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 Creation 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.
The next morning, the chefs went to the kitchen where they tasted a chicken gorgonzola prepared by Ramsay, and during the tasting, he praised the taste of the spices. However, it was revealed that the dish was actually frozen, he responded that he thought the chicken was a little bit watery, but after, he admitted that he fell for it. After, Ramsay introduced the Blind Taste Test, which excited everybody, and he raised his hand when Ramsay asked who had the best palate. During the challenge, he was the last person from the blue team to compete, and went up against Nilka. He gave the best overall performance by scoring two points out of four, for correctly identifying cilantro and eggplant, and he jokingly whispered to Benjamin that he beat him.
The blue team won the challenge 4-3, and they were rewarded with a day at SeaWorld as VIP guests. When they walked by the red team's ice shipment, Jay jokingly told he would cool his drink right there, before being told to go fuck himself by Nilka. When the blue team came back from their reward, they opened their box from the special delivery, and they had to create their own menu that would go against the red team's. During the menu creation, he suggested to keep the menu simple so they could have better chances of completing the service. Then, he proposed the idea of a baby spinach salad with fresh strawberries, which everybody liked.
The next day, during prep, Jay was psyched and excited about the menu as it was simple and easy to execute, but Ramsay was not satisfied with the menu, he knew that they played too safe, and they agreed to improve it a few minutes before the beginning of the service. During dinner service, he was on the fish station. At one point, he was behind on the bass and the salmon, and Ramsay told him to hurry up and not drag the red team, before he gave four minutes to Autumn. Later, he was annoyed by Jason's lack of communication, and acknowledged that he was getting flustered at times. At another point, when Autumn was behind with her beef, he told three times that she sucked, and he was so tired of her constantly messing up that he dedicated Ed to the meat station, while dedicating her to the dessert station. Near the end, he helped Autumn to send the desserts out, and he praised the strong finish of the blue team despite their rocky start.
Both teams were named joint-losers, and they were asked to nominate one person each. During deliberation, Jay reminded Jason that he had to pick up his ass all day long, but he was called a bitch by the latter because of that, and he continued by saying that he thought Jason was not as good as he thought he was.
Jay was not nominated for elimination, and he and his teammates said goodbye to Autumn, who was transferred back to the red team. While being dismissed, he was happy that she was gone as himself, Jason, and Ed were three solid guys that would cook their hearts out.
When Ramsay introduced two 10 pound lobsters to the chefs, Jay was impressed, and told that to get one of them, somebody would have to go scuba diving or go to a local aquarium. During the 10 Pound Lobster Challenge, he wanted to work with the knuckles, and was concerned when Ed started to grill his tail as it was already poached. Then, he expressed a lot of confidence in his dish, much to Ed's annoyance. When the guest judges were introduced, he was scared, but excited at the same time as they were all Michelin-star chefs. He was the last person from the blue team to have his dish judged, went up against Benjamin, and presented his lobster knuckle and black truffle cappuccino with brioche and caviar to Josiah Citrin. But, when he started to explain how to eat it, Ramsay interrupted him by saying that he did not need to tell a chef how to eat. Citrin criticized the dish for being too classical and for having raw lobster, and neither him nor Benjamin won the round.
The blue team lost the challenge after a tiebreaker at 1, and they were punished by cleaning the dorms while wearing housewife outfits, and prepping both kitchens for the next service. On the patio, Jay was very disappointed to have lost as he thought his dish was good enough to be awarded a point, and told that he did not like to lose when he did not deserve it. During the punishment, he declared the housewife outfit as the worst part of the punishment, and when they finished cleaning the dorms, he was scared because they were behind schedule, while adding that it was the worst punishment ever.
When the red team came back from their reward, Jay was greeted by Holli, and he became infatuated by her, saying that she could talk his pants off at any moment, without alcohol necessary. Also, because they did not begin prepping the blue kitchen, he thought they were screwed, but when both teams were lined up, Ramsay announced that they would cook in the red kitchen together with a two and a half hours time limit, which he was extremely relieved about as he claimed that three people cooking in an unprepped kitchen would have been detrimental to his well-being.
During dinner service, Jay was on the appetizer station with Autumn. At one point, he noticed that Nilka started to panic, so he tried to comfort her without success, and later, he was feeling bad for her as she crumbled, and went to help her on fish. Also, he told her that she just had to communicate, and moments later, she was still panicking, so he told her to just take a deep breath and focus. When Ramsay asked for the turbot, he told Nilka to not flip it yet as it still needed more color, and when Ramsay asked it for the second time, he gave thirty more seconds, while pushing Nilka to communicate, but she was having trouble to. After Nilka's elimination, he acknowledged she had an absolute category five meltdown when she came back in the kitchen to beg for another chance.
Both teams were named joint-winners, and they were asked to nominate two people together. During deliberation, Jay considered Autumn for her overall performance, and acknowledged it was a difficult decision, while adding that it would be a no-brainer if Nilka was still there.
Jay was not nominated for elimination, he received the last black jacket, and while being dismissed, he declared that he would strive for perfection as one bad service could mean everything at that point.
Back in the dorms, the chefs celebrated with champagne glasses, and Jay wondered if he should start speaking with a British accent as he was close to the most amazing job with the most amazing chef in the most amazing city.
During the Presentation Challenge, Jay was confident as presentation was one of his strongest points, while adding that it was the epidemy of what he was doing. At one point, he informed Benjamin that a fire erupted in one of his pans, which the latter successfully took off, and later, he revealed he was making a modern-style beet and goat cheese salad, while being extremely convinced that it was a very good looking dish. Also, he added that he could only lose that challenge by making himself lose. When he was looking at the pictures of the dishes, he deemed his own as his favorite, while stating that he was 99,2% confident he would win the challenge. However, his dish ranked in fifth place, which he almost believed was a joke, and he lost the challenge to Benjamin.
Jay was punished by cleaning the dining room under Jean-Philippe's supervision. On the patio, he expressed a lot of disappointment about ranking in fifth place, and knew that he had to snap out of it. During the punishment, he wished Benjamin good luck on his fang day when the latter walked by the dining room, and after, he suggested that Holli should polish the wood, before she jokingly flipped him the bird. Then, she asked him if she should polish after he sprayed, everybody understood the innuendo, and he revealed his two goals, which were to win Hell's Kitchen and to sleep with Holli, before telling Holli that she should polish on her knees. Moments later, he was squirting some product on the floor to wash it, but Jason told him he was doing it wrong, so he showed him how to do it, and when he told that he did not have any family, Jason jokingly told him to go find Holli. When Benjamin came back from his reward, he was not impressed by his new look, and jokingly told him he should get his money back.
The next day, during prep, Jay was worried because Benjamin's dish was very aggressive, while fearing it would become a major issue. During dinner service, he was on the garnish station. He was not seen much, but because Ed was struggling to keep up with the orders of halibut, he was falling behind, and when Ramsay asked him what was happening to him as Benjamin's Wellingtons were being served, he was lost, and put the blame on Ed as one order of halibut meant seven garnish items he had to redo, while calling it ridiculous. Later, he was convinced that Ed was having an issue after making a lot of mistakes, while adding that he was not curing cancer, and after the latter and Benjamin were kicked out of the kitchen, he called it less chaotic, even comparing to a weight being lifted off his back. When Whoopi Goldberg went to sit at the chefs table, he told that it was awesome to cook for her as everybody knew who she was. Finally, he and his remaining teammates succeeded to serve the remaining tickets, and complete the service.
When the chefs were lined up, they were asked to nominate two people based on overall performance. While going back to the dorms, Jay told that because Ramsay asked them to nominate based on overall performance, it was changing everything even though Ed and Benjamin were kicked out, and during deliberation, he considered Autumn for being nominated the most, which Holli agreed with. After, he hesitated between Ed and Jason for his second vote, because Ed was getting frazzled easily despite being a strong cook, and because he was afraid of Jason's temper, but he told that picking between those two was very hard.
He was not nominated for elimination.
The next morning, the chefs rode in the SUVs to the Owen's Market, where Ramsay introduced the Budget Challenge. During the shopping part, Jay revealed that he was responsible for making the food profitable at his own restaurant, and that he was confident as it was the epidemy of what he was doing, so he decided to make a dish with a lamb chop. He was the first person to have his dish judged, and when Joaquim Splichal was introduced as a guest judge, he was very excited as he knew that he was one of the most amazing chefs, and that his restaurant was one of the best. Then, he presented his pita bread-crusted lamb with a simple take on a Greek salad, which was appreciated for the great use of the pita bread, and the judges were impressed that he paid $8,95 for a dish that had great spices. Vern Lakusta and Splichal both said they would be happy to pay $28, while Dana Bowen would be happy to pay $30, so he scored an average of $28,66. On the following round, he knew that Jason was done by serving frozen ravioli, even though his dish would taste good, and on the last round, he was not impressed with Holli's dish as it did not sound good. Eventually, he ranked in second place, lost the challenge to Holli, but he was chosen by the latter to go on the reward with her.
Jay, along with Holli, was rewarded with a day at the Peninsula Hotel, in Beverly Hills, with Jean-Philippe, as well as a $1000 shopping spree at Surfas, for kitchen supplies. He was psyched about spending a day with Holli, and back in the dorms, he jokingly told her he would have been shocked if she would have picked Autumn. Then, he told that he believed she would pick Autumn because of the shopping, before forgetting how annoying Autumn was. In the dining room, they were greeted by Jean-Philippe, and during the limousine ride, he and Holli started to flirt as each of them told the other's dish was great. Arrived at the Peninsula, he called it the most prestigious place in Beverly Hills, and when the three of them were talking at the table, he wondered why Jean-Philippe was still there. After, he revealed he was not married, did not have a girlfriend, leading Holli to jokingly say that he was saving himself for her. Moments later, Jean-Philippe suggested that he and Holli could rent a nuptial room, leading him to jokingly ask if they could rent by the hour. Later, he and Holli went to Surfas, flirted with each other at some points, and when he asked her if she would buy something for the team, she responded by saying "fuck the team".
When Jay and Holli came back from their reward, he told the other chefs that himself and Holli would be on the patio drinking and smoking. Then, both of them changed in their bathing suits, went in the hot tub, he started to touch Holli's ass, but moments later, their romantic mood was broken by Autumn, who joined them in the hot tub. The next morning, he told Holli that the previous day was his best since the competition started, and during prep, he was annoyed by Jason's slowness, and could not believe he could run a kitchen. When the chefs were lined up, Ramsay announced that they would constantly switch stations.
During dinner service, Jay began on the appetizer station with Autumn. His first capellini was accepted, and when Jason's scallops were rejected, he thought that the latter could only be a home-style barbecue cook instead of somebody who could run the restaurant at the Savoy. On the first switch, he was relocated to the garnish station. At one point, he had to take his garnishes back because of Jason's mistake, and on the second switch, he was relocated to the fish station. When he sent his John Dory to the pass, it was overcooked, and Ramsay berated him for taking the piss out of him. He told that the fish station was a mess when he walked in, told it was difficult for him to work with, and Ramsay urged him to bounce back. After, he was asked for a time three times by Jason as he did not answer the first two times, finally gave one minute, and Ramsay was dismayed because everybody was sinking after switching stations. Then, he sent his John Dory to the pass, it was accepted, and on the third switch, he was relocated to the meat station. When Ramsay called the following ticket, he was confused as he did not listen to it, and when Autumn asked him for a time on the tuna, he answered that she had two halibuts, which dismayed her and Ramsay. After, he succeeded to serve his Wellingtons to the dining room, but they came back because they were overcooked, and Ramsay asked him for a Wellington refire urgently. Then, he was asked for a time on the Wellington refire by Holli, which he answered fourteen minutes, much to her disbelief. Then, he sent his Wellington refire, but Holli was not ready as he called fourteen minutes, but he clarified that it was fourteen minutes on the following Wellingtons, much to her dismay. Ramsay asked him if he was doing that to sabotage, which he answered not, and on the fourth switch, he returned to the appetizer station, where he joined Benjamin. However, he did not give the most accurate information to Autumn on meat, much to her dismay, and on the last switch, Benjamin left him, and he was joined by Autumn. Finally, the chefs rallied to serve their last ticket, he sent out the desserts, and the service was completed.
When the chefs were lined up, Jay was thrown under the bus by Jason as the latter thought that switching stations was making him reset his mind and clam up. Then, they were asked to nominate two people for elimination, and while going back to the dorms, he was upset about being thrown under the bus, while declaring that he would go at him for doing that. During deliberation, he asked Jason if he was a good cook only because he called out two tunas, but Jason did not understand the question as he found it dumb, and he started to confront him over the fact that he was called out. He reminded Jason that he fucked up as much as himself, and found it pathetic that the latter would only call him out for his lack of communication. Then, Jason told him that he only told what he thought of the situation, and he responded that he did not like it. After, he was considered by Autumn as all of his stations were messes after he left them, and then, he considered her as he thought she was on borrowed time, and Jason for being a good cook but nothing impressive.
Jay was not nominated for elimination, and while being dismissed, he declared that failure was no longer an option as he needed to win the competition.
Back in the dorms, Jay told Benjamin that even though he liked Jason, he would have been bumped out if he would have left over him, and moments later, both of them agreed to make Holli and Autumn look bad and have them on their toes.
The next morning, the chefs were greeted by Ramsay in the kitchen, who decided to cook a grilled monkfish dish to them, with Jay knowing that monkfish was a difficult fish to work with and that it was not for beginners. After, Ramsay introduced the Cooking School Challenge, where each chef would teach the dish to one good-looking bachelor. He was sure that he was screwed as Benjamin was a culinary instructor, and was upset as he expected some beauty queens or strippers as the students. During the challenge, he was disappointed about his student as he had a diamond in his ear, and took more time to put his apron on than actually cooking, while adding that because of that, he knew he was done, and wondered if he should just take his apron off and go home. Moments later, he was watching Holli and her student flirting with each other, but he was not worried as her student seemed a little bit on the feminine side, and said that watching them was "monkfish the hard way".
Jay and his student were the second pair to have their dish judged, and Ramsay was immediately impressed by the great presentation. Ramsay asked the student if he ever sliced monkfish before, which the latter answered never, believed that he could have sliced it, and the student did not have any difficulty to describe the dish. It was deemed delicious, the monkfish was cooked beautifully, and he was proud as his student was the perfect example of not judging a book by its cover, while adding that he was surprised as he thought he would have had a rough day. In the end, he was declared the winner of the challenge, which made him happy and psyched, and he knew that it made him climb another step of the ladder and that it was another positive thing he could show to Ramsay.
Jay rewarded with an airship ride over Los Angeles, and was allowed to pick another person to go on the reward with him, so he picked Holli. On the patio, he felt bad for Benjamin, and when the latter and Autumn joined them, he told Benjamin how bad he felt as they were good friends, but added that Holli was attractive. When they arrived at the runway, where they noticed the Goodyear balloon, they entered the cart who rode them to the balloon, and it was showing a sign where the message "Congratulations Jay and Holli" could be read. During the airship ride, he told it was the most amazing thing ever, and moments later, they rode above Hell's Kitchen, and laughed while sarcastically feeling sorry for Autumn and Benjamin, while knowing that they must hate them at the moment.
When Jay and Holli came back from their reward, they were given the cold shoulder by Benjamin and Autumn, and when the chefs were lined up, they were asked how was their reward by Ramsay, which they answered it was great. Also, the chefs were allowed to choose their own stations for the first time ever, and he revealed that they all picked the stations where each were the best at, and knew that it would not be a difficult service if they would all communicate well.
During dinner service, Jay was on the appetizer station. The first risotto he served up was bland, and Ramsay asked him to season it more, but he did not think it was bland as he thought it was only under-seasoned. He gave one minute on his second attempt, and Ramsay urged him to step up his game as he was putting him in the shit. Then, he sent a couple of perfect risottos to the pass, and moments later, he sent potatoes that were not ordered. He told that he was going too fast while rather sending too much food than not enough, and Ramsay ordered him to clean down his station so he could be more focused. Later, he put something in the convection oven while Benjamin was still there, and then, he was asked by the latter to keep an eye on the beef, which he did while wanting to show Ramsay he could emerge as a leader. After, he called the following ticket, which Benjamin appreciated, and the chefs rallied to complete the remaining tickets with great communication. When the service was completed, he gave a high-five to Ramsay, but felt that he had as much chance as everybody else to be eliminated.
When the chefs were lined up, they were congratulated for having their best service yet, and Jay was singled out as he took control and lead. He was named "Best of the Worst", and asked to nominate two people for elimination. While going back to the dorms, he acknowledged that he went from zero to hero, but that it was a tough decision as nobody really had a bad service. During deliberation, he immediately targeted Autumn, but for his second nominee, he knew that it was a hard decision as he did not want to break his relationship with Holli, as well as his friendship with Benjamin. He acknowledged that the latter was a strong cook, that Holli had a better service than him, and when he asked for somebody to tell him what to do, Holli reminded it was his choice.
Jay named Autumn as his first nominee, and Benjamin as his second. Later, he was visited by his mother and step-father, told them that the competition was the hardest and best thing he ever done, while knowing that the place was brought to a whole new level if it was not emotional enough. After his family left and while being dismissed, he wanted to work harder to make his parents proud.
Back in the dorms, Jay believed that some people may have lost focus to win after seeing their families, but claimed that on his side, it was firing him up more.
The next morning, the chefs woke up and they were told to dress nicely as Ramsay had a surprise for them. While getting ready, Jay decided to wear a pair of jeans, and in the dining room, he was told by Ramsay that he looked like a sack of shit, especially standing beside Benjamin, who was wearing a suit, leading him to jokingly say that he was smarter than him. Then, the chefs had a chance to taste some dishes from the Savoy, before Ramsay introduced the Taste It Now Make It Challenge, where they had to recreate one of the dishes. During the challenge, he acknowledged that he was not paying a lot of attention when he was tasting the dish with Ramsay, so he really wanted to study it, and with 20 minutes left, he was still struggling between three proteins. He chose pear as his purée, pancetta as his purée base, and finally decided to choose beef as his protein, while knowing that he would look like a rock star if he was right but like an ass if he was wrong. He was the last person to have his dish judged by Ramsay, and it was revealed that he was the only one who identified the purée correctly. However, he lost his chances to win as he was the only one who failed to correctly identify the protein, making him extremely disappointed as he missed only one ingredient, but that ingredient was the most important.
Jay lost the challenge to Holli, and was punished by participating in Moving day, and cleaning the dorms from sixteen beds to four, along with Autumn and Benjamin. He was not mad about the punishment itself, but more about not getting the reward as he would have loved to spend a day with Holli, and on the patio, he told Benjamin that it was better to lose to her than to lose to Autumn. He continued by saying that he could beat Holli, and wanted to beat somebody that was good. During the punishment, he told it sucked to pack the other people's stuff, dishes, and beds, and moments later, he joked about Holli probably making out with Jean-Philippe. While carrying the beds, he was extremely annoyed about Autumn's constant talking, at the point that he considered throwing himself down the stairs. When Holli came back from her reward, he acknowledged that Benjamin was having a chip on his shoulders and an attitude, as the latter really believed he deserved more to win.
The next morning, he, along with Holli and Autumn, started to prep without Benjamin as the latter was complaining about back pain. During prep, they trash-talked over him, with him even calling him a bitch, and during the break, they revealed how unapologetic they were. When Benjamin announced his departure, he declared that he would not kick him down the stairs, but did not care about him. When he and the two women went back in the kitchen, he claimed that he was not really upset about Benjamin's departure, and when the latter came back from Ramsay's office to announce that he would participate in the service, he really wanted to make him go away.
During dinner service, Jay was on the appetizer station, and was the first person who ran the pass. He was confident in his experience as he was an executive chef for thirteen years, and when he called his first ticket, Autumn sent the scallops, and Sous Chef Scott sent his risotto, which were accepted. After, he called the following ticket, Benjamin's duck was accepted, entrées were being served at a really good pace, and on the next ticket, he was mad to have worked eight hours for Benjamin as he did not work all day long, but suddenly felt better for the service. He continued to show great leadership, and when Sous Chef Scott sent his crab capellini, he succeeded to spot that he put lobster instead of crab, much to Ramsay's praise. Then, Sous Chef Scott sent a lobster risotto with crab in it, he succeeded to spot the intentional mistake once again, much to Ramsay's praise, and he was happy to get some revenge on Sous Chef Scott as he was being yelled at by him every day. On his last ticket, Benjamin's Wellingtons were perfectly cooked, and his last table was being served. During Holli's turn at the pass, he served his risotto, but spilled some of it on Ramsay's apron, which angered the latter, and he apologized to him four times, before being told to wake up. During Autumn's turn, he thought that she just wanted to make everybody look bad as she sent a lot of food back, but when Ramsay returned on the hot plate, the chefs rallied to send the last couple of tickets, and the service was completed, with him talking with Holli about Benjamin's no longer existing back problems.
When the chefs were lined up, they learned that two of them would be eliminated, before being asked to nominate two people for elimination. During deliberation, Jay considered Autumn, and was upset about the fact that Benjamin had a good service.
When Ramsay asked why he deserved to be in the finals, Jay responded that he has been consistent since the beginning as he never had a bad service, and he became the first person named as a finalist, with Holli becoming the second moments later. They were congratulated by Ramsay, and while being dismissed, he acknowledged that beating Holli would not be easy, but reminded that he was there to win.
While being dismissed, Jay congratulated Holli, revealed how bad he wanted to be in the finals, and that he thought Benjamin was his biggest competition. In the dorms, they celebrated with some champagne, and gave each other a big hug while Holli reminded that they were all alone.
The next morning, Jay went down in the blue kitchen to work on his menu with Sous Chef Scott, and he was confident in his menu as he planned it since the beginning, even revealing that there was some ideas he did not execute to save them for his final menu. At the end of the day, he was happy with his menu. Then, Sous Chef Andi gathered him and Holli to announce that Ramsay had a surprise for them, before asking them to change into something nice. Both of them agreed to wear jeans, and he was worried because he knew that Ramsay would never take them out for a casual evening as there would always be a "by the way". After a limousine ride, they arrived at the London West Hollywood, where they were greeted by Ramsay, who wanted to give them an inside out to one of his restaurants. So, the three of them entered the hotel, and then, they arrived on the roof, where hundreds of people standing in front of a stage cheered for them. He found it unbelievable, told that it was the perfect way to accelerate the heart beat, and after, they went down on the stage, where Ramsay introduced the Final Tasting Challenge. Also, the latter clarified that five of his own executive chefs from London would judge the dishes. When the countdown began, he changed into his black jacket, and acknowledged that he had to be perfect as five executive chefs would judge his dishes. On the amuse-bouche round, he presented his crystal clear shot of ice cold tomato water with a bell pepper and a caper berry, and it was deemed refreshing by James Durrant. He won the round, giving him the lead 1-0, and on the cold appetizer round, he served his grilled lamb loin over his personal take on a Greek salad, which was deemed great by Diego Cardoso. However, he lost the round, tying the score at 1, and on the hot appetizer round, his bacon-wrapped scallops were deemed a great combination by Clare Smyth, but lost the round again. On the fish entrée round, his arctic char was praised for the ingredients complimenting each other by Steve Allen, and he won the round, tying the score at 2. Finally, on the meat entrée round, he felt the pressure as he had to impress Stuart Gillies, his potential future boss. He presented his grilled Kobe New York strip, which was deemed delicious, and after deliberation, he won the round, and therefore, the challenge 3-2. He was pumped about that as he felt he was a step closer to win, and thanked everybody for coming to see him and Holli.
Jay was rewarded with the first pick when choosing his brigade for the final dinner service. When the returning chefs entered the kitchen, he was upset as he wanted to sleep with Holli, and chose Benjamin as his first pick. After, his second pick was Jason despite acknowledging his quick temper, but also that he was a good cook, and his last pick was Fran because he knew she would try hard. Back in the dorms, he was confident that his brigade could cook his menu. The next day, during prep, he and Holli were asked to go to Ramsay's office by Sous Chef Andi, with him being stressed as he still had a lot of stuff to do. Arrived there, Ramsay surprised them by offering a trip to Australia, where they would visit the Rosemount Winery State to taste food and wine. They thanked Ramsay for the gift, and after, they received their chefs jackets, before Ramsay wished them good luck. He was confident that he would mop the floor with Holli's face despite her being attractive, and after changing, he gathered his brigade for a last-minute pep talk, with him being confident that he would win as Siobhan would be Holli's demise. Then, Ramsay gathered him and Holli, asked them if they were ready, which they answered they were, and they gave each other a kiss when they were asked to shake hands.
During dinner service, Jay received his first ticket after Holli, but when he did, he called it with confidence, and he knew that it was the biggest moment of his life as it was the most he had to gain, but the most he had to lose at the same time. Moments later, he pushed Fran to beautifully cook the scallops, and when she revealed that she burned them, he declared that he was afraid of her as despite knowing that she wanted to do good, she did not seem to know what was going on. After her scallops were accepted, he motivated his brigade by telling them that they were doing awesome, but acknowledged that the pressure was on with Ramsay standing beside him, and his customers were satisfied. Later, he asked Jason to fire his lamb more as it was undercooked, sent an incomplete table hoping that Jason's refire would be accepted, but when the latter sent his lamb refire, it was still undercooked. He told Jason that he was fucking him and to cook the lamb medium-rare, and that he would send anything that was not perfect back as it would be his fault if Ramsay would see him send something like that. When Jason sent his third attempt at the lamb, it was beautifully cooked, and he urged him to cook all of them like that. However, a dish was returned because the lamb was not sliced properly, so he asked Jason to slice it a little thinner, which the latter took notice of. When Ramsay started to yell at Jason, he noticed that he was reacting badly to yelling, so he decided to talk to him calmly, which he called babying him, and the lamb that Jason brought to the hot plate was accepted. After, he ordered Fran to dress the salads, but Benjamin was already doing them, and when the latter called out the next ticket, he called Benjamin his Sous Chef as he did a good job, and had his back. When there was three tickets remaining, he urged his brigade to pick up the speed as it became a race at that point. Eventually, they served all the tickets, the service was completed, he was congratulated by Ramsay, and was visited by his mother and step-father at the hot plate.
When both teams were lined up, Jay was congratulated by Ramsay for his great service, thanked and hugged his brigade before they were dismissed, and hoped that his good job would pay off. After, he was dismissed with Holli, and while going back to the dorms, he was feeling a little bit insecure for no particular reason, and admitted that he did not even know how he felt at that moment. On the patio, both of them were really nervous, he acknowledged that they would face a decision that would change one of their lives forever, and they drank more wine, before he burped. After Ramsay made his decision, both of them headed to his office, where he was told that whatever the outcome would be, he would have a great career in the culinary industry. Then, he was asked to stand in front of a door, knowing that it would open only if he was the winner, and waited nervously for Ramsay's countdown to end. While waiting, he called it monumentally life-changing as one of them would move to another continent to work for the most amazing chef, and after Ramsay finished counting to three, he turned his handle, but his door did not open.
Jay became the runner-up of Hell's Kitchen, and took his defeat graciously by acknowledging that it was close and Holli deserved to win. During the celebration, he congratulated Holli for her win, and hoped to take her pants off afterwards.
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- 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.
- After his appearance on the show, he initially returned to his previous position at Gargoyles, and appeared on a number of morning television shows. Also, he taught culinary classes, owned restaurants Abby Lane and Blue Inc, where he worked at the latter with Salvatore as both of them remained friends, and even appeared on a credit card.
- "I have just one word and it's "what the fuck"!"
- "I'm more of an astronaut than I am a pastry chef."
- "Autumn sucks, and... what else? Autumn sucks, and... last thing, Autumn sucks!"
- "I have two goals in Hell's Kitchen, and one is to win... and my second is to sleep with Holli."