Hell’s Kitchen, the reality cooking competition broadcast on Fox, hosted by British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, unveiled both the tenth season of Hell’s Kitchen and a third season of Ramsay’s MasterChef in June of this year.
The show features Chef Gordon Ramsay’s elimination of 12 to 18 contestants chefs, with one final winner given an opportunity to be the head chef of a high-end restaurant.
The chefs cook their signature dish and present them to Ramsay for judging. Ramsay and Fox renewed the show for an additional two seasons.
With the end of the 9th season of Hell’s Kitchen, thanks to the Foodie Gossip Blog, we now know at a glance what happened to the previous winners.
Michael Wray was the winner of Hell’s Kitchen Season 1. Chef Gordon Ramsay offered Wray the choice of opening a restaurant, or going to London and to learn under Chef Ramsay. Michael chose to learn under Chef Ramsay.
Michael later changed his mind before going on the trip because he thought the experience would be too stressful for his family.
Now he works as the Executive Head Chef at The Standard in Los Angeles, California. He also owns his own custom chef’s knives company called, appropriately, Skull and Cleavers.
Heather West was the winner of Hell’s Kitchen Season 2. For the prize, she was to become Executive Chef at an Italian restaurant called Terra Rossa at Red Rock Resort Spa and Casino in Las Vegas.
However, Heather only became Senior Chef. She now works as head chef in a restaurant called Monterey Restaurant in Long Beach, New York.
Rahman “Rock” Harper won Hell’s Kitchen Season 3. His prize was to become the Head Chef at Terra Verde at Green Valley Ranch in Henderson. He fulfilled his contract as Head Chef for one year.
Rahman later worked in restaurants throughout Washington, DC. Rahman joined the staff of a DC restaurant called Next Door in 2008. He supported and helped in the March of Dimes Signature Chef’s Auction in Louisville, Kentucky on November 11th, 2010.
Christina Machamer won Hell’s Kitchen Season 4, and the prize to become Executive Chef at the Gordon Ramsay at the London West Hollywood Hotel.
Instead, she was given the position of Senior Chef under Executive Chef Andy Cook. She then took some time off to study wine and viticulture at The Culinary Institute at Greystone in Napa Valley.
Currently, she is a member of the opening team at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bistro in Beverly Hills.
Danny Veltri won Season 5 of Hell’s Kitchen. He became Sous Chef under Stephen Kalt at Fornelletto at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Originally, he was supposed to be the Head Chef at another restaurant built at the Casino.
When he didn’t become Head Chef, Danny quit and began consulting. He then created a catering company called Back From Hell Catering, poking at his experience in “Hell’s Kitchen.”
He then joined with a group of investors that wanted to create a surf bar with food. He is now Chef of the Gnarly Surf Bar & Grill near the Intracoastal Waterway in Central Florida.
Dave Levey won Hell’s Kitchen Season 6, and the prize of Head Chef at Araxi Restaurant and Bar in Whistler, British Columbia. However, as we mentioned earlier, he was treated like a line-cook.
He worked at Araxi Restaurant until the end of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Currently, he is in Nashville helping his sister with her music career.
Holli Ugalde won Hell’s Kitchen Season 7, which was supposed to follow with the position as Executive Chef at The Savoy in London. However, she could not get a visa to work in the UK. Ugalde called that explanation an excuse, saying, “I don’t know if they even applied for my visa.”
Ugalde accepted an undisclosed amount of cash instead. She now has a job as the Signature Chef of a new restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, Florida called B Ocean.
Nona Sivley won Hell’s Kitchen Season 8, along with the prize position as Head Chef at LA Market at JW Marriott Hotel in Los Angeles as well as the opportunity to be a spokesperson for Rosemount Estate Wines. She is now working as Chef de Cuisine at LA Market with Celebrity chef Kerry Simon.
According to comments posted on Foodie Gossip’s blog, Heather West is currently working at Ciao Baby! in Massapequa, Long Island, N.Y. And Danny Veltri is no longer at Gnarley Surf Bar & Grill in New Smyrna Beach, FL. He is back at Flip Flops.
October 22nd, 2012