A Kendall graduate is among the 16 culinary hopefuls vying for the top prize on season 8 of “Hell’s Kitchen.” The winner will become executive chef of LA Market Kitchen and Wine Bar at the new JW Marriott at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles with an annual salary of $250,000.
Emily Kutchins (A.A.S., Culinary Arts; B.A., Hospitality Management, 2004), has thus far made the first four cuts through the September 29 airing. Billed as an executive chef of a senior home in Chicago, Kutchins made a strong first impression on superstar Chef Gordon Ramsay with her signature dish of duck breast. So far, she’s holding her own on the all-women Red Team as it competes against the men’s Blue Team in a series of culinary challenges.
Throughout the season, those challenges will include baking pizzas and flatbreads in the new pizza ovens, catering a high-school prom, introducing sushi to the HELL’S KITCHEN menu, serving breakfast to hard-working EMTs and celebrating the series’ milestone 100th episode with a black-tie dinner service. Ultimately, one chef will emerge who possesses the right combination of ingredients to win the life-changing grand prize. Will that chef be Kutchins?
Stay tuned … “Hell’s Kitchen” airs on Fox on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. CT. Read more about Kutchins and what drives her passion as she cooks her way to the top!