Celebrity chef and professional profanity spewer Gordon Ramsay selected a winner on Tuesday’s sixth-season finale of ‘Hell’s Kitchen.’
Three finalists battled it out in the fierce final cook off, but it was the one-armed bandit David Levey who came through the winning door and claimed the prize of a year-long contract as Head Chef at Araxi Restaurant in Whistler, British Columbia.
“I’m totally in a state of shock,” Levey said. Ramsay says of his new head chef, “Dave has a very natural ability and a very sophisticated palette. He fought through excruciating pain and excelled.”
The 32-year-old San Diego native, who endeared (or exasperated) fans with his inability to properly complete sentences, was considered the underdog. Levey, cooking up a storm with a broken wrist no less, beat out executive chef Kevin Cottle and sous chef Ariel Contreras-Fox, who was eliminated in the first half of the two-hour finale.
Levey may have survived Chef Ramsay’s ‘Hell,’ but he’ll still be under fire when he starts his new job in January 2010. Levey begins working under the wing of Araxi Executive Chef James Walt just six weeks before the 2010 Olympic Winter games kick off Feb. 12 in Whistler Blackcomb.
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