Fans of Jamie Gregorich and the Fox television show “Hell’s Kitchen” will have to resign themselves to seeing the Island native on the local scene instead of the television screen.
The 25 year-old sous chef at Euphemia Haye restaurant on Longboat Key was the ninth contestant to depart this season’s show, making it halfway through the season.
The television show splits 18 contestants into two teams to rival each other under the direction of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, who ultimately decides which chef is eliminated each week. The winner receives a head chef position at BLT Steak in New York City.
Gregorich’s departure from the show was unexpected for those watching, and while she has received an abundant amount of feedback from fans unhappy with Ramsay’s decision Gregorich is upbeat about her future.
“During the casting process it clicked for me that this is a television show that revolves around personalities, not a cooking show,” admits Gregorich. “I was a little nervous when I heard the prize for ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ was winning a job in a town that is completely opposite of what I’m used to.
“I can’t even explain how excited I am to stay here in my humble abode and enjoy the sights and sounds of the beach life,” she said.
Gregorich already has signed up for the fall coed soccer league at the Anna Maria Island Community Center and arranged to spend next summer working in a kitchen in St. Augustine.
“My plans are to keep living the dream and continue my career at Euphemia Haye and teaching at MTI,” said Gregorich. “Knowing myself and my drive, I feel I can do anything I put my mind to.”