Paulie Giganti was a contestant on Season 16 of Hell's Kitchen. He ranked in 4th place. In 2017, he passed away due to an accidental overdose of an unknown drug.
Paulie started off well, being friendly with his teammates, but as the season went on, he became aggressive, verbally assaulting everybody, especially Ryan, who he said never admitted her mistakes, while he was not admitting his own mistakes either. Because of that, he became a minor antagonist of that season.
Season 16 Edit
- He is the third contestant to be the only male of the season who made it to the black jackets, following Jon from Season 11, and Jared from Season 15.
- He is the fourth contestant to have passed away after his appearance on Hell's Kitchen, following Rachel (Season 2), Aaron (Season 3), and Keith (Season 2).
On April 20, 2017, Paulie was found dead, lying in his bedroom. The police revealed he passed a drug test, but could not identify the substance.