Paul Giganti (1980 - 2017)

Paul Giganti, the reality television personality known as chef Paulie G on Gordon Ramsay's "Hell's Kitchen" competition series on Fox, died Thursday, April 20, 2017, according to multiple news sources. He was 36.

Giganti was found unresponsive at his Philadelphia home. The death remained under police investigation Friday.

Giganti competed on the most recent season of "Hell's Kitchen." Although he didn't win the Season 16 competition that aired from Sept. 23, 2016, to February 2017, he reached the top five. He was eliminated on the Jan. 19 episode.

At the time of his death, he operated the Philadelphia restaurant Birra on East Passyunk Avenue.

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Giganti was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. The self-taught chef had aspirations to become an engineer, but he ended up working at a restaurant while he was in college.

In an interview with following his experiences on "Hell's Kitchen," Giganti explained how he ventured into the culinary business.

"I got into a little bit of a trouble … and I had a chef, who was working at the restaurant who said, 'Look, kid, you’ve got a little talent for this. You can keep ripping and running and hit that jail cell, or you can do something that you’ll always find work.'

"He kind of took me under his wing. ... I just worked diligently for him, and it was just a job that I had that I enjoyed. I figured out that I was actually good at it, and then, so the story goes."

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