Food TV show watchers have plenty of local talent to root for in season 13 of Gordon Ramsay's competition show Hell's Kitchen: At least three contestants are from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The show, which premieres September 10, features local chefs Roe DiLeo, Katie McKeown and Kalen Morgenstern.
The show describes Morgenstern as a sous chef and Fort Worth native who "knows she needs to rise above the chaos and let her passion shine through to win the competition." Her signature dish is seared sea scallops with corn purée, pickled onions and tomato sauce.
DiLeo is a "head chef from Dallas, TX who's in the competition because she wants to prove her worth in the kitchen without having to go to school or be reviewed by critics." Her dish is Kobe beef filet with bacon-braised Brussels, whipped sweet potatoes and Cippolini onion jus.
McKeown is described as having a strategy to "put her head down, chop, chop, whisk, whisk." Her signature dish is a pan-seared halibut with jicama-mango slaw.
DiLeo made a name for herself locally as chef at the Libertine Bar; these days, she's working at Boulevardier in Bishop Arts. McKeown, one of the youngest contestants, is a native of Louisiana who works at Belly & Trumpet. Morgenstern is chef de cuisine at Tillman's Roadhouse in Fort Worth.
In the two-hour the premiere, the contestants arrive in Hollywood for a brief silver screen experience before Ramsay splits them into two teams and asks them to present their signature dishes in front of a live audience. Later, the chefs are forced to dig geoduck clams out of intricate sand sculptures and re-create Ramsay's geoduck sashimi.
The team that creates 15 perfect dishes will soak up the sun on a luxury yacht with Ramsay. The losing team will clean up the sand and prepare the geoduck nigiri and chowder for dinner service.
Celebrity guest stars will include Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, talk show host Wendy Williams, NBA champion Chris Bosh, Olympic gold medalist sprinter Allyson Felix, comedian Penn Jillette, actor Lou Diamond-Phillips, and So You Think You Can Dance judges Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe.