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"Mama didn't raise no fool!"
- Bald Woman: She is notably the only women to date that is bald (or at least has a buzzcut).
- Bifauxnen: Whenever the red team goes out to dinner for rewards, she's always dressed in a pantsuit.
- Book Dumb: "I don't know what 'lacks-a-daisical' is, but when I find out, I'm gonna make sure to never be it again." note
- Epic Fail: Was an amazing chef throughout the competition... except for her signature dish, which was just a piece of grilled watermelon that was underwhelming! It just goes to show that the signature dishes aren't necessarily indicative of how well a chef will perform.
- Flawless Victory: On the way to victory she was never nominated for elimination, and only had two services that could even vaguely be described as sub-standard. In all, there was rarely any point this season where it looked like anyone else would win (Jennifer was the only one in a similar league in terms of consistency, but flopped when it came to running the pass).
- The Leader: Takes up this mantle for the red team in episode 8, and is probably the reason they did as well as they did in that episode.
- Nice Girl: She's the only one who doesn't mind getting Sterling, and treats everyone with friendliness and politeness.
- Ninja: Sade calls her one in episode 14 when she spends the entire service jumping from station to station and doing everything perfectly.Sade: Tash is on fire tonight. She's like a kitchen ninja.
- One Degree of Separation: Worked for season 5's Paula for some time, reported outside the show.
- Only Sane Woman: Fulfils this role on her team, being a level-headed voice of reason surrounded by wacky characters.
- The Pollyanna: Not to the extent of Sterling, but she always focuses on keeping a positive attitude and has never really lost her temper or cussed.
"I'm really upset. Like hurt. Like somebody stole my bike."
- Graceful Loser: Sort of, in the finale; he's absolutely crushed that he didn't win, but he eventually admits that he's happy for La Tasha.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: The most tempermental of the blue team, and even got the nickname "volcano" because of it.
- Hot-Blooded: Santos said in a confessional that he's like a volcano, because "you never know when he's gonna go off".
- Even refers to himself as "the volcano" in a Confession Cam.
- Informed Flaw: Like Sterling, he was referred to as being "dead weight" in episode 4 and was targeted by other members of his team, but he really was nowhere near one of the worst members of the Blue Team and he managed to outplace all 3 of the people who targeted him, who, in reality, had struggled with consistency themselves.
- Insufferable Genius: He's one of the best chefs on the blue team, and he makes sure everyone knows it.
- Manchild: Showcases the emotional maturity of an eight-year-old in episode 10 when he has a breakdown consisting of stroking his own ego, out-cussing Jennifer and Chef Ramsay combined, blatantly making stuff up to insult the other chefs, and basically ranting and raving about how he doesn't deserve to be nominated. In fairness to him, he did have a perfect service that night, and it was only because of this that he was put up.
- Sore Loser: Does not like losing challenges. He is seen quite often in the confession cams complaining about other contestants' dishes. (A few times in particular with La Tasha in the finale.)
- His dish loses the reward challenge of episode 9 against La Tasha's dish, and he refuses to acknowledge his defeat even while Chef Ramsay explains why he lost, and when Ramsay has everyone taste Sade's dish (which they refused to in the challenge) and saying it was better than Bryant's, Bryant insisted it was "salty".
- The One Guy: Ended up becoming this after Santos's elimination in the first black jacket episode. Interestingly enough, the men had outnumbered the women for most of the season and it wasn't until the two episodes before black jackets there started to be fewer men than women.
- The Perfectionist: Expresses the opinion that everything about a dish has to be perfect.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: He seemed to get meaner as the series progressed.
- By episode 10, it got to the point that he blew up at his team in the dorms and nearly came to blows with Aaron, Fernando, and Sade.
- Took a Level in Kindness: However, in episode 12, he admitted that he'd had fun hanging out with Sade and Santos, and was reluctant to nominate anyone at all. He took another level in the second-to-last episode; he's a completely different person around his wife and adorable baby daughter. It carried through into the final episode, when he treated his team well; even when he threw Frank out of the kitchen mid-service, he remained relatively nice when he did so.
- Worthy Opponent: After butting heads the entire season, he and Sade came to regard the other as this, with a bit of Vitriolic Best Buds thrown in.
"I hate losing. This is my sixth loss in a row, maybe even my seventh, I've lost count!"
- Achilles' Heel: As strong of a competitor as she was overall, her inexperience became glaringly obvious in the second-last service, as she came across like a whiny, angsty teenager while trying to get Jennifer to cook the meat correctly. Aside from that she ran the kitchen as well as La Tasha and Bryant did, but it was enough to keep her from reaching the finale.
- Adorkable: She breaks out dancing in the confession cam after finally getting to go on a reward in episode 12.
- Epic Fail: In episode 8, the teams were tasked with preparing dishes for a dog show the following night in HK, and Sade decided to make small, diced cubes of New York Strip steak, evidently under the impression that they were cooking food for the dogs. Her reaction when she presented her dish alongside her teammates' human-portioned dishes said it all:
- Graceful Loser: She takes being eliminated pretty well, stating that she's proud to have made it so far in the competition.
- No Indoor Voice: Has a very loud voice when she tries to lead the women in Episode 6, to the extent it was distracting her other teammates.
- Sassy Black Woman: Does not hesitate to call Denine out on her crap in a wonderfully snarky way."Like, seriously? If Denine burn my weave today, we are gonna have 99 problems and all of them are gonna be me. *flicks her weave* Mm-hmm."
- She even admitted this herself in episode 5.
- Sore Loser: She hates losing challenges, and in episode 10 she is unnecessarily bossy to her team. When her teammates call her out on it, she walks away.
- Averted upon her elimination, however. See Graceful Loser above.
- Take That!: In episode 9, the other members of the blue team refuse to even taste her dish for the reward challenge, putting up Bryant's dish, which loses the challenge. Ramsay considers Sade's dish better and has everyone taste it, to which Bryant instantly comments that it's "salty", to which Sade responds, "Well, it was better than yours, apparently".
- Took a Level in Jerkass: After Steve leaves the competition for a leg injury, Ramsay breaks the news to the contestants, and while the men of the blue team seem disappointed at the news, Sade's confessional is far less sympathetic:"Y'know what, that's fine with me, since that's just one less person standing in my way. Get well though."
- Worse yet, earlier in the episode during punishment, when Sade was angry at her teammates for just glancing over her dish (which was deemed superior to Bryant's, whose dish was chosen as the "best"), Steve was heard admitting that she was right. Basically, she told the only person sympathetic to her situation to go F himself.
- Took a Level in Kindness: That said, it seems to have been stress brought on by never winning, as she is much nicer after going on a reward in episode 12. She was also calm and amicable in during punishment in episode 11, visibly shocked when Fernando was eliminated, and visibly teared up when Sterling was eliminated.
- Worthy Opponent: After butting heads the entire season, she and Bryant have come to regard the other as this, with a bit of Vitriolic Best Buds thrown in.
"I'm not going to change who I am and fucking sugarcoat everything for everybody to make them feel warm and fuzzy inside."
- Boyish Short Hair: Sports this as having the second shortest hair of the women that season. Only La Tashas hair is shorter.
- Brutal Honesty: Does not mince her words at all. Hence her quote above.
- Cuteness Proximity: The cussing, icy, Jerkass chef disappears as soon as she sees the dogs in episode 8.
- Deadpan Snarker: As seen here:Denine: What's that?Jennifer: The garnish station.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Started out overly hostile, but she's slowly became friendlier and more relaxed to her fellow chefs on the red team (with the exception of Roe).
- Determinator: Sent to the hospital for dehydration? She bounces back at the beginning of the next episode. Sent to the hospital again for an allergic reaction? She shows up the next day and owns the meat station.
- Epic Fail: Got a 0 out of 4 on the blind taste test.
- Ill Girl: Collapses at the end of the third episode after becoming dehydrated. Fortunately, she quickly returns and gets through the next challenge and service without issue.
- Happens again in Episode 12, apparently due to being allergic to coconuts. Fortunately, she bounces back again.
- Lady Swears-a-Lot: In the kitchen, she's no worse than most of the other chefs, but in the Confession Cam segments... let's just say that she probably dropped more Cluster F Bombs in the second episode alone than Chef Ramsay himself did in the entire first season.
- By episode 7, it has gotten to the point where she can barely say a single sentence without being bleeped out at least once.
- The Rival: To Roe; Jennifer can't stand her inconsistency and lack of cooking skill.Jennifer: Really, I just want to punch her in the face.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Unlike most cases on this show, where it happens rather abruptly, Jennifer has gradually gotten angrier and more belligerent with each episode...
- Jerkass Has a Point: ...But rightfully got pissed at her teammates for attempting to nominate her in episode 6, even though she was one of only three (out of six) chefs on her team to complete service.
Also Season 18 (Rookies VS Veterans)
- Epic Fail: Got a 4 out of 15 in episode 6's challenge, which singlehandedly cost the women the challenge. To contrast, the next worst dish was a nine out of fifteen.
- Every Service She Fizzles Out: As the only head chef out of this year's women (the others being line cooks or sous chefs at most), her team-mates have often looked to her for leadership. Aside from the first service and the occasional good challenge performance, however, she generally didn't deliver, which Jennifer called her out on when Roe tried to nominate her during episode 6. Roe did improve somewhat in the latter stages of the red/blue team phase of the season but promptly tanked again when the teams were merged into the black team, leading to her elimination. However, she was one of the strongest members of La Tasha's team in the finale, proving that her problem was more her inconsistency than a major lack of skill.
- The Rival: To Jennifer; Roe hates her for her blunt, rude attitude.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Perhaps the most notable thing about her is how often she boasts about her own talents, despite rarely showing them.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: During her last service, she tries to help out Jennifer on the fish station. Needless to say, it doesn't go too well.
"I don't hear anymore yelling in the red kitchen, which means that they were kicked out and we need to complete service."
- Deadpan Snarker: Has gotten in a few of these.
- Epic Fail: Despite being one of the blue team's stronger chefs, he got a zero on the blind taste test.
- Failed a Spot Check: In the eighth episode challenge, he burned his potato goulet which was supposed to be crispy for the judges. This was even after Bryant told him flat out that it looked burnt while they were still cooking in the kitchen.
- Friend to All Children: As seen during the family night. Slightly backfired, because letting the kids put cheese on their own pizzas in the dining room slowed the kitchen down for a little while in the beginning.
- Motor Mouth: He tends to ramble whenever asked to explain something; for example, when explaining the course to the VIPS in episode 12, he talked about it for nearly a minute when the other chefs summed it up in ten seconds.
- Nice Guy: Aside from a brief slide into Jerkass-territory in episode 4, he's been pretty polite to most everyone.
- One Steve Limit: His first name is Brian, but he is going by his surname to avoid confusion with Bryant.
- Only Sane Man: In Episodes 9-11, he along with Fernando were the only members on the blue team that weren't complete jerks.
"The ingredient I cooked this with is love!"
- Adorkable: On numerous occasions.
- Beware the Nice Ones: While he is generally quite easygoing, his speech when up for elimination was a rather vicious attack aimed at Steve, his tone of voice displaying more honest anger than pretty much anyone ever nominated showed.
- "I'm always 100!" (As in, 100 percent.)
- Also, "I love you, man!"
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Even from the PREVIEWS, he seems to be this.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Has become this by episode 4. To anyone, he would come across as a complete goofball, and his teammates don't take him seriously at all, but he has shown to be one of the better chefs of the blue team, and as shown in the brunch challenge of episode 4, he can definitely take charge in the kitchen with a loud and firm tone. He will sometimes stumble here and there, but overall, he has been consistently good in challenges and dinner services.
- Badass Decay: He fell apart in the fish station on his final night, screwing up scallops several times and eventually having his station taken over by La Tasha, leading to a disappointing elimination before black jackets.
- Cool Old Guy: At age 40 he was one of the oldest contestants of the season, and was a funloving guy who despite the opinions of his fellow competitors was extremely passionate about his work in the kitchen.
- Graceful Loser: When he's eliminated, he takes it very well, and hugs Ramsay and the other chefs before leaving.
- Informed Flaw: In Episode 4, he and 3 other members of the Blue Team are targeted by Aaron, Santos, and Steve because he and the others were considered to be dead weight when he hadn't really screwed up once before that episode. Even after that episode, he only seriously hindered his team on 2 occasions, especially in Episode 13, when he destroyed the fish station before being switched out, which ultimately lead to his elimination.
- Lethal Joke Character: For most of his journey during Season 13, he was looked down on and looked at as being useless by almost every other chef, but ended up seriously proving his worth after he switched teams. In the Finale, he was probably one of the best, if not the best, chefs on Bryant's team.
- Nice Guy: He's a jovial, perky, energetic guy who treats everyone else kindly and is very supportive of his teammates.
- The Pollyanna: Despite how quickly they were tanking, he never lost hope that the blue team would pull through their first dinner service (spoiler alert: they didn't). This has continued on, no matter how badly either he or a teammate is doing during a challenge or dinner service, Sterling remains positive and supportive. He also tends to have fun during punishments, much to his team's chagrin.
- Tsundere: If he feels disrespected, he is able to go from literally being lovestruck, telling other contestants that he loves them to biting their heads off harder than even contestants like Jennifer could, as shown in several of his conflicts with Steve.
- What the Hell, Hero?: He didn't like being kicked out of the kitchen in episode 3 due to being Bryant's station partner when Bryant was sinking the fish station.
"Stop the bullshit, and let's talk business."
- Epic Fail: Like Jennifer and Santos, he got a 0/4 on the blind taste test.
- The Generic Guy: He did not stand out that much, probably due to his consistency
- Nice Guy: One of the few people from the blue team that wasn't a jerk, other than Sterling of course.
- Older Than They Look: He's 28, but looks like a teenager. Lampshaded by Chef Ramsay:Ramsay: "Harry Potter looks older than you!"
- Only Sane Man: Shares this role with Santos as they are the only chefs left on their team that aren't Jerkasses.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Bryant in episode 10 after he blows up at his team and attempts to nominate Fernando despite the fact that not only did he have a perfect service, most of his recent ones were good as well. This makes Bryant madder.
- Took a Level in Badass: Like Bryant, he started out weak but grew more consistent. When he was eliminated, Chef Ramsay says he is a good chef but his leadership is questionable.
- Badass Decay: Unfortunately, he was by far the worst member of La Tasha's team in the finale, doing so bad that he was lucky not to get thrown out (he was, however, accused of trying to sabotage La Tasha's chances of winning by Ramsay).
"One word that describes Sterling's crab cakes is: FAST. FOOD."
- The Ditz: At times, as shown by the above quote.
- Put on a Bus: Since he quit, he lost his place to return for the final service, with Frank taking it.
- The Scapegoat: Takes the blame for some of Bryant's mistakes in episode 10, though he had certainly made many mistakes himself that night.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Withdraws from the competition in episode 10 because he feels that he isn't ready to be Ramsay's head chef. Whether this was true or simply to leave on his own terms (as he was likely going home that night anyway), he left Ramsay and the others in shock.
- Yes-Man: Comes across as this when it comes to Steve, something which a couple of his teammates call him out on in episode 4, though he grows out of it once the alliance between him, Santos and Steve to sabotage other members of their team doesn't pan out.
- True Companions: He genuinely thought of Steve as a friend; when Steve was forced out of the competition in episode 9 from a leg injury, Aaron said that the blue team was going to have a great service for Steve. They gave their best service yet.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
- Brainless Beauty: Easily the most attractive male chefs the show has ever had, but was a poor chef.
- Epic Fail: His last night on service, where he crashed hard on the fish station, singlehandidly making the red team lose (the other members of the team had a smooth and flawless service) and duly getting eliminated without Chef Ramsay even bothering with nominations.
- Continues in the finale. Despite Bryant making his recipes "Frank-proof," Frank still manages to single-handedly sink the Blue Team. Eventually, Bryant throws him out of the kitchen, but by then the damage is already done.
- Expy: A Male Italian foreigner who is attractive and incompetent? He's one to Salvitore from Season 7.
- The Fashionista: Rare male example. In episode 7, the men depend on him to help them pick their fashions when they won a shopping trip.
- Funny Foreigner: He's Italian and certainly does have his moments.
- Graceful Loser: He freely admits that he massively screwed-up after his Epic Fail in episode 9 and takes his elimination calmly.
- Joke Character: During the Finale, the 2 remaining chefs make it a point to avoid him like the plague, Bryant (who ends up being stuck with him) even prepares a menu specifically designed to the point where Frank wouldn't be able to ruin everything. He still manages to, of course.
- The Load: Frank was not the best chef that season, making quite a handful of mistakes on several services and then completely crashing and burning in his final regular service and the finale service.
- Mr. Fanservice: Possibly the most attractive male contestant to ever appear on the show.
- My God, What Have I Done?: His performance on the fish station in episode 9 was nothing short of a disaster, and he apologized profusely for having backed his entire team up and to Chef Ramsay for letting him down. It was little surprise to him when he was eliminated before anybody else could even be nominated, and he was greatly ashamed that he wasn't able to perform up to standard.
- Narcissist: Spends the entire dinner service of episode 4 basically looking at himself in the mirror.
- Nice Guy: Wasn't a very good chef, but at least he was a very kind person. This is best shown when he writes Ramsay a letter thanking him for saving him from elimination; unfortunately, the next service ended up being his last.
- Picked Last: Unsurprisingly, in the finale (between himself and Ashley). La Tasha actually said before the challenge even started that she wanted the win SOLELY to ensure she didn't get Frank. When he does get picked last, he admits that he was expecting it.
- Pretty Boy: Ramsay even calls him such in one episode.
"I'm watching Frank play the blame game. It's like, how do you do that to somebody? Fuck you!"
- Determinator: Deconstructed, he clearly wanted to go on despite his leg injury but Chef Ramsay said no, he couldn't sacrifice his health for the competition.
- Non-Gameplay Elimination: After injuring his knee during punishment, he was deemed unfit to continue in the competition.
- The Rival: Often gets in disputes with Sterling.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Starting at episode 4, where he (backed up by Aaron and Santos) seems more concerned about screwing over a few certain teammates and making them look bad than actually cooking good food and sending it to diners in a timely manner.
- Jerkass Has a Point: In that episode, however, he was entirely correct when he said he shouldn't have been nominated when he wasn't kicked out (and 4 of his teammates were).
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He seems to have dropped his sabotage plans, and no matter how bad his disputes with Sterling are, they always forgive each other.
"Once cheese is melted, it doesn't matter if it was hand-grated. You're just doing this to be MEAN!"
- Emotionless Girl: She always has the same expression on her face and never puts any real emotion into her voice.
- Epic Fail: She got the red team kicked out of the kitchen in Episode 7 by sending raw calamari to the Italian Consulates table! It was so bad, Ramsay eliminated on her first time nominated.
- Friend to All Living Things: Expresses sadness for "all the little scallops" they had to kill for "this unfortunate dinner service".
- Graceful Loser: Played with. While she acknowledged that her mistake on Episode 7 was a big one, it still hurt to be eliminated by a person she looked up to.
- Perpetual Frowner: Always seems to be scowling, even when she receives a compliment.
- Took a Level in Badass: She's actually one of the stronger chefs on La Tasha's team during the finale.
"Get used to it, boys. The girls are here to stay on top."
- Extreme Doormat: Had a habit of keeping her mouth shut and letting the rest of the team walk all over her.
- Never My Fault: A giant flaw with chefs this season. During the episode she was eliminated, she blamed everyone and everything she could—the pan, Sade, the scallops—to avoid admitting that she wasn't that great.
- Suicide by Cop: She came within an inch of doing this accidentally in episode 5, after admitting she was one of the two overall weakest members of the red team (along with Kalen) even though Ramsay was clearly gunning for Roe. Ramsay told her that doing so was a fatal sign of weakness, and had it not been for literally the entire team naming Kalen as the weakest, Katie would likely have been toast.
- She confesses in the next episode that she didn't want to be involved in any drama with the person she REALLY believed was the weakest: Sade, one of the early frontrunners.
- Too Dumb to Live: Very nearly in episode 5, saying that she deserved to be nominated. Fully so in the next episode, where she argued with Chef Ramsay over a plate of undercooked, botched-looking scallops, saying they were fine when she took them out of the oven.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In episode 6, she told Aaron after Kalen's elimination that she believed Sade should have been the second nominee, even though Sade has proven to be one of the more solid chefs, and only put herself forward to avoid a conflict. Then in service, she kept complaining that Sade was being annoying since Sade kept asking for times (which, you know, is something that has to be done in a professional kitchen), and later tried to tell Chef Ramsay that a plate of scallops that looked mangled were fine when she took them out of the oven, then she argued with him over it... her elimination that episode was unsurprising.
- Expy: She's blonde, fat, and makes tons of mistakes during service without admitting them or seeming to care. She's pretty much a somewhat toned-down version of Season 10's Tiffany.
- The Load: She was unspectacular at best in the first two services, flat-out awful in the three that followed, and carried herself with a generally apathetic, uncaring attitude. It was little surprise that all the other women voted that she should be eliminated when Ramsay asked them.
- Never My Fault: She was a disaster on the meat station in episode 3, but then proceeded to put the blame on Denine for the station's failure, despite the fact that Denine didn't cook anything, and Kalen refused to accept Denine's help when she offered, a fact she later lies about to the whole team, saying Denine never offered to help. She said in her exit that she was surprised she was eliminated for "doing well".
- Small Name, Big Ego: Believed herself to be one of the best chefs on the Red Team, but when Ramsay asked them who their weakest link was, they unanimously voted for her. Ramsay had this to say about her: "In Kalen's mind, her performance was flawless and every dish she cooked was perfect. Unfortunately for her, I live in reality. Dream on, Kalen." To her credit, she did bounce back in that final service, but it wasn't enough.
- Too Dumb to Live: In her closing plea, she claimed that she had only done badly in two of the prior services. Which, when you do the math, meant she was effectively admitting to having done badly 40% of the time. The reality was she did badly in more services than what she claimed.
"If you're gonna give up like this, what's the point of being in Hell's Kitchen?"
- Dark and Troubled Past: He was once homeless. When he did end up getting a home, he soon was homeless again. He later obtained a permanent home though. Now, some of his Jerkass behavior makes sense.
- Fun with Acronyms:Ramsay: "JR? Just RIDICULOUS!"
- Jerkass: Sat out the blue team's punishment in the first episode because he "came [to HK] to live the good life". Then, he deflected all blame to his teammates despite being kicked out of the kitchen, along with JP, for messing up the fish station.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: That being said, he's one of the few members of the Blue team that liked Sterling and wished him the best as he was eliminated.
- Lazy Bum: He refused to help out in the blue team's punishment.
- Name's the Same: As Season 3's J.R., a subject of heavy speculation among HK fans.
- One Steve Limit: His first name is James, but he's likely going with the nickname JR to avoid confusion with Sous Chef James.
- Never My Fault: Despite being every bit as responsible as JP for the blue team losing the first service by a mile, he kept blaming others for his mistakes.
- One-Hit Wonder: His third service wasn't so bad, being one of only four blue team members to finish service. Other than that, however, he was the weakest blue team member besides JP.
"At this point, my strategy will stick to me being about me."
- It's All About Me: A la her character quote.
- Lazy Bum: Refused to help when the red team lost the reward challenge because "it's not my fault we lost", and basically did nothing during her last dinner service. Which, understandably, got her eliminated.
- Ms. Fanservice: One of the most attractive female contestants in the show's history.
- Never My Fault: Both played straight and averted in episode 3. She refuses to help out in the punishment because she says it's not her fault the team lost, as her dish had scored a point in the challenge. Later averted when she tries pointing out that the meat station was sunk by Kalen, who refused Denine's help except when taking things to the pass, but the rest of the team blamed both her and Kalen anyway.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: She was relatively nice during the first two episodes, but flipped out after being put up for elimination and got a whole new attitude problem.
- What the Hell, Hero?: When Denine is eliminated, she's more upset that the red team used her lack of experience against her instead of her lack of cooking skills.
- Adorkable: Everybody enjoyed seeing the clip of her basically geeking out when she received the letter telling her she'd been chosen to compete on Hell's Kitchen. Unfortunately, she did not come off as such during her brief stay on the show.
- Epic Fail: Overcooked a risotto in the second episode by ten minutes.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Considered herself a great chef, feeling Ramsay made a mistake eliminating her. She overcooked a risotto and more or less tried to downplay it.
- Too Dumb to Live: Janai nominated herself, which is something Chef Ramsay does appreciate, but when it came to elimination statements, she pretty much just said that she overcooked the risotto and "that's all it was". Ramsay's reaction made it clear that Janai had just sunk herself.
"Fuck it, I'll bring it up, whatever."
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Mentioned that he wasn't sure if he could take being apart from his wife and daughter for so long. Well, how does going home after the first dinner service sound?
- Fun with Acronyms:Ramsay: "JP? Just PATHETIC!"
- The Generic Guy: Besides his failures on fish and blame-shifting, he didn't really stand out.
- Never My Fault: He was nominated alongside Aaron after the men lost the first service by a landslide, and while Aaron owned up to his mistakes, JP tried to deflect all of his errors to Aaron and his teammates. He kept doing so in his farewell statement.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Kept going on about how good a chef he was, when he had to cook his signature dish twice, screwed it up anyway, and then flopped on the fish station all night and was ejected from his first and only dinner service.
- Too Dumb to Live: Finished his signature dish with 15 minutes to spare (which would make it cold when he served it to Ramsay), then his re-fired dish is overcooked, prompting Ramsay to threaten to throw him out. And worst of all, in the first service, he was completely nonchalant about bringing Ramsay food that he KNEW was raw! Getting the boot in the first episode was not surprising to anyone.
"I'm NOT here to fucking babysit!"
- Brutal Honesty: Pulls no verbal punches when criticizing others during service.
- Deadpan Snarker: After the first service, in which she replaced Chrissa on her station:Chrissa: "I handled my station."Meghan: "Is that why I was over there with you?"
- Distaff Counterpart:
- Appears to be this to Danny from Season 5, in that while she seems a little cocky and constantly talks as if she's a cut above the other contestants, she was able to back that up at every juncture. Being a blonde Supreme Chef with the personality of a sawn off chainsaw, the little pitbull could well pass as one for Ramsey himself.
- Also to Jon from Season 11, in that she's always powerful and consistent, but rarely gets to enjoy rewards to due the rest of her team dragging her down in challenges.
- The Dreaded: The opposing team members never like to go up against her in team challenges, as she always performs so well in them. Unfortunately for her however, she received more than her share of punishments due to the rest of her team failing to deliver.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: She had nine punishments in a row (out of fourteen rewards), but it was definitely worth it in the end when she won.
- Flawless Victory: Other than a disproportionate amount of punishments (none of which were her own fault), nothing went even slightly wrong for her during the season. Note that it would also have been a Flawless Victory for T had she won, making them a strong contender for the show's strongest-ever final two.
- Jerkass: For all her skill, she's demonstrated her share of jerkish behavior. One example that stood out was in episode 10, where she threw Michelle off the meat station despite her not having put a foot wrong, then when Michelle tried to protest dismissively told her "Stay on the garnishes, little one."
- Jerkass Has a Point: While the way she seemed to accuse the other women of not being worthy of working with a chef of her calibre in episode 6 seemed pretty arrogant, she was almost single-handedly responsible for steering them to victory in the next service.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Michelle was actually her first pick when choosing brigades during the finale.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She became gradually nicer over the course of the season, offering advice to a downtrodden Josh and generally being more pleasant to be around.
- The Leader: By her own admission, she may be harsh and, at times, rude, but there's no denying that she knows how to lead a team. Chef Ramsay sees this in her early on and encourages her to take on the role of leader; in the next service she leads the Red Team to a much needed victory (they'd had three consecutive losses before that).
- For this very reason, Ramsay later transfers her to the Blue Team, telling her to whip them into shape.
- Not So Above It All: Admitted to taking a guy home on their first date during "Never Did I Ever."
- The Perfectionist: Demanded perfection from her team when she was running the pass and in the finale, to the point she started micro-managing everything they did. Chef Ramsey actually had to tell her to back down.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Expresses this attitude towards her teammates frequently (and not without good reason). At one point, she gets so fed up, that she threatens to put herself up for elimination just so that she doesn't have to deal with the continued embarrassment.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Nominated Michelle in Episode 14 as she did not want to nominate Milly, and called it a process of elimiantion. However, Ramsay saw through it, and berated her for making a decision that reflected poorly on her.
- Worthy Opponent: Milly considers her one, calling her the best chef on the red team and constantly facing her in challenges.Milly: "If you want to be the best, you have to face the best."
- She and T consider each other this, even stating there's no one they'd rather face in the finale than each other.
- To a lesser extent than T or Milly, Meghan also seemed to consider Michelle this, calling her a badass in one of the challenges for making a souffle and worrying that Michelle would be able to trump her steak (which Meghan was very confident about) with a cheaper cut of meat (which Michelle indeed trumped). While Meghan was sometimes dismissive of her in service, seemingly due to Michelle's age and inexperience, it was clear she believed Michelle had a high level of talent.
Also Season 18 (Rookies VS Veterans)
"It's like a ship on the ocean, and the pirates came and fucking capsized that bitch!"
- Butch Lesbian: Nick off-handedly comments that she's this at the start of the ninth episode.
- Genre Blind:
- In the fourth episode she pushed for the team to nominate Monique and Sarah, worried that if they nominated the obvious choice of Monique and Mieka, the latter would be eliminated for certain. As just about any longtime viewer of the show could have predicted, Mieka was eliminated anyway.
- In Hell's Kitchen, it's not enough to cook well; you also have to work well with your teammates. But whenever Michelle opens her mouth, T flips out on her, no matter what she says. Asking how long? T flips out. Checking to see if T heard her when T doesn't acknowledge her? T flips out. T has gradually lost a lot of fans for this.
- Graceful Loser: Like most of the previous losers she was bummed out, but not the least bit sore about her defeat.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Averted for the most part — she was one of the first people to realize just how much dead weight both Monique and Chrissa were — but she showed some questionable judgment ahead of the final service when she seemed convinced that Christine was going to be her most valuable team member.
- Jerkass: Anytime Michelle says ANYTHING in her vicinity, T gets pissed at her and has a very condescending attitude towards her.
- One-Letter Name: Her real name is Torrece, but she went by "T" during the show.
- Sassy Black Woman: As Monique, Chrissa, and Christine found out, she won't hesitate to call anyone out for causing the team to lose.
- What Were You Thinking?: Seemed really annoyed when Monique inadvertently insulted Jamaican-born Alison on the bus ride to Hell's Kitchen. She also asked it when Monique served jarred tomato sauce to Ramsay as the Signature Dish Challenge.
- Worthy Opponent: She and Meghan considered each other this, like most of the Hell's Kitchen finalists.
'Also Season 17 (All Stars)
- Adorkable: Her excitement whenever she wins or proves herself lands her firmly in this territory.
- Badass Adorable: She's young, tiny, and excitable, as well as a complete monster in the kitchen.
- Butt-Monkey: Constantly belittled, ignored, and disrespected by her teammates just because she's the youngest (22).
- Extreme Doormat: So much that she's gotten some supporters solely because they feel bad for her. The ultimate example has to be in episode 10 when Meghan pushes her off the meat station for no reason other than she feels like it.
- Generic Girl: Started out as this; ultimately proved otherwise by the end of the season.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Inverted in episode 9 - while the rest of her team completely ignored her dish choosing T's dish in favor of hers, a later inspection proved Michelle's dish to be the best of the day. Michelle was obviously pissed, but when it came to lunch, everyone was served protein shakes with the exception of one person, who was served a real milkshake. As luck is, that person happened to be Michelle.
- Shorter Means Smarter: To some extent. She was the shortest competitor from this year, and proved a generally very strong competitor, reaching the final three.
- Took a Level in Badass: Despite not getting much attention early on, she ultimately proved herself to be much stronger than anyone gave her credit for. The fact that she managed to reach the final three despite being constantly looked down upon by everyone else speaks volumes to this.
'Also Season 17 (All Stars)
- Always Someone Better: Meghan was often this to him early on, as they frequently faced off in challenges and she won every single time. More significantly, however, she made it to the final over him.
- Badass Beard: He has a big, thick one.
- Berserk Button: If his rant towards Brendan showed, he really hates people who are more successful than him, but can't back it up.
- Dark and Troubled Past: As noted when Milly and other losing chefs had to make mashed potatoes for Midnight Mission during the punishment after the first black jacket challenge, Milly had been homeless three times in his life, his first time being when he was 12.
- Flawless Victory: The second chef to get a perfect 4/4 on the blind taste test.
- Gender-Blender Name: Milly is much more often heard as a girls' name, short for Millicent, and often spelled "Millie."
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: In the episode 3 challenge, Adam couldn't get his risotto side ready in time, so Milly gave him some of the rice from his own dish to use. This ended up causing the blue team to automatically lose the challenge, for not presenting eight unique dishes.
- The One Guy: After surviving elimination over Nick. Lasted all of one episode (in fairness to Milly, it was the penultimate episode).
- Only Friend: The only blue team member who treated Michael with any semblance of respect.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Was, for the most part, a nice guy, being concerned for Michael in the second service and sticking up for him when the blue team tried to nominate him.
- However, after the 5th service, granted that Brendan completely failed to live up to his executive chef title, but whilst the other men are calmly deciding who they'll be nominating, Milly flies into a rage and goes on a completely unnecessary rant about how Brendan doesn't deserve his career and that he should read some books about cooking on the line.
- Takes an even bigger one in episode 11, when he sabotages Randy by putting sixteen plates on the pass during Randy's turn running the five-course meal for the guests and continuously acting like it's Randy's fault.
- Finally, prior to the first black jacket service, condescendingly called Josh "Uncle Randy" for asking stupid questions. Josh did go home later that episode.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: In episode 7, Ramsay brought him into the storeroom for a pep talk, and Milly tearfully admitted to Ramsay that he's not experienced enough. Ramsay reminded him that he's done well so far, and has made pretty good dishes, and he just needs to be more confident. Apart from improperly slicing one Wellington, he did fairly well in the next service.
'Also Season 17 (All Stars)
- Camp Gay: Confirmed himself as such during a drinking game at the start of the fourth episode.
- Deadpan Snarker: He is very sassy, providing almost half the snark during the later episodes.
- Experimented in College: Inverted; he tried dating women when he was younger, before fully realizing that he preferred men. This led to a hilarious moment in episode 6 when his ex-GIRLfriend turned out to be their waitress during their reward trip.
- Lack of Empathy: His response to Milly's and Bret's breakdowns in episode 5 is basically "Wow, why are you crying? Get over it."
- Took a Level in Jerkass:
- Gradually over the course of the season, he's become bitchier and bitchier. In episode 9, after Bret's unfortunate withdrawal from the competition, he's mocking him and basically saying "good riddance", and during the challenge, he condescendingly remarks in the confessional that Randy is a one-trick pony for making an ostrich burger (Randy scores the winning dish while Nick's is given a mediocre reception).
- In episode 11, when Milly sabotages Randy by putting up four more plates than necessary, his response to Randy is "You should've counted them." Because trusting Milly to count to twelve was unrealistic...
'Also Season 17 (All Stars)
"This is the greatest day of my life."
- Badass Boast: After Cameron took over from Josh trying to fix the oven (Josh seemed to have trouble, but Cameron didn't fare any better), Josh told Cameron off:"When I'm doing something, don't step on my toes, because I got big feet and you DON'T wanna find them in your ass!"
- Catchphrase: Said "That's crazy!" a lot, particularly when arguing with somebody.
- The Charmer: He's seen flirting with the girls and making them laugh early in episode 2.
- Distaff Counterpart: Arguably, to Rochelle from season 12; both are among the younger chefs on their team, both have a nervous laugh, and both are constantly in a cheerful and upbeat mood.
- That is until he started being a douche of episode 10 where he never take responsibility for anything. Kind of like Zach and Anton.
- Epic Fail: In episode 10, he served a risotto with white wine in it, and a capallini that was so raw the noodles were stiff. He was lucky to survive that night.
- Genki Guy: He's so ecstatic to be in Hell's Kitchen that he hasn't stopped smiling since he arrived.
- Graceful Loser: Took being eliminated extremely well.
- Leader Wannabe: He spouts off that he is the leader of the blue team, but really, all he is doing is saying stuff without backing it up.
- Nice Guy: For much of the season he seemed to be an affable, polite, and very fun guy...
- Took a Level in Jerkass: ...until episode 10, where the four remaining men had to put two contestants up for elimination, and Josh started railing on Nick's background as a private chef (after a service where Nick was the ONLY member of the blue team to not be yelled at by Ramsay). Then he gets transferred to the red team and becomes a grade-S asshole.
- Signature Laugh: He's usually laughing about something. In service, it's definitely a nervous laugh.
"This is a complete epic fucking joke!"
- Achilles' Heel: Fish late in the competition. It led to her worst performance before the black jackets, and got eliminated because of it.
- Brutal Honesty: After Monique escaped elimination in the first episode, Alison flat-out told her that she thought Monique should've gone home.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Has a habit of occasionally lapsing back into her native Jamaican accent.
"This is worse than combat I think."
- Achilles' Heel: Despite being one of the most improved chefs, his lack of experience hindered him during services in the second half. It eventually led to Ramsay eliminating him from the winning team.
- Beginner's Luck: In episode 7, he was worried about his chances in the Greek dish challenge, as he claimed to have never even eaten Greek food; he was extremely relieved to have not received squid as his protein (he got chicken). The guest judge was a highly renowned Greek chef who flew in all the way from New York, and his verdict? "I don't think you can get much more Greek than that." He got a perfect 10 out of 10 from Ramsay and the guest judge.
- Cool Old Guy: The oldest contestant this season (45) and he's arguably the most likable contestant of the group, as well as one of the most talented (at least as of episode 6).
- Dude, Where's My Respect? / What the Hell, Hero?: He's very irritated by being named the "weakest" chef by his teammates (specifically, Nick and Milly) in episode 9. Since he goes up against the ACTUAL weakest chef on the red team, Christine, he wins pretty easily.
- What really twists the knife further is that earlier in that challenge, he singlehandedly gave them the win.
- In-Series Nickname: From his teammates, "Uncle Randy".
- Nice Guy: He's always in a positive mood, he's never been in any arguments with his teammates, and in episode 4 he wants to ensure that family night goes well since he has a family and wants those in the dining room to have as good an experience as he'd want for his own.
- Picked Last: Between himself and Christine, in the finale.
- Dumb Blonde: Not the worst chef, but she made more mistakes than often.
- Epic Fail: Messed up horrifically on the garnish station in episode 7, contributing to Ramsay kicking out the whole red team. Lucky for her, Sarah screwed up even worse.
- The Load: Often has to be supervised by others, and frequently tanks whatever station she's on when left to her own devices. It continued when she was on T's brigade in the finale, resulting in T constantly having to shuffle the team around to cover up her (and Adam's) mistakes.
- One-Hit Wonder: In the eighth service, where she put in a virtually flawless performance on the appetizers, the only problem she had being getting confused over an order and needing T to tell her it. Unfortunately, the next episode featured the "Cook For Your Life" challenge, which she was forced to take part in for being the red team's overall weakest member, and she was eliminated.
"From overcooked to raw lamb. How and why is this happening?"
- Crippling Overspecialization: He generally did well in challenges, and even scored a perfect 10 out of 10 in episode 7's Greek food challenge. However, he was generally unspectacular at best during service, and in the following episode, tanked the blue kitchen's meat station and got sent home.
- Epic Fail:
- Just like Sarah in the previous episode, his performance in episode 8 on the meat station completely sank the team and resulted in his elimination.
- Tanked big-time when he was part of T's team in the final service and was probably the most at fault for her failure to win (though to be fair, Christine wasn't much better).
- Graceful Loser: After his elimination in episode 8, he did what the last several eliminated chefs didn't do, and admitted that he was at fault for his elimination.
- Nice Guy: Was typically very supportive of his teammates and tried to get along with them as best he could.
- Squee!: In episode 6, when Chef Ramsay sits next to him during the reward lunch.(Confession Cam) He's, like, RIGHT HERE [a pic of Ramsay from the lunch appears next to him], like, "HIIIIII! HOW ARE YOUUUUUUUU?!"
Also Season 18 (Rookies VS Veterans)
"Them bitches are going home tonight!"
- Identical Stranger: To Steve from the previous season. Ironically, he ended up leaving the competition in much the same way as him, too.
- It's All My Fault: Could not have felt more guilty about being forced out of the competition, thinking about his teammates more than himself.
- Manly Tears: Shed them after messing up a calzone during a challenge, even admitting that he had no shame doing so.
- Non-Gameplay Elimination: Slipped a disc in Episode 8 and ended up leaving the show.
- Sore Loser: He HATED losing, arguing with his team after episode 4's challenge and accusing the team of being okay with losing challenges.
- The Leader: Saw himself as this, and he did everything he could to back it up in fairness.
- What Could Have Been: A YMMV trope, but based on his form, he could have made to black jackets, at least.
- Which he actually manages to do in his return in Season 18, making it all the way to third place.
"It's not fun working with people who hate you."
- Brainless Beauty: She was a model pre-HK.
- Cordon Bleugh Chef: Her mixing in pistachios into her lasagne for Episode 5's cheese dish challenge was not well received at all by Ramsay.
- Crippling Overspecialization: Aside from the cheese dish, she was generally a very solid performer in the challenges, but was never that impressive in the actual services.
- The Ditz: To an extent; while she's done well in most of the challenges and even one or two services, she has a tendency to get lost and frazzled. It's rare during service that she doesn't have a deer-in-headlights look on her face.
- In episode 7's punishment, she was clumsily wandering around trying to find an outlet for the vacuum cleaner, irritating her teammates to no end by repeatedly asking where it was.
- Epic Fail: Her performance on meat in episode 7, which resulted in Ramsay kicking the entire red team out and having the blue team finish it for them.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: In episode 7, the entire red team was perpetually annoyed at her due to her increasingly glaring mistakes. You could see the wave of relief wash over the red team's heads when she was cut.
- Ms. Fanservice: Considered by many to be the most attractive contestant of the season. Which makes sense, since she used to be a model.
- Never My Fault: Zigzagged when she was eliminated; like Brendan the previous week, she tried to blame everyone else on the team for not helping her in the service that saw her eliminated. Unlike him, however, she admitted that based on her overall history in the competition, she deserved to go home.
- What Were You Thinking?: She got caught saying (although not out loud) "Can we try again?", when Ramsay was tearing the red team a new one during the third service.
"Everyone just let me sink."
- Adorkable: Had a total nerdgasm when he met William Shatner in the first episode's reward.
- Death Glare: Gave one to Cameron in the second episode, when the latter got them both benched for badly cooked fish.
- Never My Fault: In the episode where he was eliminated, while Nick owned up to his mistakes, he literally blamed everyone on the team except himself for the way he crashed and burned on the fish station.
- Expy: He can be seen as a parallel to Season 13's JP in that regard.
"I'm not gonna change who I am to make these bitches happy."
- Epic Fail:
- Her signature dish, where she had the nerve to serve up jarred tomato sauce without a care in the world, and cost her team their last chance to win the first challenge. Her chastising Chef Ramsay for not telling her to use strictly fresh ingredients didn't help her case at all.
- During the team challenge in what would prove to be her final episode, her idea of a "gourmet" grilled cheese sandwich was to just make the sort of simple sandwich you'd see at a particularly cheap roadside diner, and then add a few sliced tomatoes on top.
- It's fairly rare that someone gets thrown out for doing poorly on the garnishes, and even rarer for someone to bring Ramsay poorly-cooked garnishes three times in a row.
- Genre Blind: Serving canned marinara sauce to Ramsay, then complaining that he wasn't specific enough that he wanted it fresh, more than counts. Hell, it may count as being PROFESSION blind.
- Innocently Insensitive: Toward Alison, who was born in Jamaica:"So do you have your own language, or is it just Rasta?"
- Jerkass: Crossed the line into straight-up jerkassery, if not outright racism, when she ridiculed Alison's accent during a Confession Cam segment in the third episode.
- Laser-Guided Karma: At the start of the fifth episode, the other women made a last-ditch attempt to understand Monique's problems, but she accused them of trying to exploit her weaknesses to get her kicked out faster and told them to fuck off. In the next dinner service, she crashed and burned, finally resulting in her elimination.
- Never My Fault: Even by the usual standards of the show she was a particularly bad example of this. Not only did she blame Ramsay for not telling her that canned sauce is a no-no, she screwed up in pretty much every service and refused to admit ever being at fault, and when Alison told Ramsay that Monique had burned some scallops, she actually got angry that Alison had told the truth instead of Taking the Heat for her. It eventually got to the point where she claimed to have been nominated for no reason despite screwing up nearly every garnish and not even being aware of what she'd done wrong, which proved the final straw for Ramsay.
- The Load: She did poorly in all five of the services and challenges she was around for.
- Too Dumb to Live: The signature dish challenge went better than it ever had in HK history, with 15 of the first 17 dishes earning at least some praise. Then Monique presented her dish last, where she admitted to using canned sauce without a care in the world (one of THE ways to immediately put yourself directly in kitchen donkey territory; other than Season 3's Rock and Season 16's Kimberly, no chef who used a prepackaged ingredient in their signature dish has even made it more than halfway through the competition). She then had the nerve to talk back to Chef Ramsay when he called her out on it, where she said she didn't know he wanted fresh sauce. She then said in the confessional that only Italians bother to make their own sauce.
- Cordon Bleugh Chef: Played with; Her signature dish was a bizarre combination of shrimp on a bed of asparagus and peach salsa. Gordon wasn't impressed.
- The Generic Girl: Never really stood out.
- Lipstick Lesbian: Offhandedly mentioned her girlfriend in the second episode, before admitting in a later episode that she wasn't romantically interested in men.
- The Load: One of the weaker chefs on the red team, and in her last two services, she got the red team kicked out of the kitchen.
- One-Hit Wonder: Presented what Ramsay felt was perhaps the best dish in the third episode's team challenge, but other than that she was one of the worst contestants in this season.
- Ambiguously Jewish: He said during the signature dish challenge that he worked in a Jewish retirement community, though didn't actually confirm to being Jewish himself.
- Butt-Monkey: No-one on the team thought particularly highly of him. The only time his team respected him was when he plead his case and survived over Cameron. When he was eliminated, the remaining men outright told the women the team was better off without him.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: In every service, he had at least one moment of this.
- The Ditz: During the blue team's punishment in episode 3, when Sous Chef James told the men that it was lunchtime, Michael ran upstairs and started cooking his lunch. If he'd watched the show before, he would have known that he was about to be SERVED lunch (and probably not good lunch either).
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: An In-Universe example; during the signature dish challenge, Gordon jokingly asks him if anyone ever died eating his food, to which he replied no. Cut ahead to the third dinner service to the hot pan incident, where he could've caused someone a serious third degree burn. Fittingly, he was given the boot for that one.
- Lethal Chef: He nearly gave Bret or Josh a third-degree burn by putting down a red-hot pan right next to the fish station's cold pans. This eventually resulted in his elimination, with Ramsay deeming it one of the most dangerous things he'd ever seen on the show.
- Never My Fault: Was very nonchalant about the hot pan, and in his elimination statement, he specifically said he "made one mistake", refusing to take responsibility for a lot of other screwups he made in his time.
- One-Hit Wonder: His signature dish, although unspectacular, was perhaps his best showing in his short time on the show. Otherwise, he quickly established himself as one of the weakest and most clueless chefs of that season.
- Too Dumb to Live: Even after his elimination, he didn't seem to grasp the severity of the hot pan incident. He should count himself lucky that none of his fellow teammates had a chance to grab said pan before Ramsay caught him.
- What Were You Thinking?: Brought a recipe for risotto to prep. Chef Ramsay called him out for not knowing the recipe by heart.
- Got an even worse one in episode 3, after putting a burning hot pan under the fish station, which could've potentially given either of the chefs on the station (Bret and Josh) a burn so severe that they would've had to leave the show. Ramsay eliminated him for this, on top of numerous other screwups.
"I'm not as smart as I think I am, I guess."
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: At times, he spaced out so much that seemed to be on another planet.
- Graceful Loser: Despite being pretty full of himself in the second episode, especially during prep, he admitted during his elimination that he had no-one but himself to blame for what had happened.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Kept trying to use his "knowledge" to dictate things to the blue team in the second episode's punishment; it was apparent that he was talking out of his ass.
- Small Name, Big Ego: During the punishment of episode 2, he talked himself up and bragged about stuff he allegedly knew, and proclaimed that he was the clearly the best on the blue team...he went home later that episode.
"So I was in the cookie aisle..."
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: In general, was totally oblivious to everything that was going on around her and is one of the ditziest contestants to have ever appeared on Hell's Kitchen.
- Cordon Bleugh Chef: Served Ramsay chicken wrapped in a ginger cookie; he spat it out almost immediately.
- The Ditz: In addition to her gross signature dish, she was completely inept and clueless in the kitchen; she needed Sarah's help on her station, ultimately getting her kicked out to the dining room, she completely avoided any sort of responsibility by literally standing in the corner, and just stood around doing dishes while her teammates deliberated on who to nominate. And the kicker: she told Ramsay she needed to go to the bathroom during the pre-service debriefing. Finally, when she was eliminated, she wandered off towards the exit without giving Ramsay her jacket; Gordon had to call her over to get the jacket.
- Consummate Professional: Despite her mutual dislike of Kristin, they work together well in the kitchen.
- Determinator: Refuses to let a broken foot keep her out of the competition, like Dave from season 6 with his hand.
- Handicapped Badass: She injures her foot in episode 7 and opts to remain in the competition by wearing a compression boot, meaning that she has to do prep work sitting down and can't really move much from her station during dinner service. In the same episode, despite the service being disastrous, Ariel makes no mistakes in her cooking and it's only thanks to her taking charge that the Red Team is (barely) able to complete service. Afterwards, despite a few bumps, she has remained consistently one of the strongest chefs on her team despite her injured leg.
- Hypocrite: Nominated Vanessa for elimination after the third service, telling Chef Ramsay that she wasn't a team player. This may have had more weight, had Ariel not overridden the team consensus of Manda in order to nominate Vanessa.
- The Leader: Was often this for the red team.
- Manipulative Bastard: Shows signs of this, such as by sending Chad up with an improperly prepared salad, and tends to get other people to take dishes that aren't done properly up to the pass in her place.
- Never My Fault: Blamed Meese for the undercooked snapper that Ariel took up to the pass in the second service. Fair enough... until you realize that Meese was out of the kitchen looking for a sizzling pan at the time, and Ariel just picked up the snapper and served it without communicating to anyone. Apparently, not being in the kitchen to tell Ariel it wasn't ready meant that Meese "lost control of the station", to Ariel.
- Only Friend: For Jackie
- The Rival: Subverted. She and Kristin don't like each other, but are professional enough to work together.
- Took a Level in Badass: She started off poorly in the beginning, but Ramsay admired how much she grew and backed up her outspokenness, leading to her winning.
- Worthy Opponent: Admits there's no one she'd rather be in the final two with than Kristin.
- Brutal Honesty: Pulls no punches when criticizing her teammates.
- Crack Defeat: YMMV of course, but many viewers felt that she was more consistent and had a better attitude than Ariel.
- Dark and Troubled Past: In the first episode she admits that her probation officer got her interested in food and started cooking because she was under house arrest.
- In the fourteenth episode where the challenge was to cook for high schoolers, she reveals that she got kicked out of two high schools and was often truant.
- As the season progressed, she would repeatedly mention in the Confession Cams that it was only recently that she got her act together so she would have a chance of winning the competition.
- Graceful Loser: Like (almost) all Hell's Kitchen runner-ups, she takes her loss in the finale extremely gracefully.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Her feud with Jackie can seem needlessly aggressive, but given that Jackie is an incompetent cook and behaves like a schoolyard bully, and that Jackie is always trying to antagonize Kristin and sometimes Ariel, she comes off more as a reasonably competent woman who's sick and tired of her teammate's moronic antics.
- Ms Fan ServiceJared: Who doesn't like a pretty blonde girl?
- The Rival: With Dannie and Jackie, accusing the former of giving herself false credit and the latter of being a poor performer during service.
- Also openly admits to hating Ariel, but understands that they still have to work together during service.
- Worthy Opponent: Eventually comes to regard Ariel as this.
'Also Season 17 (All Stars)
I can do things on my own without my dads. I'm not gonna get kicked out that easy.
- Bi the Way: Expressed attraction to both Kristin and Jared.
- Drama Queen: When Jared took Kristin out for his reward in episode 14, Ashley seemed really pissed. Jared took a long time trying to make her feel better.to Jared: You are officially dead to me. We are not friends. You have officially lost the only friend you have.
- Has Two Daddies: She says that she has two fathers, both in the cooking industry.
- In the Blood: Her two dads are chefs also, and own three restaurants in fact. Deconstructed in Episode 11, when the pressure of living up to their name is shown to stress her to the point of almost having a nervous breakdown, and it's also revealed that she's worried about people thinking she's successful because of them and not her own abilities.
- Nice Girl: One of the few contestants to remain consistently pleasant to everyone, including Jackie.
- Only Friend: For Jared.
- Only Sane Woman: For the Red Team, as she's the one member who does her best to just put her head down, be quiet and stay out of drama and arguments as much as she can.
- Taught by Experience: Watched previous seasons of Hell's Kitchen before entering it herself, so she'd know what mistakes to not make.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Jared.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: She really wants to make her dads proud of her. Deconstructed in that the pressure she puts on herself drives her to tears after her first mistake in a long while in Episode 11.
'Also Season 17 (All Stars)
They are going to remember my raw chicken for the rest of their lives!
- Achilles' Heel: The meat station, serving raw chicken at Chef Andi's wedding dinner
- Badasses Wear Bandanas: Always wore one at services.
- Drama Queen: He took extreme measures trying to comfort Ashley in episode 14 after she got pissed from Jared taking Kristin out for his reward instead of her, despite Kristin having not much connection with him at all. Fortunately, they reconciled, which sort of exemplified this trope.Jared: "Ashley, I never meant to hurt you. I'm sorry I hurt you...I'm sorry. Ashley, it's been a hard time!"Manda: "Best drama queen in a reality show goes to...Jared!"
- Graceful Loser: He was eliminated with Manda, and both took their respective eliminations extremely well.
- Hidden Depths: Was a former poker player.
- Only Sane Man: The most consistently competent man among the otherwise-dysfunctional blue team.
- Picked Last: Surprisingly, in the finale, between himself and Chad.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Ashley. Half of his elimination retrospective montage was about her.
- The One Guy: After surviving elimination over Frank. Also the only guy this season in black jackets, much like Jon from season 11.
- The Rival: With Frank, due to seeing him as someone who talks about "bouncing back" and learning from their struggles while not delivering himself.
'Also Season 17 (All Stars)
You never throw in the trash! I will tear into that meat, caveman style!
- Adorkable: Has shades of this.
- Break the Cutie: Not the most consistent chef of the season, but screwed over on a couple of occasions. Such as when Frank shoved her dish in the wedding challenge out and putting two of his own instead, or when Frank barely communicated to Manda during service ten about the French toast, getting Manda kicked out when it burnt.
- Determinator: Not the best chef, but for someone with so little confidence in herself she never gave up.
- Expy: With season 3 of MasterChef's Monti. Both single moms with a positive attitude and initially zero confidence in themselves, and both ended up in fifth place.
- Graceful Loser: She was eliminated with Jared, and both took their respective eliminations extremely well. Manda seemed genuinely excited that she was getting back to her kids.
- Insane Troll Logic: When Ramsay finds a hair in a dish, Manda insists to the Confession Cam that it can't be hers, because her hair is brown and the hair was black, so it must be Jared's because his hair is black. This ignores the fact that not only is Jared bald, but the other chef, Dannie, has blonde hair, so by process of elimination...
- Nice Girl: One of the season's nicer chefs, hugging Vanessa after the latter's poor first service.
- The Rival: With Frank, seeing him as someone who never takes responsibility for his mistakes.Manda: "Frank's so annoying. He's just trying to brown-nose his way through life. I don't care who you are or what you do. Just do your job!"
- The Woobie: Frank treated her like crap. She was also clearly having a hard time with being separated from her children.
- Beehive Hairdo: Looks like this in episode 11 when going out on a reward to the racetrack, topped with a huge flower in her hair.Jackie: "Dannie ain't going to no racetrack, that girl going to church. Hallelujah!"
- Epic Fail: Gets a 0 out of 4 on the blind taste test challenge.
- Hidden Depths: Was a former boxer
- Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: Abandons Ariel during the final service and walks out after the pressure gets to her.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Constantly boasts to anybody who listens that she's the best chef in the Red Team, even after she makes big mistakes.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Became nicer after being moved to the Blue Team, being more focused on trying to be a leader than trying to brag about her abilities. Unfortunately led to her elimination due to her failure to be a leader.
- You wanna speak to me, you say "FRANK!"
- Epic Fail: Having no faith in Manda's skills as a chef, during the wedding challenge, he prepares an extra beef dish and shoves aside Manda's to replace hers with his own. He presents both his dishes to the judges, and both get dinged on for being bad.
- He also gets 0 out of 4 in the blind taste challenge, at one point answering with "Snickers", flooring everyone and making Ramsay point out that Snickers is not an ingredient.
- He-Man Woman Hater: He repeatedly disrespects and insults Manda, and mentions in some of the Confession Cam segments that he hates working with women. After his elimination, he says he considers the women to be the reason he was sent home, as "the Blue Team had no drama until the women joined," and that turned it into a popularity contest. At the same time he notes that he hated serving with women in the Marines too. Throughout his whole stay, the only woman he showed any respect to was Sous Chef Christina.
- Expy: Let's see an arrogant former Marine who thinks he's all that and a bag of chips and is always blaming others for his mistakes. Joseph anyone?
- Jerkass: Rather brazenly replaces Manda's dish during the wedding challenge with his own - which he wasn't supposed to cook in the first place. He also has a bad attitude in general.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Spent most of his time as a sexist towards the female chefs. After his elimination, he got fired from his job due to the backlash from the fans.
- Logic Bomb: "She only won because I lost. That's not a winner."
- Never My Fault: He says outright to his teammates and Chef Ramsay that once a teammate accepts responsibility for something he was preparing (even if it's simply to check on it), if it fails for whatever reason, it's their fault now and he has no part in it. Even after being eliminated despite his declining performance and lack of teamwork, he kept blaming the others, saying he got eliminated because of a "popularity contest". During the night he was eliminated his teammates realized what he was doing when Frank kept asking them to check on his dishes for him and wouldn't do it himself.Jared: Frank just tries to pass the buck. That's what Frank does. Frank seems to feel "if my hands didn't touch it last, it's not my problem."
- No Indoor Voice: Demonstrated by his quote.
- The Rival: With Jared and Manda, seeing the former as a bossy competitor who thinks he knows more than everyone else and having no faith in the latter's skills as he hates working with female chefs.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Repeatedly touts his Marine background as the reason why he's the best competitor. Yet, as Manda points out in one of her confession cams, his lack of teamwork and refusal to take responsibility for his mistakes makes one wonder how he got into the Marines in the first place.
- The Stoic: He almost never laughed or even smiled.
- Achilles' Heel: To the otherwise vastly more competent red team; just look at the previous 6 chefs to be eliminated (2 were men who were transferred to the Red team, the other 4 were from the Blue team). Her toxic attitude and lack of experience were both part of this.
- Break the Haughty: With nine chefs left, she costs her team the challenge due in no small part to wasting half the time given just deciding what she should cook. She takes Sous Chef Christina aside to ask if maybe she tried out for Hell's Kitchen too soon due to her lack of experience, and realizes her ego is getting her into problems with more experienced chefs that would be more willing to help her if she was nicer to them. In the dinner service that night she's more subdued and accepts advise that her chicken will be rejected if she takes it up, so she (reluctantly) listens and fires up a new batch.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Or at least she claims thats the case. When she started boasting that most lesbians found her attractive, Ashley, who is bisexual herself, told her bluntly that she found Jared more attractive than Jackie.
- Hypocrite: Gets angry when others "disrespect" her, but shows no respect for anyone else herself. She even gets into an argument with Sous Chef Christina, a Hell's Kitchen winner.
- Jerkass: Rude, obnoxious, disrespectful, and apparently proud of it. Sous Chef Christina even warned the Red Team she was a "cancer."
- Taken Up to Eleven in her penultimate episode, wherein she repeatedly dares Kristin to "put [her] hands on [Jackie]" and even dumps a full ashtray onto Kristin's shirt.
- Joisey: AND HOW. Self-described, even!
- Lethal Chef: While bringing pink chicken to the pass, as Jackie did in the fourth dinner service, is a worryingly common occurrence, Jackie is the first person to defend doing so, saying to her team and Confession Cam (but not to Chef Ramsay) that it was only "a little pink", and that she would have served it in her own restaurant.
- The Rival: With Kristin, due to the former's constant criticism of Jackie.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Considers herself one of the best chefs on the Red Team, but hasn't done much to back that boast up. She admits in one episode she's only been cooking for three months; instead of realizing her obvious inexperience compared to the competition, she holds that as proof of her skill that she's doing just as well as them.
- Too Dumb to Live: During prep, jokingly wrote a crude name on the prep list. Sous Chef Christina, needless to say, was not amused and tore into Jackie for doing so...and Jackie proceeded to interrupt Christina mid-rant.
- To her credit, she did at least later apologize to Christina.
- Took a Level in Badass: In the finale. She was Ariel's first pick, and Took a Level in Kindness, being determined to help Ariel win. Apart from having difficulty with the sizes of fish, she was arguably Ariel's strongest member, and was even able to pick up the slack on the meat station after Dannie basically gave up and walked out of service.
- Badass Decay: Started off well enough, but dipped from service six onwards, so Ramsay sent him to the Red Team. Other than winning a challenge for them, he did not improve and was eliminated after two services.
- Lean and Mean: Subverted. Although he was quite skinny and looked quite mean, he was mostly a pretty nice guy.
- The Generic Guy: Focused more on being professional than having a colorful personality.
- Nice Guy: Was very cordial and tried to get along with everybody.
- When this is all over, can I use you as a reference on my resume?
- Crippling Overspecialization: A great performer for the Blue Team in challenges, but struggled during dinner services, which lead to his elimination despite being on the winning team that night.
- The Ditz:
- One instance with this is when he wasn't paying attention to Ramsay's order, leading to What Were You Thinking?.
- In one of the challenges, Joe made a lobster salad. However, when Ramsay questioned him on the noticeable lack of lobster in the salad, Joe admitted he "tasted" it "quite a bit". This and Chad's black garlic-covered tuna cost the Blue Team the challenge and forced them to deal with "delivery day".
- Nice Guy: A well-liked chef, so his elimination came as a shock to the chefs, with Kristin expressing shock that Jackie, a chef who had only been cooking for three months, lasted longer than him.
- What Were You Thinking?: He forgets an order in episode 2, and proceeds to tell Ramsay that he forgot it and asked for the order. Ramsay reacted as you'd expect, leading to his teammates (and himself, in the confessional) uttering this phrase.
- I'm not yelling, THIS IS HOW I TALK!
- Distracted by the Sexy: He was distracted heavily by Ms. Kristin Banta on Sous Chef Andi's wedding reception, which probably was the main culmination in his elimination.
- The Leader: He was this on the Blue Team, then immediately took up the role again after being switched to the Red Team. Unfortuently for him, it does not work, and his performance degrads quickly.
- No Indoor Voice: His page quote is his reaction to being told by Ashley to stop yelling during Episode 4's dinner service.
- CSI stands for Crime Scene Investigation, not your Chicken Sucks Idiot!
- Deadpan Snarker: The above quote was presented in this fashion.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Eddie basically turned into a high schooler when serving the VIP in the fourth dinner service. Understandable, since the blue team VIP was Dita Von Teese.
- Nice Guys Finish Last: Credited this as the reason for his elimination.
- Beginner's Luck: His first set of scallops to reach the pass were perfect. Unfortunately, that was the last time Alan sent anything passable up to the pass that night.
- BreadEggsMilkSquick: Topping a risotto with maple syrup of all things is quite an interesting way to start in Hell's Kitchen. Ramsay wasn't exactly eager to dig into that one.
- Jerkass: Many of his confessionals were of him making rude, derisive comments towards others. When Ariel and Ashley served Chef Ramsay beautifully pleated dumplings with a hole in them, Alan pulled this out, in the stereotypical Chinese accent no less:Oh, horey dumpring, uh oh!
- Never My Fault: Didn't take responsibility for his poor performance on his final service (which included creating soupy risotto and then too gooey risotto after putting too much cheese in it). He deflected the blame even after Ramsay sent him out.
- One-Hit Wonder: Performed exceptionally in the dumpling challenge; other than that, he was pretty mediocre.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Thought of himself as the blue team's best cook. He was merely OK to terrible throughout his stay, made a lot of errors, and was eliminated after his first nomination.
- Butt-Monkey: Was a popular target for Hassan who couldn't let go of how misguided his signature dish was.
- Epic Fail: Flopped on scallops right after Ramsay personally showed him how to cook them. This ultimately led to his automatic elimination during dinner service.
- The Load: Constantly screwed up in the kitchen and was the Blue Team's most consistently weak chef; eventually, Ramsay unceremoniously kicked him off the show in the middle of service just before a team meeting. They still lost that service, and Alan followed Kevin out.
- Too Dumb to Live: During the signature dish challenge, he decided to serve, essentially, a salad on top of a pizza. While that was already questionable enough, he absolutely sank his chances of a good review by using not only prepared dough, but bottled Caesar salad dressing.
- What Were You Thinking?: Who uses premade ingredients for Chef Ramsay? This is described as one of the major What an Idiot! moves one can make on Hell's Kitchen; no chef who used canned/frozen/packaged food in their opening signature dish has even made it to black jackets outside of Season 3 winner Rock and Season 16 BJ qualifier Kimberly.
- Achilles' Heel: Not a bad chef, but her poor communication skills led to poor performances.
- Misblamed: By Chef Ramsay in the second service, due to the undercooked snapper that was taken up to the pass. While it was true that Meese was the one that cooked the snapper, she had been out of the kitchen looking for a sizzling pan, and had taken it off the stove to prevent it from overcooking, with Ariel being the one to take it up to the pass without asking anyone if it was ready. As for Ariel's reaction...see Never My Fault above.
- Never My Fault: In the Episode 3 challenge, she was responsible of talking to Kristin's spanikopita dish, but failed to mention that it should have been cut into strips first. This resulted in Kristin losing that round, but Meese argued that she had no fault on that dish, even though it was her fault from the start.
- Poor Communication Kills: Her habit of freezing up and not communicating during service eventually got her sent home, after three straight nominations because of that issue (along with failing a challenge because she didn't mention something that was part of the recipe).
- What Were You Thinking?: Threw away a load of perfectly good wellingtons due to miscommunication with Manda, earning her this from her team and Ramsay.
- Hidden Depths: Despite doing poorly in services, she was able to put forth an impressive performance in Episode 2's dumpling challenge.
- The Load: Her first night of service, Vanessa got completely frazzled on appetizers, requiring the entire team to bail her out. If not for the fact that the men's team did even worse, Vanessa would almost certainly have been eliminated.
- Pretty much continues for the rest of her stay, leading to her elimination in the third episode.
- Nice Guys Finish Last: A nice enough chef, but struggled to stand up for herself and talk herself up.
- Badass Decay: Was the red team's best performer in the first dinner service, but practically gave up during the second service after burning Arctic Char, and Ramsay hates it when chefs don't fight back.
- Graceful Loser: Admitted to her faults, and was happy to learn something during her short stay.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Didn't stand out much.
- Epic Fail: Burning a pizza on your first night in Hell's Kitchen is a...memorable way to go home.
- The Load: After burning his first appetizer pizza, Mark basically froze up and never bounced back. Kevin summed it up best:Kevin: "Mark looks like a deer in headlights when he's getting yelling at. Bro, like, wake up! Hello, you're here!"
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Didn't stand out much, and was sent home after burning a pizza.