|“||If you call me one more time Jean-Pierre, I’m gonna kill you.||”|
Jean-Philippe Susilovic (born November 26, 1975) was the first Maître d’hôtel for Hell’s Kitchen. He served as the Maître d’hôtel for the first seven seasons of the show, along with Seasons 11 and 12.
Jean-Philippe joined Ramsay in 1995 in Ramsay’s restaurant Aubergine. His experience in Michelin-starred restaurants broadened when he moved to the United States to work in many restaurants such as New York’s La Panetiere, Danube, and Daniel’s. In October 2001, he moved to the Middle East to work with Ramsay as the manager of Verre at the Hilton Dubai Creek.
As the Maître d’hôtel, Jean-Philippe serves as the front of the house of Hell’s Kitchen and would be the person handing out tickets to Ramsay more than often. He has worked with Ramsay for many years. He knows precisely how high Ramsay’s standards are and often exudes to the contestants’ constant mistakes. Ramsay even described him as the best Maître d’ in the world.
While he is milder than Ramsay, he has his limits, best known in Season 6, when an argument with contestant Van almost resulted in a physical brawl in the restaurant. Despite it, he cares about the contestants’ well-being and even urged a few of them to fight harder to stay in the competition.
Main highlights per season
- On episode 2, a table of customers ordered pizza because they were tired of the long wait, but when Jean-Philippe told that they were not allowed to, that led to an argument between him and a very rude customer. This customer told him he had a Doctorate in Music from the USC, and Jean-Philippe was assaulted by him with his index finger.
- On episode 9, Jean-Philippe went into the kitchen to give Jessica a pep talk, telling her to believe in her team. However, Ramsay kicked him out as he had a dining room to run. He was also seen waiting on the final three’s loved ones.
- On episode 10, when Jean-Philippe was talking with Ralph about his restaurant, Ralph kept calling him “Jean-Pierre”, which made him threaten to kill the latter, much to his extreme annoyance.
- On episode 6, after Ramsay told Jean-Philippe to take the lamb off the menu because of Sara’s disastrous performance, Jean-Philippe himself has reached his limit and went off for a drink, stating that he “has had enough.”
- On episode 7, Jean-Philippe visited a twelve-top table that had a bachelorette party, and was a little bit embarrassed when he saw women’s underwear being given out as gifts. Ramsay wondered where he was, and later, he was asked by the latter if he was trying to lose his virginity.
- On episode 5, Jean-Philippe was told by Francisco the Party Planner that the newlywed’s parents were not served, but he did not want Francisco to bug him, so he told him to go talk about it with Ramsay himself.
- On episode 8, Jean-Philippe showed Bonnie, Rock, and Josh what needed to be cleaned in the dining room as part of their punishment. When Josh struggled with getting one of the cleaning machines to work, he snarkily told him that it did not run on solar energy and it needed to be plugged in. He told Ramsay that Josh’s risotto was undercooked.
- On episode 1, Jean-Philippe greeted the contestants and told them he was good for doing an imitation of Ramsay. He started to do his imitation, and asked for some contestants to do some themselves, before Ramsay revealed himself as an undercover contestant on the bus.
- On episode 2, Jean-Philippe berated Craig after the latter took a chair and accidentally hit a woman in the head with it, demanding that he apologized.
- On episode 4, when Jean-Philippe was asked to open Hell’s Kitchen for Family Night, he was told by Ramsay to open his shirt and take his tie off. He was reluctant to do it, and when he went to open the doors, he almost missed the step, and Ramsay told him to walk straight, calling him a donut.
- On episode 5, Jean-Philippe drove the Hell’s Kitchen three-wheeled delivery cart to the contestants, and almost lost balance when one of the back wheels hit the step, making everybody laugh in disbelief.
- On episode 6, Jean-Philippe reunited with Francisco the Party Planner, although he was not excited by it. During dinner service, before the first tickets came in, he and Francisco were joking about the latter’s non-matching blue sky outfit and being “sparklelicious”. When he noticed that Francisco was enjoying the chocolate fountain, he pulled him to the side, asked him to focus on his job and stop doing it, otherwise he would be kicked out of the restaurant.
- On episode 8, Jean-Philippe supervised the blue team’s punishment, and when he saw Jen being grumpy, he asked her if she could give him a smile, but she refused to. Later, he brought a crab to the back store to try and entertain Jen, without more success. Then, he asked her once again if she could smile, but she answered no, and when he asked her if she would be bitchy all day long, she answered she would.
- On episode 9, Jean-Philippe was at the beach where the red team was having their reward, and at the end of the day, Ramsay grabbed him, threw him in the water and fought with him. At one point, he threw a completely soaked towel towards Ramsay.
- On episode 11, Jean-Philippe was asked for some tickets, but he did not realize the glass door was just in front of him. Because of that, he head-butted the door, and Ramsay jokingly told to get a sign on the door saying “Open your eyes, you Belgian twat”.
- On episode 3, Jean-Philippe told Lacey that she forgot to send one of her tables tickets, and mocked her whining when she argued that she never waited tables before. Later, when Charlie accidentally dropped bacon bits on a table, he chewed the latter out for his embarrassing performance.
- On episode 5, Jean-Philippe was shown at the karate dojo for the red team’s reward, dressed up in sumo attire and fighting against Ramsay, where he lost. According to Andrea, he did not look happy in the outfit.
- On episode 6, Jean-Philippe worked for the third time with Francisco the Party Planner for the special Bar Mitzvah service. When Francisco dropped the birthday cake to the floor, he was furious and told Francisco to stop touching him, and he walked away saying this is ridiculous.
- On episode 10, after Andrea was about to leave Hell’s Kitchen after being kicked out, Jean-Philippe stopped her and told her to fight back, which she did.
- On episode 12, Jean-Philippe was approached by a diner who wanted to propose to his girlfriend, which he found very sweet, and he helped the diner by giving Ramsay the engagement ring to put in the woman’s dessert.
- On episode 1, before the contestants were introduced, Jean-Philippe was seen nervously waiting in the entrance of the restaurant for the bus to arrive, as it was late. When it finally arrived, he exclaimed “Finally, the bus is there” in French. When the contestants regrouped in front of him, he declared that he would give them some tips on how to perform well as he was tired of being pushed around by everybody.
- On episode 2, when Van refused to listen to him and ran in the restaurant, Jean-Philippe lost his temper, yelled at him, and both of them were pulled aside by Ramsay in the pantry room, where Ramsay told them to do their own jobs instead of interfering with the others. When they got out of the room, he sarcastically told Van “Ladies first!”.
- On episode 9, Jean-Philippe helped to judge the Crepe Challenge with Ramsay, even though Ramsay jokingly called him the seventh best palate, which was Belgian, as he could not afford a French one.
- On episode 2, when Andrew was about to walk out of the competition, Jean-Philippe tried to convince him to stay and fight back. He explained to Andrew that a lot of people would like to be in his shoes at that moment, but despite his efforts, Andrew took his shoes off and walked out of Hell’s Kitchen for good.
- On episode 3, when Salvatore, who was working with him as an assistant maître d’, was about to walk out of the competition, Jean-Philippe managed to stop and convince him to fight back, with success.
- On episode 11, during the punishment, Jean-Philippe was asked by Ed if he should lay the forks sideways or straight, which he answered straight, before understanding the innuendo.
- On episode 2, Jean-Philippe made his return by entering by the front door with his luggage, before tripping on a chair. Ramsay told him that he was supposed to arrive the previous day, which he answered that he got delayed and really tried to be there in time, and Ramsay asked him to get changed quickly, while adding that he was not happy about that.
- On episode 10, Jean-Philippe introduced Brianna during her quinceañera.
- On episode 19, Jean-Philippe invited some of his friends to help judge the 10 Portions Gourmet Burger Challenge, and after, he was given the day off while some of the chefs did his chores as punishment.
- On episode 20, Jean-Philippe joined Cyndi during her shopping spree at Sur la Table, even acquiring Ramsay’s private spending card.
- On episode 2, Jean-Philippe informed Mike that he was serving the red kitchen’s table even though he was on the blue team.
- On episode 9, Jean-Philippe gave the blue team a list of the waiting staff’s chores as part of their punishment. When Jason asked if spit shine was acceptable, he snarkily asked if he had enough spit to do all the shoes, before calling him an idiot.
- On episode 11, Jean-Philippe was seen in the vertical wind tunnel during the blue team’s reward, as Gabriel called him stiff as a board with only his cheeks moving. When service began, Ramsay noticed that his hair was not messed up from the wind tunnel, asking if got them stitched in.
- On episode 16, Jean-Philippe came into the red team’s kitchen urging Scott to get the salmon out to finish Minnie Driver’s VIP ten-top table entrees in three minutes. Later he followed Gabriel after the latter was eliminated mid service for his jacket.
- He had strong dislikes for Francisco the Party Planner and Van (Season 6).
- After his appearance on the show, he worked as a Restaurant Director at Pétrus, owned by Ramsay.
- He is the first staff member to leave the show and come back for an eventual season.
- He holds the record for the most seasons as the maître d’, with 9.
- Both Ramsay and Susilovic appeared in UK (only Season 1) and US versions.
- Ramsay: “You look good when you smile.”
JP: “Yes Gordon, I know.”
- (About Francisco the Party Planner) “I don’t need a wedding planner during my service. Don’t really want to be told by anybody what to do.”
- (Imitates Ramsay) “ONE SPAGHETTI, ONE RISOTTO, ONE CRAB! WHAT IS THIS?! NO!!! IT’S OVERCOOKED!!”
- Lacey: Jean-Philippe, I never waited tables before!
JP: (mocks Lacey) BUBUBUBUBU Can you just go and let the chef to call BUBUBU?!
- (To Van) “I’m going to explode here, I’m going to explode my friend! Listen to me!”
- (To Van) “Listen, listen, LISTEN TO ME!!”
- (To Van) “Listen to me! We have a problem here!”
- (To Van) “Ladies first.”
- (To Nilka) “Get back in the cage.”
- Ramsay: “Hey! What’s the matter between you two?”
JP: “There’s a language barrier there.”
Ramsay: “What do you mean there’s a language barrier? He’s (Van’s) speaking English, you dick.”
JP: “Yes, but he is from Texas.”
- (To Andrew) “There are I don’t know how many people which would be willing to be in your shoes now.”
- (To Jessica) “Keep your smile because you might need it. It’s the only weapon you have.”
- (To Ralph) “If you call me one more time Jean-Pierre, I’m gonna kill you.”
Jean-Philippe and Sous Chef Scott’s Intro Spot (Season 6)
Sous Chef Andi and Jean-Philippe’s Intro Spot (Season 7)
Jean-Philippe’s Intro Spot (Season 11)
Jean-Philippe’s Intro Spot (Season 12)
Sous Chef Scott, Mary Ann, and Jean-Philippe