Hell's Kitchen

WED 8/7c

Amanda Colello ELIMINATED: 7/25/11

Amanda Colello

  • What was your first job in a kitchen?

    An extern at Per Se in Manhattan. That is my Mecca.

  • What is the first dish you ever mastered?

    Chicken parmesan. I'm Italian! Simple food made with fresh ingredients, when well executed, is the best.

  • What is your signature dish?

    Eggplant rollatini with creamy polenta or risotto. You know I like you if I make you my risotto.

  • Any stories of triumph from the kitchen or workplace? Disaster?

    As an extern at Per Se, Chef Thomas Keller set up a cutting board next to me and began testing out a new pasta machine that he recently purchased. Nothing has been more inspiring to me than having one of my idols set up shop with me and lead by example. I work as hard as I do every day because of that experience.

  • Who was your first cooking inspiration?

    My first cooking inspiration was my mother. On holidays, my father and sister would go and visit family while my mother and I would stay home and cook the holiday meal. She taught me a lot about building flavors, seasoning, freshness, and being humble. I was also inspired to cook by my Aunt and Uncle, whom I spent a lot of time with as a child.

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