Melinda Meaney was a contestant on Season 6 of Hell's Kitchen. She ranked in 16th place.
Melinda is shown to be very flirtatious, especially at the signature dish challenge, or to have no clue of what is going on at the moment. In fact, during service, she can be seen opening her eyes very widely, endlessly. She is very lunatic, as she trashed undercooked pasta which could still be cooked.
Signature dish Edit
Melinda served a poached lobster tail with portabella mushrooms as her signature dish. There was just a major problem, it was missing a lobster tail. She claimed that she has some challenges during the cooking process, therefore Chef Ramsay found it pathetic.
Episode 1 Edit
For the first time ever, the red team and the blue team's signature dishes are going head-to-head as the first team challenge. Melinda was the fifth of her team to present her dish. She did not score a point, and her team lost the challenge 3-2. Because of that, they had to clean both kitchens for the first service, and study the menu all night long.
During dinner service, Melinda was on the appetizer station, along with Lovely. Because of their inconsistency on the station, they had to start the pasta dish of the first table over, eight times. Therefore, a lot of pasta was trashed. On the eighth time, when Chef Ramsay declared that the dish was still undercooked, Melinda put it in the bin anyway. This move infuriated Ramsay at the point that he grabbed tongs to remove all the pasta from the bin. One of his most famous rants, all this while getting the pasta out of the bin : « Look at all this fucking... Who's put all this in the bin? How many portions have you put in there? How much is in the bin? Look! LOOK! WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS? » When he asked Melinda what was she doing, she was too confused to answer his question, so she kept staring at him with her eyes wide open. After Ramsay shut down both kitchens, she still had her huge stare at everything.
During the post-mortem, Chef Ramsay told Melinda she is running out of time. Her team was declared the losers and were told to nominate two people for elimination. She was eventually chosen as the first nominee of the team, alongside with Amanda as the second. She was eliminated for being the worst performer of the night, and the main reason why her team lost.
Ramsay's comment: « Melinda was completely lost in space. So, I sent her back to whatever planet she came from! »
- After her appearance on the show, she returned to her previous career as a private chef.
« My dish, that's very rich and succulent, that's luscious and velvety! You can just feel what's happening in your mouth, and satisfaction that comes! »
« I'm not done with Hell's Kitchen yet! »