Characters: Hell's Kitchen
Contestants are listed in order, starting with the winners (or in alphabetical order if the season is still in progress). Spoilers will be unmarked.
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Head Chef, all seasons
"YOU FUCKING DONKEY!"
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.
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.
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.
- Ms. Fanservice: Without a doubt the best looking of the female sous chefs.
- 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.
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.
Maître d', Seasons 1-7 and 11-12
"Good evening, welcome to Hell's Kitchen."
- 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.
Maître d', Seasons 8-10
"Everybody's really happy, apart from your family, chef."
Maître d', Seasons 13-present
- 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."
"Mama didn't raise no fool!"
- 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 good 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".
- 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: 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". Is also very unhappy in the confession cam when La Tasha's dishes are rated higher.
- The Perfectionist: Expresses the opinion that everything about a dish has to be perfect.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: He seems to become meaner by the episode.
- By episode 10, it has gotten to the point where he blows up at his team in the dorms and nearly gets into a fight with Aaron, Fernando, and Sade.
- Took a Level in Kindness: However, in episode 12 he admits that he's having fun hanging out with Sade and Santos, and is reluctant to nominate anyone at all. He takes another level in the second-to-last episode; he's a completely different person around his wife and adorable baby daughter. It carries through into the final episode, when he treats his team well, and even manages to be comparatively nice when throwing Frank out of the kitchen.
- Worthy Opponent: After butting heads the entire season, he and Sade have come to regard the other as this, with a bit of Vitriolic Best Buds thrown in.
"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 during the early services, usually delivers 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.
"I'm not going to change who I am and fucking sugarcoat everything for everybody to make them feel warm and fuzzy inside."
- 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.
"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.
"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.)
- 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.
- Large Ham: And how.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- 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.
"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
- 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.
- Mr. Fanservice
- 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.
"Once cheese is melted, it doesn't matter if it was hand-grated. You're just doing this to be MEAN!"
- 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.
- 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.
"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.
- Ms. Fanservice: She is quite easy on the eyes.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
"Fuck it, I'll bring it up, whatever."