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Characters: Hell's Kitchen
Warning: Contestants are listed in order, starting with the winners. Spoilers will be unmarked.

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Gordon Ramsay

Head Chef, all seasons

  • Badass: Obviously.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • Brutally Honest: One of his signature traits.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • 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.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Gordon is a TOTAL mama'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, he performed poorly that night (with some attitude as well). He later explained it to Chef Ramsay, who was very understanding. He apologized and promised to never call him that again. It probably helped that Gordon's dad wasn't particularly nice either.
  • 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.
  • Grumpy Old Man
  • 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.
  • Jerk Ass: In the kitchen...
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: ...outside the kitchen, or whenever someone manages to impress him. His angry personality makes his compliments that much more valuable.
      • He occasionally organizes special dinner services such as offering free meals for firemen, or a welcome party for a Marine.
      • After Julia from Season 3 was eliminated, he personally sent her to culinary school because of her potential talent.
  • Large Ham
  • The Mean Brit: One of the most legendary examples out there.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor
  • 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.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Bonnie summed it up best.
    Bonnie: I think I'll forever have nightmares about Gordon Ramsay now. But yeah, he's still kinda hot.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Troll:
    • 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 hear "leave Hell's Kitchen," 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.
    • 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, and long forgotten.)
    • Often times, 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 changing to a casual tone.
  • 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: His smackdown of Benjamin in season 7 is the crowning example.
  • 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.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Even moreso than Chef Ramsay himself.

MaryAnn Salcedo

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

  • 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.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Without a doubt the best looking of the female sous chefs.
  • The Stoic: Her facial expression rarely changes and she is rather quiet.

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.
  • 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-present
"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.
  • 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
  • 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."

Jason Thompson

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

     Season 1 


"You guys cook like old people fuck!"

  • Badass: From season 2 onward, Ramsay has tested chefs on quality control by deliberately screwing up the ingredients. Michael did this first. Yes, Ramsay stole a signature trait of his from a contestant.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Was quite soft-spoken. But of all the winners in Hell's Kitchen, he was the most cutthroat of them all, not afraid to sabotage others or nominate strong competitors for elimination (back when Chef Ramsay was unable to override nominations).
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Had a tendency to talk to himself; hell, he may have talked more to himself than with anybody else.
  • Flawless Victory: Not only did he win the season, he was on the winning team in all but one service, and was named the Best of the Worst on the only service in which he was part of the losing team.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Despite being rather soft spoken, he wasn't above sabotaging other contestants in order to win. He was a very strategic competitor.


"Listen, if you're gonna give me lip, DON'T."

  • Accidental Misnaming: Kept calling Jean-Philippe "Jean-Pierre" in the final. JP told Ralph he'd punch him if he kept it up.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He was quite full of himself, but he always had faith in his teammates.
  • The Runner Up Takes It All: While Michael hasn't done badly by any means, Ralph actually went on to get his own TV show after Hell's Kitchen.


  • Butch Lesbian: She's shown kissing her girlfriend in episode 10.
  • True Companions: With Ralph. So much so that Michael decided to screw Ralph over by picking Jessica first for his brigade. Neither of them were happy about that.


  • Boring, but Practical: Cooking for six kids doesn't seem fancy, but her signature dish (turkey tacos) was commented as "Not bad" (the only other good comment came from Carolann) and she won the leftover challenge by making chicken soup by using the majority of the available ingredients.
  • Cool Old Lady: Both the oldest female and oldest contestant in that season at age 40. To put this in perspective the second eldest female was Carolann at 33 and the oldest male was Ralph at 36. She's the only female contestant in her age range to make it this far and is well liked by the fans because of it.
  • Genre Blind/Innocently Insensitive: She stated her victory of the leftover challenge on live TV, not knowing that her competition probably wasn't going to like her gloating. Then again, you really couldn't blame her that she snagged a victory under her competitions' noses.
  • Honor Before Reason: The three contestants above her deliberately sabotaged her efforts to win during the same episode of the leftover challenge at dinner service. Ramsay even gave her a second chance to chew them out and asked if she had the support of everyone else. Even though she knew that they ignored her, she stated that she did have said support. (while the camera notes the very guilty looks on their faces.)
  • Hypocrite: A relatively minor example, but she nominated Carolann in the first episode mostly because of her lack of fine dining experience, which is a rather odd reason when you consider that not only had Elsie herself not worked in a fine dining setting, none of her team-mates (save Chris) had any professional cooking experience, let alone in a fine dining restaurant.
  • Lady of War: She's 40 years old, a Mother of Six, and doesn't look like she could fit in the world of fine dining. Doesn't stop her from getting fourth place overall, win a challenge on her own and become such a threat that Michael tried to eliminate her and Chris early on in the show. She handled this all with grace and maturity.
  • Nice Girl: It's hard to find another nicer woman than she in Hell's Kitchen.
  • Team Mom: Was often this to the Red team early on. It helps that she's a mother of six kids and the oldest competitor in that season (age 40).
  • Took a Level in Badass/Underestimating Badassery: Was nominated Best of the Worst in the first episode and helped snag multiple wins in the challenges, culminating in her single's win at the leftover challenge. Ramsay himself stated that he was surprised to see that she made it to the top four, and was shocked to see that she wasn't immediately picked up for the teams in the final service (she and Dewberry were the last two remaining). The former was deconstructed with the other competitors: by the time she won that leftover challenge, everyone else wanted her gone because she just kept winining.
    • In one service, she was up for elimination along with Chris. It says something if Michael sees the Mother of Six as one of his potential rivals in the competition!
  • When She Smiles: Even Ramsay notes this:
    "Keep smiling. You light up the place when you smile."


"I'm not about to walk out just because someone yelled at me too much."

  • Determinator: Whatever his various other faults, he was definitely a hard worker, and when Jeff bailed out on the competition he even commented about how he'd never abandon his team under any circumstances.


"You want to pick on me? Pick on me! I don't give a shit!"

  • Butt Monkey: He wasn't well liked by his contestants and in turn he didn't like them. Most notably is that during the 5-course meal challenge, the rib-eyed steak with white peaches wasn't his idea. It was Ralph's, yet Ramsay chewed him out on it.
  • I'm Not Here to Make Friends: Most of the other contestants from this season (with the possible exception of Jeff) at least tried to get on well with each other, but not Andrew. In fact, he even mouthed off to Chef Ramsay practically Once an Episode.


"I haven't gotten where I am today without having skills."

  • Sacrificial Lion: Was a pretty strong performer for the first few services, but fell victim to Michael's attempt to take out his strongest competition, and Chef Ramsay wanting to show the other players that the contest was Serious Business. Made even more poignant because the other competitor up for elimination that very same night was Elsie.


"Continue talking trash about me. I like it."

  • Shocking Elimination: At the very least, it shocked Jessica and Ralph. In addition, she had generally been pretty decent in the first three services, and while she had admittedly been horrifically bad in her fourth and final service, Andrew had done badly in all four services in addition to acting like a jerk.


"I thought that cold water was supposed to boil faster than hot water?"

  • Artistic License - Physics: See above.
  • Asian Airhead
  • Genre Blind: Somehow it never occurred to her that she might be called upon to cook meat at some point. As a result, she never bothered learning how to cook it (since she doesn't eat it in real-life either) and predictably crashed and burned as soon as she went on the meat station.


"If you don't like me, I don't know what to tell you. You're an asshole!"

  • The Napoleon: One of the shortest contestants (and the shortest man) from his season, but he had a pretty nasty temper. Initially this seemed to be because he was suffering from a kidney stone, but if anything it became worse after the stone passed out of his system.
  • Never My Fault: The first of many chefs to try and blame their shortcomings on their inexperience, which was all the more glaring considering that 8 out of that season's 12 competitors had no professional experience, and yet Jeff was the only one to pull that card.
  • Old Shame: Nowadays he's a car salesman, and refuses to talk about his time on Hell's Kitchen in any way.
  • Rage Quit: Stormed out of the competition after calling Ramsay an "asshole." According to rumor, he then started a fight with Ramsay in the corridor outside the kitchen, and got injured as a result.


"I'm sorry, chef. I'm confused, and I don't know what I'm doing."

  • Last Name Basis: His first name is actually Jeff, but he went by his surname in order to avoid confusion with the other Jeff.
  • Picked Last: In the final service which was between him and Elsie. He knew that there was no way he wasn't getting picked last, since he had been eliminated so early in the competition and was only back because Chris, Mary-Ellen and Jeff hadn't returned, and despite not having worked with either of the finalists before he was determined to do his best and redeem himself.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Almost walked out of the second service, but came to his senses and went back into the kitchen. He still got eliminated at the end of the episode anyway, though unlike Jeff he had the good grace to admit that the situation was entirely his own fault.


"You should never underestimate someone who's inexperienced. They may surprise you."

  • Bystander Syndrome: Didn't do anything at the service and Ramsay chews her out for not helping her team out. In fact, this is what got Carolann eliminated: the only other nomination was Dewberry, because he did no cooking for an hour, but when Dewberry did cook he at least tried to help his team. Ramsay said that this competition was about teams, and Carolann couldn't handle that.
  • Underestimating Badassery: As her quote above notes, she surprised everyone with her chicken parmesean and had things going out for her...if only she didn't tank service by doing nothing.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Got glowing reviews for her chicken parmesean (the only other good review were from Elsie's turkey tacos)...but did horrible on the dinner service and was eliminated.

     Season 2 


Also Red team sous chef, Season 6
"He says 'One out of the five of you are going to be in Vegas.' And I was like 'It's me! It's me! It's me! It's me! It's me! It's me!'"

  • Badass: Along with Dave, she's widely regarded as one of the best ever on the show; she even returned in season 6 as one of Ramsay's sous chefs!
  • Berserk Button: As Garret found out, making any sexist comments in her direction.
    • For the most part she was a nice girl. But after a while, Virginia brought out a nasty side of hers since Heather felt like Virginia was treated unfairly well. She lightened up a lot on this when they moved into the finals however.
  • Butch Lesbian / Lipstick Lesbian: Has tried both looks over the years, though post-Hell's Kitchen has mostly tended to veer towards the latter.
  • The Determinator: Few chefs in the show's history have ever been as determined and assertive as she was in the kitchen. One of the best examples of this was when she severely burned her hand, but continued to give her team instructions before she was sent away to the medic.
  • Genki Girl: Was this at times outside of the kitchen. But during dinner service, she was the most serious cook by far.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Her friendship with Keith. She was sort of short and Keith was very tall. The top of her head barely reached his shoulders.
  • One of Us: As one youtube video of her at Comic Con shows, she's actually a big comic book collector.
  • Out of Focus: Season 6 had her return as a sous chef (to fill the void left by Gloria) and while the show had a great opportunity to hype her return, she tended to fade quietly into the background, probably because the producers already knew that Andi would be replacing her for Season 7. That said, she was still a lot more animated in her role than Gloria had been, and quite often jumped onto the line to help out when the red team was struggling.
  • Platonic Life Partners: Was this with Rachel.


"I'm trying my hardest. Why does he have to be so harsh? Harsh, harsh.'"

  • Break the Cutie: She was actually a nice girl overall, but she was constantly pummeled in her stay at Hell's Kitchen. She was targeted by Sara's sabotage, who led Chef Ramsay to think she lied when she didn't. She was resented and alienated by Keith and Heather for still being around, despite being terrible during dinner services. Then she had to offer payment to her team in the finale if she won in order to get them to work for her. On top of all that, she was consistently disastrous during dinner services which really shook her up.
  • Butt Monkey: See Break the Cutie for specific details.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Did outstandingly well in the challenges, winning or being in the winning team in all but two of them, and losing by the narrowest of margins in the two occasions that she didn't win. Unfortunately, with one or two exceptions she was never able to carry that form through to the actual services.
  • The Ditz: Lots of examples throughout the season. The most blatant one was probably the way she chose and debriefed her team in the finale. Read Insane Troll Logic for more details.
  • Every Service She Fizzles Out: Chef Ramsay started talking her up, claiming she was a strong chef who deserved to be in the final 2. Based off the challenges alone, sure. But vast majority of her dinner services typically went terribly for her.
  • Genki Girl
  • Graceful Loser: Despite her very unfriendly relationship with Heather, she gave her a warm congratulations on winning the competition which Heather gladly accepted.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Picking a team of weak cooks so that you'll look all the more awesome when you lead them to victory? Okay, there's a certain logic to that idea, even if it does seem like an insanely risky strategy. ''Telling'' the cooks in question that they're weak (and the one competent guy that he's there to pick up the slack if they screw up)? Really not such a good idea.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: When she came back from a $1000 shopping spree, she gave her rivals gag gifts. She gave Sara a porcelain cow (in reference to how often Chef Ramsay called her a cow), Heather a glove to use for dealing with hot pans/water (she burned herself early in the season) and Keith a tool to use for shucking crabs (which was the punishment for that day). She meant it in good humor, but instead of finding it funny, they found it insulting that she had so much money to shop, but gave them all cheap trinkets that couldn't have costed more than $10. She probably would have offended them less if she didn't get them anything at all.
  • No Social Skills: She often ended up inadvertently insulting people. Like the example for No Good Deed Goes Unpunished. She had good intentions, but her rivals felt like it was a slap in the face, instead of a well-meaning gift.
  • One-Hit Wonder: She had one good dinner service on the fish station. Every other dinner service for her was mediocre at best.invoked
  • Took a Level in Badass: As stated above, she was weak during services. Flash forward to a few years later when she returns to Hell's Kitchen for one service in a team made of past contestants. It was clear as day that her ability to work in the kitchen had grown exponentially.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Had a good palette and actually could cook rather well. But when it came to dinner service, she just couldn't crank out dishes well.


"I killed it!"

  • Achilles' Heel: Was one of the most talented cooks that season, but his leadership skills were weak on the pass and led to his elimination.
  • Badass: Was named Best of the Best/Worst four times. In a row. This record has yet to be topped by any chef in the show's history. It probably won't be topped, since Ramsay very infrequently names either of these titles in later seasons.
    • Was the very first contestant who cooked a dish during a challenge so well that Chef Ramsay decided to put it on the menu the following service as a special.
  • Catch Phrase: Variations of "I killed it."
  • Crack Defeat: Debatable whether or not he should have been in the final instead of Virginia. He was a better cook than she was. But his leadership qualities at the pass were subpar to say the least.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite his "wigger" attitude and appearance, he was actually a very strong chef who cranked out high quality food.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Regretted almost immediately choosing Virginia instead of Garrett (even though they made a pact to share rewards with each other). Even for him, he felt like he crossed a line and felt terrible.
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: As seen during the signature dishes.
  • Took A Level In Jerk Ass: Wasn't actually too bad for most of the season (aside from his open dislike of Virginia, which he wasn't alone in). But when he was eliminated, he took a very sharp turn for the worse, openly accusing Chef Ramsay of having a "hard on" for Virginia(which some viewers agreed with him on). He continued this streak when he said he'd only work for Virginia if she paid him after winning. A Graceful Loser, he was not.
  • Worthy Opponent: To Heather. They had a very tight knit friendship with each other and looked forward to battling it out together in the finale. Keith was eliminated, however, and Virginia faced off Heather in the finale instead.


"I am who I am. Here's your competition. You'd better watch out for me!"

  • Arch-Enemy: To Virginia. Initially it was one-sided, as Virginia was okay with Sara, but Sara definitely was not fond of Virginia and tried to get rid of her in the fourth service (first by sabotaging her and making her look like a liar in the service, then by pushing for Virginia to be nominated over Rachel). After that, while the two were generally able to work together in the kitchen, they almost never spoke to each other outside of service, and made no secret of the fact that they didn't like each other.
  • Jerkass
  • Manipulative Bitch: Succesfully screwed over her team mates on a number of occasions.
  • Smug Snake


  • Cluster F-Bomb: Drops one after Keith decided to take Virginia with him to Vegas, even though Keith said the previous night that if he won, he'd pick Garrett to share the reward with him.
  • Flipping the Bird: He unintentionally did this to Chef Ramsay after the women's team won the final team challenge, as he was flipping off the women and didn't know Ramsay was with them. Ramsay chewed him out for it later in the same episode.
  • Genre Savvy: Very early on, he decided it was best that the men focus on beating the women first before turning on each other. Something that affected his nominations as he chose to go after the weak links instead of strong competitors.
    • Genre Blind: Turned into this as part of his Badass Decay. Tried to serve undercooked chicken to Chef Ramsay, which got him eliminated.
  • Picked Last: Ended up on Heather's team as the last pick, though he didn't really care at all about this, beyond finding it a little odd that Tom and Giacomo were picked ahead of him (not knowing that Virginia picked those two because they were weaker than he was).
  • Reformed Criminal: Stole checks, which landed him in prison for a few years. While there he learned to cook, and ultimately proved one of the more level-headed contestants from his season.
    • When Heather expressed that she felt uncomfortable when he got angry, he assured her that he would never hit someone. He used to do things like that in the past, but went into a youth anger program and decided to never lay a hand on someone ever again.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Used to be close friends with Keith. But then Keith broke his promise to share his reward with him, and chose Virginia instead. Garrett was very angry about this to say the least and broke off ties with him. They never got to make amends because Keith nominated him for elimination that same episode and he got sent home.
    • Inverted with Heather. The two got off on a very bad footing after Garrett made sexist remarks to her in an early episode (albeit out of a desire to annoy her rather than genuinely believing that women are inferior, not realizing just how offensive she found it), but quickly became close allies once she moved over to the blue team.


  • Butt Monkey: Ramsay never particularly cared for her, and neither did her team-mates. She never stuck up for herself, largely because she was missing her family, and so quite often got bullied by Sara into going along with what she wanted (in particular nominating Virginia after the fourth service, and going with a very complex menu when the teams were allowed to make their own menus).
  • The Load: While not an awful performer by any means, she never did very well in any of the services. Particularly obvious in the third episode, where she single-handedly wrecked what was otherwise a near-flawless performance from the red team.


  • Butch Lesbian
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Came close to doing this after the fourth service; she had been clearly the weakest performer in the red team that episode, but Sara pushed the other women into nominating Virginia instead. After hearing Virginia's elimination plea, Ramsay commented on how Rachel must think she got off lightly — at which point Rachel actually told him that if she had been the weakest performer, then she should still be eliminated over Virginia. Fortunately for both women, Tom had been worse than either of them that night, and so Rachel carried on for another week.
  • No Fair Cheating: After overcooking some meat, she tried rubbing ketchup into it to make it look medium. Unfortunately for her, Ramsay was able to tell by touching the meat that it was overdone.


"I sweat all the time. I'm a schvetter."

  • Fat Idiot: Was pretty incompetent and clueless in the kitchen.
    • One example was when Keith asked him to make tomato sauce, but then Garret found some. Keith told him never mind, but he decided to continue making it anyway. Chef Ramsay berated him for this, and he blamed Keith for being misleading.
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: Every time he even slightly injured himself, whether it was mildly burning himself on a pan or nicking his finger with a knife, he complained and complained and complained for the rest of the service. This was made all the more glaring next to the way that Heather carried on directing her team after severely burning herself in the second service.
  • Straw Misogynist
    "I can take all the shit from a man, but I don't like being bossed around by a woman."


  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Ramsay constantly threw this accusation at him early on, for "poncing about with women's hair." He later tried tying it back (which made him look even more feminine), but this didn't improve his performances any, and he was soon gone.


  • The Generic Guy
  • Nice Guys Finish Last: To quote:
    Chef Ramsay:You're a sweet guy, but sweet guys don't make good head chefs. Take your jacket off and get out of hell's kitchen.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished:When Larry was taken out of the competition due to illness, Gabe pets the dog by telling Larry that "Tonights service is for you." And say's to the Confession Cam that he hopes he get's better. No prizes for guessing which service completely folded and who was eliminated that night.


"I didn't quit. My body quit."

  • Black Dude Dies First: He was both the first of this season's men to leave, and the first person overall to be forced out of the show for medical reasons. On top of that, he was the show's first-ever black contestant, making it a case of First Black Dude Dies First.
  • Butt Monkey: Ramsay hated his signature dish. Then he didn't get to do anything in the first service. In the first team challenge he ended up not cutting a single steak correctly. Following that, he ended up becoming the first person to drop out of the show for medical reasons, after he started having trouble breathing and had to be rushed to hospital. Poor guy.


"I've had 6 sons, I've had them all naturally and if I can endure that, Hell's kitchen's going to be nothing."

  • Epic Fail: Spent over an hour and a half cooking appetizers, and still didn't manage to make a single acceptable serving.
  • Tempting Fate: Claimed that Hell's Kitchen would be a cake walk because she gave birth to 6 boys naturally. She performed so badly on the appetizer section that she was eliminated in the first episode.

     Season 3 


"The only threat to Rock is Rock."

  • Awesome McCoolname: His real name is Rahman Harper.
  • Badass: There was rarely any doubt that he would win. The only time he looked seriously vulnerable was when he turned in a decidedly sub-par performance in the third-last service, while Jen had been firing on all cylinders for several weeks and Bonnie had taken a major level in badass. Fortunately for him, Rock managed to rebound in the next service and avoided the same fate as Keith from the previous year.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He grew up in the ghetto and never had to go dumpster diving, so when losing a challenge meant he had to sort through trash he lost it to the point Television Without Pity gave him his own bleep o fucking meter.
    • Later, he shows regret over the act, and more or less goes back to being normal for the remainder of the season.
    • He crossed into this territory again for the first black jacket service, when he became very irritable and picked fights with Jen and Bonnie. After elimination that night, he cooled off and apologized to Jen for his behavior.
  • Brutal Honesty: Was fairly blunt when he voiced his opinions on how weak Josh was. Right in front of him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: One of the best examples in Hell's Kitchen history.
    "The woman with the towel on her head wasn't too intimidating. I think we're good."
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Felt this way over fighting with Jen during the first black jacket service. He didn't like the way she talked to him. But admitted that he should've talked to her about it AFTER service, not exploding at her during it. He cried about it because he felt great disappointment for acting so rashly. He apologized to Jen later that night.
  • Oh Crap: Had this reaction when Chef Ramsay announced that Melissa was moving to the blue team. He was shaking his head and double face palming.
  • Scary Black Man: For the most part subverted, but played straight when the blue team lost a challenge and was made to clear out the trash. His resulting Cluster F-Bomb even rivals Gordon himself!
  • Tempting Fate: When he got irritated with Melissa, he reflected "If Melissa was on my team, a very dark side of me would come out." She got transferred to his team that very night.
  • Third-Person Person
  • What Were You Thinking?: After serving frozen gnocchi for his signature dish, he himself later reflected that frozen food was a big no-no and that he was disappointed that he couldn't execute his own signature dish properly.


"I think I'll forever have nightmares about Gordon Ramsay now. But yeah, he's still kinda hot."

  • Dumb Blonde: Subverted as it's more being flustered and nervous (that and she was on the same team of "Hell's Bitches")
  • Genki Girl
  • Graceful Loser: Didn't show any sign of bitterness over losing and was very happy for Rock.
  • Hidden Depths: At the beginning, she may have seemed like a shallow Dumb Blonde to some fans at first. But she was actually a very nice, humble chef (in stark contrast with some of the other members of her team) who became a lot more competent as the season went on and even made it to the finals.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Arguably the most attractive girl that season.
    • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Once went walking around in the dorms in a tank top and undies without a care in the world. The men were rather appreciative of that. This was topped in the next episode when she ran out of an interrupted shower in nothing but a towel after being suddenly rushed out by Marines.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After sending Julia up for elimination, and having her eliminated, she's immediately crying and hugging Jen.
  • Nice Girl: One of the few on her team.
    • Was distraught about the lobster challenge because she cried every time she killed a lobster. Sure enough, when she dropped one in the water, she was in tears.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Started off as weak in the beginning. Just barely managed to scrape into the black jacket team, but was considered best of the night in their first service. She continued this strong streak and ended up in the finals.


"212 degrees kills the bacteria... and I decided to serve it."

  • Badass: Aside from Rock she was by far the strongest and most consistent performer from this season, and looked to have a serious shot of winning after he had a really bad time in the first black team service. Unfortunately, Jen herself stumbled the next week while Rock recovered, leading to her just barely failing to make the final.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: On the third service, she cooked too much pasta then tossed it away. When she noticed that they had a severe lack of pasta, she picked it up and decided to wash it so no one would know. Julia did and Jen felt really guilty for what she caused.
  • Nice Girl: Especially compared to Tiffany, Joanna and Melissa.
  • Shocking Elimination: Depending on whether you look at just her last service or her overall performance. While she did make some screw-ups both running the pass and cooking for Rock and Bonnie, they were pretty minor ones, and prior to the black team she had been much better overall than Bonnie.
  • Taking the Bullet: See My God, What Have I Done? for more details. When Joanna was going to choose Julia to be eliminated, Jen immediately said that she was the other contestant. Subverted as Joanna screwed herself over in the end, but Ramsay did give Jen a warning about the pasta thing.


"Sometimes, I do know what's best, although I'm not culinary arts."

  • Achilles' Heel: Her short-order cook method was fine when it came to working under pressure, but since she didn't have a big of a background in terms of cooking terms (like not knowing what a creme brulee was or its ingredients) she couldn't keep up with the high demand of fancy cooking. For example, when it came to the lobster challenge she only made a simple lobster risotto (and was heavily trounced by Rock's deep-fried lobster tail), and the leftover challenge had her make sea bass fish and chips (and once again she got defeated by Rock).
    • She excelled at almost every station she was on. Except for the garnish station. Her first night on it, she struggled a lot and her performance on garnishes led to her elimination that very night.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Was looked down upon by the other members of the Red Team for her short order cook background in the beginning and nearly broke down in the first episode (she was sidelined to slice apples) because she only wanted to help but certain people (ie Joanna and Tiffany) wouldn't let her. Thankfully, Ramsay straightened this out immediately.
  • Book Ends: States in her Confession Cam that she hadn't gone to culinary school, but she was willing to learn. When she was eliminated, Ramsay said that he would pay for her to go to culinary school.
  • Boring, but Practical: Her skills as a Waffle House Chef which, while not as fancy as being a Sous Chef or Line Chef, helped her out immensely. The most prominent examples are when she was the only chef on the Red Team to correctly cook quail eggs, and the breakfast challenge had her leading both Red and Blue Team to complete it. When it came to the teams making their own menus, her only item was the New York Steak (Bonnie put it down and said it was a "cop out" but Ramsay said to put it back up), but lo and behold, it was the most requested item of the night with not a single order returned. Finally, in the singles' challenge to feed High School students, her basic chicken sandwiches snagged her the victory.
    • The other, better-educated contestants disparaged and marginalized her abilities, but they quickly learned that her working in a hurried, high-stress hash house meant that she was perfectly equipped to kick serious ass in Hell's Kitchen. End result: the "mere" Waffle House cook that was bullied back in the first episode, made it to the final four and earned some of the most glowing praise Gordon Ramsay has ever given a contestant on this show. Heck, he even paid for her to go to culinary school after the show.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Her confession cam where she explains her history and how she wanted to go to culinary school and her eagerness to learn.
  • Graceful Loser: Averted, surprisingly enough for someone known as the Only Sane Man on the red team. But when she came back, she was openly bitter about losing and was rather uncooperative on Bonnie's team. This MIGHT have been played straight if she had been allocated to Rock's team, who she was rooting for. Bonnie, she just didn't care about (even though she never really did anything wrong to Julia).
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: She was pretty versatile in the kitchen and her only weakness was that she wasn't well verse in fancy cooking. It might change now that she went through culinary school.
  • Only Sane Man: Very popular with fans because of it, especially when it came to the likes of Tiffany and Joanna.
  • Shocking Elimination: "I'm really sorry. It's Julia." Made more prominent that Josh was eliminated that same night prior, but Ramsay stated that someone had to go. To twist the knife further, the other person up for elimination that night was Rock and Ramsay himself was struggling as to whether eliminate the one who showed so much potential and was determined to get to the high point of his career against the one who made the biggest amount of progress in a short amount of time.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: The only other female contestant in her height range that season was Melissa and she pretty much was consistent on every station she was in despite her shortcomings.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Was a fairly nice girl for the most part. But in the finale, she was very distraught about losing the competition. Ok, understandable. But then this translated into sore loser when she was put on Bonnie's team and was largely uncooperative. And this was after all the nice history between her and Bonnie as well.
  • Underdogs Never Lose: Ramsay personally sends her to culinary school because he saw that she had so much talent in her.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Let's just say that Waffle House chefs know how to cook quail eggs pretty well.
  • Weak, but Skilled: See Boring, but Practical. What she lacked in fancy cooking, she made up with hard-work and a level head. When she's eliminated, Ramsay's only comments on her is that Julia had the natural talent to cook, and with some time, she would be able to own her own restaurant. She's also the only contestant whom Ramsay personally to send her to culinary school and wishes for her to come back to win the competition hand's down.
  • Worthy Opponent: To Rock. When she was eliminated, he was very sad because he saw her as an inspiration. When he confesses this, he's shown alone and pounding his head with a fist in frustration during the aftermath of her elimination.


"Food is sex. And everyone likes sex and everyone likes food. And I wanna make people feel like they've just had great sex."

  • Butt Monkey
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Never held a grudge against Chef Ramsay or Rock, despite all the harsh criticism thrown his way from them.
  • Every Dinner Service He Fizzles Out: Chef Ramsay lampshaded twice that despite all his experience and a glittering resume, he was a terrible cook who was constantly outclassed by a waffle house cook, a pastry chef, and a nanny.
  • Epic Fail: Despite being a consistently terrible contestant, he somehow made it to black jackets...and became the first ever contestant to be eliminated mid-service due to his complete inability to cook appetizers.
    • Crosses the Line Twice: To be more specific, he started five pans of risottos when none had been ordered. After Chef Ramsay tells him off for this, he starts cooking spaghetti before he fired the table. He was reminded that they cook spaghetti to order. Then he does it again. When his risotto was returned for being undercooked, Chef Ramsay had just about enough.
  • High Hopes, Zero Talent: Continued to be confident and hopeful of winning, despite being consistently bad during services and challenges.
    • Inferiority Superiority Complex: May or may not have had one. Rock inferred that Josh did know how to cook, but he wasn't able to trust himself (despite all of his supposed confidence).
  • Picked Last: Ended up on Rock's team as the last pick. While he wasn't overly sore about this (certainly not to the extent that Julia, the second-last pick was), he genuinely couldn't understand why he ended up being chosen last. In the actual service he nearly tanked Rock's kitchen, and after the service Rock flat-out said in front of all the other chefs that he wished Josh hadn't been on the team.


  • The Generic Guy
  • Leader Wannabe: Tried to assert himself as a leader for the blue team. Did so badly that he got eliminated over Bonnie and Josh (both were a lot more inconsistent than him at that point).
  • Oh Crap: Sat there, jaw dropped when he found out Melissa was moving to the blue team.
  • The Rival: Tried to be this to Rock. It didn't last long.
  • Shocking Elimination: Well, kind of. Although Ramsay and his teammates agreed that his failure as a leader in is final service was the reason they lost, he had been pretty consistent throughout the season while Josh had been almost unrealistically bad for the entire season and somehow earned a black jacket over Brad, though to be fair Brad himself made some really glaring mistakes(trying to scrape of the burnt part of a Wellington, preparing an extra Risotto that no one ordered)


"I'm in charge, but I can't do everything. I need help."

  • Badass: One of the better chefs in the beginning of the season and easily could tell that Joanna and Tiffany weren't team players by helping eliminating Tiffany from the competition.
    • Badass Decay: After they left, her performance sharply sunk. Chef Ramsay himself noted that he never saw such a good chef turn into such a terrible chef in such a short time.
  • Leader Wannabe: Became this during the wedding episode. This grated on everyone's nerves, Chef Ramsay's included. All in all, she did a lot more damage than good.
  • Madness Makeover: When she became loopy, her appearance reflected it. She got Messy Hair, poorly applied make-up, and a soul patch.
  • Messy Hair: Had straight hair at the beginning. But it devolved into this when she underwent her radical personality change.
  • Sanity Slippage: Was fairly level-headed at the very beginning. But halfway through the season, she had an inexplicable change of character. She stopped taking care of herself, her hair was constantly frazzled, and she started growing a little beard. But that was nothing in comparison to her personality change, when she adopted a ''very'' inflated ego while sinking in performance at the same time.
    Bonnie: What's happened to you?!
    • One example was during the wedding service. Jen and Julia announced that they were ready to bring up food in 1 minute. She then told them that she needed 3 minutes. When Chef Ramsay asked how long, she said 4 minutes. Then immediately brought up her garnish. She then asked Jen if she still needed 4 minutes.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Played in reverse order. At the very start, she looked pretty good. But halfway through, she stopped taking care of her appearance and it really showed.
  • Too Dumb to Live: During the wedding challenge, she pissed Chef Ramsay off so much that he looked like he was about ready to kill her.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: One of the nicer contestants (particularly in the case of eliminating Tiffany in regards with Julia), but as time went on, she started showing signs of abrasiveness.


"Well, hmmm, stock is made of water. And vegetables are made of water. No harm, no foul."

  • Cool Pet: In one of the deleted scenes on the DVD release of the season he reveals that he has a ten foot-long python as a pet, and seems genuinely hurt when the other chefs mock him for this.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Justified his replacement of vegetable stock with water for the risotto by saying that vegetable stock was made out of water. He said it in a condescending matter, as if it was the most obvious solution in the world.
  • Jerkass: Shown after the first service, when Ramsay asked him what he had to say for himself after failing to cook even one appetizer. Vinnie responded by mouthing off and telling Ramsay it was his own fault for not giving him enough help. He would probably have been kicked out on the spot if not for the fact that his team won that episode.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He hides it pretty well, but it can be seen in the final episode when telling Rock how proud his family were going to be with his performance, as well as in the deleted scene involving his pet snake.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Seemed to have a rather high opinion of himself, even though he was one of the weakest chefs.
  • Smug Snake
  • Too Dumb to Live: Tried to add water instead of vegetable stock to the risotto. But that didn't top giving attitude to Chef Ramsay.
  • Took a Level in Badass: A consistently awful performer when he was an actual competitor, but actually did reasonably well as part of Rock's team in the final.


"I'll flirt. I'll manipulate. I'll get whatever I want out of Chef Ramsay."

  • Alpha Bitch: A member of "Hell's Bitches" as Ramsay coined the Red Team.
  • The Bully: The only reason why she decided to go along with Tiffany's statements regarding Julia was because "it'll make her look bad".
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: She displayed this both times she was nominated. During the first episode she allied herself with Tiffany early on, only to immediately turn on her and blame her for everything that went wrong in the service as soon as Melissa nominated them both for elimination. Then when she was nominated after the third service, rather than in any way defend herself she attacked Jen and said that she should be sent home for thinking about serving spaghetti from the garbage — which blew up spectacularly in her face when Ramsay pointed out that Joanna actually did serve rotten crab meat and showed no remorse about having done so, and that using her own logic she was the one who should be eliminated (which she quickly was).
  • Establishing Character Moment: During the signature dish, she boasted to the confession cam that she would flirt and manipulate to get what she wanted. True to her word, she acted all flirty with Chef Ramsay. Unimpressed, he told her that her chicken is salty and dry.
  • Jerk Ass: A prominent example was in the first episode. Julia knew that the Red Team had very bad communication skills and Joanna agreed, but being a complete bitch, agreed with Tiffany because it would "make Julia look bad."
  • Pet the Dog: For all the bitchy behavior she displayed in the season, she did have one surprising moment of kindness when the other women decided to nominate Julia after the third service, causing Joanna (who had already been agreed on as the first nominee) to defend Julia and point out that she hadn't done anything wrong during the service. Barely a minute later however, she's trying to throw Jen under the bus for her spaghetti mistake.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: She was one of the younger contestants at the time (22) and had an ego to match, even picking on Julia (28) all because of her "Waffle House" past.
  • Smug Snake: Proclaimed herself to be a Manipulative Bitch and then went on to (unintentionally) talk Ramsay into kicking her out when he pointed out the rationale behind her argument.
  • Too Dumb to Live
  • Ungrateful Bitch: To Julia. Julia helped out in the breakfast challenge, but the minute that Julia states that she didn't know what was creme brulee (or its ingredients), then that means that Joanna could personally choose her for elimination. Thankfully, Julia, being one of the only sane contestants that season, noted that not knowing what creme brulee was did not mean immediate elimination.


"Yee-haw! Howdy, Chef Ramsay!"

  • Butt Monkey: Along with Season 8's Raj and Season 11's Gina, he is the poster boy for this trope amongst Hell's Kitchen fans. However, it is done in a more affectionate way than with the latter two, especially since his death in 2010.
  • Gentle Giant
  • The Load: Was a really nice guy. But a bad cook. He almost single handedly caused the blue team's loss at the breakfast challenge.
  • Manly Tears: Prior to the first service of the season.
  • Nice Guy: Among the nicest to have stepped into Hell's Kitchen.
  • Nice Hat: The cowboy hat he wore during the signature dish challenge.
  • Token Minority
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Collapsed during the punishment for week three and had to leave, and was doing pretty well when he was seen in Season 4 which makes his death even sadder.


"I'm a bulldog in a chihuahua's body."


"She (Julia) works in a fucking Waffle House. I mean come on."

  • Alpha Bitch: All she cared about was making Julia's life miserable.
  • The Bully: Along with Joanna, both of them were complete bitches to Julia throughout their time on the show. She whines that Julia was complaining to Ramsey about not able to help (but that was because Tiffany was the one who didn't want her help in the first place) and when Julia called out on how the Red Team's communication skills just plain sucked, Tiffany instead stated that opposite.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The minute you know this girl is a freaking bitch is when she starts picking on Julia. Needless to say no one liked her after that.
  • Hypocrite: Lambasts on Julia "whining" to Chef Ramsay, yet it was she who didn't want Julia to help in the first play.
  • Jerk Ass: Along with Joanna again, there's a reason why Gordon termed the Red Team "Hell's Bitches" for the first half of the season.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Picked on Julia for being a Waffle House chef, but Julia had to bail her out over cooking quail eggs, something that neither she nor the other girls could do. Not to mention that Julia made it to 4th place, got glowing praise from Ramsay himself and the chance to go to culinary school (personally sent by Ramsay himself). What did she get? Nothing.
  • Never My Fault: Doesn't believe that it was her fault for her elimination and doesn't even give two shits on how she treated Julia on that service.
  • Precision F-Strike: The infamous quote regarding Julia as seen above. She was drinking some hard liquor prior to the confession cam, though.
  • Shadow Archetype: She's a dark, bullying and insulting version of Julia who looks down on others and never admits her faults.
  • Smug Snake: Just loved putting Julia down and, as this page shows, she got what was coming to her.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: To Julia. Julia saved her ass in the quail egg cooking, but she still hates her (and states the infamous quote above) and wants her eliminated. She never admits that she acted like such a bitch at all during her exit.

     Season 4 


"I'm a complete package. I look great in a pair of heels, I can read a book, and I can cook."

  • Badass: Put up with so much cliquey crap during her stay on the show, as her team targeted her because they thought she was arrogant (because apparently Jen and Corey weren't). But she never let it break her.
  • Bash Sisters: With Corey; they bickered a lot, and even nominated each other after the final 3 service. But when picking their teams for the final service, Christina (who had second choice) was worried that Petrozza would choose Corey first, and it even seemed that Corey was worried about it (but Petrozza picked Bobby). They personally disliked each other, but worked very well together in service.
  • Batman Gambit: After Jen rigged voting she works out with Corey and Petrozza who the strongest of them is, forcing Ramsay to eliminate Jen instead of Corey.
  • Genre Savvy: During the family reunion, she was the only one who realized that they'd be tested on the dish they were being served and started trying to figure out what the ingredients were before they were even told about the challenge.
    • When she was given nomination rights, everyone expected her to nominate Corey since she did the same to Christina purely because she didn't like her personally. She surprised a lot of people by choosing Vanessa, due to her poor performance on the meat station. As much as she hated Corey, she didn't screw up enough to justify nomination.
  • Only Sane Woman: One of the very few members of the red team who didn't fall into the cliquey crap. Chef Ramsay realized this and recognized her for it. On elimination night, he asked who the team nominated and Christina told him it was Shayna. Surprised about it, he asked Christina who she would personally nominate, and she said Rosann. He thought THAT made sense.
  • Tall Poppy Syndrome: Was frequently targeted by her teammates who, despite their comments stating otherwise, were jealous of her skills. If she was on Survivor, she likely would have been sent home early, but since Ramsay has the final say...
  • True Companions: Became this with Corey and Petrozza against Jen.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Prior to winning the contest she had been cooking professionally for three years.


"I'm gonna nominate myself; I can't pick any of these guys, they work too hard."

  • Badass: Debate still goes on as to whether or not he should have won. In a later interview, he said that he felt he was the equal of the winner, but because she was younger, he believed that Ramsey felt he could get more out of her. This isn't really sour grapes on his part.
  • Cool Old Guy: Age 47, and while not the oldest chef the show has seen, he is the oldest to do well on the show.
  • Crazy Enough to Work: In one service, Louross was having trouble with the beef wellington as it was over cooked. Petrozza decides to cut a sliver off and it's medium well. Louross keeps repeating that it wouldn't go pass Scott...and then comments that it was the most "ghettoist thing ever" when it did.
  • Deadpan Snarker: "It's some dry-ass chicken".
  • Father to His Men: In one episode, he offered himself to be eliminated because even though the Blue Team did horrible, they didn't deserved to be eliminated so soon and they really were working hard. What makes this more poignant is that the others at the time (Ben, Louross and Bobby) were throwing each other under the bus and were expecting Petrozza to do the same. Ramsay complimented that Petrozza "was a gentleman" for taking the blow.
    • In turn, his team liked him a lot and was very passionate about helping him win the competition when they came back.
  • Graceful Loser: Consistent with his character. He gave a very warm congratulatory hug to Christina when she won.
    • It's also telling that a number of his confession cam moments after challenges were just more that he was upset about losing and not blaming anyone for their losses.
  • Heroic BSOD: Had one in the second service and was about to leave the competition. Bobby's kind words were enough to get him back in the kitchen and helped him become runner-up that season.
  • Honor Before Reason: No matter how badly his team screwed up in the 7th service, he couldn't bring himself to nominate any of them and actually nominated himself; Ramsay has actually ELIMINATED contestants for nominating themselves, but Ramsay recognized Petrozza's graciousness.
    • He also helped Louross with the beef wellingtons (See Crazy Enough to Work) while the other members of the team would've just let Louross suffer.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Louross, Bobby and eventually Christina and Corey.
  • Nice Guy: Is almost universally considered the most likeable chef ever on the show, helping his fellow teamates at service, and even letting himself be eliminated because he just couldn't let his teammates be eliminated after just one lousy service. This even extended to the confession cams, which easily stood out compared to several of the other chefs.
    • Beware the Nice Ones: However even he has his limits. In his Confession Cam after Jen started being nice, he tears her down and his tone of voice is very icy on how Jen was just sucking up to Ramsay.
  • Out Of Character Is Serious Business: Him tearing Jen apart in his confession cam, showed that he wasn't liking Jen being a kiss-up.
    • His breakdown early on in the season counts as well when you factor in his overall behaviour.
  • Running Gag: Just couldn't maintain a clean, organized station to save his life.
    Chef Ramsay: Crap on top of crap on top of crap on top of crap.
    • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Chef Ramsay eventually came to accept this part of him as he made up for it with the food he produced.
    Chef Ramsay: That's nicely cooked, that filet mignon. I don't give a fuck if you work like a pig from now on if your meat's excellent!
  • True Companions: Became this with Christina and Corey against Jen.


  • Bash Sisters: With Christina.
  • Brutal Honesty: Had quite a bit of this in the very beginning.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Went from one of the biggest bitches in the show's history, to nominating herself to hopefully get rid of the FAR worse Jen. Unlike many of the other bitches on the show, she was savvy enough to work out early on that the bitch act wasn't working, and started behaving more reasonably.
    • This even extended to service, where she and Christina would sometimes be forced to work together. Instead of using the time to pick fights, the two of them would work towards churning out the necessary dishes to Ramsay's standards.
  • Genre Savvy: Soon realised that sabotaging dishes would not win the team any points, so when she was forced to work with Christina (see Defrosting Ice Queen above), she was more focused on doing the work right, rather than sabotaging her team.
  • I'm Not Here to Make Friends: Said this herself at the very beginning when she nominated Christina and Jen for nothing more than personal reasons (which she blatantly admitted). She started growing out of this behavior as the season went on however.
  • Jerkass: At first.
  • Taking the Bullet: She did this twice after getting into the black team. Aside from the aforementioned successful effort to get rid of Jen, the other time was after the all-round Epic Fail of the first black team service, after which Matt and Christina were nominated. When the nominations were being given however, Corey said that she had done worse than Christina and should be up there instead of her. Ramsay, however, called her and Christina out along with Matt, who eventually ended up getting kicked out.
  • True Companions: Became this with Christina and Petrozza against Jen.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Made the most epically misguided nomination decision in the show's history during the second episode of her season, when she decided to put up Christina and Jen in the belief that she could get rid of a strong competitor — only for Ramsay to kick Sharon out instead.


"I think Chef Ramsay may need to read a couple of books. He has no idea what he's talking about, and he has absolutely no idea who he's talking to."

  • It's All About Me: Wasn't above sabotaging others to get her victories. Her self-centered attitude was most obvious when she came back in the finale. All she talked about was making herself look good to Chef Ramsay and actually asked him for a letter of recommendation. Not at all caring about helping Petrozza.
  • Jerkass: A strong contender for the show's biggest-ever bitch, in no small part due to her behavior in the season finale.
    • Took a Level in Jerkass: Was actually pretty tolerable at first, but Ramsay's compliments early in the season clearly went to her head, to the point where she seriously considered quitting halfway through the season because she felt she deserved preferential treatment and wasn't getting it.
  • Long Speech Tea Time: Gave a very, very long speech when she was first nominated. Saw that Chef Ramsay was irritated and tried to wrap it up more quickly, but still went on and on.
    Jen: May I say one more quick thing chef?
    Chef Ramsay: Oh fuck me.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Tries to get the other chefs eliminated and Ramsay to write her a recommendation. It doesn't work.
  • Properly Paranoid: Towards the end of her time in season 4, Jen knew everyone was sick of her attitude and wanted to get rid of her, and thought they were so threatened by her talents that they had to get rid of her. Wrong reasons, but same goal.
  • Sassy Black Woman
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Never takes the blame for her actions, and in the first episode she accused Chef Ramsay of being a blowhard who had no right to judge her signature dish. Later in said episode, she proved that she wasn't all she had set herself up to be when she tried to fry quails' eggs upside-down. Despite this, only seconds later she threw a tantrum in one of the Confession Cam inserts because Ramsay had appointed Rosann as the replacement captain for Vanessa instead of her.


"I'm the four star general!"

  • Badass: Recovered from his disastrous first service and became one of the best chefs of the season.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Petrozza. It's very telling that while he was ready to nominate Petrozza at one point, he only did so with the goal of causing a deadlock, not because Petrozza was actually bad. He was actually the one who managed to get Petrozza back in the kitchen (See Rousing Speech)
  • Leader Wannabe: Was definitely this in the first episode. He boasted that he was a four star general and was assigned the team leader badge. He was completely ineffectual and didn't help his team at all. Chef Ramsay tore his badge off and gave it to Lourouss.
  • Nice Guy: Overall, not nearly as horrible as some of the other chefs.
  • Rousing Speech: In the second episode, he went to Petrozza and got him out of his funk.
  • Sergeant Rock: Was in the armed forces and declared himself a four star general.
  • Shocking Elimination: Eliminated after only his second nomination, while the far worse Jen was spared yet again.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Claimed to be the black Gordon Ramsay at first, but refused to lead. When called out on it he improved and immediately talked Petrozza out of quitting to become one of the best chefs of the season.


"My signature dish is going to help me stand out, because I'm a true culinarian. I understand what Gordon's looking for."

  • Adult Child: Had immature attitude problems, constant blunders during service, and was emotionally unstable. Corey summed it up best.
    "Matt seems to be like a 5-year old trapped in a 35-year old body."
  • Butt Monkey: Was treated pretty badly by the blue team. He got a lot better treatment with the red team. At first. Then he started screwing up during dinner service and his team got frustrated with him.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: He was very odd, and several of the contestants thought he was insane. For further proof, look at his Cordon Bleugh Chef description.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: His exotic tartar made Ramsay vomit.
    • Attempted to be this again in the 6th episode when he suggested a sushi pizza on a tortilla for Melinda's sweet 16. His team rightfully ignored him.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • The Eeyore: A rather creepy version of this. When spoken to he always looked as though he would break down into tears at any given moment and rarely if ever smiled unless something unfortunate was happening to someone else. That, combined with his Jerkass personality, made him one of the most unpopular contestants in that series.
  • Fat Idiot: Really wasn't bright at all, making constant blunders in the kitchen.
  • Hypocritical Humor
    "I mean Chef Ramsay is giving us pearls of wisdom like they're coming out of the Japanese giant oyster. If you don't listen to Chef Ramsay's advice, there's something mentally wrong with you."
  • Jerkass: Partly justified since everybody hated him. But that was mainly because he didn't take criticism well at all and often lashed out at others for looking down on him due to his poor performances.
  • One-Hit Wonder: After getting his wish to move to the red team granted, he proceeded to serve "the best risotto that's ever gone out of Hell's Kitchen", according to Ramsay. Unfortunately, he quickly went back to sucking afterward.invoked
  • Only Sane Man: Only in Episode 5, but he did try to get the Blue Team to work together and communicate when they were failing miserably at it.


"You just need to get into your groove, as if you're making loooove to the kitchen."

  • Badass: Was BY FAR the best in the blue team's disastrous opening service...
    • Badass Decay: ...but his skills dropped sharply afterward. That said, he was still the best member of the team outside of Petrozza and Bobby.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Petrozza.
  • Keet
  • Older than They Look: He's quite short, has a mohawk and overall looks like he's in his teens. If you were surprised to see that he was 24 when the series was on, it's understandable.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: One of the better male chefs in the season.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: A non-romantic version with Corey; the two were never on the same team until the final, but they got along very well, which came in handy for the final service when they had to carry the team due to Matt turning in yet another terrible performance.


  • Break the Haughty: When she nominated Christina, Chef Ramsay asked her if she thought she was better than Christina. She asserted that she was. The next dinner services proved to Chef Ramsay and herself how wrong she was. She was eventually nominated by Corey who claimed she never wanted to work with her in a kitchen ever again.
  • The Load: While she was consistently poor on the line, the other women attempted to shield her from elimination at every opportunity, repeatedly trying to throw Christina under the bus (and then successfully throwing Shayna under it) in an attempt to keep Rosann in. Eventually Corey nominated her after the second-last red/blue team service, coming to terms with how bad she was on the line and said that she never wanted to work with her ever again.
  • One-Hit Wonder: Did a reasonably good job of organizing the women and leading to them to victory (or at least, doing a tiny bit better than the men) in the first service, but was bad for the rest of the season.invoked
  • Team Mom: For the first few episodes she tried to be this, in part because she was the oldest female competitor from this season (albeit just 33 years old) and had a daughter who was 14 years old during filming. After Sharon got the chop early on and then Vanessa was forced out by her injury, however, it quickly became obvious that Rosann was the weakest remaining member of the team, and she quickly turned into a Manipulative Bitch who tried to get her team-mates thrown out at her expense.


"Chef, I'm not used to the brigade system. It takes a little time to get adapted to it, and... that's it."

  • The Bully: To both Louross and Matt, constantly insulted and belittled both of them and tried to pass the blame for his mistakes on to them.
  • Butt Monkey: Chef Ramsay really didn't like him, though a lot of that had to do with...
    • Never My Fault: Claimed pretty much Once an Episode that he couldn't be blamed for his mistakes since he'd never worked as part of a brigade...or different techniques.
  • Ignore the Fanservice: When the girls tried to lure him into the hot tub, he wisely declined the request, realizing that they were planning something. Jason on the other hand didn't follow suit.
  • Jerkass: He was an self-absorbed ass who treated people like shit. Also see The Bully and Never My Fault.


"Chill! Take the help, even if it's from a girrrrl."

  • The Generic Girl: A nice enough woman, but in truth she had absolutely no chance of succeeding in that season's ultra-cliquey red team.
  • Shocking Elimination: Definitely the most shocking elimination of this particular season after Bobby. She had been consistently solid (if unexceptional) in all the services, while Matt had been awful from the very start and Rosann had totally fallen apart after doing well in her first service, yet Ramsay sent Shayna home instead of either of them.


  • One-Hit Wonder: Maybe more like One-and-a-Half Hit Wonder. Despite having what Ramsay deemed easily this season's best signature dish, she was one of the worst performers on the red team in the first three services (in fact, aside from Sharon, probably the worst). In the fourth service she was finally starting to get it together with what was turning out to be a really good performance on the appetizers, but then...invoked
  • Non-Gameplay Elimination: ...she suffered severe second-degree burns to her hand when she tried to put out a pan fire that Shayna had started, and the fire suddenly blew up and sent burning grease everywhere. Naturally she was in no condition to continue after this, and left during the following episode. In an interview after her exit, she revealed that she would probably have lost the use of that hand if not for being in an environment where she could get immediate medical attention.


"I've always been the small guy, the short guy, and the reason why I wear this chef's hat is because I've got to feel I'm big, and I'm tall in the kitchen."

  • Companion Cube: His chef's hat. Ramsay wouldn't let him wear it in the kitchen, much to his dismay.
  • The Ditz: Felt insecure about his height, so he always wore a 10 inch chef's hat. Because that'll get people to take you more seriously.
    • One shining example was during his elimination night.
    Ben: I'm just going to keep giving you 100% chef. Every day.
    Matt: And I'll give you 125%.
    (Chef Ramsay looks at Craig expectedly)
    Craig: I don't know percentages but just over that.
  • Epic Fail: In the "cut up a chicken" challenge he had more unacceptably cut pieces than all the women combined. Naturally, the other men were pissed off at him in the punishment that followed.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: Heavily averted.
  • The Napoleon: The shortest of the guys from that season, and had quite the temper, even going so far as to yell abuse at Chef Ramsay when being asked for times on what he was cooking.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Refused to answer a simple question from Chef Ramsay and then gave him a bad attitude over it.
  • What Were You Thinking?: Chef Ramsay calls him out on this when he comes in with a chef's hat half his size and orders him to take it off.


"I'm chubby for two reasons. Number one, I like food. Number two, I don't work that hard."

  • Butt Monkey: Leaving service and prep to smoke, not knowing or wanting to do desserts and his idea on how to cook souffle made him this.
  • Fat Idiot: He really wasn't smart at all. Butt Monkey says it all.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: Constantly claimed men were much better despite being a bad chef. He somehow argued that women could make desserts though.
  • Jerk Ass
  • Straw Misogynist: One of the worst ones in the show's history (and that's saying a lot). Every episode, he kept on boasting about how weak the women were and how the men were bound to be strong because they were men (this didn't extend to the dessert section however). He was by far one of the weakest chefs on the show and was eliminated in the third episode. Even more ironically, the winner of his season was a woman.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Has had the distinction of making Chef Ramsay headdesk repeatedly DURING service. How? By failing to cook souffles properly, then claiming that he'd get a mixture of sugar, butter and cocoa powder and rub it around the rim (aka what you're meant to do first)


"I like to look nice, I don't think there's nothing wrong with that."

  • Confusing Multiple Negatives: After being accused of caring more about her looks than what she was cooking, she said the quote above in a Confession Cam insert... not seeming to realize that she'd just said it IS wrong to look nice.
  • Dumb Blonde: Ramsay called her this all the time, and she did little to challenge that impression.
  • The Load: Was by far the worst female competitor from this season. In the first episode she didn't manage to serve a single appetizer, and got kicked off the station after serving a risotto so strong it nearly gave Chef Ramsay garlic poisoning. Then in the following episode she pretty much single-handedly destroyed the red team's service with a godawful performance on the meat station, causing Ramsay to kick her out even though she hadn't been nominated.


"Whooo! What a disaster."

  • Bumbling Dad: Had absolutely no clue what he was doing, likely because his experience was mostly cooking as a stay-at-home dad.
  • Expy: Of Season 2's Polly, especially claiming that Chef Ramsay would be easy to deal with because of their children.
  • Never My Fault: Averted in one sense, since he admitted that his lack of experience was largely the cause of his bad performance, rather than trying to use it as a crutch to avoid blame. Played straight in another, as he tried to say that he only did as badly as he did because Bobby didn't give him any direction.
  • Tempting Fate: As a stay at home dad, he said that Chef Ramsay had nothing on his kids. He was petrified of him from the very start of the signature dishes, feeling relieved that at least his dish didn't make him throw up (having directly followed Matt's dish, which did make Ramsay throw up). He got eliminated in the first episode.

     Season 5 


"Either you got it or you don't, and I've DEFINITELY got it."

  • Achilles' Heel: Was consistently great at nearly every station he worked. But the station he hated the most was the garnish station, performing rather badly on his first night on it. He managed to improve (got awarded Best of the Worst status on his second night on garnish), but still had a little trouble with it on the third night.
  • Badass: Was one of the cockiest chefs the show has ever seen, but he backed it up in spades, so he got away with it.
    • Was very consistent, very rarely criticized for anything. He was only nominated once on the final elimination night, where there were only 3 cooks left.
    • Chef Ramsay seemed to single both him and Paula out early on as the strongest chefs. When giving the round of determining ingredients for the minestrone soup, he specifically chose the pair. He did this again when their teams' king crab dishes failed and asked for theirs instead.
    • Badass Boast: Was an absolute MASTER of these.
    "A lot of chefs get up here, and they say this is all they know how to do. You know what? Fuck that chef. This is all I want to do. You know that I have what it takes to run the restaurant Borgata."
    "I'm here to fight to the bitter end. Watch out because I'm bringing the heat!"
  • Bash Brothers: With Ben; they started off on a sour note (with Ben saying Danny "couldn't cook his cock") and things were often tense between them, but they ALWAYS had each other's backs in the kitchen. During the finale, Ben was Danny's first pick for his team.
  • Big Ego, Hidden Depths: Throughout the competition, he was never afraid to toot his own horn. But in the final episode, he revealed that his late mother was his passion to keep pushing himself forward.
  • Catch Phrase: Variations of the above quote.
  • A God Am I: Declared himself a "God of Cooking" in the first episode. Bit of an exaggeration for sure, but he was a damn good chef.
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: Looked a lot better when he returned in Season 8, with a much shorter haircut.
  • Heroic BSOD: Had one for a short while when he lost a challenge, where 76% of the chefs rated his dish as the worst. Andrea noted that it was the first time she ever saw him beaten down. He managed to pick himself up and recover his confidence by the next day however.
  • Irony: Was very good at cooking seafood and was his main specialty. But strangely enough, he didn't actually like seafood.
  • Manly Tears: He was shedding these in the final confessional when it was revealed that he'd won. Considering his motivation...
  • Worthy Opponent: To Paula, resulting in one of the few finales where the outcome was a real nail-biter.


"My mother, when I was little, made my whole room pink. Like everything was pink. I fucking hate pink!"

  • Achilles' Heel: Was very consistent and rarely made any mistakes. Both in service and in challenges. But the one exception to this was shucking scallops challenge. Only 1 out of 10 of her scallops was acceptable. But since this was a relatively minor skill that was only required for one challenge, it never came up again.
    • Once stated that she hated doing breakfasts and that she didn't have much experience doing them. She moved herself to the pancake station to avoid any harm. As a result, we never actually got to see this supposed weakness.
  • Badass: Like with Petrozza, many believe she should have won instead, especially since Danny bailed out on the winner's job after less than a month.
    • Very rarely got criticized. She was only nominated once, after Andrea gained control of the nominations due to a quirk of how the immunity challenge worked and her only options for the second nomination were her or Danny. Chef Ramsay immediately saw through this, and he cut Paula off in the middle of the first sentence of her elimination plea and told her to get back in line.
    • Often received compliments on her wellingtons. Considering that the meat station (especially when it came to wellingtons) has been the demise of several contestants throughout the show's history, that's pretty impressive.
    • Often excelled at the challenges. Shining example was the 100 portions challenge. Over 76% of the chefs rated her dish as the best. To say that it was a landslide victory would be an understatement.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Could be bitchy and snarky at the best of times, though unlike her team-mates (who tended to blow up at each other the minute they got even slightly irritated) Paula was smart enough to bottle her irritation up during the services and challenges and used the Confession Cam segments as an outlet for her frustrations, meaning she was able to get away with it much more easily.
    (About Colleen cheering with the cheerleaders instead of cooking) "These cheerleaders were so cute, you know? It's when they get older and more annoying."
    "I love it when people wear sunglasses inside a building. That was so like, ten years ago. Take them off."
    • She even does have her limits though and confronted Andrea and Carol about their behaviour after one particular service (with the aid of Giovanni).
  • The Generic Girl: Until around the time black jackets were awarded.
  • Genre Savvy: During the blind taste test, when Andrea confused filet mignon with liver. Instead of insulting her palette, she took this as a clue that the blind taste test was not as easy as people thought. Something, so many contestants over the seasons underestimate.
  • Graceful Loser: Took placing second quite well.
  • Not So Stoic: Was very composed most of the time. But as Confession Cam moments showed, even she had her frustrations with other people. But unlike a lot of other people on the show, she was smart enough to avoid starting up trouble and kept it bottled up until confession time.
  • Only Sane Woman: The only girl in the red team (besides Ji, who left very early on) who didn't fall to in-fighting and had a level head throughout the competition.
    • During Coi's elimination, she was the only other one to see that Coi had a worse performance than Andrea. While Andrea wasn't as stellar as Chef Ramsay made her out to be, she wasn't bad either, only making a minor error with the risotto. Yet everyone said she was the weakest cook that night. In contrast to Coi who floundered on the meat station.
  • The Runner Up Takes It All: Danny ended up resigning after a short time from Borgata due to being demoted to sous chef. He did manage to open up a bar/grill in Florida though. Paula on the other hand was a semi-finalist in the James Beard Award for "Best Chef South" and is currently the executive chef of 1500° in Miami, which was named one of “The Best New Restaurants of 2011” by Esquire Magazine. Not bad.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: She was always nice looking. But she looked much nicer during the photo shoot. And also when she won a makeover.
  • Ship Tease: She and JP got along pretty well during the makeover reward. The show hammed it up by playing romantic music and inserting twinkling lights.
  • Worthy Opponent: To Danny in the finale. There were other Badass contestants during the show's run, but none of them were as good as her or Danny. They often went at each other in challenges as Chef Ramsay struggled to decide whose dish was better as they were often similar in quality. They were both equally strong and consistent during past services and thus the ideal final two.


"I have given so much of myself throughout this competition. I just want to justify it all in the end by winning."

  • Ambiguously Brown
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Was asked one by Danny.
    Danny: Have you ever run a kitchen?
    Andrea: Yes.
    Danny: How many people did you have in your kitchen?
    Andrea: I don't really want to go into details.
  • Butt Monkey: Was constantly labeled as the weakest by her team members. She often strived to prove them wrong...but fell flat.
    • One night, she was deemed best of the worst. Only for her entire team to disagree, with most of them thinking she was actually the weakest. One dinner service she had a good run on the meat station. Until the last table when she miscounted the wellingtons and had to rely on Danny/Paula to cook them for her.
      • There was also the time she won a challenge and an immunity card, feeling like she had grown. Then proceeded to have the worst dinner service in her entire time at Hell's Kitchen.
  • The Determinator: Despite being constantly underestimated by her fellow teammates, she was always eager to prove them wrong. This was zigzagged at one point however, when she was kicked out through the front door by Ramsay. It took Jean-Philippe to encourage her to fight back.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Attempted to be one for Chef Ramsay during her turn at the pass. Unfortunately for her, she wasn't able to pull it off.
  • Elimination By Genre Savviness: After missing a sabotaged dish once, she suspected that every dish Scott handed her was sabotaged and she overcompensated by ordering all of them redone. She went home that night.
  • Epic Fail: The dinner service after she won her immunity. She completely tanked the fish station and was about as bad as Giovanni the night he was eliminated. Even though Ben had a rather bad start on garnish, Chef Ramsay decided not to eliminate anyone that night because he couldn't send Ben home in good conscience when Andrea was so much worse.
  • Informed Flaw: On the bar mitzvah service, the rest of her team (outside of Paula) were convinced that she was the weakest chef that night. Other than her putting in too few mushrooms in the first risotto, she didn't seem to have any other mistakes on the line. In contrast to Coi, who tanked on the meat station.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: Yelling at the men on steak night turned into this.
    "Come on guys! We need orders. The ladies are ready to kick your... butts. (to LA) I forgot there were customers out there."
  • Leader Wannabe: Often tried to assert herself as a leader. Most people just found her annoying when she did that.
    • This was particularly bad when she was on the pass. Her leadership style pissed Chef Scott so much, that he looked like he was about ready to kill her.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: On the night she won her safety card, she performed so badly that Chef Ramsay openly asked her if she was trying to sabotage everyone else. She firmly denied this, and given the level of shame she displayed on the Confession Cam, she was likely telling the truth.


"You couldn't cook my cock!"

  • Bash Brothers: With Danny. May not have been on the friendliest terms with him. But they worked well together as a team in the kitchen. When he was on his team in the finale, he put in an honestly strong effort and earnestly wanted him to win.
  • Berserk Button: Of all the hurtful things Chef Ramsay said to him, the one he took offense to the most was being accused of sabotaging his own team.
    "I gave every fucking inch of everything I had tonight! I certainly didn't deserve to be told I'm fucking everyone over. If Chef Ramsay thinks that I am sabotaging people, then send me the fuck home!"
  • Butt Monkey: Chef Ramsay tended to pick on him a lot and frequently criticized him during dinner service. It didn't help though that he was inconsistent a lot of the time, and had some truly Epic Fail moments. Like sending out deserts before the first appetizers were even made.
    Chef Ramsay: Ben, this dish is definitely something you're not. This is pretty.
    • But he did get compliments from him every now and then. When he was eliminated, Chef Ramsay praised him for his energy and attitude, encouraging him to hold onto those traits.
  • The Determinator: He was far from consistent in terms of performance, but he always gave his all in terms of effort. No matter how often Chef Ramsay picked on him, he kept fighting. When he was eliminated, Chef Ramsay told him to hold onto his energy and attitude.
    • Twice he's gotten kicked out of the kitchen. Both times, he came back and continued to cook.
  • Formerly Fat: Maybe not fat but he was definitely a bit curvy in Season 5. But when he came back to compete in Season 9, he had underwent a very noticeable weight loss. Chef Ramsay couldn't really call him fat anymore.
  • Graceful Loser: When he was eliminated, his last Confession Cam was basically about how amazing his time was and how he doesn't feel bad about losing at all.
  • Informed Judaism: Up until the bar mitzvah episode. He was shown to be very proud of his heritage and showed it a lot that day. Other than that episode however, you couldn't really tell.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sparred with his teammates on occasion, but he never once let them struggle on their station without offering to help.
    • As much as he hated her, he was the only one to never give up on trying to help Lacey.
    • Felt pretty torn up about choosing Danny and Paula for his nominations when he felt like they didn't deserve it. They didn't blame him though since Andrea was immune and he wasn't willing to nominate himself, leaving them as his only picks.
  • Long Speech Tea Time: Gave a couple of these while explaining his dishes during challenges. He wouldn't stop until Chef Ramsay cut him off. Did this again when describing the reward for going to San Francisco to the rest of the black jacket team.
  • Oh Crap: His epic facial reaction after Seth butchered (and not in a good way) the filet.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Well to a degree. For the most part, he was a good chef. But he seemed to have an overinflated view of himself, thinking he was the strongest member of his team, even though he was one of the most inconsistent cooks who got criticized a lot more often than he was praised. Most dinner services, he did something wrong that pissed off Chef Ramsay. Like serving deserts before appetizers.


Also season 6
"Can't take the heat, get out the kit-CHEEEEEEEEEEENNNNNN!"

  • Badass: In season 5, best shown when he moves so fast on the appetizer station that he rips his pants; not a pleasant sight, but it didn't faze him at all.
  • Berserk Button: Ramsay calling him Bobby caused him to flip out. Robert explains that Bobby is the name of his dad and the two aren't in good terms with each other. Ramsay then continues to call him Robert after that.
  • Break the Cutie / Break the Haughty: After fighting his way to the black jackets, he got a glimpse of the Borgata hotel and the reward restaurant. Only to have to withdrew because of health problems. He got a second chance in Season 6, but didn't manage to showcase his Badass qualities from this season.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Slightly touched on in one episode, when he implied that he had an abusive father and said that he had a fucked up childhood. In outside interviews, he claimed that he had been addicted to drugs and been in foster homes. He grew out of it though and developed a passion for cooking.
  • The Determinator: Almost died for the competition. Twice.
    • Once ripped his pants in the middle of service. He didn't care at all and nonchalantly continued to cook.
    "I'll cook in my boxer shorts. I don't give a fuck."
  • Fat Bastard: Was this at times.
  • Hypocrite: Called Lacey fat numerous times (not to her face, to the confession cam, though he did once tell her "nobody wants to see you in a bikini").
  • I Am Not My Father: Robert's attitude was sparked by Chef Ramsay constantly calling him "Bobby", Bobby being the name of his father who he wasn't on good terms with.
  • I'm Not Here to Make Friends: Said this a few times almost word for word. Despite saying that, he did become friends with a couple of the contestants in Season 5.
  • Jerkass: He was a jerk sometimes. Once said to the Confession Cam that he would step on anybody's necks if he deemed it necessary. But he was still likable to a lot of fans (and his fellow contestants) because of his Badass qualities, his determination/passion, and the fact that he wasn't nearly as bad as some of the other Jerkasses seen on the show. It also helps that he was arguably one of the funniest cooks to appear on the show.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: May have been a bit mean at times. But he had his moments where he showed how much he loved his wife and mother. And more often than not, he did get along with the other contestants.
    • Jerkass Has a Point: He may have been rude about it, but he was right on the mark when he called Lacey out on her poor attitude. Also in Season 6, he was the only member of the blue team who actually confronted Andy about being The Load while everybody else on the team kept silent about his constant blunders.
  • Large Ham: Emphasis on "Large".
  • Reality Ensues: When Chef Ramsay told Robert that he couldn't take the helicopter due to insurance problems over his weight, he was very upset. But then Chef told him that he could take a ferry ride instead, which Robert gladly accepted. But as one could imagine, ferry rides to Catalina Island take a lot longer than a helicopter would. As a result, by the time he finally got there...there was no time left for the reward and he immediately hopped back onto the ferry.
  • Real Men Wear Pink
    "You ain't a man until you use the luffa. Straight up."
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivered a pretty epic one to Lacey in episode 7, calling her out for being a terrible team player.
    "Dude, I swear to God, if you win this, I will hang up my coat and become a crack whore dude."
    • Felt so strongly about this, that he decided to give another one about her that night to Chef Ramsay when explaining her nomination. He called her out on her quitter attitude and how it wouldn't take her very far.
  • Smug Snake: Was this at times.


"Our goal is to win, to stay here and fight. Win the grand prize. Not to fight with each other right now."

  • Badass: Started off as one of the strongest members of the blue team. When he was transferred over to the red team which was close upon imploding, he tried his damn hardest to whip them into shape. Unfortunately, nobody was able to get Andrea and Carol to stop bickering with each other.
    • Bad Ass Decay: He may have started off well, but he completely tanked on the first black jacket service.
  • Epic Fail: For the most part, he was a strong chef. But when he failed, he failed hard. Most evident when he failed to cook steaks properly (having several come back), even though he was an executive chef of a steakhouse. That and his performance on his last night, culminating in putting a sizzling hot pan in the cooler.
  • Graceful Loser: Seemingly played straight at first when he was eliminated. Although he felt sad about losing, he looked rather optimistic and content overall. Ultimately subverted when he came back, as he was very eager to leave and never see Hell's Kitchen again.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Had this when he put a sizzling hot pan in the fridge, which led to Robert burning his hand. He was very sorry about this. When he was eliminated, his last words to the contestants was another apology to Robert.
  • Team Dad: Acted like this when he was transferred to the red team and got them to work better with each other, as well as keeping their spirits up.
  • Took A Level In Jerk Ass: Started off as a reasonably okay guy. But on the final night tried to talk back to Ramsay, which caused him to get screamed at in a big way (this was partly because he was having a terrible performance that night and was very emotional at the moment). In the finale he made no attempt to hide that he didn't give a damn who won.


"I came here with the attitude that I'm going to win this competition. I'm going to be this famous chef that everybody wants to come work for. It's very humbling to be standing here a loser."

  • Arch-Enemy: To Andrea, they were constantly at each other's throats.
  • Berserk Button: Was a fairly nice girl most of the time. But Andrea just brought out a nasty side of her.
  • The Generic Girl: Other than her mutual hatred for Andrea, there wasn't much else about her that was noteworthy. It doesn't help that over half her screen time seemed to be over her relationship with Andrea (and the remainder was mostly her feuding with Lacey).
  • Shaped Like Itself: When explaining why she went with pomegranate for an ingredient in one of her dishes.
    "I just feel like it's a nice, fruity...fruit."
  • Shocking Elimination: CERTAINLY not based on performance, as she was absolutely disastrous, but her team won her final service (strictly by technicality however, as the red team's customer satisfaction was higher than the blue) and no contestant had ever been cut from the winning team before, so it was definitely an unexpected twist.


"Emotion is weakness. And I will never be weak."

  • Berserk Button: Being called a "cow," to the point where when Ramsay called her that (and not even in a particularly angry tone) in the middle of a service, she was pretty upset in the Confession Cam insert that followed and pretty much said that if he said that to her outside the kitchen, she'd punch him in the face.
  • Butch Lesbian: Outed herself as such within five minutes of the season premiere.
  • Emotionless Girl: Purposely invoked by her as she didn't show emotion while cooking because she believed that was weakness. This backfired on her as it came off as lack of fight, leading to her elimination.
    • Flanderization: This wasn't very noticeable at first. When Andrea and Paula first pointed this out, it came off as a bit of an Informed Flaw. But then she quickly seemed to have lost a lot of spirit and energy in the kitchen, reduced to a walking zombie.
  • Rant Inducing Slight: Spaced out in the middle of one service, which caused Ramsay to yell at her repeatedly until she woke up. While Ramsay was yelling at her, he called her a "silly cow," which by Ramsay's standards is a very mild insult. However, it was still enough to cause LA to go on this huge rant in the Confession Cam segment that followed, about how if anyone other than Chef Ramsay had called her a "cow," she would have beat the shit out of them there and then before walking out of the kitchen.
  • Shocking Elimination: One of the more consistently solid performers in this season's red team, but got kicked out over Carol for vaguely defined reasons despite Carol having almost single-handedly wrecked the team's service, while the worst thing LA had done was serving up cold mashed potatoes.
  • Truth in Television: Noted that going in with a lot of confidence ended up hurting, while being a little nervous was perfect. This is actually backed up by psychology research. People tend to perform better with an optimal amount of stress, not too much and not too little.


"Do you REALLY wanna start something with me?"

  • Accentuate the Negative: Not that she didn't have negative traits, but as mentioned below she wasn't always bad during service, but even when she wasn't it seemed like the team would deliberately vote for her and make her sound worse then she was in order to shift blame away from their own more glaring mistakes.
  • Adult Child: Very, prone to whining, crying, and self-pitying.
    • Drama Queen: Often complained, cried and threatened to quit over the most minuscule things, such as losing a challenge or having to prep the kitchen.
  • Butt Monkey: Was not well liked by her teammates due to her penchant for drama.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: For her many faults, one thing she did do well was cook fish, as evidenced by the second service, where she took over from Colleen's spectacularly awful performance on the station and did so well that the team would have won the service if not for Carol screwing up the last order. On the other stations however she was at best mediocre, and at worst flat-out terrible, especially on the meat station.
  • Foil: In stark contrast with the Blues Brothers (Danny, Ben, and Robert). All three of them were hard working, energetic, passionate cooks who never gave up. Lacey's quitter attitude really highlighted that.
  • It's All About Me: Only ever cared about her personal anguish. Never once thought about the team she was on and was largely uncooperative.
  • The Load: Both teams felt like she was this, as she constantly complained and threatened to quit.
  • Misblamed: In-universe; after Ji left, the other women rounded on Lacey and basically accused her of having stolen Ji's place in the competition. Leaving aside the fact that Ji's departure was entirely her own decision, realistically speaking there was no way Lacey was going home that night, considering that Colleen (and arguably even Carol, who wasn't nominated) had done far worse in the prior service than her.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After getting eliminated, she reflected on her mother's words, telling her not to make enemies there. She realized that since day 1, that was all she ever did. She said sorry to her Mom and that she should've listened. This was the one and only time she admitted that her alienation was her own fault.
  • Never My Fault: To a lesser extent than most of the other chefs who try pulling this, mostly because she could be occasionally competent, but she did try to blame her inexperience for her performances first as a waitress and then on the meat station (the latter of which got her kicked out).
    • More than anything, she blamed all the hate directed towards her on everyone else, almost never acknowledging that she brought this upon herself with her poor attitude.
  • Picked Last: To the surprise of absolutely no-one. Danny, who had the last pick between Carol and Lacey, decided that he'd rather work with Carol (who had never been on the same team as him) than deal with Lacey again, leaving her on Paula's team. During prep she proved so bad that at one point Paula seriously considered firing her before the service even began, and having sous chef Gloria take over her station (though in the actual service Andrea was arguably worse, surprisingly enough).
  • Took A Level In Bad Ass: Zigzagged. In the first service she was unspectacular. In the second service she actually did a very good job of salvaging the fish station, and would probably have been named the Best of the Worst if not for her abandoning her team in prep. In the third service she was voted the red team's worst waitress. In the fourth service she was solid, but got put up for elimination anyway because the other women hated her, leading to her being put on the blue team. In the fifth service she had a point to prove, and was very vocal and assertive in an otherwise-disastrous service. In the sixth service she did a pretty terrible job taking charge of the brisket for a bar mitzvah, but fortunately for her the blue team won anyway. In the seventh service she again abandoned her team in prep but seemed to do okay in the actual service, not as badly as Ben and definitely not as badly as J. The eighth service was where she totally unravelled, not managing to successfully cook a single piece of meat and eventually getting the boot mid-service.


"J feels like a jackass right now."

  • Badass Boast: Gave a pretty good one when he got sick of Lacey threatening to quit while they were busy prepping the kitchens.
    J: You're what? You're leaving? Lacey, if you want to go, just go.
    Lacey: I don't understand why everybody's sticking up for people yelling at me.
    J: No, no, no don't talk back. I'm serious. This is a professional kitchen. If you want to fucking go, go. I'll fucking do everything.
    J: (to Confession Cam) Just shut the fuck up, get out of the kitchen and let me do my job.
    • This became a lot less Badass in retrospect since the following service, it turned out that he...
  • Epic Fail: ...somehow managed to overcook the ENTIRE supply of risotto for BOTH teams. His performance on fish station floundered even more, leading to him getting eliminated mid-service after a pep-talk with Ramsay failed to help.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Delivered one of these to Seth. After Ramsay asked him for the blue team's nominees, J started to say that Seth and Charlie had been nominated, but then Seth butted in and flat-out accused J of lying, claiming that he hadn't really been nominated at all. J then coolly told Seth that Ramsay had asked him who the nominees were, and to kindly shut the hell up.
  • Third-Person Person


  • The Generic Girl
  • Sassy Black Woman: Looked like this at first, when she threatened physical violence against Lacey in prep prior to the first service. However, she apologized to Lacey at the start of the following episode, and for the most part behaved in a calmer and more rational manner for the rest of the season. The only time she lost her temper again was when she was struggling in what would turn out to be her final service.


"I teach manners too, chef."

  • Butt Monkey: Chef Ramsay never lightened up on insulting her or her career credentials. It didn't help though that she made constant blunders throughout her time there, such as serving salmon burnt on the outside and raw in the center.
  • The Determinator: She was a bad cook, hands down. But what was commendable about her was that she never broke or cried, even with Chef Ramsay screaming terrible things at her every service, accusing her of robbing her students. The one compliment he ever gave her was during her elimination night, telling her he loved her tenacity and that she was strong. He told the other chefs that a lot of them didn't have what she had. Fight.
  • Dumb Blonde: Put sugar in the risotto instead of salt.
  • The Load
  • Nice Girl: For all the mistakes she made, she did have the nicest personality of any of that season's women, and while they knew from the start that she was a horrible performer, her team-mates all liked her on a personal level and were sad to see her go.
  • The Pollyanna: For all the shit she went through on the show, she still remained cheerful and exited the show smiling, optimistically hoping that Chef Ramsay would cook at her school one day.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Begins with admitting she never went to cooking school despite teaching it and when bad mouthed by Ramsay also mentions she teaches manners. When she managed to somehow simultaneously burn and undercook a piece of salmon, Ramsay accused her of robbing her students. She reappeared in season six care of a video to say not to make the mistake she did and mistake sugar for salt.


"I may have screwed up the lamb, but at the end of the service Gordon and I will be like peas and carrots once again!"

  • High Hopes, Zero Talent: Really, really wanted to work with Gordon Ramsay, but was without much doubt the worst performer from his season.
  • In-Series Nickname: Ramsay constantly called him "Forrest," which Seth actually didn't seem to mind at all.
  • Jerkass: A borderline case. He wasn't really that nasty, but wouldn't take responsibility for his mistakes, and openly tried to throw Giovanni under the bus after the first service in an attempt to get rid of who he saw as a strong competitor (even though there was a legitimate reason for Giovanni to be nominated that night, given how badly he screwed the pooch on the grill).
  • Professional Butt-Kisser: Tried to be this, but was too socially inept to realize that while memorizing Ramsay's birthday might have been a cute little touch, knowing the names of Ramsay's children and what cars he and his wife drive is going just a little too far.
  • The Scrappy (In-Universe): Everyone hated him. Every. Single. One.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Was convinced that he was the second strongest cook on the blue team.
  • Stalker Without A Crush: Never seemed to have a crush on Chef Ramsay. But he was a stalker, knowing more details about Chef Ramsay than Ramsay himself. It creeped everybody out.
  • Too Dumb to Live: After Chef Ramsay criticized his signature dish, he laughed about it. For a Stalker Without A Crush who knew his kids' names, you'd think he'd know not to do that.
    • Wiped his face, then wiped a pan, and then wiped his face again. With the same cloth.
    • Completely butchered a filet and when Ramsay called him out on it, his response was to laugh.



  • Badass: From what little we saw of her. Was one of the most capable chefs, even while injured. Her team members certainly thought so.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse (In-Universe): Her signature dish was highly praised by Ramsay and she was considered one of the hot favorites, and when a sprain led to her choosing to leave the other chefs didn't want her to go. But she wanted to leave so she wouldn't bring down the team. Both teams gave her a standing ovation as she left.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Withdrew from the competition, worried that her injury would hurt her team thus sparing Colleen and Lacey from elimination.


"I'm still one of the guys. Same plumbing, different wiring."

  • Honor Before Reason: Volunteered himself for nomination due to his performance on garnish, feeling that he had to own up to his mistake. This backfired on him as Chef Ramsay saw this as an act of weakness and lack of drive.
  • Straight Gay: While there had been at least two gay male contestants in the previous seasons, Wil was the first man to openly out himself on the show. Lampshaded by himself, as seen in the above quote.

     Season 6 


"Please don't take me out. Unless you don't think I'm a good enough chef, then take me out. But not because of my wrist."

  • The Ace: Oh so much; he never had even one dinner service that was only "pretty good". He was also never once nominated by his teammates.
  • Achilles' Heel: Crepes were one for him — when he presented one in the health food challenge, Ramsay actually laughed out loud as soon as he saw how small it was, and then said that it tasted foul. On that occasion it was implied that Andy was more at fault for how the crepe turned out, but Dave had no excuses when he presented an even worse one three episodes later, which Ramsay likened to diarrhea and refused to even taste.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Idolized Chef Ramsay for years. One of his top priorities was to earn his respect. He accomplished that goal as he was one of the most impressive chefs in the show's entire run.
  • Badass: The show's most legendary example; there are too many instances of his badassery to fit onto this page.
    • Handicapped Badass: Fractured his wrist in the third episode. It did NOT slow him down. In fact, it may have made him even better. Ramsay even lampshades this!
    "Dave, don't take this the wrong way, but you're ten thousand times better with just one hand!"
    • Badass Boast: Gave some pretty good ones when dealing with his arm, like in Episode 13 when he recalled how he almost passed out from the pain and Chef Ramsay forced him to visit the medic (he later claimed that he had never seen a chef in so much pain).
    "I'm not a quitter and I'm not a wuss. No matter how messed up my wrist is, I can take the pain and I'm here to stay."
  • Beginner's Luck: The international cuisine challenge had him choose Indian food and he had never cooked it before. He ended up using pork (which is a no-no in most of India), but they found it to be delicious and he won the challenge. It helped that Ariel didn't have much experience with Chinese food either and Kevin forgot the sauce that was central to his dish.
  • Boring, but Practical: When designing dishes, he usually went for a simple approach. For his menu in the finale, he chose to go with simple, humble dishes. This worked out in his favor as his team was able to pick up the menu very well and execute it with relatively few hiccups. As opposed to Kevin's Cool, but Inefficient menu.
  • Child Hater: Sort of. The challenge with the kids has him quote that he doesn't work well with them. It shows as he tries to entertain them like calling himself the "One-armed bandit" while he states that he "sold himself." After said challenge, he kept picking up the leftovers the kids had left on the floor.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Had a naturally deadpan voice, so this was to be expected. Exemplified best by this quote:
    "You're not supposed to drink duck."
  • Determinator: Ramsay was afraid that too much strain on his wrist meant Dave couldn't use it again—didn't stop him from winning the season.
  • The Dreaded: In Season 11, the contestants looked excited and happy about the winners coming back to compete. When he entered the room, the smiles dropped from their faces.
  • Flawless Victory: Wasn't nominated once, and Ramsay almost never criticized him for anything, except being told that he was even better as a cook with only one arm.
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: Looked a lot better when he lost the beanie and got a short haircut.
  • Man Child: Had a bit of a tantrum when Ramsay didn't love his signature dish (even though he didn't really hate it either), and most notably, after having to clean up the dining room after a bunch of kids made a huge mess, he picked up pieces of candy left on the floor and put them in his pocket.
    • YMMV a lot on this since he was for the most part mature throughout the season. That slight tantrum was mainly him being frustrated with undercooking the brussel sprouts, which brought down the dish even though he cooked the ostrich very well.
  • Nice Guy: Easily one of the more liked contestants on the show by both fans and his fellow contestants. Even Suzanne was nice to him when she transferred over to the blue team (she was labelled one of the "bitch" contestants that season)
  • One-Man Army: He took care of multiple stations with just one arm!
  • Red Baron: The One-Armed Bandit. Started off as a joke, but became his Badass nickname used by both people in the show and fans of the show.


"Dave may have won a challenge. But this guy right here, Kevin, is going to win Hell's Kitchen."

  • Badass: Was easily the second best chef next to Dave and rightfully earned his place in the finals. He was only nominated once, at the penultimate episode (when there were only 3 cooks left).
    • Once kept cooking as Ramsay was yelling at the team. Ramsay berated him for it, but you gotta admire him for never taking his mind off the task at hand.
    • He also showed impressive leadership skills in the face of Amanda's constant blunders in the final episode.
    • Handicapped Badass: Rolled both of his ankles in the same episode as Dave's injury. However, he pretty much recovered apart from a slight limp, so he's not quite on Dave's level, but earned his badass qualities in other ways.
    • Bald of Awesome
    • Worthy Opponent: To Dave in the finale. Of all the chefs that season, he was one of the most consistent ones, second only to Dave. They had different cooking styles, but were similar in terms of culinary skill. They were also on somewhat friendly terms with each other.
  • Cool, but Inefficient: For his menu in the finale, he made beautifully artistic dishes that trumped Dave's dishes in terms of appearance and complexity. But his team had to struggle to familiarize themselves with his recipes and was likely one of the main reasons for why Amanda screwed up so much that night.
  • Epic Fail: In general, he was a strong competitor in services and challenges, but he made one infamous mistake on the blind taste test when he misidentified clams as spinach. This was immediately after the others said that he should get clams right since he was from New England, where seafood is extremely prominent.
  • Foil: To Dave in the finale. Kevin himself noted that they were completely opposite chefs since Dave went with simple dishes and Kevin went with complex ones.
    • Not So Different: On the other hand, they were both Handicapped Badasses who injured themselves at the same time, but pushed themselves forward to being the strongest, most consistent, level-headed chefs that season.
  • Genre Savvy: Often helped his teammates out when they seemed to be struggling on their station because he was worried that they'd sink the team (and to also make himself look good, although this was often touted as a secondary effect).
  • Graceful Loser: Almost averted at first, as his initial gut reaction was that he let his family down. But, he came around and realized that he had nothing to be ashamed of, and he wanted to show his son that even if you don't win, as long as you work hard you're not a loser. He then congratulated Dave for his win.


  • Badass: Was easily the best chef from season 6's red team, at least in terms of consistency. Of all the members of her team, she was by far the most level-headed one. She also was the only chef in the black jacket service to keep her jacket.
  • The Generic Girl
  • Nice Girl: For the most part, she did occasionally shut out contestants like Sabrina and Suzanne.



  • Achilles' Heel: She was a genuinely good chef and showed good leadership skills, but she just could not get it together when it came to seafood.
    • This made a reappearance when she returned in Season 9 as an All-Star.
  • Butch Lesbian: Indirectly referenced in the sausage challenge, when Ramsay and the other contestants were making various sausage-related puns. Ramsay then asked her "how thick do you like your sausage?" — Tennille just glared at him and said "Chef, I don't like sausage."
  • Character Development: Despite a decent first episode, she was one of the weakest members of the red team in the first half of the season, and had an attitude problem with Chef Ramsay. But over the course of the season, she Took a Level in Badass getting into 4th place and came to respect Chef Ramsay a lot more, controlling her emotions in the kitchen much better.
  • Mercy Elimination: On her last night, it was clear that she had by far the worst performance. Chef Ramsay decided to spare her the grief of nominations, and told her during the post-service debrief to leave Hell's Kitchen.
  • No Indoor Voice: Oh so much.
    • Flanderization: Really wasn't that bad at first. But got progressively louder as the show went on.
  • Tempting Fate: During the introductory tip videos, she saw Bonnie cooking without the gas on. She said "Duh! Who cooks with no heat?!" Second dinner service, her teammate Lovely did the same thing with scallops.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After the disastrous eighth dinner service, she was named Best of the Worst for being the only chef on the team who impressed Ramsay. Three episodes later, she took another level in the first black jacket service (which only she, Dave, and Kevin managed to survive) when Ramsay told her "that was the best I've ever seen anybody cook meat". Not bad.
    • Badass Decay: Twice. In the first episode she was one of only two of the women (the other being Tek) whose signature dish was liked by Ramsay, and was probably the team's best performer in the service that followed (though that isn't saying much), but did horribly in the following two episodes before eventually getting back on track later in the season. It happened again in her last episode when she won the vegetarian challenge, then the very next service she sunk on the fish station. Eventually managed to bounce back, but by then it had already become her worst performance. Chef Ramsay decided to spare her the pains of nomination and eliminated her shortly after dinner service ended.


"I don't understand why everybody hates me."

  • Butt Monkey
  • Genre Savvy: Was well aware of how disliked she was. She tried to grow out of it, however it was too late since everybody hated her and rejected her constant attempts at redemption. But she put the effort in, which is more than you can say for most of the show's "villains".
  • It's All About Me: Was definitely this for the first half of the season. She tried growing out of this partway through, with some success. But not completely.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: She was annoying and meddlesome in the kitchen. But she was occasionally right, particularly in the beginning.
    • One example was in episode 2 where she insisted to Sabrina to cook the chicken longer. She waved her off as annoying and said that she got this. She sent up the chicken, but sure enough it was pink.
  • Long Speech Tea Time: Gave an overly long explanation for how she cooked her crepe.
    Tennille: You sauteed some meat and onions. And put it inside a crepe. Just say that!
  • No Social Skills: Was never outright mean to her teammates, she was just extremely awkward around them, so her Jerkass/Smug Snake qualities often came off as unintentional.
    • One example was during the challenge when they had to come up with menu items for a marine's homecoming party. She decided to take that as an opportunity to prove how good she was. Which lead to her dictating everything her teammates did without ever communicating what he actually liked. She was so bent on creating the dishes her way that she neglected the guests' favorite, grilled lobster tails. Instead, she made a broiled one. What made it more embarrassing was that Suzanne was the one who asked about it in the first place. Even after losing, she thought she did nothing wrong.
  • Picked Last: Double Subverted; for the final service team selection, it came down to her and Sabrina, and she was fully expecting to be picked last, but didn't exactly seem upset by it, just sorta resigned to it. But in the end, Dave chose her for his team because they won a challenge together, and he believed her to be a somewhat capable chef despite her reputation.
  • Professional Butt-Kisser: Sometimes came off as this for Chef Ramsay. Like talking up of how much she liked crepes when doing the crepe challenge. Or asking him how he came up with new, exciting dishes.
  • Smug Snake
  • What Were You Thinking?: One night, Chef Ramsay told them that the red team lost the dinner service. Suzanne asked for a play by play. Chef Ramsay then exploded in her face. She lampshades this trope almost word for word when she wondered to herself later "What was I thinking?"



  • Badass: Became a fan-favorite for his seemingly endless supply of energy and enthusiasm.
    • Badass Decay: In his last few episodes on the show. With several failures concerning fish for three episodes. What made it worse was that he was a seafood chef. He got his groove back in the season finale, as he was the most valuable member on Kevin's team by far.
    • Badass Boast: When he was nominated for accidentally leaving plastic on the fish. Chef Ramsay asked him if he peaked. He replied "No! You got 20 something years in this business! You can spot talent!" Chef Ramsay promptly told him to get back in line. Not many contestants can get away with that.
  • Extreme Omnivore: One of the only ones able to stomach the smoothie punishment stating that he was starving and so he chugged it down like it was a protein shake. It was since it was blended duck.
  • Hidden Depths: Lampshaded in his Establishing Character Moment. He noted that people underestimate him for being a muscle-y, country boy but that he has a sophisticated palette. He cooked up seared foie gras with mint and caramel. Ramsay was quite impressed with his use of the mint to cut the richness of the foie gras and awarded him the winning point. Kevin lampshaded it further by saying looks are deceiving and that there was some talent underneath his muscles.
  • Large Ham: See above quote.
  • Man Child: Did have an attitude problem occasionally, particularly in the second episode and the night he got eliminated. But he still had a big heart and a lot of energy.
    "Dave and Suzanne sitting in a tree. K.I.S.S.I.N.G."
  • Wrestling Family: He's a distant relative of former WWF Superstar Gertrude "Luna" Vachonnote . Explains how he's so loud and bombastic.


"Sorry Chef, that's my bad. Oopsy doopsy."

  • Achilles' Heel: Was generally competent in the kitchen, and did well on the challenges, particularly the health food challenge in the sixth episode. Unfortunately she was absolutely terrible whenever she went on the meat station, and a succession of disastrous performances on that station ultimately saw her get the chop just before the black jackets were given out.
    • While the meat station was a particular weakness of hers (it doesn't help that she was assigned to it several times), she also made mistakes on other stations. One night, her errors on the appetizer section got her kicked out of the kitchen.
  • Lethal Chef: Throughout her time in Hell's Kitchen, she has sent up both raw chicken AND raw pork (the latter of which made it to the dining room).
  • One-Hit Wonder: In terms of dinner service, she was named Best of the Worst once early on. Other than that, she made several errors during dinner service and was one of the weakest on the team.invoked
    • She also displayed this during the 700-calorie challenge as she was able to assist her teammates with putting together the menu.
  • Picked Last: Kevin got her as the last pick, mostly because she was the only person there (aside from Amanda) who had never been on the same team as either of the two finalists.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Subtle example. After Suzanne left, she took up this role when she felt alienated by Ariel and Tennille. When they mistook venison for lamb, she let them bring it up to Chef Ramsay out of spite for leaving her out. She kept shooting Tennille's ideas down and calling them stupid. They were indeed questionable, but Sabrina didn't even input any dishes into the menu herself. Then she bluntly told Chef Ramsay that she didn't like Tennille's appetizer right in front of her.


"I'm sure my team is asking 'Can Andy do it?'"

  • Every Service He Fizzles Out: Off-screen he is part of a very successful, internationally renowned BBQ team and is executive chef/owner of two successful restaurants. Yet somehow, he made constant mistakes on the line and was rarely impressive.
  • High Hopes, Zero Talent: Seemed to think early on that he was the best man for the job (after it took him three attempts to cook the lamb correctly). In almost every dinner service, he failed. He caught on near the end that his team saw him as The Load and tried to prove himself. Such as asserting that he would pilot the garnish station without a hitch, then proceeded to completely flounder on the station.
    • Seemingly subverted at first on the blind taste test. He boasted that he had crazy taste buds and that he'd be perfect for the challenge. For the first one, he correctly identified lychee (a particularly difficult item). Everyone started to think that this just might be Andy's hidden talent and his path to redemption. Then it was played straight when he then confused ahi tuna for salmon and avocado for boiled coconut.
    • While he didn't show much talent on the show, he has been very successful in the restaurant business off of it. Why this didn't translate into a better performance in Hell's Kitchen is a bit of a mystery. He did suggest once that he wasn't used to working in a brigade, though was apparently Genre Savvy enough to realize that outright using that as an excuse would just land him in trouble.
  • The Load: Was one of the weakest blue members. He often relied on the other men in his team. Cranked Up to Eleven on his last episode when he cut off the tips of his fingers. He couldn't make a single acceptable dish without getting someone else (specifically, the far more injured Dave) to cook it for him. Chef Ramsay caught onto this and kicked him out.
  • Eighth Place Takes It All: Has had probably the most successful career out of any contestant from that season, owning two successful restaurants, writing two cookbooks and doing a lot of charity work for hunger relief. Of course, he also had a lot of success before going on the show, so his appearance doesn't seem to have affected his career much either way.


"1 tequila, 2 tequila, 3 tequila, 4. Give me more, keep on going!"

  • Adorkable
  • The Ditz: Probably the ditziest contestant ever to have appeared on the show. Most obvious after she cooked 8 lamb chops for three servings, which prompted Chef Ramsay to ask her simple math questions, which she got wrong. Twice.
    "3 3's are what?" "3." "3?! Fuck me. 3 times 3 is what?!" "6." "Oh my God!" "9!"
    "Amanda, 12 3's?" "Nine chef." "Oh my God." "36!"
  • Epic Fail: Tried to serve FRENCH TOAST to Ramsay as her "signature dish." That did not end well.
  • The Millstone: Was completely disastrous when serving on Kevin's team, screwing up almost every dish she made (though in all fairness Kevin's overly complicated menu may have contributed to that). Kevin did good recovery work by getting Van to cover for her mistakes, but ultimately it wasn't enough.


Also season 5

  • Badass: Was personally invited back, as Ramsay felt he had the potential to win the previous season.
    • Badass Decay: Aside from leading the blue team to victory in the season's fifth challenge, he was generally mediocre. Fortunately he managed to recover some of his former badassery for the final, where he proved to be a solid member of Dave's team.
  • Break the Cutie / Break the Haughty: He was still shaken up about nearly dying the season before, showcased when he had a temporary meltdown during one of the punishments. Then he went back to the hospital after his heart problems arose again. When he managed to return, he got a cold welcome from his team who bonded while he was gone. Then he got eliminated that night. Overall, he was close to breaking a few times, but amazingly kept his passion and energy till the end.
  • Broken Pedestal: In season 6, the red team looked up to him as their future savior due to his past experience. They quickly found out about his Badass Decay and realized that in his present state, he wasn't much better than they were.
  • The Bus Came Back: After dropping out of season 5 for medical reasons, he returned this season.
  • Butt Monkey: Ended up in the hospital AGAIN, and by the time he returned, his teammates more or less shut him out, as they bonded on the reward they had received while he was out.


"It was a kitchen apocalypse. Like a hand grenade went off in a cow's ass."

  • Brilliant, but Lazy: While not exactly brilliant, he wasn't actually a bad chef, demonstrating some skill every now and then. But his laziness diluted anything good he did.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Had many hilarious quotes throughout the season, although these were mostly saved for confessionals.
  • The Generic Guy: Didn't really stand out compared to his other teammates.


"I know how to cook, I'm not a fucking dumbass."

  • Epic Fail: On opening night, thanks to Lovely, Melinda and herself, she had to redo the first order of appetizers over 10 times. It's heavily implied that they never got a single appetizer out to the dining room. Then came the marine homecoming night where she completely sunk on the meat station. By the time, she finally cooked the first table of entrees properly, the blue team had already completed every entree. For further insult to injury, she was so swamped that she had to rely on Amanda to grill the lobster (which she failed to do properly). As a result, the blue team had to come in and cook all their entrees for them.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Kept claiming that she was "clearly a good chef" despite being consistently lackluster during service.
    Suzanne: Tek talks a good game, but if she can't back it up, she's going home.
  • Token Minority
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Like Tony she seemed to have some skill as evidenced by her signature dish being one of the new that Ramsay actually liked, but for whatever reason that skill didn't translate towards working with a team.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Was one of the only two contestants whose signature dish Ramsay actually liked, other then that she's most remembered for her Epic Fail on the meat station.


"The sea bass was not raw. I didn't see any pink, it was all opaque. So Chef Ramsay, get your eyes checked cause he is getting kind of old."

  • The Ditz: Was not particularly bright. First demonstrated when she cooked fondants before they even opened. And they weren't even properly made.
    • Then she topped that when she was confused over why the stove wasn't hot, until Chef Ramsay pointed out that the stove wasn't on. As a bonus, the first instructional video they saw coming in was about a past participant (Bonnie) making the same mistake.
    • Another example was when she was defending herself when Ramsay pointed out how laid-back she was during service.
    Lovely: I try to keep my composure, but I'm moving as quickly as I can chef. You may not have seen it when you came over.
    Chef Ramsay: So you were moving so fast, that I couldn't see you?
    Lovely: Yes!
    Chef Ramsay: Holy crap!
  • Fat Idiot: See The Ditz for more details.
  • Hypocrite: Accused Chef Ramsay of having poor eyesight when he told her her fish was undercooked (we never got to see the fish to confirm). But he showed her second fish, which was noticeably black on the bottom. She later claimed that it was not burnt.
  • Ironic Name: Neither in culinary skills nor personality. Used against her repeatedly by Ramsay:
    Gordon Ramsay: Lovely? It's not. It's SHIT!
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: Left the kitchen in the middle of service for over 45 minutes because she felt dehydrated. Without telling anyone on her team.
  • Never My Fault: Not the usual "you can't blame me because I'm inexperienced" version, but she would never admit being at fault for her mistakes, to the point where she accused Chef Ramsay of having eyesight problems when he rejected a burnt piece of fish, and after managing to get nominated for doing badly as a waitress she predictably tried to say it was really Jean-Phillipe's fault for not giving her enough guidance.


"Badda-bing! I got the potential, and here it comes."

  • Adorkable: Just look at him.
  • Keet
  • Large Ham: Of particular note was his confession cam impression of an angry Chef Ramsay machine-gunning down the contestants. Debatably harsher or hilarious in hindsight, as Tony himself was gunned down at the start of the next episode, as it were.
  • Logic Bomb: "I always season it. I didn't season it, though."
  • Never My Fault: Played straight at first when he screwed up the grapefruit. He got angry at Kevin for teaching him how to cut grapefruit properly, claiming he knew how to do it and calling him condescending. When Ramsay yelled at him for not cutting it over a bowl, he blamed it on Kevin for not telling him that (he did this on the confession cam). Which doesn't really explain why he would do it again after being told. Averted later on after the second dinner service. He admitted that he screwed up and actually volunteered himself for elimination.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: If his signature dish was anything to go by, it seemed as if his home cooking skills did have potential, which was further demonstrated when he had the joint-highest number of successfully cleaned shrimp in the second team challenge. But his inexperience in restaurants clearly showed in every dinner service and got him kicked out of the show fast.


"I'm not no bitch!"

  • Cluster F-Bomb: All the time!
  • Confusing Multiple Negatives: "I'm not no bitch!" means that he isn't NOT a bitch, ergo, he's a bitch.
  • Deadpan Snarker: For all his Jerkass behavior, he did have one legitimately funny moment in a Confession Cam insert after Andy had just been yelled at for undercooked chicken. Joseph pointed out that since Andy had a meat thermometer on his arm, maybe he should actually think about using it rather than it just being a fashion accessory.
    • Jerkass Has a Point
    • Then there was his reaction to the instructional videos, giving them tips like cooking with heat on, tasting the food, and not crying.
    "I could really use those tips. I'm hoping later they could teach me how to tie my shoelaces."
  • Genre Blind: Given how often he complained about the different aspects of the show (the challenges, rewards, respecting Chef Ramsay) it was quite clear that he never watched a single episode of Hell's Kitchen.
  • Jerkass: From the minute he stepped in he was badmouthing everyone from Chef Ramsay on down and looking for a fight and wasn't going to take no for an answer. He enjoyed it when other chefs were in trouble, said to Ramsay's face he didn't want the rewards for winning challenges and tried to fight him twice.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: After his infamous meltdown, he went on and on about how any kitchen would be proud to hire him. Sure, who wouldn't want to work with a contentious prick who threatened to fight one of the best chefs in the world?
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: "I'm not no bitch!" That's all the evidence we'll ever need.


"My dish... it's very rich and succulent, it's luscious and velvety... you can just feel what's happening in your mouth, and the satisfaction that comes"

  • The Ditz: She threw out plate after plate of pasta, and had the "deer in the headlights" look when it was found and even on confession cam. In actual fact it wasn't entirely her fault that she'd had to throw out so much pasta (Tek kept overcooking the scallops, meaning that all the appetizers had to be redone, and Lovely, who was supposed to be helping out Melinda, abandoned their station for 45 minutes), but she was completely unable to articulate this to Ramsay, and was unsurprisingly eliminated.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Attempted to be this. Most clear during her first scene, where she tried to act flirty and sultry. Didn't distract Chef Ramsay from her dish's flaws.



  • Epic Fail: The entirety of his time on the show, he was so bad that Gordon eliminated him in the middle of the first service
  • Straw Misogynist: Look at his comment when the women lost the signature dish challenge,and were made to clean the kitchen:
    Louie: Women are the best at cleaning, so it's right up their alley.

     Season 7 


"We don't talk about food, we talk about sex."

  • Badass: Was never nominated for elimination, due to her growth and consistency.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Despite winning the competition, she was unable to take the job at the Savoy in London due to work permit problems, causing her to accuse the show's producers of never having had any intention of employing her.note  Though she would go on to find success after the show, creating her own line of cookware and opening her own organic farm.
  • Dark Horse Victory: As consistent as she was, not many viewers actually predicted her as the winner. Jay was the favorite from relatively early in the season, with the second-favorite being Benjamin for much of the season, then Autumn in the latter stages.
  • Did They or Didn't They?: The night she and Jay got into the final 2, they both embraced each other pretty closely. Holli said in a suggestive tone "We are all alone." The camera panned away and then it went into the next morning. We never got to see what happened after that embrace.
    • Cherry on top was that on the next day, when the past chefs returned, Jay expressed disappointment because he was really hoping to sleep with Holli that night. As if it was a sure thing.
  • Fanservice: Considered by many to be one of the best-looking contestant the show has ever had.
  • Friendly Rivalry: With Jay. They got along well with each other. To the point where other people strongly suspected that they were sleeping each other.
  • Only Sane Woman: Shared this role with Nilka while being on the dysfunctional and incompetent red team.
  • Out of Focus: Wasn't very noticeable at first. But slowly started showing promise by dominating in challenges and making it to the black jackets. Chef Ramsay lampshaded it in his reasoning for her victory.
    "Holli won because she has grown as a chef more than any other chef in Hell's Kitchen. At the start, she was barely noticeable. But then, she got her confidence. She emerged and there was no holding her back. I'm absolutely thrilled she'll be working with me at the Savoy Grill in London."
  • Underestimating Badassery: Both Jay and Ben (especially Ben) considered themselves to be significantly better chefs than her. Jay considered her to be a good chef, but never saw her as that much of a threat until the finale as he had his eyes focused on Ben. Benjamin had little respect for her and thought she was actually weak. She went on to win Hell's Kitchen.


"I have two goals in Hell's Kitchen. One is to win and the other is to sleep with Holli."


"That's not my personal opinion, that's my PROFESSIONAL opinion."

  • Achilles' Heel: Was a really good cook in the kitchen. But he just couldn't communicate well with other chefs, often being unresponsive when people asked him for times.
  • Badass: Was a douche, but a damn good cook.
    • Badass Decay: Got progressively worse when he joined the red team and proved to be a rather ineffectual leader in the kitchen due to being poor at communication.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: When his family reunited with him, you could just see his Jerkass, Smug Snake personality dissolve away and be replaced by a guy who loved and missed his wife and baby daughter.
    • When he lost the taste-it-now-make-it challenge, he was upset to begin with. But he became a lot more upset when he learned that the reward was to spend time with their family, which he missed out on by a fraction.
  • Gratuitous French: Had an annoying tendency to say "oui chef".
  • Jerk Ass: Towards many people, Siobhan in particular.
  • Insufferable Genius: Was a brilliant chef. And a total ass about it.
  • Lean and Mean
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: After straining his back from punishment, he completely skipped out on dinner prep. He almost withdrew from the competition. Jay and Holli noted that during dinner service, he cooked just fine with no signs of pain at all.
    "I can't bend over. I can't cook." (bends over to pick up something without a sweat; background piano music plays)
  • Poor Communication Kills: One of his biggest problems was not being able to communicate with his teammates, several times someone would ask him "how long?" and he would just stare blankly and not give any kind of response, Ramsay identified it as one of his weaknesses, which made him a very poor leader.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Attempted to pull this near the end of the season, claiming he had back problems(which used as an excuse ot get out of doing prep) and tried to use that as an excuse to quit the show despite having no problems bending over or moving around the kitchen, the other teammates were pretty annoyed by his laziness and after a talk with Ramsay he decided to stay.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Talked himself up way too much and constantly insisted that he had much more "passion" then anyone else despite being consistently poor at communicating with his teammates and not being a very good leader.
  • Smug Snake
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Started out okay, but shortly after being put on the red team, he became one of the show's most smug contestants ever.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Sorely needed that haircut reward, and even (only half in jest) asked his hair stylist if she could do anything for his teeth. Later in the season, his extremely hot wife and adorable baby daughter visit the kitchen.
  • Worthy Opponent: Jay considered him to be one. He was often competitive with Benjamin, but he respected him as well and considered him a friend. The feeling was mutual as Ben felt that he was the only cook capable of beating Jay. When he came back in the finale, he was very energized to compete with Jay (part of it was because he felt like he was better than Holli and wanted to see her lose).


"If there are people who're upset, or think that I'm bossy, I could care less. I need to step up and be better at helping everybody in the kitchen."

  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: For a bit. On the first dinner service on the blue team, she was still feeling resentment towards the reds. So she openly encouraged customers to send back food they were unpleased with, hoping to sabotage the red kitchen.
  • Butt Monkey: No matter which team she was on, she wasn't well received. She was often the first choice when it came to nominations; she got nominated seven times, a record that's only been equaled by Elise from Season 9. It was always clear that nobody liked her.
  • Can't Hold Her Liquor: Got very drunk from simple wine tasting.
  • Emotionless Girl: Subverted. Often came off as this, whether she wanted to or not. But she gave up her PHD program to cook and never gave up, no matter how much she was disliked or nominated.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: She was very much disliked by everyone else. Not necessarily because she was a bad person, just because they found her annoying.
  • Genre Blind: Failed to catch the sabotage dish while at the pass. Ok, fair enough, a lot of chefs don't catch that. But when Chef Ramsay pointed it out, she laughed about it. She admitted later on that she made a huge mistake since Chef Ramsay does not like laughing in the kitchen.
  • Informed Flaw: The red team accused her of being the weakest cook and nominated her for elimination twice, even though she only did one wrong thing for each night (putting too much salt in the pasta water during prep and accidentally dropping a piece of fish on the hot electric stove). A lot of this was just due to them not liking her personality and coming up with excuses to get her kicked out.
  • Moment Killer: Joined Holli and Jay in the hot tub while they were in the middle of flirting (and groping each other). They weren't too pleased about that.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The show has shown quite a few glimpses of her changing/undressing. There was also her in a bikini at the spa.
  • No Social Skills: Despite performing better than many of her team-mates (barring only Holli and Nilka) on the red team, she kept getting nominated early on, mostly because she unwittingly tended to be condescending, which only made the few screw-ups that she did make seem all the worse.
    • Wall of Blather: She really wasn't a bad person. But she often annoyed the people around her with the way she talked on and on.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Most definitely, unfortunately her attitude alienated her from the rest of the team.
  • Took a Level in Badass: While she was a long way from being one of the worst performers in the first half of the season, she was rather inconsistent. Starting with the last red/blue team service however she started doing much better, and during the final weeks of the season was generally considered as the favorite to make it to the final with Jay.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Subtle example in the finale, when she returned with an overinflated ego. She was sure that she'd be picked 1st or 2nd. Then she became convinced that she was the only one on Holli's team who knew what she was doing, which she said right to Nilka's face when she rejected her help while she was struggling on garnishes.


"Chef Ramsay, he's like the Jay-Z of fucking restaurants! You don't talk back to a man like that!"

  • Berserk Button: He really didn't handle criticism well at first. He got better at handling this after time though.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: He wasn't a particularly outspoken individual. But he would easily get mad at times. When he was nominated for the first time, he became downright scary when they came back to the dorms. This was mainly in the beginning though, not so much later on.
  • Out of Focus: Despite making it all the way to fifth place, he never really got much attention.
  • Scary Black Man: Was for the most part quiet. But he had a temper problem and could be pretty scary when angry. This was mainly in the beginning, he sort of got better as time went on.


  • Badass: Was one of the strongest cooks in the beginning.
    • Badass Decay: But after his hangover during service, he slowly started going downhill, making some sort of mistake in each service. This culminated in his final night when he just fell apart on the fish station.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: After winning a challenge in the eighth episode, he got pretty drunk during the reward, and then continued drinking throughout the night that followed. As a result, he was hungover throughout prep and (implicitly) the service that followed, which predictably ended in total disaster. His strong-until-then performances never recovered after that, eventually leading to him getting the chop in the first black team service.
  • Naked People Are Funny: During the drinking scenes, he eventually decided to go buck naked in the spa.
  • The Generic Guy
  • In Vino Veritas: His personality completely changes if he's drunk.


"You can go fuck yourself, and I mean that from the bottom of my ASS!"

  • Badass: Along with Holli, she was the red team's main saving grace this season. While Holli was more consistent overall, Nilka was the more vocally assertive of the two and quite often the only person on the team who bothered to properly communicate with the others.
    • Badass Decay: Things went spectacularly wrong for her in the last red/blue team service however, which led to her being kicked out mid-service. However, Ramsay still thought she had done immensely well and actually met her at the service entrance to say goodbye, something he had never done before.
      • Managed to return to her former Badass self when she came back in the finale (despite a bit of a rocky start on venison, which she never cooked before).
  • Determinator: After being kicked out during her last service, she came back into the kitchen, refused to leave, and eventually had to be ushered out by Benjamin.
  • Shocking Elimination: Was a consistently strong performer for most of her time that season. Then on her last night, she inexplicably fell apart during dinner. Chef Ramsay actually eliminated her in the middle of service. He did, however, meet up with her as she was leaving to congratulate her on how well she had done before that service, since she had been very consistent.


  • Determinator: Was a pretty bad cook. But a very determined one at least. When she got kicked out in the first service, she told Chef Ramsay that she wouldn't leave her team. He had to threaten to drag her out in order for her to leave.
  • Dumb Blonde: Was this to a degree. When Autumn transferred to the blue team, she was quite surprised that she left in such a cold manner, even though the red team treated her terribly. When her team said she should be nominated, she was confused as to why, even though she was consistently bad. Upon elimination, she made herself out to be the backbone of the red team, even though she was their weakest cook at the time.
    • One funny example was the blind taste test. Chef Ramsay asked who had the best palette and she boasted that she had a good palette. She got 0 out of 4 correct (confused coconut for potato).
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Had this when she nominated Nilka for elimination on Scott's advice.
  • Never My Fault: Constantly blamed her mistakes on her team-mates not communicating with her. On the one hand, that season's Red team did kind of suck at that, but with a lot of her mistakes (such as serving risotto with shrimp instead of lobster and mangling chicken while carving it) she had no-one to blame but herself.
  • One-Hit Wonder: At one point was named Best of the Worst. Other than that, she was one of the worst cooks that season.invoked


  • Dark and Troubled Past: According to interviews, she grew up in a broken home with an alcoholic mother and taught herself how to cook at age 14.
  • One-Hit Wonder: Was about the only member of the red team (besides Nilka, who spent most of the service working in the dining room) not to fail hard during the first service and Ramsay liked her signature dish, but she made more and more mistakes.invoked
  • Picked Last: Didn't take this too hard as she anticipated that she would be picked last. She was mostly glad that she wasn't on the same team as Ben.
  • Shocking Elimination: Well sort of, she did mess up, but it was a little suprising considering she was up against Fran who had arguably done a lot worse that night and had been nominated several times before.


"They're gonna thinka I'm a man-a whore!"

  • Blatant Lies: Denied that he added fresh rice to a batch of risotto that was almost finished because he discovered that he didn't have enough risotto.
  • Brainless Beauty: A tragic example of this. He wasn't able to go to school because he had to work for his family in order to pay the bills.
    • Although it doesn't really excuse some of the mistakes he's made in the kitchen. Such as adding fresh rice to a risotto close to finishing when he realized he needed another more portion. When Chef Ramsay caught him and asked if he did that because he realized he made a mistake, he said no. This caused him to explode, as he hated cooks that lied to him more than ones who couldn't cook.
      • This is largely because he got very nervous during dinner service, and often clammed up and made careless mistakes because of it.
  • Funny Foreigner: Despite having lived in America since he was 13, Italian is still his first language, and he's definitely not lacking in a sense of humor.
  • Mr. Fanservice
  • Never Learned to Read: He was chosen to take down orders in the third episode but his writing, to put it lightly, couldn't be deciphered. When Ramsay chews him out on this, he nearly ends up walking out, until Jean-Philippe persuaded him to stay. When the same situation came up again two episodes later, Salvatore explains that he never learned to read or write English because he spent all of his time working with his parents when he came to America. Ramsay lightens up after that.
  • One-Hit Wonder: Had one good night on the fish station after Scott got his spirits back up. But other than that night, he was usually emotionally fragile and sloppy during dinner service.invoked
  • Really Gets Around: When asked how many women he slept with, he was not sure. Apparently he lost count around the 30s-40s.


"It'll be a struggle for me to be a cook amongst other cooks, because I've become accustomed to being a chef amongst cooks. I would be embarrassed to finish second place."

  • Establishing Character Moment: His signature dish scene told all there was to his character. Gave a big speech about how he'd have a difficult time being a cook amongst cooks because he became used to being a "chef" amongst cooks. He would be embarrassed to finish second place. Cut to Chef Ramsay calling his dish pathetic.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Was very, very arrogant and condescending. But he was a team player who tried his best to help his teammates when he thought they were sinking (even if they weren't). His heart was often in the right place, but his ego and lack of skill got in the way. He did have a nice Pet the Dog moment when he helped Salvatore get up on his feet when he was close to quitting. But of course, YMMV on this.
  • The Load: Saw himself as the strongest player on both teams. His teammates greatly disagreed, as his attempts to help often made things worse.
  • Never My Fault: Constantly blamed his mistakes on his teammates. He refused to think that he might just be a bad cook.
  • Pet the Dog: Helped pick Salvatore up and gave him some confidence to deliver a decent dinner service.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Big time.
    • The show decided to actually ham it up and play dramatic music when he talked highly about himself sometimes.
  • Vindicated by History: Invoked in his closing plea before elimination, as he claimed that the Red team would die without him. Inverted in reality, as the team started doing better after he was kicked out.


"I dunno, maybe I talk a little too much. I don't know if it's just flat-out a lack of self-control. It's just outrageous. Look at me now, I can't even stop myself."

  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Spaced out really easily during service, and even laughed out loud at Ramsay when he was yelling at her for undercooked steak.


"That... that is a toothpick. Please don't eat that."

  • Lethal Chef: She somehow left a toothpick in her signature dish, which caused Ramsay to refuse to even taste it. She also wasn't especially good in the kitchen, to put it lightly.
  • The Generic Girl: Didn't really stand out much.


  • Embarrassing Tattoo: Subverted; Mikey himself wasn't embarrassed by any of his tattoos (and after being eliminated, he even said that he would always wear his Hell's Kitchen tattoo with pride), but when he showed them off during the first episode several of them were blurred out, presumably due to being too obscene for TV.


"You know what, they can take my shoes, J.P.!"

  • Beat: When Andrew from Season 7 explains his steak tartar by saying that he raises and butchers his own animals, which he likes to eat raw. Everyone stares at him looking very disturbed.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: During the helicopter ride, he asked if they could fly over the ghettos. During service, he started talking to the garnishes and himself while cooking.
    • As part of his Screw This, I'm Outta Here!, he left his shoes in the restaurant. While it did make a bold statement, it's actually rather impractical to throw away your shoes like that.
  • Humble Goal: Didn't seem to care about the prize money or having an illustrious career. He just wanted to buy two walk-in coolers, so he could indulge in his favourite pastime of butchering animals and eating them raw.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Considered to be one of the creepiest contestants on the show(psycho strings were played when he talked about how he liked to butcher his own animals) needless to say many people were greatful that he took himself out early.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Quit in the second service after an argument with Ramsay over the mashed potatoes. Jean-Philippe tried to persuade him to go back into the kitchen, but Andrew kicked off his shoes and left via the front entrance.
  • Too Dumb to Live: He decided that adding potato "Soup" to mashed potatoes would solve the problem. Needless to say, this didn't work and he Rage Quit almost immediately.


  • Dumb Blonde: Got pretty much everything wrong during service, and then couldn't even put up a convincing argument as to why she should stay.

Tana Ramsay

Not an actual contestant, Gordon brought his wife in for the signature dish challenge to demonstrate that he cares less about experience than he does about passion and ability.

     Season 8 


"Veal, veal, veal, veal! It's totally veal!"
  • Adorkable: She has her moments. Namely when she gets excited over a success.
  • Badass: Despite a shaky start, she proved her worth as a strong leader at the end, when it counted the most.
    • Another thing worth mentioning is her palate, which Chef Ramsay praised more than once. As the above quote shows, she was quick to figure out in the "taste it and make it" challenge that Ramsay had used veal in his dish and not pork. And it doesn't stop there.
  • Eleventh Hour Superpower: Was nominated several times during the middle of the competition, but emerged as the best of season 8's group towards the end.
  • Formerly Fat: Easily the largest person to have won Hell's Kitchen, and looked much the same when she made a guest appearance early in season 9, but when she returned again in season 11 she had lost a significant amount of weight.
  • Running Gag: She often attempted to integrate Southern cuisine into fine dining. With the results falling flat (her signature dish, her amuse bouche, her attempt to put chicken and waffles on the Season 11 menu).
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: A relatively mild example, but when she returned as part of a past winners team in season 11 she had picked up something of a "diva attitude," as season 4's Christina put it. In particular she unsuccessfully pushed for their menu to feature exclusively southern dishes despite being the only one of the five to be knowledgeable in that sort of cuisine, reacted disdainfully to the suggestions made by the other chefs, and tried to refuse help from Dave when she was struggling on the appetizers early on.


"I got the team I wanted to help me win, and they helped me lose."

  • Achilles' Heel: Was a fairly good chef. But his personality was so volatile that it was hard to work with him. By the final dinner service, half his team hated him and were unhappy about helping him. But the tipping point was his overly aggressive leadership, at one point almost getting in a physical altercation with Rob which likely lead to his defeat.
  • Badass: He was a terrible human being. But he could cook pretty well.
    • During the relay challenge, instead of going through the door, he slid over the counter to get to the kitchen faster.
    • For the amuse bouche challenge, Gail had set the bar at 87 (on a scale to 100), and no one had even really come close (70,67,65,62) ...until Russell went up and scored a perfect 100.
  • The Bully
  • Fan Nickname: Russhole, watch any episode of season 8 and the reasons for this nickname will become immediately clear.
  • Graceful Loser: Every runner-up takes their loss like a champ. They feel proud of what they accomplished and warmly congratulate the winner. Russell is the only one to have averted this trope. He blamed his team for his loss and pledged to blackball them. That said, he never seemed to hold any anger at Nona.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Had one worse than Chef Ramsay. Threatened violence when he got upset at times.
  • Jerkass: Threatened to end the careers of the other chefs when he didn't win, threatened violence and spent his time insulting guests hosting a school party.
    • His status as Jerkass is legendary, easily on par with that of Elise. Christina from Season 10 hoped that his station burned down when he came back to compete.
  • Pet the Dog: Was very helpful to Jillian on the fish station when she was lost. Part of it was probably to help himself win, but he was still pretty nice when he went about it.
    • Honor Before Reason: An even better example that is almost completely devoid of a hidden agenda was after the first individual challenge. For his reward, he was told that he could bring any one of the contestants with him on his reward trip, and he chose Gail for coming second place, which Ramsay called honorable.
      • That may have been because he didn't have any friends there, and thus had to go with that reason because there were no other options available. Was still honorable nonetheless though.
  • The Scapegoat: Vinny was very angry at him in the finale, believing that he pulled a dirty trick by nominating him for elimination. He thought it was to eliminate a strong competitor. But in reality, Vinnie had indeed been slipping and was the worst performer on the blue team that night. Russell's nomination was actually sound.


"Gandhi didn't even wear flip flops! He lived in the jungle! I don't think that guy even had shoes!"'

  • Badass: In terms of overall consistency, she was the best performer from this season, much like Holli was the previous season. She only had one genuinely bad performance, in the second black team service, and even then Gail and Trev were a lot worse (she also struggled a bit in the third service, though that was largely due to her being backed up by Emily's incompetence).
    • Achilles' Heel: Unfortunately she proved a little weak when it came to running the pass in the second-last service, and it ultimately cost her a place in the final.
  • Beginner's Luck: For the fusion challenge, she stated she never did fusion before. In fact, she rarely cooked anything but American style food. When choosing her ingredients, she was practically clueless on what she was working with. Amazingly though, her dish was received positively (the only one that was liked in fact) and got a landslide victory.
  • Genius Ditz: Was a very competent chef, but a bit ditzy as well.
    [regarding Michelin star chefs] "I thought Michelin was a tire."note 
  • Only Friend: Started off as this for Sabrina in the beginning. But after Sabrina started to mature, she got along with the rest of the group. Except for Trev.


"Go home and stuff yaself with twinkies til ya have a fucking heart attack on ya reclina!"

  • Badass: Zig-zagged on this trope a lot. Started off as a strong cook when he transferred to the red team.
    • Badass Decay: But as time went on, he became their weakest member. On his last night on the team, Ramsay came DANGEROUSLY close to sending him home despite him having been on the winning team.
    • Took a Level in Badass: But bounced back after switching over to blue again and managed to finish one service all by himself.
      • Only to start slipping up after donning the black jackets, making several mistakes and was the most inconsistent cook in the final 4.
    • He was rather nonchalant whenever his teammates threatened him. When Raj got up in his face, he barely flinched and simply asked "Or what?" to Raj's demands to have him shut up. When Russell exploded in his face, threatening to punch him if he ever disrespected him again, he simply shrugged and said "ok."
  • Butt Monkey: Interestingly, the person who probably hated him the least was Chef Ramsay himself. During the first black jacket service, Sabrina kept yelling at him for just asking a simple question, and when he finally had enough and yelled back, sous chef Scott yelled at TREV, not Sabrina.
    • A lot of this was brought on himself by his own poor attitude.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    Chef Ramsay: Wow. Four women and four votes for Trev.
    Trev: Never been a ladies' man.
  • Hypocritical Humor: When he came back to compete in Season 9, he talked about how he developed as a chef. That he learned to be cool, calm and collected. This is all intertwined with footage of him moving overly quickly in the kitchen and sending up a plate before the rest of the order was ready.
  • Jerkass: Like his Badass traits, he zigzagged on this a lot; he became a bit of an asshole after joining the Red team (he was arguably an Expy to Benjamin), but after the blue team's total defeat in the prom challenge, Russell was openly disrespectful to the prom committee, while Trev maintained a much friendlier and mature attitude.
  • Never My Fault: Had trouble owning up to his mistakes, either downgrading them or blaming them on others.
  • One-Man Army: Finished a dinner service by himself after the rest of his team got kicked out. (This was after he had just returned to the blue team and NOBODY wanted to see him back)
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivered an EPIC one to Raj, part of which is showcased above.
  • Sanity Ball: Held this when the blue team dealt with the prom committee. He was the only one who acted civilized with them and managed to smooth over Russell's argument with them.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Kind of became one once he joined the red team, he claimed he was a better cook then everyone else and he always blamed his teammates for his own major screw-ups claiming whenever he was nominated that they were trying to screw him over rather then owning up to his own mistakes.


"That chicken is sexy!"


"You ain't that better than me at all! AT ALL!"

  • Adorkable: Transitioned to this when she became more mature.
  • Adult Child: Was immature, very prone to crying and emotional outbursts, and had a bad attitude.
  • Arch-Enemy: Though she had rivalries with Nona later Trev, by far her most vicious rivalry was with Melissa. Sabrina thought Melissa was a heavily overrated cook, and that the other women were constantly trying to throw her under the bus to keep Melissa in the competition, while Melissa thought Sabrina was an immature brat who only seemed to perform well via making lucky guesses on her cooking times. The sad truth is, both women's viewpoints of the other were correct to some degree.
  • Blatant Lies: When Chef Ramsay asked her on the garnish station where the gnocchi was, she claimed the meat station was cooking it.
    Trev: Why the fuck would I have it? It's a garnish. I'm cooking the meat.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: In episode 11's challenge, she was very flustered by Chef Ludo who she had a very big crush on.
  • Dumb Blonde: For the most part subverted.
  • Jerkass: Really more bratty than malicious for the most part, but she did some pretty low stuff early on, in particular trying to say that Nona should be eliminated because she snored too much.
    • Jerkass Has a Point: One of only two people on the team (the other being Jillian) who actually pointed out Melissa's continued errors, while the remaining women still believed Melissa to be their best player despite the evidence to the contrary. When Sabrina was named Best of the Worst, she decided to nominate Emily and Melissa. Both of them thought she just did it out of spite, but the reality was that Emily was the worst cook on the team in pretty much every service, while Melissa had overcooked two dozen filets that night, along with screwing up at least three other meat orders.
  • Manipulative Bitch
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: A wigger with the best of them. Or at least she tried to be.
  • Took a Level in Badass: From the 7th service on, she matured a lot...
  • Ungrateful Bitch: Argued about putting Melissa up for elimination. After she saved her on the meat station. YMMV on this though as Melissa was a consistently poor performer.


"The truth is, I have no faith in him to get the sides out."

  • Mr. Fanservice: He sure thought of himself as such:
    Jillian: Make us something delicious!
    Vinny: I'm delicious!
  • Too Dumb to Live: Trying to pass off an old Risotto as a new one is pretty stupid, trying to do it when the order is for the table with Ramsay's family? Flat-out suicidal.


"You can't DO that to a fat guy, Chef!"

  • The Generic Guy: Amongst the other blue team members, he didn't really stand out.


"You're a waste of life. You're a fucking waste of life."

  • Beware the Nice Ones: Widely acknowledged as one of the nicest guys from this season, even if he was shaky in the kitchen, so you can only imagine how bad Raj was to make him call Raj "a fucking waste of life" and throw stuff at him.
  • The Load: After Raj left, he was the weakest chef on the blue team, making constant mistakes.
  • Picked Last: Nona got him as the last pick. Subverted in that no-one really wanted to be on Russell's team (the nearest exceptions being Sabrina, who was okay being on either finalists' team, and Jillian, who wasn't overly keen on working with Russell but was flattered enough that he picked her first to muster up some enthusiasm), and Boris was just as happy as any of the other players on Nona's team.
  • What Were You Thinking?: Mimicked chef Ramsay in the opening service by repeating his shouts of 'It's Raw!' in a pantomime scottish accent. Within earshot of the man himself, naturally. His teammates (and Boris himself, via confession cam) responded with this stock phrase.


"I'm all out of scallops chef. I cooked the shit out of all the scallops, I fucked the team chef!"

  • Epic Fail: Before her team were even close to finishing appetizers, she decided to start on the beef filets on order and put them all in the oven. All 23 of them. For good measure, she also overcooked them all. Then, the very next night, she similarly screwed up about 7-10 pounds of scallops.
  • Informed Ability: Despite most of the other women repeatedly calling her an amazing chef and even claiming her to be the strongest member of the Red team, she messed up most of the time, and even moving her over to the Blue team did nothing to help.
  • Out of Focus: The first few episodes did not show much of her.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: Highly averted.
  • Took a Level in Badass: While her performance in the finale wasn't perfect by any means, it was still her best performance on the show by a long shot.


"Yeah, I'm a little bit boobalicious."

  • Absolute Cleavage: Showed up on the first day with a shirt that left little to the imagination. Ramsay immediately told her to cover up with an apron.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Generally did well in all the challenges she took part in, but in the actual services she was probably the worst member of this season's red team.
  • Gag Boobs: She was quite busty (see Ms. Fanservice and Absolute Cleavage) but as it turned out, this was natural.
  • Modesty Towel: Ramsay gives her his apron to wear during the signature dish contest because of her low cut shirt. She wears it through the rest of the contest and the kitchen cleaning afterwards.
  • Ms. Fanservice: While cooking her signature dish, her time was evenly split between preparing the food and keeping her Gag Boobs inside her very low-cut shirt.


"The fact that Raj is 49 and still alive, and not in a jail or an asylum is a fucking miracle."

  • Berserk Button: Being talked down to in any way. So you can probably guess how he reacted when Raj called him a "kid" when he was trying to have an intelligent discussion on why the men kept screwing up.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Read Greek Chorus.
  • The Generic Guy: Apart from his aforementioned Berserk Button, he didn't really stand out much.
  • Greek Chorus: A one-man example; he would frequently use the confession cam to provide humorous commentary and analysis on events.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: In episode 3, when Raj used up the blue team's entire supply of the night's Dover sole special:
    "Oh man, this is gonna be REAL ugly..."


"I'm in the snake pit, and I'm the mongoose and the mongoose is trying to fight the cobra..."

  • Angrish: Raj did this at one point when Vinnie told the customers not to order side dishes, although it was from confusion instead of anger.
  • Butt Monkey: Was the most prominent example in HK history. That is, until Season 11 had Gina...
  • Chewing the Scenery: Look at Large Ham below.
  • The Chew Toy: This page alone proves it; the quotes for Trev, Vinny, Boris, and Louis are all directed at him.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: SOOOOOOOOOOOO much.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: "Trevor, he's really not a very nice person, and he's also being very mean."
  • Epic Fail: It takes a special sort of contestant on this show to be sent home on a night when your team wins.
  • Fat Idiot
  • Large Ham: To quote:
    Raj: My teammates are shitting their pants, knowing that Raj is out to destroy them. I'M HERE TO STAY, WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT!!!! 'CAUSE I AM THE BEST! AGH!!! [Falls foward and hits the Confession Cam]
  • The Load: To the point where his team saw his elimination as a reward.
  • No Social Skills: Nearly every time he opened his mouth he pissed someone off, whether he was trying to or not.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: He provided plenty of this.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: In the first episode, he stated that the other chefs were nominating him because they were scared of him, knowing that he was going to win. This is after he decided that cutting pizza dough into little pieces was the best approach to preparing it.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The sheer number of times he pissed Chef Ramsay off is staggering. It doesn't help that he argued back a few times, which is a big no no in Hell's Kitchen.


"It's harder than it looks. Mine looks more like a dookie roll than a sushi roll."
  • Good Ol' Boy: With the possible exception of Season 9's Jonathon, probably the most stereotypically southern contestant the show's had.
  • Manly Tears: Was tearful upon being eliminated and apologized for disappointing his kids and promising that he would make up for it.
  • Shocking Elimination: A borderline example, since Curtis was more directly at fault for the blue team's second service going down in flames with his horrible performance on the sushi, which collapsed the team before Raj's station (sides) could ever come into play. However, Raj still managed to get thrown out of service for making sides which hadn't been ordered, and then nearly provoked his team-mates to violence with his condescending remarks after the service, which for most people was proof that Raj was just too much of a nutjob to succeed in the contest.


"What was that? I'm spent? I'll cook circles around you. I may be 48, but believe me, you don't have a chance."
  • Beware the Nice Ones: For the most part a pretty level-headed woman, but just prior to being eliminated she chewed Sabrina out big-time for calling her "spent."
  • Cool Old Lady: A lot of people admired how she handled Sabrina during elimination. YMMV on this though since that was the only cool moment she had in the brief time she was on the show. That and she was subpar in the kitchen, performing very slowly and acting confused.


"Every time I make my gumbo, it always gets eaten and everybody loves it. It's going to be good."

  • Butt Monkey: Served such a terrible signature dish to Chef Ramsay, that he forced everyone else to taste it and confirm just how bad it was. Then when the teams tied, he gave the boys the win because Antonia's dish was just that bad. She never got a chance to redeem herself as she dropped out due to health problems. This is actually Played for Laughs in the Season 8 finale comedic reel of the contestants, where she's carried in the hallway by Chef Scott and the medic as she complains about the pain behind her eyes.
  • Epic Fail: One of only two chefs to date (along with Matt from Season 4) who have managed to cook a signature dish that makes Chef Ramsay vomit...
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: ...after which she had to be rushed to hospital before the first service, making her the first chef to leave Hell's Kitchen without taking part in a single service.

     Season 9 


"Let's go guys! I'm tired of gettin' my ass kicked!"

  • Badass: Managed to win despite getting stuck with both Elise and Carrie for the final service. He did this by refusing to listen to any BS from them, while Ramsay often just let them go at it for a while.
  • Eleventh Hour Superpower: Got Elise and Carrie to shut up and work together. Ramsay himself never pulled this off.
  • Friendly Rival: With Will.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Will.
  • Insufferable Genius: Was this when he came back to compete in Season 11. He called himself a "big deal" several times throughout the episode. It was quite clear that he was very proud of being a Hell's Kitchen winner.
  • Large Ham


"I'm not gonna let you do something that's wrong."

  • Badass: Avoided nomination for the entire season. For comparison, Paul was nominated once, and was kicked out of the kitchen in another (but the blue team won that service anyway).
  • Crack Defeat: Perhaps an even more debatable example than Petrozza and Paula (although he really only lost because of Krupa).
    • Tragic Mistake: Was a Badass who never once got nominated and was very strong in the kitchen. But the mistake that led to his downfall was picking Krupa for his team (hoping that Elisa and Carrie would bring down Paul). She sunk on the fish station and he kicked her off the station far too late. By the time Natalie was moved to there, he had already lost his chance to win.
  • Friendly Rival: With Paul.
  • Graceful Loser: Admitted that his loss was his own fault for choosing Krupa (and waiting too long to kick her off her station), and gave Paul a hug when he was declared the winner.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Paul.
  • Reassignment Backfire: During the final service of Season 9, Will chose Krupa to be on his team, leaving Will to take Elise and thus sticking Elise and Carrie back on the same team. This backfired horribly when Krupa managed to do absolutely horrible while Elise and Carrie didn't argue like mad, and possibly could have cost Will the competition.


"You need help and Elise to the rescue as always! Captain Save-A-Hoe."

  • Adult Child: See Sabrina, Season 8. Everything applies here.
    • Drama Queen: Cried whenever she lost a challenge and started screaming whenever she didn't get her way.
  • Badass: Zigzagged, she was a strong enough chef to manage to get herself into the final 3. But she was inconsistent at times. And of course, she was a horrible person, getting tremendous help from Executive Meddling in getting to the final 3.
    • Took a Level in Badass: But she definitely fit this trope in the finale when she single-handedly led Paul to victory. She was the MVP of his team, covering several different stations due to her teammates' errors.
      • One-Man Army
      • Badass Boast: Her boast when Carrie was struggling on the garnish station and she refused Elise's help. See above quote.
  • Berserk Button: She was a Berserk Button for everyone: the viewers, the chefs, even Ramsay and Andi.
  • Blatant Lies: So many times.
  • The Bully
  • Caught on Tape: Got caught in at least two lies when Chef Ramsay checked the tape. Once, she accused Tommy of scoring the Beef Wellington wrong when the tape clearly showed that not only did he not score it, he told Elise he wasn't going to do it.
  • Character Development: At the start of the season and all throughout, she was... well, herself. However, after she was eliminated, she appeared to have something of a change of heart. She actually worked well with the other chefs on Paul's team and even managed to put aside her irrational hatred of Carrie for the whole episode, not even getting into an argument with her once.
  • The Chew Toy: Try to find someone who actually liked Elise, besides herself and the FOX producers.
  • Executive Meddling: A lot of fans believe this was the only reason she made it to 3rd place.
  • Hypocrite
  • I'm Not Here to Make Friends: It's true, she made no friends. At least until the finale, when she helped Paul out substantially.
  • It's All About Me
  • Jerkass: Perhaps the biggest one as far as the other chefs were concerned.
  • Manipulative Bitch
  • Never My Fault: seemed to display HUGE shades of this throughout the season.
  • No Indoor Voice
  • Pet the Dog: Was a complete bitch throughout the season. But was amazingly cooperative during the finale. She was by far the most valuable member of Paul's team and put in an honestly strong effort in helping him succeed, even putting her differences with Carrie aside (something she never once did before). It could be argued that she had done this due to the fact that she wasn't competing any longer and therefore had nothing to gain from winning or losing.
  • Sassy Black Woman: A close second behind Nedra.
  • Small Name, Big Ego
  • Smug Snake


"Oh that was grape."

  • Butt Monkey: He was often the butt of the joke, but he took it all in stride; in particular, Ramsay repeatedly mocked him for dating a 19-year-old (he himself was 31).
  • Fatal Flaw: His inability to communicate in the kitchen.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Was always full of incredibly lame puns, as his quote from the grape-peeling punishment shows.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Despite being a consistently mediocre performer before, in the final service before black jackets (where each member of the teams manages two courses of a six-course dinner), he finally emerged as a leader after Ramsay nearly chewed him out, and Ramsay later praised him for his "night of redemption" as he handed him a black jacket.


"SHUT UP FOR FIVE FUCKING SECONDS! That's your problem, you don't shut up!"

  • Badass: Many would agree that she was the strongest female competitor from this season (and, outside of the two finalists, perhaps even the strongest overall). While Elise did get a little further in the competition, Jennifer was way more consistent and effectively carried the red team single-handedly through a lot of the services. Sadly, she stumbled toward the end and kept having communication troubles, eventually leading to her elimination.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Elise found this out after she went off on Jennifer too many times.
  • Eliminated Moment Of Awesome: Elise gloated about how Jennifer was eliminated instead of her; Jennifer responded by flipping her off.
  • Shocking Elimination: Was more consistent than Elise, and generally considered the second favorite (after Will) to be the winner for much of that season. What really made it shocking was that both Paul and Will said Elise was a stronger cook. Jennifer wasn't pleased about this at all.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Calls out her team when they say that they think Elise is a better cook than her, even though nobody on the team likes or respects Elise.


"I'm sorry, I'm sorry chef, I'm sorry chef, I'm sorry chef, it's my fault chef, I'm very sorry chef!"

  • Blatant Lies: Her claim that the high school reunion committee said Asian instead of Hawaiian cuisine. In her confession cam moment, she herself said Hawaiian but chose Asian because it was more familiar and according to her "very similar."
  • Dumb Blonde: While she was a solid performer for most of her time on the show, when she made mistakes they were big ones. In particular, she tended to completely melt down in high-pressure situations, and failed to understand why slicing meat before letting it rest is a bad idea (even after Ramsay spent a full minute repeatedly explaining it to her).
  • Epic Fail: She completely failed in her job of coordinating the reunion meal. All she had to do was tell them that they wanted Hawaiian food and that one of the judges couldn't eat meat, but she sunk on that. Read Dumb Blonde for further details. Bonus point for telling them to cook lentils, which isn't related to Hawaiian OR Asian cuisine.
  • Out of Focus: Aside from the aforementioned Hawaiian screw-up, she made very few mistakes and was almost never yelled at for most of her time on the show, causing many fans to predict that she would earn the same kind of Dark Horse Victory that Holli did. Unfortunately she came off the rails big-time in her last two services, and just missed out on a black jacket.


  • Badass: Her transfer to the blue team drastically improved their performance in dinner service. Something her teammates were very grateful for.
    • Badass Decay: Started off pretty strong. But became wildly inconsistent later on.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: In-universe. The blue team appreciated her a lot for improving their teamwork dynamic to say the least.
  • Genre Savvy: A rather sad example: she admitted she was the weakest on her team and nominated herself after the 11th service, but knew that she would end up being sent home. She was right.
  • Misblamed: In-universe; Chino and Jonathon both tried to blame her for their various screw-ups that led to their respective eliminations.


  • Dumb Blonde: Not to nearly the same extent as Elizabeth, but even then she could be a bit ditzy, and kept making major screw-ups.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Tried to play up this angle on a couple of occasions to the camera and to the men. It didn't work.
  • Picked Last: When Will was given the last pick, he chose Krupa over Carrie, not because Krupa was a better cook, but because Paul had already picked Elise, whom could never get along with Carrie during the entire time on the season. It backfired horribly for him when Carrie and Elise managed to work together with no friction, and Krupa screwed up royally.


  • Shocking Elimination: Got kicked out over Carrie and Elise — despite not even having been nominated or thrown out of the kitchen, unlike those two — because she left a hair in some garnish, which is still widely considered the most shocking elimination in the show's history. Even the other contestants were visibly stunned at this turn of events, and Ramsay hinted that he wanted to shock them by turning Jamie into a Sacrificial Lion and making sure they know that anyone can get kicked out at any time.
    • Though the fact that she didn't try to fight back may have been what ultimately did her in, Ramsay despises quiet people and Carrie and Elise both vehemently defended themselves whenever they got called on by Ramsay, while Jamie was mostly silent and didn't try very hard to fight back.


  • Minor Injury Overreaction: Didn't contribute at all to dinner preparation (or service for that matter) because he supposedly pulled a neck muscle. Conveniently, right before punishment. Giving him an excuse to sleep in the dorm while everyone else worked. Needless to say, his teammates were not happy. Neither was Chef Ramsay.
  • Never My Fault: Towards the end of his time on the show he constantly blamed his bad performances on Natalie and then his injured shoulder. One of the main reasons he got eliminated as Chef Ramsay got tired of his excuses.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Started off as a fairly nice guy, then started turning sour in his last few episodes.


  • The Millstone: To Will, she was so bad during the final service that she pretty much single-handedly cost him any chance he had of winning (though Will didn't really help his cause by waiting until Krupa had destroyed the team's supply of fish before swapping her for Natalie).
  • One-Hit Wonder: Was easily the best performer on either team in the first service, and did pretty well in the second service despite committing a serious error by dropping a whole prime rib on the floor. After that however, her performances started getting worse, and it eventually led to her being eliminated.invoked


  • Muscles Are Meaningless: As his team was deciding to put him up for elimination, Monterray seemed far more immersed in working out on the gym equipment than convincing his teammates otherwise.


  • Shocking Elimination: She was eliminated despite not being nominated, while she certainly had made mistakes during service, Monterray's performance that night was arguably worse and it was his 2nd time up for elimination.


  • Jerkass: Vehemently accused Natalie of trying to make him look bad when he screwed up the meat station when she was just trying to help him. She ended up crying because of what he said, which he thought was fake. None of his other teammates agreed with him. Ironically, he felt like he left the show with his dignity intact...


  • I Coulda Been a Contender: As her signature dish and both prior services show.
  • Nice Guys Finish Last
  • Shocking Elimination: Not as blatant as some of the other examples from this season, as she did make a lot of screw-ups in her last service and actually admitted that she had completely lost focus after her initial screw-up. However, Carrie had been worse, and the other members of the red team all said that she was their weakest member.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: She was a nice girl, but never got attention due to the Carrie vs. Elise conflict.


  • Bad Liar: Tried to serve the same bass to Ramsay twice and said it was a new one. This was only half of the reason he went home...
  • Small Name, Big Ego: During a reward lunch, Ramsay was trying to get to know the blue team better by having them describe their cooking passion, and after humble responses from Monterray and Will, Brendan spoke at length about how everyone tells him how perfect he is in the kitchen and how he has "a hereditary tradition of greatness" to live up to. He went home later that night (Ramsay even remarked on his ginormous ego).



     Season 10 


  • Badass: Was never nominated for elimination, and only really got criticised twice (for burning some meat in the first service, and then for letting Dana off too lightly for her screw-ups in the penultimate episode). Simply a natural!
  • Flawless Victory
  • Lipstick Lesbian



  • Badass: Is so far the only person to ever get a perfect score on the blind taste test (see his quote); Dana even suspected him of cheating for managing to guess sunchoke.
  • Deadpan Snarker
    "Chef, if someone screws up a dish, I don't need to come up and see for myself. Just tell me it's bad and I'll take your word for it."
  • The Generic Guy: Until his blind taste test victory.
  • Gratuitous French: Said "Oui, Chef" about as much as Benjamin, but Justin had a much better attitude, so he got away with it for the most part.


"Hell's Kitchen, Season 10! Making history. Only, WE'RE MAKING HISTORY BECAUSE WE SUCK!"


"I'm gettin' nominated because I MAKE FACES?!"

  • Badass: Best shown when she took over the meat station in the blue kitchen after the whole team fell apart, this after she had already had a perfect showing in the red kitchen.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Designated Villain (In-Universe): Hated by pretty much the entire red team, even though she didn't do that much to piss them off (that said, she wasn't afraid to retaliate).
  • Large Ham
  • The Scapegoat: Thanks to Robyn, Tiffany and Kimmie, all the women used Barbie as a scapegoat for their problems, whether she deserved it or not.


"BAM, how do ya like me now bitch?"

  • Badass: Did very well in most of the challenges, and though his skill level varied in the kitchen, when he was good, he was REALLY good (best shown when he, Justin, and Brian complete service on both sides of the restaurant by themselves).
    • Badass Decay: Started really slipping towards the end, resulting in him being nominated more than any other contestant during the season.
  • Large Ham
  • Picked Last: Of all of the last-picked chefs over the years, he probably took it the hardest, as he truly believed that he was far better than at least some of the chefs picked before him (excluding Dana and Barbie, who lasted longer than him). And, to be fair, he was somewhat justified in feeling this way, considering that Patrick, Kimmie, Royce, and Robyn were picked before him (even Ramsay himself was surprised that he was the last pick). Justin ultimately got him for the final, and Clemenza didn't make much of an effort to hide his displeasure with being the last pick and nearly walked out on him. But he came around, and in the final service did a better job than Royce and even Barbie.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Not so much in the sense that he was constantly bragging, but he got very pissy whenever his teammates pointed out his mistakes. Given how many times he was put up for elimination, his inability to admit his weaknesses was often put on display.


"I'm so stoked! It's like the best orgasm ever!"

  • Butch Lesbian
  • Epic Fail: In the Southern service, she sent up raw chicken. Twice. In a row.
  • Jerkass: Mostly towards Barbie and Kimmie, though the latter kind of deserved it.
    • Pet the Dog: In the Southern service, she got the entire blue team kicked out of the kitchen, but attempted to persuade Ramsay to let the others stay. A class act, but cue the Death Glare.
  • Never My Fault: After repeatedly complaining that her team-mates on the red team were treating her badly and that she'd work better on the blue team, Ramsay had her switch teams and warned her not to try complaining about being mistreated on her new team. It only took her two episodes before she started playing that card once again.
  • Pass the Popcorn: Referenced in an interview regarding her big blowup with Kimmie.
  • Sanity Ball: Held this in the premiere. After the reward, the red team was noticeably drunk and fooling around. She moved herself to the living room so she could properly study the menu.
  • Took A Level In Bad Ass: Did very well in the final service.


  • Adorkable
  • Badass: After nearly being eliminated after the 4th service, he became one of only two people to complete the 5th.
    • Badass Decay: Fell apart badly in his last few services, leading to a disappointing elimination just before black jackets.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Randomly began speaking Spanish in the middle of one service.
  • Large Ham: One of the more goofier contestants.
  • Man Child: Won a day at a water park, and ran around like a little kid.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Actually got him into trouble on more than one occasion, like when Ramsay asked him to taste an unacceptable piece of fish:
    "It tastes like fish, chef." [Death Glare]
  • Shocking Elimination: YMMV on his final service, but if one were to take his whole stay in the competition into account, he was a better chef than Robyn, but she got a black jacket over him. He may have been able to last longer than she did, but his elimination was not completely unjustified considering he tanked on the meat station so badly that Barbie came in from the other kitchen and finished it for him, and his overly jokey attitude(I.E, imitating Chef Ramsay during service and giving him a smart-ass response to a burned fish) had got him in trouble with Ramsay more then once.
  • Too Dumb to Live: He had a tendency to make bad jokes at very inappropriate times which earned him Ramsay's ire more then once-first when he tried imitating Chef Ramsay's accent(which Boris had also gotten in big trouble for doing in season 8) and then when he overcooked a piece of fish and Ramsay asked him to taste it, Brian tasted it and jokingly told him it tasted like "fish" which really pissed Ramsay off to say the least.


  • Fat Bitch: She was extremely nasty and unpleasant to work with most of the time.
  • Informed Ability: Crossing over with One-Hit Wonder, her specialty was southern cuisine. She managed to score points in this challenge (and in another challenge), but this was one of the few times she was able to shine. (the other being during the slot challenge)
  • Jerk Ass: She got better in the later episodes, though.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: What she's known for outside of her conflict with Robyn.


"I give, like a 9 out of 10, chef."

  • Can't Hold Her Liquor
  • Child Hater: Flat out admitted to hating children. She felt that they couldn't appreciate fine food and that she didn't care what their opinions were when she served a burnt pizza.
  • Dumb Blonde: And not even the Adorkable variety either; in addition to being a terrible chef, she was extremely lazy (I.E. not bothering to cook in a clean pan despite several being available).
  • Fat Idiot
  • Jerk Ass: She was flat-out malicious, especially to Barbie.
  • Lazy Bum
  • Too Dumb to Live: When she was put up for elimination, Ramsay asked her how badly, on a scale from one to ten, she wanted to stay on Hell's Kitchen. She hesitated before saying, unconvincingly, the quote up there; the stupidity of this is so intense that Ramsay is briefly at a loss for words.


"Royce can make spaghetti. Royce can make squab. Royce can make anything."

  • Epic Fail: During the lobster challenge, he left a 12 inch hair in the dish. If that wasn't enough, he didn't take the "shit sack" out.
  • Jerk Ass
  • One Degree of Separation: As revealed during the tasting of his signature dish, prior to going on the show he worked under Season 1's runner-up Ralph.
  • One-Hit Wonder: After being nominated for the first two services, Ramsay called Royce's mentor, season 1 runner-up Ralph, to give him a pep talk, and Royce delivered a flawless performance in the third service. After that, he was generally mediocre at best.invoked
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Unlike his mentor, his culinary skills didn't back up his ego.
  • Third-Person Person


"It was a dream to come here...and I'm blowing it!"

  • Badass: Ramsay liked his signature dish, and he was one of only three people to finish the fourth dinner service, but most importantly, despite his reputation as a failure as a leader, after he volunteered to be the blue team's leader they won their ONLY service of the season.
    • Badass Decay: Unfortunately, he proved incapable of handling the pressure and made one too many simple mistakes, resulting in his elimination.
  • Heroic BSOD: Subtle example: after the fifth service, he was nominated for elimination, but he was visibly annoyed with the decision as he didn't feel he deserved it. After the sixth service, he was considered again, but insisted that he didn't deserve it, as he had been on the dessert station and made no serious mistakes; ultimately, he wasn't nominated. In the seventh service, he bombed HARD, serving cold lobster twice, but amazingly he talked his way out of being nominated; however, Ramsay ignored the nominees (which were for Brian and Clemenza), and brought Patrick and Roshni forward, and Patrick survived by the skin of his teeth. The eighth service is where his BSOD came in; he was visibly unnerved from the start, and after a few mistakes, Ramsay sent up to the dorms. Later that night, he didn't even bother to dispute his nomination, as he had clearly resigned himself to his fate, and was eliminated that night.
  • Manly Tears: Had this on two occasions; first when he messed up an order for a group of kids from the Make A Wish foundation, and later on his elimination episode, when he felt like he was letting his family down.
  • Shocking Elimination: Sort of. His service was decidedly terrible, but Royce was just as bad, and Robyn and Tiffany were arguably worse.



  • Funny Foreigner
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: Made quite a scene after cutting his finger during a team challenge.
  • Shocking Elimination: Clemenza had a far worse service that night, and the entire blue team believed that Guy should have stayed. When Clemenza defended himself, Guy barely had the chance to do the same, and Ramsay eliminated him due to lack of fightback.



"My name's Donald... I'm old... I'm on a farm... I'm old McDonald!"

  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Repeatedly spaced out during services and prep, and seemed to have no concept of time.



  • Butt Monkey: Scallops were a huge problem for the chefs this season. He became the poster boy for this after screwing up 75 scallops without managing a single acceptable serving.
  • The Generic Guy: Aside from his scallop troubles and sexism, he didn't bring much value to the show.
  • Straw Misogynist: Claimed that it was proven that men are better cooks than women. He was the second cook to be eliminated.


"This is the first time I've ever been kicked out of the kitchen in my career. Chef Ramsay, you're a fucking douchebag."

  • Black Dude Dies First: For once, no one was calling racism for it; he was just THAT bad.
  • Butt Monkey: Eliminated first service and after the finale Ramsay joked he won.
  • Never My Fault: As evidenced by the quote above, he seemed under the impression that Ramsay threw him out of service just to be a jerk, rather than the slight fact that Tavon had completely butchered the team's supply of scallops (on top of other mistakes).
  • Pointy-Haired Boss: Was made an executive chef at 22. If his performance is anything to go by, he is definitely this. Used against him by Ramsay.
    Ramsay:Come here you, EXECUTIVE chef!
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Believed that being an executive chef would impress Ramsay. It didn't. Also crosses into Genre Blind as Ramsay has often ditched executive chefs for failing to live up to their reputations, especially those who use their status to claim they're better than everyone else.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Completely screwed up the prep for the blue team's ENTIRE supply of scallops. To top it off, in the middle of Chef Ramsay confronting him about it, he replied "What else do you want me to say?" And then laughed at Chef Ramsay. Predictably, he was the first to go.

     Season 11 


"I'm a better chef than you, I'm faster than you, I'm more creative, I have a better palate than you..."

  • Adorkable: When she was reunited with her mom in episode 17, she tried not to swear in front of her, but she failed. Any time she swore, she promptly followed it up with "sorry Mom". It somehow got funnier each time.
  • Badass: Won ten out of eleven challenges on the red team, then she gets transferred to the blue team... and she gives them their second challenge win. With eleven out of twelve challenge victories, five times on the winning team, she has one of the best competitive records in the show's history. Notably, after the one truly bad service she had — in episode 13, where she pretty much sunk the team via a bad performance on the fish station — the other women didn't even consider nominating her, knowing full well that the team would likely crash and burn without her, and put up Susan instead. She only got nominated once, and even then it wasn't by a consensus.
    • Fully cemented when she was named the winner of season 11.
  • Berserk Button: Understandably, she didn't take too kindly to being considered for nomination in the latter stages of the competition, when the other three remaining women were clearly gunning for her. Less so in episode 13, the one occasion where she had a truly bad performance; she said that while she thought Susan should be up (which, fortunately for her, Cyndi and Mary agreed on without hesitation), she would accept being nominated if that was what the other women decided.
  • Downer Ending: Was prevented from taking the winners' job after she failed a narcotics test.
  • The Generic Girl: Badass qualities aside, she didn't stand that much out personality wise in comparison to the other colorful contestants.
  • Out of Focus: For the first half of the series, she didn't have much screen presence. But as time went on, she started establishing herself as a Badass by dominating in the challenges. Emerged more by entering the black jackets, then winning Hell's Kitchen.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gave one to Susan on the night of her elimination, to prove that she was a better cook than Susan and that she didn't deserve to be nominated.
  • Shaggy Dog Story: She won the season, then didn't get the job due to failing a drug test.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Was very upset about the maggots during the recycling punishment.


"A day at the pool sounds fun, but, hacking up a cow sounds kinda fun too!"

  • Adorkable
  • Badass: Constantly screwed up towards the beginning of her run, but she had a noticeable increase in her ability as time went on. This culminated to the point that she actually won a singles challenge against Ja'Nel with a one-star difference.
    • Ramsay himself acknowledged this, as he initially believed that she would only last up to 4 services.
    • She took another level in Badass when she showed strong, effective leadership at the pass. And in the final service, she did the one thing that most chefs in previous services should've done—kick out the chef that's doing horribly.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Despite one of the nicest chefs this season, at the final service she didn't hesitate to state that she would kick off any of her teammates who didn't pick up the pace. She kept her end of the bargain as she kicked Dan out after he screwed up on steaks.
  • Crack Defeat: Sort of; she lost largely because of Dan. Can be seen as a parallel to Season 9's Will in this sense. However, unlike Will, Mary wasn't always a consistent performer, and her defeat could be interpreted as Ramsay basing his decision on the entire competition. Not to mention that Ja'Nel was pretty Badass in her own right.
    • This has become even more debatable since it's been revealed that Ja'Nel won't be taking the job at Caesar's Palace for apparently failing a drug test.
  • Crazy-Prepared: The pressure cooker challenge as everyone else repeatedly stated that they never used one, but she's the only one who has one in her house.
  • Creepy Good: Was a really nice girl. But could get a little bit creepy sometimes, like when it came to butchering meat.
  • Distaff Counterpart: She may have been the Nice Girl most of the time. But when it came to leading the pass, she was like a female equivalent of Chef Ramsay (with a rather shrill voice).
  • Eleventh Hour Superpower: Even after she Took a Level in Badass she was still a bit shaky compared to the other black jackets. But when she led on the pass, she showed some really impressive leadership skills which got her a spot in the final 2.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Was censored a grand total of 3 times in 22 episodes. She even once said "oh fudge!" during prep, and "son of a biscuit" during the final service.
  • Graceful Loser: Deconstructed; she clearly wanted to be happy for Ja'Nel winning the competition, but as she put it, defeat was "a tough pill to swallow".
  • Nice Girl
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Thinks hacking a cow in the hot sun is pretty fun, although this was probably because she's a butcher and is used to it.
  • Underestimating Badassery: As she states, "To all who ever doubted me, never underestimate a butcher with a soft voice."


"Why am I doing all the heavy lifting? I'm the only one who got a point today..."

  • Achilles' Heel: Was a damn good cook, whose only competition on the line was Ja'Nel. But his performance on the pass was lackluster at best, and led to his elimination.
    • Another subtle weakness he had is ingredient identification. Notably, he had a part of failing the third challenge (identifying the protein from the dishes) and somehow manages to mistake fish for scallops in his pass.
  • Badass: He did well in almost every challenge thus far and has very few slip-ups in the kitchen... but he hardly ever got to enjoy the team challenge rewards due to the rest of his team (with the only exception of Anthony and arguably Michael before their eliminations) being total failures. Lampshades this in episode 13 (as he was lifting wine crates during the punishment alone, despite being the only one to get a point), as noted above.
    • Never once got nominated for elimination. The one time he was even considered for it was because Ja'Nel was wondering if she should nominate him because he was such a strong competitor and was a big threat to her.
  • Butt Monkey: By far the most competent chef on the Epic Fail of a Blue Team this season, showing this by having the highest scored or best dish in many challenges... yet almost always ended up losing the challenge due to his teammates.
    • Went even further when he lost all of his incompetent blue team be left as the only guy amongst four other women.
    • Sadly, despite all his hard work and talent, he still got eliminated due to his weak leadership at the pass.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Despite being the most level-headed male chef this season, he still had a few...quirks. He'd often talk to himself in the kitchen, and others would look at him as if he was crazy.
  • Crack Defeat: It'd be an understatement to say that a lot of fans disagreed with his elimination. It is very debatable if his lackluster performance on the pass was enough justification for him not to be in the finals.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • The Determinator: Never stopped putting strong effort into the kitchen, despite constantly losing thanks to his incompetent teammates.
  • Graceful Loser: In general, he took most of his losses on the blue team fairly well (albeit getting a bit frustrated here and there). Gave warm hugs to both Ja'Nel and Mary right after finding out he got eliminated. He was pretty graceful about being eliminated. A lot more graceful than his fans were anyway.
  • Last of His Kind: Last original Blue Team member and man standing in the black jackets. Too bad he didn't make it to the final two.
  • Not So Stoic: For the most part, he handled the Blue Team's failures fairly well. But there were a couple times where he got visibly pissed off and told them off for it. Best exemplified during the People Magazine challenge. Despite having the highest score out of all the cooks there, he still lost because his teammates got out-shined by the red team...again.
    "This is fucking ridiculous. Guys, I could've been in fucking People Magazine. With the highest rank score."
  • Nice Guy: One of the nicer guys on the blue team.
  • Only Sane Man: He's the only one on the Blue team who has his head on straight most of the time.
    • Can be seen as a real life Deconstruction as it shows just how exasperating it is to be the only competent cook on the team.
  • The Runner Up Takes It All: He's now the sous chef at Gordon Ramsay Steak in Las Vegas, and works under Season 10 winner Christina.
  • Shocking Elimination: Easily one of the best chefs of the season, was never nominated for elimination, and was a favored candidate to win the whole competition. Sadly, a sub-par performance running the kitchen in episode 20 led to him not making it into the final two. At least he got to keep his jacket.
  • Sidetracked by the Analogy: After another bad dinner service, he started talking about Frankenstein's monster and Atlas carrying the world. Anthony thought he might have meant that they didn't rise up. But he wasn't sure.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: However, he was pretty casual about it, so it didn't really matter much to anyone.
  • Worthy Opponent: To Ja'Nel. They recognized each other as the strongest competitor/threat. They were both by far the most consistent cooks on the line that season. Had he done better at the pass, he likely would have faced off against her in the finale.


  • Badass: One of the main reasons why the Red Team was so strong this year.
  • Butch Lesbian: It says so in her Facebook profile. Lampshaded by Jon when he decided to take her on his reward for winning the second individual challenge, as he knew that she would not get too "girly" about the whole thing.
  • Crippling Over Specialization: Was so used to winning challenges on the red team that when they lost on the last team challenge, she had to see the medic because she was so worn out from the punishment.
  • The Generic Girl
  • Not So Stoic: Spent the whole season being relatively emotionless (if not a total brick wall) until episode 17 where she broke down in tears after being reunited with her family.


  • Consolation Backfire: When her team considered her for nomination because of her failure on the steaks, she defended herself by saying she felt like she was a huge contributor to the team. She then said that was her opinion and she didn't know if anyone else agreed with her. She waited for someone to confirm her belief. Nobody did.
  • Dumb Blonde: More or less.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Easily the hottest woman this season, although it may not be saying much in comparison to the rest of the red team. Also, if you look closely, she's had a few nip slips here and there that went undetected.
  • Running Gag: Has managed to cook raw lamb at least three times now.
    • In the pressure cooker challenge, she constantly removed the lid (which is a big no no for pressure cookers). Lampshaded as there's a little counter that shows how many times she opened it. (In all fairness, she had never used a pressure cooker before)
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Considered herself the most grown chef on the red team...even though it took fifteen episodes to finally cook lamb properly.
  • Smug Snake: Occasionally.


"Yeah I'm trying to sabotage him...heh heh heh."

  • Affably Evil
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: He calls the Japanese vegetable bok choi "bok chewy" and calls soy sauce "sewey sauce".
  • Badass: Managed to survive the blue team's first service (case in point, eight others were kicked out), despite being quite ill. He finished the service with just Christian and the sous chefs.
    • Badass Decay: Starting in episode 10. As seen below, he got better again briefly, only to fall even farther in episode 15.
    • Took a Level in Badass: In episode 13, when he refused to bend to new teammate Nedra's hissy fit as to why she shouldn't be nominated.
    Zach: Nedra! You're going up.
    Zach: Your ass is out of here!
  • Crying Wolf: When Nedra completely sunk on the blue team's app station, the red team suspected Zach of sabotage since Nedra usually did well on apps. They refused to believe Zach because of his constant dishonesty. But for once he was telling the truth, Nedra really did fail all by herself.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Was a pretty terrible person, not above sabotaging his teammates or neglecting to admit to his own mistakes. But even he found Nedra's attitude bewildering and intolerable.
    Nedra: Ya'll bitch asses going up! Or Anthony! Between you two!
    Zach: Why would Anthony be put up?!
  • Flip Personality: Apparently, Grant Banks.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: When the Red Team found out that working on the Blue Team meant working with Zach, none of them wanted to do it.
  • Jerkass: His early success went straight to his head, and he ended up becoming increasingly egotistical and unpleasant. This culminated in episode 11, when he attempted to sabotage Ray (he arguably succeeded, since Ray went home that night).
  • Manly Tears: In a confessional over the fact that a late season Signature Dish challenge dish of his didn't win.
  • Laughably Evil
  • No Indoor Voice: Probably the most prominent male example in the show's run thus far.
  • One-Hit Wonder: Had a stellar first service, but it was pretty much all downhill from there.invoked
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: His ruthless Smug Snake tendencies actually came in handy when dealing with Nedra on her final night.
  • Scary Black Man: Subverted; nobody really wanted to work with him, but more because he was annoying than scary.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Best shown at the finale where he states that he and the Red Team were very close. Cue flashbacks showing the exact opposite.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Had this moment during the opening night (after eight of the ten Blue members got kicked out), complete with cut to commercials.


"Oh wow, you got the risotto out, only two fucking courses late..."

  • Accentuate the Negative: Ramsay's reason for eliminating him was that while his leg (which he injured during the second challenge) got better, "his cooking never did", even though Anthony had never had so much as a mediocre performance before his final night.
  • Adorkable
  • Ambiguously Gay: Has some decidedly flamboyant mannerisms, but otherwise there hasn't been much evidence one way or another.
  • Badass: Had a perfect run on the meat station in the 6th episode, which is quite rare on this show. Unfortunately, his efforts were in vain, since Ray kept messing up on fish.
    • Badass Decay: His performance shot down dramatically in his last few episodes.
  • Beginner's Luck: Had never cooked a Chinese dish before the Chinese food challenge. He was completely lost during prep. But his dish actually got his team the winning point.
  • Butt Monkey: Full stop in Episodes 14 and 15. After failing miserably in the Blind Taste Test and scoring 0 out of 4, during punishment he misreads a clipboard and causes his team to have to do more work than they had to, and getting chewed out by Sous Chef James in the process. Then, during the individual challenge, Ramsay says he got the flavor perfectly... but the meat was overcooked. Damn.
  • Crazy Enough to Work: For the steak challenge, he cooked his with garlic, shallots, and dry banana. He admitted that he never worked with bananas like this before. A bewildered Chef Ramsay remarked that it actually worked and gave him a point.
  • The Determinator: Rolled his ankle in the first part of the lobster challenge. Instead of going to the hospital, he went down to the kitchen to participate in the rest of the challenge.
  • Deadpan Snarker
    "To use one of Nedra's analogies, she's struggling like 'two fat bitches'. I don't know what that means but she seems to be doing it."
  • Eliminated Moment Of Awesome : Despite being nominated by him, Anthony encouraged Jon to win as he left through the doors.
  • Genre Savvy: During one service, he notices that Ramsay is pissed off at the Red Team, and Anthony states that his anger will be magnified times 10 if the Blue Team screws up because of how upset he is with the ladies.
  • Only Sane Man: Before his disastrous performance in episode 15, he shared this role with Jon.
  • Shocking Elimination: While his final performance was decidedly problematic, he had been one of the most consistent chefs of the season and had not been nominated once, while Zach was nominated for the FOURTH time, and with good reason: he ran out of Wellingtons and needed twenty minutes to get back on track (Ramsay just took Susan's extras from the other kitchen) and eventually Ramsay just kicked him off the station and finished it himself.


"This bitch ain't going nowhere!"

  • Adult Child: Threw a fit whenever she didn't get her way. A counterpart to Season 8's Sabrina in this sense.
  • Buxom Is Better: She's huge, and she has no problem flaunting it, even naming her chest puppies and hoo-has.
    • Gainaxing: Whenever she ran without her jacket on.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Is prone to drop one when she's particularly upset.
  • Fat Bitch
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Was very immature and hostile. But she could be a team player when she wanted to. She was a hard worker who noticeably put her best foot forward into helping her team. Finally, she had two nice Pet the Dog moments with Mary; first, she apologized to Mary for putting her up for elimination, and defended her from the blue team's taunts. Second, she proved to be a valuable asset to Mary's team in the finals, running the meat station flawlessly after Dan crumbled. YMMV on this though because other times she was indeed malicious. Still, more of a brat than a bitch for the most part.
  • Manipulative Bitch: On three occasions, she managed to get the red team to change their minds on nominees (Jessica over Jacqueline, Mary over herself, and finally Cyndi over herself).
  • Never My Fault: Best exemplified when she was transferred to the blue team. She was unprepared on her station, and she blamed her teammates for not preparing it for her. When she sunk on apps, she blamed Zach and Anthony for supposedly sabotaging her.
  • Not so Above It All: Constantly criticized the blue team for being weak when she was transferred, when she was arguably the worst of all of them. She refused to participate in the punishment because she blamed her team for losing, even though she cooked up a mediocre dish as well.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivered one to Gina after the first service, which made her go berserk and eventually Rage Quit.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Perhaps the biggest example in HK history.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: She has had maybe four sentences that didn't contain the word "bitch" in it. She even beats Kimmie in terms of usage.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Despite a shaky start, she became a powerful asset to Mary's team in the final service, taking over Dan's spot in the meat station after Mary had to kick him out.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: A challenge dealing with placing farm animals in cages had her dwindling down seven of the Red Team's ten minutes due to her fear of them. She states in her confession cam that she's afraid of her own dog (makes you wonder why she has one).


"I've never worked with so many fucking amateurs in my life!"

  • The Generic Guy
  • Not so Above It All: He berated his team for being so incompetent during dinner service. But after a while, he started to slip up as well. Especially on his final night.
  • Out of Focus
  • Shocking Elimination: He had a few slip-ups here and there in dinner service, but still was more consistent overall than Zach; unfortunately, he had one disastrous service that saw him get eliminated over Zach.


"I'm gonna fucking slap a bitch in a minute!"

  • Beware the Nice Ones: Never really had any drama with any other contestants, except for after he and Dan were assigned to the fish station together; in the dorms after they got kicked out, they had a huge argument, with Ray repeatedly calling him a bitch.
  • Cool Old Guy: At age 51, the show's oldest contestant to date, Ray zigzagged this trope: he was dedicated to his teammates (at least, the ones who aren't jerks, like Dan), and always worked really hard...the problem was, he barely scraped by each service due to making simple mistake after simple mistake.
  • Deadpan Snarker: After portly Jeremy returned from the hospital with the prognosis being that he wasn't eating enough, Ray summed up the entire team's reaction perfectly:
    "Doctor says you gotta eat more...I think you need a second opinion."
  • The Ditz: Could best be described as a bumbling old man during service.
    • When Chef Ramsay told the blue team to taste a poorly cooked risotto, he dipped his finger into the pan to taste it. He was promptly kicked out.
    • Managed to occasionally subvert this in the challenges, most notably the signature dish challenge where Ramsay told him his dish was "cooked to perfection".
  • Leader Wannabe: Saw himself as a good potential leader for the blue team. He was one of the most inconsistent cooks that season who had very poor communication. He couldn't even instruct his teammates on how to help him plate.
  • Never My Fault: He wasn't very good at accepting responsibility for his failures. Especially seen in his big argument with Dan after they get kicked out due to the disaster at the fish station. He rages and attacks Dan, despite the fact that Ray never allowed Dan to help him or even cook anything.


  • Bald of Awesome: Subverted; he remained a poor performer after shaving his head, and nobody took him any more seriously.
    • Important Haircut: What he was going for when he shaved his head, symbolizing him improving on the job. It didn't work.
  • The Ditz: As seen during the Quinceañera challenge, when the girl stated that she doesn't like spice:
    "I figured, Spanish people, hot sauce. Could work out pretty well, right?"
  • Epic Fail: Had such bad performances in his last few episodes that Chef Ramsay eliminated him, even though he had already eliminated Amanda post dinner-service that very night. This was the first and only time Chef Ramsay eliminated two chefs on the same elimination ceremony (outside of the last black jacket services and Joseph's meltdown).
  • High Hopes, Zero Talent: His hair and tattoo screamed passion for HK, but he never executed.
  • Lethal Chef: Attempted to serve Chef James' wife pink chicken. As an added bonus, his wife was pregnant.
  • Nice Guy: Whatever his various faults, he did seem to be one of these. Best example would be in Real Life; he is a frequenter of Facebook group "Hell's Kitchen Underground", and he offered to take over the page when the creator's mother passed away, giving her time to grieve.
  • Sanity Slippage: Some felt it came off this way when he shaved his head after barely surviving the eighth episode.
    Nedra: He pulled a Britney Spears on us!



"I don't need some guy that screams at me to tell me that I'm a good chef."

  • Bystander Syndrome: In the first service, after Susan and Danielle — who had originally been on the garnish station — got tossed out of service, Mary took over the garnishes, and Ramsay ordered Jacqueline to help her. Jacqueline responded by completely ignoring Ramsay and just chugging down a bottle of water, which unsurprisingly caused her to get thrown out as well. On top of that, in a Confession Cam insert immediately afterward, she actually said that she was glad she got thrown out of service, because now she could sit down and relax.
  • Informed Ability: Many of her teammates talked about what a great chef and how experienced she is, yet she sent out raw chicken, spent the first service standing around and doing nothing even after Ramsay ordered her to help her team-mates, and screwed up a pancake.
    • Expy: She resembles Season 8's Melissa in that sense.


"Fuck you and fuck your fucking mother! Put that on TV!"

  • Accentuate the Negative: His team nominated him because he burnt one pizza. This was mainly cause they didn't like his personality/attitude.
  • And Zoidberg: Mary was completely happy with the team she had in the finale. Except for Dan.
  • Epic Fail: Ruined at least half a dozen steaks all at once. As a result, he is the only cook to date to get kicked out in the middle of the final service.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Neither Ja'Nel nor Mary wanted him on their teams for the final service, and in the end Mary had to kick him out for making so many mistakes.
  • Informed Flaw: He was a good chef, and was a lot better than his teammates painted him to be in terms of culinary skill. It was just that his attitude and personality were so bad, that his team just wanted him gone, and he never did well enough in the challenges and dinner service to justify him being around.
  • Insufferable Genius: Okay, genius may be a stretch, but he actually was a good chef. Problem was, he kept shoving it in people's faces.
  • Jerkass: And his team has alienated him for it. By his final service he seemed on the verge of stabbing someone and became one of the biggest egomaniacs in the series. He also didn't like waiters, as seen by this quote.
    "I do not like waiters. Fuck them, they're annoying!"
    • Jerkass Has a Point: He had a few good points throughout his run and was not a bad chef by any means, but he was so rude to his team that they didn't even want to hear his views.
      • He had a point when calling Ray out on his poor performance on the fish and failing to cooperate with Dan, leading to the sinking of the station. He was partly to blame as Ray claimed that he overcooked one of the fish Ray cooked, but it wasn't enough to excuse his constant failures.
    • Took a Level in Jerkass: As if it couldn't get any worse, but he didn't care at all during prep at the final dinner service and showed no signs that he actually learned that being a jerkass wasn't helping out in the long run.
  • Lean and Mean
  • The Load: He messed up the steaks in the final dinner service for Mary multiple times that she had no choice but to kick him out. If it wasn't for that, Mary would've had a better chance of winning the competition.
  • Man Child: Had the maturity of an 8-year old who wasn't getting his way.
  • Pet the Dog: After all of his jerkassery, when it was revealed that Ja'Nel won, he hugs Mary and apologizes not only for his attitude but also said that he'd make it up to her someday.
  • Picked Last: For the final service between him and Ray.
  • Shocking Elimination: Was overall a good chef. But got eliminated despite only having minor trouble cooking a pizza, while Barret served raw chicken to sous chef James's pregnant wife. However, Dan was eliminated more for being a terrible team player, which he only exacerbated.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: "And how" doesn't even begin to cover it. Chef Ramsay says that he's a good chef- which is fine, but he constantly rubbed it in his team's face.
    • The best example is when he kept rambling on and on about how Ramsay stated how good he was in cooking much to the annoyance of his teammates.
      • And at the final service prep, he steps out and then gloats about how amazing he is and that his talent "shouldn't go to waste" before heading back to help Mary. Mary definitely doesn't buy it.
  • Smug Snake


  • Action Girl: Introduces herself by doing push-ups.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Best exemplified by her comments before doing push-ups in the beginning, and laughing at Ramsay in the 5th service.
  • Distaff Counterpart: A parallel to Jim from Season 6. They were both good chefs, had deadpan voices, were among the best looking on their teams, had good senses of humor, and got tossed because they had no passion at all.
  • Emotionless Girl: Despite a rather energetic intro, she devolved into this. Constantly had a blank face during service, never really seemed to care. Chef Ramsay eliminated her because he felt that her heart was not in the competition, which was probably true.
  • High Hopes, Zero Talent: Showed promise early on, but flamed out due to her aforementioned lack of passion.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Not as much as Susan, but still much better than everyone else on the red team.


"You don't even know where the fuck I'm from!"

  • The Eeyore: Almost never smiled. Constantly looked and sounded depressed.
  • Epic Fail: Tried to bring up a sample dish that was cooked an hour beforehand. Chef Ramsay was so offended by this that he eliminated him, even though his team won.
  • Fat Idiot: Not to the extent as, say, Raj or Jasonnote , but he still wasn't very bright.
  • Man Child


"I've never cooked in a brigade before. There's hardly any fucking restaurants that work that way!"

  • Consolation Backfire: After being completely lost during the first service due to her inexperience in the brigade system, she ranted about how so few restaurants used a brigade system. She then rhetorically asked the dorm how many cooks there ever cooked in a brigade system. Cue almost every cook on the blue team raising their hands.
  • Dumb Blonde: With the exception of Gina, she was easily the worst performer on this season's red team.
  • Identical Stranger: Bears a strange resemblance to Season 10's Royce.
  • Never My Fault: The first contestant in a long time to try blaming everything on her lack of experience since amateur chefs were barred from entering the show back in Season 6. Not surprisingly, she was eliminated very early on.


  • Expy: To Season 10's Chris. Both were named Chris, got tossed after the 2nd service, screwed up on scallops, had strong regional accents (Chris' was New York, Christian's was Boston), and never got much screen time.
  • Funny Foreigner: Subverted as he was actually from the US, but that doesn't make his Boston accent any less hilarious.
  • I Coulda Been a Contender: His signature dish and first service were impressive. After elimination, he stated that if he got his second chance, then he could have made it much further.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He was eliminated early on, and wasn't given much attention due to being overshadowed by his more colorful teammates.


  • Butt Monkey: She brought, get this, a French chef puppet note  she played with all the time to the annoyance of the other chefs, screwed up royally during service, nearly got into a fight with Nedra and was shunned by the team, before quitting on the second day.
    • The Chew Toy: She was so awkward and obnoxious that everyone enjoyed watching her fail.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Abandoned her team during prep to put on her makeup and "be away from the kitchen", and never seemed to function normally.
  • Epic Fail: Needs no explanation. Arguably, she was even worse than Raj. Yes, Raj.
  • Grumpy Old Woman: At 49, she was the oldest, as well as one of the craziest, bitchiest, and least competent women in HK history.
  • Jerkass: YMMV as it was due to insanity, but she was definitely a bitch to her teammates, especially Nedra.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Decided to Rage Quit on the second day after starting a fight with Nedra.
    • Humiliation Conga: For Gina, anyway. Her short reign of insanity and bitchiness ended with a sigh of relief.
  • No Social Skills


"Zacky Wacky!"

  • Funny Foreigner: Subverted, he attempted to be this, but really just got on everyone's nerves. Gordon had him kicked out of the kitchen when he called Zach "Zacky Wacky."
  • Too Dumb to Live: Getting kicked out of the kitchen once is bad, but to return three times spite of a furious Gordon Ramsay telling you to get out? Downright suicidal. Unsurprisingly, he was the first to be eliminated.
  • Wall of Blather: On the bus ride the men had to take, he would not shut up.

     Season 12 


Also Season 9
"I'm gonna rock out with my crockpot out!"

  • Badass: Like Kashia, he has so far delivered nothing but perfect meat anytime he's on the station. And just like Kashia, it was in episode 8 when he finally screwed up but still managed to recover from his mistakes on that service.
    • Badass Beard: The same one he had in season 9, still looking as Viking-esque as ever.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: He and Scott won a challenge and earned a wine-tasting trip, and while Scott was fine the next day, Jason was so hungover that he was late to prep and was pretty sluggish when he got there. Fortunately, he did pretty well in the next service.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: "The problem with Anton is he's a stupid idiot."
  • Epic Fail: Despite being one of the strongest chefs in the competition, he tanked on the classic blind taste test challenge, not getting even a single one right and being a big reason why the blue team loses.
  • Evil Laugh: Had a HILARIOUSLY over-the-top one after the pork challenge in episode 11. The show even added black-and-white filter and lightning just to make it even hammier.
  • Fanboy: Of Stan Lee, when he came to Hell's Kitchen in "Five Chefs Compete".
  • Fiery Redhead
  • Genre Savvy: During the tailgate challenge, he admitted in the confession cam that he was not a Trojan's fan, but knew that part of the challenge was also in the service and managed to make quite a number of fans believe he was also a fan.
  • Grumpy Bear: Sometimes comes across as this. Even in episode 12, where the blue team won the reward challenge and earned a relaxing time being pampered at a spa, he spent the reward all grumpy and not enjoying it.
  • Guttural Growler
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Definitely has one, which we get to see in episode 3 when he blows up at Mike trying to defend himself.
    • Up to Eleven in the next episode, when Ramsay ordered the women (who had already completed their service) into the blue kitchen to help them, and he was joined by none other than Sandra, and after she called him out for having raw chicken (which he hadn't cooked yet), he exploded at her, calling her a "dumb little [BLEEP]". Ramsay chewed him out for this, and he appeared apologetic and from that point on, he worked together with her with no further issues.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: This tends to be zigzagged at times. He does occasionally make sexist statements in the confessional booth and then there was that time he absolutely exploded at Sandra. Apart from these, he doesn't come off as overly sexist towards them.
    • Averted with Rochelle; he stated in episode 13 that he and Rochelle "ARE the blue team at this point".
    • He seems to have stopped this with the arrival of the women on the blue team period. With both Rochelle and Melanie on the team, Jason's quite happy that the blue team has finally become cohesive and he enjoys working with them.
  • Large Ham: It's painfully clear that he is having an absolute blast being on this show and we love him for it. This is most particularly evident in the confession cam and again when he is doing the tailgate challenge.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After it was revealed that Richard would be forced to compete in the "cook for your life" challenge as a result of most of the men naming him as the weakest member of the team, Jason seemed visibly upset about this. He implied in the following episode that he was actually divided as to whether Richard or Ralph was the weakest, and regretted choosing the former.
    • He also displays shades of this after screaming at Sandra when she came in to help his team out. He seemed apologetic after being called out on it by Ramsay.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Returned this season after being forced to drop out in season 9 before taking part in a single service. Unlike Robert, the last contestant to drop out and return in another season, Jason actually seems to be one of the stronger chefs.
  • The Unintelligible: In the second episode, as he cheers for his teammates, there were times when he got so pumped up that he shouted out incomprehensible gibberish.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In episode 3, after the dinner service. Granted, nobody likes Mike, but while the others are angry yet level-headed while dealing with him, Jason flies into a screaming rage, threatening physical violence and looking down on Mike not because of anything regarding teamwork, but because Mike works at a grocery store.
    • And again in the next episode when he gets on Sandra's face, screaming like a rabid maniac rather than properly communicate with her after Ramsay sent the women to help the men with their service. Much like Mike, Sandra's not the nicest person, but Jason's actions were uncalled for and he got properly chewed out by Ramsay because of it (though at least this time, he apologized).
    • As the season advances, most of his confessionals when talking about others are to insult them with great disdain in his voice.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: At the same time, he's appreciated having both Rochelle and Melanie helping the Blue Team out.
    • Episode 16 goes and undoes this when he nominates Rochelle, saying he doesn't understand how she got so far when she has never worked in a restaurant before, that she's not a strong cook and that catering, which is her line of work, is "shit work". This came after a dinner service where Melanie served raw chicken and Rochelle didn't make any mistakes. This then turned into Laser-Guided Karma, as both Melanie and Rochelle immediately decided to nominate him instead (though given how consistent he's generally been, it may have been a strategic move as much as anything else).



"I guess I can cook polenta!"

  • Adorkable: SOOOO much.
  • Badass: Started off rather unnoticeable, but overtime has shown herself to be a great cook who can take charge in the kitchen. To emphasize how much she's grown, episode 12's King of the Hill-esque challenge (a person sits in a chair, until someone comes along with a better dish. Last one sitting wins it for the team) had her be the last person standing because her dish was so good she passed through FIVE other dishes including those from her former Red Team members seen above.
    • In episode 13, she had a bit of a breakdown, being incredibly nervous and frazzled during prep time and broke down crying during lunch break. And even after that, she's still one of the best performers of her team that evening, rocking the appetizer station and taking over Richard in the garnish station.
    • In episode 14, where Rochelle was assigned to the meat station, Chef Ramsay goes directly to the station to slice a wellington himself, finding it was cooked to perfection. After confirming that Rochelle has never worked in a professional restaurant kitchen before her time on Hell's Kitchen (she's a catering chef), he compliments her, saying she cooks like she has been working in a professional kitchen for five years. She also was the only one who scored a near perfect on the taste-test challenge in the same episode (a 3 out of 4).
    • Badass Adorable: You just wanna hug her, yet she's been complimented time and time again as one of the strongest chefs this season.
    • Handicapped Badass: Accidentally cut her thumb during punishment in "Five Chefs Compete", but returned just in time for dinner service, and wasn't even slightly slowed down by having her thumb bandaged up and virtually immobilized.
  • Beginner's Luck: In episode 5, she was told to make polenta, which she admitted to never having done before. Ramsay went on to say it was delicious, leading to the above quote.
    • Happens again in episode 9. She ended up having to cook lobster in the reward challenge, and she admitted that she had never cooked lobster before. Despite that, her dish was delicious and earned her team a point. (Interestingly, she included polenta in THIS dish too.)
  • Boring, but Practical: Episode 9's adaptability challenge had her cooking lobster with polenta. Richard served Lobster with pasta and a chorizo cream sauce. While both dishes were good, the lobster and polenta combination secured her a point.
  • Cerebus Retcon: It's mentioned early in the season (Episode 4) that she got engaged. Come about seven episodes later, when Andi talks about sacrificing a lot in order to get to the top, there's visible concern on her face since she wants to start a family and the Red Team wanted to put her up for elimination solely because of that.
  • Determinator: Accidentally cut her thumb during punishment in "Five Chefs Compete" but she knew that she had two choices: either give up or rebound. She chose the latter.
  • Expy: Let's adorkable, slightly chubby nice girl, who rarely swears, is in her mid-twenties, with relatively little experience in comparison to her fellow contestants, that defied Chef Ramsay's prediction that she'd only last a few services? Yep, she's an almost exact replica of season 11's Mary.
    • Her sadness of killing the lobster also relates to Season 3's Bonnie.
  • Gosh Darn It to Heck!: As of episode 12, the biggest swear she has used so far is "damn", and she was bleeped out once in episode 13, but that's about it as far as cursing. She also did mention how Melanie was "confusing the crap out of her" and muttered "Oh Crap" when Ramsay went to check on her beef wellingtons episode 14.
  • Heroic BSOD: Suffered a minor one in episode 13 (the create your menu), but came back with a vengeance at dinner service.
  • Meganekko
  • Nice Girl: When Joy was freaking out in the first episode thanks to Sandra and Nicole, Rochelle was the only one who earnestly tried to calm her down, then continues as this in the second episode, where she states that she's happy to be assigned to the dessert station, because it means she can be a floater and help out whoever needs it. As the season moves along, she's showing herself to be the nicest of the women, doing her best to work hard, stay out of drama, and help whoever needs it.
    • In episode 9, after she ends up having to cook lobster in the reward challenge, she feels really bad about having to kill the lobster.
    • This is actually gradually deconstructed as the show moves along: her teammates nominated her in episode 11 because she wanted to have a family (implying that she wasn't committed enough to the competition), and in episode 12, she ended up having the deciding vote over whether Gabriel or Richard would be nominated, and it clearly hurt her to make such a decision. Regardless of performance, it seems like each episode throws more challenges at her.
  • No Indoor Voice: Both averted and played straight. Averted outside of dinner services, where she has a normal, and at times rather quiet tone of voice. Once a dinner service starts, she has one of the loudest voices in the whole kitchen.
  • Plucky Girl: Optimistic, cheerful and willing to help in the kitchen.
  • The Rival: To Richard, due to them having their dishes tasted at the same time, and also due to Richard's resentment of her taking care of the garnish station at his last dinner service.
  • Worthy Opponent: At the end of episode 14, Gabriel states that she's the competitor to beat, and also refers to her respectfully as Chef Rochelle. Jason also notes that she's done remarkable services since she's been on the Blue Team.


  • Butt Monkey: His team will nominate him when there are far worse chefs who aren't nominated. In episode 11, he made no mistakes and even scored the winning point in the challenge. However, he was nominated over Gabriel, who served frozen mushrooms.
    • It happens again in "8 Chefs Compete". His only mistakes were delivering a plate of raw chicken (that was cooked by ANTON) and attempting to cook a full order of scallops when Chef Ramsay asked for just one single scallop to complete a full dish (the scallops were saved thanks to Anton and Kashia noticing on time and removing the pan from the heat), yet he was nominated over Kashia, who had some mistakes in the fish station.
    • Deconstructed in episode 17, where he reveals in the Confession Cam that he is actually really, really tired and angry about everyone picking on him. The stress and anger has built up so much that he snaps at Chef Ramsay, and almost gets eliminated on the spot for it.
    • Iron Butt Monkey: He's tied the record for the most nominations ever on the show, whether he's deserved to be nominated or not, but he's never lost an ounce of passion in his cooking.
  • Complexity Addiction: Almost all of his dishes are very elaborate... and they usually fall flat. Meanwhile, his teammates usually score with far more simple dishes. However, this FINALLY worked in episode 11 with his pork ravioli (which worried his teammates and Ramsay given the time constraints). From then on, he actually started making most of his creative yet risky ideas work (like serving mahi mahi at a tailgate party).
  • Deadpan Snarker: Mostly in the confessionals.
  • Determinator: No matter what abuse he's received from either Chef Ramsay or his teammates, he has never given up. He's taken it all, and for the most part, remained level-headed and professional. Even when he got into an argument with Chef Ramsay in episode 17, he didn't seem to be doing it out of malice, just confusion and frustration, and he apologized later for it.
  • Never My Fault: When he and Chris were tanking on the pizza station in episode 7, Ramsay dragged both of them into the storeroom and asked what the problem was; Scott then blamed the oven and the pizzas themselves for "not cooking right". While it is subverted in Scott's case since Chris was responsible for most of the mistakes on the station, hearing him blame the pizzas qualifies for this trope.
  • Nice Guy: He consoled Joy during her Heroic BSOD and also consoled Kashia on an occasion.
    • Beware the Nice Ones: Admitted during episode 17 that he was getting frustrated of constantly being railed on by everybody, and he eventually Chef Ramsay. He very nearly got thrown out on the spot, and then avoided elimination by the skin of his teeth that night. That said, it did seem as though his sudden attitude change was brought on more from frustration than outright meanness.
  • The Rival: To Anton; Scott constantly rails on Anton's poor presentation and having no finesse with his cooking, as well as his gruff leadership.
    "Anton is a total douchebag."
  • Took a Level in Badass: Starting in episode 11, he became noticeably good during service and did somewhat better in the challenges. Not that that stopped his team from nominating him.
    • Has gotten even better after getting a black jacket, winning the first two individual challenges and making less mistakes in service. He did have his infamous argument in the first black jacket service with Ramsay, but he apologized and admitted he was in the wrong, and his only problem in the following service was making a mess of his station (but his food came out perfectly).


"One thing I don't do is give up, and one thing I can't do is work with someone who is gonna give up."

  • Badass: The only time she had any real trouble was in the very first service, and even then that was almost entirely the fault of Nicole and Sandra. She subsequently got through the entire Red/Blue team phase of the competition without being nominated, yelled at or criticized even once, and was widely considered the front-runner from the earliest weeks. But then...
    • Badass Decay: At LIGHTNING SPEED in episode 18; she started by serving fish before the rest of the order was complete, causing a shockwave of confusion for Rochelle on meat and Jason on garnish, and she proceeded to completely lose all sync with them with further mistakes, including serving improperly prepared sauce and ceasing communicating with her teammates. She then serves the halibut twice before the garnish is ready, and after Ramsay tries to explain this to her, she gets frustrated and belligerent, and then storms out the door, never to return.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Much like Jessica, Joy used to be homeless.
  • Does Not Like Men: She looks down on the men, even the men she hasn't worked with, with obvious contempt and disdain. Case in point, nominating Scott over Kashia in episode 14 when he had a perfect service on the appetizer station while Kashia had some struggles on fish; she justified his nomination by him bringing Anton's raw chicken to the pass, which he insisted wasn't his fault (he should have noticed, yes, but then again Anton should have just cooked it right...). Throughout the episode, she was quick to rail on the men on her team while conveniently ignoring Kashia's faults. Basically, her level of sexism could even rival Ralph's.
  • Downer Ending: Her time in Hell's Kitchen, where after she had her Rage Quit, debated on whether or not to ask Ramsay for a second chance. She decided not to, knowing that it was too late to fix her past mistakes.
  • Genre Savvy: In episode 16, she has won the first black jacket and has immunity, but she still strives to work her hardest, because she knows that Chef Ramsay makes the rules and he can just as easily take that jacket away from her, thus revoking her immunity, if he feels she didn't deserve it.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her skill and consistency in the kitchen may actually have contributed to her downfall. Outside of her first and last episodes, Ramsay never once yelled at her or even said anything especially negative about her cooking. When Ramsay finally yelled at her for something that was unquestionably her fault, she completely lost it and stormed out of the competition.
  • Heroic BSOD: Had one in "7 Chefs Compete", when she found out her pork was overcooked.
    • Had a game-ending one in "5 Chefs Compete", where she walked out of the kitchen, and therefore the competition, after a bad performance on fish and an argument with Chef Ramsay.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Kashia, who she tried to shield from being put up for elimination at virtually every opportunity. She even admitted as such after the first black team service where she said there was no way she was going to nominate Kashia, least of all over Scott.
  • Ice Queen: Comes off as this sometimes, like in episode 11 when she voted for Rochelle to be nominated because she wants a family and being completely unsympathetic to Jessica crying as she was eliminated, considering that she had a similar backstory to her.
  • I Resemble That Remark: The quote at the top of her entry was said in the first episode of the season, with regard to Nicole. Despite her disdain for Nicole's attitude (and also Simone when she did something similar a few episodes later), Joy became only the third-ever chef to quit the show mid-service.
  • Law of Disproportionate Response: It would be one thing if she had snapped after being repeatedly yelled at (like Season 1's Jeff and Season 7's Andrew, the other contestants who bailed out on the show mid-service), but the criticism she got from Ramsay was the first time she had been yelled at since the very start of the season, and Melanie had already received a worse yelling-at earlier in that very episode. Joy still walked out, and even yelled abuse at Ramsay on her way back to the dorms for good measure.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Appeared to have this reaction after she stormed out of the kitchen in a rage in episode 18. But by then, she knew it was too late to go back.
  • Never My Fault: Though she was certainly screwed over to some degree by Sandra and Nicole in the first service, she certainly showed her share of this behavior herself. Notably she forgot to cook the lobster for the first order at one point, and rather than admitting her error she claimed she could cook a whole lobster tail from cold in 45 seconds. No prizes for guessing how that turned out. She started showing this behavior again in episode 18, this time with fatal consequences for her time on the show.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After being one of the best chefs of the season (many would argue THE best), she stormed out during the middle of service in episode 18 after repeated mistakes on the fish station — even though Melanie had arguably screwed up worse earlier in the same service — leaving Ramsay and her teammates utterly bewildered.
  • That Came Out Wrong: One can only assume that this is what happened when she tried to suck up to a visiting magazine editor who was serving as a challenge judge, by saying that the magazine was her favorite "bathroom literature." Presumably Joy meant it was her favorite thing to read while in the bath, as it's difficult to imagine why Joy thought it'd be a good idea to say she enjoyed reading it while sat on the toilet.
  • Worthy Opponent: Jason considered her one, expecting that it would be him vs her in the finals.



  • Badass: She's emerged as one of the strongest cooks early on, especially when it comes to meats. By episode 6, every piece of meat she has cooked, be it in reward challenges or dinner service, have all been cooked perfectly. It was all the way until episode 8 when she finally committed mistakes, but even then she managed to properly recover. Afterwards, she has sometimes made mistakes, but she recovers from them, never tanked or sunk a station and generally performed very well...
    • Badass Decay: ...until the first black team service, where a series of early mistakes resulted in her completely losing control of her temper and making more and more mistakes until Ramsay moved Scott onto the station to help her. She got eliminated at the end of the episode, though even them Ramsay told her that she'd done very well, and just needed a little more experience.
  • Fangirl: For season three's Rock, which leads to a very amusing moment where she practically falls all over herself while giving him her dish to judge.
  • Genius Ditz: She has had moments of greatness on the show, but she has also made borderline unrealistic mistakes, like when she asked Melanie in episode 11 what her dish was missing in terms of taste, and Melanie flatly said "salt." Melanie was left scratching her head.
    • Later that episode, she had trouble cooking risotto. The reason? Her gas wasn't on.
    • In episode 14 she shows again how easily distracted she gets when she first delivers an order of scallops without noticing that she's missing one scallop for one of the plates, then later serves braised fish, which isn't even on the menu, but she solved the scallop issue quickly and the rest of her fish were cooked the proper way.
  • Genre Savvy: In episode 13, where the teams have to create their own menus. Rather than create a brand new dish, Kashia decides to add to the menu the meat dish she cooked in the very first challenge (signature dishes), seeing as Chef Ramsay loved it and she knew she could properly cook many servings of it. Ultimately her idea was successful and she delivered a flawless performance during that dinner service.
  • Jaw Drop: Upon learning of the Red Team's reward in episode 15 (a $1000 shopping spree), this was her reaction. Ramsay nearly tripped over his own laughter at this point.
  • Never My Fault: Freaked out at Jessica for not helping with the chicken, when she was just as much to blame. Though to be fair, Kashia did keep working to remedy the situation while Jessica became flustered and froze up for a while.
    • Zigzags this in episode 12. She rages at Melanie not helping her properly with her dish despite Kashia helping Melanie (and it can be argued whether Melanie was truly unhelpful or not), but at the same time she accepted that she had to be put up for elimination.
  • Oh Crap: In one of the challenges when she found out squid was one of the ingredients she had to work with.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Showed this during her arguments with Nicole and Melanie. She also showed this when Melanie and Sandra's pizza failed and when Ramsay tasted Kashia and Bev's pizza and deemed it far superior. It nearly came to a head in episode 14 when she for some reason boiled the salmon in stock instead of pan-searing it; Ramsay's reaction was more one of bewilderment than actual anger, but Kashia completely lost it and openly railed at and cussed out Ramsay in front of everyone else in the kitchen. Fortunately for her, Anton showed an attitude ten times worse than hers that same night.
    • Her temper went haywire again during episode 17, and even though Ramsay was more pissed off at Scott's attitude than Kashia's, it resulted in her making several mistakes and ultimately being eliminated.


"I know how to two three four five six seven eight nine ten, know what I'm sayin'?"

  • Epic Fail: In "7 Chefs Again", he screwed up on salmon not once, not twice, but three times. This led to him getting eliminated in the middle of service.
  • The Generic Guy
  • Hypocritical Humor: In episode 14, after seeing Rochelle accidentally serve up slightly undercooked chicken (which she fixed up very quickly), he notes that it is a bad idea to do so. This is coming from the same guy who served that twice earlier in the season.
  • One Steve Limit: Like DeMarco, his first name is Michael, but is going by his surname to avoid confusion with Mike.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: Noted in episode 14, where he's shown to be solemn and quiet by the Blue Team.
  • Running Gag: Had one in episode 12, where he failed to properly count up food (for both cooking and plating) four times.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Serves raw chicken twice in the second episode. Usually, this is a death sentence for Ramsay, but Gabriel was lucky that Nicole was even worse.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After FINALLY realizing that he was on thin ice, he stepped up immensely in episode 14, where he helped keep his team on track with orders (Rochelle was getting lost while Melanie and Jason were becoming quieter and slowing down) and delivered a perfect performance on garnish; Ramsay even singled him out after service for his redemption.
    • Badass Decay: However, he screwed up horribly the next service and was soon gone.
  • Took A Level In Jerk Ass: In "11 Chefs Compete", after he and Scott were nominated, he repeatedly refused to go up, and tried to change the nominees to Scott and Ralph; Chef Ramsay just brought all three up. In fairness though, Ralph was far worse and probably would have been eliminated regardless of the nominees.


"We need to stop being little bitches, and be men!"

  • Badass: His leadership in episode 6, while slightly abrasive, nevertheless gave the men their first win of the season. He had his first bad service in episode 10...yet all of his food still came out perfectly (he had issues with communication and teamwork).
    • Badass Decay: Officially crossed into this territory in episode 11, repeatedly screwing up and pushing his teammates away when they tried to help him. He recovered a little when he got to the red team... but he pretty much became the poster child for this trope in episode 14, where he had a disastrous showing on the meat station and ultimately got the boot. Ramsay even commented on this at the end of the episode.
  • Flanderization: He had a bit of an ego in the beginning, but it wasn't too bad, especially considering that he backed it up for the most part. But starting around episode 10, he started to think of himself as a cooking God while simultaneously getting weaker as a chef. By his elimination episode, he was like a bad cartoon super-villain.
  • Guttural Growler: He has quite possibly the harshest voice of any contestant on the show.
  • Honor Before Reason: In episode 13, he considered letting Melanie flounder on the fish station, since he considered her strong competition, but he decided to help by getting scallops from the blue kitchen. Granted, his main motivation was to be on the winning side, but considering that he initially wanted to see Melanie fail, it still counts.
  • Insufferable Genius: Comes off as this when he's on his game.
    Joy: "He's that guy that I hate working with in the kitchen...his communication skills are horrible, but he can cook."
  • It's All My Fault: Blamed himself for Richard's selection for the 'Cook for your life' challenge, postulating that Richard's perceived shortcomings during dinner service were strictly a result of Anton's poor leadership and lack of instruction in the kitchen. Even though the other men had nominated Richard based mostly on his age, rather than his performances in the kitchen (not that Anton had any easy way of knowing this, in fairness). That said, this attitude didn't last; see Never My Fault.
  • Manly Tears: Shed these in episode 7; he felt that he had to do well in the pizza challenge, since his family made their way in America with their pizza shop and he had to live up to them. His (and Richard's) pizza was declared the best of the day, giving his team the win, and he went off to be alone and wept, feeling that he made his family proud.
  • Never My Fault: In episode 11, he was assigned to the fish station, and Scott came over wanting to help. Anton refused his help, and then proceeded to serve Ramsay one scallop less than he needed, to which Anton blamed Scott for distracting him. This MIGHT have been justifiable, but later (after completely shutting Scott out), he gave Ramsay overcooked halibut. He then blamed his teammates for being too loud. Worse yet, when he was on the chopping block that night, he CONTINUED to deflect his mistakes.
    • Up to Eleven in episode 14, where he completely sank the meat station, then blamed everything from Scott (who was merely helping him slice meats and take them to the pass) to the oven being the cause of the several overcooked wellingtions (we are shown a clip of Joy telling him specifically the time and temperature for properly cooking the wellingtons before dinner service), and even when he was eliminated, he never took any responsibility for the utter collapse of his station.
  • The Rival: To Scott; Anton is constantly irritated by Scott's attempts to help, which Anton thinks is just doing more harm than good.
    "Scott, my little HEMORRHOID..."
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Claimed himself the clear best in the competition... in his elimination speech. He even declared he had won and that he would have restaurants next to Gordon Ramsay's.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Talking back to sous chef Andi in episode 14 definitely counts as this. The fact that he wasn't actually murdered by her is a miracle, but he got the boot later that night anyway (it doesn't help that he singlehandedly caused the red team to lose).
  • Took A Level In Jerk Ass: In "11 Chefs Compete", he turns into a complete ass, being rude to his team members and to the Red team, who came over to help the Blue team. But then...
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He got somewhat better after joining the red team for a little while. But, episode 14 undid ALL of this.


"Anton the super-chef. I suppose you put on a cape and fly around at night."
  • Badass Mustache
  • Cool Old Guy: He's 48 years old, and has so far avoided the stigma that plagues most older chefs who compete on this show (from Raj's incompetence, to Gina's insanity, to Ray's inconsistency). One of his teammates even commented on this in episode three.
    • His maturity came through in almost every service; after surviving the "Cook For Your Life" challenge, he was understandably upset for being forced to compete in the first place, but in the following service, he kept his head down and was the only chef (other than Jason) to not get yelled at by Ramsay. In the following service, he performed well on the meat station, but his Wellingtons couldn't be served thanks to Gabriel messing up the garnish. He admitted to being frustrated in the confessional, but it didn't show during service apart from an eyeroll.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In the confessionals, as shown by the above quote.
  • Grumpy Old Man: As the season moved along, he became this whenever things didn't go his way, namely whenever the blue team loses, and of course, when his team nominated him as the weakest chef.
  • Shocking Elimination: While his final service had issues (cold crab cakes, getting his station taken over by Rochelle, being generally slow), it was only the second time he had been nominated, and he was up against Gabriel, who was nominated for the FIFTH time, this time for serving several raw steaks.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: His teammates (minus Anton) all voted him as the weakest chef on the blue team in episode 9, forcing him to participate in the "Cook For Your Life" challenge against Jessica. He won the challenge, but he was visibly pissed off at his teammates for putting him in that position since he didn't feel he was the worst. And, considering he was the only one on the team that never got yelled at by Ramsay in the next dinner service, he was probably right.


  • Distaff Counterpart: To Dan from the previous season. Like him, she's a rude, unlikable jerkass that has occasionally shown glimpses of cooking ability, and in episode 3, despite a perfect (albeit brief) performance on meat, she was nominated solely because her teammates can't stand her.
  • Jerkass
    • Jerkass Has a Point: She was nominated along with Beth in episode 6, instead of Melanie who arguably let the team lose. She was nominated for being a poor team player in general and for a minor incident involving missing an order of cappelini, and when she heard this, she called out Melanie for her weak leadership.
  • Never My Fault: In the very first episode, where she refuses to take responsibility for her failure to communicate with her teammates when cooking appetizers, lying about the whole thing and trying to lay the blame entirely on them.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite having arguments with Jessica in the kitchen, she appeared to be one of the most upset that she was leaving.
    • In episode 11, she was nominated for a pretty sloppy performance on fish, along with Rochelle because the other women were worried her passion was elsewhere.note  In a borderline Out-of-Character Moment, Sandra didn't try and dispute her nomination, but said in the Confession Cam that nominating Rochelle was stupid.
  • Smug Snake
    • Took a Level in Kindness: Started the season as probably the meanest person, but overtime became more mellow and less confrontational, and she took her elimination reasonably well, accepting her shortcomings, taking responsibility and making a classy exit.


"I've got a spark in my ass."

  • Deadpan Snarker
  • He-Man Woman Hater: Had a notable disdain for the red team members, much worse than for his own teammates. That's understandable, but he showed this side of him during the sorority anniversary punishment as well, acting like a total douche to the sorority girls.
  • Hypocritical Humor: He says something to this effect:
    Ramsay: "Why do you think you should stay in Hell's Kitchen?"
    Ralph: "I don't make mistakes, chef!"
    Ramsay: "But what about your performance on the meat station?"
    Ralph: "Just a few silly mistakes, chef…"
  • Jerk Ass: Was incredibly rude to the sorority girls in one episode's punishment because he was angry that the blue team lost - he even basically threw a plate of food at them while snarling "Here you go, hope it tastes better than the Red team's shit!"
  • The Napoleon: Not to the same extent as season 1's Jeff or season 4's Craig, but he gets pretty fiery pretty easily in service.
  • That Came Out Wrong: Seemed to have this reaction after saying his above quote. Ramsay's response?


  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Desperately pled to Ramsay to send her back in line after being eliminated in the "cook for your life" challenge. Her teammates, and even some of the blue team members, looked emotional, but it didn't work.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She was homeless for a while.
  • Drama Queen: In episode 8, she was nominated for the first time. She proceeded to have a complete mental breakdown.
  • Never My Fault: In episode 3, both she and Simone failed in the fish station and got kicked out, but she tried shifting all the blame on Simone despite the fact that she screwed up as well.
  • One-Hit Wonder: She had what Ramsay deemed to be the best signature dish of the season. Unfortunately for her, it was all downhill from there.invoked
  • Sanity Slippage: Starting in episode 8; barely a minute has passed since her first nomination where she DIDN'T look like she was about to have a nervous breakdown.


  • The Generic Girl: For better or worse, she never really stood out next to the bitchier or more drama-prone members of her team.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: Inverted. She was one of the weakest contestants on this season's red team, but fortunately for her she seemed to turn in her worst performances in weeks when her team actually won... until the sorority dinner, where she completely tanked on the garnish station and let Rochelle take it over, leading to Bev being eliminated.


"Mike is an idiot. I can't fix stupid."

  • Epic Fail: His final performance in episode 7, where he was on the pizza station and proceeded to send twenty-five of them straight into the trash.
  • The Rival: While nobody particularly liked Mike, Chris seemed to have a special enmity for him.
  • Shocking Elimination: Sort of. He screwed up badly on the pizza station, but Scott (who also screwed up badly on the pizza station) consistently wasted dough and eventually ran out of it. Furthermore, Ralph couldn't even admit his faults on the meat station, which is usually a death sentence on Hell's Kitchen.


  • Abhorrent Admirer: To Richard. She kept badgering him to see if he wanted her to cook him anything (despite his repeated refusals) and hitting on him - and when he told her he was divorced, she said "Oh, you just haven't met someone like me yet!" Even the other chefs were laughing at her inability to take a hint.
    Richard: Don't get me wrong, I like Beth - she's a sweetheart - but holy ***, that's just out of control!
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Much in the vein of season 2's Virginia, Beth was a good cook and did very well in the reward challenges (which a few members of the red team noted in episode 6), but when it came to dinner services, she would get very flustered and scatterbrained, ending up with mostly poor performances.
  • The Ditz: Served a raw lobster tail in episode 2, and CONSTANTLY made mistakes cooking eggs in episode 5. Also, in the reward challenge in episode 5, she kept standing around, looking confused for a good 15 seconds or so while her teammates told her, several times, which covered dish to pick.
  • Drama Queen: Any time things weren't going her way, she would suffer an emotional breakdown. In episode 6 she tried to desperately beg Ramsay for another shot, but he didn't bite.
  • Never My Fault:
    • When Rochelle tried to help her in the second service, Beth pushed her away. Beth then proceeded to serve a raw lobster tail. She later blamed Rochelle for "distracting" her. She does this again in episode 5 with her mistakes cooking eggs, trying to lay the blame on her teammates rather than herself.
    • During episode 6, she claims that the only reason she hasn't had more success in her career is because restaurants in the south don't want to hire women. Never mind the fact that every one of the show's female finalists (barring only Heather and Virginia) has been from a southern state.


"I gave myself the nickname Culinary Jesus."

  • Butt Monkey: Constantly gets no respect from his teammates. Despite being nowhere near the worst in episode 4, his team STILL nominated him for elimination. The exact same thing happens again in episode 5, and this time he could not escape elimination. While he wasn't quite as bad as his team-mates made him out to be, he never did well enough in the challenges or services to justify being kept around.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Revealed in episode 5 that his father walked out on him when he was six months old.
  • One Steve Limit: Like Gabriel, his first name is Michael, but is going by his surname to avoid confusion with Mike.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Called himself "Culinary Jesus" in his FIRST Confession Cam. He was nominated for elimination after the first four services before getting eliminated after the fifth.


  • Jerkass
  • Jerkass Has a Point: In episode 3, when he and Chris were assigned to the fish station, Chris refused to accept Mike's help and would also not allow him to cook and didn't even want him to speak. The few times he did accept Mike's help, he did nothing but communicate badly, complain and blame Mike for his screw-ups. After Mike tries defending himself for the whole thing, his team still shifts most of the blame on him by saying he was not being a team player.
  • Lazy Bum: Sat down and ate chips while the men were working hard on a punishment.
  • The Load: His teammates saw him as this, and wouldn't let him help out during service. Ramsay ordered Ralph (his station partner during episode 4) to let him help with the lobster ravioli...and he forgot the lobster.
  • One Steve Limit: He is one of three Michaels this season, but DeMarco and Gabriel are going by their last names to avoid confusion with him.
  • Too Dumb to Live: At least in the initial challenge, where he used pre-packaged tortellini and canned tomatoes instead of fresh product. The fact that he got rude with Ramsay immediately after he called him on it is the cherry on top.


"Whenever he yells at me, I'll say to myself 'teddy bear, teddy bear, teddy bear...'"

  • Butt Monkey: Her team did not like her at all because, despite not having a bad attitude, she wasn't up to par with the others in terms of ability in the kitchen.
    • It especially shows when both she and Rochelle are feeling ill, but when both decide to return to the kitchen to try and cook, Rochelle is well received while Simone gets a cold reception. Also, her team did not believe Simone to be feeling ill and even told Chef Ramsay that she was faking it, despite the fact that Simone was visibly very pale and her movements were sluggish.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Said that if Gordon ever gets angry at her, she'll picture him as a giant teddy bear (hence the quote).
  • Ms. Fanservice: Was a former showgirl in Vegas.
  • Nice Girl: Despite the fact that her team did not like her, she was very soft spoken, polite, never cursed and she never really antagonized anybody, at least not on purpose.
  • Sanity Slippage: Her mental state is in a clear state of decline by episode 3, though she was never really all there in the first place.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: A rather quiet example: when she, DeMarco, and Mike faced elimination in episode 3, as Ramsay prepared to eliminate someone, Simone volunteered to be eliminated, to the bewilderment of everyone.


"He can kiss my big fat ass."

  • Emotionless Girl: For the most part she showed very little passion or emotion while on the show, which Chef Ramsay even called her out on during the signature dish tasting. The only times she showed any emotion (anger) was during a couple of arguments with Kashia and during her elimination, and even then she came across as more a robot than anything.
  • Lazy Bum: From minute one, it didn't appear as though she even wanted to be in the competition, and her borderline refusal to do anything during service didn't help.
  • Rage Quit: At least as much rage as her quiet, emotionless self could show, where in the first dinner service, she becomes so frustrated with repeated failures on cooking scallops that she doesn't want to deal with them anymore. Her teammates manage to talk her out of it, though, but she doesn't get any better.
  • Sore Loser: Big-time, when she was eliminated; she angrily gave Ramsay her jacket, cussed him out behind his back, saying she didn't need his opinion, and as she walked down the hall out the door, she flipped the camera off.


"We all have put finger in the food! We AAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL have done it!"

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