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Holli Ugalde
Holli Ugalde
Hometown
San Bernardino, CA
Age
24
Occupation
Banquet Chef
Season
7
Kitchen Experience
Culinary Education
Culinary Inspiration
Placement
Winner
Resides
San Bernardino, CA

Holli Ugalde was a contestant on Season 7 of Hell's Kitchen. She was the winner of that season, and was promised a head chef at the Savoy Grill, in London, United Kingdom, with a salary of $250,000. However, she never got the job because of supposed visa issues, so she accepted an undisclosed amount of cash, and kept the title of "Season 7 winner".

Personality Edit

Holli had a tough personality. She was very quiet and often ignored at the beginning. She was also very flirtatious, as she was wearing clothes that was showing her assets. Eventually, many saw her as a great leader, and a person who could step up and take charge without getting in the way. Her impressive leadership qualities helped her win the competition. She was one of the most consistent chefs of that season, and developed a romantic relationship with Jay.

Season 7 Edit

Episode 1Edit

While cooking her signature dish, Holli acknowledged that she would play the cute factor, but was ready to work as hard as everybody, and hoped to do better. When Ramsay started to make out with a female chef, she jokingly declared she wanted to be first, before learning that the female chef was Ramsay's own wife. During the challenge, she was the second person from the red team to have her dish judged by Ramsay, and went up against Benjamin. She served a banana leaf wrapped halibut, but Ramsay was shocked and trashed the banana leaf, and she said that it was a classic northern Indian dish. But, Ramsay said that he never saw food like that in India, and she second-guessed herself on where the dish originated from. Ramsay spat it out, she declared messing it up a little bit, which he responded that she was polite and by trashing the entire dish. She lost the round to Benjamin.

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, all the women were focused on studying the menu for the opening night while being confident about it.

During dinner service, Holli was on the appetizer station with Fran. She was not seen much, but at one point, she repeated a question that Ramsay asked to Fran. After four of her teammates were kicked out, the red team merged with the blue team to serve all the remaining customers, and complete the service. When she entered the blue kitchen, she asked what they needed, with Ramsay answering he needed 16 cooks. The red team lost the service, and they were asked to nominate two people.

She was not nominated for elimination.

Episode 2Edit

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, Holli was paired with Jamie, and they were the last pair to compete for the red team. They gave a perfect performance of four points out of four, but 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. While going back to the dorms, she, along with Jamie, comforted Siobhan, who was crying in shame, by saying she should not let her mistake ruin her day.

During dinner service, Holli was on the meat station. The first order she sent to the pass was acceptable, but she had to take it back because of Nilka's bad timing. So, she asked the latter for a time, while acknowledging that she froze and was not talking, and later, Ramsay exposed the lack of communication between her, Jamie and Nilka. After, she gave seven minutes to Jamie on her refire, despite the latter not understanding. Both teams were named joint-losers, and they were asked to nominate one person each.

She was not nominated for elimination.

Episode 3Edit

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, Holli was not seen at all, 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. When the women arrived at the beach and were greeted by Ramsay, Holli said that he was cute and looking like a real person. During the soccer match, she acknowledged she was wearing the wrong shirt as one of her breasts might pop up of it at any moment.

During dinner service, Holli was assigned as an assistant maître d'. In the dining room, she received a little training from Jean-Philippe, and revealed that she had experience in front of the house as she did it when she was 16 years-old. When the first customers entered, she was already taking her first orders, but she was slow to bring them to the kitchen, much to Ramsay's annoyance. Despite that, her first ticket was accepted. Throughout the service, she could be seen working hard to keep the customers from losing their cool, and at one point, she returned a rare dish that was supposed to be medium-rare. Later, she tried her best to please some unsatisfied customers by jokingly proposing more bread, but they refused.

The red team lost the service, and they were asked to nominate two people. During deliberation, Holli told that meat was the main thing she was bringing back in the kitchen, therefore considering Fran.

She was not nominated for elimination.

Episode 4Edit

The next morning, the chefs went downstairs, where Ramsay introduced the Craps Challenge. Holli was the last person to roll the die for the red team, landed on D, and chose duck, much to her teammates' relief. During the cooking, she was not seen at all, and during the judging, she completed Nilka's description of the dish by saying that they also used tarragon and duck fat. 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 dinner service, Holli was on the garnish station. She was not seen much, except at one point when she was dismayed by Siobhan's mistake as she knew that lobster and crab were different, and told that Siobhan must get it together. Both teams were named joint-winners, and for the red team, Nilka was named "Best of the Best". On the patio, she recalled Siobhan's lobster incident, therefore considering her as a potential nominee for Nilka.

Holli was not nominated for elimination, and said goodbye to Autumn, who was transferred to the blue team, while welcoming Scott 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. While receiving her outfit, Holli thought they would go to a water house, but was not worried about killing animals. During the first part, she was the fourth person from the red team to grab her pig, and she landed on tenderloin.

During the second part of the challenge, Holli was paired with Siobhan, and they were the second pair from the red team to have their dish judged. She presented their fennel-crusted pork tenderloin with a sweet and sour apple and mustard sauce, which was praised by Ramsay for being cooked perfectly, and they won the round over Jason and Autumn.

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. During the punishment, they struggled to wash the pigs as all of them were excited and constantly moving around. When the blue team came back from their reward, Holli revealed to everybody that she had the biggest porn collection of all the people she knew, and when Salvatore asked her if she made her own porn, she answered not, but she quickly corrected herself by saying that she made porn with significant others, but that it was never aired anywhere.

During the Barbecue themed dinner service, Holli was on the appetizer station with Fran during the first seating, and a waitress during the second. After Maria's first hush puppies were rejected, she asked her for a time, but Maria became aggressive and told her to snap down. Later, she expressed proudness when Fran succeeded to get her appetizers out, saying that she never gave up nor stopped trying. During the second seating, at one point, she was called down to the kitchen by Ramsay because Maria took the order of one of her tables without noticing it was already taken. She explained the situation to Ramsay, and acknowledged that Maria was extremely stressed out, lost, and not there. The red team lost the service, and Fran was named "Best of the Worst".

She was not nominated for elimination.

Episode 6Edit

The next morning, everybody went to the dining room, where Ramsay introduced the Mother Sauce Challenge, and when Ramsay asked Holli to name one of the five mother sauces, she correctly answered velouté. She worked with the velouté sauce, and during the cooking, she admitted that she was sick and tired of the tension between all the members of the red team. She was the third person from the red team to have her dish judged, went up against Ed and Autumn, and presented what she thought was a halibut, but Ramsay corrected her by saying she used sea bass, adding it was becoming embarrassing after her mistake and Siobhan's. The sea bass was praised for being cooked perfectly, and she explained that she did not know it was sea bass because she barely looked at it before cooking. However, she lost the round to Ed and Autumn. When Scott lost his round, she considered him as the worst cook in Hell's Kitchen at the moment, in addition of being cocky.

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. When they received their suits and goggles, Holli told that she was tired of punishments as did not want to look ridiculous in those kind of outfits any longer.

During the Family Night dinner service, Holli was on the dessert station. She was not seen much, except at one point when she was insulted by Scott blaming his teammates for his own misunderstanding, saying that he just had to listen to the ticket. After a lot of mistakes, the red team was kicked out of the kitchen, and 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. Holli was not nominated for elimination, and moments later, she and her teammates welcomed Benjamin on the red team, as a new teammate.

Episode 7Edit

Back in the dorms, when Benjamin joked that they would all die before the next service, Holli did not find him funny as they were a team, so he did not have to be an asshole about it. 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, she was infatuated by them, saying that babies and old people were the cutest things, and during the challenge, she was paired with Fran 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. When Autumn lifted her dome to reveal her chicken meatballs, she declared that she almost laughed and wondered what was that, before presenting her and Fran's panko-crusted chicken with roasted garlic, lemon and parsley butter. It was appreciated by the couple, and 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, and being driven there in 1950s style convertibles. While they were getting ready, Holli thought that Benjamin would be a little bit shaky for going out with four women, and on their way out, she sarcastically told the blue team to have fun with the cake. During the reward, they were having a hula-hoop competition, but she thought that it would just hit and bounce back because of her big butt.

During the 50th Wedding Anniversary dinner service, Holli was on the meat station. When she learned that the red team would cook for the hosts, she deemed it an honor to have that privilege, while adding that it had to be perfect as they could not fuck up, before helping Siobhan to plate the salads. Later, she sent overcooked duck and raw chicken, dismaying Ramsay who ordered her to get a grip, she was embarrassed about her mistake because she acknowledged it was a stupid one, and apologized to her teammates.

After both teams went in the dining room to give a standing ovation to Sal and Marcy, Holli was reminded about her overcooked duck and undercooked chicken by Ramsay. The red team lost the service, and they were asked to nominate two people for elimination. During deliberation, she was considered by Fran for the duck and chicken incident, and eventually by Siobhan, which Benjamin agreed with. She did not think she was the worst cook on the team, said that she did not want to go down or go home, and when it appeared that she would be nominated with Fran, the red team talked about their nominees one more time.

She was not nominated for elimination.

Episode 8Edit

Back in the dorms, Holli was annoyed by Benjamin's negative attitude, saying that despite being a good cook, he did not have to be rude. 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, she was the second person from the red team to have her sandwich judged, and went up against Jason. She served a smoked duck breast sandwich with pumpernickel bread, caramelized onions and prosciutto, which was labelled as ambitious by Ramsay, but working well, and she tied the round with Jason.

The red team lost the challenge after a tiebreaker at 3, 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. When the blue team came back from their reward, Holli entered the hot tub with Ed, and she encouraged him to drink even more as it would be good for his bad feelings in the morning. Eventually, Siobhan joined them, Ed started to dance, and then, she ripped a part of his bathing suit. When Ed got naked after being challenged by everybody, she found it awkward.

During dinner service, Holli was on the garnish station. She was not seen much, but on the first ticket, she was worried about Fran on appetizers as she knew they would be screwed if they were not having a good start, and later, she was dismayed when Siobhan talked back about her boiled scallops as she knew herself they were black. Later, when Nilka served raw chicken, she told that she could see that it was raw as she sliced it, and added that they could not serve raw chicken no matter what. After a lot of mistakes, the red team was kicked out of the kitchen, and back in the dorms, she discovered that the blue team were kicked out before them, asked them why they were, and she knew that her team was not doing as good as they thought. Both teams were named joint-losers, and they were asked to nominate two people each.

She was not nominated for elimination.

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Season 8 Edit

Episode 8Edit

Holli came back for the 100th dinner service of Hell's Kitchen. She ate at the red team's chefs table, along with the winner of Season 5, Danny.

Trivia Edit

  • She participated in the fourth different-gender finals of Hell's Kitchen.
  • She is the seventh winner, and third female winner of Hell's Kitchen.
  • She is the fourth winner to completely avoid nomination throughout the entire season, and the second female winner to do so, following Heather from Season 2.
  • She is the first winner ever who was not awarded their promised position.

Quotes Edit

  • "Chef Ramsay is cute, he looks like a real person!"