Co-Executive Chef Hesse Will Stay On at Georgica

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Georgica co-executive chef Robert Hesse returns to Hell's KitchenAnyone who watched Hell's Kitchen last night, and has ever dined at Georgica, probably had as many questions as we did as to what would become of Georgica's co-executive Chef Robert Hesse now that he's returned to Gordon Ramsay's hellacious TV kitchen. Well, we're happy to report that Hesse will be staying on at Georgica and will even have a party thrown in his honor this Saturday night to celebrate his return to prime-time!

Earlier this afternoon we received word that "Robert Hesse will remain co-executive chef at Georgica Restaurant & Lounge" along with fellow Hell's Kitchen alum, Seth Levine. We've been told by reps for Georgica that "No one knew Robert was returning" to the show and that "it was a surprise for everyone."

Hesse, a longtime resident of Quogue, starred in Season 5 of Hell's Kitchen and was among Ramsay's chosen few that made it to the final four. Sadly, Hesse was forced to withdraw from the show after learning he suffered from a heart condition while filming an episode in Atlantic City. Ramsay personally invited Hesse back for Season 6 to finish what he started. The coveted prize for this season's winner is the illustrious title of Head Chef at Ramsay's Araxi restaurant in Whistler, British Columbia, during the 2010 Winter Olympics.

One can only assume that Hesse's participation in this season of Hell's Kitchen has long been filmed, but as Grub Street so observantly pointed out, Hesse does sport the show's trademark black striped "finalist" jacket at Georgica. Like Grub Street, we can't help but wonder if this a sign he's made the final four again this season or if it's all just clever ruse to keep his status on the show hush-hush. Either way, three cheers that Hesse, and the White Truffle Lobster Mac & Cheese, will be staying on at Georgica!

You can catch Robert Hesse and our favorite culinary dictator, Gordon Ramsay, on Hell's Kitchen every Tuesday at 8/7c on FOX.

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