New Orleans chef Anthony Rodriguez lines up in the 20-contestant field of Season 11 for celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s reality television cooking competition, “Hell’s Kitchen.” The roster, revealed February 27, includes 10 female and 10 male chefs from across the United States.
Returning March 12, the popular program marks its eleventh season, opening with a signature dish competition filmed before a live audience in Las Vegas.
Who is “Hell’s Kitchen” contestant Anthony Rodriguez?
Residing in New Orleans, Louisiana, 27-year-old Rodriguez is a line chef at The Dakota Restaurant of Covington.
The “Hell’s Kitchen” Season 11 contestant’s signature dish is BBQ Scallop “Po’ Boy” with a Tasso Jambalaya Pilaf.
Rodriguez outlined his culinary philosophy on his Facebook page:
Try to think of recipes as just guidelines for cooking. Let them be there to give you a general direction but let the dish evolve in your own head. Cooking is experimentation. The founding chefs of the culinary world didn't have a cookbook. Just have fun with it. You should never had a frown on your face in the kitchen.
The eleventh season of “Hell’s Kitchen,” beginning March 12 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox TV, is themed “Get Out,” quoting one of Ramsay’s more print-worthy exclamations from every season of the show. Rodriguez will battle 19 other contestant cooks, vying for a prime head chef position under Executive Chef Jeremy Berlin at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Las Vegas’ Caesars Palace.
“Tune in March 12 on FOX and see me compete in season 11 of Hell's Kitchen. [It’s] bound to be the best season ever,” Rodriguez posted February 28 on Facebook.