Chef Hassan Musselmani was recently featured on a popular
Network reality TV Cooking show and as his popularity grows
Local Detroit Chef Hassan Musselmani has been getting around recently creating decedent cuisine for fans last Friday at the Lexus Winter Heat Event
Now he will be appearing on
The local Detroit Fox 2 Morning show’s Nine o’clock hour live at 9:20a.
Chef Hassan Musselmani will be cooking for the hosts and talking about his unique background. Having roots on his father’s side in Lebanese and Arabic food, and an urban influence from his mother’s side, Musselmani has a versatile culinary background.
He’s been a freelance chef for the last year and a half, serving everything from plated dinners for 12 to catered meals for 5,000 at the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.
Hometown: Detroit, MI
Occupation: Catering Executive Chef
Signature Dish: Pan-Seared Diver Sea Scallops with Roasted Sweet Corn Coulis, Poblano Coulis, Parmesan Risotto and Crispy Capicola
The next season of Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen premieres Jan. 15, and with that, two Detroit-area chefs will be vying for an opportunity to head one of the celebrity chef’s kitchens.
Jared Bobkin, 30, executive chef at Local Kitchen and Bar in Ferndale, and Hassan Musselmani, 25, an independent chef and consultant, both auditioned for spots on the show over the summer. Detroit’s dining scene being as small as it is, the two were already good friends and knew they would both be applying.
We spoke to both chefs, who agree that their making the cut on the reality competition is yet another sign that Detroit’s restaurant industry really is taking off. The show, in its 15th season, also features a much younger and professional group of chefs than in seasons’ prior, including Musselmani, who at 24, was the youngest chef to be featured on the series.
“I remember talking to another chef back in 2012 and thinking that Detroit was 10-15 years behind the times,” Musselmani said. “In the past 2-3 years, it’s crazy to see all the different concepts that have been opening up.”
Bobkin echoed that sentiment, saying he’s hoping his and Musselmani’s appearances will help further Detroit’s reputation as a culinary destination.
“It’s not just L.A., New York, or Chicago, Detroit is a culinary city, even if it’s not a well known city. It’s important that people don’t see Detroit as just the Motor City, it’s now a food city, and hopefully it’s portrayed in a good light,” Bobkin tells us.
Bobkin was among the first 10 in line to audition for the new season. Fancying himself has having bit of Ramsay’s flair for theatrics in the kitchen, he believes propensity for throwing out an F-bomb in the kitchen and dry sense of humor helped him stand out during auditions.
Musselmani, who’s worked as a freelancer for the past year and a half, helping new restaurants open, catering private events, and otherwise filling in at kitchens when called upon, has been using this exposure on the show to leverage his consulting business and eventually open a food truck.
To be called Drunken Rooster, he and a partner plan to serve up New American street food, utilizing both their backgrounds. Musselmani’s father, of Arabic decent, heavily helped inform him in Middle Eastern cuisine, while his partner boasts expertise in Italian, Mexican, and other ethnic cuisine. The two hope to infuse those backgrounds to create menu items like a pork shawarma taco.
As for their meeting Ramsay, known for his at times explosive temperament in the kitchen, Bobkin and Musselmani said meeting him was surreal at first, both having grown up watching his show.
Two Metro Detroit chefs will be featured on the next season of “Hell’s Kitchen” staring the intense celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.
Jared Bobkin, 28, is executive chef at Ferndale’s Local Kitchen and Bar in Ferndale. He’s joined by catering chef Hassan Musselmani, who is just 24. They will be put to the test on the competitive reality show, which debuts 9 p.m. Jan. 15 on FOX.
The chefs are among 18 professionals vying to win the position of head chef at BLT Steak at Bally’s in Las Vegas. Along the way they’ll have to compete in culinary challenges and cook for celebrity diners like Kris Jenner, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Lil Jon, Bill Engvall, Steve Aoki and others.
“This year’s contestants on season 15 are unique,” Ramsay said in a preview for the new season. He says because it’s the 15th season and the competitors are so young, they’ve been watching the show a large portion of their lives. “(They are) diverse hungry, talented, but more importantly, they’re on it and they’re hungry to do well.”