After many groups called out Cala for his sexist remarks after being eliminated on the popular cooking show, ‘Hell’s Kitchen’, he offered an apology.
But it was too little, too late. Sgt. Frank Cala has been fired as the executive chef for the commandant, according to the MCT.
“Sgt. Cala was removed from the commandant’s staff and reassigned to the Marine Enlisted Aide Program,” announced Capt. Diann Rosenfeld, of Marine Barracks Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.
Cala is a seven-year active duty Marine originally from Staten Island, NY, who enlisted in the Corps when he was 19 — according to SI Live.
When he had an opportunity to go on Fox’s hit show, Hell’s Kitchen, Cala says he jumped at the chance.
It was his comments that he made as he departed the show during the 12th episode of the 15th season — that landed him in hot water.
During his confessional interview, Cala said: “The blue team never had any drama until the females came aboard… That’s when the ship sunk. And that’s exactly why I get [bleeped] female Marines and I send them back wherever [bleeped] they came from.”
Sgt. Bryan Nygaard with Recruiting Station Baltimore said, “Sergeant Cala’s comments toward the end of the episode are not consistent with the Marine Corps’ values of honor, courage and commitment.”
Cala has received numerous awards for his skills in the kitchen, including as a Marine food specialist and winner of the Culinary Team of the Quarter competition aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina in 2011.
SI Live reported in January of this year that “the New York native reveals a love for modern Italian food, but with a French influence.”
Cala told the publication he wanted to go on Hell’s Kitchen as a tribute to a very good friend who passed away several years ago. That friend, Randy “Capone” Klasert, was also Cala’s sergeant and culinary mentor. He says Klasert is the one who taught him that passion is the key ingredient to any great dish.
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