Philly chef who competed on Hell’s Kitchen found dead

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A Philadelphia chef who competed last year on the Fox reality cooking series Hell’s Kitchen was found dead in his home.


Paulie Giganti, who ran the restaurant Birra at 1700 E. Passyunk Ave. in South Philadelphia, died Thursday. The cause and manner of his death are pending the results of an autopsy, according to James Garrow, spokesman at the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s office. 

The Brooklyn-born chef competed in Season 16 of the popular series. He occasionally battled with British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay over the quality of his food.





His signature dish listed on his Fox biography was the “biscotti-encrusted scallops over a crispy polenta with a basil curry cream sauce.” 

“I never went to school for cooking.  I was going to be an engineer.  I just wanted to see how I stacked up against other guys, like “school-y” guys and other people,” Giganti said in an interview last year with My Take on TV.

Giganti said his experience on the show gave him “a little bit more confidence.”




“I was getting critiqued by world renowned chefs” he said. “They liked my food and gave me more affirmation that I actually do know what I’m doing, but it hasn’t changed my perception on the kitchen, except for those life affirming moments.”



















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