Wendy Liu was a contestant on Season 1 of Hell's Kitchen. She was on the blue team. She ranked in 9th place.
Wendy was very confident, proclaiming herself as a perfectionist, but lacked the knowledge and the abilities to work in a kitchen.
Season 1 Edit
Wendy was the third contestant to have her Signature Dish judged by Ramsay. She served fried rice with Chinese sausage, but she did not knew Ramsay would come, so she did not put lobster in it. Ramsay found it unimpressive as she must knew he would come. After the challenge, she was placed in the blue team, along with Jessica, Mary Ellen, Ralph, Michael, and Andrew.
During dinner service, Wendy was on the garnish station. After 2 hours, she ran out of potatoes, and after one of her team's table went to the kitchen to talk with Ramsay and very few entrées were served, he closed both kitchens. The blue team won the dinner service, but Ramsay specified that her team did not win, and that they are just safe.
After a brutal wake up call the next morning, all the contestants were told to get down to the dining room, where Ramsay explained the next challenge, which was the Cleaning Squid Challenge. During the challenge, Wendy produced nothing satisfying, even blaming the squid when she could not take the skin off it. Because her team lost the challenge 5-6, they were punished by cleaning all the squids for the next dinner service. Back in the dorms, she gave Mandarin Chinese lessons to her fellow teammates by having them saying "We will not lose again" in her native tongue.
During prep, Wendy was lost trying to get organized on her station. During dinner service, she was on the appetizer station. The blue team were forced to cook without air conditioning as the second part of their punishment. She was lost, sent out an undercooked first risotto and was helped by Ralph. After Jean-Philippe was physically assaulted, Ramsay closed both kitchens down. Her team won the dinner service for serving a few main courses.
Before the 5 Course Meal Challenge, Wendy and her team said goodbye to Michael, who has just been transferred to the red team. During the challenge, she made a ginger scallion pan-roasted salmon with bok choy. It was deemed not bad by Ramsay, and she scored for her team. It was the first positive feedback she received from Ramsay since her arrival in Hell's Kitchen. However, her team lost the challenge after a tie-breaker at 3, and the blue team was punished by cleaning the dorms.
During dinner service, Wendy began on the appetizer station. She prepared spaghetti with cold water, and when her lobster spaghetti was tasted by the critics, it received mediocre reviews. When she moved to the meat station, she was lost on time, giving ten minutes to Ramsay for her lamb to be cooked, only to be corrected by Ralph who gave five minutes, much to Ramsay's relief. When her lamb arrived at the critics table, it received mixed reviews. Moments later, Ramsay yelled at her because of her pathetic answers. After very few customers received their main courses, Ramsay closed the kitchens. Her team lost the dinner service and Ralph was named "Best of the Worst".
Ramsay's comment: "Wendy, well you know, it's about time I put you out of your misery!"
During prep, Andrew showed Wendy the cut he did on his thumb. She was disgusted, claiming she could not even look at it, and told him to see a medic. When he later returned, she was happy and hugged him. During dinner service, she was lost and confused on appetizers, and Ralph had to leave the hot plate to run her station for her. Later, she moved to desserts and successfully completed service for him. Ralph eventually lost the finals to Michael.
Nomination history Edit
- She is the first member of the blue team ever to be eliminated.
- She is the first Hell's Kitchen contestant of Chinese origins.
- After her appearance on the show, she returned to her career in account management.
- "I think Gordon is gonna love the fact that I'm a perfectionist."
- "I thought cold water was supposed to boil faster than hot water."
- "Wǒmen bù huì zài shīqù"