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BLT Brings the Modern American Steakhouse to Scottsdale

BLT Brings the Modern American Steakhouse to Scottsdale



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Chef Laurent Tourondel’s swanky Scottsdale outpost of BLT brings big rich beef flavors and unique steakhouse sides to the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn.

The massive bar and restaurant are surrounded by windows providing beautiful views of Camelback Mountain, and also includes a wall-sized chalkboard, round overhead lights, cozy circular booths, and wooden floors and tables.

One of the best menu items are the enormous popovers. Crusty outside and warm and airy inside, these delicious treats are reason enough to visit BLT. Appetizers include a lobster cobb salad, shrimp cocktail, burrata and tomato salad, grilled double-cut bacon, tuna tartare, hamachi, oysters, and Dungeness crab cakes.

In addition to hanger steak, New York strip, ribeye, and filets, BLT also offers an 8- and 12-ounce wagyu ribeye and a 10-ounce wagyu skirt steak. Other main courses include spiced lamb chops, lemon rosemary chicken, braised short ribs, Dover sole, branzino, swordfish, lobster, and shrimp and grits. Nine steak sauces are also on the menu, such as barbecue, steak, mustard, béarnaise, Roquefort, peppercorn, horseradish, chimichurri, and red wine.

Sides include fontina-baked, gratin, French-fried, and jalapeño mashed potatoes; creamy spinach; tomatoes Provencal; charred cauliflower; onion rings; mac and cheese; and stuffed mushroom caps.

Desserts are large and delicious, like the apple pie with brown butter ice cream, crepe soufflé with passion fruit sauce, peanut butter and chocolate mousse, carrot cake with ginger ice cream, and a bittersweet chocolate tart.

A meal at BLT is expensive, but given the large menu selection and high-quality cuisine, it’s definitely worth the price.


The Chef

Born and raised in Cooper City, Florida, I moved to Miami and then eventually L.A. where I entered and won a reality cooking show called “Hell’s Kitchen”. Cooking runs in my family so I knew I had to carry a legacy that my family loves and in return, makes other people happy! My father was the Executive Chef for some predominant Florida restaurants and even ran a college university’s kitchen back in the day. My mom was a whiz, whipping up home cooked meals my entire life. With both my parents so great in the kitchen, I was exposed to two completely different cooking styles and knew I wanted to be a chef. What I did not know was that my world was about to be turned upside down before even turning 30. Winning “Hell’s Kitchen” was not just a highlight but something that really set my career in a path I never could’ve imagined.

What was it like being on “Hell’s Kitchen”?

Imagine trying to do your job with a bunch of other people who are equally talented and someone you have idolized your entire life is on the side line judging your every move. NOW imagine 17 cameras pointed at you and a million people watching from their homes. The pressure was intense and failure was something that I would not look at. Having Gordon Ramsay on set was intense enough, but when throw everything I mentioned into the mix, you now have a recipe for great T.V. but some very stressed out chefs. The panic and stress you see on T.V. are very real but I wouldn’t change it for the world. Making it on the show was an accomplishment on it’s own but winning was one of the pinnacles of my career. Of course you get some money and an awesome job after you win but the experiences proceeding were the highlights. Being able to say I’ve cooked for celebrities like Tyra Banks, Daniel McBride, Hillary Duff, Rob Dyrdek, my idol Gordon Ramsay and many others I can’t think of off the top of my head, made the whole experience even more indescribable. I’m not sure I would enter another cooking competition but I’m very happy I did the show and equally as grateful for where it has taken me.

How did you end up in Delray?

Well I’m originally from Florida so moving back was not a hard decision. After you win “Hell’s Kitchen”, Gordon Ramsay sets you up with an amazing job working for the BLT Group and that job took me everywhere from Manhattan to Miami, from Los Angeles to The Hamptons and everywhere in between. It was awesome going from place to place and running all these amazing restaurants but after a few years I decided I wanted to be back in Florida full time and closer to friends and family. Making the decision to leave BLT wasn’t the easiest but I wanted to plant roots close to where I was raised. I’m now with SALT7 which is a modern American restaurant in Delray Beach and I intend to bring the same passion and drive that allowed me to win “Hell’s Kitchen” to their kitchen.

How long have you been in Delray?

I’ve been living in Deerfield for a few years but working in Delray for a little while now. I really like Delray so I think ill stay with SALT7 to showcase something I love doing.


The Chef

Born and raised in Cooper City, Florida, I moved to Miami and then eventually L.A. where I entered and won a reality cooking show called “Hell’s Kitchen”. Cooking runs in my family so I knew I had to carry a legacy that my family loves and in return, makes other people happy! My father was the Executive Chef for some predominant Florida restaurants and even ran a college university’s kitchen back in the day. My mom was a whiz, whipping up home cooked meals my entire life. With both my parents so great in the kitchen, I was exposed to two completely different cooking styles and knew I wanted to be a chef. What I did not know was that my world was about to be turned upside down before even turning 30. Winning “Hell’s Kitchen” was not just a highlight but something that really set my career in a path I never could’ve imagined.

What was it like being on “Hell’s Kitchen”?

Imagine trying to do your job with a bunch of other people who are equally talented and someone you have idolized your entire life is on the side line judging your every move. NOW imagine 17 cameras pointed at you and a million people watching from their homes. The pressure was intense and failure was something that I would not look at. Having Gordon Ramsay on set was intense enough, but when throw everything I mentioned into the mix, you now have a recipe for great T.V. but some very stressed out chefs. The panic and stress you see on T.V. are very real but I wouldn’t change it for the world. Making it on the show was an accomplishment on it’s own but winning was one of the pinnacles of my career. Of course you get some money and an awesome job after you win but the experiences proceeding were the highlights. Being able to say I’ve cooked for celebrities like Tyra Banks, Daniel McBride, Hillary Duff, Rob Dyrdek, my idol Gordon Ramsay and many others I can’t think of off the top of my head, made the whole experience even more indescribable. I’m not sure I would enter another cooking competition but I’m very happy I did the show and equally as grateful for where it has taken me.

How did you end up in Delray?

Well I’m originally from Florida so moving back was not a hard decision. After you win “Hell’s Kitchen”, Gordon Ramsay sets you up with an amazing job working for the BLT Group and that job took me everywhere from Manhattan to Miami, from Los Angeles to The Hamptons and everywhere in between. It was awesome going from place to place and running all these amazing restaurants but after a few years I decided I wanted to be back in Florida full time and closer to friends and family. Making the decision to leave BLT wasn’t the easiest but I wanted to plant roots close to where I was raised. I’m now with SALT7 which is a modern American restaurant in Delray Beach and I intend to bring the same passion and drive that allowed me to win “Hell’s Kitchen” to their kitchen.

How long have you been in Delray?

I’ve been living in Deerfield for a few years but working in Delray for a little while now. I really like Delray so I think ill stay with SALT7 to showcase something I love doing.


The Chef

Born and raised in Cooper City, Florida, I moved to Miami and then eventually L.A. where I entered and won a reality cooking show called “Hell’s Kitchen”. Cooking runs in my family so I knew I had to carry a legacy that my family loves and in return, makes other people happy! My father was the Executive Chef for some predominant Florida restaurants and even ran a college university’s kitchen back in the day. My mom was a whiz, whipping up home cooked meals my entire life. With both my parents so great in the kitchen, I was exposed to two completely different cooking styles and knew I wanted to be a chef. What I did not know was that my world was about to be turned upside down before even turning 30. Winning “Hell’s Kitchen” was not just a highlight but something that really set my career in a path I never could’ve imagined.

What was it like being on “Hell’s Kitchen”?

Imagine trying to do your job with a bunch of other people who are equally talented and someone you have idolized your entire life is on the side line judging your every move. NOW imagine 17 cameras pointed at you and a million people watching from their homes. The pressure was intense and failure was something that I would not look at. Having Gordon Ramsay on set was intense enough, but when throw everything I mentioned into the mix, you now have a recipe for great T.V. but some very stressed out chefs. The panic and stress you see on T.V. are very real but I wouldn’t change it for the world. Making it on the show was an accomplishment on it’s own but winning was one of the pinnacles of my career. Of course you get some money and an awesome job after you win but the experiences proceeding were the highlights. Being able to say I’ve cooked for celebrities like Tyra Banks, Daniel McBride, Hillary Duff, Rob Dyrdek, my idol Gordon Ramsay and many others I can’t think of off the top of my head, made the whole experience even more indescribable. I’m not sure I would enter another cooking competition but I’m very happy I did the show and equally as grateful for where it has taken me.

How did you end up in Delray?

Well I’m originally from Florida so moving back was not a hard decision. After you win “Hell’s Kitchen”, Gordon Ramsay sets you up with an amazing job working for the BLT Group and that job took me everywhere from Manhattan to Miami, from Los Angeles to The Hamptons and everywhere in between. It was awesome going from place to place and running all these amazing restaurants but after a few years I decided I wanted to be back in Florida full time and closer to friends and family. Making the decision to leave BLT wasn’t the easiest but I wanted to plant roots close to where I was raised. I’m now with SALT7 which is a modern American restaurant in Delray Beach and I intend to bring the same passion and drive that allowed me to win “Hell’s Kitchen” to their kitchen.

How long have you been in Delray?

I’ve been living in Deerfield for a few years but working in Delray for a little while now. I really like Delray so I think ill stay with SALT7 to showcase something I love doing.


The Chef

Born and raised in Cooper City, Florida, I moved to Miami and then eventually L.A. where I entered and won a reality cooking show called “Hell’s Kitchen”. Cooking runs in my family so I knew I had to carry a legacy that my family loves and in return, makes other people happy! My father was the Executive Chef for some predominant Florida restaurants and even ran a college university’s kitchen back in the day. My mom was a whiz, whipping up home cooked meals my entire life. With both my parents so great in the kitchen, I was exposed to two completely different cooking styles and knew I wanted to be a chef. What I did not know was that my world was about to be turned upside down before even turning 30. Winning “Hell’s Kitchen” was not just a highlight but something that really set my career in a path I never could’ve imagined.

What was it like being on “Hell’s Kitchen”?

Imagine trying to do your job with a bunch of other people who are equally talented and someone you have idolized your entire life is on the side line judging your every move. NOW imagine 17 cameras pointed at you and a million people watching from their homes. The pressure was intense and failure was something that I would not look at. Having Gordon Ramsay on set was intense enough, but when throw everything I mentioned into the mix, you now have a recipe for great T.V. but some very stressed out chefs. The panic and stress you see on T.V. are very real but I wouldn’t change it for the world. Making it on the show was an accomplishment on it’s own but winning was one of the pinnacles of my career. Of course you get some money and an awesome job after you win but the experiences proceeding were the highlights. Being able to say I’ve cooked for celebrities like Tyra Banks, Daniel McBride, Hillary Duff, Rob Dyrdek, my idol Gordon Ramsay and many others I can’t think of off the top of my head, made the whole experience even more indescribable. I’m not sure I would enter another cooking competition but I’m very happy I did the show and equally as grateful for where it has taken me.

How did you end up in Delray?

Well I’m originally from Florida so moving back was not a hard decision. After you win “Hell’s Kitchen”, Gordon Ramsay sets you up with an amazing job working for the BLT Group and that job took me everywhere from Manhattan to Miami, from Los Angeles to The Hamptons and everywhere in between. It was awesome going from place to place and running all these amazing restaurants but after a few years I decided I wanted to be back in Florida full time and closer to friends and family. Making the decision to leave BLT wasn’t the easiest but I wanted to plant roots close to where I was raised. I’m now with SALT7 which is a modern American restaurant in Delray Beach and I intend to bring the same passion and drive that allowed me to win “Hell’s Kitchen” to their kitchen.

How long have you been in Delray?

I’ve been living in Deerfield for a few years but working in Delray for a little while now. I really like Delray so I think ill stay with SALT7 to showcase something I love doing.


The Chef

Born and raised in Cooper City, Florida, I moved to Miami and then eventually L.A. where I entered and won a reality cooking show called “Hell’s Kitchen”. Cooking runs in my family so I knew I had to carry a legacy that my family loves and in return, makes other people happy! My father was the Executive Chef for some predominant Florida restaurants and even ran a college university’s kitchen back in the day. My mom was a whiz, whipping up home cooked meals my entire life. With both my parents so great in the kitchen, I was exposed to two completely different cooking styles and knew I wanted to be a chef. What I did not know was that my world was about to be turned upside down before even turning 30. Winning “Hell’s Kitchen” was not just a highlight but something that really set my career in a path I never could’ve imagined.

What was it like being on “Hell’s Kitchen”?

Imagine trying to do your job with a bunch of other people who are equally talented and someone you have idolized your entire life is on the side line judging your every move. NOW imagine 17 cameras pointed at you and a million people watching from their homes. The pressure was intense and failure was something that I would not look at. Having Gordon Ramsay on set was intense enough, but when throw everything I mentioned into the mix, you now have a recipe for great T.V. but some very stressed out chefs. The panic and stress you see on T.V. are very real but I wouldn’t change it for the world. Making it on the show was an accomplishment on it’s own but winning was one of the pinnacles of my career. Of course you get some money and an awesome job after you win but the experiences proceeding were the highlights. Being able to say I’ve cooked for celebrities like Tyra Banks, Daniel McBride, Hillary Duff, Rob Dyrdek, my idol Gordon Ramsay and many others I can’t think of off the top of my head, made the whole experience even more indescribable. I’m not sure I would enter another cooking competition but I’m very happy I did the show and equally as grateful for where it has taken me.

How did you end up in Delray?

Well I’m originally from Florida so moving back was not a hard decision. After you win “Hell’s Kitchen”, Gordon Ramsay sets you up with an amazing job working for the BLT Group and that job took me everywhere from Manhattan to Miami, from Los Angeles to The Hamptons and everywhere in between. It was awesome going from place to place and running all these amazing restaurants but after a few years I decided I wanted to be back in Florida full time and closer to friends and family. Making the decision to leave BLT wasn’t the easiest but I wanted to plant roots close to where I was raised. I’m now with SALT7 which is a modern American restaurant in Delray Beach and I intend to bring the same passion and drive that allowed me to win “Hell’s Kitchen” to their kitchen.

How long have you been in Delray?

I’ve been living in Deerfield for a few years but working in Delray for a little while now. I really like Delray so I think ill stay with SALT7 to showcase something I love doing.


The Chef

Born and raised in Cooper City, Florida, I moved to Miami and then eventually L.A. where I entered and won a reality cooking show called “Hell’s Kitchen”. Cooking runs in my family so I knew I had to carry a legacy that my family loves and in return, makes other people happy! My father was the Executive Chef for some predominant Florida restaurants and even ran a college university’s kitchen back in the day. My mom was a whiz, whipping up home cooked meals my entire life. With both my parents so great in the kitchen, I was exposed to two completely different cooking styles and knew I wanted to be a chef. What I did not know was that my world was about to be turned upside down before even turning 30. Winning “Hell’s Kitchen” was not just a highlight but something that really set my career in a path I never could’ve imagined.

What was it like being on “Hell’s Kitchen”?

Imagine trying to do your job with a bunch of other people who are equally talented and someone you have idolized your entire life is on the side line judging your every move. NOW imagine 17 cameras pointed at you and a million people watching from their homes. The pressure was intense and failure was something that I would not look at. Having Gordon Ramsay on set was intense enough, but when throw everything I mentioned into the mix, you now have a recipe for great T.V. but some very stressed out chefs. The panic and stress you see on T.V. are very real but I wouldn’t change it for the world. Making it on the show was an accomplishment on it’s own but winning was one of the pinnacles of my career. Of course you get some money and an awesome job after you win but the experiences proceeding were the highlights. Being able to say I’ve cooked for celebrities like Tyra Banks, Daniel McBride, Hillary Duff, Rob Dyrdek, my idol Gordon Ramsay and many others I can’t think of off the top of my head, made the whole experience even more indescribable. I’m not sure I would enter another cooking competition but I’m very happy I did the show and equally as grateful for where it has taken me.

How did you end up in Delray?

Well I’m originally from Florida so moving back was not a hard decision. After you win “Hell’s Kitchen”, Gordon Ramsay sets you up with an amazing job working for the BLT Group and that job took me everywhere from Manhattan to Miami, from Los Angeles to The Hamptons and everywhere in between. It was awesome going from place to place and running all these amazing restaurants but after a few years I decided I wanted to be back in Florida full time and closer to friends and family. Making the decision to leave BLT wasn’t the easiest but I wanted to plant roots close to where I was raised. I’m now with SALT7 which is a modern American restaurant in Delray Beach and I intend to bring the same passion and drive that allowed me to win “Hell’s Kitchen” to their kitchen.

How long have you been in Delray?

I’ve been living in Deerfield for a few years but working in Delray for a little while now. I really like Delray so I think ill stay with SALT7 to showcase something I love doing.


The Chef

Born and raised in Cooper City, Florida, I moved to Miami and then eventually L.A. where I entered and won a reality cooking show called “Hell’s Kitchen”. Cooking runs in my family so I knew I had to carry a legacy that my family loves and in return, makes other people happy! My father was the Executive Chef for some predominant Florida restaurants and even ran a college university’s kitchen back in the day. My mom was a whiz, whipping up home cooked meals my entire life. With both my parents so great in the kitchen, I was exposed to two completely different cooking styles and knew I wanted to be a chef. What I did not know was that my world was about to be turned upside down before even turning 30. Winning “Hell’s Kitchen” was not just a highlight but something that really set my career in a path I never could’ve imagined.

What was it like being on “Hell’s Kitchen”?

Imagine trying to do your job with a bunch of other people who are equally talented and someone you have idolized your entire life is on the side line judging your every move. NOW imagine 17 cameras pointed at you and a million people watching from their homes. The pressure was intense and failure was something that I would not look at. Having Gordon Ramsay on set was intense enough, but when throw everything I mentioned into the mix, you now have a recipe for great T.V. but some very stressed out chefs. The panic and stress you see on T.V. are very real but I wouldn’t change it for the world. Making it on the show was an accomplishment on it’s own but winning was one of the pinnacles of my career. Of course you get some money and an awesome job after you win but the experiences proceeding were the highlights. Being able to say I’ve cooked for celebrities like Tyra Banks, Daniel McBride, Hillary Duff, Rob Dyrdek, my idol Gordon Ramsay and many others I can’t think of off the top of my head, made the whole experience even more indescribable. I’m not sure I would enter another cooking competition but I’m very happy I did the show and equally as grateful for where it has taken me.

How did you end up in Delray?

Well I’m originally from Florida so moving back was not a hard decision. After you win “Hell’s Kitchen”, Gordon Ramsay sets you up with an amazing job working for the BLT Group and that job took me everywhere from Manhattan to Miami, from Los Angeles to The Hamptons and everywhere in between. It was awesome going from place to place and running all these amazing restaurants but after a few years I decided I wanted to be back in Florida full time and closer to friends and family. Making the decision to leave BLT wasn’t the easiest but I wanted to plant roots close to where I was raised. I’m now with SALT7 which is a modern American restaurant in Delray Beach and I intend to bring the same passion and drive that allowed me to win “Hell’s Kitchen” to their kitchen.

How long have you been in Delray?

I’ve been living in Deerfield for a few years but working in Delray for a little while now. I really like Delray so I think ill stay with SALT7 to showcase something I love doing.


The Chef

Born and raised in Cooper City, Florida, I moved to Miami and then eventually L.A. where I entered and won a reality cooking show called “Hell’s Kitchen”. Cooking runs in my family so I knew I had to carry a legacy that my family loves and in return, makes other people happy! My father was the Executive Chef for some predominant Florida restaurants and even ran a college university’s kitchen back in the day. My mom was a whiz, whipping up home cooked meals my entire life. With both my parents so great in the kitchen, I was exposed to two completely different cooking styles and knew I wanted to be a chef. What I did not know was that my world was about to be turned upside down before even turning 30. Winning “Hell’s Kitchen” was not just a highlight but something that really set my career in a path I never could’ve imagined.

What was it like being on “Hell’s Kitchen”?

Imagine trying to do your job with a bunch of other people who are equally talented and someone you have idolized your entire life is on the side line judging your every move. NOW imagine 17 cameras pointed at you and a million people watching from their homes. The pressure was intense and failure was something that I would not look at. Having Gordon Ramsay on set was intense enough, but when throw everything I mentioned into the mix, you now have a recipe for great T.V. but some very stressed out chefs. The panic and stress you see on T.V. are very real but I wouldn’t change it for the world. Making it on the show was an accomplishment on it’s own but winning was one of the pinnacles of my career. Of course you get some money and an awesome job after you win but the experiences proceeding were the highlights. Being able to say I’ve cooked for celebrities like Tyra Banks, Daniel McBride, Hillary Duff, Rob Dyrdek, my idol Gordon Ramsay and many others I can’t think of off the top of my head, made the whole experience even more indescribable. I’m not sure I would enter another cooking competition but I’m very happy I did the show and equally as grateful for where it has taken me.

How did you end up in Delray?

Well I’m originally from Florida so moving back was not a hard decision. After you win “Hell’s Kitchen”, Gordon Ramsay sets you up with an amazing job working for the BLT Group and that job took me everywhere from Manhattan to Miami, from Los Angeles to The Hamptons and everywhere in between. It was awesome going from place to place and running all these amazing restaurants but after a few years I decided I wanted to be back in Florida full time and closer to friends and family. Making the decision to leave BLT wasn’t the easiest but I wanted to plant roots close to where I was raised. I’m now with SALT7 which is a modern American restaurant in Delray Beach and I intend to bring the same passion and drive that allowed me to win “Hell’s Kitchen” to their kitchen.

How long have you been in Delray?

I’ve been living in Deerfield for a few years but working in Delray for a little while now. I really like Delray so I think ill stay with SALT7 to showcase something I love doing.


The Chef

Born and raised in Cooper City, Florida, I moved to Miami and then eventually L.A. where I entered and won a reality cooking show called “Hell’s Kitchen”. Cooking runs in my family so I knew I had to carry a legacy that my family loves and in return, makes other people happy! My father was the Executive Chef for some predominant Florida restaurants and even ran a college university’s kitchen back in the day. My mom was a whiz, whipping up home cooked meals my entire life. With both my parents so great in the kitchen, I was exposed to two completely different cooking styles and knew I wanted to be a chef. What I did not know was that my world was about to be turned upside down before even turning 30. Winning “Hell’s Kitchen” was not just a highlight but something that really set my career in a path I never could’ve imagined.

What was it like being on “Hell’s Kitchen”?

Imagine trying to do your job with a bunch of other people who are equally talented and someone you have idolized your entire life is on the side line judging your every move. NOW imagine 17 cameras pointed at you and a million people watching from their homes. The pressure was intense and failure was something that I would not look at. Having Gordon Ramsay on set was intense enough, but when throw everything I mentioned into the mix, you now have a recipe for great T.V. but some very stressed out chefs. The panic and stress you see on T.V. are very real but I wouldn’t change it for the world. Making it on the show was an accomplishment on it’s own but winning was one of the pinnacles of my career. Of course you get some money and an awesome job after you win but the experiences proceeding were the highlights. Being able to say I’ve cooked for celebrities like Tyra Banks, Daniel McBride, Hillary Duff, Rob Dyrdek, my idol Gordon Ramsay and many others I can’t think of off the top of my head, made the whole experience even more indescribable. I’m not sure I would enter another cooking competition but I’m very happy I did the show and equally as grateful for where it has taken me.

How did you end up in Delray?

Well I’m originally from Florida so moving back was not a hard decision. After you win “Hell’s Kitchen”, Gordon Ramsay sets you up with an amazing job working for the BLT Group and that job took me everywhere from Manhattan to Miami, from Los Angeles to The Hamptons and everywhere in between. It was awesome going from place to place and running all these amazing restaurants but after a few years I decided I wanted to be back in Florida full time and closer to friends and family. Making the decision to leave BLT wasn’t the easiest but I wanted to plant roots close to where I was raised. I’m now with SALT7 which is a modern American restaurant in Delray Beach and I intend to bring the same passion and drive that allowed me to win “Hell’s Kitchen” to their kitchen.

How long have you been in Delray?

I’ve been living in Deerfield for a few years but working in Delray for a little while now. I really like Delray so I think ill stay with SALT7 to showcase something I love doing.


The Chef

Born and raised in Cooper City, Florida, I moved to Miami and then eventually L.A. where I entered and won a reality cooking show called “Hell’s Kitchen”. Cooking runs in my family so I knew I had to carry a legacy that my family loves and in return, makes other people happy! My father was the Executive Chef for some predominant Florida restaurants and even ran a college university’s kitchen back in the day. My mom was a whiz, whipping up home cooked meals my entire life. With both my parents so great in the kitchen, I was exposed to two completely different cooking styles and knew I wanted to be a chef. What I did not know was that my world was about to be turned upside down before even turning 30. Winning “Hell’s Kitchen” was not just a highlight but something that really set my career in a path I never could’ve imagined.

What was it like being on “Hell’s Kitchen”?

Imagine trying to do your job with a bunch of other people who are equally talented and someone you have idolized your entire life is on the side line judging your every move. NOW imagine 17 cameras pointed at you and a million people watching from their homes. The pressure was intense and failure was something that I would not look at. Having Gordon Ramsay on set was intense enough, but when throw everything I mentioned into the mix, you now have a recipe for great T.V. but some very stressed out chefs. The panic and stress you see on T.V. are very real but I wouldn’t change it for the world. Making it on the show was an accomplishment on it’s own but winning was one of the pinnacles of my career. Of course you get some money and an awesome job after you win but the experiences proceeding were the highlights. Being able to say I’ve cooked for celebrities like Tyra Banks, Daniel McBride, Hillary Duff, Rob Dyrdek, my idol Gordon Ramsay and many others I can’t think of off the top of my head, made the whole experience even more indescribable. I’m not sure I would enter another cooking competition but I’m very happy I did the show and equally as grateful for where it has taken me.

How did you end up in Delray?

Well I’m originally from Florida so moving back was not a hard decision. After you win “Hell’s Kitchen”, Gordon Ramsay sets you up with an amazing job working for the BLT Group and that job took me everywhere from Manhattan to Miami, from Los Angeles to The Hamptons and everywhere in between. It was awesome going from place to place and running all these amazing restaurants but after a few years I decided I wanted to be back in Florida full time and closer to friends and family. Making the decision to leave BLT wasn’t the easiest but I wanted to plant roots close to where I was raised. I’m now with SALT7 which is a modern American restaurant in Delray Beach and I intend to bring the same passion and drive that allowed me to win “Hell’s Kitchen” to their kitchen.

How long have you been in Delray?

I’ve been living in Deerfield for a few years but working in Delray for a little while now. I really like Delray so I think ill stay with SALT7 to showcase something I love doing.