Hell’s Kitchen Season 14 contestant Christine Hazel hails from the Philadelphia area. She graduated Harry S. Truman High School in Levittown, Pennsylvania as the National Honor Society President. After Truman she worked in food service places like Triumph Brewing Co. in Bucks County and then sought a career as an insurance agent with New York Life. But that was not her dream.
Hazel decided to pursue her passion for cooking, which she had previously only done for family and friends. She quit her job and enrolled in The Art institute of Philadelphia. Even before earning her bachelor’s degree in Culinary Management and graduating with honors, she found herself working at high-profile events. She served as a chef at the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion. While in Culinary School, Chef Hazel competed on FOX’s Hell’s Kitchen to learn from Chef Gordon Ramsey. She battled her way to the top 9 to beat out many experienced Chefs. Upon returning, she honed her style at various internships like Farm and Fisherman Tavern in Cherry Hill, and opportunities working for Jose Garces Catering in Philadelphia. She describes her style as putting modern twists on classic French and American dishes.
Primarily, Hazel is a Private Chef and Consultant. She is the Current Sous Chef for AT&T at the Augusta National Golf Club for the Master’s Tournament. She now serves as Chef Advisor for all Chickies and Pete’s locations. Her projects include new menu development, upscale catering, and tasting dinners. The position allows her to teach others, which she loves, and also be creative, exposing people to foods they may have hesitated to try before.