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'Hell's Kitchen' Winner Snags Position at New Borgata Restaurant

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May 15, 2009 at 1:30 PM | by | ()

Hell's Kitchen, Top Chef, The Chopping Block — how do we keep all these cooking reality shows straight? Oh, here's how: one of these shows has ol' Gordon Ramsay screaming in contestants' faces and calling them donkeys and stuff. And that show (Hell's Kitchen, in case we've lost you) had its season five finale last night — complete with a viewing party at the Borgata Hotel and Casino to appropriately celebrate the grand prize.

And what was this grand prize, you wonder? Well (spoiler for the Tivo-ers) winner Danny Veltri scored himself a chef's job at Atlantic City's Borgata inside the brand new resto Fornelletto Cucina Italiano under exec celeb chef Stephen Kalt, who also runs the kitchen at Corsa Cucina at Wynn Las Vegas.

The scoop on the new resto, from the Press of Atlantic City:

"It's going to be an Italian restaurant," said Kalt, a New York native whose Borgata restaurant will be located in the former Ombra location, which is currently receiving an overhaul. "It will be a mix of traditional, continental and modern cuisine. But most importantly, it's going to be fun. The food, of course, is going to be great, but why shouldn't it also be a fun, memorable experience."

Last night at the viewing party — which was held in the completely sold-out Music Box at the Borgata — contestants from seasons four and five of the show showed up as the winner was crowned. Or toqued. Or whatever.

Archived Comments:


wish i was there! sounds like it was awesome :(


do people still actually watch this show?

semi-snoozy, mostly just a turn-off

I watched a few episodes of this show and unlike Top Chef, there are no attractive people--both superficially and skin-deep. Everyone turned me off in terms of attitude and skills. I found myself not wanting to eat whatever they were making because I saw who was making it. Aside from Gordon Ramsay going batshit on everyone and to see the drama of what goes on in a kitchen, it's pretty snoozy.