Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.






by Sophie Gayot

For the third time, I was called by Gordon Ramsay to be a judge on his highly watched television show Hell’s Kitchen. Thank you, Gordon! When telling the story, I always get the question, “Is it fun?” Indeed, it is. And Ramsay can behave charmingly as much as he can talk very loud (or scream as some would say).

The challenge I had to judge (along with chef/owner Mark Peel of Campanile, Nobu West Hollywood‘s general manager Justin Wyborn, and food blogger Libby Rego) was part of the 100th milestone episode of the show; episode 8.8, which aired on October 13th. The red team (four women and one guy) was pitted against the blue team (four men), fighting for what I had to determine would be the most expensive dish.

The two teams each had $60, 20 minutes to shop and 45 minutes to cook four dishes (one with beef, one with pork, one with lamb and one with chicken). Ramsay wanted to test their ability to use classic ingredients and transform them into entrees worthy of a fine dining restaurant.

Simply watch the video above to see which team I chose. And without being biased, I cannot wait until the show resumes again on November 10th. So far, I have enjoyed watching this season’s contestants as well as Gordon Ramsay in action in his kitchen.

(Sophie is dressed by Paule Vasseur,


  1. […] Feniger from STREET & Border Grill; and  Mark Peel, who appeared on the same episode as me on season 8 of Hell’s Kitchen. The topic, moderated by Merrill Shindler and Lesley Bargar Suter, quickly became “Bashing […]

    Pingback by Sophie Gayot attends the Los Angeles Magazine’s The Food Event 2010 — November 12, 2010 @ 7:43 pm


    Comment by DENIS FERRARI — December 12, 2010 @ 12:10 pm

  3. […] Sophie Gayot Chef Mark Peel and I both appeared on the same episode of Hell’s Kitchen which aired on October 13th, 2010. We were both on the hit show working as judges, evaluating the same challenge. But when I went to […]

    Pingback by The Tar Pit restaurant Los Angeles — January 12, 2011 @ 1:56 pm

  4. […] Nona Sivley, the winner of season 8 of Hell’s Kitchen, in person. The funny thing is that when I was on the show judging a challenge on episode 8, I had to compare her to another chef. And she […]

    Pingback by Hell's Kitchen Season 8 Winner Nona Silvey at LA Market at JM Marriott Los Angeles LA Live — February 18, 2011 @ 12:27 pm

  5. […] Nona? She was the winner of season 8 of “Hell’s Kitchen.” The funny thing is that when I was on the show judging a challenge on episode 8, I compared her to another chef. And she ended up winning the show! Posted in: Dining,Los […]

    Pingback by Nona Sivley Hell's Kitchen Winner Season 8 — July 20, 2012 @ 9:15 am

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URL

Leave a comment