Fox loves Gordon Ramsay so much, he now stars in three shows on the network. And his longest-running show “Hell’s Kitchen” loves Atlantans (though none have won.)
Nona Sivley is the latest Atlanta resident to enter the gates of “Hell.”
She’s had a brief sous chef job and catering gigs. But otherwise, her resume is relatively threadbare in terms of becoming a head chef.
This isn’t unusual for “Hell’s Kitchen.” My favorite local cast member was Julia Williams in 2007. Her most notable gig was a Waffle House cook yes still ended up in fourth place. (If anybody knows what happened to her, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to catch up with her!)
Fox seems to deliberately cast at least a few people with minimal restaurant cooking backgrounds to virtually ensure bad services in the first few weeks. Ramsay hurling insults at incompetent cooks is the reason the show has lasted into its eighth season.
Sivley grew up in Virginia, went to college in Texas but didn’t finish. She was doing odd jobs and landed in culinary school, where she also got to cook for the staff. First time she was handed ten pounds of leeks, she panicked. But her supervisor told her, “It’s just food. Calm down. Just get in there and put fire on it. I use that as my motto. It will work itself out.”
She lived in Atlanta earlier this decade and came back early this year. Two weeks after landing back here, she went to Los Angeles to shoot “Hell’s Kitchen.” (She is still seeking a permanent job here in Atlanta since she returned from the show a few months ago.)
Naturally, she couldn’t say how far she made it but she described the experience on the show as “awesome. It’s the most amazing thing I’ve ever done. Chef Ramsay is intense in the kitchen but outside the kitchen, he’s charming and charismatic. A really great guy.”
“Hell’s Kitchen,” 9 p.m. on Fox