Who is Mary Lou Davis? 'Hell's Kitchen' Season 19 contestant and San Antonio chef hates cooking with rice

Anime, cosplay, and cooking — this chef is colorful, quite literally. With her hard-to-miss lilac hair and geeky approach to food, Mary is set to bring the house down under Gordon's watch


                            Who is Mary Lou Davis? 'Hell's Kitchen' Season 19 contestant and San Antonio chef hates cooking with rice
Mary Lou Davis (FOX)

Hit culinary competition series ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ returned for its 19th season in a flashy new setting, as Chef Gordon Ramsay took the show to Las Vegas, the city that’s home to Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen restaurant at Caesars Palace. 

For the first time ever, 18 aspiring chefs from around the country roll the dice and head to Sin City in the hopes of winning big in the all-new “Welcome To Vegas” season premiere on January 7.

A San Antonio chef made her national TV debut on Thursday, January 7, as she competed on the popular FOX reality show. Mary Lou Davis is a 28-year-old Chef de Cuisine at La Cantera's Whiskey Cake and is one of 18 people competing this season for a position at celebrity British chef Gordan Ramsey's Hell's Kitchen in Lake Tahoe, California.

She took to Instagram to share her excitement posting a picture of her whisking away with the caption, “The day is almost here! Get ready to see your favorite chef mixin it up in the kitchen. “Shakin, bakin, flipping, whippen, sautéin” Hell's kitchen airs Thursday at 8/7c on FOX.”

The  ‘Hell's Kitchen’ winner gets a head chef or executive chef spot at a restaurant of his or her choosing, along with a cash prize of $250,000. 

A University of North Texas graduate, Davis has worked in several popular San Antonio restaurants, most recently with Whiskey Cake since 2017. Davis told the North Texan — her alma mater's newspaper— that she was ecstatic about the show, saying "Hell's Kitchen just boosted my confidence... It made me a stronger individual."



 

Anime, cosplay, and cooking — this chef is colorful, quite literally. With her hard-to-miss lilac hair and geeky approach to food, Mary is set to bring the house down under Gordon's watch. 

Another strange fact about the chef is that she hates rice. In Ramsay’s ‘Hell's Kitchen’ where you can expect all sorts of weird food, Mary was most worried about cooking with rice. 

The most popular television chef Gordon Ramsay might have 35 top-class restaurants across the world but he is best known for his seemingly controversial but equally entertaining quips on competitive cooking TV shows. 



 

Ramsay founded his global restaurant chain, Gordon Ramsay Restaurants, in 1997, but he really rose to fame after 1999 with the British miniseries 'Boiling Point'. By 2004, he had become one of the best-known and most influential chefs in the UK. 

You can watch Ramsay return to television on Season 19 of 'Hell’s Kitchen' at 8 pm on Thursday, January 7, on Fox.

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