It’s going to be a battle against Delaware and Raleigh native chefs for the next season of “Hell’s Kitchen.”
For the 16th season of “Hell’s Kitchen” premieres this Friday, Andrew Pearce from Delaware and Raleigh chef Jessica Boynton are two of the 18 contestants for the reality cooking show. The two will battle with the others to win British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.
Andrew Pearce is the 29-year-old executive chef at Hugo’s Frog Bar & Chop House in Philadelphia’s SugarHouse Casino.
He graduated from Delcastle Technical High School’s culinary arts program and Le Cordon Bleu Institute of Culinary Arts in Pittsburgh.
Pearce said he was not aware of “Hell’s Kitchen” before. That is, until a culinary talent approached him two years ago.
Talking about the season, which he can’t dish out the details yet, he said it has been a tough challenge.
He also mentioned working with Gordon Ramsay, who was notorious for yelling and scolding.
“Everyone knows about his yelling and his demeanor in the kitchen, but I was ready for it,” he told Delaware Online. “I don’t know if there is a good way to prepare for that.”
On the other hand, Raleigh chef Jessica Boynton did not know anything at all about the cooking show before she ended up becoming a part of it.
A News Observer report said it was her co-workers Adam Smith and David Johnson who actually applied for her. The next thing she new, she received an email saying she will enter the first round.
“How do I go from being a short-order cook to being on a television show?” Jessica Boynton asked.
The 34-year-old chef is a cook at On the Oval, at N.C. State’s Centennial Campus.
“Hell’s Kitchen” will air on September 23, on Fox.