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Downtown Los Angeles Hotel

August 31, 2010 11:29 ET

"HELL'S KITCHEN" Season Eight Winner to Receive a Head Chef Position at Downtown LA Restaurant LA Market

Contestants on New Season of FOX's Culinary Competition Series Vie to Lead JW Marriott Restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - August 31, 2010) -  The energy and excitement of downtown Los Angeles at the JW Marriott Hotel Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE set the stage for the eighth installment of HELL'S KITCHEN, offering a head chef position at the hotel's signature restaurant, LA Market, as the grand prize for this season's winner. With its modern yet familiar concept, LA Market by Chef Kerry Simon features a sampling of the inspired global cuisine that sets the downtown LA restaurant apart as a culinary destination. 

Sixteen culinary contenders will brave the heat and the sharp tongue of superstar chef Gordon Ramsay as they compete to win this life-changing prize. The new aspiring restaurateurs step up to the plate on the season premiere of HELL'S KITCHEN airing Wednesday, Sept. 22 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Each week, Chef Gordon Ramsay puts the contestants through a series of grueling challenges, including baking pizzas and flatbreads in the all-new pizza ovens, catering a high school prom, introducing sushi to the HELL'S KITCHEN menu, serving breakfast to hard-working EMTs and celebrating the series' milestone 100th episode with a black-tie dinner service. Eventually two finalists will compete head-to-head to impress Ramsay, and one lucky chef will walk away with a head chef position at LA Market at the JW Marriott Hotel Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE and the opportunity to be the official spokesperson for Rosemount Estate Wines. The downtown LA hotel is home to several restaurants, including ION, The Mixing Room, gLAnce and LA Market.

At LA Market, Chef Simon, known for his 'rock and roll' cuisine, creates a concept of reimagined American classics that complement the music and entertainment scene surrounding the STAPLES Center hotel in downtown Los Angeles. This season's winner will helm Chef Simon's kitchen and the dining room of LA Market, primed with a broad array of competitive experiences to develop comforting signatures like Meatloaf served with mashed potatoes, Lamb Tagine with couscous and cucumber yogurt and Bricked Organic Chicken served with organic farro, braised beet greens and a citrus jus. Childhood favorites are reinvented with desserts like Twice-Baked Banana Bread with spiked caramel, malted brown sugar crunch and bourbon ice cream and Grasshopper Pie with chocolate cookie crust, mint chocolate chip ice cream and a sticky chocolate ganache. 

HELL'S KITCHEN is produced by ITV Studios America in association with A. Smith & Co. Arthur Smith and Kent Weed serve as executive producers.

The JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE is located in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. The hotel near Los Angeles convention center serves as the focal point of the L.A. LIVE sports, residential and entertainment district, offering sophisticated travelers a front seat to the emerging world-class entertainment, sports and dining development. The hotel provides the approachable luxury for which the brand has long been known. With its 878 well-appointed guest rooms, 100,000 square feet of versatile meeting space and conference rooms, a nine treatment room spa, full service fitness center and outdoor pool, the JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE has become a vibrant center of life in the city. For additional information on the hotel, please visit www.marriott.com/laxjw.