Fans of Gordon Ramsey’s reality television show Hell’s Kitchen are in mourning this week after chef Paulie Giganti, who appeared on season 16 of the series this year, was found dead in his Philadelphia home on Thursday. He was only 36 years-old.
Daily Mail reported that the Brooklyn-born chef was found in his home yesterday morning, and police are investigating the circumstances of his death at this time.
“There is no cause of death at this time as this just happened today,” a police official told reporters. “Police were at the scene.”
A self-taught cook, Giganti ran the restaurant Birra in Philadelphia and came in fifth place on the most recent season of Hell’s Kitchen. After being eliminated from the show, Giganti said he began working in restaurants when he was in college.
“I got into a little bit of a trouble…and I had a chef, who was working at the restaurant who said, look, kid, you’ve got a little talent for this. You can keep ripping and running and hit that jail cell, or you can do something that you’ll always find work,” Giganti explained. “He kind of took me under his wing, showed me a things. I just worked diligently for him, and it was just a job that I had that I enjoyed. I figured out that I was actually good at it, and then, so the story goes.”
Rest in peace, Paulie Giganti!