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Gordon Ramsay

Head Chef, all seasons
"YOU FUCKING DONKEY!"

  • Badass: Obviously. Ramsay is not only a great chef, but he is an intimidating presence in the kitchen.
    • Cultured Badass: It's a requirement to be a chef of course; he knows a lot about cooking and the culture associated with it.
    • Badass Armfold: This is the pose he takes in every season's opening.
  • Berserk Button: He has several, as you might expect, though the biggest ones are lying to him, talking over him, disrespecting him, and serving raw chicken.
    • He also doesn't like it when customers confront him while he's working (while the kitchen is having trouble), even if they're being nice/reasonable about it. He even points out to a customer who confronted him that if they have a problem, they talk to the Maître d since that's his job.
    • Also, people laughing, joking, or congratulating each other during dire situations in the kitchen.
    • He also has no patience for people who just resign themselves to their fate rather than fight back and show some backbone, and he "rewards" those people by eliminating them, even if they're not the worst cooks.
    • He hates when the entire kitchen screws up so much he has to kick them out, but he especially gets pissed when family night is ruined due to being a Friend to All Children.
    • More recently, he has shown impatience with chefs who do so terribly that someone else has to take over their station, as Season 10's Brian and Season 12's Bev, Richard, and Kashia can attest.
  • Brutally Honest: One of his signature traits.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Ramsay has a very dry wit and unleashes it regularly.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Invoked by Ramsay every time a cook laughs mid-tirade.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Unless he's providing constructive criticism in the kitchen, he's this.
    • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: In some ways, this is part of Chef Ramsay's modus operandi in the kitchen. While he does insult chefs when they screw up cooking food or aren't working as a team, he does it to encourage them by getting them to show backbone and improve as chefs and not make the same mistake again.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Gordon is a TOTAL 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.
  • Flat "What.": There's more then a few occasions when this is the only reaction he has to give.
  • Formerly Fat: Used to be fat, but lost weight in order to be a better chef. Puts a new light on all the times he's insulted the contestants' weight.
  • Friend to All Children: He always reigns in his temper and language as much as he can when he's serving kids and is incredibly friendly to them.
  • Grumpy Old Man: He often acts very gruff and moody.
  • Hypocrite: Warned Nilka not to curse in the kitchen because there were children in the dining room. Watch the episode, and count the number of times he swears in front of them. JP actually had to tell the children not to repeat what they heard from Chef Ramsay.
  • Jerkass: In the kitchen he is a screaming, yelling, short-tempered boss who will throw you out of the competition then and there if you make too many wrong moves.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Outside the kitchen he's comparatively soft-spoken, polite, and friendly. He demands to be called "Chef" during the competition, but during rewards where he joins them he asks they call him Gordon. He regularly arranges special dinners for firemen, marines, and charity organizations, and gets particularly upset when chefs screw up on those services. He also overall lets the chefs know when they do an excellent job on a challenge or dish, and it isn't uncommon for him to single out particularly good chefs for compliments.
  • Large Ham: You think your boss shouts? You have not seen Chef Ramsay in the kitchen when someone brings up raw food.
  • The Mean Brit: One of the most legendary examples out there.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: "Chef" Ramsay is the boss you have nightmares of. "Gordon" Ramsay is a professional and pleasant man.
  • 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 and communication. When three or four chefs are working on separate dishes that have to be cooked and timed to be ready to send out together, it's required to be a good chef.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Despite his tendency to yell and insult the chefs, he is this. He listens to the nominations and why people up for elimination think they should stay and sometimes asks other chefs on the team that nominated what they think. If there is a major concern that needs addressing (Like when Robert from Season 5's Berserk Button was pressed.), he takes the chef aside and finds out the source in a respectful manner.
  • Self-Made Man: Built his worldwide culinary empire from the ground up.
  • Supreme Chef: Definitely one of the top chefs in England, if not the world.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Whenever he ends up having to kick both teams out of the kitchen.
  • Tranquil Fury: When Joseph was getting in his face and swearing at him, Gordon reacted this way and told him that he had no respect and told him to leave.
    • When he's so pissed off for whatever reason (Usually because the teams did such a horrible job.), he resorts to this.
  • Troll: Chef Ramsay loves to do this with his contestants.
    • When it comes to elimination nights, he is often misleading. Announcing who will leave Hell's Kitchen, he announces a person's name. Then tells them to get back in line. Sometimes he'll take it a step further and tell them to take off their jacket, then go to the different team. Fair rule of thumb is that until you 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.
    • The various ways he has the contestants woken up at least Once Per Season.
    • 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.
    • Episode 13 of Season 6, starting with the Mini-Gordon and ending with the vegetarian dish challenge that required each contestant to serve 80 portions of food....to children. Gordon just has a huge grin on his face the entire time because it's that much fun for him.
    • The season finale of Season 8, Chef Ramay tells the finalists they have to parachute jump into the final challenge and Nona is about to do it. He quickly tells them he was kidding with a grin.
    • This side of him came through a couple of times in episode 14 of Season 12. In the lead-up to the blind taste test challenge, he gave the contestants some sample foods which looked delicious... and had a huge grin on his face when he saw their repulsed reactions to how awful they were. The second time happened just at the end of that night's service. He called all of the blue team over to the pass after a wellington had been delivered. Usually, this is a very bad thing indeed as he wants to show everyone that someone among them has REALLY screwed up... but instead he shows them all that the wellington was beautifully cooked and congratulates the blue team on one of the best services so far.
  • Verbal Tic: He says "Yes?" at the end of sentences when he says or asks for things from the chefs. For example, "Let's get x food cooked, yes?"

Scott Leibfried

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

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

MaryAnn Salcedo

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

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

Gloria Felix

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

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

Andi van Willigan

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

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

James Avery

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

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

Jean-Philippe Susilovic

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

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

James Lukanik

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

Marino Monferrato

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

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

Jason Thompson->Narrator, Seasons 1-12

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

     Season 13 

La Tasha

"Mama didn't raise no fool!"

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

Bryant

  • Badass: He was pretty weak in the beginning, but from about the 4th service onwards, he became one of the more consistent chefs on the blue team.
    • Also shown when he is the only person to do good in that season's Epic Fail of a blind taste test, getting a 3 out of 4 (with Sterling being the only other reasonably decent performer).
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Graceful Loser: Sort of, in the finale; he's absolutely crushed that he didn't win, but he eventually admits that he's happy for La Tasha.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper
  • Hot-Blooded: Santos said in a confessional that he's like a volcano, because "you never know when he's gonna go off".
  • Insufferable Genius: He's one of the best chefs on the blue team, and he makes sure everyone knows it.
  • Man Child: Showcases the emotional maturity of an eight-year-old in episode 10 when he has a breakdown consisting of stroking his own ego, out-cussing Jennifer and Chef Ramsay combined, blatantly making stuff up to insult the other chefs, and basically ranting and raving about how he doesn't deserve to be nominated.
  • Sore Loser: His dish loses the reward challenge of episode 9 against La Tasha's dish, and he refuses to acknowledge his defeat even while Chef Ramsay explains why he lost, and when Ramsay has everyone taste Sade's dish (which they refused to in the challenge) and saying it was better than Bryant's, Bryant insisted it was "salty". Is also very unhappy in the confession cam when La Tasha's dishes are rated higher.
  • The Perfectionist: Expresses the opinion that everything about a dish has to be perfect.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: He seems to become meaner by the episode.
    • By episode 10, it has gotten to the point where he blows up at his team in the dorms and nearly gets into a fight with Aaron, Fernando, and Sade.
    • Took a Level in Kindness: However, in episode 12 he admits that he's having fun hanging out with Sade and Santos, and is reluctant to nominate anyone at all. He takes another level in the second-to-last episode; he's a completely different person around his wife and adorable baby daughter. It carries through into the final episode, when he treats his team well, and even manages to be comparatively nice when throwing Frank out of the kitchen.
  • Worthy Opponent: After butting heads the entire season, he and Sade have come to regard the other as this, with a bit of Vitriolic Best Buds thrown in.

Sade

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

Jennifer

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

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

Roe

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

Santos

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

Sterling

"The ingredient I cooked this with is love!"

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

Fernando

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

Aaron

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

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

Frank

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

Steve

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

Ashley

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

Katie

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

Kalen

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

JR

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

Denine

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

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

Janai

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

JP

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

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

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