Slider House grill cook, Sterling Wright is competing in the 13th season of the Fox reality show “Hell’s Kitchen.” He is the first contestant on the show to represent Nashville. Called the “chef with a smile” by those who know him, Wright embraced the challenge of the show and did not let the famous hot-tempered outbursts of Chef Gordon Ramsay get to him.
Throughout the show, contestants battle to please the chef, and cook the best dishes to stay in the competition.Wright hopes through the competition, he'll be able to inspire others to be positive - especially the young people who live in the community he grew up in.
Sterling Wright grew up in the J.C. Napier Homes, a housing project in South Nashville. While attending McGavock High School, a teacher introduced him to cooking and through her class, he realized that cooking was his passion. He spent the next 20 years working in various Nashville restaurants.
He currently works as a grill cook at The Slider House. He views the competition not only as a challenge, but as an opportunity to inspire children in the community where he was raised. When not cooking, Wright can be found counseling young people in the housing complex.
When: Every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. while Sterling Wright remains on the show.
Where: The Slider House, 1907 Division Street, Nashville