Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Hell's Kitchen Season 1 Contestants Where Are They Now?

Hell's Kitchen Season 1 Contestants

Hell's Kitchen Season 1 aired May 30 to August 1, 2005 on Fox Network, there were 12 contestants and the prize for the winner was a position in London to work under Gordon Ramsay in one of his restaurants.

Find out what the Hell's Kitchen Season 1 contestants did next after appearing on Hell's Kitchen with Gordon Ramsay. 

Andrew Bonito, 24, was an Office Assistant from Livingston, New Jersey, he had previous experience in kitchens having started cooking at a Pizzeria at the age of 14. During the show, he did not get on well with Gordon and there were some heated exchanges. After the show, Andrew credited the process for helping him to grow professionally. In 2008, he returned to college to complete a Masters in Hospitality, after which he became manager at The Palm in Manhattan before moving to Bond 45. He is currently Director of Operatons at Hu Kitchen. Hell's Kitchen Andrew Bonito
Carolann Valentino, 33, was a kitchen assistant from Dallas, Texas. She created the signature dish of the season but was eliminated due to her lack of experience and teamwork skills. Since the show, she has left the catering world and in 2013 performed a comedy play "Burnt at the Steak", about her experiences working in a Steakhouse and choosing to pursue a career in performing over her career in catering. She had a part in 2016 movie "Cassanova Was a Woman". Hell's Kitchen - Carolann Valentino
Chris North, 35, was an Executive Chef from Yorktown Heights, New York, who trained at the Institute of Culinary Education. He gave a mixed performance and Gordon questioned his abilities as an Executive Chef saying that he expected more from him. After Hell's Kitchen, Chris returned to Rowayton Seafood where he has been Executive Chef since 2005. Hell's Kitchen Chris North
Elsie Ramos, 40, was a self taught cook and mother of six, she learnt to cook from family members. She made it to the final week with many strong performances in the kitchen. She was popular with viewers and gained a book deal not long after the show concluded. She published "Elsie’s Turkey Tacos and Arroz con Pollo", has done numerous cookery demonstrations, events and returned to cookery school to improve her cooking skills. She has also appeared on a number of cookery shows. In 2012, she partnered with Imusa Health, a homeware company and embarked on a series of cookery demonstrations. She is also a partner to Health First and promotes healthier alternatives to home cooked classics. Hell's Kitchen - Elsie Ramos
Jimmy Casey, 25, was a Purchasing Manager from Williston Park, New York. He graduated from The Institution of Culinary Education in New York and was a Manager in their purchasing department. After the show, Jimmy described it as a positive experience that taught him a lot about cooking and operations in the time he was on the show. It appears he may have returned to his previous career in Purchasing.
Jeffery Dewberry, 33, was a Pastry Chef from Stockbridge, Georgia. During the show, he struggled with some tasks and even deserted his station after struggling with Beef Wellington, this led to his exit from the show. After the show, Jeff became a Chef/Manager at The Flying Biscuit Cafe in Atlanta, Georgina . He blogged briefly in 2006 about what he was doing after the show. He also has a YouTube Channel featuring vegan recipes.
Jeff La Poff, 28, was a Finance Manager from Orange, New Jersey. Jeff struggled in the show and called Gordon an a**hole in one episode before walking out. He left in week 3, he walked out after arguing with Gordon, his exit and poor performance was later put down to injury, a sprained ankle and kidney stones, he was shown suffering in pain in one episode and later said that he was in hospital in between filming and was on strong doses of Morphine. It is reported that he and Gordon had a further argument in the parking lot, which led to the sprained ankle. Jeff now works in Insurance after having worked in used car sales for a few years. Hell's Kitchen Jeff LaPoff
Jessica Cabo, 26, was a Head Hunter from Huntington, New York, she was a self taught chef but had gained some experience from running a pizzeria whilst in college. After the show, she returned to working at Yahoo briefly, then decided to pursue her passion in the kitchen, working her way up in a friends restaurant before working in LA with a number of well known chefs before opening her own restaurant Brick+Mortor in Santa Monica. In 2013, she became a chef at CAM Cafe at the Cameron Art Museum before taking over the reigns as Head Chef.
Mary Ellen Daniels, 27, was a Bartender and culinary student from Belmont, Massachusetts. She left the show in week 3 due to inconsistency in the the dishes she prepared. She married in 2013 but appears to have returned to her previous career in hospitality.
Michael Wray, 27, was a professional chef from Fort Collins, Colorado. His dishes were well received by both Gordon and critics and he was the winner of the series. His choice of prize was to either open his own restaurant or to travel to London to apprentice with Gordon in one of his restaurants, initially he accepted to work with Gordon but once he realised the strains this would put on his family, he decided not to take up the prize. He went on to be Head Chef at The Standard in Los Angeles before moving to Arizona. He planned to open his open restaurant HK One but he failed to secure the finances to be able to do so. He now runs his own knife company and teaches culinary classes. Hell's Kitchen - Michael Wray
Ralph Pagano, 36, was a Professional Chef from Livingston, New Jersey. After Hell's Kitchen, he worked at STK Miami. He continued his tv career, hosting a cooking show Pressure Cook, where he is deserted in another country and must work his way to a plane ticket back home, by sourcing and cooking food and later All Mixed Up, where three junior chefs mix up fresh and branded ingredients to cook a three course meal judged by a panel of three experienced Chefs. He also challenged Chef Bobby Flay in an episode of Iron Chef and lost. He opened restaurant Naked Taco in Miami Beach, Naked Lunch at the University of Miami and later Naked Tiki. Hell's Kitchen Ralph Pagano
Wendy Liu, 32, was an account manager from New Jersey who graduated from The Institute of Culinary Education. She was weak throughout the first three services and Gordon referred to eliminating her as putting her out of her misery. She appears to have returned to her career in account management. Hell's Kitchen Wendy Liu

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