'Hell's Kitchen' crowns Meghan Gill Season 14 winner
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 06/10/2015
Hell's Kitchen crowned Meghan Gill the Fox culinary competition's fourteenth-season winner during Tuesday night's finale broadcast.
"Coming down those steps and seeing everybody so excited and so happy for me, that was the best. That was the absolute f-cking best. At the end of it, I got to see my mother. Just going through the ups and downs with her my whole life, seeing her at the end of the tunnel was just... Yeah," Meghan, a 28-year-old executive chef from Roanoke, VA, said following her victory as she choked up with tears.
As the show's fourteenth-season winner, Meghan won a $250,000 head chef position at Caesars Atlantic City.
"Meghan has every quality I look for in a head chef. She is passionate, determined and has an amazing palate. But most importantly, Meghan is a born leader who makes every chef in the kitchen better. Talent like hers comes along very rarely, and I have no doubt she'll be a great success in Atlantic City," Chef Ramsay explained.
Meghan defeated runner-up T Gregoire, a 31-year-old line cook from Atlanta, GA, for the win.
The final challenge in which both Meghan and T competed required them to create five outstanding dishes -- a cold appetizer, hot appetizer, fish entree, chicken entree and beef entree. Each dish was scored from 1-10 by acclaimed chefs, and both women were pretty much tied until it came down to the final beef entree. T ended up winning the challenge.
Meghan and T also had to execute a flawless dinner service complete with their own full menu in Hell's Kitchen utilizing previously-eliminated chefs from this season.
In the end, Chef Ramsay said Meghan was born to work in the kitchen and she performed strongly in challenges and dinner services all season.