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Boston Chef Survives `Hell's Kitchen'

Boston Chef Survives `Hell's Kitchen'

Gordon Ramsay, the face of Hell's Kitchen. (photo by Creative Commons user Dave Pullig)

Donna Goodison | Boston Herald

“Hell’s Kitchen” contestant Andy Husbands had no concerns about being on the receiving end of the invective spewed by potty-mouthed British chef Gordon Ramsay.

The Boston chef/owner of Tremont 647 worked on Block Island for a guy who called him the “worst names ever,” and Husbands learned to block it out. And he had worked for hard-nosed taskmasters before.

“I just thought it would be a fun and exciting path to take, and I like a good challenge,” he said.

So what’s the worst that Ramsay heaps on Husbands during the sixth series of the Fox reality TV show that starts Tuesday at 8 p.m.?

Not his trademark “donkey” insult, but Husbands said pretty much every encounter with Ramsay was intense.

“He liked to call me `bozo,’ " Husbands said. "That’s the printable thing that I would get called. He’s like, `Bozo, you’re not even listening.’ I never said it back to him, but I wanted to say, `You can call me Andy, and I would hear you.’ "

Husbands told his staff that he was going to Mexico in January and instead headed to Los Angeles to shoot the show for a month.

“Every day was just intense and exciting,” he said. “Some people might say that’s really hard, it’s really grueling. It’s definitely hot in Hell’s Kitchen, but that’s the kind of thing that I like.”

On Tuesday, Husbands and fellow contestants Dave, Tek and Jim will be at Tremont 647 for the show’s premiere. Husbands will cook the menu from the first night’s service at the Hell’s Kitchen restaurant and watch and discuss the show with customers.