Saying Baton Rouge is where he needs to be, Louisiana chef Chris Motto nominated himself to leave FOX's "Hell's Kitchen" on Friday night, bidding goodbye just one week before the season finale.
"I'm not one to give up on anything, but I think at the end of the day, the place I need to be is back home," he told his three fellow finalists while they discussed who'd they be nominating for the chopping block. "I want to go back. I want to start a family. I want to raise the culinary standard in Baton Rouge. That's what I've been working on the last five years. I'm not ready to give up on that.
"I am the support system for so many people back home. I want to take all this that I've learned here and I couldn't get exposed to, and expose all these people back home to this information. That scene (the local restaurant scene) is not going to change itself."
A shocked host Gordon Ramsay hugged Motto goodbye, saying he respected his decision.
Ironically, tonight's episode was called "What's Your Motto?"
Motto, of Denham Springs, is executive chef at Mansurs on the Boulevard.
The winner of next week's finale will receive $250,000 and the opportunity to become executive chef at Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen Restaurant in Las Vegas.