Chef of the Mirasol Country Club by day, warrior of Hell’s Kitchen and winner by night!
Palm Beach Gardens country club chef Ryan O’Sullivan just won season 22 of Fox TV’s “Hell’s Kitchen” and his victory was announced during the show’s finale on Thursday, January 25.
Outperforming 17 other competitors, O’Sullivan won bragging rights, as well as $250,000 and the ultimate chef de cuisine prize at Hell’s Kitchen Caesars in Las Vegas.
Joining the Mirasol team in 2018 as a seasonal line cook, O’Sullivan quickly rose through the ranks, becoming sous chef in 2020 and head chef of the club’s fine dining restaurant, Solstice, in 2021.
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He was selected to participate in the show by producers through his social media account and filmed the competition in Los Angeles.
The theme of this season was the American dream and in the penultimate episode he said that coming from Ireland with “pennies in his pocket”, he felt like the embodiment of the American dream.
He said he had relatives in Boston and California and visited the United States when he was younger. It was during one of these trips that he said: “I got a taste and knew that if I came back I could make something of myself.”
Although he lives with his wife in Palm Beach Gardens, he is originally from Cork, Ireland.
“When they said the theme was the American dream, I thought, ‘surely that was written for me,'” O’Sullivan said. “This journey has been incredibly difficult, but the lessons learned and experiences gained will stay with me throughout my culinary career.”
Although he received his formal training to become a chef at Munster University of Technology in Cork, his love of cooking began at home. Saying that his passion for cooking is “in the blood, the DNA” is also pretty accurate considering his father is also a chef.
Not only a chef, but Ryan has stated several times on the show that his father’s idol in the culinary world is Gordon Ramsay.
He had never cooked a dish for his father, but that changed during the finale when he cooked on-air for his father as part of the final dinner service.
Although one of the awards at Hell’s Kitchen is head chef at Hell’s Kitchen Caesars in Las Vegas, O’Sullivan said he’s not sure about moving just yet. “It’s a huge, huge job to undertake.” Although he is unsure about the position, he stressed that he nevertheless “wants to stay in Gordon Ramsay’s wheelhouse.”
Michael Crain, Executive Chef and Director of Culinary Operations at Mirasol, said, “When Ryan started at Mirasol, I knew he was destined for great things, as his unwavering passion for culinary excellence was evident from the first day. I couldn’t be prouder and happier for him and all he has accomplished in the United States, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for him. He is the embodiment of the American dream!
Eddie Ritz is a reporter for the Palm Beach Post, part of the USA TODAY Florida network. You can reach him at email@example.com. Help support our journalism. Subscribe today.