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Peerless chef visits ‘Hell’s Kitchen’

Knoxville resident and Peerless Restaurant executive chef Carol Scott will appear on the upcoming season of Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen,” which will premier Jan. 29.

This season, Scott and 15 other chefs will compete to win world-renowned chef Gordon Ramsay’s approval and a spot as the executive chef at Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City.

“It was the craziest experience of my life,” Scott said.

“I was pushing myself to my utmost limits, that I didn’t even know I had.

“It was a huge learning experience. There was so much I learned there that I never, ever could learn anywhere else,” she added.

Scott created a video audition at Edison Park, where she was a chef and kitchen manager, before the restaurant closed in 2007; then drove to Fort Lauderdale for an on-camera interview.

She then flew to Los Angeles for final interviews and testing.

“I never actually expected to get on,” Scott said.

“My intention was just to look up information on Gordon Ramsay and go to New York and … work for free. I just wanted the experience of working with him,” she added.

“I wasn’t expecting to be on a reality show.”

While Scott could not reveal any details about the show, she did say the premier involved each chef cooking a “signature dish.”

Scott plans to include Knoxville residents in her experiences on Hell’s Kitchen by leading cooking classes at Glass Bazaar and having viewing parties at Peerless.

The show airs from 9 to 10 p.m., Thursday nights, during which Peerless will hold viewing parties in the bar, or if the crowd is big enough, the ballroom.

Scott will prepare food from the show for attendees, beginning with her signature dish on premier night.

“Before the show airs, I’ll be doing entrée specials based on stuff I had done there on Hell’s Kitchen … I’ll also be doing appetizer specials and fun drink specials during the airing of the show,” Scott said.

“I’m going to take what I learned on Hell’s Kitchen, and the food I made there, either my own food or Gordon Ramsay’s, and make it here throughout the season.

“I’m really excited about that,” she added.

“I think it’s going to be so much fun.”

Cooking classes at Glass Bazaar, 6470 Kingston Pike, are limited to 20 people and prices depend on instructor, content and food cost. For more

information, visit

Scott, a Las Vegas, Nev., native, attended culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu and was first employed by Food Network star Bobby Flay at Mesa Grille.

She has been a chef at Peerless, Edison Park and The Orangery in Knoxville, where she moved to provide a more “wholesome environment” for her two children.


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