Ai Grad Jared Bobkin Competes on Season 15 of “Hell’s Kitchen”
Filed under: Culinary
January 14, 2016
“Since I started late in life in [culinary arts], I feel like I need to study twice as hard and also push myself to learn techniques faster than the rest of my contemporaries. I also have to market myself more because I didn’t come up through the traditional big named restaurants.”
When Season 15 of Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” premieres on Friday, January 15, 2016 The Art Institutes community will have one of its own to cheer for. Jared Bobkin, who in 2010 earned an Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts from The Art Institute of Michigan, will compete against 17 chefs to for a Head Chef position at BLT Steak at Bally’s Las Vegas.
Jared, a 28 year old executive chef at Local Kitchen and Bar in Ferndale, Michigan, will cook under the watchful eye of notoriously challenging Chef Gordon Ramsay. Students who look up to Jared may be surprised to know that he didn’t start his education until his mid-20s, which he says has presented many challenges. “It didn’t hit me [at first] how much dedication and studying I’d have to do to become as successful as possible in this field.” He adds that his career consumes most of his time and that budding chefs need to “be okay with that.”
Jared adds that a typical work week is 5-6 days long and 10-15 hours per day. “On top of that, you have to make time to study new techniques, search out quality ingredients, and stay current with trends.”
This dedication has not only led him to an enviable position competing on a national TV show, but it also provided him with a creative career that’s become intertwined with his life. “You should want to come to work on your days off. A [work] kitchen is more of a family than most families are, so the environment should be exciting. Experimenting with purpose is important to encourage, too.” Jared adds that seeing his hard work pay off is very exciting. “The hard work [continues to pay off]. The most recent time was being selected as a finalist to compete on ‘Hell’s Kitchen’.”
According to the show’s official website, Ramsay will task the competitors with “a (rubber) duck hunting competition, preparing dishes for 100 high school students, a catered wedding reception for ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ sous chef Andi, and the fan-favorite blind taste test challenge.”
“Hell’s Kitchen” premieres on Friday, January 15 at 9 PM Eastern time on Fox.
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