Conspicuously absent since Season Eight, the popular “Hell’s Kitchen” maitre d’ is back, much to fans’ delight. Jean-Philippe Susilovic returns to Gordon Ramsay’s reality television cooking competition for its eleventh season in March 2013.
“Not long now,” Ramsay tweeted February 27, pointing to the “Hell’s Kitchen” March 12 season premiere.
The dapper Belgian with the dry humor left the series after charming audiences for the show’s first seven seasons to serve as restaurant director for celebrity chef and “Hell’s Kitchen” star Ramsay’s Knightsbridge Petrus eatery in the United Kingdom.
Now in his late thirties, the Brussels-born Susilovic has an impressive resume, having served in many Michelin Star restaurants (such as New York's Daniel's, Danube and La Panetiere), as well as Gordon Ramsay's Aubergine in the U.K. and Verre in Dubai. Susilovic has worked with Ramsay since 1995, when he joined Aubergine.
The Croatian descendant also appeared on the U.K. version of Ramsay’s “Hell’s Kitchen.”
For three seasons, James Lukanik has served as the master of the house on “Hell’s Kitchen,” greeting and seating restaurant patrons for the famous televised dinner services.
“Hell’s Kitchen” Season 11 debuts March 12 on Fox TV, beginning at 8 p.m. ET, with Jean-Philippe cheerily greeting the new chef contestants at the door. The cooking cast will compete for the prize of a head chef position, working under Executive Chef Jeremy Berlin at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace.