Characters: Hell's Kitchen

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Gordon Ramsay

Head Chef, all seasons
"YOU FUCKING DONKEY!"

  • Badass: Obviously. Ramsay is not only a great chef, but he is an intimidating presence in the kitchen.
    • Cultured Badass: It's a requirement to be a chef of course; he knows a lot about cooking and the culture associated with it.
    • Badass Armfold: This is the pose he takes in every season's opening.
  • Berserk Button: He has several, as you might expect, though the biggest ones are lying to him, talking over him, disrespecting him, and serving raw chicken.
    • He also doesn't like it when customers confront him while he's working (while the kitchen is having trouble), even if they're being nice/reasonable about it. He even points out to a customer who confronted him that if they have a problem, they talk to the Maître d since that's his job.
    • Also, people laughing, joking, or congratulating each other during dire situations in the kitchen.
    • He also has no patience for people who just resign themselves to their fate rather than fight back and show some backbone, and he "rewards" those people by eliminating them, even if they're not the worst cooks.
    • He hates when the entire kitchen screws up so much he has to kick them out, but he especially gets pissed when family night is ruined due to being a Friend to All Children.
    • More recently, he has shown impatience with chefs who do so terribly that someone else has to take over their station, as Season 10's Brian and Season 12's Bev, Richard, and Kashia can attest.
    • Every year, during the opening signature dish challenges, someone makes the mistake of using ingredients from a can/jar. Ramsay will often refuse to taste the dish and just give them the lowest score he can.
  • Brutally Honest: One of his signature traits.
  • Catch Phrase: "It's RAW!!!!!!!" As well as: "GET OUT!"
  • Deadpan Snarker: Ramsay has a very dry wit and unleashes it regularly.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Invoked by Ramsay every time a cook laughs mid-tirade.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Unless he's providing constructive criticism in the kitchen, he's this.
    • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: In some ways, this is part of Chef Ramsay's modus operandi in the kitchen. While he does insult chefs when they screw up cooking food or aren't working as a team, he does it to encourage them by getting them to show backbone and improve as chefs and not make the same mistake again.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Gordon is a TOTAL Momma's Boy, and whenever she appears on the show, he makes sure to watch his language and expects the same from the contestants. As he puts it in season 3, "Never ever swear in front of your mum".
  • Even Mean Brits Have Standards: Frequently tries to provoke the contestants but will draw the line and apologize if he feels like he's gone too far. For example, in season 5, he called Robert "Bobby," a nickname that bothered him because it reminded him of his uneasy relationship with his father. As a result, Robert performed copped a bit of an attitude and poorly that night. Robert later explained it to Chef Ramsay, who, having endured an abusive father himself, was very understanding. Chef Ramsay apologized and promised to never call Robert "Bobby" again.
  • Flat "What.": There's more then a few occasions when this is the only reaction he has to give.
  • Formerly Fat: Used to be fat, but lost weight in order to be a better chef. Puts a new light on all the times he's insulted the contestants' weight.
  • Friend to All Children: He always reigns in his temper and language as much as he can when he's serving kids and is incredibly friendly to them.
  • Grumpy Old Man: He often acts very gruff and moody.
  • Hypocrite: Warned Nilka not to curse in the kitchen because there were children in the dining room. Watch the episode, and count the number of times he swears in front of them. JP actually had to tell the children not to repeat what they heard from Chef Ramsay.
  • Jerkass: In the kitchen, he is a screaming, yelling, short-tempered boss who will throw you out of the competition then and there if you make too many wrong moves.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Outside the kitchen, he's comparatively soft-spoken, polite, and friendly. He demands to be called "Chef" during the competition, but during rewards where he joins the winning team, he asks to be called "Gordon." He regularly arranges special dinners for firemen, law enforcement, military personnel, and charity organizations, and gets particularly upset when chefs screw up on those services. Overall, he lets the chefs know when they do an excellent job on a challenge or dish, and it isn't uncommon for him to single out particularly good chefs for compliments.
  • Large Ham: You think your boss shouts? You haven't seen Chef Ramsay in the kitchen when someone brings up raw food.
  • The Mean Brit: One of the most legendary examples out there. It's so legendary due to this show that a Guru working in a monastery in India (In one of Ramsay's spinoff shows Gordon's Great Escape) told him he should consider calming down, by becoming a vegetarian no less.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: "Chef" Ramsay is the boss you have nightmares of. "Gordon" Ramsay is a professional and pleasant man. In an almost Superman-esque transformation, he can go from serene and mellow to bombastic and swearing the moment he gets his coat on and into a kitchen, as shown in Master Chef.
  • Momma's Boy: Gordon doesn't hide the fact that he adores his mum, calling her macaroni and cheese his favorite dish ever and even reining in his foul mouth around her — as well as making the contestants do likewise when she shows up.
  • One of Us: Sophisticated chef he may be, he also appreciates simple dishes as well. He's taken the contestants to some pretty cheap joints that served good food. In interviews, he's mentioned his love for In-n-Out burgers.
  • Papa Wolf: Whenever his family is in the dining room, GOD HELP YOU if you screw up their order. Season 8's Vinny and season 11's Ray found this out firsthand.
    • This extends to the families of his sous chefs, as well. Season 11's blue team, fresh off screwing up an order for his family, felt his wrath even more when they tried to serve sous chef James' pregnant wife uncooked chicken.
  • The Power of Friendship: Is very big on teamwork and communication. When three or four chefs are working on separate dishes that have to be cooked and timed to be ready to send out together, it's required to be a good chef.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Despite his tendency to yell and insult the chefs, he is this. He listens to the nominations and why people up for elimination think they should stay and sometimes asks other chefs on the team that nominated what they think. If there is a major concern that needs addressing (Like when Robert from Season 5's Berserk Button was pressed.), he takes the chef aside and finds out the source in a respectful manner.
  • Self-Made Man: Built his worldwide culinary empire from the ground up.
  • Supreme Chef: Definitely one of the top chefs in England, if not the world.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Whenever he ends up having to kick both teams out of the kitchen.
  • Tranquil Fury: When Joseph was getting in his face and swearing at him, Chef Ramsay refused to stoop to his level; he {relatively) calmly told Joseph that he had no respect and to get out.
    • When he's so pissed off for whatever reason (Usually because the teams did such a horrible job.), he resorts to this.
  • Troll: Chef Ramsay loves to have fun at the expense of the contestants.
    • When it comes to elimination nights, he is often misleading. Announcing who will leave Hell's Kitchen, he announces a person's name. Then tells them to get back in line. Sometimes he'll take it a step further and tell them to take off their jacket, then go to the different team. Fair rule of thumb is that until you see them walk through the doors, you can't totally be sure they've been eliminated yet. This is partly justified as it is a way for contestants to stay on their toes, reminding them that they could be eliminated at any moment.
    • In one season, Ramsay took aside a contestant during the signature dish challenge and began making out with her. The other chefs, who know Ramsay is married, were stunned. Turns out it was just his wife undercover, and Ramsay was having some fun.
    • The various ways he has the contestants woken up at least Once Per Season. Usually it involves loud noises, bright lights, and people rushing into the room shouting at them to hurry and get dressed.
    • And in episode 3 of Season 4, he had a load of live chickens released into the dorms, and ordered the contestants to catch them and bring them down to the kitchen. Once they were all assembled, he strongly implied that they would have to slaughter the chickens themselves, and prepared to slice one's head off right in front of them, much to the discomfort of the contestants. This wasn't the case however, and the contestants got freshly plucked hens for the morning's challenge.
    • One big example was in the Season 5 finale. After dinner services, he announced that the winner...lived in Florida. Paula's jaw dropped as she exclaimed to the Confession Cam "Oh my God! That's me! I live in Florida!" Then her eyes brows stiffened, as she quickly remembered that so did Danny.
    • Similarly, in the Season 10 finale, Chef Ramsay declared that he would try something different and announce the winner right at the end of dinner service. "The winner of Hell's Kitchen is... Tavon!" (the first contestant eliminated that season, and long forgotten.)
    • Often, after a dish has been delivered to the pass, he will intensely shout at the contestant who cooked that dish in an angry tone, sending a feel of dread through their bodies, only to follow up by saying the dish is cooked beautifully, his voice mellowing significantly.
    • Episode 13 of Season 6, starting with the Mini-Gordon and ending with the vegetarian dish challenge that required each contestant to serve 80 portions of food... to children. Gordon just has a huge grin on his face the entire time because it's that much fun for him.
    • The season finale of Season 8, Chef Ramsay tells the finalists they have to parachute jump into the final challenge. Nona is prepared to do it when Chef Ramsay, with a big grin on his face, quickly tells the group he was kidding.
    • This side of him came through a couple of times in episode 14 of Season 12. In the lead-up to the blind taste test challenge, he gave the contestants some sample foods which looked delicious... and had a huge grin on his face when he saw their repulsed reactions to how awful they were. The second time happened just at the end of that night's service. He called all of the blue team over to the pass after a Wellington had been delivered. Usually, this is a very bad thing indeed as he wants to show everyone that someone among them has REALLY screwed up... but instead he shows them all that the Wellington was beautifully cooked and congratulates the blue team on one of the best services so far.
    • Season 14, he opens the first episode by greeting the chefs on the roof of the building with a stunt airbag below, kicks a ladder down to them, and invites them to come up to the roof and jump off. After a couple of chefs do it, the others begin to get over their fears and volunteer, only for Ramsay to reveal the first two were professional stunt people, and the actual contestants are insane.
  • Verbal Tic: He says "Yes?" at the end of sentences when he says or asks for things from the chefs. For example, "Let's get x food cooked, yes?"

Scott Leibfried

Blue and Black team sous chef, Seasons 1-10
"We don't have any fucking chicken, we don't have any more wellingtons, we don't have any fucking lettuce... we haven't served any food, how can we be out of anything?!"

  • Badass: There's a reason he's Chef Gordon Ramsay's right hand man.
    • Badass Armfold: He does as good a job at it as Chef Ramsay.
    • His smackdown of Benjamin in Season 7 is the crowning example. Benjamin made the mistake of reading out the order after Chef Ramsay left the kitchen briefly and Scott was left in charge. Scott immediately ripped him a new one and outright screamed in his face to never try to take his place again.
    • He also ripped the Blue Team in Season One a new one when Andrew's caught trying to tape a door with a lock code on it so they don't have to keep putting the code in and then makes the punishment even worse by only allowing them to get one thing at a time.
  • Bald of Awesome: Lampshaded in the first episode of Season 10, where he reveals that he can still grow a full head of hair if he wants to, but people take him more seriously with his head shaved.
  • Berserk Button: Hates losing teams that try to escape their punishments, as well as contestants who try to take control of the kitchen whenever Ramsay's not around.
    • He got really pissed at Andrea when she got to temporarily run the kitchen and constantly criticized his work endlessly due to overconfidence and expecting all of his dishes to be sabotaged instead of just one or two dishes. It got to the point that he actually insulted and threatened her and thanked Chef Ramsay with relief when he took over again.
  • Blatant Lies: When he's sabotaging dishes to test contestants on quality control, he answers with this.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Even moreso than Chef Ramsay himself.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: During prep and service, he's a very tough and firm sous chef who will rip anyone who deserves it a new one just as bad as Chef Ramsay will, but he's generally pretty affable and polite to the Blue Team and praises them when they're doing well.
  • Put on a Bus: Was unable to return from Season 11 onwards due to taking the position of corporate chef at Mick Fleetwood's Maui restaurant.
  • The Reliable One: As a sous chef, he has to be this and always shows that he can be counted on by Gordon and by the Blue Team when needed. He along with Gordon and Andi successfully completed services in Season 7 when a team was so terrible they had to be kicked out.

MaryAnn Salcedo

Red team sous chef, Seasons 1-3
"What was that? What did you just say? I want you to say it louder!"

  • Badass: She didn't have as much chance to show it as Scott or future sous chefs, but she was definitely a badass. She once overheard a contestant badmouthing Chef Ramsay and forced him to repeat it in front of him.
  • Old Shame: Despite being one of the more popular sous chefs, in the years since leaving she's revealed that she actually hated working on the show due to the general inexperience of the contestants in earlier seasons, and only really took the sous chef's role in exchange for Ramsay helping her set up her own restaurant. On the other hand, she did say that she'd probably be a lot happier working on the show nowadays, since only chefs with a minimum of two years of professional experience are allowed to enter.
  • The Pete Best: Left after the third season, just as the show was starting to become more popular.

Gloria Felix

Red team sous chef, Seasons 4-5
"Wake up! Are you sleeping?!"

  • Put on a Bus: Was supposed to remain in her role for Seasons 6 and 7, but either quit or was fired at a late stage.
  • The Silent Bob: Very rarely said or did anything of note while on the show, and usually just stood by the pass looking vaguely annoyed.

Andi van Willigan

Red team sous chef, Season 7-present
"You have such a fucking attitude! Why don't you take a walk?"

  • Badass: Without a shadow of a doubt the most popular of the four female sous chefs, and a strong rival to Scott as the most popular sous chef overall.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Unlike Scott or Ramsay, Andi tends to be the quieter of the brigade; stoic but rarely shouts. Until you get her mad. Oh boy. In the few instances she's become annoyed, she'd easily give Scott a run for his money, as season 12's Anton can attest.
  • Character Focus: Since Scott Liebfried left after Season 10, Andi has been getting more focus out of herself and Sous Chef James. During black team services, she's usually the one helping out Chef Ramsay on service and helping test the chefs when they get to run the pass.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Gets a noticeable amount of screentime in Season 12, arguably more so than Scott did during his time. She tells the red team her Hidden Depths (see below) during one of their punishments, gives Anton a smackdown, escorts a winning black jacket contestant to their reward, and tries to convince Joy from quitting in the middle of an on-going service.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She doesn't have many moments, but she can snark with the best of them.
  • Hidden Depths: She reveals in Season 12 to the Red Team that it can be incredibly hard to be a woman in the chef field, not least of all due to the long work hours, and that she was a workaholic in her 20s so she could not have to work so extremely hard in her 30s. She's also stated that she's not opposed to marriage or kids, she's just really busy with her career.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She's often polite to the chefs and she always keeps an eye on them to make sure everything runs smoothly and if it doesn't, she quickly fixes the problem, like when she kicked Tiffany out in Season 10.
  • Nice Girl: Despite her quietness, she's always happy to give good advice to the chefs if they ask for it.
  • The Reliable One: As a sous chef, she has to be this (She wouldn't be working with Gordon Ramsay if she wasn't.) and if it gets too bad, she usually along with Scott (Seasons 7-10) or James (Seasons 11-Present) and Chef Ramsay finish service. During the finals, she always helps out the finalist leading the Red Kitchen with their menu as well as the final service and ripping one of the chefs a new one if need be.
  • The Stoic: Her facial expression rarely changes and she is rather quiet.
    • Not So Stoic: But when she gets mad or annoyed, she won't hold back. See Beware the Quiet Ones.
    • During punishments, she can be alot more friendly and lighthearted and smile a little.

James Avery

Blue team sous chef, Season 11-present
"You guys fucking disgust me! I'm embarrassed to be a part of this."

  • Bald of Awesome: A little more subdued than Scott, but still more than capable of chewing the contestants out, not least when one of them tried to serve raw chicken to his pregnant wife.
  • The Gadfly: During punishments that involve the blue team eating or drinking something really horrible, he often has a huge grin on his face.
  • Hidden Depths: Along with Andi, he revealed that he's had to make alot of sacrifices to be a chef and be as successful as he had and that it's really hard to balance work and his personal life with his wife and kids.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Like Scott, he's big, bald, and someone who you definitely don't want to get on the wrong side of.

Jean-Philippe Susilovic

Maître d', Seasons 1-7 and 11-12
"Good evening, welcome to Hell's Kitchen."

  • Adorkable
  • Berserk Button: He really doesn't like Francisco, the party planner.
  • Butt Monkey: Often has to deal with irritated customers due to the failures in the kitchen and the Epic Fail of some of the contestants. That and Chef Ramsay loves picking on him. Fully morphed into this when he was forced to sumo wrestle with Ramsay.
  • Camp Straight: Often mistaken for Camp Gay by viewers and even some of the contestants, but he confirmed to being heterosexual when indirectly questioned by season 7's red team, and can occasionally be seen flirting with female diners.
  • Commuting on a Bus: Didn't appear from Season 8 until Season 11. It turned out that he was busy opening Gordon's restaurant Petrus. He then returned for Seasons 11 and 12, only to leave AGAIN for Season 13.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: While not a moron per say, he's often seen as a soft, uptight Funny Foreigner. But he's actually more Badass than most people think. It's one thing to know that the errors you made in the kitchen are going to lead to several unhappy customers. It's another to have to actually deal with said customers for each and every error. Throughout 8 entire seasons. And he does it all with a smile on his face. Even Chef Ramsay acknowledges this from time to time and berates the cooks for putting him through such grief.
    • And let's not forget, it takes a strong person to work with Chef Ramsay (and his temper) for as many years as he has.
    • Beware the Nice Ones: There are times where people push him too far, and he pushes back. One of the best examples of this is his tussle with Van at the beginning of season 6.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Is very polite to all the contestants, even though their flubs in the kitchen cause him a lot of grief. There's also him having to deal with angry, rude customers with a polite smile. And let's not forget Chef Ramsay constantly picking on him, but he takes it all in good stride. But of course, even he has his limits.
  • Foil: To Chef Ramsay. They're basically polar opposites. But are both heavily invested in the restaurant business and have a good repertoire with each other.
  • Funny Foreigner: Belgian. Something Chef Ramsay constantly makes fun of him for.
  • Genre Savvy: If there's anyone who knows how Chef Ramsay works, it's JP. He sometimes encourages cooks to not give up, saying that he is just trying to bring out the best in them and is expecting them to fight back.
  • He's Back: When he returned for the start of Season 11, Gordon asked him where he'd been for the last three years.
  • Plucky Comic Relief
  • Stealth Insult: He's been known to occasionally insult both contestants and guests but being polite about it-for instance, he called out a guest in Season 1 for being "an interesting jerk" and patronised him behind his back to Elsie and stated "Ladies first" to Van after their little blowup.
  • The Reliable One: As the Maître d, he runs the entire dining room and you never hear any complaints about the dining room service outside of when a chef is a waiter. He's been described as one of the best Maître d's in the world by Chef Ramsay.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Ramsay makes fun of him quite a bit, and throws a few insults his way as well. But JP takes it in good heart and know that Ramsay means well. They have been working together since 1995 after all. They both play practical jokes with each other a lot too.
    • Chef Ramsay admitted a few times to having a lot of respect for him. He once described JP to Season 11 contestants as one of the best Maître d's in the world.

James Lukanik

Maître d', Seasons 8-10
"Everybody's really happy, apart from your family, chef."

Marino Monferrato

Maître d', Seasons 13-present
"Si, chef?"

  • Ascended Extra: Appeared as a challenge judge in Season 11, before taking over as the show's maître d' two seasons later.

Jason Thompson->Narrator, Seasons 1-12

"And now, the continuation of Hell's Kitchen."

     Season 13 

La Tasha

"Mama didn't raise no fool!"

  • Badass: She hasn't had any major screw-ups — aside from the signature dish and serving raw salmon in the third service, and even that was due to the knock-on effects of Kalen and Denine's screw-ups on the meat station — and is usually Chef Ramsay's go-to girl for taking over other stations.
    • Continues thoughout the season. In episode 9 the red team scored some horrible ingredients in the craps challenge, such as pine nuts and three acidic ingredients (limes, lemons and tomatoes) out of a total of six, and she turned it into a beautiful dish that won the challenge. Even Ramsay expressed amazement at her ability to make something so wonderful out of so many mismatched ingredients.
    • Ultimately it continues all the way, making her the winner of Season 13.
  • Bald Woman
  • Bifauxnen: When the red team goes out to dinner for rewards, she's always dressed in a pantsuit.
  • Book Dumb: "I don't know what 'lacks-a-daisical' is, but when I find out, I'm gonna make sure to never be it again." note 
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Flawless Victory: On the way to victory she was never nominated for elimination, and only had two services that could even vaguely be described as sub-standard. In all, there was rarely any point this season where it looked like anyone else would win (Jennifer was the only one in a similar league in terms of consistency, but flopped when it came to running the pass).
  • The Leader: Takes up this mantle for the red team in episode 8, and is probably the reason they did as well as they did in that episode.
  • Nice Girl: She's the only one who doesn't mind getting Sterling, and treats everyone with friendliness and politeness.
  • Ninja: Sade calls her one in episode 14, when she spends the entire service jumping from station to station and doing everything perfectly.
    Sade: Tash is on fire tonight. She's like a kitchen ninja.
  • Only Sane Woman: Fulfils this role on her team, being a level-headed voice of reason surrounded by wacky characters.
  • The Pollyanna: Not to the extent of Sterling, but she always focuses on keeping a positive attitude and has never really lost her temper or cussed.

Bryant

  • Badass: He was pretty weak in the beginning, but from about the 4th service onwards, he became one of the more consistent chefs on the blue team.
    • Also shown when he is the only person to do well in that season's Epic Fail of a blind taste test, getting a 3 out of 4 (with Sterling being the only other reasonably decent performer).
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Graceful Loser: Sort of, in the finale; he's absolutely crushed that he didn't win, but he eventually admits that he's happy for La Tasha.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper
  • Hot-Blooded: Santos said in a confessional that he's like a volcano, because "you never know when he's gonna go off".
  • Informed Flaw: Like Sterling, he was referred to as being "dead weight" in episode 4 and was targeted by other members of his team, but he really was nowhere near one of the worst members of the Blue Team and he managed to outplace all 3 of the people who targeted him, who, in reality, had struggled with consistency themselves.
  • Insufferable Genius: He's one of the best chefs on the blue team, and he makes sure everyone knows it.
  • Man Child: Showcases the emotional maturity of an eight-year-old in episode 10 when he has a breakdown consisting of stroking his own ego, out-cussing Jennifer and Chef Ramsay combined, blatantly making stuff up to insult the other chefs, and basically ranting and raving about how he doesn't deserve to be nominated.
  • Sore Loser: Does not like losing challenges. He is seen quite often in the confession cams complaining about other contestants' dishes. (A few times in particular with La Tasha in the final.)
    • His dish loses the reward challenge of episode 9 against La Tasha's dish, and he refuses to acknowledge his defeat even while Chef Ramsay explains why he lost, and when Ramsay has everyone taste Sade's dish (which they refused to in the challenge) and saying it was better than Bryant's, Bryant insisted it was "salty".
  • The Perfectionist: Expresses the opinion that everything about a dish has to be perfect.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: He seemed to get meaner as the series progressed.
    • By episode 10, it got to the point that he blew up at his team in the dorms and nearly came to blows with Aaron, Fernando, and Sade.
    • Took a Level in Kindness: However, in episode 12, he admitted that he'd had fun hanging out with Sade and Santos, and was reluctant to nominate anyone at all. He took another level in the second-to-last episode; he's a completely different person around his wife and adorable baby daughter. It carried through into the final episode, when he treated his team well; even when he threw Frank out of the kitchen mid-service, he remained relatively nice when he did so.
  • Worthy Opponent: After butting heads the entire season, he and Sade came to regard the other as this, with a bit of Vitriolic Best Buds thrown in.

Sade

"I hate losing. This is my sixth loss in a row, maybe even my seventh, I've lost count!"
  • Achilles' Heel: As strong of a competitor as she was overall, her inexperience became glaringly obvious in the second-last service, as she came across like a whiny, angsty teenager while trying to get Jennifer to cook the meat correctly. Aside from that she ran the kitchen as well as La Tasha and Bryant did, but it was enough to keep her from reaching the finale.
  • Adorkable: She breaks out dancing in the confession cam after finally getting to go on a reward in episode 12.
  • Badass: She's made very few mistakes throughout her entire run, usually delivered in challenges (aside from the dog food incident) and often takes on the role of team leader, usually getting good results when she does so.
  • Epic Fail: In episode 8, the teams were tasked with preparing dishes for a dog show the following night in HK, and Sade decided to make small, diced cubes of New York Strip steak, evidently under the impression that they were cooking food for the dogs. Her reaction when she presented her dish alongside her teammates' human-portioned dishes said it all:
  • Graceful Loser: She takes being eliminated pretty well, stating that she's proud to have made it so far in the competition.
  • No Indoor Voice: Has a very loud voice when she tries to lead the women in episode 6, to the extent it was distracting her other teammates.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Does not hesitate to call Denine out on her crap in a wonderfully snarky way.
    • She even admitted this herself in episode 5.
  • Sore Loser: She hates losing challenges, and in episode 10 she is unnecessarily bossy to her team. When her teammates call her out on it, she walks away.
  • Take That: In episode 9, the other members of the blue team refuse to even taste her dish for the reward challenge, putting up Bryant's dish, which loses the challenge. Ramsay considers Sade's dish better and has everyone taste it, to which Bryant instantly comments that it's "salty", to which Sade responds, "Well, it was better than yours, apparently".
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: After Steve leaves the competition for a leg injury, Ramsay breaks the news to the contestants, and while the men of the blue team seem disappointed at the news, Sade's confessional is FAR less sympathetic:
    "Y'know what, that's fine with me, since that's just one less person standing in my way. Get well though."
    • Worse yet, earlier in the episode during punishment, when Sade was angry at her teammates for just glancing over her dish (which was deemed superior to Bryant's, whose dish was chosen as the "best"), Steve was heard admitting that she was right. Basically, she told the only person sympathetic to her situation to go F himself.
    • Took a Level in Kindness: That said, it seems to have been stress brought on by never winning, as she is much nicer after going on a reward in episode 12. She was also calm and amicable in during punishment in episode 11, visibly shocked when Fernando was eliminated, and visibly teared up when Sterling was eliminated.
  • Worthy Opponent: After butting heads the entire season, she and Bryant have come to regard the other as this, with a bit of Vitriolic Best Buds thrown in.

Jennifer

"I'm not going to change who I am and fucking sugarcoat everything for everybody to make them feel warm and fuzzy inside."

  • Badass: Her teammates may not like her, but she made very few mistakes throughout the entire competition.
  • Boyish Short Hair
  • Brutal Honesty
  • Cuteness Proximity: The cussing, icy, Jerkass chef disappears as soon as she sees the dogs in episode 8.
  • Deadpan Snarker: As seen here:
    Denine: What's that?
    Jennifer: The garnish station.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Started out overly hostile, but she's slowly become friendlier and more relaxed to her fellow chefs on the red team (with the exception of Roe).
  • Determinator: Sent to the hospital for dehydration? She bounces back at the beginning of the next episode. Sent to the hospital again for an allergic reaction? She shows up the next day and owns the meat station.
  • Epic Fail: Got a 0 out of 4 on the blind taste test.
  • Ill Girl: Collapses at the end of the third episode after becoming dehydrated. Fortunately, she quickly returns and gets through the next challenge and service without issue.
    • Happens again in Episode 12, apparently due to being allergic to coconuts. Fortunately, she bounces back again.
  • Lady Swears-a-Lot: In the kitchen she's no worse than most of the other chefs, but in the Confession Cam segments... let's just say that she probably dropped more Cluster F Bombs in the second episode alone than Chef Ramsay himself did in the entire first season.
    • By episode 7, it has gotten to the point where she can barely say a single sentence without being bleeped out at least once.
  • The Rival: To Roe; Jennifer can't stand her inconsistence and lack of cooking skill.
    Jennifer: Really, I just want to punch her in the face.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Unlike most cases on this show, where it happens rather abruptly, Jennifer has gradually gotten angrier and more belligerent with each episode...
    • Jerkass Has a Point: ...But rightfully got pissed at her teammates for attempting to nominate her in episode 6, even though she was one of only three (out of six) chefs on her team to complete service.

Roe

  • Ambiguously Brown
  • Epic Fail: Got a 4 out of 15 in episode 6's challenge, which singlehandedly cost the women the challenge. To contrast, the next worst dish was a nine out of fifteen.
  • Every Service She Fizzles Out: As the only head chef out of this year's women (the others being line cooks or sous chefs at most), her team-mates have often looked to her for leadership. Aside from the first service and the occasional good challenge performance however, she generally didn't deliver, which Jennifer called her out on when Roe tried to nominate her during episode 6. Roe did improve somewhat in the latter stages of the red/blue team phase of the season, but promptly tanked again when the teams were merged into the black team, leading to her elimination. However, she was one of the strongest members of La Tasha's team in the finale, proving that her problem was more her inconsistency than a major lack of skill.
  • The Generic Girl
  • The Rival: To Jennifer; Roe hates her for her blunt, rude attitude.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Perhaps the most notable thing about her is how often she boasts about her own talents, despite rarely showing them.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: During her last service, she tries to help out Jennifer on the fish station. Needless to say, it doesn't go too well.

Santos

"I don't hear any more yelling in the red kitchen, which means that they were kicked out and we need to complete service."
  • Badass: While he had a couple of weak services here and there, for the most part he delivers. He has so far been nominated twice, with the first nomination being pretty stupid.
    • Badass Decay: His performance went downhill during his last two services.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has already gotten in a few of these.
  • Epic Fail: Despite being one of the blue team's stronger chefs, he got a zero on the blind taste test.
  • Friend to All Children: As seen during family night. Slightly backfired, because letting the kids put cheese on their own pizzas in the dining room slowed the kitchen down for a little while in the beginning.
  • Motor Mouth: He tends to ramble whenever asked to explain something; for example, when explaining the course to the VIPS in episode 12, he talked about it for nearly a minute when the other chefs summed it up in ten seconds.
  • Nice Guy: Aside from a brief slide into Jerkass-territory in episode 4, he's been pretty polite to most everyone.
  • One Steve Limit: His first name is Brian, but he is going by his surname to avoid confusion with Bryant.
  • Only Sane Man: In Episodes 9-11, he along with Fernando were the only members on the blue team that weren't complete jerks.

Sterling

"The ingredient I cooked this with is love!"

  • Adorkable: On numerous occasions.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: While he is generally quite easygoing, his speech when up for elimination was a rather vicious attack aimed at Steve, his tone of voice displaying more honest anger than pretty much anyone ever nominated showed.
  • Catch Phrase: "I'm always 100!" (As in, 100 percent.)
    • Also, "I love you, man!"
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Even from the PREVIEWS, he seems to be this.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Has become this by episode 4. To anyone, he would come across as a complete goofball, and his teammates don't take him seriously at all, but he has shown to be one of the better chefs of the blue team, and as shown in the brunch challenge of episode 4, he can definitely take charge in the kitchen with a loud and firm tone. He will sometimes stumble here and there, but overall, he has been consistently good in challenges and dinner services.
    • Badass Decay: He fell apart in the fish station on his final night, screwing up scallops several times and eventually having his station taken over by La Tasha, leading to a disappointing elimination before black jackets.
  • Genre Savvy: In the reward challenge in episode 5, where contestants had to correctly guess the proteins used in five dishes, Aaron was tasked to guess the protein in a chili dish. Sterling immediately figured out it was alligator, though Aaron ignored him at first, but decided to listen to Sterling on his third try and got it right.
  • Graceful Loser: When he's eliminated, he takes it very well, and hugs Ramsay and the other chefs before leaving.
  • Informed Flaw: In Episode 4, he and 3 other members of the Blue Team are targeted by Aaron, Santos, and Steve because he and the others were considered to be dead weight when he hadn't really screwed up once before that episode. Even after that episode, he only seriously hindered his team on 2 occasions, especially in Episode 13, when he destroyed the fish station before being switched out, which ultimately lead to his elimination.
  • Large Ham: And how.
  • Lethal Joke Character: For most of his journey during Season 13, he was looked down on and looked at as being useless by almost every other chef, but ended up seriously proving his worth after he switched teams. In the Finale, he was probably one of the best, if not the best, chefs on Bryant's team.
  • Nice Guy: He's a jovial, perky, energetic guy who treats everyone else kindly and is very supportive of his teammates.
  • The Pollyanna: Despite how quickly they were tanking, he never lost hope that the blue team would pull through their first dinner service (spoiler alert: they didn't). This has continued on, no matter how badly either he or a teammate is doing during a challenge or dinner service, Sterling remains positive and supportive. He also tends to have fun during punishments, much to his team's chagrin.
  • The Scrappy: In-Universe; everyone finds his carefree attitude and optimism grating. When he switches to the red team, the blue team actually celebrates, and the red team is not particularly happy.
  • Tsundere: If he feels disrespected, he is able to go from literally being lovestruck, telling other contestants that he loves them to biting their heads off harder than even contestants like Jennifer could, as shown in several of his conflicts with Steve.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He didn't like being kicked out of the kitchen in episode 3 due to being Bryant's station partner when Bryant was sinking the fish station.

Fernando

  • Epic Fail: Like Jennifer and Santos, he got a 0/4 on the blind taste test.
  • The Generic Guy
  • Nice Guy
  • Older Than They Look: He's 28, but looks like a teenager. Lampshaded by Chef Ramsay:
    Ramsay: "Harry Potter looks older than you!"
  • Only Sane Man: Shares this role with Santos as they are the only chefs left on their team that aren't Jerkasses.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Bryant in episode 10 after he blows up at his team and attempts to nominate Fernando despite the fact that not only did he have a perfect service, most of his recent ones were good as well. This makes Bryant madder.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Like Bryant, he started out weak but grew more consistent. When he was eliminated, Chef Ransay says he is a good chef but his leadership is questionable.
    • Badass Decay: Unfortunately, he was by far the worst member of La Tasha's team in the finale, doing so bad that he was lucky not to get thrown out.

Aaron

"One word that describes Sterling's crab cakes is: FAST. FOOD."

  • The Ditz: At times, as shown by the above quote.
  • The Scapegoat: Takes the blame for some of Bryant's mistakes in episode 10, though he had certainly made many mistakes himself that night.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Withdraws from the competition in episode 10 because he feels that he isn't ready to be Ramsay's head chef. Whether this was true or simply to leave on his own terms (as he was likely going home that night anyway), he left Ramsay and the others in shock.
  • Yes-Man: Comes across as this when it comes to Steve, something which a couple of his teammates call him out on in episode 4, though he grows out of it once the alliance between him, Santos and Steve to sabotage other members of their team doesn't pan out.
    • True Companions: He genuinely thought of Steve as a friend; when Steve was forced out of the competition in episode 9 from a leg injury, Aaron said that the blue team was going to have a great service for Steve. They gave their best service yet.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair

Frank

  • Epic Fail: His last night on service, where he crashed hard on the fish station, single-handedly making the red team lose (the other members of the team had a smooth and flawless service) and duly getting eliminated without Chef Ramsay even bothering with nominations.
    • Continues in the finale. Despite Bryant making his recipes "Frank-proof," Frank still manages to single-handedly sink the Blue Team. Eventually Bryant throws him out of the kitchen, but by then the damage is already done.
  • The Fashionista: Rare male example. In episode 7, the men depend on him to help them pick their fashions when they won a shopping trip.
  • Funny Foreigner: He's Italian and certainly does have his moments.
  • Genre Savvy: When he has to pick an opponent to face in episode 7, he picks Roe, who usually does badly in challenges. It nearly turns into Wrong Genre Savvy, as Roe actually manages to do well for once, but fortunately for him Frank is able to do just that little bit better.
  • Graceful Loser: He freely admits that he massively screwed-up after his Epic Fail in episode 9 and takes his elimination calmly.
  • Joke Character: During the Finale, the 2 remaining chefs make it a point to avoid him like the plague, Bryant (who ends up being stuck with him) even prepares a menu specifically designed to the point where Frank wouldn't be able to ruin everything. He still manages to, of course.
  • Narcissist: Spends the entire dinner service of episode 4 basically looking at himself in the mirror.
  • Picked Last: Unsurprisingly, in the finale. La Tasha actually said before the challenge even started that she wanted the win SOLELY to ensure she didn't get Frank. When he does get picked last, he admits that he was expecting it.
  • Pretty Boy: Ramsay even calls him such in one episode.

Steve

  • Badass Decay: He was comparatively good in the first few services, but went downhill soon after.
  • Determinator: Deconstructed, he clearly wanted to go on despite his leg injury but Chef Ramsay said no, he couldn't sacrifice his health for the competition.
  • Most Annoying Sound: In-Universe, Santos considers Steve repeatedly yelling his name this.
    Santos: "Santos! Santos! Santos! Santos!" AAAAAAAGH!
  • Non-Gameplay Elimination: After injuring his knee during punishment, he was deemed unfit to continue in the competition.
  • The Rival: Often gets in disputes with Sterling.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Starting at episode 4, where he (backed up by Aaron and Santos) seems more concerned about screwing over a few certain teammates and making them look bad than actually cooking good food and sending it to diners in a timely manner.
    • Jerkass Has a Point: In that episode, however, he was entirely correct when he said he shouldn't have been nominated when he wasn't kicked out (and 4 of his teammates were).
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He seems to have dropped his sabotage plans, and no matter how bad his disputes with Sterling are, they always forgive each other.

Ashley

"Once cheese is melted, it doesn't matter if it was hand-grated. You're just doing this to be MEAN!"

Katie

  • Extreme Doormat: Had a habit of keeping her mouth shut and letting the rest of the team walk all over her.
  • Never My Fault: During the episode she was eliminated, she blamed everyone and everything she could—the pan, Sade, the scallops—to avoid admitting that she wasn't that great.
  • Suicide by Cop: She came within an inch of doing this accidentally in episode 5, after admitting she was one of the two overall weakest members of the red team (along with Kalen) even though Ramsay was clearly gunning for Roe. Ramsay told her that doing so was a fatal sign of weakness, and had it not been for literally the entire team naming Kalen as the weakest, Katie would likely have been toast.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Very nearly in episode 5, saying that she deserved to be nominated. Fully so in the next episode, where she argued with Chef Ramsay over a plate of undercooked, botched-looking scallops, saying they were fine when she took them out of the oven.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In episode 6, she told Aaron after Kalen's elimination that she believed Sade should have been the second nominee, even though Sade has proven to be one of the more solid chefs, and only put herself forward to avoid a conflict. Then in service, she kept complaining that Sade was being annoying since Sade kept asking for times (which, you know, is something that has to be done in a professional kitchen), and later tried to tell Chef Ramsay that a plate of scallops that looked mangled were fine when she took them out of the oven, then she argued with him over it... her elimination that episode was unsurprising.

Kalen

  • Expy: She's blonde, fat, and makes tons of mistakes during service without admitting them or seeming to care. She's pretty much a somewhat toned-down version of Season 10's Tiffany.
  • The Load: She was unspectacular at best in the first two services, flat-out awful in the three that followed, and carried herself with a generally apathetic, uncaring attitude. It was little surprise that all the other women voted that she should be eliminated when Ramsay asked them.
  • Never My Fault: She was a disaster on the meat station in episode 3, but then proceeded to put the blame on Denine for the station's failure, despite the fact that Denine didn't cook anything, and Kalen refused to accept Denine's help when she offered, a fact she later lies about to the whole team, saying Denine never offered to help.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Believed herself to be one of the best chefs on the Red Team, but when Ramsay asked them who their weakest link was, they unanimously voted for her.
  • Too Dumb to Live: In her closing plea, she claimed that she had only done badly in two of the prior services. Which, when you do the math, meant she was effectively admitting to having done badly 40% of the time.

JR

  • Dark and Troubled Past: He was once homeless. When he did end up getting a home, he soon was homeless again. He later obtained a permanent home though. Now, some of his Jerkass behavior makes sense.
  • Fun with Acronyms:
    Ramsay: "JR? Just RIDICULOUS!"
  • Jerkass: Sat out the blue team's punishment in the first episode because he "came [to HK] to live the good life". Then, he deflected all blame to his teammates despite being kicked out of the kitchen, along with JP, for messing up the fish station.
  • Lazy Bum: He refused to help out in the blue team's punishment.
  • Never My Fault: Despite being every bit as responsible as JP for the blue team losing the first service by a mile, he kept blaming others for his mistakes.
  • One Steve Limit: His first name is James, but he's likely going with the nickname JR to avoid confusion with Sous Chef James.

Denine

"At this point, my strategy will stick to me being about me."

  • It's All About Me: A la her character quote.
  • Lazy Bum: Refused to help when the red team lost the reward challenge because "it's not my fault we lost", and basically did nothing during her last dinner service. Which, understandably, got her eliminated.
  • Never My Fault: Both played straight and averted in episode 3. She refuses to help out in the punishment because she says it's not her fault the team lost, as her dish had scored a point in the challenge. Later averted when she tries pointing out that the meat station was sunk by Kalen, who refused Denine's help except when taking things to the pass, but the rest of the team blamed both her and Kalen anyway.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: She was relatively nice during the first two episodes, but flipped out after being put up for elimination and got a whole new attitude problem.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: When Denine is eliminated, she's more upset that the red team used her lack of experience against her instead of her lack of cooking skills.

Janai

  • Adorkable: Everybody enjoyed seeing the clip of her basically geeking out when she received the letter telling her she'd been chosen to compete on Hell's Kitchen. Unfortunately, she did not come off as such during her brief stay on the show.
  • Epic Fail: Overcooked a risotto in the second episode by ten minutes.
    • Her signature dish was a few pieces of uncooked, badly-seasoned fruit. As expected, that did not go over well.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Janai nominated herself, which is something Chef Ramsay does appreciate, but when it came to elimination statements, she pretty much just said that she overcooked the risotto and "that's all it was". Ramsay's reaction made it clear that Janai had just sunk herself.

JP

"Fuck it, I'll bring it up, whatever."

  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Mentioned that he wasn't sure if he could take being apart from his wife and daughter for so long. Well, how does going home after the first dinner service sound?
  • Fun with Acronyms:
    Ramsay: "JP? Just PATHETIC!"
  • The Generic Guy: Besides his failures on fish and blame-shifting, he didn't really stand out.
  • Never My Fault: He was nominated alongside Aaron after the men lost the first service by a landslide, and while Aaron owned up to his mistakes, JP tried to deflect all of his errors to Aaron and his teammates. He kept doing so in his farewell statement.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Kept going on about how good a chef he was, when he had to cook his signature dish twice, screwed it up anyway, and then flopped on the fish station all night in his first and only dinner service.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Finished his signature dish with 15 minutes to spare (which would make it cold when he served it to Ramsay), then his re-fired dish is overcooked, prompting Ramsay to threaten to throw him out. And worst of all, in the first service, he was completely nonchalant about bringing Ramsay food that he KNEW was raw! Getting the boot in the first episode was not surprising to anyone.

     Season 14 

Meghan

"I'm NOT here to fucking babysit!"

  • Badass: Quickly emerged as one of the frontrunners, getting a perfect 5 out of 5 on her signature dish, and hardly putting a foot wrong in the early services or challenges. The first time she did anything wrong didn't come until the final Red/Blue Team service, when she sent up some raw steaks, causing her team-mates to comment that she really was human after all.
  • Brutal Honesty: Pulls no verbal punches when criticizing others during service.
  • Deadpan Snarker: After the first service, in which she replaced Chrissa on her station:
    Chrissa: "I handled my station."
    Meghan: "Is that why I was over there with you?"
  • Distaff Counterpart: Appears to be this to Danny from Season 5, in that while she seems a little cocky and constantly talks as if she's a cut above the other women, all evidence suggests that she actually IS a fair bit better the rest of her team (aside from T, and possibly Alison).
  • The Dreaded: The opposing team members never like to go up against her in team challenges, as she always performs so well in them.
  • Jerkass: For all her skill, she's demonstrated her share of jerkish behavior. One example that stood out was in episode 10, where she threw Michelle off the meat station despite her not having put a foot wrong, then when Michelle tried to protest dismissively told her "Stay on the garnishes, little girl."
    • Jerkass Has a Point: While the way she seemed to accuse the other women of not being worthy of working with a chef of her calibre in episode 6 seemed pretty arrogant, she was almost single-handedly responsible for steering them to victory in the next service.
  • Worthy Opponent: Milly considers her one, calling her the best chef on the red team and constantly facing her in challenges.
    Milly: "If you want to be the best, you have to face the best."

Michelle

  • Butt Monkey: Constantly belittled, ignored, and disrepected by her teammates just because she's the youngest (22).
  • Extreme Doormat: So much that she's gotten some supporters solely because they feel bad for her. The ultimate example has to be in episode 10 when Meghan pushes her off the meat station for no reason other than she feels like it.
  • The Generic Girl: She's barely gotten any screentime, for better or worse.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: To some extent. She's the shortest competitor from this year, and while not quite in the same league as some of the other red team members, she's been a pretty solid performer overall.

Milly

  • Badass Beard: SOOOO much.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Milly is much more often heard as a girls' name, short for Millicent, and often spelled "Millie."
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: After the 5th service. Granted that Brendan completely failed to live up to his executive chef title, but whilst the other men are calmly deciding who they'll be nominating, Milly flies into a rage and goes on a completely unnecessary rant about how Brendan doesn't deserve his career and that he should read some books about cooking on the line.
    • Takes an even bigger one in episode 11, when he sabotages Randy by putting sixteen plates on the pass during Randy's turn running the five-course meal for the guests and continuously acting like it's Randy's fault.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: In episode 7, Ramsay brought him into the storeroom for a pep talk, and Milly tearfully admitted to Ramsay that he's not experienced enough. Ramsay reminded him that he's done well so far, and has made pretty good dishes, and he just needs to be more confident. Apart from improperly slicing one Wellington, he did fairly well in the next service.

Nick

  • Camp Gay: Confirmed himself as such during a drinking game at the start of the fourth episode.
  • Experimented in College: Inverted; he tried dating women when he was younger, before fully realizing that he preferred men. This led to a hilarious moment in episode 6 when his ex-GIRLfriend turned out to be their waitress during their reward trip.
  • Lack of Empathy: His response to Milly's and Bret's breakdowns in episode 4 is basically "wow, why are you crying? Get over it."
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Gradually over the course of the season, he's become bitchier and bitchier. In episode 9, after Bret's unfortunate withdrawal from the competition, he's mocking him and basically saying "good riddance", and during the challenge, he condescendingly remarks in the confessional that Randy is a one-trick pony for making an ostrich burger (Randy scores the winning dish while Nick's is given a mediocre reception).
    • In episode 11, when Milly sabotages Randy by putting up four more plates than necessary, his response to Randy is "You should've counted them." Because trusting Milly to count to twelve was unrealistic...

T

"It's like a ship on the ocean, and the pirates came and fucking capsized that bitch!"

  • Badass: One of the strongest and most consistent performers early on, demonstrated when she got a perfect 5 out of 5 in the signature dish challenge, and then almost single-handedly steered the red team to victory in the second episode's team challenge and service.
  • Butch Lesbian: Nick off-handedly comments that she's this at the start of the ninth episode.
  • Genre Blind: In the fourth episode she pushed for the team to nominate Monique and Sarah, worried that if they nominated the obvious choice of Monique and Mieka, the latter would be eliminated for certain. As just about any longtime viewer of the show could have predicted, Mieka was eliminated anyway.
    • In Hell's Kitchen, it's not enough to cook well; you also have to work well with your teammates. But whenever Michelle opens her mouth, T flips out on her, no matter what she says. Asking how long? T flips out. Checking to see if T heard her when T doesn't acknowledge her? T flips out. T has gradually lost a lot of fans for this.
  • Jerkass: Anytime Michelle says ANYTHING in her vicinity, T gets pissed at her and has a very condescending attitude towards her.
  • Sassy Black Woman: As Monique, Chrissa, and Christine found out, she won't hesitate to call anyone out for causing the team to lose.
  • What Were You Thinking?: Seemed really annoyed when Monique inadvertently insulted Jamaican-born Alison on the bus ride to Hell's Kitchen.

Josh

  • Badass Boast: After Cameron took over from Josh trying to fix the oven (Josh seemed to have trouble, but Cameron didn't fare any better), Josh told Cameron off:
    "When I'm doing something, don't step on my toes, because I got big feet and you DON'T wanna find them in your ass!"
  • The Charmer: He's see flirting with the girls and making them laugh early in episode 2.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Arguably, to Rochelle from season 12; both are among the younger chefs on their team, both have a nervous laugh, and both are constantly in a cheerful and upbeat mood.
  • Epic Fail: In episode 10, he served a risotto with white wine in it, and a capallini that was so raw the noodles were stiff. He was lucky to survive that night.
  • Genki Guy: He's so ecstatic to be in Hell's Kitchen that he hasn't stopped smiling since he arrived.
  • Graceful Loser: Took being eliminated extremely well.
  • Nice Guy: For much of the season he seemed to be an affable, poilte, and very fun guy...
    • Took a Level in Jerkass: ...until episode 10, where the four remaining men had to put two contestants up for elimination, and Josh started railing on Nick's background as a private chef. Then he gets transferred to the red team and becomes a grade-S asshole.
  • Signature Laugh: He's usually laughing about something. In service, it's definitely a nervous laugh.

Alison

  • Badass: Not quite in the same league as Meghan or T for overall consistency, but she's definitely been one of the strongest contestants from this season. It wasn't until about the halfway point where she started making any noticeable mistakes, and even then she was able to bounce back quite quickly.
    • Badass Decay: Sadly, she had a complete meltdown in her last service, which ultimately resulted in her elimination.
  • Brutal Honesty: After Monique escaped elimination in the first episode, Alison flat-out told her that she thought Monique should've gone home.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Has a habit of occasionally lapsing back into her native Jamaican accent.

Randy

"This is worse than combat I think."
  • Badass: He's emerged as the calmest, most levelheaded, and most consistent member of the blue team. In episode 6, after Josh was kicked out for repeated mistakes on meat, Randy took over and led the blue team to a complete service; Ramsay and James even remarked to each other how well Randy is doing.
    • Badass Decay: Unfortunately, he ended up this way, with three poor services in a row. The miscommunication between him and Adam in episode 8 actually contributed to the blue team bombing the service, and he became the 4th person in Hell's Kitchen history to be eliminated despite being on the winning team in episode 11.
  • Beginner's Luck: In episode 7, he was worried about his chances in the Greek dish challenge, as he claimed to have never even eaten Greek food; he was extremely relieved to have not received squid as his protein (he got chicken). The guest judge was a highly renowned Greek chef who flew in all the way from New York, and his verdict? "I don't think you can get much more Greek than that." He got a perfect 10 out of 10 from Ramsay and the guest judge.
  • Cool Old Guy: The oldest contestant this season (45) and he's arguably the most likeable contestant of the group, as well as one of the most talented (at least as of episode 6).
  • Dude, Where's My Respect? / What the Hell, Hero?: He's very irritated by being named the "weakest" chef by his teammates (specifically, Nick and Milly) in episode 9. Since he goes up against the ACTUAL weakest chef on the red team, Christine, he wins pretty easily.
  • Nice Guy: He's always in a positive mood, he's never been in any arguments with his teammates, and in episode 4 he wants to ensure that family night goes well since he has a family and wants those in the dining room to have as good an experience as he'd want for his own.

Christine

  • Epic Fail: Messed up horrifically on the garnish station in episode 7, contributing to Ramsay kicking out the whole red team. Lucky for her, Sarah screwed up even worse.
  • The Load: Often has to be supervised by others, and frequently tanks whatever station she's on when left to her own devices.
  • One-Hit Wonder: In the eighth service, where she put in a virtually flawless performance on the appetizers, the only problem she had being getting confused over an order and needing T to tell her it. Unfortunately, the next episode featured the "Cook For Your Life" challenge, which she was forced to take part in for being the red team's overall weakest member, and she was eliminated.invoked

Adam

  • Crippling Overspecialization: He generally did well in challenges, and even scored a perfect 10 out of 10 in episode 7's Greek food challenge. However, he was generally unspectacular at best during service, and in the following episode, tanked the blue kitchen's meat station and got sent home.
  • Epic Fail: Just like Sarah in the previous episode, his performance in episode 8 on the meat station completely sank the team, and resulted in his elimination.
  • Graceful Loser: After his elimination in episode 8, he did what the last several eliminated chefs didn't do, and that was admit that he was at fault for his elimination.

  • Squee: In episode 6, when Chef Ramsay sits next to him during the reward lunch.
    (Confession Cam) He's, like, RIGHT HERE [a pic of Ramsay from the lunch appears next to him], like, "HIIIIII! HOW ARE YOUUUUUUUU?!"

Bret

  • Identical Stranger: Looks and sounds a lot like Steve from the previous season. Ironically, he ended up leaving the competition in much the same way as him, too.
  • Non-Gameplay Elimination: Slipped a disc in Episode 8 and ended up leaving the show.
  • Sore Loser: He did not take losing the fourth episode's team challenge well at all, dropping a Cluster F-Bomb or thirty and openly accusing the rest of his team of not taking the competition as seriously as him.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: VERY much in episode 4, where he turns into a very angry Sore Loser and lashes out at his teammates for allegedly being okay with losing.

Sarah

"It's not fun working with people who hate you."

  • Crippling Overspecialization: Generally a very solid performer in the challenges, but was never that impressive in the actual services.
  • The Ditz: To an extent; while she's done well in most of the challenges and even one or two services, she has a tendency to get lost and frazzled. It's rare during service that she DOESN'T have a deer-in-headlights look on her face.
    • In episode 7's punishment, she was clumsily wandering around trying to find an outlet for the vacuum cleaner, irritating her teammates to no end by repeatedly asking where it was.
    • Brainless Beauty: She was a model pre-HK.
  • Epic Fail: Her performance on meat in episode 7, which resulted in Ramsay kicking the entire red team out and having the blue team finish it for them.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: In episode 7, the entire red team was perpetually annoyed at her due to her increasingly glaring mistakes. You could see the wave of relief wash over the red team's heads when she was cut.
  • Never My Fault: Zigzagged when she was eliminated; like Brendan the previous week, she tried to blame everyone else on the team for not helping her in the service that saw her eliminated. Unlike him however, she admitted that based on her overall history in the competition, she deserved to go home.

Brendan

"Everyone just let me sink."

  • Adorkable: Had a total nerdgasm when he met William Shatner in the first episode's reward.
  • Death Glare: Gave one to Cameron in the second episode, when the latter got them both benched for badly cooked fish.
  • Never My Fault: In the episode where he was eliminated, while Nick owned up to his mistakes, he literally blamed everyone on the team except himself for the way he crashed and burned on the fish station.
    • Expy: He can be seen as a parallel to Season 13's JP in that regard.

Monique

"I'm not gonna change who I am to make these bitches happy."

  • Epic Fail:
    • During the team challenge in what would prove to be her final episode, her idea of a "gourmet" grilled cheese sandwich was to just make the sort of simple sandwich you'd see at a particularly cheap roadside diner, and then add a few sliced tomatoes on top.
    • It's fairly rare that someone gets thrown out for doing poorly on the garnishes, and even rarer for someone to bring Ramsay poorly-cooked garnishes three times in a row.
  • Genre Blind: Serving canned marinara sauce to Ramsay, then complaining that he wasn't specific enough that he wanted it fresh, more than counts. Hell, it may count as being PROFESSION blind.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Toward Alison, who was born in Jamaica:
    "So do you have your own language, or is it just Rasta?"
  • Jerkass: Crossed the line into straight-up jerkassery, if not outright racism, when she ridiculed Alison's accent during a Confession Cam segment in the third episode.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: At the start of the fifth episode, the other women made a last-ditch attempt to understand Monique's problems, but she accused them of trying to exploit her weaknesses to get her kicked out faster and told them to fuck off. In the next dinner service she crashed and burned, finally resulting in her elimination.
  • Never My Fault: Even by the usual standards of the show she was a particularly bad example of this. Not only did she blame Ramsay for not telling her that canned sauce is a no-no, she screwed up in pretty much every service and refused to admit ever being at fault. It eventually got to the point where she claimed to have been nominated for no reason despite screwing up nearly every garnish and not even being aware of what she'd done wrong, which proved the final straw for Ramsay.
  • The Load: She did poorly in all five of the services and challenges she was around for.
  • Too Dumb to Live / What Were You Thinking?: The signature dish challenge went better than it ever had in HK history, with 15 of the first 17 dishes earning at least some praise. Then Monique presented her dish last, where she admitted to using canned sauce without a care in the world. She then had the nerve to talk back to Chef Ramsay when he called her out on it, where she said she didn't know he wanted fresh sauce. She then said in the confessional that only Italians bother to make their own sauce.

Mieka

  • Lipstick Lesbian: Offhandedly mentioned her girlfriend in the second episode, before admitting in a later episode that she wasn't romantically interested in men.
  • One-Hit Wonder: Presented what Ramsay felt was perhaps the best dish in the third episode's team challenge, but other than that she was one of the worst contestants in this season.invoked

Michael

"I made ONE mistake."

  • Ambiguously Jewish: He said during the signature dish challenge that he worked in a Jewish retirement community, though didn't actually confirm to being Jewish himself.
  • Butt Monkey: No-one on the team thought particularly highly of him, which was exemplified in the episode after his elimination, where the remaining men outright told the women the team was better off without him.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: In every service, he had at least one moment of this.
  • The Ditz: During the blue team's punishment in episode 3, when Sous Chef James told the men that it was lunchtime, Michael ran upstairs and started cooking his lunch. If he'd watched the show before, he would have known that he was about to be SERVED lunch (and probably not good lunch either).
  • Lethal Chef: He nearly gave Bret or Josh a third-degree burn by putting down a red-hot pan right next to the fish station's cold pans. This eventually resulted in his elimination, with Ramsay deeming it one of the most dangerous things he'd ever seen on the show.
  • What Were You Thinking?: Brought a recipe for risotto to prep. Chef Ramsay called him out for not knowing the recipe by heart.
    • Got an even worse one in episode 3, after putting a burning hot pan under the fish station, which could've potentially given either of the chefs on the station (Bret and Josh) a burn so severe that they would've had to leave the show. Ramsay eliminated him for this, on top of numerous other screwups.

Cameron

"I'm not as smart as I think I am, I guess."

  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: At times, he spaced out so much that seemed to be on another planet.
  • Graceful Loser: Despite being pretty full of himself in the second episode, especially during prep, he admitted during his elimination that he had no-one but himself to blame for what had happened.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Kept trying to use his "knowledge" to dictate things to the blue team in the second episode's punishment; it was apparent that he was talking out of his ass.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: During the punishment of episode 2, he talked himself up and bragged about stuff he allegedly knew, and proclaimed that he was the clearly the best on the blue team...he went home later that episode.

Chrissa

"I got inspired in the cookie aisle."

  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: In general, was totally oblivious to everything that was going on around her.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: Served Ramsay chicken wrapped in a ginger cookie; he spat it out almost immediately.
  • The Ditz: In addition to her gross signature dish, she was completely inept and clueless in the kitchen; she needed Sarah's help on her station, ultimately getting her kicked out to the dining room, she completely avoided any sort of responsibility by literally standing in the corner, and just stood around doing dishes while her teammates deliberated on who to nominate. And the kicker: she told Ramsay she needed to go to the bathroom during the pre-service debriefing.

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