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     Season 1 

Michael (Occupation: Professional Chef)

"You guys cook like old people fuck!"

  • The Ace: Outside of a few instances in the beginning, he was one of the most consistent chefs this season, best shown when he came to the red team in Episode 3 and he helped them win services.
  • Best Friend: With Jimmy.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Was quite soft-spoken. But of all the winners in Hell's Kitchen, he was the most cutthroat of them all, not afraid to sabotage others or nominate strong competitors for elimination (back when Chef Ramsay was unable to override nominations).
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Had a tendency to talk to himself; hell, he may have talked more to himself than with anybody else.
  • Downer Ending: Several years after winning Hell's Kitchen, his daughter died, his wife divorced him, and he got addicted to drugs. He eventually managed to get clean and got remarried, but he's still having trouble finding a job.
  • Flawless Victory: Not only did he win the season, he was on the winning team in all but one service, and was named the Best of the Worst on the only service in which he was part of the losing team. To date, no other chef has reached that milestone.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Despite being rather soft-spoken, he wasn't above sabotaging other contestants in order to win. He was a very strategic competitor.
  • The Sleepless: Was often awake well into the night, and routinely gave himself a pep talk after most of his competition had already gone to bed. Despite this, he never seemed any more fatigued than the rest of the kitchen. Late in the season, he was still awake at 4 am when Ramsay asked him to wake up the other contestants.

Ralph (Occupation: Professional Chef)

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

  • Accidental Misnaming: Kept calling Jean-Philippe "Jean-Pierre" in the final. JP told Ralph he'd punch him if he kept it up.
  • Honor Before Reason: The best way of explaining his choice of chefs for the final service. Rather than picking Jimmy or Elsie, who both made it to black jackets, he chose his former fellow Blue team members Andrew and Wendy, both of whom displayed not nearly the same amount of skill.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He was quite full of himself, but he always had faith in his teammates.
  • The Leader: For the Blue Team has he has the most experience in the kitchen.
  • The Runner-Up Takes It All: While Michael fell apart in a spiral of addiction after a bad divorce, Ralph actually went on to get his own TV show after Hell's Kitchen.

Jessica (Occupation: Headhunter)

  • Badass Decay: Next to Ralph, she was the most consistent on the Blue Team, and was named Best Of The Worst twice. Once she got to the black jackets, however, she started making more mistakes and was nominated twice in a row. While she did regain some Badassness in her final service, she was still eliminated for only having one vote on her entree.
  • Butch Lesbian: She's shown kissing her girlfriend in episode 9.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: She put her friend Mary-Ellen up against Andrew for elimination hoping he would be eliminated. When Mary-Ellen was eliminated, Jessica really felt bad about her decision.
  • Took A Level In Jerk Ass: Became more bitchier as time went on, although only winning one reward challenge certainly had an impact.
    • The one bad thing she did do however was convince Michael and Ralph to sabotage Elise's performance after seeing her on live TV.
  • True Companions: With Ralph. So much so that Michael decided to screw Ralph over by picking Jessica first for his brigade. Neither of them were happy about that.

Elsie (Occupation: Mother of Six)

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

Jimmy (Occupation: Purchasing Supervisor)

"I'm not about to walk out just because someone yelled at me too much."
  • Best Friend: With Michael. Arguably, this was how he lasted as long as he did without nomination.
  • Butt-Monkey: Constantly in Ramsay's crosshairs thanks to his mistakes in the kitchen.
  • Determinator: Whatever his various other faults, he was definitely a hard worker, and when Jeff bailed out on the competition he even commented about how he'd never abandon his team under any circumstances.
  • Fat Idiot: Not the brightest burner on the stove, that's for sure.
  • The Load: Tended to be very mistake-prone in services.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Surprised everyone by winning the first black jacket challenge.
    • Ramsay even told Jimmy that he should be proud that he made it far when he got eliminated.

Andrew (Occupation: Office Assistant)

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

  • Butt-Monkey: He wasn't well liked by his fellow contestants. Most notably is that during the 5-course meal challenge, the rib-eyed steak with white peaches wasn't his idea. It was Ralph's, yet Ramsay chewed him out on it.
  • Heroic BSoD: Experienced this the night after surviving his second nomination. He finally realized his volatile attitude was seriously jeopardizing his chances of staying on the show. He even put a sign on his bedpost reminding him to shut up.
  • I'm Not Here to Make Friends: Most of the other contestants from this season (with the possible exception of Jeff) at least tried to get on well with each other, but not Andrew. In fact, he even mouthed off to Ramsay practically Once an Episode.
  • Never My Fault: Not as much as Jeff, but he did have some moments:
    • Refused to believe his risotto was terrible, even though it made someone physically ill.
    • He refused to take responsibility for the halibut dish he cooked since it was Ralph's idea in the first place. Ralph, however, informed Ramsay that he showed Andrew how to prepare it, so he did have some fault in it. It pretty much cemented to Andrews elimination.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In the final service. Despite cutting his finger and requiring hospital attention (and even stitches), Andrew insisted on going through with the service, claiming it would be disgraceful not to and not wanting to let Ralph down.

Chris (Occupation: Executive Chef)

"I haven't gotten where I am today without having skills."
  • Insufferable Genius: An Executive Chef, and always likes to remind people of that.
  • One-Hit Wonderinvoked: Outside of being named the Best of the Worst in the 2nd Service, he never really excelled in any other area.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Was a pretty strong performer for the first few services, but fell victim to Michael's attempt to take out his strongest competition, and Ramsay wanting to show the other players that the contest was Serious Business. Made even more poignant because the other competitor up for elimination that very same night was Elsie.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He didn't return for the final service, and his position was filled by Wendy.

Mary-Ellen (Occupation: Bartender)

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

  • Epic Fail: For the first three services she was probably the most consistently solid performer outside of the three executive chefs (Michael, Ralph and Chris) and Elsie. Then she crashed and burned spectacularly in the fourth service, doing so badly on the appetizers that Ramsay eliminated her out over Andrew, who had just had his fourth bad service in a row.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Jessica, who had a major My God, What Have I Done? moment after her decision to nominate Mary-Ellen for her legitimately bad performance — rather than nominating Ralph in an effort to make Ramsay eliminate Andrew — ended with her being eliminated.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: She didn't return for the final service, and her position was filled by Dewberry.

Wendy (Occupation: Account Manager)

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

  • Artistic License – Physics: See above.
  • Asian Airhead: Her inability to comprehend how water boils was certainly the biggest example of this, but she made a ton of mistakes while on the show, and Ramsay even said working with her was painful. She only lasted as long as she did because she was on the winning team in the first two services.
  • Genre Blind: Somehow it never occurred to her that she might be called upon to cook meat at some point. As a result, she never bothered learning how to cook it (since she doesn't eat it in real-life either) and predictably crashed and burned as soon as she went on the meat station.

Jeff (Occupation: Finance Manager)

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

  • Crazy Enough to Work: He pushed for a soup that he makes for the 5-course challenge, much to the concern of his teammates. It actually scored them a point.
  • The Napoleon: One of the shortest contestants (and the shortest man) from his season, but he had a pretty nasty temper. Initially this seemed to be because he was suffering from a kidney stone, but if anything it became worse after the stone passed out of his system.
  • Never My Fault: The first of many chefs to try and blame their shortcomings on their inexperience, which was all the more glaring considering that 8 out of that season's 12 competitors had no professional experience, and yet Jeff was the only one to pull that card.
  • Old Shame: Nowadays he's an insurance salesman (and before that, had been a used car dealer) and refuses to talk about his time on Hell's Kitchen in any way.
  • Rage Quit: Stormed out of the competition after calling Ramsay an "asshole." According to rumor, he then started a fight with Ramsay in the corridor outside the kitchen, and got injured as a result. As such, he was the first contestant of the series to exit the competition on his own accord.
  • 0% Approval Rating: He was assigned to wait tables in the first service... and not one of them said that he had been a good waiter, with two-thirds of them walking out.

Dewberry (Occupation: Pastry Chef)

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

  • Last-Name Basis: His first name is actually Jeff, but he went by his surname in order to avoid confusion with the other Jeff.
  • Nice Guy: Aside from built-up frustration at Ramsay almost causing him to abandon his team, Dewberry was a very kind and gentle person.
    • Notably shown when, despite being nominated by her after the first service, he and Elsie share a long warm hug and easily reconcile.
  • Picked Last: In the final service which was between him and Elsie. He knew that there was no way he wasn't getting picked last, since he had been eliminated so early in the competition and was only back because Chris, Mary-Ellen, and Jeff hadn't returned, and despite not having worked with either of the finalists before he was determined to do his best and redeem himself.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Almost walked out of the second service, but came to his senses and went back into the kitchen. He still got eliminated at the end of the episode anyway, though unlike Jeff he had the good grace to admit that the situation was entirely his own fault.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: Despite being one of only four contestants from this season (along with Michael, Ralph, and Chris) who actually had professional cooking experience, he was completely unable to handle working on the line.

Carolann (Occupation: Server's Assistant)

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

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

     Season 2 

Heather (Occupation: Sous Chef)

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

  • Badass Adorable: Her quote up above shows this well.
  • Berserk Button: As Garret found out, making any sexist comments in her direction.
    • For the most part she was a nice girl. But after a while, Virginia brought out a nasty side of hers since Heather felt like Virginia was treated unfairly well. She lightened up a lot on this when they moved into the finals however.
  • Butch Lesbian / Lipstick Lesbian: Has tried both looks over the years, though post-Hell's Kitchen has mostly tended to veer towards the latter.
  • Crazy Enough to Work: Her chocolate and raspberry empanadas in the signature dish challenge. Despite Gordon's initial reluctance, it proved to be one of the only dishes he enjoyed in the challenge.
  • The Determinator: Few chefs in the show's history have ever been as determined and assertive as she was in the kitchen. One of the best examples of this was when she severely burned her hand, but continued to give her team instructions before she was sent away to the medic.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Both She and Rachel delivered a decisive one to Tom in the fourth episode.
  • Genki Girl: Was this at times outside of the kitchen. But during dinner service, she was the most serious cook by far.
  • The Hero: She always emerged as a leader regardless of what team she was on, and was the best at keeping everybody working in concert.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Her friendship with Keith. She was sort of short and Keith was very tall. The top of her head barely reached his shoulders.
  • Out of Focus: Season 6 had her return as a sous chef (to fill the void left by Gloria) and while the show had a great opportunity to hype her return, she tended to fade quietly into the background, probably because the producers already knew that Andi would be replacing her for Season 7. That said, she was still a lot more animated in her role than Gloria had been, and quite often jumped onto the line to help out when the red team was struggling.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Was this with Rachel.
  • You Go, Girl!: She was by far the most serious, devoted contestant, as well as the one who most bought in to the battle of the sexes angle. She talked quite a bit about how women have to work so much harder to achieve the same recognition as men, and was initially intent on there being two women in the finale.

Virginia (Occupation: Salad Chef)

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

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

Keithnote  (Occupation: Chef/Bartender)

"I killed it!"

  • Achilles' Heel: Was one of the most talented cooks that season, but his leadership skills were weak on the pass and led to his elimination.
  • Catchphrase: Variations of "I killed it."
  • Crack Defeat: Debatable whether or not he should have been in the final instead of Virginia. He was a better cook than she was. But his leadership qualities at the pass were subpar to say the least.
  • Gonk: He was a goofy-looking man with a silly voice. He was aware of this, and said he wanted to win to prove that someone who looks and sounds like him can be a master.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite his "wigger" attitude and appearance, he was actually a very strong chef who cranked out high-quality food.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: He became a great friend and ally to Heather, and was twice as wide and a head taller than her.
  • Incompletely Trained: Ramsay outright tells him on multiple occasions that he's a great cook, but his talent hasn't been properly nurtured.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Regretted almost immediately choosing Virginia instead of Garrett (even though they made a pact to share rewards with each other). Even for him, he felt like he crossed a line and felt terrible.
  • The Lancer: He was a great cook in his own right, though Heather was that bit better. The two had great synergy, and often supported and backed each other up, but Keith didn't have Heather's leadership qualities.
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: As seen during the signature dishes.
  • Sore Loser: Gave a rather nasty What the Hell, Hero? response to Ramsay eliminating him from the final two over Virginia along with a Death Glare that made it look like he wanted to rough Gordon up. Unlike Joseph from season 6, he did not go off, and this motivated his friend Heather to win (Keith's anger was also shared by more than a handful of viewers.)
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Wasn't actually too bad for most of the season (aside from his open dislike of Virginia, which he wasn't alone in). But when he was eliminated, he took a very sharp turn for the worse, openly accusing Ramsay of having a "hard on" for Virginia (which some viewers agreed with him on while Ramsay didn't, prompting Gordon to defend his decision). He continued this streak when he said he'd only work for Virginia if she paid him after winning. A Graceful Loser, he was not.
  • Worthy Opponent: To Heather. They had a very tight knit friendship with each other and looked forward to battling it out together in the finale. Keith even lampshades it during a reward by pointing out that HK could easily stand for Heather vs Keith. Keith was eliminated, however, and Virginia faced off Heather in the finale instead.

Sara (Occupation: Deli Manager)

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

  • Arch-Enemy: To Virginia. Initially it was one-sided, as Virginia was okay with Sara, but Sara definitely was not fond of Virginia and tried to get rid of her in the fourth service (first by sabotaging her and making her look like a liar in the service, then by pushing for Virginia to be nominated over Rachel). After that, while the two were generally able to work together in the kitchen, they almost never spoke to each other outside of service, and made no secret of the fact that they didn't like each other.
    • This would become Laser-Guided Karma when the two were put up for elimination after the eighth service. Though Virginia wasn't willing to stay on at first, she changed her mind when Ramsay said that doing so would lead to Sara's elimination.
  • Gasshole: In a photo shoot reward, she farted towards Ramsay's direction.
  • Jerkass: Sara had a poor attitude this season. In addition to arguing with her teammates, she also had a couple of spats with Ramsay.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Successfully screwed over her team mates on a number of occasions.
  • Smug Snake

Garrett (Occupation: Executive Chef)

"All that did for me when Chef Ramsay said "Do you want to go back in jail?" was motivate me even more. I'm gonna bust my ass."
  • The Big Guy: When the blue team was down to three, Garret was a little smaller than Keith, but by far the most intimidating and dangerous-looking, while also being the least good at cooking.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Drops one after Keith decided to take Virginia with him to Vegas, even though Keith said the previous night that if he won, he'd pick Garrett to share the reward with him.
  • Determinator: See the above quote. And every time Ramsay yelled at him just made him more resolute to win; Ramsay himself even noted this trait when Garret was finally eliminated.
  • Flipping the Bird: He unintentionally did this to Ramsay after the women's team won the final team challenge, as he was flipping off the women and didn't know Ramsay was with them. Ramsay chewed him out for it later in the same episode.
  • Picked Last: Ended up on Heather's team as the last pick, though he didn't really care at all about this, beyond finding it a little odd that Tom and Giacomo were picked ahead of him (not knowing that Virginia picked those two because they were weaker than he was).
  • Reformed Criminal: Stole checks, which landed him in prison for a few years. While there he learned to cook, and ultimately proved one of the more level-headed contestants from his season.
    • When Heather expressed that she felt uncomfortable when he got angry, he assured her that he would never hit someone. He used to do things like that in the past, but went into a youth anger program and decided to never lay a hand on someone ever again.
    • And if his quote above is anything to go by, Garrett did not want to go back to jail.
  • Too Dumb to Live: See Flipping the Bird.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Used to be close friends with Keith. But then Keith broke his promise to share his reward with him, and chose Virginia instead. Garrett was very angry about this to say the least and broke off ties with him. They never got to make amends because Keith nominated him for elimination that same episode and he got sent home.
    • Inverted with Heather. The two got off on a very bad footing after Garrett made sexist remarks to her in an early episode (albeit out of a desire to annoy her rather than genuinely believing that women are inferior, not realizing just how offensive she found it), but quickly became close allies once she moved over to the blue team.

Maribel (Occupation: Cafeteria Chef)

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

Rachel note  (Occupation: Personal Chef)

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

Tom (Occupation: Former Stockbroker)

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

  • Apathy Killed the Cooking: Ramsay repeatedly accused Tom of having this problem; in one service, Tom simply gave up, and in another, Tom didn't react with enough "hurt" when Ramsay yelled at him, which Ramsay took as a sign that Tom wasn't serious enough about the mistakes he was making.
  • Determinator: Vowed to continue on the cooking path after he was eliminated. Ramsay, on the other hand, called him "a really crap cook" and felt he should have stayed in stockbroking.
  • Fat Idiot: Was pretty incompetent and clueless in the kitchen; he was the weakest chef that season and one of the weakest to appear on the show.
    • One example was when Keith asked him to make tomato sauce, but then Garret found some. Keith told him never mind, but he decided to continue making it anyway. Ramsay berated him for this, and he blamed Keith for being misleading.
    • Another example is instead of making fresh tortellini, he used frozen stuff and Ramsay caught him in the act quickly.
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: Every time he even slightly injured himself, whether it was mildly burning himself on a pan or nicking his finger with a knife, he complained and complained and complained for the rest of the service. This was made all the more glaring next to the way that Heather carried on directing her team after severely burning herself in the second service.

Giacomo (Occupation: Pizza Chef)

  • Badass Decay: Ramsay absolutely loved his signature dish. However, Giacomo's performances dropped sharply afterward, resulting in his quick exit from the competition.
  • Beginner's Luck: Giacomo did one thing right: the "signature dish" challenge. Ramsay picked Giacomo's signature dish as the best of the signature dishes. This is in sharp contrast to Giacomo's performances later on.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Ramsay constantly threw this accusation at him early on, for "poncing about with women's hair." He later tried tying it back (which made him look even more feminine), but this didn't improve his performances any, and he was soon gone.
  • Epic Fail: In Ramsay's opinion. In the service that finally got Giacomo eliminated, Giacomo had a problem turning the oven on, which Ramsay finally cited as to why Giacomo should go. For perspective, this was such a huge blunder in Ramsay's eyes that he eliminated Giacomo even though Giacomo only got one vote for elimination from his teammates, while Tom got three.
  • One-Hit Wonder: His signature dish was the only thing Giacomo got right.

Gabe (Occupation: Marketing Executive)

  • The Generic Guy: Among the collection of misfits that was this season's blue team, Gabe had probably the most normal personality and background.
  • Nice Guys Finish Last: To quote:
    Ramsay: You're a sweet guy, but sweet guys don't make good head chefs. Take your jacket off and get out of Hell's Kitchen.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: When Larry was taken out of the competition due to illness, Gabe pets the dog by telling Larry that "Tonight's service is for you" in the Confession Cam. No prizes for guessing which service completely folded and who was eliminated that night.

Larry (Occupation: Fishmonger)

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

  • Black Dude Dies First: He was both the first of this season's men to leave, and the first person overall to be forced out of the show for medical reasons. On top of that, he was the show's first-ever black contestant, making it a case of First Black Dude Dies First.
  • Butt-Monkey: Ramsay hated his signature dish. Then he didn't get to do anything in the first service. In the first team challenge, he ended up not cutting a single steak correctly. Following that, he became the first person to drop out of the show for medical reasons, after he started having trouble breathing and had to be rushed to the hospital. Poor guy.
  • Casanova Wannabe: About the only thing that went right for him while on the show was getting to share the hot tub with Heather and Virginia. Even then his attempts to flirt didn't go anywhere, thanks to the former being a lesbian and the latter being newlywed, though at least they didn't get offended by it.
  • Non-Gameplay Elimination: Larry wasn't eliminated by Ramsay; he had to be hospitalized and thus could not continue as a contestant.

Polly (Occupation: Caterer)

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

  • Epic Fail: Spent over an hour and a half cooking appetizers, and still didn't manage to make a single acceptable serving. This led to Ramsay redesignating her the "kitchen donkey" and got her eliminated after service #1.
  • Insistent Terminology: Her "undone" foccacia bread which was also her signature dish. Gordon was baffled as to what that actually meant, eventually settling on "half-baked". Needless to say, he was not at all impressed by that and didn't even bother tasting the dish.
  • Tempting Fate: Claimed that Hell's Kitchen would be a cake walk because she gave birth to 6 boys naturally. She performed so badly on the appetizer section that she taken off of it and was eliminated in the first episode.

     Season 3 

Rock (Occupation: Executive Chef)

  • Awesome Mc Coolname: His real name is Rahman Harper.
  • Bald of Awesome: There was rarely any doubt that he would win. The only time he looked seriously vulnerable was when he turned in a decidedly sub-par performance in the third-last service, while Jen had been firing on all cylinders for several weeks and Bonnie had taken a major level in badass. Fortunately for him, Rock managed to rebound in the next service and avoided the same fate as Keith from the previous year.
  • Berserk Button: Having to sort through trash causes him to have a complete meltdown, due to it reminding him of his childhood in the ghetto.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He grew up in the ghetto and never had to go dumpster diving, so when losing a challenge meant he had to sort through trash he lost it to the point Television Without Pity gave him his own bleep o fucking meter. Later, he shows regret over the act, and more or less goes back to being normal for the remainder of the season. He crossed into this territory again for the first black jacket service, when he became very irritable and picked fights with Jen and Bonnie. After elimination that night, he cooled off and apologized to Jen for his behavior.
  • Brutal Honesty: Was fairly blunt when he voiced his opinions on how weak Josh was. Right in front of him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: One of the best examples in Hell's Kitchen history.
    "The woman with the towel on her head wasn't too intimidating. I think we're good."
  • Insufferable Genius: While he was never an outright Jerkass, Rock had a high opinion of his skills and didn't mince words when it came to Brutal Honesty. What kept him from being a Smug Snake was that Rock was actually able to back up everything he said and he ultimately won.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Felt this way over fighting with Jen during the first black jacket service. He didn't like the way she talked to him. But admitted that he should've talked to her about it AFTER service, not exploding at her during it. He cried about it because he felt great disappointment for acting so rashly. He apologized to Jen later that night.
  • Oh, Crap!: Had this reaction when Ramsay announced that Melissa was moving to the blue team. He was shaking his head and double face palming.
  • Rant-Inducing Slight: He is absolutely pissed when his team loses a challenge to a lobster bisque and goes on a massive tirade until dinner service starts. The fact that the punishment involved sorting trash probably had something to do with it.
  • Scary Black Man: For the most part subverted, but played straight when the blue team lost a challenge and was made to clear out the trash. His resulting Cluster F-Bomb even rivals Gordon himself!
  • Smug Super: As highly as he regarded himself in his skills, as well as every other sentence being a boast about himself in reference to his rivals, he had the goods to back it all up and ultimately won that season.
  • Sole Survivor: The last member of the male's team left standing after Josh's mid-service elimination.
  • Tempting Fate: When he got irritated with Melissa, he reflected "If Melissa was on my team, a very dark side of me would come out." She got transferred to his team that very night.
  • Third-Person Person: Would sometimes say his own name now in then.
  • What Were You Thinking?: After serving frozen gnocchi for his signature dish, he himself later reflected that frozen food was a big no-no and that he was disappointed that he couldn't execute his own signature dish properly. For a long time, Rock was the only chef to date to recover fully from this signature dish pitfall (unless you count the dishes of Season 5's Danny and Season 13's LaTasha) which has turned other chefs into instant Butt Monkeys. Until Season 16's Kimberly, no other chef who made this mistake has made it past the halfway point of their season.

Bonnie (Occupation: Nanny/Personal Chef)

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

  • Beware the Nice Ones: When Melissa was talking constantly and trying to dictate the Red Team during a punishment, Bonnie really wanted to strangle her.
  • Dumb Blonde: Subverted; she came across as one early in the season, but proved herself to be quite competent as the season progressed. It's more that she's easily-flustered and nervous when things don't go well. Being on the same team labeled as "Hell's Bitches" didn't help.
    • A notable instance that played that straight is when doing prep, she managed to throw away a significant amount of monkfish because it smells fishy.
  • Genki Girl
  • Graceful Loser: Didn't show any sign of bitterness over losing and was very happy for Rock.
  • Hidden Depths: At the beginning, she may have seemed like a shallow Dumb Blonde to some fans at first. But she was actually a very nice, humble chef (in stark contrast with some of the other members of her team) who became a lot more competent as the season went on and even made it to the finals.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Arguably the most attractive girl that season.
    • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Once went walking around in the dorms in a tank top and undies without a care in the world. The men were rather appreciative of that. This was topped in the next episode when she ran out of an interrupted shower in nothing but a towel after being suddenly rushed out by Marines.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After sending Julia up for elimination, and having her eliminated, she's immediately crying and hugging Jen.
  • Nice Girl: One of the few on her team.
    • Was distraught about the lobster challenge because she cried every time she killed a lobster. Sure enough, when she dropped one in the water, she was in tears.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Started off as weak in the beginning. Just barely managed to scrape into the black jacket team, but was considered best of the night in their first service. She continued this strong streak and ended up in the finals.

Jen (Occupation: Pastry Chef)

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

  • Heroic BSoD: Nearly broke down during the signature dish challenge when her dish was called up, with every preceding dish having been rejected by Ramsay. She quickly recovered despite also being handed a mediocre review.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: On the third service, she cooked too much pasta then tossed it away. When she noticed that they had a severe lack of pasta, she picked it up and decided to wash it so no one would know. Julia did and Jen felt really guilty for what she caused.
  • Nice Girl: Especially compared to Tiffany, Joanna and Melissa.
  • Only Sane Man: Easily one of the most levelheaded and professional cooks of the season.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Out of all the red team, Jen was the closest to Bonnie.
  • Taking the Bullet: See My God, What Have I Done? for more details. When Joanna was going to choose Julia to be eliminated, Jen immediately said that she was the other contestant. Subverted as Joanna screwed herself over in the end, but Ramsay did give Jen a warning about the pasta thing.

Julia (Occupation: Waffle House Cook)

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

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

Josh (Occupation: Jr. Sous Chef)

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

  • Butt-Monkey: Although he was stellar in the fish skinning challenge where he did the same as his whole team (and scored most points of all contestants). He was one of the worst cooks in the season.
  • Every Dinner Service He Fizzles Out: Ramsay lampshaded twice that despite all his experience and a glittering resume, he was a terrible cook who was constantly outclassed by a waffle house cook (Julia), a pastry chef (Jen), and a nanny (Bonnie).
  • Epic Fail: Despite being a consistently terrible contestant, he somehow made it to black jackets...and became the first ever contestant to be eliminated mid-service due to his complete inability to cook appetizers.
    • Crosses the Line Twice: To be more specific, he started five pans of risottos when none had been ordered. After Ramsay tells him off for this, he starts cooking spaghetti before he fired the table. He was reminded that they cook spaghetti to order. Then he does it again. When his risotto was returned for being undercooked, Ramsay had just about enough.
  • High Hopes, Zero Talent: Continued to be confident and hopeful of winning, despite being consistently bad during services and challenges.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: His performance in the first black jacket service, where he was caught cooking food ahead of the orders no less than three times by Chef Ramsay and thus leading to an excessive waste of food. This almost certainly sealed his fate by the time he was chewed out for having undercooked one customer's risotto.
  • Idiot Houdini: Despite being one of the worst chefs in the series, he finished fifth overall.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: May or may not have had one. Rock inferred that Josh did know how to cook, but he wasn't able to trust himself (despite all of his supposed confidence).
  • The Load: Very few had much expectations that Josh would win, with Rock himself lampshading his considerably weaker performances in the kitchen against other chefs, Melissa included.
  • Never My Fault: Anytime Rock tried to point out his problems, Josh would ignore him and argue about it.
  • Picked Last: Ended up on Rock's team as the last pick. While he wasn't overly sore about this (certainly not to the extent that Julia, the second-last pick was), he genuinely couldn't understand why he ended up being chosen last. In the actual service he nearly tanked Rock's kitchen, and after the service Rock flat-out said in front of all the other chefs that he wished Josh hadn't been on the team.
  • Too Dumb to Live: After being told many times to not cook any pans of risotto before they've been ordered, he then cooks spaghetti when nobody ordered any. When Ramsay tells him to only cook spaghetti to order, he cooks another pot of spaghetti that nobody asked for.

Brad (Occupation: Sous Chef)

  • The Generic Guy: Despite making it before the black jackets, Brad never did anything to stand out.
  • Leader Wannabe: Tried to assert himself as a leader for the blue team. Did so badly that he got eliminated over Bonnie and Josh (both were a lot more inconsistent than him at that point).
  • Oh, Crap!: Sat there, jaw dropped when he found out Melissa was moving to the blue team.
  • The Rival: Tried to be this to Rock. [It didn't last long]]]

Melissa (Occupation: Line Cook)

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

  • The Dreaded: As her attitude and work ethic worsened, she became this to both teams. It got so bad that Ramsay sent her to the blue team as a last chance to save herself, a decision that left the men completely aghast.
  • Epic Fail: She overcooked the duck breast, the red team's meat entree for the wedding challenge to rubber and left them with no time to prepare any sides or garnishes to complement it. Knowing they were doomed from the start, she tried to stop Jen from presenting it, which didn't help her case with Ramsay after seeing the disastrous dish.
  • Fiery Redhead: Not the most positive example of this considering how much her attitude soured over the competition.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She started off nice, ignoring Tiffany's request for Melissa to nominate Julia simply for her lack of experience and rightfully nominating Tiffany instead. After awhile, however, her attitude turned and she became really abrasive. This continued until she was eliminated. She returned to her original attitude when on Bonnie's team in the final.
  • Leader Wannabe: Became this during the wedding episode. This grated on everyone's nerves, Ramsay's included. All in all, she did a lot more damage than good.
  • The Load: Her disastrous performance during the wedding challenge cemented her as this, with Ramsay lampshading how many second chances she had been given when she was finally eliminated. She made up for this somewhat when she returned to her old self in the finale.
  • Madness Makeover: When she became loopy, her appearance reflected it. She got Messy Hair, poorly applied make-up, and a soul patch.
  • Messy Hair: Had straight hair at the beginning. But it devolved into this when she underwent her radical personality change.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Was quite a looker upon her introduction, but was determined to prove she was way more than that, and impressed Ramsay with her signature dish. This went away however during her change in attitude, but she was back to her goodlooking self in the finale when her attitude took a turn for the better.
  • Sanity Slippage: Was fairly level-headed at the very beginning. But halfway through the season, she had an inexplicable change of character. She stopped taking care of herself, her hair was constantly frazzled, and she started growing a little beard. But that was nothing in comparison to her personality change, when she adopted a ''very'' inflated ego while sinking in performance at the same time.
    Bonnie: What's happened to you?!
    • One example was during the wedding service. Jen and Julia announced that they were ready to bring up food in 1 minute. She then told them that she needed 3 minutes. When Ramsay asked how long, she said 4 minutes. Then immediately brought up her garnish. She then asked Jen if she still needed 4 minutes.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Played in reverse order. At the very start, she looked pretty good. But halfway through, she stopped taking care of her appearance and it really showed. By the time she returned for the finale, it was pretty obvious her time away allowed her time to care about her appearance again, and she looked as good as she did at the start.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Originally could back this trope up with her cooking in the first few services, but when she advanced to leadership, her skills dropped while her ego did not, and it claimed her career in Hell's Kitchen in the end.
  • Too Dumb to Live: During the wedding challenge, she pissed Ramsay off so much that he looked like he was about ready to kill her. His attitude only got worse when the duck Melissa had cooked to rubber was revealed...

Vinnie (Occupation: Nightclub Chef)

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

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

Joanna (Occupation: Assistant Chef)

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

  • Alpha Bitch: A member of "Hell's Bitches" as Ramsay coined the Red Team.
  • The Bully: The only reason why she decided to go along with Tiffany's statements regarding Julia was because "it'll make her look bad".
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: She displayed this both times she was nominated. During the first episode, she allied herself with Tiffany early on, only to immediately turn on her and blame her for everything that went wrong in the service as soon as Melissa nominated them both for elimination. Then when she was nominated after the third service, rather than in any way defend herself she attacked Jen and said that she should be sent home for thinking about serving spaghetti from the garbage — which blew up spectacularly in her face when Ramsay pointed out that Joanna actually did serve rotten crab meat and showed no remorse about having done so, and that using her own logic she was the one who should be eliminated (which she quickly was).
  • Establishing Character Moment: During the signature dish, she boasted to the confession cam that she would flirt and manipulate to get what she wanted. True to her word, she acted all flirty with Ramsay. Unimpressed, he told her that her chicken is salty and dry.
  • Jerkass: A prominent example was in the first episode. Julia knew that the Red Team had very bad communication skills and Joanna agreed, but agreed with Tiffany because it would "make Julia look bad."
    • Jerkass Woobie: If her account of what happened behind the scenes with J.R. is anything to go by.
  • Lethal Chef: Attempted to serve a crab spaghetti without realizing that the crab had spoiled (something she should have smelled even when the rancid crab was cooked). Ramsay REALLY rips her a new air hole, throws the crab away, and kicks her off the station before removing the crab spaghetti from the menu. She didn't show much reaction or remorse for this, and when she attempted to play the Lethal Chef card on Jen, Ramsay had none of it and kicked her out.
  • Never My Fault: Did not show much regret for the rotten crab, which was dangerous to fatal, and this led directly to her elimination.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite her behavior she displayed in the season, she did have one surprising moment of kindness when the other women decided to nominate Julia after the third service, causing Joanna (who had already been agreed on as the first nominee) to defend Julia and point out that she hadn't done anything wrong during the service. Barely a minute later however, she's trying to throw Jen under the bus for her spaghetti mistake.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: She was one of the younger contestants at the time (22) and had an ego to match, even picking on Julia (28) all because of her "Waffle House" past. Not only was Julia a better cook than Joanna, but Joanna was one of the most dangerously incompetent cooks to ever appear on the American version of Hell's Kitchen, a position she secured in one shot with the infamous rancid crab and her attempt to dodge responsibility for it, which got her bullseyed by Ramsay; this is one of his biggest Berserk Buttons.
  • Smug Snake: Proclaimed herself to be a Manipulative Bitch and then went on to (unintentionally) talk Ramsay into kicking her out when he pointed out the rationale behind her argument.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Attempting to serve a risotto with rotten crab is one thing, but refusing to accept responsibility for it got her sent home.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: To Julia. Julia helped out in the breakfast challenge, but the minute that Julia states that she didn't know what was creme brulee (or its ingredients), then that means that Joanna could personally choose her for elimination. Julia, being one of the only sane contestants that season, noted that not knowing what creme brulee was did not mean immediate elimination.

Aaron note  (Occupation: Retirement Home Chef)

"Yee-haw! Howdy, Chef Ramsay!"

  • Adorkable: Probably the greatest example in the entire show.
  • Butt-Monkey: Along with Season 8's Raj and Season 11's Gina, he is the poster boy for this trope amongst Hell's Kitchen fans. However, it is done in a more affectionate way than with the latter two, especially since his death in 2010.
  • Epic Fail: Somehow on opening night, he wrecked the entire blue team's meat supply, making it impossible for them to continue with entrees. They only got lucky that the red team did even worse than them that night.
  • Gentle Giant: He's a big guy, but is also one of the nicest chefs to come onto the show.
  • The Load: Was a really nice guy. But a bad cook, sadly one of the weakest in season 3. He almost single handily caused the blue team's loss at the breakfast challenge, which also directly led to his medical exit from the competition, making this worse.
  • Manly Tears: Prior to the first service of the season. Ramsay had to calm him down, and he reappeared in Season 6 telling chefs "no crying".
  • Nice Guy: Among the nicest to have stepped into Hell's Kitchen.
  • Nice Hat: The cowboy hat he wore during the signature dish challenge.
  • Non-Gameplay Elimination: Fell sick during the punishment for failing the breakfast challenge and was removed from Hell's Kitchen for medical reasons.
  • Token Minority: The only Asian person on this season.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Collapsed during the punishment for week three and had to leave, and was doing pretty well when he was seen in Season 4 which makes his death even sadder.

Eddie (Occupation: Grill Cook)

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

  • Older Than They Look: He was 28 years old, but looked and even sounded like he was 10. However, he establishes that he was born with a kidney disease that stunted his growth early during the signature dish challenge.
  • The Quiet One: One of the quieter chefs this season, which led to Rock and Brad jumping onto his station on the second service. It eventually led to Ramsay eliminating him due to that.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: Subverted, considering he was the second to be eliminated.

Tiffany (Occupation: Kitchen Manager)

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

  • Alpha Bitch: All she cared about was making Julia's life miserable, which made her one of the "Hell's Bitches" troupe members.
  • The Bully: Along with Joanna. Both were complete bitches to Julia throughout their time on the show. She whines that Julia was complaining to Ramsay about not able to help (but that was because Tiffany was the one who didn't want her help in the first place) and when Julia called out on how the Red Team's communication skills just plain sucked, Tiffany instead lied.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The minute you know this girl is a freaking bitch is when she starts picking on Julia. Needless to say no one liked her after that.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: In her mind, Julia must go because she's a Waffle House chef. Not because Julia saved her ass in cooking quail eggs, but because she works in a fucking Waffle House.
  • Hypocrite: Lambasts on Julia "whining" to Ramsay and being a Waffle House chef, yet it's Julia who can cook the quail eggs just right while Tiffany couldn't.
  • Jerkass: Between her and Joanna (and later Melissa), it's not hard to see why Ramsay termed the Red Team "Hell's Bitches" for the first half of the season.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Picked on Julia for being a Waffle House chef, but Julia had to bail her out over cooking quail eggs, something that neither she nor the other girls could do. Not to mention that Julia made it to 4th place, got glowing praise from Ramsay himself and the chance to go to culinary school (personally sent by Ramsay himself), while Tiffany was the first cook eliminated from the season and was immediately identified as one of the dumbest cooks of the year. What did she get? Nothing.
  • Never My Fault: Doesn't believe that it was her fault for her elimination and doesn't even give two shits on how she treated Julia on that service.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Produced one of the only two signature dishes to impress Ramsay, even getting praise from Julia who also tasted her dish. She quickly torpedoed her shot at the title though when instead of focusing on her cooking she focused more on putting down Julia.
  • Precision F-Strike: The infamous quote regarding Julia as seen above. She was drinking some hard liquor prior to the confession cam, though.
  • Shadow Archetype: She's a dark, bullying and insulting version of Julia who looks down on others and never admits her faults.
  • Smug Snake: Just loved putting Julia down and acting like a total bitch. She didn't get to do it for long since she was the first person out.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: To Julia. Julia saved her ass in the quail egg cooking, but she still hates her (and states the infamous quote above) and wants her eliminated. She never admits that she acted like such a bitch at all during her exit.


  • Epic Fail: Managed to get himself kicked off before the first challenge due to his antagonistic nature, which was bad enough to get him completely edited out of the season. Not even Season 6's Joseph had been hit with this after his infamous on-air blowup.
  • The Ghost: It took 11 years to even find out about his existence, and a few months after that to find out exactly what he did to get him removed from the show.
  • Jerkass: Was apparently such an extreme example that he was scrubbed from the season entirely.
    • He was known for making off-color remarks and being an unprofessional guy in general.
    • What really got him into trouble (and presumably got him taken off the show) was the discovery of him spreading false, harmful rumors about Joanna having an affair with her former boss. To add insult to injury, this was after she initially confided in him after having just gotten out of a toxic relationship at the time of filming.
  • Malicious Slander: How he presumably thought he would gain a competitive advantage over the women. Needless to say, he didn't.
  • Name's the Same: As Season 13's JR, who actually made it onto the show.
  • Non-Gameplay Elimination: Was removed from the show at an unknown point in time, likely during or after the signature dish challenge.
  • Old Shame: In-Universe example as far as the show itself goes; his aforementioned actions were enough for the producers to completely erase all evidence of his participation before the season had aired. Hell's Kitchen has had its share of infamous contestants, but perhaps no other was bad enough to warrant the show's decision to completely disavow them.
  • Only Known by Initials
  • Rewatch Bonus: Even after remaining completely unknown to viewers for eleven years, a sharp eye can easily make him out in a few frames of the first episode, as well as thirteen picture frames and a thirteenth dish at the signature dish challenge that goes untasted by Gordon.
  • Shortrunner: In-Universe; and perhaps the supreme example of such, surpassing Season 8's Antonia and Season 9's Jason, who both left their respective seasons prior to the first service due to medical reasons.
  • The Stoic: In the very few shots of his face we get to see, his expression seems to only shift between "slightly disinterested" and "mildly annoyed".
  • Too Dumb to Live: His lack of professionalism and respect for the contestants made him an early casualty of this. Countless contestants have burned bridges with their fellow competitors, but his went to such an extreme that the producers quickly showed him the door.
  • Un-person: Was never acknowledged to have existed at all, let alone to have competed.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Went completely unacknowledged for a whopping eleven years and was removed from the series during the filming of the first episode, cranking this trope Up to Eleven. Having apparently not even made it past the signature dish challenge where only a few obscure glimpses of him remain, he had perhaps the shortest run of any Hell's Kitchen contestant, period.
  • What Could Have Been: Was originally intended to be the thirteenth chef to compete in Season 3. How he would have performed in the competition is anyone's guess.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Was seen briefly in a few shots in Episode 1 where he was unable to be fully covered up. Aside from his hung jacket and burned picture a few episodes later, no further evidence of him was ever seen.


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