He noticed a line of people close to the corner of 54th Street and Lexington Avenue and asked, 'What's going on ?'
Bloomberg News reports that it was a queue to audition for Gordon Ramsay's reality TV show, Hell's Kitchen. Dressed in his business suit, Levine joined the back of the line. A few weeks later, he was in Los Angeles filming for the show's fifth series, which aired in 2009.
Six years on, Levine presides over three restaurants in New York — Hotel Chantelle, Penthouse808 at Ravel Hotel, and The Stand — and has opened Hotel Chantelle London near Oxford Street.
Why would anyone quit Goldman to become a chef ? As career moves go, surely it is out of the frying pan and into the fire. (Levine had made it to Goldman via a smaller firm, Walter N. Frank & Co., which Goldman acquired.)
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