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Paulie Giganti, a Philadelphia-based chef who once competed on Gordon Ramsay’s “Hell’s Kitchen,” has died.

According to TMZ, Giganti died of a drug overdose, though it wasn’t clear what was in his system when he died.


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Like many chefs who encounter Ramsay, Giganti argued with the famed chef. Several videos from the FOX series show Giganti and Ramsay going into foul-mouthed tirades against one another.

“Is there anything redeeming about [Giganti’s food] at all,” Giganti asks Ramsay in one episode.

Ramsay tells Giganti that his meal was served on a nice plate, and that’s about it.

Giganti spoke about his experience on the show in an interview with My Take on TV.

“I was getting critiqued by world-renowned chefs,” he said. “They liked my food and gave me more affirmation that I actually do know what I’m doing — but it hasn’t changed my perception on the kitchen, except for those life-affirming moments.”

Giganti was 36 years old.

Douglas Barclay is a Senior Editor at Rare. Follow him on Twitter @douglabarclay17
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