Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Hell's Kitchen Winners Where Are They Now?

Hell's Kitchen Contestants

Hell's Kitchen features Gordon Ramsay as Head Chef alongside two sous chefs to support the contestants, each week there will be a number of challenges to test the culinary skills of the contestants, who are all competing for a prize of their own restaurant or the option of working  alongside top chefs including Gordon. Find out what happened next to the Hell's Kitchen Winners. 


Hell's Kitchen - Michael Wray 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 - Heather West Heather West, 25, was a Sous Chef from Port Jefferson, New York. She won season 2 due to her determination and leadership skills. She won a year contract as Senior Chef at Terra Rossa at the Red Rock Casino in Nevada. She then became Head Chef at Monteray Restaurant, then to Jellyfish Restaurant and later Broadway Grill before moving to Schafers in Port Jefferson. She married in 2014 and had a son.
Hell's Kitchen - Rock Harper Rock Harper, 30, was an Executive Chef from Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia. He was the winner of season 3 due to his confidence in the kitchen, his leadership skills and ability to motivate the team. Rock won a years contract at Terra Verde restaurant, after this he started working at Ben’s Next Door as Executive Chef, was an instructor at Stratford University and wrote a cookbook called "44 Things Parents Should Know about Healthy Cooking for Kids". He appeared on Chef Wanted and won an Executive Chef position at The Precinct but he didn't take up the position and has been involved with many businesses in an advisory capacity.
Hell's Kitchen Christina Machamer Christina Machamer, 25, was a student from St. Louis, Missouri. She won the fourth series of Hell's Kitchen due to her great potential. She was instead offered the position of Senior Sous Chef rather than Executive Chef as her prize, she worked at London West Holywood for 10 months before moving to Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bistro. After this, she returned to school where she trained to be a sommelier and now lives in Napa valley She was Director of Wine and Culinary at B Cellars Vineyards & Winery and now manages the Caldwell Vineyard
Hell's Kitchen Danny Veltri Danny Veltri, 23, was an Executive Chef from Edgewater, Florida. He won season 5 of Hell's Kitchen due to his growth on the show, he showed Gordon he had all the necessary skills to be crowned the winner due to his talent and maturity. After the show, he took up position as a Sous Chef at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey but left after a couple of months. He started his own catering company called Back From Hell Catering, a reference to his time on the show before moving to Gnarly Surf Bar & Grill, which he helped opened with other investors. He was arrested in 2012 for DUI.
Dave Levey, 32, was an Executive Chef from San Diego, California. He was the winner of season 6 due to his natural ability in the kitchen. He took up the position at Araxi Restaurant until the end of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games as it turned out to be a line cook position and not Head Chef as he expected. He was arrested as part of a drugs bust in 2014.
Holli Ugalde, 24, was a Banquet Chef from San Bernardino, California. She won Season 7 of Hell's Kitchen due to her growth in confidence and ability during the process. She was not given the position in London due to "visa issues", something Holli disputes. She claims she isn't even sure they applied for it as she never completed any paperwork and instead accepted an undisclosed amount of cash. She briefly returned to being a Chef in a hotel in Florida before starting a lifestyle programme called SENS Wellness. 
Nona Sivley, 29. was a Sous Chef from Atlanta, Georgia. She was the winner of Season 8 of Hell's Kitchen and won due to her impressive improvement during the series and the passion she showed for cooking. After the show, she took up the Head Chef position at LA Market, with her winning menu being add to the restaurant menu. She left after three years to help her mentor Kerry Simon open his first restaurant Pork & Beans. After the restaurant opened she started her own catering business called Fizzy Peach. 

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