Fran Klier was a contestant on Season 7 of Hell's Kitchen. She ranked in 8th place.
Fran was combative despite lacking abilities to work in a brigade. She managed to improve during her run, but was still considered as one of the weakest.
Season 7 Edit
During the Signature Dish Challenge, Fran was the sixth person from the red team to have her dish judged by Ramsay, and went up against Jason. Her dish was unknown, but Ramsay criticized the pasta for being too hot fearing it would set the room on fire, and she lost the round to Jason. The red team lost the challenge 3-4, and they were eventually punished by cooking breakfast in bed for the blue team the next morning.
Back in the dorms, Fran was preoccupied by Ramsay's guarantee of completing the opening night, and all the women were focused on studying the menu while being confident about it. The next morning, during the punishment, she was pissed that she had to do that because she did not even cook her own children breakfast in bed.
During dinner service, Fran was on the appetizer station with Holli. At one point, she served her potatoes, but Ramsay was not satisfied as they were all overcooked or too small, much to his dismay. When he asked for a time on the new potatoes, she did not give any answers until Holli repeated the question, and she shouted two minutes. Ramsay showed her how to properly toss the potatoes, but she declared that she was afraid of the grease, which dismayed Ramsay. When he asked to repeat what she said, she responded that she was afraid of him, which led him to mock her by saying that he was afraid of her. Later, she was working on her lobster risotto, but put crab in it instead of lobster, without realizing. Ramsay caught that mistake, was disappointed, and she acknowledged that she did that mistake by accident as they switched the containers, while asking to give her a break. Then, Ramsay asked for somebody to explain her how a lobster was looking like, Autumn told the team to concentrate, but she was not impressed as she did not think Autumn was a team player because she was just standing there looking pretty while everybody else were sweating their asses off. Because of her constant mistakes, she was kicked out of the kitchen, along with Jamie and Maria. However, she refused to leave her team, but Ramsay told her that he would drag her out if she would not get out by herself. Back in the dorms, she wondered why she was kicked out as she was sweating her balls off, acknowledged she mistook the crab for lobster, but refused to take responsibility for it. She also added that she never been kicked out of a kitchen in thirty years and that it was a big fucking deal.
The red team lost the service, and they were asked to nominate two people. During deliberation, Fran was considered by Autumn, she asked her why she should be nominated, and Autumn answered that she seemed flustered when Ramsay was yelling at her. However, she thought that Autumn should be sent home because she was not a team player and only thinking about herself, therefore considering her.
Fran was the red team's second nominee for elimination, with Stacey being the first. During her plea, she was still wondering why she was kicked out, and Ramsay responded that she could not tell the difference between crab and lobster. Then, he asked her how many legs was a lobster having, but she struggled to answer, before revealing that she was a Kosher chef. When Ramsay told that he needed somebody with balls and strength, she said she had some balls and that she needed more time to show them. She survived elimination, and while being dismissed, she declared that she decided to cook instead of playing tennis at home, while adding that somebody would not stay thirty years in a kitchen if they were not loving it.
Back in the dorms, Fran accused Autumn of not being a team player, which the latter disagreed. 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, she was paired with Autumn, and they were the third pair to compete for the red team. They only scored one point as Ramsay was not impressed with her sunny side up and scrambled. The red team lost the challenge 10-11, and they were punished by taking a delivery of a giant tuna, cutting it, cleaning it, and gutting it for the next service.
During dinner service, Fran served tuna tartar tableside. She was not seen much, but at one point, she was lost as she could not find the right table, and went to the wrong table twice, before being pulled back by Jean-Philippe. Both teams were named joint-losers, and they were asked to nominate one person each.
She 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, Fran was not seen much, but when she was dressing the salads with Autumn, both of them showed great teamwork. Because of that, the first salad bowls went to the dining room very quickly.
The red team won the challenge, and celebrated by cheering and hugging each other. They were rewarded with a day at the Malibu Beach Inn, being driven there in vintage cars, and a soccer match against Ramsay and his own family. Back in the dorms, while getting ready, Fran stated that she would wear her milf outfit while asking Nilka if she knew what it meant. When she revealed what it meant, Nilka called her stupid. During the ride in vintage cars, she told that they would only find those cars in California, and when they arrived, she expressed surprise about Ramsay smiling. After, when he announced there would be another challenge, she was dismayed as she thought they would have a day off, before learning that the challenge would be the soccer game. Later, while resting on the beach and bonding with her team, she felt like a movie star as they were getting food and drink.
The next day, during prep, Fran was determined to show Ramsay what she was capable of as she was kicked out during the first service and worked tableside during the second. However, when she grabbed a pot of hot water to throw away because it was too salty, she dropped some of it on her left arm, and she sustained a serious burn. She did not want to show any weakness despite knowing that it was bad, and was determined to stay for the service and decided not to tell anybody about it. When Ramsay entered the kitchen, he asked what happened, and she explained that she dropped some water, but not that she burned herself.
During dinner service, Fran was on the meat station. More than two hours into service, a rare dish was returned as it was supposed to be medium-rare, so Ramsay ordered her to refire a medium-rare steak urgently. Autumn reminded her what she needed to refire, she stated that because Ramsay was watching her closely, she had to watch herself closely despite her injured hand, Siobhan asked her for a time, and Ramsay reminded her that the beef had to be medium. She sent her beef to the pass, but it was raw, Ramsay schooled her while ordering the team to start the whole table over, and Autumn reminded her what she needed once again, which she responded by requesting her help. Later, she sent her beef, but it was medium instead of medium-rare, angering Ramsay, and when she told that she may have another one waiting, Ramsay was dismayed. Then, Ramsay ordered a perfectly cooked steak, but when she stuck her hand in the oven, the pain from her burn started to be excruciating, and she revealed her injury to Autumn by saying that she needed a shitload of help. Autumn suggested her to see a medic, but she refused to leave the kitchen and show her injury to her other teammates. Despite that, Autumn continued to insist to take a look at her hand, but she aggressively told her to not look at it, but when Autumn revealed her injury to Sous Chef Andi, who talked about it to Ramsay, the latter called her to take a look at her hand. He told her that she was burned very seriously, and ordered her to go see a medic, much to her annoyance. So, she left the kitchen very emotional, and while she was with the medic, she declared that she did not care if her hand would fall off as she just wanted to finish cooking. The medic applied some lotion on her hand, got a bandage applied over it, and moments later, she returned in the kitchen, while asking Siobhan for a time. When the women rallied to complete the remaining tickets, she was scared to lose as she could easily be the main target from her teammates.
When both teams were lined up, Fran was urged to stop panicking by Ramsay, the red team lost the service, and they were asked to nominate two people. During deliberation, she took responsibility for not telling anybody about her injury, and was considered by Nilka as the obvious first nominee.
Fran was the red team's first nominee for elimination, with Jamie being the second. During her plea, she stated that she had a drive while giving her burn as an example, but Ramsay told that he could not teach an old dog new tricks. She did not believe she was an old dog without new tricks, wanted a second chance to prove it, and added that she could blame her hand for her mistakes, but refused to do it. She survived elimination as Ramsay believed that she could still fight back, and while being dismissed, she was ready to show people what she had after still wanting to work through burns.
While going back to the dorms, Fran wished to not be nominated again, believed that Ramsay kept her for a reason, and added that she would be very happy if she could prove him right.
The next morning, the chefs went downstairs, where Ramsay introduced the Craps Challenge. Fran was the first person to roll the die for the red team, landed on B, and chose beets after much thinking. During the cooking, she was not seen at all, the red team lost the challenge, and they were punished by cleaning the front entrance of the restaurant, which included the floor, the carpet, and the mirrors, as well as prepping both kitchens for the next service. During prep, she tried to convince Maria to not cry saying that they all would if she was, without success.
During dinner service, Fran was on the dessert station. She was not seen much, except at one point when she expressed proudness towards Nilka, who kicked ass and had the situation under control.
Both teams were named joint-winners, and for the red team, Nilka was named "Best of the Best". Fran was not nominated for elimination, and said goodbye to Autumn, who was transferred to the blue team, while welcoming Scott as a new teammate.
Back in the dorms, Fran wanted to give Autumn a hug, but the latter was already hanging out with the men, much to her disappointment, saying that she acted like if she has never been on the red team.
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, Fran was the third person from the red team to grab her pig, and she grabbed the one with the prunes collar on it. When the red team discussed about who would do what, she was not convinced that Scott's idea of mixing blood sausages and prunes would work. During the second part, she was paired with Nilka, and during the cooking, she was still not confident as neither of them has worked with blood sausages before. She asked if the sausages were supposed to be mushy, which Scott answered they were, and when they plated the dish, they were the only pair that was still not confident. She and Nilka were the first pair from the red team to have their dish judged, she did not present the dish, which was blood sausages with a prune purée, and when Ramsay asked who had the idea of mixing those two items, she waited for Scott to take responsibility, but he never did, much to her annoyance. She and Nilka lost the round to Benjamin and Ed.
The red team lost the challenge 1-2, and they were punished by cleaning the pig pen outside and giving the pigs a bath, while wearing farming clothes. While going back to the dorms, Fran was told by Nilka how mad and embarrassed the latter was about serving the dish they served, and she told that losing that challenge was the one hurting the most than any other because she thought the red team was making a comeback. During the punishment, everybody struggled to wash the pigs as all of them were excited and constantly moving around. When the blue team came back from their reward, everybody talked about their personal lives outside the competition, and she told that people liked talking with Salvatore. She also compared him to an Italian Dr. Phil as he was making people reveal things about themselves that anybody would have thought in a million years.
During the Barbecue themed dinner service, Fran was on the appetizer station with Holli during the first seating, and a waitress during the second. When Maria sent unacceptable hush puppies, she tried to help her, and was dismayed that the kitchen stalled for only one of them. Later, she tried to communicate with Nilka, but the latter did not answer, asked her twice if the crab was ready, and on the second time, the latter aggressively answered that they were, leading to an argument where Nilka told her that she did not hear what she said. After, she sent beautifully cooked appetizers to the pass, and the customers were enjoying them. Later, she expressed dismay when Scott was working dangerously, saying that he should have known better. During the second seating, she was not seen much, but could be seen a little bit lost at some points.
The red team lost the service, but because of her strong performance on appetizers, Fran was named "Best of the Worst", and asked to nominate two of her teammates for elimination. While being dismissed, she was proud of having a good night and happy that Ramsay recognized it, but added that she was tired of losing. On the patio, she calmed Maria and Scott down as they were having an argument, by saying that while she would love to keep everybody, she had to nominate two of them, and added that they would have to fight for their lives like she did. Then, she considered Scott as he was not as good as he perceived, and left to go to the bathroom. Moments later, Scott joined and convinced her that if she would nominate anybody else than himself with Maria, they would be safe, but if she would nominate him with her, it could go either way. She acknowledged that Scott was having a point, both of them gave each other a hug, but she was still stuck on her second nominee.
Fran named Maria as her first nominee, and Nilka as her second. That decision surprised everybody, and Nilka told her to not just come up with that decision on-the-spot and surprise her. Then, Ramsay asked her why she did not nominate Scott, and she recalled his good teamwork. After Maria's elimination, she was told by Ramsay that she had to follow her instinct when being given a responsibility, and while being dismissed, she recognized that her nominations were a bad judgement and apologized to her teammates.
Back in the dorms, Fran tried to apologize to Nilka for nominating her, but the latter aggressively told her not to as she would never do something like that to her. She acknowledged it was the wrong decision to nominate her, and stated that if she had to do it again, she would nominate herself before her.
The next morning, everybody went to the dining room, where Ramsay introduced the Mother Sauce Challenge, and Fran worked with the tomato sauce. During the cooking, she refused to drop her pasta because it was not taking ten minutes to cook, and when Nilka tried to motivate the team, she told her to shut up, adding that too much chatter was making her lose focus. She was the first person from the red team to have her dish judged, went up against Salvatore, and served an oyster fettuccine with tomato sauce, lemon and cheese. It was praised for being nice and having a lovely taste, and Ramsay added that it was dangerous to add oysters to pasta, but that it worked in that case. She was proud when Ramsay called her a smart cook as he used to call her other things before, such as an "old dog", and won the round over Salvatore.
The red team lost the challenge after a tiebreaker at 2, and they were punished by deep-cleaning both kitchens, and prepping them for the next service, while wearing anti-nuclear combinations. Back in the dorms, Fran was annoyed by Scott's constant excuses, and said that if he was not happy, he should have said something. During the punishment, she compared Siobhan to a ghost when the latter was having an allergic reaction, and during prep, she told Scott that she had more potatoes when he thought that they had enough, before calling him very annoying because he was not as good as he thought he was, and adding that the red team was worse because of him.
During the Family Night dinner service, Fran was on the fish station. On the first ticket of appetizers, she was dismayed when Siobhan could not cook pasta properly because pasta was not difficult, even asking if it was brain surgery. Later, she thought her scallops were ready to be delivered, but when she sent them to the pass, Ramsay berated her because they were overcooked, ordered her to touch them, and called it shambolic and a disaster to the red team. That mistake also led him to threaten the team to be kicked out, and having himself and Sous Chef Andi finish their service. After a lot of mistakes, the red team was kicked out of the kitchen, and back in the dorms, she blamed the communication that was not there. When the service was finished, they came back in the kitchen to clean up.
The red team lost the service by a mile, and they were asked to nominate two people for elimination. During deliberation, Fran was considered by Scott, but she did not think her service was that bad, and she was also deemed as the worst cook on the red team by him.
Fran was the red team's second nominee for elimination, with Scott being the first, but she did not know why she was nominated, and thought that Siobhan should have been instead for always second-guessing herself. Moments later, she took part of a little argument with Scott, saying that he did not impress anybody at that moment, and she was accused of being treated like a princess after burning her hand by him. Both of them were called down with Siobhan, and during her plea, she told that she had the guts to stay, that she was learning from her mistakes, and that she was never doing them twice. She survived elimination, and moments later, she and her teammates welcomed Benjamin on the red team, as a new teammate. While being dismissed, she hoped that things would get better with him, because she did not want the whole red team to suck.
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. When the couple was introduced, Fran acknowledged that being married for 50 years was an accomplishment of a lifetime after remembering that she has almost been married herself for almost 20 years. During the challenge, she was paired with Holli on the chicken Kiev dish, they were the second pair from the red team to have their dish judged, and went up against Autumn and Salvatore. She did not present their dish, which was a panko-crusted chicken with roasted garlic, lemon and parsley butter, but they won the round over Autumn and Salvatore.
The red team won the challenge 2-1, and they were rewarded with a day at the World Famous Frisco's Carhops diner, while wearing red shirts from the 1950s, which Fran was very happy about as she loved the 1950s music and dance, and being driven there in 1950s style convertibles. Arrived at the diner, she wanted to check if the parked cars were still working, but Benjamin reminded that she was married, and urged her to get something to eat inside. Arrived inside, she told that just the smell were making them step back to the 1950s.
The next day, during prep, Fran stated that it was a comfort having Benjamin as a leader, and added that they would do what he was telling them as none of the things they tried before have worked. During the 50th Wedding Anniversary dinner service, she was on the garnish station. After Benjamin served raw crab cakes, she believed that he was pompous as he thought he was better than everybody else, and moments later, she offered her help to him, only to get pushed away by him. Later, she put some broccoli in the boiling pan, and Ramsay schooled her for overcooking it if she was cooking it that way. After, Ramsay expressed more dismay when Benjamin was on garnish, and when she brought a hot pan of potatoes to the pass, he was furious as she could have burned somebody. She was berated for not properly taking safety measures, and when she asked what was on order, Ramsay sarcastically retorted that he liked that answer.
After both teams went in the dining room to give a standing ovation to Sal and Marcy, Fran was reminded by Ramsay that at this stage in the competition, he did not have to tell her to drain potatoes. The red team lost the service, and they were asked to nominate two people for elimination. During deliberation, she recalled Holli's chicken incident, but added that there was not much to choose from to decide who was the worst cook. So, she considered Holli and Benjamin, but when the latter reminded her that she had a hard time on garnish, she retorted that it was her first time on that station, and then, she was considered by him, without any valid reason. She knew that Benjamin considered her because she was the easy target, she was also considered by Nilka and Siobhan, and when it appeared that she would be nominated with Holli, the red team talked about their decision one more time, despite her not wanting to change her votes.
Fran was the red team's first nominee for elimination, with Siobhan being the second. During her plea, she thought that Siobhan was in over her head, she convinced Ramsay that she was getting stronger every time he was yelling at her, that she never made the same mistake twice, and that she was tough and determined. However, Ramsay reminded her that she peaked and that she has been nominated so many times that her footprints might be in the carpet. She survived elimination.
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. Arrived there, Fran acknowledged the restaurant was old and rustic, and understood why Ramsay was wondering why they were so well-dressed. Then, she was excited to be sitting next to Ramsay, and after the tasting, Ramsay introduced the Gourmet Sandwich Challenge.
During the challenge, Fran was the third person from the red team too have her sandwich judged, and went up against Jay. She presented her balsamic chicken sandwich with roasted peppers, and the chicken was deemed delicious by Ramsay, but she lost the round to Jay because of her soggy bread. She acknowledged her mistake, but added that it might be the way the Italians liked it. The red team lost the challenge because her sandwich was deemed worst than Siobhan's, who sat out, and 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. She called it the worst punishment ever as she compared it to grinding rock, and added that she did not want to see a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for the rest of her life. Moments later, the blue team came back from their reward, she asked if they were happy, told that they could not even speak because of how drunk they were, and wished that they would get hangovers the next morning as it would be an advantage for the red team.
The next day, during prep, Fran was confident to finally kick the blue team's ass during services as the red team took more beating than anybody else, and was excited about the fact that they were still hungover. During dinner service, she was on the appetizer station. When Ramsay called the first ticket, she declared that she never made a risotto, but that she was fine with the rest of the station. The first risotto that she sent to the pass was deemed very nice, and she was congratulated by Siobhan. Later, she served a raw risotto, was schooled by Ramsay for forgetting a lot of things while cooking it, said that she was aggravated, and Ramsay told her that she was as consistent as pigeon shit on Trafalgar Square. After that, she served a salad that was not dressed, which Ramsay compared to rabbit food, Ramsay told her to properly dress the salad, and when she sent her risotto, it was still raw, and because of that, the red team was kicked out of the kitchen. Back in the dorms, she acknowledged it was ridiculous and a disaster, and on the patio, she thought that they were communicating well, but Holli knew that they were not doing as good as they thought.
When both teams were lined up, Fran acknowledged she fucked up, both teams were named joint-losers, and were asked to nominate two people each. During deliberation, she was considered by Nilka, much to her annoyance as she knew that Nilka also fucked up, and added that she would fight as she knew she deserved to be there. After, she considered Siobhan and Nilka.
Fran was the red team's second nominee for elimination, with Siobhan being the first, and they joined Autumn and Ed from the blue team. During her plea, she said that she was taking everything Ramsay said to her despite being nominated a lot of times, but Ramsay reminded her that she spent more time on the chopping block than she had on her station. She survived elimination, and while being dismissed, she thought that she was fighting for her life every day at that moment, but knew that she had what it took to stay in the competition.
- She is the third contestant to have been nominated four consecutive times, following Virginia (Season 2), and Andrea (Season 5).
- She is the eighth contestant who received a "Best of the Worst" nomination without making it to the black jackets, following Chris (Season 1), Melissa (Season 3), Louross (Season 4), LA (Season 5), Sabrina (Season 6), Nilka, and Salvatore (both also from Season 7).
- "I know I've made a mistake but, give me a break!"
- "I was a kosher chef, I'm learning."
- "It's a MILF outfit. You know what a MILF is? It's a mother I'd like to fuck!"