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Ja'Nel

"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.
  • 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 (fortunately for her, Cyndi and Mary agreed on without hesitation), she would accept being nominated if that was what the other women decided.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Was prevented from taking the winners' job after she allegedly failed a narcotics test, though she did later become the Executive Chef at Corner Table in her hometown of Houston, TX, but only for a year.
  • The Generic Girl: 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 (allegedly) failing a drug test.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Was very upset about the maggots during the recycling punishment.

Mary

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

  • Adorkable: A lot of her behavior shows shades of it.
  • 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. Though 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; after everyone else stated in confessional that they had never used a pressure cooker before, Mary proudly announced that she owned one.
  • 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).
  • 11th-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". Especially because Dan was the big reason she lost.
  • Helium Speech: Lampshaded by Gordon in the signature dish challenge, as her voice tended to be quite soft and airy.
  • 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."

Jon

"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.
    • It happened little, but he also had a bad habit of failing when his teammates were as well. His mistakes in the 2nd and 12th services actually managed to get the blue team thrown out of the kitchen.
  • Bitter Sweet Ending: Despite showing promise for the finale, he got eliminated in the final three because of a poor performance at the pass. Still, Ramsay called him the lone shining star of the blue team this season, let him keep his jacket, and told him to keep in touch for a job opportunity.
  • 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 teammates...to 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.
  • Celebrity Resemblance: To the late Chester Bennington.
  • 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.
  • The Determinator: Never stopped putting a 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.
  • 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.
  • Sole Survivor: The blue team of Season 11 was one of the worst teams in the show's history with a lot of weak, inconsistent and incompetent chefs; Ramsay followed through on a threat to kick them off the show as a faster rate, and Jon, the only consistent chef, was the only guy to reach the black jacket stage (Zach was the only other man in the final six, but that was a two-team service and he became the final victim of Ramsay prior to black jackets, although they now had Ja'Nel by that point.)
  • The One Guy: Thanks to his largely incompetent team, he ended up being the only guy in black jackets this season.
  • 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.

Cyndi

"Who would have thought? Girl can cook some meat!"

  • Butch Lesbian: It says so on 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: Didn't stand out a lot despite being around until the final four.
  • 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.

Susan

"First of all, this is fake. You're blonde too, Chef Ramsay. So what does that say about you?"

  • Achilles' Heel: Lamb was her constant weakness; she managed to cook it raw at least three times now.
  • 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker: "I cannot believe that Danielle is a head chef. A head chef of what? A hot dog stand?"
  • Dumb Blonde: More or less. Ironically, she's not naturally blonde (See above quote).
  • Expy: To Season 4's Christina. Both were culinary students upon entering the competition, and both could be considered Weak, but Skilled in comparison to the more experienced contestants they went up against. Despite this, they both have managed to impress Ramsay. With Susan, Ramsay felt that she did well enough to leave Hell's Kitchen as "a real chef". Whereas Christina won in her own season.
    • What makes the comparison interesting is that Christina was one of the winners Susan went up against in her first Black Jacket service, in which her only mistake in said service was underdressing the salads.
  • Lethal Chef: In the signature dish challenge she had the audacity to serve up raw lamb chops to Chef Ramsay, as the meat was still bright pink. Asking if she was trying to kill him, he threatened to send her home right there. He didn't, but it proved to be just the first of many fails involving lamb for her; see Running Gag below.
    • 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)
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: She was decent for a culinary student, but fell short in both skill-wise (to Ja'Nel, Jon and Cyndi) and growth-wise (to Mary).
  • 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.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Trying to serve Chef Ramsay obviously raw lamb is never going to end well for you....But smirking as he is getting done telling you why this is a serious health hazard? She should count herself lucky she wasn't kicked out.

Zach

"I'm the last person you wanna cross; this is the lesson learned the HARD fuckin' way."

  • Adorkable: Gave off this feeling sometimes, specifically when jokingly reflecting back on his mistakes when speaking to the confession cam.
    Did I just have a conversation with Chef Ramsay about fucking?
    [Shows him smiling at the camera in the kitchen]
    Yes I did.
  • 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker: "Titanic ain't got shit on us!"
  • 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?!
  • Fatal Flaw: Not communicating in the kitchen was Zach's downfall.
    Jon: I just wanna grab Zach and be like, “fucking listen man, wake 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.
  • 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
  • Only Sane Man: Alongside Christian during the first service, in which everyone else on the blue team was thrown out. Was also this alongside Jon and Anthony in general until he started slipping up himself.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    Nedra: I'M NOT GOIN' UP! FUCK THAT! YOU CAN KISS MY ASS IF YOU THINK I'M GOING UP!
    Zach: Nedra! You're going up.
    Nedra: I'M NOT GOING UP! FUCK YOU! I AIN'T GOING UP!
    Zach: Your ass is out of here!
    • He took another one in the finale, managing to prove himself as a worthy asset to Ja'Nel's team, if not her best chef that night.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Had this moment during the opening night (after eight of the ten Blue members got kicked out), complete with a cut to commercials.

Anthony

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

  • Ambiguously Gay: Has some decidedly flamboyant mannerisms, but otherwise there hasn't been much evidence one way or another.
  • 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.
  • Only Sane Man: Before his disastrous performance in episode 15, he shared this role with Jon.

Nedra

"This bitch ain't going nowhere!"

  • 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. YMMV on this though because other times she was indeed malicious. Still, more of a brat than a bitch for the most part.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: On the red team, she could get away from being nominated by blaming it on someone else, and manipulating her teammates to do so. However, on the blue team, she tried the same tactic again, but the blue team did not budge in their decision to nominate her. She ends up eliminated not long after.
  • 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.
    • Another example is refusing to be up for elimination after the breakfast service, despite being one of the reasons the red team fell apart.
  • 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.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Towards Mary. First when 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.
  • "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.
  • Verbal Tic: Said "Yes, chef" so many times that it practically became this for her.
    Gordon: Why are you using soggy buns when you have toasted right behind you?
    Nedra: ...Yes, chef.
    Gordon: No! Not "Yes, chef"! Why are you using the soggy ones?
  • 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).

Michael

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

  • Not So Above It All: Was far from the worst member of the Blue Team, but had real difficulty fighting back during service when he made mistakes, especially on his final service.
  • Only Sane Man: Besides Jon and Anthony.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Was a key member of Mary's team in the final.

Ray

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

  • Adult Child: Despite being 51, he wasn't above not admitting to his mistakes, yelling at people when he was angry, making rude remarks about his own teammates and sticking his finger into a risotto.
  • 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.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Ray was accused of "having senior moments" at least once during the competition, and had trouble during services.
  • 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.
  • Papa Wolf: Was on the receiving end of one of Ramsay's Papa Wolf attacks when he sent up a stone-cold burger meant for Ramsay's son during the family service. An incensed Ramsay said he wouldn't dare do that to Ray's family.

Barret

"I can't even look Chef James in the eye. He's like a triple black-belt in Tae Kwon Do, this dude could probably FUCK ME UP right now."

  • 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 (the fact that the red team failed to serve all of the appetizers before the Quinceanera waltz, leaving two tables to never receive their appetizers, contributed to this due to it being viewed as an insult to the guests of the Quinceanera)
  • High Hopes, Zero Talent: His hair and tattoo screamed passion for HK, but he never executed.
  • Lethal Chef:
    • In the family service, he attempted to serve Chef James' wife pink chicken. As an added bonus, his wife was pregnant. This lead to Ramsay assigning the red team to the kitchen.
    • Seen another time when he sent a halibut up to the pass... without taking the parchment off. Said halibut was meant to be served to an old lady. The rest of his team, especially Dan and Zach, reacted appropriately, as did Chef Ramsay.
    Zach: [Confession Cam] You left the parchment on it?! What, are you trying to kill somebody?! By the time you've swallowed it, you're already on the floor with JP doing CPR on you! Who the fuck would want that?!
  • The Load: Was apparently so bad that he didn't even get to return in the finale, despite Amanda and Dan, who were eliminated before him, doing so.
  • Manly Tears: The raw chicken incident had Gordon openly questioning whether Barret gave a shit about what he was doing in the kitchen; he was narrowly spared elimination that night, but was devastated when Ramsay began to secondguess his ability.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Had a huge one when he served raw chicken to Chef James' pregnant wife, and profusely apologized for it before attempting to redeem himself starting with the next service.
  • Never My Fault: He was displeased with being eliminated after Amanda following the Quinceanera service, saying "I don't agree with the decision". This is a little while after Ramsay, noting that the blue team had only won one service and challenge, threatened to send them out quicker; he made good on his promise with Barret.
  • 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.
  • Nice Hat: His black cap, which he always wore backwards.
  • 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!
  • You Look Familiar: He reappeared on Food Network's Cutthroat Kitchen.

Amanda

"Back off the station, I have it!"

  • Epic Fail: Singlehandedly tanked her team on the meat station during the 8th service, where she was unable to get the meats out to the pass despite repeated assurances to Gordon that they were coming. This started a chain reaction where half of the red team was ejected from the kitchen; unsurprisingly her team lost in that service and she narrowly avoided elimination.

Jacqueline

"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.

Dan

"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 became the first chef 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.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold / Took a Level in Kindness: That being said, outside of the show after his elimination, he is actually very cordial, and speaks respectfully about the other chefs in interviews. He revealed that he's friends and keeps up with several contestants from both his and other seasons of the show.
  • 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.
  • Manchild: 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.
  • 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.

Jessica

"I will outwork every single one of you up there right now!"

  • 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 lack passion.
  • 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. Even at her elimination, she barely had any reaction.
  • High Hopes, Zero Talent: Showed promise early on, but flamed out due to her aforementioned lack of passion.

Jeremy

"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.
  • Graceful Loser: As out of his depth as he was, he did at least own up to his fumble with the sample plate, a mistake that got him eliminated.
  • History Repeats: Like Season 8's Raj, he was eliminated despite his team winning that night's service due to his lack of ability.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: He would insist he was a great chef, but tellingly he wasn't even sure whether his own signature dish, a rib-eye steak, was a rib-eye. This frustrated Ramsay more than the fact that the dish was overcooked, and things didn't really improve from there.
  • The Load: Was very dopey on receiving orders and cooking; his inability to repeat an order Ramsay was telling him several times over led to a frustrated Ramsay kicking him out of opening night. And then there's bringing the sample dish up.
  • Never My Fault: Had a lot of trouble accepting responsibilities.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Called himself a great chef, and thought he was a frontrunner, but he was in fact the slowest male chef that season, and Ramsay said he was in over his head.

Danielle

"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.
  • Genre Blind: Her excuse for her poor performance was that "no other kitchen" works with the kind of brigade system Hell's Kitchen is built around, as shown in the quote above.
  • Graceful Loser: Despite her poor performance, she was still proud of having had the opportunity to compete on Hell's Kitchen, only regretting that she didn't get farther than she did.
  • Identical Stranger: Bears a strange resemblance to Season 10's Royce.
  • The Load: Was not prepared at all for Hell's Kitchen; one example is with the opening service, where her failure on her station led to Susan getting ejected because she had to babysit her. Ramsay then says two orders with chicken and Beef Wellington as well as a redo, and Danielle told him she was confused, and asked if he needed the redo and the meat, or just the chicken and two Wellingtons. Ramsay's answer: "Get Out!!"
  • 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.

Christian

"Hey, I'm a Boston guy. I had my Bill Buckner moment. I froze at a big time, but I didn't get my second chance to fight"

  • 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.
  • Only Sane Man: Alongside Zach during the first service, in which everyone else on the blue team was thrown out.
    • However, completely averted during the second service where he was the main reason of blue team's collapse and was eliminated that night.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He was eliminated early on, and wasn't given much attention due to being overshadowed by his more colorful teammates.

Gina

"You better watch your Ps and Qs 'cause you don't know me!"

  • Beginner's Luck: Her first set of scallops were somehow perfect during the first service. However, that was the only time Gina sent anything passable in her short stay on the competition.
  • 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.
  • The Eeyore: She never smiled once, and always looked like she was in distress. She even acted like it, sulking and walking slowly on her way outside the second day shortly before her abrupt Rage Quit.
  • 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.

Sebastian

"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." Chef Ramsay lampshaded this in his elimination statement and even before Sebastian's elimination
    Chef Ramsay: "This is a kitchen, not a place for comedians."
    Chef Ramsay: (elimination statement) "Sebastian tried to be funny, but it was his cooking that was the joke."
  • Graceful Loser: He fully owned up to the fact that it was his own fault that he got eliminated, and warned everyone watching that indeed, Hell's Kitchen was no joke.
  • Irony: The fact his portrait on elimination was sandwiched between Ja'Nel and Mary...who ended up winning the competition and ending as runner up respectively.
  • Nice Guy: He was a mediocre chef, but he was at least cool to be around; he hugged Jeremy and encouraged him to fight back, and even gave Ramsay a friendly shoulder bump on his way out.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Almost tried to pull this during the signature dish challenge, jokingly running off before coming back to present his shrimp corn dogs to Chef Ramsay. After tasting them, both Gordon and Nedra (Who tasted it with him) agreed that he probably should've run away for real.
  • 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.
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     Season 12 

Scott

"Chef Ramsay has beaten my ass every day that I've been here...for me to still be here, it means I must be doing something right."

  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Some of his nominations were debatable, such as episode 11, where he made no mistakes and even scored the winning point in the challenge. However, he was nominated over Gabriel, who served frozen mushrooms.
    • It happened again in episode 14. His only mistakes were slicing and serving a plate of raw chicken (that was cooked by Anton) and attempting to cook a full order of scallops when Chef Ramsay only asked for a 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.
      • The Dog Bites Back: Deconstructed, in episode 17, he reveals his frustration in the Confession Cam about everyone picking on him. The stress and anger built up so much that he snapped at Chef Ramsay, and almost got eliminated on the spot for it.
      • Iron Butt Monkey: He tied the record for the most nominations ever on the show with seven note , but he never lost an ounce of passion and eventually won.
  • Complexity Addiction: Almost all of his dishes are very elaborate, but they usually fell flat in favor of 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 started making most of his creative yet risky ideas work, such as mahi-mahi in the tailgate party in episode 17.
  • Dark Horse Victory: Even as few as three episodes before the finale, almost nobody thought he would win.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Mostly in the confessionals.
  • Determinator: No matter what abuse he received from Chef Ramsay or his teammates, he never gave up and remained level-headed and professional. Even when he got into an argument with Chef Ramsay in episode 17, he simply did it out of frustration, and he apologized for it.
    • Ramsay listed this as a key reason why he won, and the reason why he got the most shit out of all the chefs was that he had the most potential of the chefs that season.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Was one of the contestants most put up for elimination in the whole series and was either the scapegoat or had a middling performance rate. Come to the final episodes though and his persistence rewards him with a victory as the last man standing.
  • Friendly Rivalry: With Jason in the finale.
  • Happily Married: He entered the competition to secure a better life for his wife and two children.
  • Never My Fault: Jumped onto the pizza station to help Chris in episode 7, but he struggled as well. Ramsay dragged them into the storeroom; Scott blamed the oven and the pizzas themselves for "not cooking right".
  • Nice Guy: Consoled Joy during her Heroic BSoD and consoled Kashia when she missed her family.
    • Beware the Nice Ones: Admitted how frustrated he was in episode 17 of constantly being railed on by everybody and he eventually snapped...at Chef Ramsay. He very nearly got thrown out on the spot and barely avoided elimination that night. Happens again in the finale, where he tosses Jessica out of service for her constantly forgetting even basic cooking standards - one of the few finalists to ever do so.
  • Older Than They Look: Looked to be in his late 20's but was actually 36, making him the oldest winner to date.
  • The Perfectionist: When he took his turn leading in "4 Chefs Compete", he sent dishes back over the smallest things (like the garnish having too much garlic). While it annoyed the other chefs, Chef Ramsay approved of his dedication and the diners loved the quality of their food as a result, which helped Scott advance to the finale.
    • In the finale, he kicked Jessica out when she didn't meet his standards on garnish, though it was less that she didn't meet his standards and more that she didn't meet basic standards, such as forgetting to even mix the garnish.
  • Real Men Eat Meat: And cook it, too. Meat dishes were his specialty.
  • The Rival: To Anton. Scott constantly railed 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: Chef Ramsay noted that he had the classic "underdog" story; he started off pretty weak, but his passion and determination for cooking kept him improving all the way through until he finally won.
  • Unusual Euphemism: "Holy cats!"
  • Unwanted Assistance: In-Universe; this is how some of the other chefs felt about his attempts to make sure they were cooking well.

Jason

Also Season 9
"I'm gonna rock out with my crockpot out!"
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  • 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 pretty sluggish when he arrived. Fortunately, he did pretty well in service to make up for it.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: "The problem with Anton is he's a stupid idiot."
  • Distaff Counterpart: With Russell from Season 8 in both looks, cooking ability, arrogance, and frequency of F-bombs. Both of them reached second place. Fortunately for Jason, though, unlike Russell, Jason was a Graceful Loser that spared him from extra fan hate.
  • 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 lost.
  • 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 funnier.
  • Fanboy: Of Stan Lee when he came to Hell's Kitchen in episode 18.
  • Fiery Redhead: Not only in the Confession Cam but any moment he happens to be fired up.
  • Friendly Rivalry: With Scott in the finale.
  • Graceful Loser: He was disappointed to lose, obviously, but he was happy for Scott, admitting he earned his victory and even cheered for him in the aftermath.
  • Grumpy Bear: Sometimes came across as this. Even in episode 12, where the blue team won the challenge and earned a relaxing time at a spa, he spent the reward grumpy and not enjoying it.
  • Guttural Growler: Not to the same extent as Anton.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Definitely had one, seen in episode 3 when he blew 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, but he appeared apologetic, and from that point on, worked together with her with no further issues.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: This tended to be zigzagged. He did occasionally make sexist statements in the confessional cam and the example above with Sandra, but aside from that, he didn'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 seemed to have stopped this with the arrival of the women on the blue team. With both Rochelle and Melanie on the team, Jason was quite happy that the blue team finally became cohesive and he enjoyed working with them.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: After he and Scott won the tailgating party challenge and they received a wine-tasting tour for the challenge prize:
    "I want the alcohol."
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He definitely showed an abrasive side throughout the show, being unafraid to let people know if he was upset or angry, but he was always a team player and, for the most part, got along with his teammates, even (begrudgingly) Sandra.
  • Large Ham: It's painfully clear that he had an absolute blast being on the show and it made him popular. This is most particularly evident in the Confession Cam and again in 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 the weakest member of the team, Jason seemed visibly upset. 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 displayed 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 though.
  • 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 was one of the strongest chefs and finished second in the competition.
  • No Indoor Voice: As one of the viewers put it, "Jason always sounds like he's challenging Hulk Hogan to a wrestling match!"
  • The Unintelligible: In the second episode, as he cheered 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 dinner service. Granted, nobody got on with Mike, but while the others were angry yet level-headed in dealing with him, Jason flew into a screaming rage, threatening physical violence and looking down on Mike not because of anything regarding teamwork, but because Mike worked at a grocery store.
    • And again in the next episode when he got in Sandra's face, screaming like a maniac rather than working with her after Ramsay sent the women to help the men with their service. Much like Mike, Sandra was not the most liked person, but Jason's extreme actions earned him a berating by Ramsay (though at least this time, he apologized).
    • As the season advanced, most of his confessionals when talking about others were to insult them with great disdain in his voice.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: At the same time, he appreciated having Rochelle and Melanie on the blue team.
    • Episode 16 undoes this when he nominated Rochelle, saying he did not understand how she got so far when she 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 Rochelle didn't make any mistakes. This then turned into Laser-Guided Karma when Melanie and Rochelle immediately decided to nominate him instead for his attitude, though given his consistency, it may have been a strategic move.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Anton; he was quick to call out Anton's mistakes and seemed to butt heads with him a lot, but they always worked well together in service, and Anton was even Jason's first pick for the final service, where Anton kept his mouth shut and worked his hardest for Jason. Jason revealed in interviews that he and Anton developed a deep respect for each other.

Melanie

"I wanna show Chef Ramsay that I fucking have a voice. WATCH ME."
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  • Adorkable: Definitely fits this trope with her celebratory Confession Cam dances.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: There's one episode where she is very blatantly flirting with Anton.
  • Child Prodigy: Ramsay considers her to be one, stating that she was "born to cook" and that he hopes to see her again in a few years. He even let her keep her black jacket when she was eliminated.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Mainly in the Confession Cam when someone does anything she deems as either strange or stupid.
  • Epic Fail: In episode 14, and just like Jason, she failed to get any correct items in the blind taste test and only contributed to helping her team lose.
  • Ms. Fanservice: A strong contender for the show's best-looking contestant EVER; she's been shown changing in the dorms several times and in episode 4 we were treated to her in a bikini.
  • Never My Fault:
    • In Episode 6, Melanie was named the leader of the red team for that night's service, but she completely shut down on her team on both leadership and on the fish station. While this would have led to a nomination, she denied being the problem, insted pushing for overall performances.
    • In episode 7's pizza challenge, both teams had to choose one of their four pizzas to leave out, and Melanie insisted that they exclude Kashia and Bev's pizza because she thought it was burnt, to Kashia's chagrin as she felt it was good. The red team went on to lose the challenge, and Ramsay asked to taste their pizza, and said it may have given the women the win; when Kashia confronted Melanie about it during punishment, Melanie said that Kashia should have spoken up more, and even said that she never said it looked burnt, this after saying everybody voted to veto Kashia and Bev's pizza, while we are shown footage of Melanie deciding the choices herself
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: She, along with Rochelle (who justifiably sat out because her thumb was injured), made Scott do all the work during the last Black Jacket punishment, in the hopes that it would wear Scott out and prevent him from making it to the finale. This turned into Laser-Guided Karma when Scott was the first chef chosen for the finale and she was eliminated.

Rochelle

"I guess I can cook polenta!"

  • Adorkable: SOOOO much due to a combination of being a Meganekko and her adorable laugh.
  • Badass Adorable: You just wanna hug her, yet she's been complimented time and time again as one of the strongest chefs this season.
  • 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.
  • Character Tic: Her laugh, which usually happened when she was excited or nervous. She lampshaded this in the first episode.
  • 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.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Her response to Scott and Jason picking male chefs first in the finale. Also got a bit of it when she was eliminated before Melanie despite being a more consistent chef, and as such was denied the third-place honor of being allowed to keep her jacket.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Her laughing during the signature dish challenge, in front of a live audience no less, and explaining that she had it whenever she was nervous. This even caught on to her Confession Cam.
  • Expy:
    • Let's see...an 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 apart from the fact that she never made it to the final two...which would make her similar to season 11's Jon for also being a fan-favorite that many wanted to win and was a Graceful Loser overall.
    • Her sadness of killing lobsters also relates to Season 3's Bonnie.
  • Gosh Darn It to Heck!: So far, she was only bleeped out once.
  • Graceful Loser: She thanked Ramsay for the experience and hoped to one day sign up to work at one of his restaurants (and also promised to keep her laughing under control). She took the loss a lot better than her fans did, at any rate.
  • 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.
  • Heroic BSoD: Suffered a minor one in episode 13 (the create your menu), but came back with a vengeance at dinner service.
  • Meaningful Name: Rochelle is based off the French word for "rock", representing her consistency throughout the show.
  • Meganekko
  • Nice Girl: Tried to calm down a freaking out Joy in the first episode, states that she's happy to be assigned to the dessert station in the second episode as she can be a floater and help out whoever needs it, and held Jessica's hand after she competed in the Cook for your life challenge. She showed herself to be the nicest of the women, doing her best to work hard, stay out of the 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.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Always the happy, nice girl and optimistic, when it came to her Heroic BSoD in episode 13, it was really depressing to see.
  • Plucky Girl: Optimistic, cheerful and willing to help in the kitchen. When she was eliminated, Ramsay noted that he had never seen someone so energetic and that she would have a very bright future ahead of her.
  • 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.
  • Signature Laugh: Had one whenever she was excited or nervous, which she even stated during the signature dish challenge in the first episode. This was noted by Ramsay during her elimination, who even told her to hand her jacket without giggling. Also highlighted in her elimination flashback montage.
  • 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.

Joy

"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."

  • 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. Though it becomes less of one if you read her post-show interview, where she reveals that she did apologize to Ramsay offscreen for her behavior.
  • 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.
  • Foreshadowing: Said in the beginning of episode 18 that whenever she comes close to success in her field, "something" always happens that holds her back. Later that episode, we found out that "something" was: she's a quitter.
  • 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.
  • Irony: At one point, Joy wanted a woman to win the competition, but at the end of the season, it was a man who won it. For massive irony, that person was Scott, the person she was trying to get rid of.
  • 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.
  • Put on a Bus: Didn't return for the finale, leaving Bev to take her place. Though it's not hard to see why.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After being one of the best chefs of the season (if not 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 sitting on the toilet.
  • Worthy Opponent: Jason considered her one, expecting that it would be him vs her in the finals.

Kashia

"I'm FLUSTRATED!"

  • 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.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Became increasingly obvious in the latter stages of the competition, where she constantly blew up at her team-mates and even Chef Ramsay over minor things, even when she was the one at fault.
  • 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 (though in fairness to Scott, it was out of frustration over getting picked on by everyone), it resulted in her making several mistakes and ultimately being eliminated.

Gabriel

"I know how to count...one 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. And as to ram it in harder, Ramsay had him go out the front door instead of back to the dorms like the other chefs who were eliminated like he was.
  • 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.
  • The Load: One of the more inconsistent chefs that season, he sent up a lot of bad dishes and was nominated a hell of a bunch.
  • 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. Subverted next service where his failure on the fish station got him eliminated during service.
  • 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.
  • Two First Names: Gabriel is actually his last name; his first name is Michael.

Anton

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

  • 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. Ramsay lampshaded this.
    "Anton let the little success in Hell's Kitchen inflate his ego. It was time to let the air out of that balloon."
  • 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.
  • Jerkass: BIG TIME as his time on the show neared its end. He started out as a bit of an ass, but wasn't too bad. In his last few episodes, however, he started pushing his teammates away more and more and going off on them for mistakes that he made. His ego also went up tremendously. See also Took a Level in Jerkass and 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 wellingtons (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. Ramsay's statement: "Anton let the little success he had in Hell's Kitchen inflate his ego. It was time to let the air out of that balloon."
  • Straw Misogynist: Showed shades of this in his argument with Chef Andi, seeming none too happy for being picked on by a woman. Too bad for him, Andi was doubly upset over being answered to, which she mistook for talking back. Also, in the skating lesson reward earlier that day, he mentioned in the confessionals that he was blatantly ogling the teacher.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • Responding to sous chef Andi in episode 14 definitely counts as this. The fact that he wasn't verbally murdered by her, but he got the boot later that night anyway (it doesn't help that he singlehandedly caused the red team to lose).
    • Earlier, in episode 6, he took matters into his own hand by directly delivering some food to the guests at the chef's table...without having Ramsay check it to make sure it was good to go. Sure enough, the scallops were undercooked. Ramsay didn't seem to catch on to what Anton had done, as he only expressed his usual annoyance over the undercooked food. Considering how hard he or his sous chefs have verbally ripped other contestants a new asshole for doing anything that even remotely goes against his authority, one can only imagine how screwed Anton would've been if he actually had noticed it.
  • 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.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Jason.

Richard

"Anton the super-chef. I suppose you put on a cape and fly around at night."

  • Badass Mustache
  • Berserk Button: Really didn't like it when other people—particular the women—had to take care of his station.
  • 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. The only older chef who could be considered stronger than him would be Season 4 runner-up Petrozza.
    • 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.
  • Graceful Loser: In his elimination statement, he said that he enjoyed his time in Hell's Kitchen and if he could do it all over again, he would.
  • 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.
  • Put on a Bus: Didn't come back for the final service, leaving Chris to take his place.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: His teammates (minus Anton and Ralph) 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.

Sandra

"Tonight, all my dishes came out perfect! This sucks! It just flat-out sucks!"

  • 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: Rude, was not a team player, and had multiple feuds with a good majority of her teammates.
    • 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.
  • Picked Last: Scott leaving her with Jason was probably not an accident. During the final service, she was completely apathetic and uncaring, and made a lot of lazy mistakes which caused Jason to threaten to throw her out of service (but he never did, even though Scott threw Jessica out).
  • 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.
    • The finale undoes this, with Sandra attempting to sabotage Jason multiple times and generally showing a poor attitude.

Ralph

"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…"
  • Jerkass: 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!" However...
    • More Than Meets the Eye: Ralph displayed a large amount of heart, apologizing to Ramsay after the second dinner service while everyone else was leaving. Ramsay affirmed this in his comment after Ralph's elimination.
    "Ralph has a lot of heart. But when it comes to cooking, he comes up a little short."
  • 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.
  • Never My Fault: Might be the worst example on the blue team that year, and tried to pass the blame on others.
  • That Came Out Wrong: Seemed to have this reaction after saying his above quote. Ramsay's response?
  • Took a Level in Badass: He actually performed strongly in the final dinner service.
  • Working Through the Cold: In Episode 10, Ralph started to come down with a fever due to the lack of sleep (no thanks to Gabriel who snored very loudly). While he decided to perform in service, his performance was badly affected by his fever, and was eliminated.

Jessica note 

"Thank God we won that challenge, because otherwise my ass was gonna get chewed the fuck OUT for that tuna."

  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Desperately pleaded 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.
  • Bystander Syndrome: In the Sorority Anniversary service, she stood around doing nothing to help Kashia instead of helping her out on the fried chicken, leading them to send out raw portions. It was enough to lead to her nomination.
  • 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.
  • Dumb Blonde: In episode 9, when the six members of the red team worked with six different proteins, she took swordfish since she works well with it in general...except it was tuna.
  • The Load: Was easily the weakest member of Scott's team in the final service, and got kicked out after sending up a poor serving of fries.
  • 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 passed since her first nomination where she DIDN'T look like she was about to have a nervous breakdown.

Bev

"JP, he's just so cute on these little tricycles! He looked so happy, I just wanted to pinch his cheeks!"

  • 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.
  • Sore Loser: Reacted with anger over being eliminated, believing that she should have stayed over a crybaby like Jessica.

Chris

"I would love to do the downward dog with the yoga instructor."

  • Deadpan Snarker: "Mike is an idiot. I can't fix stupid."
  • Distracted by the Sexy: The blue team all fell in love with the yoga instructor in episode 7's reward, but Chris did the most.
  • Epic Fail: His performance in episode 7, where he was on the pizza station and proceeded to send twenty-five of them straight into the trash, which lead to his elimination.
  • Never My Fault: Blamed Scott in episode 7 for his own failure on the pizzas, but it wasn't enough to keep him from being nominated and eliminated.
  • The Rival: To Mike. Chris seemed to have a special enmity for him, being irritated when Ramsay did not eliminate him in episode 3.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Had a strong performance in the finale, proving himself a worthy asset to Scott's team after being Scott's first pick.

Beth

"I'm not stupid, I know how to cook fish"

  • 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 2 out of 5 of the show's female winners (Ja'nel and Nona) before season 12 are from the south. Chef Ramsay lampshaded this in his statement for her elimination:
    Ramsay: Beth thinks the reason she hasn't advanced in the culinary industry is the fact that she's a woman in the south. I think it's because she can't cook.
  • Younger Than They Look: She was 43 during her brief time on the show, yet looked to be in her mid to late 50s.

DeMarco

"I gave myself the nickname Culinary Jesus."

  • Butt-Monkey: Constantly received no respect from his teammates. Despite being nowhere near the worst in episode 4, his team still nominated him for elimination based on overall performance. 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.
  • Disappeared Dad: It's clear that he's especially bitter about this, and for this he was all the more determined to prove himself.
  • The Load: His five consecutive nominations speak for themselves. Unlike Mike though, it was not so much by lack of effort or passion as it was whatever inability he had getting it together in the kitchen. Sadly, he was not able to redeem himself as Gordon could see he simply wasn't improving.
  • 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.

Mike

"I'm a little insulted, it's not like it's packaged dog food."

  • The Dreaded: But most certainly not because of his skill; the Blue Team saw him as a liability due to his lack of commitment, and when he requested being sent to the Red Team thinking he'd be "more appreciated" there, they all shook their heads in disbelief. Both were relieved when Gordon chose to send him home instead.
  • Handshake Refusal: Ramsay offered him a handshake when he was eliminated, but Mike ignored it.
  • High Hopes, Zero Talent: He certainly talked a big game when arriving at Hell's Kitchen, but proved instead to be one of the laziest and most undependable chefs of the season, and was quick to destroy all goodwill with his team.
  • Jerkass: Had a disrespectful attitude for most of his time.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Was assigned to the fish station with Chris in episode 3, and the ravioli station with Ralph in episode 4, and the blue team blamed Mike after both services of not being a team player, though both Chris and Ralph refused to accept Mike's help. He didn't help his case when he did manage to contribute though, such as The Load moment below.
  • Lazy Bum: Sat down and ate chips while the men were working hard on a punishment, which he was primarily responsible for, per the Too Dumb to Live moment below. This moment sent a bad impression to the rest of his team (and would have infuriated Ramsay), and that perception never changed.
    • Foreshadowed with his signature dish, which consisted of pre-packaged tortellini and canned tomato sauce.
  • 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.
  • Retired Badass: Subverted; He mentioned serving in the Army, but said badassery never transitioned to his time in the kitchen.
  • 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. Then he refused to take part in the punishment, which turned his teammates off of him note , and he never recovered (making challenge-costing errors didn't help).

Simone

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

  • Beginner's Luck: She did manage to serve up a signature dish that Gordon legitimately liked, only losing to Anton because it had a clunky presentation. Unfortunately, she began tanking hard almost immediately thereafter.
  • 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. However, Ramsay did not question it and allowed her to leave.

Nicole

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"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.
  • High Hopes, Zero Talent: Failed to express much of the former, but completely owned the latter despite being a culinary graduate.
  • Jerkass: A big part of why her team was relieved to see Ramsay send her packing. For more, see Sore Loser below.
  • 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. Her teammates were elated when she was sent home after two services despite not being nominated that night.
  • The Load: Was seen as this by both the Red Team and Chef Ramsay, who quickly became fed up with her lack of passion in the kitchen.
  • Misplaced Kindergarten Teacher: She was a culinary student, but her lack of commitment will certainly make one question whether she had any legitimate ability. If so, she never made any effort to prove it.
  • 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. She was also particularly nasty with her elimination statement, saying the quote above, giving a smooch, and finishing with "Bye, Chef Ramsay."

Gaurav

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

  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: He commented that "After taking the first bite of my dish, he's going to be in that orgasm, like the zen mode." Cut to Chef Ramsay saying that his dish tastes like crap.
  • High Hopes, Zero Talent: He certainly had great confidence in his signature dish, which was a fast flop with Chef Ramsay. Whatever talent he may have had was overshadowed by his apathy towards the risotto incident, failing to grasp that it was unsanitary.
  • Ironic Name: Gaurav means "Someone who brings pride to his family". Well, considering that he was the first eliminated....
  • Never My Fault: Did not seem to understand that putting his finger in a risotto was a bad move, hence the quote above. Even after his team reiterated Ramsay's criticism, he refused to own up to it.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Stuck his finger in a risotto, licked it, and put it back in. And never saw anything wrong with it! Sure enough, he got the boot first.
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