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Christina (Occupation: Culinary Student)
"I'm a complete package. I look great in a pair of heels, I can read a book, and I can cook."
- Aloof Ally: Sometimes had shades of this given the dislike she immediately encountered from most of her team, as well as her habit of carrying herself in a very controlled and quiet manner. Also, stated once that she didn't care about her teammates at one point, and only cared about finishing a service.
- Bash Sisters: With Corey; they bickered a lot, and even nominated each other after the final 3 service. But when picking their teams for the final service, Christina (who had second choice) was worried that Petrozza would choose Corey first, and it even seemed that Corey was worried about it (but Petrozza picked Bobby). They personally disliked each other, but worked very well together in service.
- Batman Gambit: After Jen rigged voting she works out with Corey and Petrozza who the strongest of them is, forcing Ramsay to eliminate Jen instead of Corey.
- I Take Offense to That Last One!: Christina really hated it for some reason when Chef Ramsay told her she came sounding like a cheerleader rather than a head chef.
- Insufferable Genius: Mostly averted though there are hints of this here and there. She's supposedly a very smart girl and, at times, comes off a little conceited.
- Only Sane Woman: One of the very few members of the red team who didn't fall into the cliquey crap. Chef Ramsay realized this and recognized her for it. On elimination night, he asked who the team nominated and Christina told him it was Shayna. Surprised about it, he asked Christina who she would personally nominate, and she said Rosann. He thought THAT made sense.
- Tall Poppy Syndrome: Was frequently targeted by her teammates who, despite their comments stating otherwise, were jealous of her skills. If she was on Survivor, she likely would have been sent home early, but since Ramsay has the final say...
- True Companions: Became this with Corey and Petrozza against Jen.
- Weak, but Skilled: Prior to winning the contest she had been cooking professionally for three years.
Petrozza (Occupation: Catering Director) note
"I'm gonna nominate myself; I can't pick any of these guys, they work too hard."
- Always Second Best: When it's down to the black jackets, he comes second to Christina in three consecutive challenges by the slimmest of margins. The same happens in the final service.
- Cool Old Guy: Age 47, and while not the oldest chef the show has seen, he is the oldest to do well on the show.
- Cordon Bleugh Chef: Seemingly played straight with his signature dish, "Hen In a Pumpkin", which a baffled Chef Ramsay noted just came off as rather bland; strongly subverted from that point onward, as he proved to be one of the most consistently good chefs of the season.
- Crazy Enough to Work: In one service, Louross was having trouble with the beef wellington as it was over cooked. Petrozza decides to cut a sliver off and it's medium well. Louross keeps repeating that it wouldn't go pass Scott...and then comments that it was the most "ghettoist thing ever" when it did.
- Deadpan Snarker: "It's some dry-ass chicken".
- Father to His Men: In one episode, he offered himself to be eliminated because even though the Blue Team did horribly, they didn't deserved to be eliminated so soon and they really were working hard. What makes this more poignant is that the others at the time (Ben, Louross and Bobby) were throwing each other under the bus and were expecting Petrozza to do the same. Ramsay complimented that Petrozza "was a gentleman" for taking the blow.
- In turn, his team liked him a lot and was very passionate about helping him win the competition when they came back.
- Graceful Loser: Consistent with his character. He gave a very warm congratulatory hug to Christina when she won. It's also telling that a number of his confession cam moments after challenges were just more that he was upset about losing and not blaming anyone for their losses.
- Heroic BSoD:
- Had one in the second service and was about to leave the competition. Bobby's kind words were enough to get him back in the kitchen and helped him become runner-up that season.
- He had another one in the season finale, when it was revealed that his kitchen was out of appetizer ingredients. It eventually required Bobby to rescue him by working out he could create a lobster risotto from the ingredients they had to hand, and likely played a big part in Petrozza only finishing as runner-up.
- Honor Before Reason: No matter how badly his team screwed up in the 7th service, he couldn't bring himself to nominate any of them and actually nominated himself; Ramsay has actually ELIMINATED contestants for nominating themselves, but Ramsay recognized Petrozza's graciousness.
- He also helped Louross with the beef wellingtons (See Crazy Enough to Work) while the other members of the team would've just let Louross suffer.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Louross, Bobby, Ben, and eventually Christina and Corey.
- Nice Guy: Is almost universally considered the most likeable chef ever on the show, helping his fellow teamates at service, and even letting himself be eliminated because he just couldn't let his teammates be eliminated after just one lousy service. This even extended to the confession cams, which easily stood out compared to several of the other chefs.
- One Steve Limit: His first name is actually Lou, but he likely went by his surname to avoid confusion with Louross.
- Out of Character Is Serious Business: Him tearing Jen apart in his confession cam, showed that he wasn't liking Jen being a kiss-up.
- His breakdown early on in the season counts as well when you factor in his overall behaviour.
- Running Gag: Just couldn't maintain a clean, organized station to save his life.Chef Ramsay: Crap on top of crap on top of crap on top of crap.
Chef Ramsay: That's nicely cooked, that filet mignon. I don't give a fuck if you work like a pig from now on if your meat's excellent!
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Chef Ramsay eventually came to accept this part of him as he made up for it with the food he produced.
- Sole Survivor: After Bobby and Matt were eliminated, he was the last man left in the Black jackets.
- True Companions: Became this with Christina and Corey against Jen.
Corey (Occupation: Private Chef)
- Bash Sisters: With Christina.
- Brutal Honesty: Had quite a bit of this in the very beginning.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Went from one of the biggest bitches in the show's history, to nominating herself to hopefully get rid of the FAR worse Jen. Unlike many of the other bitches on the show, she was savvy enough to work out early on that the bitch act wasn't working, and started behaving more reasonably.
- This even extended to service, where she and Christina would sometimes be forced to work together. Instead of using the time to pick fights, the two of them would work towards churning out the necessary dishes to Ramsay's standards.
- I'm Not Here to Make Friends: Said this herself at the very beginning when she nominated Christina and Jen for nothing more than personal reasons (which she blatantly admitted). She started growing out of this behavior as the season went on however.
- Jerkass: At first.
- Taking the Bullet: She did this twice after getting into the black team. Aside from the aforementioned successful effort to get rid of Jen, the other time was after the all-round Epic Fail of the first black team service, after which Matt and Christina were nominated. When the nominations were being given however, Corey said that she had done worse than Christina and should be up there instead of her. Ramsay, however, called her and Christina out along with Matt, who eventually ended up getting kicked out.
- True Companions: Became this with Christina and Petrozza against Jen.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Made the most epically misguided nomination decision in the show's history during the second episode of her season, when she decided to put up Christina and Jen in the belief that she could get rid of a strong competitor — only for Ramsay to kick Sharon out instead.
- Genre Blind: Admitted in a later interview that she never watched a single episode of Hell's Kitchen before entering.
Jen (Occupation: Garde Manger)
Also Season 18 (Rookies VS Veterans)
"I think Chef Ramsay may need to read a couple of books. He has no idea what he's talking about, and he has absolutely no idea who he's talking to."
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: She wasn't above sabotaging others to get her victories.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: She found herself playing for both teams at separate points during the season. Neither the men nor the women appreciated her ego problems, bossy attitude, or propensity for backstabbing.
- HeelFace Door-Slam: Subverted. When it was down to the final four, she started acting nicer to her fellow competitors, but they immediately saw through her act, and her confession cams made it obvious to the audience that it was fake.
- It's All About Me: Nearly every confessional of hers was either her talking about how great a chef she was or how incompetent her competitors were. Even being eliminated just shy of the final 3 for her terrible attitude and inconsistent cooking skills didn't teach her a smidge of humility. Indeed, she returned in the season finale believing she was robbed of a place in the final two, and had the nerve to ask Chef Ramsay for a letter of recommendation.
- Jerkass: A strong contender for the show's biggest-ever bitch, in no small part due to her behavior in the season finale.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Was actually pretty tolerable at first, but Ramsay's compliments early in the season clearly went to her head, to the point where she seriously considered quitting halfway through the season because she felt she deserved preferential treatment and wasn't getting it.
- Insufferable Genius / Jerkass Has a Point: As horrible as her attitude and her treatment of her fellow contestants was, she was legitimately one of the strongest chefs on the season and generally did very well in challenges and dinner services.
- Long Speech Tea Time: Gave a very, very long speech when she was first nominated. Saw that Chef Ramsay was irritated and tried to wrap it up more quickly, but still went on and on. The kicker was that she never needed to go into such length as Ramsay had clearly been gunning for Sharon (who Corey didn't nominate) after she performed miserably on the meat station.Jen: May I say one more quick thing chef?Chef Ramsay: Oh fuck me.
- Manipulative Bitch: Tries to get the other chefs eliminated and Ramsay to write her a recommendation. It doesn't work.
- Minor Insult Meltdown: In the seventh service she tried to call the ticket for a table. Ramsay gave her a firm but fair rebuke, reminding her that he was in charge and that having different people calling tickets just causes confusion. It was a very light reaction on his part (especially compared to the Atomic F-Bomb that Sous Chef Scott delivered to Season 7's Benjamin when he did the same thing), but Jen immediately went into a massive sulk, as she believed she had earned the right to lead the red kitchen alongside Ramsay, which only got him further pissed off at her attitude.
- Never My Fault: Was particularly nasty in a confession cam about Ramsay saying her risotto signature dish was raw, and didn't take it well when Rosann as captain in the first service after she tried to do quail eggs over easy. Also refused to take responsibility for the Blue Team's original menu in the Red Vs Blue menu service, which Ramsay called "hideous". Also, when she blamed her defeat during the teaching challenge on her student (who had never cooked before), even though everyone else had to do the same thing, and she even tried cheating by doing the work herself when Ramsay wasn't looking.
- Professional Butt-Kisser: Only where Chef Ramsay was concerned. To everyone else...
- Properly Paranoid: Towards the end of her time, Jen knew everyone was sick of her attitude and wanted to get rid of her, and thought they were so threatened by her talents that they had to get rid of her. Wrong reasons, but same goal.
- Sassy Black Woman: Very mouthy, often acting like a female black stereotype at times.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Never takes the blame for her actions, and in the first episode she accused Chef Ramsay of being a blowhard who had no right to judge her signature dish. Later in said episode, she proved that she wasn't all she had set herself up to be when she tried to fry quails' eggs upside-down. Despite this, only seconds later she threw a tantrum in one of the Confession Cam inserts because Ramsay had appointed Rosann as the replacement captain for Vanessa instead of her.
- Sore Loser: Can be seen sulking in the finale right before the winner is declared.
- Two First Names: Jen Gavin
- Ungrateful Bastard: Even after everything she'd done, Petrozza spared her from elimination at the conclusion of Week 9, sending Louross home instead. She never showed any gratitude toward him for this, even when she was picked to be on his team during the season finale, most of which she spent lamenting the fact that she wasn't in the final two.
Bobby (Occupation: Executive Chef)
"I'm the four star general!"
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Petrozza. It's very telling that while he was ready to nominate Petrozza at one point, he only did so with the goal of causing a deadlock, not because Petrozza was actually bad. He was actually the one who managed to get Petrozza back in the kitchen (See Rousing Speech).
- Leader Wannabe: Was definitely this in the first episode. He boasted that he was a four star general and was assigned the team leader badge. He was completely ineffectual and didn't help his team at all. Chef Ramsay tore his badge off and gave it to Lourouss, but by that point, it was too late to rescue the protracted service, which ended with the blue team serving nothing; he was nominated for the first elimination (which claimed Dominic) and got his act together afterwards.
- Nice Guy: Overall, not nearly as horrible as some of the other chefs.
- Rousing Speech: In the second episode, he went to Petrozza and got him out of his funk.
- Sergeant Rock: Was in the armed forces and declared himself a four star general.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Claimed to be the black Gordon Ramsay at first, but refused to lead. When called out on it he improved and immediately talked Petrozza out of quitting to become one of the best chefs of the season.
- Took a Level in Badass: Early on, he cooked and behaved like a bozo, but after the first episode, he quickly dropped most of his pretentiousness and became the second most consistent male chef of the season after Petrozza.
Matt (Occupation: Sous Chef)
"My signature dish is going to help me stand out, because I'm a true culinarian. I understand what Gordon's looking for."
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: His "exotic tartar" signature dish consisted of raw venison, raw quail egg, lime zest, olive oil, diver scallops, caviar and white chocolate. Unsurprisingly, it made Ramsay vomit.
- Butt-Monkey: Was treated pretty badly by the blue team. He got a lot better treatment with the red team. At first. Then he started screwing up during dinner service and his team also got frustrated with him.
- Can't Take Criticism: One of his biggest flaws is that he reacted poorly to criticism.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: He was very odd, and several of the contestants thought he was insane. For further proof, look at his Cordon Bleugh Chef description.
- Cordon Bleugh Chef: His exotic tartar made Ramsay vomit.
- Attempted to be this again in the 6th episode when he suggested a sushi pizza on a tortilla for Melinda's sweet 16. His team rightfully ignored him.
- Deadpan Snarker
- The Eeyore: A rather creepy version of this. When spoken to he always looked as though he would break down into tears at any given moment and rarely if ever smiled unless something unfortunate was happening to someone else. That, combined with his Jerkass personality, made him one of the most unpopular contestants in that series.
- Fat Idiot: Really wasn't bright at all, making constant blunders in the kitchen.
- Graceful Loser: Took his elimination reasonably well all things considered, saying that he had no regrets and that to have worked with Chef Ramsay was a great honor to him.
- Hypocritical Humor"I mean Chef Ramsay is giving us pearls of wisdom like they're coming out of the Japanese giant oyster. If you don't listen to Chef Ramsay's advice, there's something mentally wrong with you."
- In-Series Nickname: When he was playing for the red team, they called him "Mattie".
- Jerkass: Partly justified since everybody hated him. But that was mainly because he didn't take criticism well at all and often lashed out at others for looking down on him due to his poor performances.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He had his share of moments; for instance, he felt bad for Dominic when he was the first to be sent home.
- The Load: After Jason was "put to sleep", Matt was easily the weakest chef on the Blue Team and then the Red Team and then the Black Team; he only had one good service period in the competition.
- Manchild: Had immature attitude problems, constant blunders during service, and was emotionally unstable. Corey summed it up best."Matt seems to be like a 5-year old trapped in a 35-year old body."
- A notable moment was shown after the Blue Team lost the chicken cutting challenge in Episode 3. Matt threw a big temper tantrum when changing into his farm clothes in front of Craig simply because Craig lost the challenge for them.
- Picked Last: For the final service, Matt became the final member of Christina's team as Petrozza felt he could deal with Jen over him. He was bitter over this, but Christina got him to work more efficiently with a little bit of sweet-talking.
- One-Hit Wonder: After getting his wish to move to the red team granted, he proceeded to serve "the best risotto that's ever gone out of Hell's Kitchen", according to Ramsay. Unfortunately, he quickly went back to sucking afterward.
- Sanity Ball: Only in Episode 5, but he did try to get the Blue Team to work together and communicate when they were failing miserably at it.
- Straw Misogynist: Not half as bad as Jason, and in fact insisted on being given a chance to work with the girls since he felt he had no voice on the Blue Team; still, saying he had "no shame" in working with the women on making this request borders rather close to this.
- That Came Out Wrong: Finally fed up with his team and facing elimination, Matt insisted he'd do better if Gordon placed him on the Red Team, stating "I have no shame in working with the girls, Chef!" Naturally, his new teammates didn't take very well to that statement.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: Episode 7 was very good to him. He not only performed surprisingly well in both the challenge and the service, but he got the satisfaction of watching Ben, who had been the biggest bully towards him, get eliminated. Unfortunately, he immediately went back to being terrible, and was eliminated just a few episodes later.
Louross (Occupation: Hotel Cook)
"You just need to get into your groove, as if you're making loooove to the kitchen."
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Petrozza.
- Keet: Ramsay noted that he was very energetic.
- Older Than They Look: He's quite short, has a mohawk and overall looks like he's in his teens. If you were surprised to see that he was 24 when the series was on, it's understandable.
- Shorter Means Smarter: Initially, one of the better male chefs in the season but eventually, he struggled too much.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: A non-romantic version with Corey; the two were never on the same team until the final, but they got along very well, which came in handy for the final service when they had to carry the team due to Matt turning in yet another terrible performance.
Rosann (Occupation: Law office receptionist & Former Cook)
- Break the Haughty: When she nominated Christina, Chef Ramsay asked her if she thought she was better than Christina. She asserted that she was. The next dinner services proved to Chef Ramsay and herself how wrong she was. She was eventually nominated by Corey who claimed she never wanted to work with her in a kitchen ever again, and eliminated.
- The Load: While she was consistently poor on the line, the other women attempted to shield her from elimination at every opportunity, repeatedly trying to throw Christina under the bus (and then successfully throwing Shayna under it) in an attempt to keep Rosann in. Eventually Corey nominated her after the second-last red/blue team service, coming to terms with how bad she was on the line and saying that she never wanted to work with her ever again, and she was sent home.
- One-Hit Wonder: Had one of only two good signature dishes and did a reasonably good job of organizing the women and leading to them to victory (or at least, doing a tiny bit better than the men) in the first service, but was bad for the rest of the season.
- Team Mom: For the first few episodes she tried to be this, in part because she was the oldest female competitor from this season (albeit just 33 years old) and had a daughter who was 14 years old during filming. After Sharon got the chop early on and then Vanessa was forced out by her injury, however, it quickly became obvious that Rosann was the weakest remaining member of the team, and she quickly turned into a Manipulative Bitch who tried to get her team-mates thrown out at her expense.
Ben (Occupation: Electrician & Former Chef)
"Chef, I'm not used to the brigade system. It takes a little time to get adapted to it, and... that's it."
- The Bully: To both Louross and Matt, constantly insulted and belittled both of them and tried to pass the blame for his mistakes on to them.
- Butt-Monkey: Chef Ramsay really didn't like him, though a lot of that had to do with two things...
Ramsay: Ben. What you've done; the ambitions. You do seriously surprise me.Ben: Thank you, Chef. I was hoping you would see that. I'm mean I'll give it all I've got. I'll give you a 110.Ramsay: You surprise me to how shit you are.Ben: ... uh, thank you.
- Never My Fault: Claimed pretty much Once an Episode that he couldn't be blamed for his mistakes since he'd never worked as part of a brigade...or different techniques. This was one of the reasons they stopped allowing contestants with no experience onto the show.
- Don't Celebrate Just Yet: Ramsay's dislike of Ben was aggravated by a premature congratulatory high-five towards the end of the family night service, when his team were down to their last six tickets... The women, however, were only TWO tickets away from victory, and were brought into the behind-schedule men's kitchen after finishing those tickets. Ramsay hanged this on him from that point.
- Epitomizing Chef Ramsay's dislike and Ben's status:
- Hidden Depths: Even though he was an arrogant asshole for much of the time, in the finale he went all out to help his friend Petrozza win.
- Ignore The Fanservice: When the girls tried to lure him into the hot tub, he wisely declined the request, realizing that they were planning something. Jason on the other hand didn't follow suit.
- Jerkass: He was a self-absorbed ass who treated people like shit. Also see The Bully and Never My Fault.
Shayna (Occupation: Catering Company Owner)
"Chill! Take the help, even if it's from a girrrrl."
- Achilles' Heel: Her slowness. She never actually had a performance that was outright bad at any point in her time on the show, but after annoying her team-mates and Ramsay one time too many with her slow and overly meticulous working style, she was gone.
- The Generic Girl: A nice enough woman, but in truth she had absolutely no chance of succeeding in that season's ultra-cliquey red team.
- The Perfectionist: Was extremely nitpicky over how her mango salsa for the Sweet 16 service was prepared, and blew up at her team-mates (and Ben) when they didn't want to prepare it exactly to her liking. Note that she actually had legitimate reasons to do this — Ramsay would likely have chewed them out for half-assing part of the dish that scored the red team's only point in the preceding challenge — but the way she handled it so pissed off her team-mates that Corey, Jen and Rosann agreed even before the service began that they would nominate Shayna if they lost or tied the service.
Vanessa (Occupation: Line Cook)
- The Determinator: Despite her burned hand, she did her damnedest to stay in the game and worked her way through the next challenge. Sadly, by the fifth service it became clear that she couldn't function with one hand, and she made the difficult decision to withdraw from the game.
- Nice Girl: For all her faults, she was definitely the kindest and least bitchy of all the female contestants during her time on the show.
- Non-Gameplay Elimination: She suffered severe second-degree burns to her hand when she tried to put out a pan fire that Shayna had started, and the fire suddenly blew up and sent burning grease everywhere. Naturally she was in no condition to continue after this, and left during the following episode. In an interview after her exit, she revealed that she would probably have lost the use of that hand if not for being in an environment where she could get immediate medical attention.
- One-Hit Wonder: Maybe more like One-and-a-Half Hit Wonder. Despite having what Ramsay deemed easily this season's best signature dish, she was one of the worst performers on the red team in the first three services (in fact, aside from Sharon, probably the worst). In the fourth service she was finally starting to get it together with what was turning out to be a really good performance on the appetizers, but then she got taken out of the competition by her burn.
Craig (Occupation: Sous Chef)
"I've always been the small guy, the short guy, and the reason why I wear this chef's hat is because I've got to feel I'm big, and I'm tall in the kitchen."
- Companion Cube: His chef's hat. Ramsay wouldn't let him wear it in the kitchen, much to his dismay.
- The Ditz: Felt insecure about his height, so he always wore a 10 inch chef's hat. Because that'll get people to take you more seriously.
Ben: I'm just going to keep giving you 100% chef. Every day.Matt: And I'll give you 125%.(Chef Ramsay looks at Craig expectedly)Craig: I don't know percentages but just over that.
- One shining example was during his elimination night.
- Epic Fail: In the "cut up a chicken" challenge he had more unacceptably cut pieces than all the women combined note . Naturally, the other men were pissed off at him in the punishment that followed.
- The Load: While he definitely wasn't the worst performer on the men's team this season — Dominic and Jason were far worse, and Matt and Ben weren't a whole lot better than Craig was — he never did well in any of the services, while also single-handedly losing the third episode's challenge for the men, and then being easily their worst performer in the next episode's challenge.
- The Napoleon: The shortest of the guys from that season, and had quite the temper, even going so far as to yell abuse at Chef Ramsay when being asked for times on what he was cooking.
- Nice Hat: Ramsay sarcastically called the foot-long chef's hat this. He had already seen the hat on the bus prior in disguise, with Jen noting Ramsay would "eat Craig alive" wearing that, which he did; he ordered Craig not to wear it again, threatening to stick it up you-know-where if he saw it.
- Shorter Means Smarter: Heavily averted. He was one of the dopiest chefs that season, especially in his last service, which was the first family night.
- Too Dumb to Live: Refused to answer a simple question from Chef Ramsay and then gave him a bad attitude over it.
- Then there was his brilliant response to Chef Ramsay when asked why he should stay in the game, as aforementioned above. It didn't do a damn to convince Ramsay that he had what it took to survive in the kitchen.
- What Were You Thinking?: Chef Ramsay called him out on this when he came into the competition with a chef's hat half his size. He made a snark about it, and ordered him to take it off after tasting his failed signature dish. The hat was never seen again.
Jason (Occupation: Sous Chef)
"I'm chubby for two reasons. Number one, I like food. Number two, I don't work that hard."
- Butt-Monkey: Leaving service and prep to smoke, causing his team to suffer the worst failure in a dinner service up to this point in the show's run (he couldn't cook the appetizer risotto until 3 hours after service started, by which point the restaurant had walked out and prompted an automatic shutdown from Ramsay), not knowing or wanting to do desserts, getting ready to give up after he didn't know the dessert menu, and his idea on how to cook souffle made him this.
- Epic Fail: The souffle incident. That plus the fact that he pretty much threw in the towel when he didn't know the desserts (the menu also stumped Petrozza the previous service, but he bounced back) and had to be talked into staying by Louross led to Ramsay eliminating him.
- Fat Bastard: In addition to being a completely incompetent fat cook, he was also one of the most sexist people to have ever appeared on Hell's Kitchen, which makes him unpleasant by default.
- Fat Idiot: He really wasn't smart at all and was one of the most incompetent cooks to have ever appeared in the American version of the H.K. franchise. Butt-Monkey says it all.
- Hate Sink: His misogynist streak firmly cements him as this.
- He-Man Woman Hater: Constantly claimed men were much better despite being a bad chef. He somehow argued that women could make desserts though. This also became Hilarious in Hindsight when Christina, one of the women, won the season.
- Hypocrite: Constantly talked about how much stronger and smarter the men were compared to the women, simply because they were men. Started whining that he couldn't do manual labor when his team had to pick peppers as punishment. Directly after that, he fell right into Corey and Christina's trap of getting a man into the hot tub to rat out his team.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: After getting eliminated, he said he was going to go get drunk.
- Jerkass: Was pretty arrogant regarding the women, but was unable to back this up at all.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Bragged that the men would easily beat the women in the chicken cutting challenge because they were men. Not only did he cut less perfect chicken then four members of the Red Team, but his team easily lost the challenge (though they didnt lose because of Jason but because of Craig).Chef Ramsay: (after Jason brings his chicken up to the pass) "Did you fuck the chicken?"
- The Load: Definitely was the worst cook on the Blue Team; his 0% performance in opening night with risotto prevented his team from serving anything, and then he failed on fish and desserts in the other two services. He was also mediocre in the two challenges.
- Never My Fault: He again made another dig at his female co-competitors when he was finally eliminated, saying "maybe he should have cried like they did" but was not going to resort to that "because he's a man". However, as Ramsay pointed out, it was his laziness and incompetence that got him kicked out.
- Oh, Crap!: After Chef Ramsay tells him not to eat any of the desserts, Jason starts laughing. Once Ramsay asks him what the desserts are, Jason's not laughing anymore.
- Straw Misogynist: One of the worst ones in the show's history (and that's saying a lot). Every episode, he kept on boasting about how weak the women were and how the men were bound to be strong because they were men (this didn't extend to the dessert section however). He was by far one of the weakest chefs to have ever competed in the history of the show and was eliminated in the third episode. Even more ironically, the winner of his season was a woman.
- Tempting Fate: Claimed that desserts were tedious and beneath his skill level, and that "women can do desserts." He subsequently became one of very few chefs to be eliminated after a poor performance on the dessert station (though really more because of his nearly quitting).
- Too Dumb to Live: Has had the distinction of making Chef Ramsay headdesk repeatedly DURING service. How? By failing to cook souffles properly, then claiming that he'd get a mixture of sugar, butter and cocoa powder and rub it around the rim (aka what you're meant to do first).
Sharon (Occupation: Room-service chef)
"I like to look nice, I don't think there's nothing wrong with that."
- Confusing Multiple Negatives: After being accused of caring more about her looks than what she was cooking, she said the quote above in a Confession Cam insert... not seeming to realize that she'd just said it IS wrong to look nice.
- Dumb Blonde: Ramsay called her this all the time, and she did little to challenge that impression.
- High Hopes, Zero Talent: She certainly had far more confidence in her own ability than Chef Ramsay ever did, but ultimately couldn't back any of that confidence up in the kitchen. For that, she holds the unfortunate distinction of being one of the few chefs to be eliminated on a night they weren't nominated.
- The Load: Was by far the worst female competitor from this season. In the first episode she didn't manage to serve a single appetizer, and got kicked off the station after serving a risotto so strong it nearly gave Chef Ramsay garlic poisoning. Then in the following episode she almost single-handedly destroyed the red team's service with a terrible performance on the meat station, causing Ramsay to kick her out even though she hadn't been nominated.
Dominic (Occupation: Stay-at-home Father)
"Whooo! What a disaster."
- Bumbling Dad: Had absolutely no clue what he was doing, likely because his experience was mostly cooking as a stay-at-home dad.
- Spear Counterpart: Of Season 2's Polly, especially claiming that Chef Ramsay would be easy to deal with because of their children.
- Never My Fault: Averted in one sense, since he admitted that his lack of experience was largely the cause of his bad performance, rather than trying to use it as a crutch to avoid blame in the same way that Ben did. Played straight in another, as he tried to say that he only did as badly as he did because Bobby didn't give him any direction.
- Tempting Fate: As a stay at home dad, he said that Chef Ramsay had nothing on his kids. He was petrified of him from the very start of the signature dishes, feeling relieved that at least his dish didn't make him throw up (having directly followed Matt's dish, which did make Ramsay throw up). He got eliminated in the first episode.
- This Is Gonna Suck: His reaction to Gordon revealing his signature dish?"Uh oh. Thats my dish."
Danny (Occupation: Executive Chef)
"Either you got it or you don't, and I've DEFINITELY got it."
- Achilles' Heel: Was consistently great at nearly every station he worked. But the station he hated the most was the garnish station, performing rather badly on his first night on it. He managed to improve (got awarded Best of the Worst status on his second night on garnish), but still had a little trouble with it on the third night.
- Badass Boast: Was an absolute MASTER of these."A lot of chefs get up here, and they say this is all they know how to do. You know what? Fuck that chef. This is all I want to do. You know that I have what it takes to run the restaurant Borgata.""I'm here to fight to the bitter end. Watch out because I'm bringing the heat!"
- Badasses Wear Bandanas: Wore one in every service.
- Bash Brothers: With Ben; they started off on a sour note (with Ben saying Danny "couldn't cook his cock") and things were often tense between them, but they ALWAYS had each other's backs in the kitchen. During the finale, Ben was Danny's first pick for his team.
- Big Ego, Hidden Depths: Throughout the competition, he was never afraid to toot his own horn. But in the final episode, he revealed that his late mother was his passion to keep pushing himself forward.
- Break the Haughty: He was rather arrogant at first, but he got better over time.
- Catchphrase: Variations of the above quote.
- A God Am I: Declared himself a "God of Cooking" in the first episode. Bit of an exaggeration for sure, but he was a damn good chef.
- He Cleans Up Nicely: Looked a lot better when he returned in Season 8, with a much shorter haircut.
- Heroic BSoD: Had one for a short while when he lost a challenge, where 76% of the chefs rated his dish as the worst. Andrea noted that it was the first time she ever saw him beaten down. He managed to pick himself up and recover his confidence by the next day however.
- Irony: Was very good at cooking seafood and was his main specialty. But strangely enough, he didn't actually like seafood.
- Manly Tears: He was shedding these in the final confessional when it was revealed that he'd won. Considering his motivation.
- Rapunzel Hair: Had the longest haircut of any contestant that's even been on the show, coming down to about his lower back.
- Took a Level in Kindness: As the competition went on, Danny became less arrogant than when he started, and matured quicker than any other chef by that point. Ramsay even lampshaded it as one of the reasons he won.
- Worthy Opponent: To Paula, resulting in one of the few finales where the outcome was a real nail-biter.
Paula (Occupation: Executive Sous Chef)
"My mother, when I was little, made my whole room pink. Like everything was pink. I fucking hate pink!"
- Achilles' Heel: Was very consistent and rarely made any mistakes, both in service and in challenges. The one exception to this was in the shucking scallops challenge. Only 1 out of her 10 scallops was acceptable. Since this was not a major skill for the show and was only required for one challenge, and the rest of the team were more inclined to blame Lacey for the defeat, it never came up again.
- Once stated that she hated doing breakfasts and that she didn't have much experience doing them. She moved herself to the pancake station to avoid any harm. As a result, we never actually got to see this supposed weakness.
- Informed Flaw: Or the fact that she knew how to cover it.
- Once stated that she hated doing breakfasts and that she didn't have much experience doing them. She moved herself to the pancake station to avoid any harm. As a result, we never actually got to see this supposed weakness.
- Deadpan Snarker: Could be bitchy and snarky at the best of times, though unlike her team-mates (who tended to blow up at each other the minute they got even slightly irritated) Paula was smart enough to bottle her irritation up during the services and challenges and used the Confession Cam segments as an outlet for her frustrations, meaning she was able to get away with it much more easily.(About Colleen cheering with the cheerleaders instead of cooking) "These cheerleaders were so cute, you know? It's when they get older and more annoying.""I love it when people wear sunglasses inside a building. That was so like, ten years ago. Take them off."
- She even does have her limits though and confronted Andrea and Carol about their behaviour after one particular service (with the aid of Giovanni).
- For Want of a Nail: While a lot of people expected her to win over Danny, her performance was mediocre at best due to not being vocal enough with Andrea when the latter was struggling on a halibut order.
- The Generic Girl: Until around the time black jackets were awarded.
- Graceful Loser: Took placing second quite well.
- Not So Stoic: Was very composed most of the time. But as Confession Cam moments showed, even she had her frustrations with other people. But unlike a lot of other people on the show, she was smart enough to avoid starting up trouble and kept it bottled up until confession time.
- There were a few times where she could lose her composure a bit. Like getting fed up with Giovanni's poor attitude during one of the punishments. Gio noted he never saw her that pissed off. She warned him if she was ever pissed off, he should get out.
- Only Sane Woman: The only girl in the red team (besides Ji, who left very early on) who didn't fall to in-fighting and had a level head throughout the competition.
- During Coi's elimination, she sees that Coi had a worse performance than Andrea. While Andrea wasn't as stellar as Chef Ramsay made her out to be, she wasn't bad either, only making a minor error with the risotto. Yet everyone said she was the weakest cook that night. In contrast to Coi who floundered on the meat station.
- The Runner-Up Takes It All: Danny ended up resigning after a short time from Borgata due to being demoted to sous chef. He did manage to open up a bar/grill in Florida though. Paula on the other hand was a semi-finalist in the James Beard Award for "Best Chef South" and is currently the executive chef of 1500° in Miami, which was named one of The Best New Restaurants of 2011 by Esquire Magazine. Not bad.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: She was always nice looking. But she looked much nicer during the photo shoot. And also when she won a makeover.
- Ship Tease: She and JP got along pretty well during the makeover reward. The show hammed it up by playing romantic music and inserting twinkling lights.
- Worthy Opponent: To Danny in the finale. There were other badass contestants during the show's run, but none of them were as good as her or Danny. They often went at each other in challenges as Chef Ramsay struggled to decide whose dish was better as they were often similar in quality. They were both equally strong and consistent during past services and thus the ideal final two.
Andrea (Occupation: Line Cook)
"I have given so much of myself throughout this competition. I just want to justify it all in the end by winning."
- Ambiguously Brown
- Armor-Piercing Question: Was asked one by Danny.Danny: Have you ever run a kitchen?Andrea: Yes.Danny: How many people did you have in your kitchen?Andrea: I don't really want to go into details.
- Butt-Monkey: Was constantly labeled as the weakest by her team members. She often strived to prove them wrong...but fell flat.
- One night, she was deemed best of the worst. Only for her entire team to disagree, with most of them thinking she was actually the weakest. One dinner service she had a good run on the meat station. Until the last table when she miscounted the wellingtons and had to rely on Danny/Paula to cook them for her.
- There was also the time she won a challenge and an immunity card, feeling like she had grown. Then proceeded to have the worst dinner service in her entire time at Hell's Kitchen.
- One night, she was deemed best of the worst. Only for her entire team to disagree, with most of them thinking she was actually the weakest. One dinner service she had a good run on the meat station. Until the last table when she miscounted the wellingtons and had to rely on Danny/Paula to cook them for her.
- The Determinator: Despite being constantly underestimated by her fellow teammates, she was always eager to prove them wrong. This was zigzagged at one point however, when she was kicked out through the front door by Ramsay. It took Jean-Philippe to encourage her to fight back.
- Distaff Counterpart: Attempted to be one for Chef Ramsay during her turn at the pass. Unfortunately for her, she wasn't able to pull it off.
- Epic Fail: The dinner service after she won her immunity. She completely tanked the fish station and was about as bad as Giovanni the night he was eliminated. Even though Ben had a rather bad start on garnish, Chef Ramsay decided not to eliminate anyone that night because he couldn't send Ben home in good conscience when Andrea was so much worse.
- Informed Flaw: On the bar mitzvah service, the rest of her team (outside of Paula) were convinced that she was the weakest chef that night. Other than her putting in too few mushrooms in the first risotto, she didn't seem to have any other mistakes on the line. In contrast to Coi, who tanked on the meat station.
- Last-Second Word Swap: Yelling at the men on steak night turned into this."Come on guys! We need orders. The ladies are ready to kick your... butts. (to LA) I forgot there were customers out there."
- Leader Wannabe: Often tried to assert herself as a leader. Most people just found her annoying when she did that.
- This was particularly bad when she was on the pass. Her leadership style pissed Chef Scott so much, that he looked like he was about ready to kill her.
- The Millstone: She struggled throughout the final service, putting Paula's team well behind Danny's early on and helping ensure that her kitchen finished after his did. That being said, her station was fish and meat, meaning that swapping her for LA or Lacey wasn't really an option (LA had been very hit-or-miss on fish, and Lacey was spectacularly terrible when it came to meat).
- What the Hell, Hero?: On the night she won her safety card, she performed so badly that Chef Ramsay openly asked her if she was trying to sabotage everyone else. She firmly denied this, and given the level of shame she displayed on the Confession Cam, she was likely telling the truth.
Ben (Occupation: Executive Sous Chef)
Also Season 17 (All Stars)
"You couldn't cook my cock!"
- Bash Brothers: With Danny. May not have been on the friendliest terms with him. But they worked well together as a team in the kitchen. When he was on his team in the finale, he put in an honestly strong effort and earnestly wanted him to win.
- Berserk Button: Of all the hurtful things Chef Ramsay said to him, the one he took offense to the most was being accused of sabotaging his own team."I gave every fucking inch of everything I had tonight! I certainly didn't deserve to be told I'm fucking everyone over. If Chef Ramsay thinks that I am sabotaging people, then send me the fuck home!"
- Butt-Monkey: Chef Ramsay tended to pick on him a lot and frequently criticized him during dinner service. It didn't help though that he was inconsistent a lot of the time, and had some truly Epic Fail moments. Like attempting to send out deserts before the first appetizers were even made in the steakhouse service, which Ramsay mocked.Chef Ramsay: Ben, this dish is definitely something you're not. This is pretty.
- But he did get compliments from him every now and then. When he was eliminated, Chef Ramsay praised him for his energy and attitude, encouraging him to hold onto those traits.
- The Determinator: He was far from consistent in terms of performance, but he always gave his all in terms of effort. No matter how often Chef Ramsay picked on him, he kept fighting. When he was eliminated, Chef Ramsay told him to hold onto his energy and attitude.
- Twice he's gotten kicked out of the kitchen. Both times, he came back and continued to cook.
- Formerly Fat: Maybe not fat but he was definitely a bit curvy in Season 5. But when he came back to compete in Season 9, he had underwent a very noticeable weight loss. Chef Ramsay couldn't really call him fat anymore.
- Graceful Loser: When he was eliminated, his last Confession Cam was basically about how amazing his time was and how he doesn't feel bad about losing at all.
- Informed Judaism: Up until the bar mitzvah episode. He was shown to be very proud of his heritage and showed it a lot that day. Other than that episode however, you couldn't really tell.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sparred with his teammates on occasion, but he never once let them struggle on their station without offering to help.
- As much as he hated her, he was the only one to never give up on trying to help Lacey.
- Felt pretty torn up about choosing Danny and Paula for his nominations when he felt like they didn't deserve it. They didn't blame him though since Andrea was immune and he wasn't willing to nominate himself, leaving them as his only picks.
- Long Speech Tea Time: Gave a couple of these while explaining his dishes during challenges. He wouldn't stop until Chef Ramsay cut him off. Did this again when describing the reward for going to San Francisco to the rest of the black jacket team.
- Oh, Crap!: His epic facial reaction after Seth butchered (and not in a good way) the filet.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Well to a degree. For the most part, he was a good chef. But he seemed to have an overinflated view of himself, thinking he was the strongest member of his team, even though he was one of the most inconsistent cooks who got criticized a lot more often than he was praised. Most dinner services, he did something wrong that pissed off Chef Ramsay. Like serving deserts before appetizers.
Robert (Occupation: Sous Chef)
Also season 6
"Can't take the heat, get out the kit-CHEEEEEEEEEEENNNNNN!"
- Berserk Button: Ramsay calling him Bobby caused him to flip out. Robert explains that Bobby is the name of his dad and the two aren't in good terms with each other. Ramsay then continues to call him Robert after that.
- Big Fun: Was usually this if you stayed off of his bad side.
- Break the Cutie / Break the Haughty: After fighting his way to the black jackets, he got a glimpse of the Borgata hotel and the reward restaurant. Only to have to withdrew because of health problems. He got a second chance in Season 6, but didn't manage to showcase his badass qualities from this season.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Slightly touched on in one episode, when he implied that he had an abusive father and said that he had a fucked up childhood. In outside interviews, he claimed that he had been addicted to drugs and been in foster homes. He grew out of it though and developed a passion for cooking.
- The Determinator: Almost died for the competition. Twice.
"I'll cook in my boxer shorts. I don't give a shit."
- Once ripped his pants in the middle of service. He didn't care at all and nonchalantly continued to cook.
- Fat Bastard: Was this at times.
- Formerly Fat: If you look at recent pictures, he really slimmed down.
- Hypocrite: Called Lacey fat numerous times (not to her face, to the confession cam, though he did once tell her "nobody wants to see you in a bikini").
- I Am Not My Father: Robert's attitude was sparked by Chef Ramsay constantly calling him "Bobby", Bobby being the name of his father who he wasn't on good terms with.
- I'm Not Here to Make Friends: Said this a few times almost word for word. Despite saying that, he did become friends with a couple of the contestants in Season 5.
- Jerkass: Sometimes. Once said to the Confession Cam that he would step on anybody's necks if he deemed necessary. But he was still likable to a lot of fans (and his fellow contestants) because of his badass qualities, his determination/passion, and the fact that he wasn't nearly as bad as some of the other Jerkasses seen on the show. It also helps that he was arguably one of the funniest cooks to appear on the show.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: May have been a bit mean at times. But he had his moments where he showed how much he loved his wife and mother. And more often than not, he did get along with the other contestants.
- Jerkass Has a Point: He may have been rude about it, but he was right on the mark when he called Lacey out on her poor attitude. Also in Season 6, he was the only member of the blue team who actually confronted Andy about being The Load while everybody else on the team kept silent about his constant blunders.
- Large Ham: Emphasis on "Large".
- Non-Gameplay Elimination: After being diagnosed with pericarditis (a swelling of the sac around the heart), he was forced to drop out of the competition for his own safety.
- Reality Ensues: When Chef Ramsay told Robert that he couldn't take the helicopter due to insurance problems over his weight, he was very upset. But then Chef told him that he could take a ferry ride instead, which Robert gladly accepted. But as one could imagine, ferry rides to Catalina Island take a lot longer than a helicopter would. As a result, by the time he finally got there...there was no time left for the reward and he immediately hopped back onto the ferry.Robert: What the hell did I win? A free ferry ride?
- Real Men Wear Pink"You ain't a man until you use the luffa. Straight up."
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivered a pretty epic one to Lacey in episode 7, calling her out for being a terrible team player."Dude, I swear to God, if you win this, I will hang up my coat and become a crack whore dude."
- Felt so strongly about this, that he decided to give another one about her that night to Chef Ramsay when explaining her nomination. He called her out on her quitter attitude and how it wouldn't take her very far.
- Smug Snake: Was this at times.
Giovanni (Occupation: Executive Chef)
Also Season 17 (All Stars)
"Our goal is to win, to stay here and fight. Win the grand prize. Not to fight with each other right now."
- 0% Approval Rating: In the first service, he was waiter, but completely sucked at it that he single-handedly cost this team the win.
- Achilles' Heel: The meat station was this if the steakhouse service and the first black jacket service are anything to go by. Ironically, he was an executive chef at a steakhouse.
- Berserk Button: While he did do a bad enough job in the steakhouse service to warrant being put up for elimination, he was furious (and not unreasonably so) at Seth wanting to eliminate him for no other reason than to get rid of a stronger chef.
- Epic Fail: For the most part, he was a strong chef. But when he failed, he failed hard. Most evident when he failed to cook steaks properly during the blue side of the steakhouse service (having several come back), even though he was an executive chef of a steakhouse (Seth didn't help with his destruction of a backup filet, and the blue team failed the service as a result). That and his performance on his last night, culminating in putting a sizzling hot pan in the cooler and injuring Robert, which led to his elimination.
- Graceful Loser: Seemingly played straight at first when he was eliminated. Although he felt sad about losing, he looked rather optimistic and content overall. Ultimately subverted when he came back, as he was very eager to leave and never see Hell's Kitchen again.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Had this when he put a sizzling hot pan in the fridge, which led to Robert burning his hand. He was very sorry about this. When he was eliminated, his last words to the contestants was another apology to Robert.
- Team Dad: Acted like this when he was transferred to the red team and got them to work better with each other, as well as keeping their spirits up.
- Took A Level In Jerk Ass: Started off as a reasonably okay guy. But on his final night tried to talk back to Ramsay, which caused him to get screamed at in a big way, partly because he was having a terrible performance and was very emotional at the moment. In the finale he made no attempt to hide that he didn't give a damn who won.
Carol (Occupation: Sous Chef)
"I came here with the attitude that I'm going to win this competition. I'm going to be this famous chef that everybody wants to come work for. It's very humbling to be standing here as a loser."
- While no-one else liked Lacey anyway, Carol was the one who showed her the most undisguised contempt, to the point of openly blaming her for the challenge loss in the second episode (even though Paula was arguably more at fault), and then persuading the other women to nominate Lacey after the fourth service, despite her having done nothing wrong and Coi having tried to nominate herself.
- After Lacey was moved to the Blue Team, Carol instead became arch-enemies with Andrea. They didn't particularly like each other beforehand anyway, but after that they were constantly at each other's throats.
- Berserk Button: Andrea and Lacey just brought out a nasty side of her.
- Better the Devil You Know: Averted in the final service, as Danny chose Carol, whom he had never worked with in the kitchen, as his last pick over Lacey, who was on the blue team with Danny for awhile. Probably a good choice, since Lacey was her usual whiny self the entire service, and Carol only made minor mistakes.
- Break the Haughty: Was very confident in her abilities, but also picked up the bad habit of constantly blaming her primary rival Andrea for their failings in the kitchen, and rarely relented. Then came her final service and Ramsay was so frustrated with her performance that he accused her of sabotaging the entire red team. Even though her team ultimately won, she considered herself lucky because she knew she had the worst performance by far, and didn't even waste time trying to shift blame to Andrea. She didn't seem at all surprised when Gordon eliminated her anyway, having lost faith in her ability.
- Epic Fail: In the "red menu vs. blue menu" service, she screwed up her potatoes au gratin dauphinois by not cooking the entire pan before service, instead attempting to cook it to order. The dish eventually had to be thrown out and replaced with fingerling potatoes, and she sucked on the meat station hard enough to get the service shut down. This led to her becoming the first chef to be eliminated from a winning team when Ramsay went off the board at elimination and accused her of sabotaging her team and giving up.
- Graceful Loser: She said she was humbled by this experience, and admitted that she should have been eliminated.
- The Generic Girl: Other than her mutual hatred for Andrea, there wasn't much else about her that was noteworthy. It doesn't help that over half her screen time seemed to be over her relationship with Andrea (and the remainder was mostly her feuding with Lacey).
- Genre Savvy: In a deleted scene, after the women lost the second service, they attempted to persuade Carol to nominate herself and go up against Lacey in an effort to get Ramsay to eliminate Lacey instead of Colleen, who was worse. But Carol correctly realized that since an error on her part cost the women victory, Ramsay might eliminate her instead of Lacey and refused. It ended up being a moot point, however, when Ji chose to leave since she had broken her ankle and feared that shed hurt the women if she stayed.
- Honor Before Reason: While she secretly rooted for Paula to win, she didn't blatantly sabotage Danny at all during the final service.
- Shaped Like Itself: When explaining why she went with pomegranate for an ingredient in one of her dishes."I just feel like it's a nice, fruity...fruit."
LA (Occupation: Line Cook)
"Emotion is weakness. And I will never be weak."
- Berserk Button: Being called a "cow," to the point where when Ramsay called her that (and not even in a particularly angry tone) in the middle of a service, she was pretty upset in the Confession Cam insert that followed and pretty much said that if he said that to her outside the kitchen, she'd punch him in the face.
- Butch Lesbian: Outed herself as such within five minutes of the season premiere.
- Emotionless Girl: Purposely invoked by her as she didn't show emotion while cooking because she believed that was weakness. This backfired on her as it came off as lack of fight, leading to her elimination.
- Rant-Inducing Slight: Spaced out in the middle of one service, which caused Ramsay to yell at her repeatedly until she woke up. While Ramsay was yelling at her, he called her a "silly cow," which by Ramsay's standards is a very mild insult. However, it was still enough to cause LA to go on this huge rant in the Confession Cam segment that followed, about how if anyone other than Chef Ramsay had called her a "cow," she would have beat the shit out of them there and then before walking out of the kitchen.
- Truth in Television: Noted that going in with a lot of confidence ended up hurting, while being a little nervous was perfect. This is actually backed up by psychology research. People tend to perform better with an optimal amount of stress, not too much and not too little.
Lacey (Occupation: Corporate Buffet Cook)
"Do you REALLY wanna start something with me?"
- Accentuate the Negative: Not that she didn't have negative traits, but as mentioned below she wasn't always bad during service, but even when she wasn't it seemed like the team would deliberately vote for her and make her sound worse then she was in order to shift blame away from their own more glaring mistakes.
- Achilles' Heel: Even though the meat station is generally regarded as the hardest one in the show, it's rare that a chef has imploded so spectacularly as soon as they went on it. Many noted that Lacey had actually been on meat in the second service, only to be reassigned to fish early on thanks to Colleen tanking hard on that station, and between that and Ji's injury in the same episode could potentially have gone home much quicker.
- Butt-Monkey: Was not well liked by her teammates due to her penchant for drama.
- Crippling Overspecialization: For her many faults, one thing she did do well was cook fish, as evidenced by the second service, where she took over from Colleen's spectacularly awful performance on the station and did so well that the team would have won the service if not for Carol screwing up the last order. On the other stations however she was at best mediocre, and at worst flat-out terrible, especially on the meat station.
- Drama Queen: Often complained, cried and threatened to quit over the most minuscule things, such as losing a challenge or having to prep the kitchen.
- Foil: In stark contrast with the Blues Brothers (Danny, Ben, and Robert). All three of them were hard working, energetic, passionate cooks who never gave up. Lacey's quitter attitude really highlighted that.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Due to her whining and claims to quit, she became this for both teams. Even Ben, who tried to motivate her on the blue team, eventually got tired of her shit.
- It's All About Me: Only ever cared about her personal anguish. Never once thought about the team she was on and was largely uncooperative.
- Jerkass: Arguably the biggest one in Season 5, as she only cared about herself and whined about everything.
- The Load: Both teams felt like she was this, as she constantly complained and threatened to quit, and was finally removed from the game mid-service.
- Misblamed: After Ji left, the other women rounded on Lacey and basically accused her of having stolen Ji's place in the competition. Leaving aside the fact that Ji's departure was entirely her own decision, realistically speaking there was no way Lacey was going home that night, considering that Colleen (and arguably even Carol, who wasn't nominated) had done far worse in the prior service than her.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After getting eliminated in the middle of a service, she reflected on her mother's words, telling her not to make enemies there. She realized that since day 1, that was all she ever did. She said sorry to her Mom and that she should've listened. This was the one and only time she admitted that her alienation was her own fault.
- Never My Fault: To a lesser extent than most of the other chefs who try pulling this, mostly because she could be occasionally competent, but she did try to blame her inexperience for her performances first as a waitress and then on the meat station (the latter of which got her kicked out and was effectively the last straw for Ramsay as far as amateur chefs go; he insisted that they put experience requirements in to bar future amateurs from applying for the show).
- More than anything, she blamed all the hate directed towards her on everyone else, almost never acknowledging that she brought this upon herself with her poor attitude.
- Picked Last: Danny, who had the last pick between Carol and Lacey, decided that he'd rather work with Carol (who had never been on the same team as him) than deal with Lacey again, leaving her on Paula's team. During prep she proved so bad that at one point Paula seriously considered firing her before the service even began, and having sous chef Gloria take over her station (though in the actual service Andrea was arguably worse, surprisingly enough).
- Took A Level In Bad Ass: Zigzagged. In the first service she was unspectacular. In the second service she actually did a very good job of salvaging the fish station, and would probably have been named the Best of the Worst if not for her abandoning her team in prep. In the third service she was voted the red team's worst waitress. In the fourth service she was solid, but got put up for elimination anyway because the other women hated her, leading to her being put on the blue team. In the fifth service she had a point to prove, and was very vocal and assertive in an otherwise-disastrous service. In the sixth service she did a pretty terrible job taking charge of the brisket for a bar mitzvah, but fortunately for her the blue team won anyway. In the seventh service she again abandoned her team in prep but seemed to do okay in the actual service, not as badly as Ben and definitely not as badly as J. The eighth service was where she totally unravelled, not managing to successfully cook a single piece of meat and eventually getting the boot mid-service.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Helped set in motion the Disaster Dominoes that ended with Seth destroying the filet in the steakhouse service. Lacey forgot to hand in a ticket, and it was late in service by the time Jean-Philippe caught up with her and made her hand it in. Giovanni, having already had a bunch of steaks sent back, portioned the filets without knowing about the table Lacey missed, leaving him without enough filets. So, Ramsay ordered Seth to cut more filets, with disastrous results.
- Womanchild: Very, prone to whining, crying, and self-pitying.
J (Occupation: Food Court Chef)
"J feels like a jackass right now."
- Badass Boast: Gave a pretty good one when he got sick of Lacey threatening to quit while they were busy prepping the kitchens.J: You're what? You're leaving? Lacey, if you want to go, just go.Lacey: I don't understand why everybody's sticking up for people yelling at me.J: No, no, no don't talk back. I'm serious. This is a professional kitchen. If you want to fucking go, go. I'll fucking do everything.J: (to Confession Cam) Just shut the fuck up, get out of the kitchen and let me do my job.
- This became a lot less badass in retrospect since the following service, it turned out that he...
- Epic Fail: ...somehow managed to overcook the ENTIRE supply of risotto for BOTH teams. His performance on fish station floundered even more, leading to him getting eliminated mid-service after a pep-talk with Ramsay failed to help.
- During the fourth service, J left a massive end of lettuce in a slightly small Cesar Salad that got to the dining room, which Ramsay commented as "destroying reputations in minutes" in elimination that night. Then in the service after that he tanked hard on the meat station, in no small part due to him forgetting to turn the oven fan on.
- Graceful Loser: His exit was a less than dignified one, having been kicked out midservice. However J accepted Gordon's opinion of him and did not let that deter him from continuing his goals in the kitchen, having come out in the first place to support his family.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Delivered one of these to Seth. After Ramsay asked him for the blue team's nominees, J started to say that Seth and Charlie had been nominated, but then Seth butted in and flat-out accused J of lying, claiming that he hadn't really been nominated at all. J then coolly told Seth that Ramsay had asked him who the nominees were, and to kindly shut the hell up.
- Third-Person Person: Had a habit of saying his name a lot in the confessionals.
Coi (Occupation: Cafe Chef)
- The Generic Girl: Never really stood out in the red team.
- Sassy Black Woman: Looked like this at first, when she threatened physical violence against Lacey in prep prior to the first service. However, she apologized to Lacey at the start of the following episode, and for the most part behaved in a calmer and more rational manner for the rest of the season. The only time she lost her temper again was when she was struggling in what would turn out to be her final service.
- The Worf Effect: Got hit with this during the bar mitzvah service when she struggled on the meat station.
Colleen (Occupation: Culinary Instructor)
"I teach manners too, chef."
- Butt-Monkey: Chef Ramsay never lightened up on insulting her or her career credentials. It didn't help though that she made constant blunders throughout her time there, such as serving salmon burnt on the outside and raw in the center.
- Determinator: She was a bad cook, hands down. But what was commendable about her was that she never broke or cried, even with Chef Ramsay screaming terrible things at her every service, accusing her of robbing her students. The one compliment he ever gave her was during her elimination night, telling her he loved her tenacity and that she was strong. He told the other chefs that a lot of them didn't have what she had. Fight.
- Dumb Blonde: Put sugar in the risotto instead of salt. note She reappeared in a video the next season telling people to taste their food so that they don't trigger this pitfall.
- Epic Fail:
- Mistakenly put sugar in her risotto instead of salt. Ramsay even called it the worst risotto he had ever tasted in his entire career.
- One of only three contestants to date (along with Carolann from Season 1 and Jason from Season 4) who got thrown off for doing badly on the dessert section, which usually isn't even considered part of the normal service (she was actually thrown out alongside her team when Ramsay terminated the service after this).
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: She is a culinary instructor despite admitting she had never been to culinary school.
- The Load: Nice gal with a lot of resilience, plus she became the Team Mom for her short stay, but she was sadly the weakest female chef of the season.
- Nice Girl: For all the mistakes she made, she did have the nicest personality of any of that season's women, and while they knew from the start that she was a horrible performer, her team-mates all liked her on a personal level and were sad to see her go.
- The Pollyanna: For all the shit she went through on the show, she still remained cheerful and exited the show smiling, optimistically hoping that Chef Ramsay would cook at her school one day.
- Too Dumb to Live: Begins with admitting she never went to cooking school despite teaching it and when bad mouthed by Ramsay also mentions she teaches manners. When she managed to somehow simultaneously burn and undercook a piece of salmon, Ramsay accused her of robbing her students. She reappeared in season six care of a video to say not to make the mistake she did and mistake sugar for salt.
Seth (Occupation: Private Party Chef)
"I may have screwed up the lamb, but at the end of the service Gordon and I will be like peas and carrots once again!"
- Cordon Bleugh Chef: His signature was a cinnamon-roasted rack of lamb which included honey glazed on ratatouille. Ramsay immediately spat it back up.
- High Hopes, Zero Talent: Really, really wanted to work with Gordon Ramsay, but was without much doubt the worst performer in this season. For what it's worth, he did acknowledge his skills lagged behind, but still expressed high hopes (he actually became a co-chef alongside Robert in a New England restaurant sometime after his appearance on the show.)
- In-Series Nickname: Ramsay constantly called him "Forrest," which Seth actually didn't seem to mind at all.
- Jerkass: A borderline case. He wasn't really that nasty, but wouldn't take responsibility for his mistakes, and openly tried to throw Giovanni under the bus after the first and third services in an attempt to get rid of who he saw as a strong competitor (even though there was a legitimate reason for Giovanni to be nominated both nights, given how badly he screwed the pooch on the grill and how badly he cooked on the grill itself despite being a steakhouse chef, respectively; his errors on the grill were what prompted Ramsay to demand a new filet prepped, which Seth "molested" as seen under Too Dumb to Live below).
- The Load: Was unfortunately the dopiest chef on the Blue Team that season. He made some rookie mistakes in both the services and the challenges, and was despised by the rest of his team.
- Professional Butt-Kisser: Tried to be this, but was too socially inept to realize that while memorizing Ramsay's birthday might have been a cute little touch, knowing the names of Ramsay's children and what cars he and his wife drive is a little creepy.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Was convinced that he was the second strongest cook on the blue team. Lampshaded by Ramsay in his post-elimination statement, saying "he had all the passion in the world, but the bottom line is, he's a crap cook."
- Stalker Without a Crush: Never seemed to have a crush on Chef Ramsay. But he was a stalker, knowing more details about Chef Ramsay than Ramsay himself. It creeped everybody out.
- Too Dumb to Live:
- After Chef Ramsay criticized his signature dish, he laughed about it. For a Stalker Without a Crush who knew his kids' names, you'd think he'd know not to do that.
- Wiped his face, then wiped a pan, and then wiped his face again. With the same cloth.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: In the team challenge during his final episode, he was assigned to cook scrambled eggs for a junior high football team, and thought he'd impress Chef Ramsay by using a technique from one of Ramsay's own cookbooks. Unfortunately, Seth failed to realize that techniques that work for two or three servings don't really scale up to four dozen servings that well, resulting in him completely tanking the station and allowing the red team to easily win.
Charlie (Occupation: Prep Chef)
"He's trying to get a rise out of me, I'm not gonna give him the satisfaction. "
- He Cleans Up Nicely: Was forced to cut his goatee before the first service. (This was due to Ramsay's concern about pubic hair being in the diner's food).
- Nice Guys Finish Last: Ramsay gave this pretty much word-for-word as the reason for his elimination.
- The Generic Guy: Never really stood out compared to the other seven blues brothers(including Wil)
Ji (Occupation: Private Caterer)
- Ensemble Dark Horse : Her signature dish was highly praised by Ramsay and she was considered one of the hot favorites, and when a sprain led to her choosing to leave the other chefs didn't want her to go. But she wanted to leave so she wouldn't bring down the team, though Andrea pointed out that even with her broken ankle, she was more useful than those who were nominated. Both teams gave her a standing ovation as she left.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Withdrew from the competition, worried that her injury would hurt her team thus sparing Colleen and Lacey from elimination.
- I Coulda Beena Contender!: Given her strong signature dish, Ji could have been one of the strongest chefs this season, but an ankle injury cut it short.
- Nice Girl: Very kind and polite for the brief time she was on the show, and she was the only one of the girls who tried to comfort Lacey after they failed the scallop challenge.
Wil (Occupation: Quality Control Chef)
"I'm still one of the guys. Same plumbing, different wiring."
- Bury Your Gays: He was the first one to be eliminated. See Honor Before Reason below.
- Honor Before Reason: Volunteered himself for nomination due to his performance on garnish, feeling that he had to own up to his mistake. This backfired on him as Chef Ramsay saw this as an act of weakness and lack of drive.
- Straight Gay: While there had been at least two gay male contestants in the previous seasons, Wil was the first man to openly out himself on the show. Lampshaded by himself, as seen in the above quote.