Once again we visit the past winners of Hell’s Kitchen. How are the former winners doing and did they get the prize they were promised? Here is an update of the winners of seasons five through eight. Only one out of the four completed their stay as head chef.
Season 5 winner Danny Veltri became sous chef under Stephen Kalt at Fornelletto. When Veltri did not receive the promised head chef position, he quit and created a catering company called Back from Hell. Danny Veltri is no stranger to legal problems. He was arrested for DWI in March of 2012. At that time, Veltri was the general manager for Gnarly Surf Bar & Grill in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Dave Levey was the Season 6 winner. He served under Executive Chef James Walt. Levey felt as though he was more of a line cook than a head chef, so he left the Araxi Restaurant in Whistler, B.C. after the 2010 Winter Olympics. He worked at Araxi from January 2010 through the end of the Winter Games.
Holli Ugalde was the winner of Season 7. She never took her position as head chef at Savoy London because of visa issues. She settled with Hell’s Kitchen for an undisclosed amount of money. Ugalde was snubbed twice by Gordon Ramsay. As if to add insult to injury, her request to tour the Savoy London was refused. Ugalde went to work for B Ocean in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. She is currently president and founder of Chef Holli Enterprises and works as a restaurant consultant.
Nona Sivley took the prize in Season 8. She received her prize as the head chef of LA Market at JW Marriot Hotel and the spokesperson for Rosemont Estates. Although she resides in Los Angeles, she currently visited Arkansas in Oct. 2013 with Chef Vinny and Chef Lewis at Farm to Table at Scott Heritage Farm.
Hell’s Kitchen is produced by ITV Studios America in association with A. Smith & Co. Productions. Arthur Smith, Kent Weed and Gordon Ramsay serve as executive producers.