"Falsely"? Was she lying or was she mistaken?
If you claim that you know how to butterfly a veal loin, and it turns out that you don't know, then it's a false claim.
But there's no reason for resentment, unless that contestant is receiving favorable treatment during the judging.
Or because she's slowing them down.
If Julia is to be criticized for her attitude during the finale, I don't see why the other girls should get a pass for their snobbish, elitist attitude towards her.
Again, Julia stated that all the contestants were really friendly to her after the first episode. Those were her own words.
For all her lack of "fine dining experience", Julia was still a decent cook, she got the food out (and saved the red team's asses in a couple of instances), and many of her dishes were well received even if they weren't all that sophisticated.
Yes, by high schoolers
, and by Army people who were used to eating in mess halls. But we never heard Ramsay say "I would pay for that dish!" like he did for Elsie, or "This is great, we're going to put this on the menu!" like he did for Bonnie. And once again, how much would you honestly pay for Julia's plain plate of fish & chips, which used four times
as much sea bass as a regular Ramsay dish? Or for that matter, anything else that she prepared on the show?
Aside from her mistakes at the garnish station during one dinner service, it's not like she was continously hurting her team like Josh or Melissa.
Sure, but why compare Julia to contestants who were eliminated even sooner?
After Bonnie picked her after MElissa, I can see where Julia's attitude came from. Julia helped the women win many challenges. MElissa screwed up every challenge on* any team. Julia was our sweetheart and the one we were all pulling for to do well.
Bonnie couldn't bank her chances of winning on the idea that Julia was a "sweetheart." Especially when Julia didn't end up acting that way in the final episode. Keep in mind that Rock didn't pick Julia second either, he picked Vinnie. As for Melissa, Bonnie has stated in interviews that Melissa proved herself as an invaluable resource guide throughout the show. Given Melissa's experience and training in fine dining restaurants, and given Bonnie's lack of restaurant experience, it seems like a valid justification.
As for the gift of culinary school, Julia strikes me as someone who won't believe it until she is standing in the class.
And if that were true, then is would suggest a huge character flaw to me. It shows a complete inability to put your trust in others. If you can't even trust your boss, who's one of the most well respected chefs in the entire world, then how are you going to trust your fellow team mates, who are strangers who you've never met before? Moreover, if Julia can't even count on attending culinary school after Ramsay already promised it, then why in the world would would she have been counting on being in the final two, which had never been promised to her, ever?
All in all, I don't think it was just sour grapes on her part, but a culmination of the whole experience for her.
Sour grapes occurs when you are unable to win a prize, and you conclude it doesn't matter because the prize must have been terrible ("the grapes were probably sour anyway"). Julia was simply being jealous and ungrateful.