Chef Jamie Gregorich is all smiles.
"She's amazing. She's more than a teacher to me, she's a mentor," said culinary student Isra Sorathia, who is studying under Chef Jamie at Manatee Technical Institute.
There's no doubt that Chef Jamie has a love for cooking. Just ask her students.
"You have to have passion in order to succeed and she has it," said Monique Holley.
However, Chef Jamie felt the heat during Season Nine of "Hell's Kitchen."
"It was probably the worst roller coaster anybody could ever go on," she said. "To find out that I was getting kicked out, out of nowhere, was insane."
Jamie admits that she's not a big fan of Chef Ramsey's style.
"He made me feel like I wasn't even in the right industry, which, to question yourself and the passion you have in your industry, that was hard for me," she explained.
However, Jamie says she's even more passionate than ever before.
"I made it through to be a better person, a better chef, so maybe I should thank him for that. I don't know," she said with a smile.
After the show, Jamie returned to the kitchen back home, teaching culinary students at Manatee Technical Institute.
"I think I glow when I'm here and I think they catch onto that," she exclaimed.
Student Andy Westberry agreed. "I really enjoy her because she's one of the younger chefs, so it's really fun because she actually taught me a lot about vegetarian cuisine and gluten-free because she's gluten- free."
Fellow culinary teacher Mark Keckstein worked with Jamie when she was at Euphemia Haye restaurant and says it was sad to see her get booted off the show.
"To me, it didn't have a lot to do with professionalism. It had more to do with TV ratings, to be honest with you," he said.
Even then, Jamie says she did learn a lot from the experience. Her recipe, however, is to use more sugar than vinegar in her kitchen. She welcomes Chef Ramsey to join her.
"I would say, 'Welcome to my world. Where's your apron?'"
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