Hell’s Kitchen Elimination: Week 1

For week 1 the contestant eliminated was Stacey. Here is her bio from Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen web site:

Stacey Slichta on WannabeTVchef.comContestant Stacey Slichta

* Age : 38
* Hometown : Buffalo, NY
* Occupation : Private Chef, Studio City, CA

Q&A with Stacey –

What was your first kitchen job?

My first kitchen job was my externship, for the CIA, in Holland at Vreugh and Rust.

What was the first dish you mastered?

Salmon paillarde with blanced seasonal veggies and a simple salsa.

What is your signature dish?

My signature dish would be the above dish I mastered, or crispy mac and cheese.

Who was your first cooking inspiration?

My biggest inspiration would be my father, and Anthony Bourdain.

From her spotlight on the Culinary Institute of America’s web site:

Stacey Slichta knows what’s cooking in the lives of some celebrities. That’s because she has worked as a private chef in the Los Angeles, CA area almost since graduation. It’s a career choice that she loves, but also one that she never expected to make when she was a student at the CIA.

Stacey arrived at the CIA with a background in foodservice management and a bachelor’s degree in English and philosophy. She had no plans to work in a kitchen after graduating with her associate degree in culinary arts. But a student job in the college’s Career Services Office led to a summer position as a private chef, and that launched Stacey’s career in the field.

Her list of clientele features several celebrities, including comedian Don Rickles and his wife. Stacey’s duties include buying the food, beverages, and other supplies used by the household as well as preparing daily meals and the food for dinner parties and receptions. Additionally, Stacey does catering and teaches at Chefmakers, a new culinary school for home cooks and children in Pacific Palisades, CA.

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Stuart in 80 Words or Less

Stuart is a celebrity chef, food activist and award-winning food writer. He penned the cookbooks Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico, No Sides Needed: 34 Recipes To Simplify Life and Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor." His recipes have been featured in Current, Lagniappe, Southern Tailgater, The Kitchen Hotline and on the Cooking Channel.

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Stuart’s Honors & Awards

2015 1st Place Luck of the Irish Cook-off
2015 4th Place Downtown Cajun Cook-off
2015 2nd Place Fins' Wings & Chili Cook-off
2014 2015 4th Place LA Gumbo Cook-off
2012 Taste Award nominee for best chef (web)
2012 Finalist in the Safeway Next Chef Contest
2011 Taste Award Nominee for Little Grill Big Flavor
2011, 12 Member: Council of Media Tastemakers
2011 Judge: 29th Chef's of the Coast Cook-off
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Wing Cook-off
2011 Cooking Channel Perfect 3 Recipe Finalist
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Gumbo Cook-off
2011 Culinary Hall of Fame Member
2010 Tasty Awards Judge
2010 Judge: Bayou La Batre Gumbo Cook-off
2010 Gourmand World Cookbook Award Nominee
2010 Chef2Chef Top 10 Best Food Blogs
2010 Denay's Top 10 Best Food Blogs
2009 2nd Place Bay Area Food Bank Chef Challenge
2008 Tava: Discovery Contest Runner-up


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