Jason "Jay" Santos was a contestant on Season 7 of Hell's Kitchen. He was the runner-up of that season.
Best known for his blue dyed hair, Jay was one of the most consistent chefs of that season. He rarely got angry, and was known for his showmance with Holli, as they would flirt at almost every opportunity, starting during the black jacket phase.
Season 7 Edit
Before the Signature Dish Challenge, Jay was shocked when Ramsay was making out with a female chef, but when that woman turned out to be Ramsay's own wife, he thanked God for that as they just licked their teeth, while calling him a filthy bastard. During the challenge, when Mikey revealed his Hell's Kitchen tattoo, he exclaimed that he had just one word to describe it, which was "what the fuck". He was the fifth person from the blue team to have his dish judged by Ramsay, and went up against Stacey. His dish was unknown, but the steak was praised for being beautifully seasoned, and he won the round over Stacey.
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. The next day, during prep, Jay was not impressed by Scott's leadership, saying that he was the strongest talker on the team, but probably not the strongest cook.
During dinner service, Jay was responsible for serving Caesar salads tableside. At one point, while serving his salad to a customer, he talked about how it was his first time in Hell's Kitchen when the latter told the same thing about himself. After Salvatore and Benjamin were kicked out, he was reintegrated in the kitchen, and assigned to the appetizer station. After Mikey was kicked out, the blue team merged with the red team to serve all the remaining customers. The blue team won the service.
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, Jay was paired with Ed, and they were the second pair to compete for the blue team. They succeeded to score three points, but when Ramsay asked if the scrambled egg bounced, he thought he made a great egg while adding that Ramsay said they should make it taste the best and not look the best.
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 the reward, Jay declared it was a great day as he succeeded to have a helicopter ride and eat with Ramsay in one day.
During dinner service, Jay was on the dessert station. He was not seen much, but when the service started, he was dedicated to go to the dorms and get Salvatore back in the kitchen. Later, Andrew asked him to send the mashed potatoes to the pass as he was too busy with his other garnishes, and Ramsay wondered why he was on garnish.
Both teams were named joint-losers, and they were asked to nominate one person each. During deliberation, Jay quickly considered Jason because the latter was talking a big talk despite not delivering, which Benjamin agreed with.
He was not nominated for elimination.
Back in the dorms, Jay acknowledged Jason had a bad temper, reminded him that it was following him in the kitchen, but Jason responded by telling him to get the fuck out of there. 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. When the band was introduced, he said that he was bonding with cheerleaders from any team. During the challenge, he was not seen much, except at one point when he thought that Jason was still upset about being nominated the previous night, and that he had the potential of holding the team down.
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. When the men arrived at the river, Jay declared that it was smelling ass, and at the end of the day, while taking his sucks off, he jokingly said that he did not think the women would like to cuddle with them that night.
During dinner service, Jay was on the fish station. He was not seen much, but at one point, he asked Jason for a time on garnish, which the latter answered one minute, and when Ramsay asked for the halibut and the garnish, he was ready despite Jason not being. He was dismayed by that and said that his mother could do it better than Jason.
The blue team won the service, and while being dismissed after elimination, Jay compared the red team to a bunch of girls who could not get their emotions together while adding that he could not get any happier.
The next morning, the chefs went downstairs, where Ramsay introduced the Craps Challenge. When Scott chose halibut, Jay was dismayed as they were cooking with it every night, and was getting tired of it. He was the fifth person to roll the die for the blue team, landed on P, and chose peas. On Salvatore's turn, he expressed his concern that he would choke while adding that he was worried about him when he was sleeping. But, he was happy when Salvatore eventually chose bacon. During the cooking, he was not seen at all, the blue team won the challenge, and they were rewarded with an indoor skydiving activity.
When the men came back from their reward, Jay was concerned when Maria apologized to them, and talked about it with Scott. During dinner service, he was on the appetizer station with Jason. He was not seen much, but at one point, he declared that he did not like the way Scott was talking to people as he was very condescending, while adding that he would beat him in the neck and face if he would see him in a dark alley. At another point, he was dismayed when Ed could not cook mashed potatoes correctly, even mockingly asking if he would have to hold his hand while doing it for him, and at another one, he was not impressed by Scott's attempt at leadership as he was not able to back it up with his cooking skills. When the service was completed, he called it relatively well for the blue team, despite a bumpy start.
Both teams were named joint-winners, and for the blue team, Salvatore was named "Best of the Best". Jay was not nominated for elimination, and said goodbye to Scott, who was transferred to the red team, while welcoming Autumn as a new teammate.
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, Jay was the first person from the blue team to grab his pig, and landed on pork chop. During the second part, he was paired with Salvatore, and they were the last pair from the blue team to have their dish judged. He presented their Latin-rubbed loin chop with pinto beans, which the tasting was deemed nice, and they won the round over Maria and Scott.
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, Jay went to the grotto with Ed, Salvatore, and Benjamin, where he described it as the gayest thing he ever done in his life. All of them were painted in a substance crusted with seaweed by four women, sat down, rubbed themselves, and took a shower together. In the mud bath, when he saw Autumn rubbing herself in her yellow bikini, he told that he would rather have her than Scott, while jokingly asking her to start rubbing herself again as it was a religious experience just to see it.
When the blue team came back from their reward, Jay was lost for words when Holli revealed that she has made porn before. After, when Siobhan revealed that she was nude and had her body fully painted while doing fetish porn, he joked that she would have pastry rock and barbecue sauce over her, making everybody laugh. The next day, when Ramsay announced they would be serving barbecue during the next service, he was excited about cooking barbecue as he loved it, and about serving barbecue food in a fine dining restaurant.
During the Barbecue themed dinner service, Jay was a waiter during the first seating, and on the appetizer station with Benjamin during the second. He was not seen at all in the dining room, but during the second seating, he was congratulated by Ramsay for sending out appetizers quickly. Moments later, he tried to communicate with Salvatore without success, was annoyed by the latter shutting down in the kitchen, and added that his downward spiral was getting on his nerves. The blue team eventually won the service.
The next morning, everybody went to the dining room, where Ramsay introduced the Mother Sauce Challenge, and when Ramsay asked Jay to name one of the five mother sauces, he correctly answered Hollandaise, while adding that mother sauces were what he learned his first day at culinary school. He worked with the Hollandaise sauce, was the second person from the blue team to have his dish judged, went up against Siobhan, and thought that he had it in the bag when a lot of blood came running down from her dish. Then, he served his pan-seared duck breast with Hollandaise sauce and English peas, which was criticized for the meat being too pink, the sauce being too bland, and the peas being crunchy. Neither him or Siobhan scored a point, and he was pissed because he still thought he had the best dish out of those two.
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 bus ride, Jay stood in front of it, and simulated that he was flying, which amused his teammates. During the reward, they played a little game of darts, but his dart did not stick to the board, and fell to the ground. After, when Autumn's dart landed the closest to the bulls-eye, he told that while they all sucked ass, the most unlikely person from the team to win actually won.
During the Family Night dinner service, Jay was on the dessert station. He was not seen much, except at one point when he expressed dismay because Jason was frazzled, and shutting down when he was. At another, he told that Benjamin was aggressive in his leadership, but did not want to argue with him, so he let him continue leading the way he was. Finally, when the service was completed, he successfully sent out his desserts.
The blue team won the service by a mile, and at elimination, Jay and his teammates said goodbye to Benjamin, who was transferred to the red team. While being dismissed, he admitted that he was happy to see him go over there as he felt it would be their own respective teams going up against, and added that he would step up for sure.
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, Jay worked alone, on the trout Almondine dish, and he was determined to step up as the leader of the blue team after Benjamin's switch, as he claimed it would be their own teams going up against. Then, Salvatore proposed an idea of a chicken meatball, which he agreed with, but reminded him that he had to make it awesome. With two minutes left, he acknowledged that Salvatore dropped the ball once again after one of his meatballs was raw, as he had the Midas touch but in the wrong way.
Jay was the third person from the blue team to have his dish judged, and went up against Benjamin. After declaring that the latter was his biggest competition, he presented his pan-seared trout with lemon, fennel leaves and almonds, but he lost the round to Benjamin. When he went back in line, Ramsay told him that he had nothing to be ashamed of as it was a great dish, but he still thought that it was a tie.
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. Jay was not happy as he did not like to decorate, and declared that he would have rather picked some trash in the woods. Also, he did not mind losing because he knew that they deserved it with Salvatore's meatball disaster, and on the patio, he told the latter that he expected him to be able to cook a meatball as he suggested it. During the punishment, he was impressed with Ed's leadership when they built the dance floor, and when the red team came by on their way to their reward, he flipped the bird to Nilka, while telling that they all became Michelin-Star chefs all of a sudden. Later, he was annoyed by Autumn's constant talking, and when Ed suggested to help with the cake, he quickly accepted only to go away from her, despite the fact that he was very far from being a pastry chef, even stating that he was more of an astronaut. Sous Chef Scott explained them that they would serve a replica of the cake the couple had at their wedding reception, and he helped Ed to cut the first layer in half as the latter was struggling. Also, he added that because Ed was freaking out, he was as well, and when the red team came back from their reward, he declared that he wanted to win very badly, despite acknowledging there was still a lot of work to do.
The next day, during prep, Jay emerged as a leader, and when Benjamin entered the blue kitchen to grab something, he allowed him to take whatever he wanted as he jokingly said he would need it. Then, he revealed that himself and Benjamin were having a joking rivalry, but did not care as he wanted to win the service. Then, he took a knife to open a clam, but cut his finger really badly in the process, and blood came running down his hand. Autumn was disgusted, he stated that it was the first time he cut himself in ten years, went to the back hallway, saw a medic, and sat on a chair while putting pressure on his wound. Benjamin asked him if he was okay, and moments later, he came back in the kitchen stating that he was fine.
During the 50th Wedding Anniversary dinner service, Jay was on the meat station. At one point, the cake in the dining room started to tilt, and he was dedicated with Ed to go check on it. He was scared because it might have been his fault, but they succeeded to push the tilting part through the steady part. Later, he was angry when Salvatore gave a time between one and four minutes, said that he started to lose his patience with him as he was having mashed potatoes between his ears, and asked him twice if he could slice his duck. After all the desserts were served, he was satisfied as he thought they finished their tickets first, but added that Salvatore sucked once again. 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, Jay was confident about his Foie gras sandwich, and Ed considered him as his biggest competition. He was the third person from the blue team to have his sandwich judged, and went up against Fran. When she presented her sandwich, he was not impressed as chicken and roasted peppers reminded him of 1982, and after, he his country-pork pâté sandwich with Foie gras fat, Vietnamese influenced slaw and Romaine hearts, which was deemed delicious by Ramsay, praised for standing up well, and he won the round over Fran.
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. Arrived at the jet, Jay told that he could not wait to hang out with Ramsay as he was psyched about it, and during the reward, he called it the best challenge reward in the history of Hell's Kitchen, while admitting that Autumn was the one that had the most drinks. When they came back from their reward, he could not keep his head straight because of how drunk he was, and while going back to the dorms, he banged his head on the wall. Later, he went on the patio with Benjamin, saw Holli, Siobhan and Ed in the hot tub, and dared the latter to get naked.
The next morning, Jay had a hangover, and declared that he could puke on command at the moment. During dinner service, he was on the appetizer station. On the first order, he gave four minutes to Jason, hoped that they could come as a team, communicate well and not screw up, but he served an undercooked and under seasoned risotto. However, he bounced back from that mistake, and served appetizers to the dining room at a good pace, with customers being satisfied, while knowing that Autumn was still hungover because of her lack of communication. After a lot of mistakes, the blue team was kicked out of the kitchen, and back in the dorms, he reminded Jason that the communication and timing was off, while adding that he was upset that his teammates were not understanding that.
Both teams were named joint-losers, and they were asked to nominate two people each. While being dismissed, Jay told that the blue team losing did not happen very often, so they were taking twice as hard, and on the patio, he considered Autumn and Ed, which Jason agreed with.
He was not nominated for elimination.
Season 10 Edit
Season 13 Edit
- He participated in the fourth different-gender finals of Hell's Kitchen.
- He is the seventh runner-up, and fourth male runner-up of Hell's Kitchen.
- He is the first runner-up ever to completely avoid nomination throughout the entire season.
- "I have just one word and it's "what the fuck"!"
- "Thank God it's his wife, he just like, licked their teeth. What a filthy bastard!"
- "I'm more of an astronaut than I am a pastry chef."
- (About Salvatore) "I think Sal has mashed potatoes between his ears!"