History YMMV / HellsKitchen

7th Sep '17 5:00:59 PM ThomasTheDankWarrior
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** In Season 8, Melissa criticized Sabrina for screwing up on the meat station since cooking meat was a basic thing. [[EpicFail The very next episode, Melissa overcooked two dozen filets at the same time]].

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** In Season 8, Melissa criticized Sabrina for screwing up on the meat station since cooking meat was a basic thing. [[EpicFail The very next episode, Melissa overcooked two dozen filets at the same time]].time]],and the very next episode, she wrecked the entire supply of her team's (she was moved to the blue team) scallops!.
9th Aug '17 3:21:03 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: Originally, one of the greatest appeals of the show was that the main chef, Gordon Ramsay, was a DrillSergentNasty, as opposed to the nice chefs that were common in the genre. Now, thanks to this show, such rough chefs are now the default, and it can be difficult for a new viewer to see what once made this show unique.

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* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: Originally, one of the greatest appeals of the show was that the main chef, Gordon Ramsay, was a DrillSergentNasty, DrillSergeantNasty, as opposed to the nice chefs that were common in the genre. Now, thanks to this show, such rough chefs are now the default, and it can be difficult for a new viewer to see what once made this show unique.
9th Aug '17 3:02:31 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* IronWoobie: Jon in season 11 did very well in almost every challenge... but the rest of the blue team, with the sole exception of Anthony [[spoiler: before his collapse]], were so terrible that he wasn't able to enjoy any of the rewards because they lost all but two challenges. Nevertheless, Jon took it all in stride, and managed to win the second individual challenge after black jackets were given. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, he came up just short of making it to the finale, but he became the first male contestant that Ramsay allowed to keep his jacket]], and today, he works at Gordon Ramsay Steak in Las Vegas under season 10 winner [[spoiler: Christina]].

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* IronWoobie: Multiple.
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Jon in season 11 did very well in almost every challenge... but the rest of the blue team, with the sole exception of Anthony [[spoiler: before his collapse]], were so terrible that he wasn't able to enjoy any of the rewards because they lost all but two challenges. Nevertheless, Jon took it all in stride, and managed to win the second individual challenge after black jackets were given. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, he came up just short of making it to the finale, but he became the first male contestant that Ramsay allowed to keep his jacket]], and today, he works at Gordon Ramsay Steak in Las Vegas under season 10 winner [[spoiler: Christina]].
7th Aug '17 8:04:23 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* HilariousInHindsight: Although it first aired in June 2006, Season 2 contains a contestant named Sara who looks very similar to SarahPalin. Sarah Palin was elected governor in December 2006, but it's hard not to view it as a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed parody.

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* HilariousInHindsight: Although it first aired in June 2006, Season 2 contains a contestant named Sara who looks very similar to SarahPalin.UsefulNotes/SarahPalin. Sarah Palin was elected governor in December 2006, but it's hard not to view it as a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed parody.
7th Aug '17 8:03:39 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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** Speaking of Robert, Season 6's infamous "Bicycle Punishment" becomes less funny when [[FridgeHorror you realize that]] [[UnwittingInstigatorofDoom it may have]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero made his health problems worse]].

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** Speaking of Robert, Season 6's infamous "Bicycle Punishment" becomes less funny when [[FridgeHorror you realize that]] [[UnwittingInstigatorofDoom [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom it may have]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero made his health problems worse]].
2nd Jun '17 2:05:44 AM Ramona122003
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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 10:03:53 PM Bourne~Endeavor
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[[folder: EnsembleDarkhorse]]
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.
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