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Matt Sigel From Hell's Kitchen Talks Ramsay, White Chocolate, and More

Mattie Out of Hell, But Working As an Executive Chef

Although he didn't score the job at Ramsay's up and coming restaurant in LA, Matt — the latest cheftestant to be kicked off of Hell's Kitchen — recently started a position as executive chef of Pizzicato in New Jersey. When I spoke with Matt yesterday he was in good spirits and happily expressed his feelings towards the HK experience. To see what the chef — whose now rooting for Bobby or Jen to win HK — had to say,


PartySugar: How did it feel to be eliminated?
: It felt great! No, seriously I was hoping I would go farther, but I accomplished what I wanted to accomplish. I went there to have the experience, to work with Chef Ramsay and that's what I did.

PS: Is Gordon Ramsay really as big of a jerk as he seems?
: I have nothing but respect for Chef Ramsay.

PS: Why did you decide to go on the show in the first place?
: I needed someone else other than my wife yelling at me.

PS: Ramsay was shocked by your interesting flavor combinations, where did you come up with them?
: I've learned a lot from my mentor Chef Keith Mitchell. I learned all about flavors from him. You know I didn't do anything disgusting. I've done that dish after the show and people have liked it. It really is just a raw scallop with a little shaving of white chocolate. A lot of chefs became successful for being adventurous.

PS: Did you prefer working on the all-girl or all-boy team?
: I got along with both teams. One girl on the girl's team — Corey is a manipulative bitch — but you know when it came to the dinner service the girls put everything aside and really worked as a team. I liked Bobby and some of the guys, but the girls were more professional.

PS: How did you feel when everyone started calling you Mattie? Is that a nickname you chose for yourself?
: Ben started it. Ben is not that normal. I liked Ben, but I didn't realize he was a backstabber and was planning on kicking me off. I didn't really mind it [the name Mattie], no not really. My dad called me Mattie when I was little. I get called worst things by my best friend.

Photos courtesy of Fox.

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