Can Amanda Giblin Stand the Heat?
The lesbian contestant battles Gordon Ramsay on Hells Kitchen Season 11
New Jersey native Amanda Giblin will be one of 20 contestants on the new season of Hell’s Kitchen, the culinary shark tank/reality show helmed by caustic British chef Gordon Ramsay. With her curly hair and angelic dimples, Giblin looks almost too delicate for her grilling in Ramsay’s kitchen—but the 28-year-old executive chef has 13 years of cooking experience beginning with recipes from her Irish-Italian family.
While in high school, her teachers noted her talents and encouraged Giblin to consider pursuing a career in culinary arts. She attended Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI, and after graduating she proved her skill as executive chef in a restaurant in Suffern, NY. “It was here that I really learned to push myself outside of my comfort zone; to develop my skill and cooking style. I was granted the freedom to experiment and explore my palate with seasonal fresh local ingredients, transforming them into simple, flavorful and artistic dishes,” she tells GO.
Giblin gave us a peek into the Hell’s Kitchen cauldron in advance of the new season’s premier on March 12.
What is your culinary specialty?
Are you ready for the infamous verbal assaults from Chef Ramsay?
What skills did you bring to the table--literally--that you felt gave you the edge against your competitors?
Give us a hint of your favorite challenge on the show. Did you ever have to scale a hundred pounds of fish after losing a round?
Did you feel that being a lesbian was an asset in the competition?
I don’t feel it was a necessarily an asset, but I was excited for the opportunity to be seen on TV as a positive lesbian role model. I [also] have a strong assertive personality, which has allowed me to be successful in this male-dominated profession.
Finally, what did you learn about yourself from the Hell's Kitchen experience?