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Local chef comes up just short on Hell's Kitchen

Heather Williams has impressed her community - but long before she was ever a contestant on Hell's Kitchen.

"Oh, it means everything," Heather gushes.

She's the sous chef at the popular Marblehead Chowder House in Palmer Township.

She's always had a confident flair for food...but it was her Mom who filled out the application for the Fox cooking show.

"So I didn't tell her, I just filled it out," says Mom Terri Williams. "I raised her tough. She is tough, yeah. That's my baby!"

Heather is now a Mom herself...and it's funny how the tables have turned.

"He means the world to me," she says of her 5-year-old son, Logan. "And that's the reason I did it, and that's the reason I fought like hell to get where I'm at!"

And where she goes, has come down to this moment. And if you think it's hot in the oughta feel the warmth in this room, for Heather.

"No matter what happens," a friend says, "Heather...she's still number one. And she's definitely going to do big stuff."

And finally...the big moment...

The large crowd looked up at the monitors all around them, watching the last moments of the show, holding their breath as Heather tried to push the door open that led to a big new job in Las Vegas...and it didn't budge.

The crowd let out a collective groan. They were disappointed. But Heather, was all smiles.

She says it wasn't a loss - she gained more from this than she could ever have dreamed.

"It's not the end of me. So keep watching. Gordon Ramsey, here I come," she laughs.

And in the meantime, stop by Marblehead Chowder'll still find her there… though you might have to get in two lines - one for the food - and one for a picture with the chef.


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