There’s a new top toque at Hudson at Waterway East (900 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/303-1343), the sleek modern American eatery with a prime spot on the Intracoastal in Delray Beach.

He’s Paul Niedermann, who braved the hell of Gordon Ramsey and won season nine of the napalm-tongued British chefs TV series, Hell’s Kitchen. Niedermann’s experience, however, extends beyond foodie wars on the idiot box to such prestigious joints as the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables and Laurent Tourondel’s BLT Steak in New York City.

At Hudson he’s in the midst of reworking the restaurant’s urban comfort food menu to give it more local focus and seasonality, and to bring it up to the level of its stunning waterfront location. The lunch menu has already been revamped, with Niedermann adding dishes like olive oil-poached shrimp, fig and goat cheese flatbread, and roasted local snapper. A new dinner menu will be unveiled on Wednesday, June 10.