One-Armed Bandit Wins 'Hell's Kitchen'
Glenn Diaz
Glenn Diaz
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
San Diego, California native Dave Levey, who injured his left wrist early in the competition and has been in a cast since, single-handedly won the sixth season of Hell's Kitchen after an intense competition with self-confessed Mr. Consistent Kevin Cottle. In the process, he won a job at the Araxi Restaurant in Whistler, British Columbia for a year.

This is really something, considering that Dave was nearly knocked out of the competition an episode prior to the finale when, in trying to lift something in the dinner service, his injury got so bad that he fell to the ground. Hell's Kitchen host Gordon Ramsay questioned if he was physically capable of competing on the show, but Dave pleaded to be judged on his merits as a chef, and not on whether he could use two hands - bravo, indeed.

On last night's two-hour finale, the ladies' lone bet Ariel was eliminated first, while the final two competed in a final dinner service utilizing eliminated contestants. Dave chose Ariel, Robert, and Suzanne, while Kevin went with Van, Amanda, and Sabrina. I wonder where's Tennille?

At the end of the service, Ramsay said it was the closest finals ever, but in the end, it was Dave's "sophisticated palette" and "natural ability" that won him the job. The one-arm factor is also contributory to the win.

"He's gonna be an amazing asset to the Araxi Grill and Bar in Whistler and I'd like to wish him the best of luck, but honestly, I don't think he'll need it," Ramsay explained.

In an interview, Dave said he was surprised, but at the same time felt confident. "I stuck to my guns and I studied what Chef Ramsay wanted done."

- Glenn Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Vancouver Sun
(Image courtesy of Fox)