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Local Cheftestant Makes It Through More 'Hell'

Washington's own Tennille Middleton squeaked through another round of Fox's "Hell's Kitchen" last night, acknowledging that she dodged a bullet to make it into the final four. It wasn't so much that she was great, just not as bad as the two who got nominated for expulsion. (For the record, chef-host Gordon Ramsay gave Suzanne the boot, and Ariel was allowed to stay.)

So it gets even tougher from here on in. But Tennille, as she's known on the show -- last names aren't used -- has shown a pretty tough persona during this season's run, and plenty of bloggers and chat room pundits have her making it into the final round. Of the remaining cheftestants, Ariel is inconsistent, and Dave has an injury that threatens to do him in. Kevin is quietly competent and seems a shoo-in for the finals.

Tennille, who has been the executive chef at Sweetwater Tavern in Merrifield for more than four years, landed her spot on the show after tryouts late last year. Which brings up some more breaking news: Casting for the next "Hell's Kitchen" season opened Monday. Fox says it's looking for "America's culinary elite who not only have the SKILLS, but the STAMINA to cook alongside the infamous CHEF GORDON RAMSAY." Their capital letters, not mine. There's a 10-page application form and a slew of qualifications that must be met. Then there's an audition process. From what Tennille told me, it's grueling but worth it. Care to try?

You'll hear more about Tennille on this blog next Tuesday before the next episode. Stay tuned.

-- Jane Touzalin

By Jane Touzalin  |  September 30, 2009; 2:00 PM ET
Categories:  Television  | Tags: Hell's Kitchen, Jane Touzalin  
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Sweetwater, eh? Hell's Kitchen is a guilty pleasure and the GAR restaurants are a pleasure and anything but a guilty one. I know who I'm pulling for!


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | October 1, 2009 11:53 PM | Report abuse

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