This season on Hell's Kitchen
, I couldn't help but laugh when Danny Veltri made his first impression on audiences by claiming to be a culinary prodigy. Well, guess who's laughing now?
Last night the laid back chef from Edgewater, Florida became the youngest winner of Chef Gordon Ramsay's cooking competition show. Veltri was an accomplished 23-year-old before he even decided to apply for Hell's Kitchen,
having already started and run his own restaurant for a number of years. And now his resume is all the more impressive: he just earned an executive chef position at a brand new fine dining restaurant in the Borgata Resort in Atlantic City and $250,000.
I had the pleasure of talking with Danny this afternoon after his exhausting but thrilling first day as the Hell's Kitchen
winner. Among other things, we talked about that final stressful dinner service, what gave him the final edge over Paula, and when he'll be starting his exciting new job. Read on for the full mp3 audio and transcript of the interview.