Hell’s Kitchen winner meets fans at Blue Duck before moving to Vegas
ST. LOUIS – From small town Union, Missouri, to the winner of Season 20 of Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen. Trenton Garvey, or Trent as most people call him, had to keep a big secret for two years.
“It’s amazing, it’s crazy. I am super grateful. It’s a relief to finally be able to let everyone know. I feel like I’ve lived a double life, ”Garvey said.
He has worked as the Executive Chef of the Blue Duck in Maplewood for approximately three years. He started at The Blue Duck’s original location in Washington, Missouri, before getting this position.
He spent three years commuting an hour to and from work each day. Now, as the winner of Hell’s Kitchen, he’s taking his talents west to Las Vegas as part of his Hell’s Kitchen award package.
“My role is going to be that of a chef there, so I’m going to manage the pass, help run the kitchen and really learn the ropes, and put myself in the learning position, which I’m really passionate about. , (and) understand the structure of the new facets of a $ 20 million a year restaurant, ”Garvey said.
He said the support from the community has been overwhelming. He was in Las Vegas while The Blue Duck hosted a season finale wake-up call. He said the show had yet to air in Las Vegas, but he saw videos from his restaurant in Maplewood and couldn’t hold back tears.
“I was like outside crying and crying. It’s so amazing how many people have reached out. I just want to cook. I just want to make food. And I love reaching so many people doing it, and sharing this great journey with them because I never expected to go that far. Then when I won I was like oh my god it’s not what I expected but I’m so grateful for it.
When Garvey found out his door was the one that opened on the show, meaning he was the winner, he also had a surprise under his belt. He proposed to his longtime girlfriend Macee on the show.
As the dinner bell rings in Vegas, so do wedding bells. The two have been engaged for two years since filming the show, but they’ve never been able to tell anyone exactly how they got engaged, until now.
With a big move to Las Vegas and a new job on the horizon, they have yet to set a wedding date but plan to do so soon.
“With all the amazing money that comes with the show, it’s also going to help catapult wedding dreams for her because she wants it to be simple, but I’m like you deserve an awesome wedding. So I waited until I could deliver something really amazing to him, ”Garvey said.
Garvey and his fiancee Macee returned to the Blue Duck for a Thursday night meetup with the fans.
“I’m so happy he won, but from episode two or three I was like there was no way he wouldn’t win. He’s obviously the best, ”said James Kathriner.
He and his girlfriend are big fans of the show and hang out at The Blue Duck at least once a week.
“It’s really upsetting that he’s leaving, but I know The Blue Duck can handle it,” said Caila McLaughlin, a fan of the show. “I just hope to take a picture with him and get his autograph so I can keep it when he leaves.”
As Garvey moved to Las Vegas, he said his dream was to return to St. Louis and open his own restaurant, where it all finally began.
“Now it’s just about going and learning, getting as much knowledge as you can about Gordon Ramsay and the restaurant group. And then I just want to keep moving forward, ”Garvey said.
“Maybe opening a restaurant there and then keep coming back to St. Louis, that’s what excites me.”
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