Hell's Kitchen

Season 5 Episode 15

HK5: Finale

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM May 14, 2009 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Danny and Paula go head-to-head to determine who will the fifth season of Hell's Kitchen. Paula tries to get Lacey straightened out, while Danny discovers that Giovanni has a chip on his shoulder following his dramatic elimination from Hell's Kitchen. Chef Ramsay evaluates the design of the two finalists' restaurants, Sunergy and Velvet Hammer, and finds them both up to snuff. He also gives them both suggestions on their menus. During the evening's dinner service, both have their struggles, but both complete a strong service. Chef Ramsay is left with a very tough decision, saying that it was the best final dinner service and he honestly means it. Ultimately, one of the two is crowned the winner of the fifth season of Hell's Kitchen.


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  • was not happy with winner

    I really prefered Paula and guess what my choice was better than Ramsay. Danny got the job and quit two months later than went to run a bar. Got pulled over and arrested for a DUI. Paula proceeded to become an executive chef and rather successful.

    Danny was clearly lying and putting on a performance nothing more.
  • This was an excellent Season Finale to the most enjoyable reality show on TV.

    The match-up between Paula and Danny was the perfect choice - they were not only the best chefs throughout this show's run (well, at least this season), and they continually delivered episode after episode. What made this finale so impressive was Gordon Ramsey's way of staying out of the way except for some much needed criticism for both Danny and Paula. I thought each respective chef had some phenomenal qualities, and, had either one of them ended up winning, I would have been happy. But Danny's menu appeared more appetizing, he kept his "brigade" in order and won this competition with a strong performance. Excellent way to end the season, or, from what rumors say, series.... (?)moreless
  • The finale had a little for everyone. Both Chefs had trouble in the kitchen, I thought Paula had the weaker back team and it showed. But they both made it through dinner service with different menus and approaches.moreless

    I normally miss an episode here and there during the season but this year I got them all. Paula and Danny were the two best all year long. Paula was more consistant but Danny won one more challenge. I think Paula has a better skill set in the kitchen.

    Danny's theme was not the best and it showed because of his age but his food was good. Paula had a better theme in the dining area and her food was also good.

    It was a close finale, I personally would have went with the better skill set but Chef Ramsey said that Danny showed the most improvement and learned more than any chef he ever met in such a short time. I am not saying he is wrong, but I would want someone a little older running such a big name place.moreless
Ben Walanka

Ben Walanka

Season 5 Contestant

Recurring Role

Carol Scott

Carol Scott

Season 5 Contestant

Recurring Role

Giovanni Filipponi

Giovanni Filipponi

Season 5 Contestant

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Chef Ramsay: Danny won Hell's Kitchen because in a very short period of time, he grew more than any other chef I've ever seen. He now has the talent, the maturity, the become a great head chef. Borgata restaurant should consider themselves lucky. I know I would.

    • Paula: (in an interview segment) Danny, congrats, man. You deserve it. Comin' in second place in Hell's Kitchen is definitely not gonna stop me. So many doors are gonna open up for me.

    • Danny: (in a interview segment) Unbelievable. Best I've ever felt, man. This is incredible. I can't believe it. I did it, man. I won. I'm gonna be at Borgata, in my own restaurant, with a quarter million dollars, like holy ****.

    • Danny: That was **** gnarly.
      Paula: Dude, that was insane.

    • Chef Ramsay: The winner of Hell's Kitchen... lives in Florida.
      Paula: (in an interview segment) Oh my God. That's me. I live in Florida.
      Andrea: Ah, come on, Chef.
      Paula: Wait a second. Danny lives in Florida too.

    • Chef Ramsay: The best two services we've ever had in any final and I seriously mean that. Why the **** didn't you cook like that for me?
      LA: Paula doesn't yell, Chef.
      Carol: Danny smiles, Chef.

    • Lacey:(in an interview segment) What's he gonna do? Kick me off the show? Oh wait. He already did that.

    • Giovanni: (in an interview segment) I don't care if it's Danny, Paula. It doesn't matter to me who wins. **** it. I don't care. I just wanna go back home. Whatever.

    • Narrator: An hour-and-a-half into the final dinner service, Giovanni's salty monkfish sauce has brought Danny's kitchen to a standstill.
      Danny: Gio, what the ****? This is way too salty.
      Chef Ramsay: Oh my God. You overseasoned it!
      Giovanni: Yes, Chef.
      Danny: Dammit, Gio!

    • Lacey: (in an interview segment) Andrea just really had a bad night. It was kind of satisfying in a really sick way.

    • Chef Ramsay: (to Danny) You can't be an ostrich on service. Turn around and run it, yes?

    • Danny: This is my baby and you guys are gonna take it home for me, okay?

    • Danny: All right, Chef. This is 'Velvet Hammer'.
      Ben: 'Velvet Hammer'. That sounds like a porn video, right?

    • Chef Ramsay: Just don't have it so phallically standing up there.
      Danny: (in an interview segment) I don't know. I think I'm gonna roll with the, uh, phallic-looking spring onion.

    • Ben: This is no time to **** around, brother. This is your future we're cooking for.
      Danny: Well, I appreciate that.
      Ben: (laughingly in an interview segment) You know, it's not about me anymore. I have to keep reminding myself, constantly.

    • Lacey: (in an interview segment) You know, I'd love to believe in my team, but **** them. They don't believe in me, so what the hell is the point?

    • Andrea: (in an interview segment) My feeling about Lacey right now is if she gives any negativity or whatever, I swear to God I will unleash a wrath on her like she's never seen.

    • Danny: How do you feel about, uh, fish, Carol?
      Carol: Excellent. It's the only station I rocked.

    • Chef Ramsay: Very good to see you.
      Lacey: You too, Chef.
      Chef Ramsay: (as the brigade is filing out) ****.

    • Paula: (in an interview segment) My dream team would have been anybody but Lacey.

  • NOTES (1)