The 14th season of Hell’s Kitchen is ready to fire up (YES CHEF!) on March 3 from 8-9 pm on FOX . . . and this time around a Connecticut chef is in the running for winning the grand prize of not only winning Hell’s Kitchen, but also a Head Chef spot at one of Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants, and $250,000! But, if you’re a fan of the show, you know that it won’t be easy because there will be 17 other competitors and a ravenous (and often rabid) Chef Ramsay pushing our CT hopeful to his limits.
That person who’s hoping to open that door and walk through it in the finale is Chef Michael Dussault from Hartford, 38, who was the Director of Culinary Services and Executive Chef at the Hoffman Summerwood Community in West Hartford. Although he stopped working there in 2014, he still keeps to his New England Rounds by owning, operating, and being the Corporate Executive Chef at Adventure by the Plate.
Chef Dussault will be proving himself through nightmarish challenges that, according to a recent press release from FOX, include “fishing for crabs, serving a speed lunch for motorcyclists, preparing delicious dishes for a high school homecoming and a charity night with Fran Drescher from The Nanny.” And there will be even more celebrity appearances this year that include Bridgeport’s own John Ratzenberger of Cheers, Tamara Taylor from Bones, Jaleel White from Family Matters (no doubt he’ll be asking for cheese dishes), the. great. Will.iam. Shat…ner, Tatum O’Neal, Fred Willard, Taylor Hicks from American Idol, Freddy Kruger himself Robert Englund, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen from Saved by the Bell (we heart you Kelly!), Lisa Loeb, and the legendary Chef Wolfgang Puck.
The first episode, as always, has the 18 Hell’s Kitchen contestants competing against each other to create the best signature dishes. Chef Michael Dussault will be creating a Herb-Roasted Statler Breast of Chicken with Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes, Sautéed Asparagus, Sundried Cranberry Puree, and Pan Au Jus.
We wish Chef Michael Dussault all the best. Be strong, we’ve seen all the seasons and we know the craziness that’s in store for you. But, you’re Nutmeg strong and a New Englander . . . don’t tread on us.