Hell’s Kitchen chef Paulie Giganti, 36, found dead at his home in Philadelphia

Paulie Giganti, who competed on season 16 of Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen, has been found dead.

He was 36.

The Brooklyn-born chef was discovered unresponsive at his home in Philadelphia on Thursday morning, RadarOnline reported.

‘There is no cause of death at this time as this just happened today,’ an official told the website. ‘Police were at the scene.’

R.I.P.: Paulie Giganti, who competed on season 16 of Fox's Hell's Kitchen,was found dead at his home in Philadelphia. He was 36.

R.I.P.: Paulie Giganti, who competed on season 16 of Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen,was found dead at his home in Philadelphia. He was 36.

Giganti ran a restaurant called Birra in Philadelphia.

A self-taught cook, he originally wanted to be an engineer, he said in an interview with mytakeontv.com following his Hell’s Kitchen appearance.

He got his start working in a restaurant during college.

‘I got into a little bit of a trouble…and I had a chef, who was working at the restaurant who said, look, kid, you’ve got a little talent for this. You can keep ripping and running and hit that jail cell, or you can do something that you’ll always find work,’ Giganti explained. 

‘He kind of took me under his wing, showed me a things. I just worked diligently for him, and it was just a job that I had that I enjoyed. I figured out that I was actually good at it, and then, so the story goes.’

Ran his own place: Giganti was executive chef at Birra, a restaurant in Philadelphia. He revealed in an interview that he learned on the job while working in restaurants during college

Ran his own place: Giganti was executive chef at Birra, a restaurant in Philadelphia. He revealed in an interview that he learned on the job while working in restaurants during college

Almost made it: Gordon Ramsay eliminated Giganti from Hell's Kitchen in episode 14 that aired on January 19

Almost made it: Gordon Ramsay eliminated Giganti from Hell’s Kitchen in episode 14 that aired on January 19

Season 16 of Hell’s Kitchen hosted by Gordon Ramsay aired from September 2016 to February 2017.

Giganti made it into the top five but was eliminated in episode 14 that aired on January 19. 

Self-taught: The 36-year-old Brooklyn native learned to cook on the job while working in restaurants during college

Self-taught: The 36-year-old Brooklyn native learned to cook on the job while working in restaurants during college

 

 

 

 

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