Raj Brandston was a competitor in the eighth season of Hell's Kitchen. He is widely regarded as the worst and most useless chef in Hell's Kitchen history.
Raj for a lack of better terms is slow and has trouble communicating with his teammates despite being the only one this season to have more experience (even more than Ramsay himself). He also has a hard time following orders from Ramsay and his teammates, tending to do things on his own.
Episode 1 Edit
Raj was the last person on the blue team to compete in the signature dish challenge. His dish was a Seafood and Vegetable Pancake. Ramsay was shocked when he saw it and was even more shocked when there was oil pouring out of it. Even though it tasted good, Ramsay denied him points for poor presentation. The blue team still won however as they won the tie breaker and were rewarded with massages upstairs
Raj was made a waiter for the first service. Raj struggle as a waiter and when he returned to the kitchen, he didn't follow Boris instructions to make a pizza and screwed up the station. His team lost service along with the red team.
He was nominated by the blue team along with Trev but was kept safe when Ramsay eliminated Lisa from the red team.
Episode 2 Edit
Raj was paired with Russell in the sushi making challenge. Out of their nine sushi pieces, they received 4 points as Raj failed to put wasabi in most of his salmon pieces. The blue team won however with a score of 16-15. They won a trip to Cellar360 in San Francisco with Ramsay for wine tasting and got to keep their Morimoto knives that were used in the challenge.
Raj was on the Garnish station this service. He first earned Ramsay's ire this service when he failed to hear Ramsay's order despite being next to him and stacked up garnishes that haven't been ordered by the customers, leading to being expelled out of the kitchen. His team lost service.
Raj was nominated again by the blue team along with Boris, with Vinny also joining them not soon after. They were saved however when Ramsayeliminated Curtis instead.
Episode 3 Edit
In the breakfast service challenge, Raj struggled on scrambled eggs, failing to season them properly, and even tried to calm himself down by putting his head in the freezer only to be pulled back by Ramsay. The blue team lost the challenge, and their punishment was to clean the kitchens and polish stemware.
During punishment, Raj and Trev got into an argument over the formers constant poor performances, but before it got serious, Boris and Russel pulled him out into the hallway to calm him down.
Raj was on the fish station for this service. He had a disastrous performance on the fish; serving a salmon with a sauce which was supposed to be grilled, then a raw. He got berated by Ramsay and his teammates for eating the unacceptable fishes and cooking three Dover soles before being ordered, which emptied their supply. Finally, it got worse when he complains with Ramsay about getting out with a dirty jacket to tell customers about the lack of Dover sole and fought also with Sous Chef Scott. Despite this, the blue team won by having a 54% service rating from the customers.
Even though the red team nominated Emily and Sabrina for elimination, Ramsay decided to eliminate Raj from the winning team stating: <<You, big boy, are out of your league, Big Time. And I personally can't go an inch further. Jacket.>> His elimination was met with relief from the remaining blue team members who thanked Ramsay for that.
Ramsay's Comment: <<When the going gets tough in the kitchen, a chef puts his head down and cooks. All Raj wanted to do was put his head in the freezer, and that's why his stay in Hell's Kitchen was a short one.>>
"I'm being targeted, I'm being harassed."
"Trevor is really not a nice person, and he's also being very mean."
"Fuck you, Fuck you, Fuck you, Fuck you, Fuck you, Fuck you,"
"You guys are a bunch....of...SNAKES!"
"How can chef Ramsay blame me for eating all this delicious food? It's fantastic."
"Oh, so now you're gonna make fun of my weight?"
"All right. Go Go."
"Shut up shut up shut up shut up shut up SHUT THE FUCK UP!"
- Raj is the third person to be eliminated from Hell's Kitchen despite being on the winning team.
- He is also the earliest person so far to be eliminated from the winning team (he was eliminated after the 3rd service).