Krupa Patel was a contestant on Season 9 of Hell's Kitchen. She ranked in 11th place.
Krupa was a weak chef, her strongest performance being on the opening night. Unfortunately, she immediately capitalized on that strong performance, and went on a downward spiral very quickly. Despite that, she had a big heart and was one of the few women who stood against Elise.
Season 9 Edit
During the introduction of the season, Krupa was one of the five chefs who were seen receiving their acceptance letter, which made her very excited.
When the chefs arrived in Los Angeles, they were greeted by James on the bus ride, and then, it pulled over to the Orpheum Theatre, where they would be given a standing ovation by a live audience. When she was hearing the audience cheering, Krupa wondered if they would cook their signature dishes for all of them, but when the curtain was pulled up, they discovered that the room was completely empty, much to their disappointment, before Ramsay revealed himself applauding very slowly. After the latter revealed the grand prize of the season, the chefs were asked to get back to Hell's Kitchen and cook their signature dishes.
During the Signature Dish Challenge, Krupa admitted that she got frazzled and nervous, and thought that the 45 minutes went in a heartbeat. She was the fourth person from the red team to have her dish judged by Ramsay, went up against Paul, and Ramsay was immediately shocked by th presentation. She revealed that she made a traditional stuffed naan bread, Ramsay told it was not even looking appetizing, comparing it to four bits of ass wipe splat on the plate, and when he tasted it, he deemed the spices raw and bland, before calling the dish "crapa" and trashing it. She started to cry in shame as she knew she was better than that, and lost the round to Paul.
The red team lost the challenge 5-6, and they were punished by cleaning both kitchens for the opening night. The next day, both teams went to the kitchens to begin prepping for the opening night, and they were given their ankle knives set. During prep, Krupa acknowledged that she was the reason why the red team lost the previous challenge, while hoping to redeem herself as she would shoot herself if she would fail twice.
During dinner service, Krupa was on the meat station with Gina. When Elise sent an unacceptable risotto, she volunteered to help her out despite the latter not being convinced, but when she delivered her risotto, it was deemed delicious by Ramsay, making her very proud of herself, to the point that she cheered out loud. Ramsay told her to not lose focus and peeing her knickers before serving ten more perfect risottos and complete the service, and because of her help, appetizers were being sent out at a good pace. Later, she took vocal leadership on the entrées as she wanted to win and acknowledged that it was more pressure on her to not fuck up, but the Wellingtons that she sent to the pass were perfect, and she was proud of herself and determined to kick the blue team's ass. Later, she expressed amusement when Elise was ordered to bench at the chefs table.
The red team won the service, and while being dismissed, Krupa was glad to have proven herself that she could do it while being determined to get better every day.
The next morning, the chefs were woken up by a young guitarist and very loud amplifiers, and they were ordered to get outside. Arrived there, Ramsay introduced the Meat & Grill Challenge, where each pair would have to cook a medium-rare New York strip, a medium rib-eye, a medium-well filet mignon, and a well-done burger. During the challenge, Krupa was paired with Amanda, and they were the first pair to compete for the red team. They gave a perfect performance of four out of four, which made her very proud, and saying that she would have kissed Amanda on the lips if they had brush their teeth.
The red team lost the challenge 10-11, and they were punished by cleaning the grills, taking a delivery of a whole cow, and drinking a protein shake made from the meat used during the challenge. During the punishment, Krupa was already angry at Elise for letting her ego get in the way of the win, and targeted her for being the next one nominated. Later, the women were prepping their kitchen while reviewing the menu, which she revealed they did because they did not want to lose the service, and when the blue team came back from their reward, they studied it further.
The next day, during prep, Krupa was feeling an advantage over the blue team as they studied the menu very hard. During dinner service, she served prime rib tableside. At one point, she helped Carrie who was struggling to keep up with the Caesar salads in the dining room, much to her dismay, but because of her help, the red team caught up with the blue team on entrées. Later, she began to slice her prime rib while knowing that the red team was rocking it out, was determined to keep that good momentum, and she finished to slice the prime rib at the same time that entrées arrived to the table. However, after serving the table, she dropped the whole prime rib to the floor, which made her feel like an ass, and when she told about it to Ramsay, the latter was dismayed, asked Monterray to help her, she was called "butterfingers" by Ramsay, and he urged her to not drop the blue team's prime rib. After the blue team was kicked out, she went in the blue kitchen to complete their remaining tickets, along with Jamie, Gina, and Carrie. She worked very closely with the latter, her sea bass was accepted, and Ramsay congratulated the women for their great performance.
The red team won the service, and at elimination, they were asked for a volunteer to be transferred to the blue team the next morning.
Back in the dorms, the women discussed about who would be transferred to the blue team, and in the end, they agreed on Carrie, which made everybody happy.
The next morning, the chefs were woken up by clowns, and when both teams were lined up in the dining room, Sous Chef Scott revealed that they were woken up by clowns because they were cooking like clowns. After taking a delivery of naan bread with the other chefs, which made her wonder what they would do with it, Krupa and her teammates said goodbye to Natalie, who was transferred to the blue team instead of Carrie. During the Mommy & Me Lunch Service Challenge, she was on the Panini sandwich station. She was not seen much, except at one point when she suggested to slice the sandwiches herself because Carrie was accused of not listening by Elise.
The red team lost the challenge, and they were punished by cleaning the dining room, prepping both kitchens for the Family Night dinner service, and setting up a playground for the children. During the punishment, Krupa started to feel bad for Carrie as she knew that because she became the easy target, everybody would pick at everything she would do, and later, she helped the latter and Elizabeth to set up the basketball net. When the blue team came back from their reward, she was annoyed about them acting like fools, and just wanted to turn around and swing at them.
The next day, during prep, the red team was completely silent as Krupa revealed it was because they wanted to avoid the drama. During the Family Night dinner service, she was on the appetizer station. When she was ready to send her first risotto, she was also determined to beat the blue team during dinner service. Her first risotto was deemed delicious, she was proud and determined to kick ass, and because of her and Jamie's leadership, the red team succeeded to serve all of their appetizers. After a lot of mistakes, the red team was asked to go in the dining room to apologize to the customers, before being kicked out of the kitchen. The red team lost the service by a mile.
Krupa was not nominated for elimination, and when Ramsay asked who had problems with their attitude, she answered Elise and Carrie, and that some of them, like herself, were pissed. But, she was targeted by Elise who said that all she did was standing there, and she confirmed Elise's ego.
Back in the dorms, Krupa was targeted by Elise, who called her the second weakest link, which she answered that she could suck it, and said that Elise did not know when to shut her mouth as her attitude was putting everybody off. In the bedroom, she declared that she was moving out because Elise had a problem with her since the first day, but when Jennifer defended Elise by saying that she never said anything wrong about her, she was not convinced as Elise said a lot of nasty things to her. But, Elise retorted that she only said that the naan bread she served as her signature dish was a piece of shit, and that infuriated her who told Elise to keep her opinions for herself, and Elise continued by saying that she should not have moved in a house with fourteen other people if she did not want to hear other opinions. After that, she left the room and the argument by targeting Elise's attitude, and went to the room at the other end of the hallway.
The next morning, the chefs were woken up by Sous Chefs Scott and Andi, who brought them special farm outfits to wear, and were told to get outside. Arrived there, Ramsay introduced the Chicken Creation Challenge, and during the first part, Krupa flinched while catching her chicken. During the second part, she was paired with Jennifer, and they worked on the sautéed chicken course. They were the second pair from the red team to have their dish judged, she presented their chicken cacciatore, it was deemed tasting better than it was looking by Dave Karger, and they tied the round with Jonathon and Will.
The red team won the challenge 3-2, and they were rewarded with a go-kart activity at K1 Speed. During the reward, Krupa was not seen at all, and she did not qualify for the final race.
During dinner service, Krupa was on the dessert station. She was not seen much, but she was dedicated to host Misty May Treanor and Jen Kessy at the chefs table, which she was nervous about, but she found it awesome at the same time as she used to watch both of them on television. Later, she expressed annoyance about Elise never taking responsibility for her mistakes, and just standing there with her eyebrows up and mouth closed. After a lot of mistakes, the red team was kicked out of the kitchen, both teams were named joint-losers, and they were asked to nominate two people each.
While going back to the dorms, Krupa was not happy that Elise survived elimination, as that meant they had to deal with the bitch who had an attitude problem with everybody on the red team.
Before the Fire and Water Challenge, Krupa said that if she worked with something like what Chefs Ben Roche and Homaro Cantu were using, she would have been more interested in chemistry class. She wanted to use the guinea hen, but as Gina was using it, she grabbed the untaken veal as it was the only protein left for her to cook with, much to her frustration. During the cooking, she was confident in her sauce and that the judges would love the flavors of her veal. She was the final person from the red team to have her dish judged, and went up against Natalie. She made a poached veal and broth, but while it was criticized for a terrible presentation, it was praised for tasting delicious. However, while Ramsay agreed with Cantu’s review, his major problem was that she did not use veal, but instead used filet mignon, before asking Carrie to hand him the veal from the red kitchen. That shocked her as she knew what the difference was to the two proteins and did not understand what possessed her to grab filet instead of veal. Not only was Ramsay upset that she could not identify the difference in looks of the two proteins but was even more surprised that in the 45 minutes of cooking, none of her teammates noticed what she was using, and chewed them out for making that mistake in front of the judges. Afterwards, neither her nor Natalie scored a point.
Due to using filet instead of veal, Ramsay used it as one of the two factors to name the red team the losers after a tie at 2 each. They were punished by cleaning both the dorm hot tub and the front entrance fountain, along with prepping both kitchens for that night’s dinner service. Back at the dorms, Krupa sat out with the rest of the red team, trying not to get involved with the arguments as she was already pissed at herself. During the punishment, she felt that Elise’s negativity was not needed as the latter did not help them win and told her to get the fuck over it.
During dinner service, Krupa was on the appetizer station with Elizabeth. At one point, she was nearly ready on her first order of risotto and wanted a major comeback to redeem herself in Ramsay’s eyes, before proclaiming not to be known as the girl that could not tell the difference between veal and filet. However, Ramsay compared the presentation to soup, and angrily told her that she should at least know the difference between soup and risotto, if not veal and filet. Despite feeling down, she got her refire accepted, and did not want anymore fuck ups. Later, she felt that Gina was trying to rush appetizers out despite her pasta not being ready, and that caused confusion when the latter walked with the scallops when she was not ready. After expressing frustration, she sent up raw spaghetti, and blamed Gina for messing her up, while Ramsay yelled at the two to communicate with each other as they had to start over. Then, her refire came out looking like baby food with more sauce than pasta, with Elise accusing her of sinking their entire service. That was the last straw for Ramsay as he kicked her out of the kitchen, and while going back to the dorms, she was disappointed in her poor performance as she was better than that. When Gina and Elise were kicked out, and the latter accused the former of throwing her under the bus, she told her that it was not personal, but on her attitude.
Both teams were named joint-losers, and they were asked to nominate two each. During deliberation, Krupa was considered for elimination by Elizabeth and Elise, and she admitted to having a bad day.
Krupa was named the red team's first nominee for elimination, with Elise as the second, and they joined Monterray and Tommy. During her plea, she admitted to having a poor 24 hour, but argued that she had a stronger attitude than Elise and was a stronger cook then Gina. She survived elimination, and while being dismissed, she was happy to dodge a bullet.
- She is the first Indian contestant of Hell's Kitchen.
- "He thought of me as a joke. I'm better than this, I'm so much better."
- "Elise will never admit that she's wrong, and she just stood there with her eyebrows up and just looking."