Things are heating up on “Hell’s Kitchen” with Chris Motto, executive chef at Mansurs on the Boulevard, currently situated in the final four contestants on season 18.
225 sat down with the Baton Rouge chef to discuss his experience on the show. To find out how Motto fares in this season’s remaining episodes, tune in to Fox on Fridays at 8 p.m.
Read the full Q&A from 225. Here’s a sample of what you’ll find:
What was the audition process like?
“I never sought out ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ or anything like that. Somebody contacted the restaurant. I returned a phone call, which led to a Skype interview, which led to me flying out to L.A. to meet with the producers.”
Did you prepare once you learned you would be competing?
“Absolutely not. I’ve never even watched the show. I went in expecting the unexpected, and that was a pretty decent strategy, I think. You never know what’s going to happen over there.”
Is Gordon Ramsay as scary as he seems?
“He’s intense, but I wouldn’t say ‘scary.’ I saw him as more of a mentor. He’s very sarcastic and very witty, but he’s got a lot to teach. I appreciate the fact that he’s still passionate about what he does so many years down the road, because this can be a brutal profession.”