If you consider yourself both a foodie and a reality TV junkie, then cooking shows are likely high on your DVR and watchlists. Network, cable and streaming services from FOX to BRAVO! at netflix offer a myriad of opportunities to indulge vicariously in one’s culinary passions. In fact, you might also have the opportunity to participate in a challenge or two yourself as hosts, guests and contestants sharpen their culinary chops for the viewers.
Whatever you choose to do, you do it in the comfort of your own home, not in a pressure-filled kitchen, and certainly not under the watchful eye and tutelage of someone considered one of the best chefs. in the world.
Gordon Ramsey and Hell’s Kitchen are not for the faint of heart, knives or salmon! Let’s see where some of the former culinary conquerors are now and if they’re still excited.
10/10 Hell’s Kitchen season 1 winner Michael Wray
Chef Michael Wray won season 1 of Hell’s Kitchen, earning $250,000 to open a restaurant. Surprisingly, Gordon Ramsay asked Michael to work alongside him in London. After one visit, Michael decided against it, knowing that his hidden drug addiction would be problematic.
Shortly before it opened, Michael’s daughter died during childbirth, sending him into a drug-induced freefall that lasted for years and nearly resulted in his death… ALMOST. Today, he remarried and is working hard to open a food truck that he wants to drive around the country to help people in need.
9/10 Hell’s Kitchen Season 3 Winner Rahman ‘Rock’ Harper
In his win, Rahman “Rock” Harper became executive chef at Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa in Las Vegas, with an annual salary of $250,000. He left after a year, returning to his DMV (DC/MD/VA) roots, serving as executive chef at Ben’s Next Door, part of DC’s historic Ben’s Chili Bowl franchise, then becoming an instructor at the Stratford University.
He now owns and operates Queen Mother’s Fried Chicken in Arlington, Virginia.
8/10 Hell’s Kitchen Season 5 Winner Danny Veltri
After his difficult season, Danny Veltri won the job of head chef at Fornelletto at the Borgata Hotel & Spa in Atlantic City, along with the $250,000 prize.
To Danny’s surprise, he was to serve as sous chef, despite his victory. He quickly left. He had a short-lived stint in the restaurant business and worked as a chef at NBA player Vince Carter’s restaurant. At last check, Danny has settled in as the head chef at the Salt Life Food Shack in Jacksonville, Florida.
7/10 Hell’s Kitchen season 6 winner Dave Levey
During his season, Dave Levey won the job of head chef at Araxi Restaurant & Bar in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada with a salary of $250,000. Dave, too, was surprised at his real position as a line cook. As the 2010 Winter Olympics approached, Dave decided to stay until the end. He has since returned to his New Jersey home, working as a chef at various restaurants.
6/10 Hell’s Kitchen season 8 winner Nona Sivley
Nona Sivley’s victory landed her the job of head chef at the LA Market restaurant at the JW Marriott Hotel, Los Angeles, with a salary of $250,000, as well as an endorsement deal with Rosemount Estate Wines.
Since then, Nona has followed a healthy diet and weight loss journey, which now fuels her passions for cooking. She currently owns and operates Sizzling Peach, a restaurant business, in Atlanta.
5/10 Paul Niedermann, winner of season 9 of Hell’s Kitchen
With his victory, Paul Niedermann won silver and the position of head chef at BLT Steak in New York. He is currently preparing the whole thing as a corporate executive chef at SALT7 in Ft. Lauderdale.
He has a new objective in his new location. “I like to make my fair a little lighter due to the fact that we’re always in the heat, and I like to add a bit of citrus notes to things that don’t necessarily have it.”
4/10 Hell’s Kitchen season 10 winner Christina Wilson
Christina Wilson has won the job of head chef at Gordon Ramsay Steak in Paris Las Vegas, with the normal salary of $250,000. After leaving that position, she served as Hell’s Kitchen’s Red Team Sous Chef for the past seven seasons.
In his own words, “It’s definitely, my favorite thing about the show is what I get to do with the contestants and then work alongside Gordon in that capacity, of course.”
3/10 Hell’s Kitchen season 11 winner Ja’Nel Witt
With her victory, Ja’Nel Witt secured the position of head chef at the Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesar’s Palace.
However, due to an alleged failed drug test, Ja’Nel’s offer was rescinded. However, she was able to keep the prize money. At last check, she was working at Sammy’s Steakhouse in Richmond, Texas.
2/10 Michelle Tribble, winner of season 17 of Hell’s Kitchen
Michelle Tribble faced plenty of backlash from her castmates, but she emerged victorious in season 17 with a job at the Hell’s Kitchen restaurant at Caesars Palace.
Unfortunately, his position was lost due to the pandemic. While she currently works at Gordon Ramsey North America as Executive Chef of Culinary Development, she is also redefining herself as a nursing student at Texas Woman’s University.
1/10 Hell’s Kitchen Season 20 Winner Trenton Garvey
Last season’s winner Trenton Garvey, the second-youngest winner in franchise history, landed the head chef spot at Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas with, of course, the joint salary of $250,000. .
Gordon said of Trenton: “Trenton is everything I could wish for in a protege. At a very young age he has already proven himself to be a creative, passionate and driven leader. He will be a major asset to the Gordon Ramsay Steak 2.0 at the Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.” Trenton Garvey is still working there now.