Hell's Kitchen Season Six Winner: Dave Levey
Last night was the Hell's Kitchen season six finale, and the winner was Dave Levey (originally from Chester, New Jersey, living in San Diego, California). The prize: a one-year position of "head chef" at the Araxi restaurant in Whistler, British Columbia. The celebrated locavore restaurant is close to Vancouver and the 2010 Olympics that start February 12, 2010, so it's kind of a big deal. The restaurant's executive chef, James Walt told the Brandon Sun that he was "alarmed by some of the more inexperienced prospects that were competing to join his kitchen" but that Levey gets no instant position: he'll be rotating through the Araxi kitchen's various work stations first.
Levey's win was notable because in episode three during a punishment for losing a challenge, he somehow managed to fracture his wrist while cleaning a fire engine. For the rest of the season, Levey was in pain and wore a cast that made his left arm immobile, so being able to outcook sixteen other contestants with a broken wrist should be considered a feat. Highlights from the finale include:
- Two unfortunate mentions of Gourmet magazine: Colman Andrews, now ex-restaurant columnist of Gourmet, was a judge in a challenge; and Robert complimenting Kevin's dishes by saying that "every one of his plates would be on the cover of Gourmet magazine." Doh.
- The unmentioned elimination of the restaurant design segment that's appeared in every season finale so far. Guess Fox is cutting back?
- And something Hell's Kitchen has never shown: The outtakes during the credits that revealed a more jovial cast during filming and Gordon Ramsay practicing the line "You ain't nobody's bitch":