Jason Ellis was a contestant on Season 7 of Hell's Kitchen. He ranked in 5th place.
Jason was one of the most underestimated chefs of that season. He had a slow start, but became a strong link in the blue team. He also had a hot temper, losing his cool and yelling in a matter of seconds, but his anger outbursts fade as quickly as they came.
Season 7 Edit
When the chefs entered Hell's Kitchen, Jason was confident, saying that nobody was competition to him, and moments later, when Ramsay guaranteed they would complete the first dinner service, he wondered if he lost his damn mind. During the Signature Dish Challenge, he was the sixth person from the blue team to have his dish judged by Ramsay, and went up against Fran. His dish was unknown, but Ramsay praised him for being able to cook grits perfectly, and he won the round over Fran.
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. When Ramsay announced the prize of the season, Jason was shocked and wrapped turn, and compared the prize to Jay-Z. Back in the dorms, the men felt more pressure while studying the menu for the opening night. Then, Ramsay gave the first lesson by television to the chefs, which he claimed was invaluable, and hoped Ramsay would give 20 more lessons like that, which he did. The next morning, while eating his breakfast in bed, he was feeling very good to have won the challenge as getting up early was not his thing, and hoped that the red team would lose again.
During dinner service, Jason was on the dessert station. At one point, after Salvatore burned his first attempt at the capellini, he acknowledged the latter was a cool guy but added that something was wrong with him mentally. After three of his teammates were kicked out, he acknowledged the service was fucked up on both sides as they were constantly getting a man down, and the blue team merged with the red team to serve all the remaining customers. When the last ticket was served, he called that night a bittersweet victory and added that it was harder than he thought.
The blue team won the service, and while being dismissed, Jason was ready to keep beating the women's butts again while they were down.
Back in the dorms, when the men were talking about the problems during the opening night, Jason did not want any of his teammates to be eliminated, despite acknowledging Mikey was on borrowed time as he was one of the weakest and that he knew it. 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, he was paired with Benjamin, and they were the last pair to compete for the blue team. They succeeded to score three points out of four, 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 dinner service, Jason was on the meat station with Salvatore. At one point, he told that Mikey needed to snap back and get back into the game after the latter sent an unacceptable risotto, not only for himself but for the team as well. Later, he was not ready yet when Salvatore sent his Wellingtons to the pass because the chicken was still raw, and Ramsay asked him if he could talk, which he answered he could. But, he gave two minutes on the chicken, annoying Ramsay, and the latter was even more dismayed when he went to the meat station to see how he was cooking the chicken. Ramsay brought the pan to the front, declared the chicken was raw, that he was not frying it properly, and asked him if that was his best, which he answered not. He acknowledged he fucked the chicken up, but took it like a man and started over, before Ramsay compared the situation to a fine fucking mess while kicking the garbage bin. Later, he called Andrew crazy for talking back to Ramsay as the latter was the Jay-Z of restaurants, and after Andrew's departure, he wondered what happened to him as Ramsay made him disappear like a magician.
When both teams were lined up, Ramsay asked Jason if the chicken incident was him at his best, which he answered not, both teams were named joint-losers, and they were asked to nominate one person each. During deliberation, he was quickly considered by Jay, which Benjamin agreed with, but he, while admitting he did not give his 100%, refused to be nominated as he knew he was not the weakest on the team, and called it straight bullshit while thinking his teammates were intimidated to work with him. After, he considered Salvatore for not having the best food knowledge and experience.
Jason was the blue team's nominee for elimination, joined Autumn from the red team, and after the latter was sent back in line, he was joined by Jamie. During his plea, he acknowledged that he messed up with the chicken, but could not wait to keep pushing and work for Ramsay in London. He survived elimination, and while being dismissed, he was feeling backstabbed by his teammates, while calling it straight bullshit.
While going back to the dorms, Jason was angry at his teammates for their comments at elimination, and knew that they made the wrong decision. On the patio, he confronted his teammates by saying that shit was not cool, and that he felt backstabbed by them, while adding that they were not doing that where he came from. Jay reminded him that his bad temper was following him in the kitchen, but he told Jay to get the fuck out of there, that he was fucking with his life and family, and added that he was not the weakest, while slamming the chair he was holding. Nilka tried to calm him down, but he was still furious and stated that he could break the chair with his bare hands. Finally, he left the conversation, still very upset.
The next morning, the chefs went to the dining room, where Ramsay reminded them that there was no communication and complete silence in the past couple services. When he asked what they had in common, Jason correctly answered teamwork. After, Ramsay introduced the Marching Band Lunch Service Challenge, while revealing they would be serving the marching band of the University of Southern California. During prep, he was still upset about the previous night, but was motivated to continue pushing as he still wanted to work at the Savoy. So, he acknowledged he had to work hard but watch his back at the same time.
During the challenge, Jason was responsible for dressing the salads. When Ramsay called the first ticket, he did not give any call back, annoying Ramsay, who berated him for that. Moments later, he was urged by Sous Chef Scott to get the first salad out quickly, received help from Benjamin, and Ramsay was still annoyed at him not calling back the order. He acknowledged that Ramsay was hard on him about not calling back, but when he did it for a third time, Ramsay told him he was really getting pissed because of that, and he noticed that it was a two-way sword as if he was too quiet or too vocal, it was bad either way. Because of Benjamin's help, he succeeded to send his first salad bowl to the dining room.
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 he received his jumpsuit, Jason wondered if they were serious, and during the bus ride, he described the bus as horrible, old, and bumpy. During the punishment, when the men were joking around the products they found, he found it crazy, and begged the country to stop littering as they were causing a mess. The next day, during prep, he was smiling and working as a team player, much to Benjamin's happiness.
During dinner service, Jason was on the garnish station. When the team moved on to entrées, he was behind, and Ramsay was dismayed because he only brought two carrots and his mashed potatoes were not ready yet. He thought that he had to be on guard as his teammates did not want him on the team, was motivated by Scott, and brought his garnishes to the pass after Ramsay asked for them. Later, he was asked for a time by Jay, which he answered one minute, but when Ramsay asked for the halibut and the garnish, he gave 20 seconds, much to Ramsay's dismay. Then, Scott jumped on his station to help him, much to his annoyance, who said that he wanted to take a hot pan and slap his face. Because Scott was scrambling over him, he could not do his job properly. The blue team won the service.
The next morning, the chefs went downstairs, where Ramsay introduced the Craps Challenge. Jason was the second person to roll the die for the blue team, landed on E, and chose endive. During the cooking, he was not seen at all, the blue team won the challenge, and they were rewarded with an indoor skydiving activity. However, when he learned the reward, he was dismayed as he thought they would actually jump out of a plane, and declared that he was not skydiving as he was not a bird. When the men went outside, he was the only one that was not excited.
Arrived at iFly, Jason saw Ramsay in the wind tunnel, and expressed relief that they would not actually jump out of a plane. During the reward, his teammates laughed at the vibrations on his cheeks, and he declared that it was amazing to the point that he wanted to buy a wind tunnel himself, put it in his backyard and charge his neighborhood.
During dinner service, Jason was on the appetizer station with Jay. When Ramsay called the first ticket, he was annoyed because Scott called back the order a couple of times, and then, the latter interfered with his job by giving him clear instructions, but he was annoyed one more time as he knew Scott was trying to make him look bad in front of Ramsay. After that, Salvatore asked him for a time on the pasta, but Scott answered for him, and the latter kept telling him how to cook the pasta. Despite clearly showing annoyance about Scott giving him instructions, his first capellini was accepted. Later, he congratulated Salvatore for perfectly cooking the salmon, and added that not only did Salvatore redeemed himself, he knocked the ball out of the park. Near the end, after Scott served undercooked Wellingtons, he told that the latter should be the next eliminated as he fucked the team up twice already and destroyed them.
Both teams were named joint-winners, and for the blue team, Salvatore was named "Best of the Best". Jason was not nominated for elimination, and said goodbye to Scott, who was transferred to the red team, while welcoming Autumn as a new teammate. While being dismissed, he was amazed as he truly believed Scott should have been eliminated, but was happy that he was 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. Arrived outside, Jason thought they would have to kill the pigs in the pen, and started to feel sorry for them as they did not know they would die. However, Ramsay revealed they would not have to butcher them, and during the first part of the challenge, he was the second person from the blue team to grab his pig.
During the second part of the challenge, Jason was paired with Autumn, and during the cooking, he asked Autumn for a spoon by calling her "baby girl", and rejected her idea of adding a mustard sauce to their dish. They were the second pair from the blue team to have their dish judged, and he served their honey-glazed bacon, which was deemed nice but too sweet by Ramsay because of the honey sauce. Ramsay also suggested that they should have used mustard to balance the dish, and because of that, they lost the round to Holli and Siobhan.
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. Arrived at the spa, Jason called it straight-up beautiful, and considered it a place where only the celebrities were going at. During the reward, he and Autumn were getting massages, and he agreed when she said that they picked the right challenge to win. Later, when everybody was in the mud bath, he was sure that his wife would be jealous after watching Autumn in her yellow bikini.
During the Barbecue themed dinner service, Jason was a waiter during the first seating, and on the chicken station during the second. He was not seen at all as a waiter, but when the second seating started, he tried to communicate with Salvatore, without success. Near the end, when they rallied to serve their remaining entrées, he was caught putting a piece of chicken in the fryer, with the fries. Ramsay called him a smartass, he took responsibility for his mistake, and he was berated by Ramsay, who yelled two inches away from his face. Then, he started to lose his temper himself, and both of them had an argument over him not listening and not doing his job properly. After the argument, he claimed that he was tired of Ramsay's fucked up ass bullshit, and that he did not give a fuck anymore. With only one minute left, he announced that he needed three minutes, which dismayed Ramsay, and because of that and of the time limit being over, the service was shut down, with him thinking that he would be eliminated if the blue team would lose. The blue team won the service.
The next morning, everybody went to the dining room, where Ramsay introduced the Mother Sauce Challenge, and Jason worked with the demi-glace sauce. He was the fourth person from the blue team to have his dish judged, went up against Nilka, and presented his grilled steak with rosemary demi-glace sauce. It was praised for having a very lovely taste, but he lost the round to Nilka, which very upset him. After a tie at 2, his dish was deemed the best overall dish despite not scoring a point, with Ramsay even saying that if he went up against anybody other than Nilka, he would have won. Because of that, he clinched the victory for the blue team, felt fucking great, and added that the blue team could not lose.
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 reward, they played a little game of darts, but Jason's dart did not stick to the board, and fell to the ground.
During the Family Night dinner service, Jason was on the meat station. When the blue team moved on to entrées, he sent only three orders of chicken when four were ordered, much to Ramsay's annoyance. The fourth piece of chicken was raw, he was convinced by Salvatore to put it back in the oven, which he did, and Ramsay berated him for making everybody look stupid, before being urged to communicate. After that, the team sent their entrées to the dining room at a good pace, and he praised the teamwork by saying "fuck the red team".
The blue team won the service by a mile, and at elimination, Jason and his teammates said goodbye to Benjamin, who was transferred to the red team.
Back in the dorms, Jason hugged Benjamin by saying that he did not want to see him go, praised his talent, and the fact that they all loved him. 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, he was paired with Ed on the steak Diane dish, they were the first pair from the blue team to have their dish judged, and went up against Nilka and Siobhan. He did not present their dish, which was a pan-seared filet with mushrooms, crab cakes, and lobster, but they won the round over Nilka and Siobhan.
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. During the punishment, Jason thought that he could not arrange the tiny gift boxes because of the size of his hands, and asked if he was a bow-tie machine.
During the 50th Wedding Anniversary dinner service, Jason was on the appetizer station. He was not seen much, but succeeded to serve all of his appetizers in one hour, and at one point, he offered his help to Salvatore on garnish, as he knew the latter was the weakest link on the hardest station. Moments later, he had communication issues with him, and told that Salvatore had to know that he would be yelled at, and added that instead of fighting through it, he was just getting quiet.
After both teams went in the dining room to give a standing ovation to Sal and Marcy, the blue team won the service. On the patio, Jason expressed surprise about the red team's decision to nominate Holli, and asked them if they really thought she was their worst cook, which Benjamin answered she was not. While being dismissed, he acknowledged that Salvatore was a cool guy, and that they had to step up because they were four members on the blue team, or everybody would go home.
While going back to the dorms, Jason was worried as he wondered what they would do with only four people. 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. Before tasting, Ramsay jokingly stopped his countdown at two to ask what was wrong with him, which he answered that he was just waiting to take the bite, and after the tasting, Ramsay introduced the Gourmet Sandwich Challenge. During the challenge, he was the second person from the blue team to have his sandwich judged, went up against Holli, presented his lobster Cole-slaw Sloppy Joe sandwich, which was praised for having a nice seasoning, and tied the round with Holli.
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. During the ride, Jason was jokingly told that he was smiling for the third time, and stated that the people who told that winning was not everything were lying. During the reward, he noticed that Autumn was really drunk as she was giggling about everything. The next day, he agreed with Jay when the latter said that he could puke on command, and during the day, he knew that prep was going slowly because some of his teammates were having a bigger hangover than others.
During dinner service, Jason was on the fish station. When Jay gave four minutes on his appetizers, he was worried because his scallops were ready at that moment. His scallops turned out overcooked, which Ramsay compared to ping pong balls, and the latter was dismayed because they were making elementary mistakes. Ramsay told him to set the tone for the evening on the first few tables, and he acknowledged his mistake. Later, he was dismayed about Autumn's lack of communication, and told that she dropped the ball. After a lot of mistakes, the blue team was kicked out of the kitchen, and back in the dorms, he wondered why they were kicked out as he thought they were doing fine, but Jay reminded that the communication and timing was off. Both teams were named joint-losers, and they were asked to nominate two people each.
He was not nominated for elimination.
- "Yes Chef, I fucked the chicken up! He got in my face, I took it like a man, started over with a brand new chicken."
- "It was just straight bullshit!"
- "I'm not the weakest up in there, I am not. That ain't fucking me!"
- "I could break this fucking chair right now, with my goddamn hands!"
- "Jason don't jump out of fucking planes. Do I look like a bird, a condor, a fucking pterodactyl?"
- "When they say winning is not everything... they lie!"