We loved the him on Season 6 of the Fox reality show “Hell’s Kitchen” with his bold mouth and redneck charm, and welcomed him as a Connecticut celebrity chef when he relocated to join fellow HK standout Kevin Cottle at the Country Club of Farmington and then Jordan’s Caterers.
But now Van Hurd has decided it’s time for him to be the #1 guy in the kitchen and will do it as the new executive chef at Water’s Edge Resort & Spa in Westbrook.
“I’m just tired of being the second one in charge and this is a chance to head my own kitchen,” said Hurd who was living in Texas when he was on the popular Fox network show hosted by Gordon Ramsay. “My plan is to review the menus at all the restaurants at Water’s Edge before making any changes but it’s exciting to take on this new job.”
Hurd, who has worked under Cottle for several years said his decision to move on by himself feels likes a “break-up” with the guy who became his dear friend when they met on the show.
“But we’ll still be friends, probably better ones now that we aren’t working together,” laughed the married father one. “It was time for me to go on my own ,” he said. “I’m excited about it.”