Gordon Ramsay To Reopen Savoy Grill With “Hell’s Kitchen” Winner Holli Ugalde

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In an intense battle of the chefs during the Season 3 finale of Gordon Ramsay's reality show "Hell's Kitchen," Holli Ugalde emerged victorious over finalist Jay Santos. The pair were instructed to create five courses (drinks, appetizer, warm appetizer, fish, and a main course) that would impress a judging panel of some of Ramsay's best executive chefs. According to the critics, Ramsay's decision was quite a shock, since Santos seemed to be more of a fan favorite. However, Ramsay says of Ugalde, "Holli won because she had grown more than any other chef."

As part of her prize, Ugalde has been offered a six-month position at the Savoy Grill in London, which closed in 2007 to undergo a complete remodeling. The Savoy plans to re-open in October of this year, and Ugalde will serve as a main chef alongside head chef Andy Cook and chef director Stuart Gillies.

The new menu that she will be working with at the Savoy is inspired by classic British and French cuisine, featuring starters such as boudin blanc foie gras with spiced quince and king crab cocktail. Main courses will include lobster thermidor and beef Wellington from the trolley, while desserts will include Escoffier's signature Savoy peach melba.

And the menu isn't the only thing that got a much-needed makeover. Interior design consulting firm Russell Sage Studio plans to re-decorate the restaurant with 1920s art deco lighting, wood paneling, recessed mirrors, silk and velvet fabric, and a separate 40-seat private dining room.

“The aim is to go back to what the Savoy Grill used to be," says Gillies.  "There will be a large menu of dishes with a lot of theatre around them. It’s all about the room and creating a great atmosphere."

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