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'Hell's Kitchen' announces new cast

by jmaloni

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Wed, Feb 27th 2013 10:35 am
`Hell's Kitchen`: Chef Gordon Ramsay returns for season 11 of `Hell's Kitchen,` premiering Tuesday, March 12 (8 p.m. ET/PT), on FOX. (photo: 2013 Fox Broadcasting Co./credit: Michael Lavine/FOX)
"Hell's Kitchen": Chef Gordon Ramsay returns for season 11 of "Hell's Kitchen," premiering Tuesday, March 12 (8 p.m. ET/PT), on FOX. (photo: 2013 Fox Broadcasting Co./credit: Michael Lavine/FOX)

Season 11 fires up Tuesday, March 12, on FOX

Winner to receive a head chef position at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

Award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay welcomes 20 new competitors on the 11th season premiere of "Hell's Kitchen" airing Tuesday, March 12 (8 p.m.), on FOX. These aspiring restaurateurs will endure an intense culinary academy, including a series of grueling team challenges and dinner services to prove to Chef Ramsay that they have the perfect blend of skill, poise and determination to win a life-changing grand prize: a head chef position working under Executive Chef Jeremy Berlin at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace.

For the first time in "Hell's Kitchen" history, the newest batch of 20 aspiring restaurateurs will head to Las Vegas to present their signature dishes before a live audience. The contestants will split into two teams - the red team (women) and blue team (men) - to show Chef Ramsay and the live audience that they have what it takes to make their mark in the restaurant world. The winning team with the most impressive dishes will earn a VIP night on the town and attend a special concert, while the losing team will take a long, sweltering eight-hour journey back to Los Angeles on a school bus.

This season, the chefs will compete in an obstacle course involving lobsters and prepare a meal for hungry runners and world-renowned athletes as they vie for a chance to win lavish rewards, including a luxury spa day on a yacht and a trip to wine country on a private jet. Meanwhile, the losing teams will scale hundreds of pounds of fish or scrub down "Hell's Kitchen" in preparation for dinner service. Throughout the competition, the teams will be winnowed down until two chefs are left standing to compete for the ultimate prize.

Below are the 20 chefs competing on this season of "Hell's Kitchen":

The Red Team (Women) includes:

Amanda Giblin          

Age: 28           

Hometown: Orange County

Occupation: Executive chef

Signature dish: Pan-seared sea scallops over roasted corn and crispy prosciutto risotto

Cyndi Stanimirov      

Age: 25           

Hometown: Queens

Occupation: Head chef

Signature dish: Tri-color pepper-crusted New York strip with black truffle, white cheddar macaroni and cheese with asparagus

Danielle Boorn        

Age: 33           

Hometown: Atlanta

Occupation: Executive chef

Signature dish: Parmesan-encrusted chicken with herbed orzo and grilled asparagus

Gina Aloise  

Age: 49           

Hometown: Bronx

Occupation: Line cook

Signature dish: Penne Pasta with meatballs and a petit braciola

Ja'Nel Witt   

Age: 31           

Hometown: Houston

Occupation: Executive chef

Signature dish: Thai grilled prawns with Asian pesto

Jacqueline Baldassari

Age: 27           

Hometown: Florence, N.J.

Occupation: Roundsman

Signature dish: Magret duck breast, sweet potato rosti, caramelized Brussels sprouts with a currant au jus

Jessica Lewis              

Age: 26           

Hometown: New York City

Occupation: Chef tournant

Signature dish: Wahoo with vegetable succotash and lemon thyme vinegar

Mary Poehnelt         

Age: 26           

Hometown: Belchertown, Mass.

Occupation: Butcher/cook

Signature dish: Seared duck breast with a red wine reduction, pommes Anna and arugula salad

Nedra Harris

Age: 24           

Hometown: Detroit

Occupation: Kitchen manager

Signature dish: Honey-glazed lamb chops with grilled potatoes

Susan Heaton           

Age: 29           

Hometown: Whittier, Calif.

Occupation: Culinary student

Signature dish: Moroccan lamb with couscous

The Blue Team (Men) includes:

Anthony Rodriguez 

Age: 27           

Hometown: New Orleans

Occupation: Line chef

Signature dish: Barbecue scallop "po' boy" with a Tasso jambalaya pilaf

Barret Beyer              

Age: 35           

Hometown: Long Island

Occupation: Head chef

Signature dish: Pork loin roulade with mushrooms and spinach cream sauce with smashed roasted garlic potato

Christian Rosati      

Age: 38           

Hometown: Boston

Occupation: Line cook/sandwich maker

Signature dish: Pasta alla Norma

Dan Ryan      

Age: 27           

Hometown: Westchester

Occupation: Head cook

Signature dish: Eggs Benedict

Jeremy Madden       

Age: 22           

Hometown: Los Angeles

Occupation: Lead cook

Signature dish: Stuffed porterhouse steak with caramelized onions and smoked gouda

Jon Scallion 

Age: 27           

Hometown: York, Pa.

Occupation: Chef de cuisine

Signature dish: Seared scallops and foie gras with truffle and smoked gouda risotto

Michael Langdon     

Age: 33           

Hometown: Plains, Pa.

Occupation: Executive chef

Signature dish: Seared striped bass and ratatouille with a saffron tomato jus

Ray Alongi    

Age: 51           

Hometown: Boston

Occupation: Executive chef

Signature dish: Stuffed veal cutlet Damiano

Sebastian Royo        

Age: 32           

Hometown: Brooklyn

Occupation: Sous chef

Signature dish: Sea bass "sea farce" (aka salmon and shrimp corndogs)

Zach Womack            

Age: 34           

Hometown: Philadelphia

Occupation: Head line cook

Signature dish: Pork chop with apple fig purée

About Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill

Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace made history on the famed Las Vegas Strip when Ramsay opened Pub & Grill and Gordon Ramsay's BurGR at Planet Hollywood in December, making him the first chef to open two restaurants within one week. The 290-seat restaurant offers the U.K. chef's take on an authentic English pub experience - a lively and friendly setting, featuring elevated British pub food, 24 beers served on tap and 63 bottled beers. For more information on the restaurant, visit www.gordonramsay.com.

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