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Hell’s Kitchen: Season Seven Winner Holli Ugalde Will Not Become The Executive Chef At Gordon Ramsay’s Savoy Grill

November 22, 2010 02:00 PM by Lisa Princ


FOX‘s Hell’s Kitchen season seven winner Holli Ugalde was looking forward to her prize of executive chef position at Gordon Ramsay‘s Savoy Grill in London. In an unfortunate turn of events, Holli will not be cooking her delicious cuisine there – in fact, she will not be going there at all. Keep reading for more details!

Hell’s Kitchen season seven winner Holli Ugalde was apparently denied her work visa in order for her to head to London to take her executive chef position at the Savoy Grill in London. ITV Studios America, which was responsible for her visa application, said it regretted that “due to legal reasons Holli Ugalde will not be able to take up the chef position at the Savoy Grill” and “Despite our best efforts, we have been unable to obtain a work visa for Holli. In accordance with the terms of her contract with ITV, Holli has been paid the cash prize instead.” A spokesperson for Gordon Ramsay said “We were sorry to find out that Holli Ugalde can’t join the team. Holli is a great chef and it’s terrific that she’s doing so well in the US.”

What were Holli’s thoughts on this? Crushed by this news, the single mother said “I was incredibly excited when I won and felt crushed when I found out I wouldn’t be going to London. The last time I spoke to Gordon Ramsay was when we appeared on a chat show together in August. It is deeply disappointing that I will not be working at the Savoy Grill.” and then she told reporters “Winning Hell’s Kitchen was a great experience but I cannot go to London. I have been so fortunate in all the opportunities that have come up since winning Hell’s Kitchen and I am excited about my future career as a chef.” What a huge disappointment to Holli who worked so hard on the show – I am sure many angry fans will be complaining in the near future.

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