rather see be eliminated between Elise and Carrie, and she received votes from everybody, even Natalie from the blue team, except Elizabeth. With those results, Ramsay told her that she better be eliminated because the red team wanted her out, but she retorted that she never made the same mistake twice, that it was her first nomination, that she was not there to throw anybody under the bus despite Monterray laughing about the fact that she just did, that she could work on her attitude, and finally, she targeted Carrie one more time by saying that she could not acquire common sense at 31. After deliberation, during which she started crying, she was sent back in line after Ramsay told her to stop crying, therefore surviving elimination. While being dismissed, she declared that the red team did not know with who they were fucking with as she thought they hated a winner, referring to herself.
Season 13 Edit
Season 17 Edit
- She is responsible for one of the greatest rivalries in the show's history, along with Carrie.
- She holds the record for the most nominations throughout one season, with seven, and is tied with Autumn (Season 7), Sabrina (Season 8), Clemenza (Season 10), and Scott (Season 12).
- She is the sixth contestant to be nominated four times in a row, and the fourth to have survived all four of them.
- She is the fourth contestant to have kept her jacket after elimination, following Ji (Season 5), Ariel (Season 6), and Jillian (Season 8).
- After her first appearance on the show, she married, took her husband's name, and is now known as Elise Harris.
- She is the only contestant to date who kept her jacket after elimination in two different seasons. She is also the third contestant who did without ranking in 3rd place, following Ji (Season 5), and Sterling (Season 13).
- She holds the record for the most overall nominations for one contestant in the history of the show, with twelve, including the Cook For Your Life Challenge. She also holds the record for the most nomination survivals, as she survived all twelve of them.
- She is the second contestant, and first female contestant, who scored a perfect five on the new format of the Signature Dish Challenge without making it to the black jackets, following Van (also from Season 17).
- "One vegetarian lobster capellini..."
- "You better get outta my face!”
- "Let's go, baby BABY!!!"
- "It's okay, You can hate me."
- (About Josh) "I can't deal with somebody who sucks at cooking and has the nerves to be rude and disrespectful."
- "You opened a can of worms. It's on now baby!! Just know!! JUST KNOW!!!"
- "This is the new Elise. No more playing nice now!"
- "Don't act like you've never had rubber in your face."
- "Yes, I'm setting up my station for the 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 10th time!"
- "I really don't have anything to say right now... I didn't come here not to win... (cries)"