Danny Veltri is the winner of “Hell’s Kitchen”

May 15th, 2009 - 7:54 pm ICT by GD  

In a minor upset, Chef Gordon Ramsay announced that the winner of the fifth season of Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” is not the expected Paula DaSilva but Danny Veltri from Florida who will know be in charge of things at a restaurant in the Atlantic City resort.

On stage at Borgata’s Music Box Danny put on a white baseball cap worn backwards instead of his usual camouflage cap and also a chef’s coat and said, “It’s such a great blessing to have such a great opportunity. It’s the best thing that has ever happened to me, ” in a voice dripping with emotion.

After making a disaster on his very first dish, Danny grew to be a strong contestant on the show. He was always seen more calm and confident at the kitchen than his co-contenders and seemed at ease at all the different counters. Ramsay admitted Danny was impressive in both team challenges as well as individual work. In the finale episode Danny and Paula were contesting with one final dinner service on two different sides of the kitchen, whipping up delectable food. They were assisted by the contestants who had been eliminated on other episodes and some of them continued to be unimpressive, and often trouble-making.

Danny continued to be efficient in the kitchen and seemed to remember that both quality and speed were of great importance in the episode. No one criticized anyone else or swore, spitting and name calling were also kept low and Ramsay agreed that it was the best kitchen service on both sides that he has ever seen on the show before. At the end of the show Ramsay named Danny the winner and gave him the $250,000 contract to work under Stephen Kalt at the yet-to-open Italian food restaurant Fornellati in Atlantic City at New Jersey.

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