Michael Wray was a contestant on Season 1 of Hell's Kitchen. He began in the blue team, but eventually switched to the red team. He was the winner of that season, and was given the opportunity to move to London to work under Ramsay and learn from him, which he accepted. However, he later declined due to family reasons. So, he was given his own restaurant in Los Angeles, called Tatou, where he works as an executive chef.
Michael is very nice and helpful with his teammates, and a quiet leader. He is one of the most strategic contestants in the history of Hell's Kitchen. The best example being at Chris' elimination. He nominated Chris because he was his biggest threat, and Jimmy was left because he was beatable. His strategies lead him to become the first winner of Hell's Kitchen.
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Michael served scallops with a quail egg as his signature dish. He left the roe on the scallops, and when he was asked by Chef Ramsay if he likes it, he started mumbling and didn't know what to answer. So, Chef Ramsay invited him to taste his dish with him, and when he told Chef Ramsay that it's not bad, he answered by insulting his pallet and telling him that his dish is disgusting.
Episode 1 Edit
During dinner service, Michael was on the appetizer station. After one hour, he ran out of lobster spaghetti, and when he told Chef Ramsay about it, he asked him if they still have live lobsters and pasta. When Michael answered that they do, Chef Ramsay told there was no reason to take it out of the menu. After a lot of struggle in both kitchens, Chef Ramsay decided to shut them down. His team was declared winner, but Chef Ramsay added that they didn't win, they're just safe.
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Before the squid cleaning challenge, Ramsay asked Michael if he ever cleaned squid before. When Michael said he did, he was forced to sit out to even the teams at 5 members each for the challenge, although he did help his teammates by giving them instructions on how to clean them. The blue team lost the challenge 6-5.Their punishment was to prep the remaining squid and do service without air conditioning.
Michael was on the fish station. When Sous Chef Scott informed them that it was 140 degrees right now, Michael made a comment on how hot it felt. Ramsay then chewed him out, reminding him that if the blue team won the challenge, he wouldn't have to cook without air conditioning. His team was declared the winners after serving more entrées.
Episode 3 Edit
Before the next challenge, Ramsay switched Michael over to the red team to even up the teams 5-5. He also suggested to Michael that this could be a good opportunity for him to start acting like a leader as the red team will benefit well from this.
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- He participated in the first ever all-male final of Hell's Kitchen.
- He is the first person ever to switch teams.
- He is Hell's Kitchen's first ever winner, and male winner. He is also the first winner to have never been nominated for elimination of the season.
- After his appearance on the show, he became Head Chef at The Standards restaurant in Los Angeles, before opening his own restaurant called Tatou, but when he tried to open another restaurant called HK One, he wasn't able because of his finances problems. So, he opened his knife company and teaches cooking classes.