History YMMV / HellsKitchen

25th Feb '17 10:03:53 PM Bourne~Endeavor
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Often one from each season.
* Non-contestant standouts have been Jean-Philippe and Sous Chef Scott, who have remained extremely popular even after their respective exits from the show.
* Julia from Season 3. Despite her Waffle House background, she was one of the better performers from that season, and is still one of the most popular contestants ever to have appeared on the show.
* Petrozza of Season 4, oh so much. The moment that people considered him a star player was his sacrifice to eliminate himself, whereas everyone else on the team was eliminating each other.
* Despite her limited showtime due to her injury, Season 5's Ji is well-liked. Many hope that, like Julia, she will get to return for a second shot in a later season.
** Ji actually wrote a post on her Facebook page about how she'd been asked if she'd like to come back and do another season, and had declined.
* Notice [[TheDreaded how]] [[TheAce much]] [[HandicappedBadass Dave]] of [[FlawlessVictory Season 6]] [[TheRedBaron is mentioned]]?
* Despite starting out as one of the less popular contestants from Season 10, Barbie rapidly got it together and proved herself to be one of the strongest, most consistent performers of that group of contestants, especially in the face of being targeted by almost everyone on the team outside of Christina and Dana. Many fans even felt that she should have been in the final rather than Justin, and should ''definitely'' have been afforded a third-place finish (and keeping her jacket) instead of Dana.
* The final four of season 11 in general seem to have become this. Many fans regard them as the strongest and most likable final four in the show's history.
* Rochelle from season 12 became arguably the most liked contestant of the season -- and even a strong competitor for the show's all-time most popular contestant -- due to being happy, positive, likable, the epitome of Adorkable, and having great cooking skills to boot, going as far as Ramsay praising her at episode 14 stating that she cooked like she's been in the professional business for five years (when in reality she's in catering). Many fans were '''not''' happy when not only was she ''not'' going to participate in the finals, but she was the first one nominated in "Four Chefs Compete," meaning she wouldn't be able to keep her black jacket (that would be Melanie).
** Scott from season 12 as well - once Joy made it obvious that she was putting him up for elimination just because she didn't want to nominate Kashia (who was far weaker), the fans started to rally around him. After he made the final two, approximately 90% of the comments on HK message boards were in support of him over Jason, and there was much rejoicing [[spoiler:after he won]].
* Sterling from season 13 has become this by basically being an over-the-top goofball who's clearly having fun and enjoying himself (to the point that punishments for losing reward challenges don't seem to bother him at all), but still showing himself to be one of the better chefs of the blue team and being quite an advocate for teamwork. The fact that the other contestants dislike him for being so goofy and optimistic is only making fans like him even more.
** Also from season 13, La Tasha is well-liked for being arguably the best chef competing, keeping a positive attitude (though not to Sterling's extent) and for being a [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure reasonable]] NiceGirl.
* Since the beginning, Ryan from Season 16 was loved by fans for her [[ConsummateProfessional calm and collected attitude]], and being one of the strongest and most consistent chefs of that season. She was already considered a frontrunner from the first episode, and few were surprised by her eventual victory.
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* EnsembleDarkhorse: Jean-Philippe and Sous Chef Scott are popular among fans.
** As far as the contestants go, Julia from Season 3. Despite her Waffle House background, she was one of the better performers from that season, and is still one of the most popular contestants ever to have appeared on the show.
** Petrozza of Season 4, oh so much. The moment that people considered him a star player was his sacrifice to eliminate himself, whereas everyone else on the team was eliminating each other.
** Despite her limited showtime due to her injury, Season 5's Ji is well-liked. Many hope that, like Julia, she will get to return for a second shot in a later season.
*** Ji actually wrote a post on her Facebook page about how she'd been asked if she'd like to come back and do another season, and had declined.
** Notice [[TheDreaded how]] [[TheAce much]] [[HandicappedBadass Dave]] of [[FlawlessVictory Season 6]] [[TheRedBaron is mentioned]]?
** Despite starting out as one of the less popular contestants from Season 10, Barbie rapidly got it together and proved herself to be one of the strongest, most consistent performers of that group of contestants, especially in the face of being targeted by almost everyone on the team outside of Christina and Dana. Many fans even felt that she should have been in the final rather than Justin, and should ''definitely'' have been afforded a third-place finish (and keeping her jacket) instead of Dana.
** The final four of season 11 in general seem to have become this. Many fans regard them as the strongest and most likable final four in the show's history.
** Rochelle from season 12 became arguably the most liked contestant of the season -- and even a strong competitor for the show's all-time most popular contestant -- due to being happy, positive, likable, the epitome of Adorkable, and having great cooking skills to boot, going as far as Ramsay praising her at episode 14 stating that she cooked like she's been in the professional business for five years (when in reality she's in catering). Many fans were '''not''' happy when not only was she ''not'' going to participate in the finals, but she was the first one nominated in "Four Chefs Compete," meaning she wouldn't be able to keep her black jacket (that would be Melanie).
*** Scott from season 12 as well - once Joy made it obvious that she was putting him up for elimination just because she didn't want to nominate Kashia (who was far weaker), the fans started to rally around him. After he made the final two, approximately 90% of the comments on HK message boards were in support of him over Jason, and there was much rejoicing [[spoiler:after he won]].
** Sterling from season 13 has become this by basically being an over-the-top goofball who's clearly having fun and enjoying himself (to the point that punishments for losing reward challenges don't seem to bother him at all), but still showing himself to be one of the better chefs of the blue team and being quite an advocate for teamwork. The fact that the other contestants dislike him for being so goofy and optimistic is only making fans like him even more.
** Also from season 13, La Tasha is well-liked for being arguably the best chef competing, keeping a positive attitude (though not to Sterling's extent) and for being a [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure reasonable]] NiceGirl.
** Since the beginning, Ryan from Season 16 was loved by fans for her [[ConsummateProfessional calm and collected attitude]], and being one of the strongest and most consistent chefs of that season. She was already considered a frontrunner from the first episode, and few were surprised by her eventual victory.
25th Feb '17 9:50:05 PM Bourne~Endeavor
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* CurbStomp: Season 16's Ryan clearly pulled ahead of Heather in the finale and only furthered her lead, making it notably one-sided.[[labelnote:Specifics]]Throughout dinner service, Chef Ramsay had to take control ''twice'' and even pulled Heather to the backroom when she couldn't focus her brigade. Later on, she failed to move Kimberly off meat until Ramsay insinuated she should despite her repeatedly raw or overcooked steaks-- an error Ryan quickly responded to on her side with no prompting from Chef.[[/labelnote]]
25th Feb '17 8:55:18 AM Bourne~Endeavor
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* SchmuckBait: After being chewed out repeatedly throughout dinner service and told "you don't need me to tell you you lost. What chance is there Ramsay's actually paying you a compliment? Season four's Ben learned the embarrassing hard way why you shouldn't take the bait.
--> '''Ramsay:''' "Ben... with what you've done and the ambitions. You do seriously surprise me."
--> '''Ben:''' "Thank you, Chef. I was hoping you'd see that. I mean, I give it all I've got; give you 110%"
--> '''Ramsay:''' "You surprise me to how shit you are"
3rd Feb '17 1:00:38 PM Apocrypha
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** Also from season 13, La Tasha is well-liked for being arguably the best chef competing, keeping a positive attitude (though not to Sterling's extent) and for being a [[ReasonablyAuthorityFigure reasonable]] NiceGirl.

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** Also from season 13, La Tasha is well-liked for being arguably the best chef competing, keeping a positive attitude (though not to Sterling's extent) and for being a [[ReasonablyAuthorityFigure [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure reasonable]] NiceGirl.
3rd Feb '17 2:50:08 AM Vorpoler
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** Hassan in season 15 started out strong, than was switched to the red team, and ended up serving several raw chickens before being eliminated. *** Jared seemed to be one of the best chefs at first, but became more and more inconsistent as time went on, eventually being eliminated in fourth place.

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** Hassan in season 15 started out strong, than was switched to the red team, and ended up serving several raw chickens before being eliminated.eliminated.
*** Jared seemed to be one of the best chefs at first, but became more and more inconsistent as time went on, eventually being eliminated in fourth place.



*** A similar scenario happened with Ryan. Like Shaina before her, she was shifted to the depleted blue team in the hopes of salvaging a sinking ship yet almost immediately began struggling. [[{{Subverted}} Unlike her predecessors]], she took her mistakes more gracefully and managed to steer herself back around.

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*** A similar scenario happened with Ryan. Like Shaina before her, she was shifted to the depleted blue team in the hopes of salvaging a sinking ship yet almost immediately began struggling. [[{{Subverted}} Unlike her predecessors]], predecessor]], however, she took her mistakes more gracefully and managed to steer herself back around. around, eventually coming back on top and winning the season.
*** Kimberly was one of the most consistent chefs of the season, behind only the final three and generally performing well throughout services and challenges. However, in the first black jacket service, she screwed up several times on appetizers and struggled in acting as sous chef, resulting in her HeroicBSOD and nearly giving up on the spot, which contributes to her elimination that night. She fares just as badly in the finale, where she sends up raw rib-eye multiple times to the pass, to the point where Heather has to replace her with Devin and place her on desserts instead.



** Since the beginning, Ryan from Season 16 was loved by fans for her [[ConsummateProfessional calm and collected attitude]], and being one of the strongest and most consistent chefs this season. She was already considered a frontrunner from the first episode, and few were surprised by her eventual victory.

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** Since the beginning, Ryan from Season 16 was loved by fans for her [[ConsummateProfessional calm and collected attitude]], and being one of the strongest and most consistent chefs this of that season. She was already considered a frontrunner from the first episode, and few were surprised by her eventual victory.
2nd Feb '17 7:47:56 PM Vorpoler
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* Season 16's Aaron. Despite being acknowledged by Ramsay himself as a competent cook, he received very little respect from his teammates due to his inexperience and young age, along with being too quiet and uncommunicative in the kitchen. Of his three nominations, only one was a result of mistakes in actually serving food, and in the third that resulted his elimination, ''he had a perfect service''. He's essentially a male version of Season 14's Michelle (points for both being 22 while competing) that happened to be a bit quieter and less assertive. Unfortunately, that difference contributed to his much earlier elimination.



** Also from season 13, La Tasha is well-liked for being arguably the best chef competing, keeping a positive attitude (though not to Sterling's extent) and for being a reasonable [[NiceGuy Nice Girl]].
** Since the beginning, Ryan from Season 16 was loved by fans for her calm collected attitude, and being one of the strongest chefs this season.

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** Also from season 13, La Tasha is well-liked for being arguably the best chef competing, keeping a positive attitude (though not to Sterling's extent) and for being a reasonable [[NiceGuy Nice Girl]].
[[ReasonablyAuthorityFigure reasonable]] NiceGirl.
** Since the beginning, Ryan from Season 16 was loved by fans for her [[ConsummateProfessional calm and collected attitude, attitude]], and being one of the strongest and most consistent chefs this season.season. She was already considered a frontrunner from the first episode, and few were surprised by her eventual victory.
2nd Feb '17 7:14:16 PM RhetoricalCloud
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** Season 2 had Rachel, who Ramsay had acknowledged as being a strong leader on the team... and almost immediately fell apart after Heather got transferred to the blue team, ending up in 7th place ultimately. Garrett also did comparatively well in the first few services, but got gradually worse as the season went on, and then crashed and burned in the first black team service (may have done even worse had Chef Ramsay not decided to switch him to a different station early on), landing in 5th place.

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** Season 2 had Rachel, who Ramsay had acknowledged as being a strong leader on the team... and almost immediately fell apart after Heather got transferred to the blue team, ending up in 7th place ultimately.
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Garrett also did comparatively well in the first few services, but got gradually worse as the season went on, and then crashed and burned in the first black team service (may have done even worse had Chef Ramsay not decided to switch him to a different station early on), landing in 5th place.



** Season 6 had Van, who was a very strong contender early on. But his last two services, he really sunk on the fish station (despite being a seafood chef) and was the first black jacket to be eliminated. Tenille started off weak, but TookALevelInBadass. Then she fell apart on her last night and got eliminated without even being nominated.
** Ed in season 7 managed to rally the teams together in the first service, leading to the show's first successful opening night. But, his mistakes kept getting more egregious, and he got the boot in 6th place.

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** Season 6 had Van, who was a very strong contender early on. But his last two services, he really sunk on the fish station (despite being a seafood chef) and was the first black jacket to be eliminated. Tenille
***Tenille
started off weak, but TookALevelInBadass. Then she fell apart on her last night and got eliminated without even being nominated.
** Ed in season 7 managed to rally the teams together in the first service, leading to the show's first successful opening night. But, But his mistakes kept getting more egregious, and he got the boot in 6th place.



** Brian from Season 10 looked like he was going to make it to the finals, then his performance sharply dropped on his last service, when his performance on the meat station was so bad that Barbie had to step in and take over. He was eliminated in 7th place. And while Patrick was criticized for his terrible leadership skills, the night he volunteered to be the blue team's leader, he led them to their ONLY win. But he later ended up making too many simple mistakes, and was booted at 11th place.

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** Brian from Season 10 looked like he was going to make it to the finals, then his performance sharply dropped on his last service, when his performance on the meat station was so bad that Barbie had to step in and take over. He was eliminated in 7th place. And while
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Patrick was criticized for his terrible leadership skills, the night he volunteered to be the blue team's leader, he led them to their ONLY ''only'' win. But he later ended up making too many simple mistakes, and was booted at 11th place.



*** Gabriel wasn't really a Badass to begin with, as he was nominated for FIVE times, but in "8 Chefs Compete", [[TookALevelInBadass he had a perfect service and was considered the blue team's MVP]]. But the next service, he sank on the fish station and was kicked out in the middle of service.

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*** Gabriel wasn't really a Badass to begin with, as he was nominated for FIVE ''five'' times, but in "8 Chefs Compete", [[TookALevelInBadass he had a perfect service and was considered the blue team's MVP]]. But the next service, he sank on the fish station and was kicked out in the middle of service.



** Hassan in season 15 started out strong, than was switched to the red team, and ended up serving several raw chickens before being eliminated. Jared seemed to be one of the best chefs at first, but became more and more inconsistent as time went on, eventually being eliminated in fourth place.

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** Hassan in season 15 started out strong, than was switched to the red team, and ended up serving several raw chickens before being eliminated. *** Jared seemed to be one of the best chefs at first, but became more and more inconsistent as time went on, eventually being eliminated in fourth place.



*** A similar scenario happened with Ryan. Like Shaina before her, she was shifted to the depleted blue team in the hopes of salvaging a sinking ship yet almost immediately began struggling. Unlike her predecessors, she took her mistakes more gracefully and managed to steer herself back around.

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*** A similar scenario happened with Ryan. Like Shaina before her, she was shifted to the depleted blue team in the hopes of salvaging a sinking ship yet almost immediately began struggling. [[{{Subverted}} Unlike her predecessors, predecessors]], she took her mistakes more gracefully and managed to steer herself back around.
1st Feb '17 12:04:09 PM Bourne~Endeavor
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** Keith from Season 2. Despite an obvious struggle with positive encouragement-- one Chef Ramsay frequently tried to mitigate-- he couldn't quite get passed his attitude. When not chosen to be one of the finalests, he mouthed off and accused Ramsay of simply choosing Virgina because he "had a hard on" for her. You could see all respect Chef had for Keith instantly dashed.
1st Feb '17 10:06:13 AM Bourne~Endeavor
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*** A similar scenario happened with Ryan. Like Shaina before her, she was shifted to the depleted blue team in the hopes of salvaging a sinking ship yet almost immediately began struggling. Unlike her predecessors, she took her mistakes more gracefully and managed to steer herself back around.
31st Jan '17 1:02:54 PM Miragethecat
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* Since the beginning, Ryan from Season 16 was loved by fans fro her calm collected attitude, and being one of the strongest chefs this season.

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* ** Since the beginning, Ryan from Season 16 was loved by fans fro for her calm collected attitude, and being one of the strongest chefs this season.
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