“Hell’s Kitchen”: Rooting for Robert


I don’t often get attached to reality show contestants — because I rarely watch unscripted competish skeins — but in this cycle of Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen I’m rooting for Robert, a 29-year-old sous chef from Quogue, N.Y.

You can understand why his co-workers (in the real world, not the “Hell’s Kitchen” bunker on La Brea) nicknamed him “Cuddles,” according to his bio on the “Hell’s Kitchen” home page. He’s nearly 400 pounds of cuddly joy, but he’s also a fierce competitor. In last night’s seg, as he once again did battle with lazy-bones Lacey, he declared (to the camera’s delight) that if she won the competish he’d hang up his apron and “become a crack whore.”Hellskitchenlogo

Yes, he has a way with words, and an unusual pronunciation style that is strangely endearing.  At one point he was carping at Lacey about how she’s “not posed to do that” (translation: “not supposed to”). In another recent seg he tripped over the word “remember,” which came out more like “menemember.”

But more than anything else, I’m rooting for Robert because makes dishes that my husband and I would actually want to eat. He seems equal parts gourmet and gourmand. “Hell’s Kitchen’s” impossible-to-please boss Gordon Ramsay seems to respect Robert’s skill and his obvious passion for great food — it’s real, as opposed to those contestants who jabber on about their passion without putting the goods on the plate.

Robert even got away with mooning the Big Cheese, albeit not to his face, in a confessional moment when Robert invited Gordo to “kiss my ass.” Even with ample pixelation, the shot of Robert’s wiggling his naked backside at the camera was a wide-Hellskitchenrobertpor screen moment not soon forgotten.

So here’s to hoping that Robert rocks all the way to the grand prize, the head chef gig in Ramsay’s Borgata restaurant in Atlantic City, N.J. As Robert has mentioned on air, he wants it so bad he postponed his wedding in order to take part in the show.

Hopefully, he’ll win, get married and then take a little time off for a weight-reduction program. Because as fun-loving as he is, his weight situation is serious as a heart attack. I sense a father-son type “come to Gordon” confrontation for Ramsay and Robert coming soon.

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  1. It is really very fortunate to locate your webblog!

  2. Sara says:

    Robert, I hope you are doing well. I was surprised to see you brought back on the next season of Hell’s Kitchen. You are certainly my favorite contestant. You were so much fun to watch-always brought a smile to my face. Best of luck and hope to see you on TV sometime in the future. Have you considered comedy?

  3. Steve says:

    My wife and I were rooting for you since day 1. Not only were you the most colorful contestant, you also appeared to be the best chef. My wife and I both were shocked with your recent medical condition. I am still hoping deep down that you can come back and win the competition but I understand that your medical staff may not recommend you to do that. Whatever you do in life I can say that you will be 100% successful. You are the epitome of the gourmet chef who isn’t too full of himself to enjoy. Best of luck bro

  4. Fan in MA says:

    My 14 year old son had an interest in becoming a chef. His interest skyrocketed watching you in Hell’s Kitchen. You were our family’s favorite to win!
    All of us wish you the very, very best!
    Thank you for being an inspiration to my son!

  5. lillaylay says:

    Man I really like Robert and its too bad we cant vote who we want off but I Cried like my daddy died when Robert said he was leaving I really liked him. Now that he is gone I think danny and paula is the last two standing.Im still hurt over that.

  6. lillaylay says:

    i cried when you left

  7. Choclit Milk says:

    Damn Robert, I was really hoping you’d win. I love your style and creativity on the plate. The next time I’m in NY I want to check out your restaurant. By the way, I couldn’t find a webpage for you guys but if you need one let I’m your man lol. Anyway, I hope you feeling well and although I love Hell’s Kitchen I guess I don’t need to Tivo it anymore. I seriously think you could’ve won :(

  8. RB says:

    Damn Robert, It saddened me greatly to see that you had to stop due to a Heart condition. I wish you all the best in Life bro, and i hope you have gotten through this thing. Keep your head up dude, and never forget like Chef said, you could have won this thing… that says alot coming from Ramsey

  9. ROBERT HESSE says:

    thanks for the kind words you rock i will memember them lol.

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