Into the fire

Doney said her current boss, Executive Chef Anthony Teta, was very supportive throughout the process and always had complete faith in her.

"When I found out, I was literally brought to tears," said Doney. "I think one of the things is my personality and passion for food in the industry. I was myself throughout the application process and taping of the show."

Doney said being on the show allowed her to grow professionally and as an individual. It was also a confidence builder for her.

"I feel this whole experience has really made me a stronger individual in this field," said Doney.

Being around Ramsay allowed her to experience his techniques first-hand and learn some new techniques she will always take with her while cooking.

"One thing I will take with me is just from watching Chef Ramsay when he was working with us in the kitchen, literally, it was so beautiful, it is like watching a ballerina," said Doney. "There are certain techniques I will always take with me and I will never forget as a chef."

Doney said entering the competition was also a way to show gratitude to everyone she has worked with along her career path.

"I credit the people that I've worked with and the people that I'm working with now," said Doney. "I'm not only doing it for myself, it is, in a sense, a thank you.""

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