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Dave (Occupation: Executive Chef)
- The Ace: Oh so much; he never had even one dinner service that was only "pretty good". He was also never once nominated by his teammates.
- Achilles' Heel: Crepes were one for him — when he presented one in the health food challenge, Ramsay actually laughed out loud as soon as he saw how small it was, and then said that it tasted foul. On that occasion it was implied that Andy was more at fault for how the crepe turned out, but Dave had no excuses when he presented an even worse one three episodes later, which Ramsay likened to diarrhea and refused to even taste.
- Ascended Fanboy: Idolized Chef Ramsay for years. One of his top priorities was to earn his respect. He accomplished that goal as he was one of the most impressive chefs in the show's entire run.
- Badass Boast: Gave some pretty good ones when dealing with his arm, like in Episode 13 when he recalled how he almost passed out from the pain and Chef Ramsay forced him to visit the medic (he later claimed that he had never seen a chef in so much pain)."I'm not a quitter and I'm not a wuss. No matter how messed up my wrist is, I can take the pain and I'm here to stay."
- Beginner's Luck: The international cuisine challenge had him choose Indian food, and he had never cooked it before. He ended up using pork (which is a no-no in most of India), but they found it to be delicious and he won the challenge. It helped that Ariel didn't have much experience with Chinese food either, and Kevin forgot the sauce that was central to his dish.
- Boring, but Practical: When designing dishes, he usually went for a simple approach. For his menu in the finale, he chose to go with simple, humble dishes. This worked out in his favor, as his team was able to pick up the menu very well and execute it with relatively few hiccups, compared with Kevin's Cool, but Inefficient menu.
- Child Hater: Sort of. The challenge with the kids has him quote that he doesn't work well with them. It shows as he tries to entertain them like calling himself the "One-armed bandit" while he states that he "sold himself." After said challenge, he kept picking up the leftovers the kids had left on the floor.
- Deadpan Snarker: Had a naturally deadpan voice, so this was to be expected. Exemplified best by this quote:"You're not supposed to drink duck."
- Determinator: Ramsay was afraid that too much strain on his wrist meant Dave couldn't use it again—didn't stop him from winning the season.
- Notably when the story shifted to Dave, even in the later episodes, it showed he was in a lot of pain. Once in the middle of service he tweaked a nerve so badly he collapsed, had to run to the back room, got checked by the medic at Gordon Ramsay's insistence, and then returned to service.
- The Dreaded: In Season 11, the contestants looked excited and happy about the winners coming back to compete. When he entered the room, the smiles dropped from their faces. Cyndi from Season 11 said it best:"I have to go up against Dave with two working arms, this is gonna be *bleep*ing hard."
- Downer Ending: Despite being by far one of the most popular contestants ever on the show, as well as earning the respect of Ramsay, he was later found riding in a car whilst stoned on narcotics, in the company of a known drugs baron.
- Flawless Victory: Wasn't nominated once, and Ramsay almost never criticized him for anything, except being told that he was even better as a cook with only one arm.
- Handicapped Badass: Fractured his wrist in the third episode. It did NOT slow him down. In fact, it may have made him even better. His nickname was even "The One-Armed Bandit". Ramsay even lampshades this!"Dave, don't take this the wrong way, but you're ten thousand times better with just one hand!"
- He Cleans Up Nicely: Looked a lot better when he lost the beanie and got a short haircut.
- Manchild: Had a bit of a tantrum when Ramsay is lukewarm with his signature dish, and most notably, after having to clean up the dining room after a bunch of kids made a huge mess, he picked up pieces of candy left on the floor and put them in his pocket.
- Nice Guy: Easily one of the more liked contestants on the show by both fans and his fellow contestants. Even Suzanne was nice to him when she transferred over to the blue team (she was labelled one of the "bitch" contestants that season).
- One-Man Army: He took care of multiple stations with just one arm!
- Red Baron: The One-Armed Bandit. Started off as a joke, but became his badass nickname used by both people in the show and fans of the show.
Kevin (Occupation: Executive Chef)
- Bald of Awesome
- Cool, but Inefficient: For his menu in the finale, he made beautifully artistic dishes that trumped Dave's dishes in terms of appearance and complexity. But his team had to struggle to familiarize themselves with his recipes, which was likely one of the main reasons for why Amanda screwed up so much that night.
- Epic Fail: In general, he was a strong competitor in services and challenges, but he made one infamous mistake on the blind taste test when he misidentified clams as spinach. This was immediately after the others said that he should get clams right since he was from New England, where seafood is extremely prominent.
- Foil: To Dave in the finale. Kevin himself noted that they were completely opposite chefs since Dave went with simple dishes and Kevin went with complex ones.
- Graceful Loser: Almost averted at first, as his initial gut reaction was that he let his family down. But, he came around and realized that he had nothing to be ashamed of, and he wanted to show his son that even if you don't win, as long as you work hard you're not a loser. He then congratulated Dave for his win.
- Handicapped Badass: Rolled both of his ankles in the same episode as Dave's injury. However, he pretty much recovered apart from a slight limp, so he's not quite on Dave's level, but earned his badass qualities in other ways.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: A little arrogant in some places, but was a strong team player despite that.
- Manipulative Bastard: Briefly when he was saying to Dave to consider his wrist's permanent well being and that he should think hard about whether or not to quit. Dave knew what he was doing right away.
- Not So Different: He and Dave were both Handicapped Badasses who injured themselves at the same time, but pushed themselves forward to being the strongest, most consistent, level-headed chefs that season.
- Worthy Opponent: To Dave in the finale. Of all the chefs that season, he was one of the most consistent, second only to Dave. They had different cooking styles, but were similar in terms of culinary skill. They were also on somewhat friendly terms with each other.
Ariel (Occupation: Sous Chef)
- Deadpan Snarker: She had her moments.
- The Generic Girl: Despite being around for most of the season, Ariel never stood out that much.
- Graceful Loser: Very much so. She took her elimination very well, stating that she had no regrets, and acknowledging that she grew immensely and learned much as a chef, all of which she owed to Chef Ramsay.
- Ms. Fanservice
- Nice Girl: For the most part, she did occasionally shut out contestants like Sabrina and Suzanne.
- Only Sane Woman: Ariel is this in what was the worst red team the show ever had. By comparison her teammates were either ditzy (Amanda and Melinda), smug pricks (Suzanne and Tek), refused to take responsibility for their mistakes (Lovely) or loud (Tennille).
- Youthful Freckles: Without makeup on, she prominently sports these, giving her a very young appearance (and at 27, she is tied with others for 4th youngest chef in the season).
Tennille (Occupation: Executive Chef)
- Achilles' Heel: She was a genuinely good chef and showed good leadership skills, but she just could not get it together when it came to seafood. In fact, her last service was on the fish station and she sunk spectacularly.
- This made a reappearance when she returned in Season 9 as an All-Star.
- Badass Boast/Shut Up, Hannibal!: Her page quote is backtalk to Chef Ramsay as he was reprimanding her.
- Butch Lesbian: Indirectly referenced in the sausage challenge, when Ramsay and the other contestants were making various sausage-related puns. Ramsay then asked her "how thick do you like your sausage?" — Tennille just glared at him and said "Chef, I don't like sausage."
- Character Development: Despite a decent first episode, she was one of the weakest members of the red team in the first half of the season, and had an attitude problem with Chef Ramsay. But over the course of the season, she Took a Level in Badass getting into 4th place and came to respect Chef Ramsay a lot more, controlling her emotions in the kitchen much better.
- Mercy Elimination: On her last night, it was clear that she had the worst performance. Chef Ramsay decided to spare her the grief of nominations, and told her during the post-service debrief to leave Hell's Kitchen.
- No Indoor Voice: Oh so much.
- Flanderization: Really wasn't that bad at first, but got progressively louder as the show went on.
- Tempting Fate: During the introductory tip videos, she saw Bonnie cooking without the gas on. She said "Duh! Who cooks with no heat?!" Second dinner service, her teammate Lovely did the same thing with scallops, not that Lovely is even remotely as talented as Bonnie.
- Took a Level in Badass: After the disastrous eighth dinner service, she was named Best of the Worst for being the only chef on the team who impressed Ramsay. Three episodes later, she took another level in the first black jacket service (which only she, Dave, and Kevin managed to survive) when Ramsay told her "that was the best I've ever seen anybody cook meat". Not bad.
- Badass Decay: Twice. In the first episode she was one of only two of the women (the other being Tek) whose signature dish was liked by Ramsay, and was probably the team's best performer in the service that followed (though that isn't saying much), but did horribly in the following two episodes before eventually getting back on track later in the season. It happened again in her last episode when she won the vegetarian challenge, then the very next service she sunk on the fish station. Eventually managed to bounce back, but by then it had already become her worst performance. Chef Ramsay decided to spare her the pains of nomination and eliminated her shortly after dinner service ended.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Did not return for the final service, so Amanda took her place.
Suzanne (Occupation: Sous Chef)
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Her snobbish attitude rubbed people the wrong way and she was quickly hated by everyone on the red team. Even on her short stint on the blue team, Kevin bluntly told her that they did not like her.
- Four Is Death: Was eliminated after being nominated for the fourth time. By that point, Ramsay said she ran out of chances.
- It's All About Me: Was definitely this for the first half of the season. She tried growing out of this partway through, with partial success.
- Jerkass Has a Point: She was annoying and meddlesome in the kitchen. But she was occasionally right, particularly in the beginning.
- One example was in episode 2 where she insisted to Sabrina to cook the chicken longer. Sabrina waved her off as annoying, then Sabrina sent up the chicken, which was pink.
- Long Speech Tea Time: Gave an overly long explanation for how she cooked her crepe.Tennille: You sauteed some meat and onions. And put it inside a crepe. Just say that!
- No Social Skills: Was never outright mean to her teammates, she was just extremely awkward around them, so her Jerkass/Smug Snake qualities often came off as unintentional.
- One example was during the challenge when they had to come up with menu items for a marine's homecoming party. She decided to take that as an opportunity to prove how good she was. Which lead to her dictating everything her teammates did without ever communicating what he actually liked. She was so bent on creating the dishes her way that she neglected the guests' favorite, grilled lobster tails. Instead, she made a broiled one. What made it more embarrassing was that Suzanne was the one who asked about it in the first place. Even after losing, she thought she did nothing wrong.
- Picked Last: Double Subverted; for the final service team selection, it came down to her and Sabrina, she fully expected to be picked last, and resigned to it. But in the end, Dave chose her for his team because they won a challenge together, and he believed her to be a somewhat capable chef despite her reputation.
- Professional Butt-Kisser: Sometimes came off as this for Chef Ramsay, doing things like talking up how much she liked crepes when doing the crepe challenge, or asking him how he came up with new, exciting dishes.
- Smug Snake: Had a very high opinion on her cooking when in reality, she was average at the beginning, and then mediocre near the end.
- What Were You Thinking?: One night, Chef Ramsay told them that the red team lost the dinner service. Suzanne asked for a play by play. Chef Ramsay then exploded in her face. She lampshades this trope almost word for word when she wondered to herself later "What was I thinking?"
Van (Occupation: Fish Cook)
- Arch-Enemy: In the service where he cooked in the dining room, he actually became this to Jean-Philippe, nearly coming to blows with the Belgian maître d' before Ramsay confronted them.
- Badass Boast: When he was nominated for accidentally leaving plastic on the fish, Chef Ramsay asked him if he peaked. He replied, "No! You got 20 something years in this business! You can spot talent!" Chef Ramsay promptly told him to get back in line. Not many contestants can get away with that.
- Boisterous Bruiser: He's a big, loud, gregarious Texan.
- Catchphrase: "Gametime, baby, GAME-TIME!!!".
- Crippling Overspecialisation: Inverted. He's a fish cook who performed consistently poorly on the fish station, but was competent everywhere else.
- Extreme Omnivore: One of the only ones able to stomach the smoothie punishment, stating that he was starving and so he chugged it down like it was a protein shake. It was, since it was blended duck.
- Hidden Depths: Lampshaded. He noted that people underestimate him for being a muscled country boy, but that he has a sophisticated palate. He cooked up seared foie gras with mint and caramel. Ramsay was quite impressed with his use of the mint to cut the richness of the foie gras and awarded him the winning point. Kevin lampshaded it further by saying looks are deceiving and that there was some talent underneath his muscles.
- Large Ham: See above quote.
- Manchild: Did have an attitude problem occasionally, particularly in the second episode and the night he got eliminated. But he still had a big heart and a lot of energy."Dave and Suzanne sitting in a tree. K.I.S.S.I.N.G."
- No Indoor Voice: All of his confessionals would be in CAPS.
- Plucky Comic Relief: His enthusiasm has brought people to find him one of the funniest contestants ever on the show.
- Wrestling Family: He's the son of former WWF Superstar Gertrude "Luna" Vachon.note Explains how he's so loud and bombastic.
Sabrina (Occupation: Restaurant Manager)
- Achilles' Heel: Was generally competent in the kitchen and challenges, particularly the health food challenge in the sixth episode. Unfortunately she was absolutely terrible whenever she went on the meat station, and a succession of disastrous performances on that station ultimately saw her get the chop just before the black jackets were given out.
- While the meat station was a particular weakness of hers (it doesn't help that she was assigned to it several times), she also made mistakes on other stations. One night, her errors on the appetizer section got her kicked out of the kitchen.
- Lethal Chef: Throughout her time in Hell's Kitchen, she has sent up both raw chicken AND raw pork - the latter of which made it to the dining room and was promptly sent back to an irate Ramsay. Suzanne mocked this in a confessional, noting how dangerous eating raw pork is).
- One-Hit Wonder: In terms of dinner service, she was named Best of the Worst once early on. Other than that, she made several errors during dinner service and was one of the weakest on the team.
- She also displayed this during the 700-calorie challenge, as she was able to assist her teammates with putting together the menu.
- Picked Last: Kevin got her as the last pick, mostly because she was the only person there (aside from Amanda) who had never been on the same team as either of the two finalists, and Dave picked Suzanne even though she thought she would get picked last herself. Sabrina didn't seem to have any issue with being the last pick.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Subtle example. After Suzanne left, she took up this role when she felt alienated by Ariel and Tennille. When they mistook venison for lamb, she let them bring it up to Chef Ramsay out of spite for leaving her out. She kept shooting Tennille's ideas down and calling them stupid. They were indeed questionable, but she didn't even input any dishes into the menu herself. Then she bluntly told Chef Ramsay that she didn't like Tennille's appetizer right in front of her.
Andy (Occupation: Executive Chef)
- Arch-Enemy: To Robert.
- Every Service He Fizzles Out: Off-screen he is part of a very successful, internationally renowned BBQ team and is executive chef/owner of two successful restaurants. Yet somehow, he made constant mistakes on the line and was rarely impressive.
- High Hopes, Zero Talent: Seemed to think early on that he was the best man for the job (after it took him three attempts to cook the lamb correctly). In almost every dinner service, he failed. He caught on near the end that his team saw him as The Load and tried to prove himself. Such as asserting that he would pilot the garnish station without a hitch, then proceeded to completely flounder on the station.
- Seemingly subverted at first on the blind taste test. He boasted that he had crazy taste buds and that he'd be perfect for the challenge. For the first one, he correctly identified lychee (a particularly difficult item). Everyone started to think that this just might be Andy's hidden talent and his path to redemption. Then it was played straight when he then confused ahi tuna for salmon and avocado for boiled coconut.
- While he didn't show much talent on the show, he has been very successful in the restaurant business off-screen. Why this didn't translate into a better performance in Hell's Kitchen is a bit of a mystery. He did suggest once that he wasn't used to working in a brigade, though was smart enough to realize that outright using that as an excuse would just land him in trouble.
- The Load: Was one of the weakest blue members. He often relied on the other men in his team. Cranked Up to Eleven on his last episode when he cut off the tips of his fingers. He couldn't make a single acceptable dish without getting someone else (specifically, the far more injured Dave) to cook it for him. Chef Ramsay caught onto this and kicked him out.
- Never My Fault: His argument for his last service was that "I can't do much due to my injured fingers." Forget for a moment that Dave and Kevin had been injured for weeks, Andy continually asked for help, and on top of his already inconsistent performances, it served to be the last straw for Ramsay.
- Eighth Place Takes It All: Has had probably the most successful career out of any contestant from that season, owning two successful restaurants, writing two cookbooks and doing a lot of charity work for hunger relief. Of course, he also had a lot of success before going on the show, so his appearance doesn't seem to have affected his career much either way.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Did not return for the last service, with Robert taking his place.
Amanda (Occupation: Sous Chef)
- The Ditz: Probably the ditziest contestant ever to have appeared on the show. Most obvious after she cooked eight lamb chops for three servings, which prompted Chef Ramsay to ask her simple math questions, which she got wrong. Twice."3 3's are what?" "3." "3?! Fuck me. 3 times 3 is what?!" "6." "Oh my God!" "9!""Amanda, 12 3's?" "Nine chef." "Oh my God." "36!"
- Epic Fail: Tried to serve FRENCH TOAST to Ramsay as her "signature dish" (along with tequila "butter", which is where the quote at the top of this file came from.) That did not end well.
- Graceful Loser: She Took her elimination very well and proceeded to give Ramsay a friendly handshake and wished the red team a good night and stated that she's going to keep cooking with the same Adorkable charm as ever.
- The Millstone: Was completely disastrous when serving on Kevin's team, screwing up almost every dish she made (though in all fairness, Kevin's overly complicated menu may have contributed to that). Kevin did good recovery work by getting Van to cover for her mistakes, but ultimately it wasn't enough.
- Nice Girl: For all her faults as a chef, she was still a genuinely kind and sweet girl who tried her best to get along with everyone. She also always did without fail what many contestants do not: own up and admit to her (rather frequent) mistakes. This was ultimately deconstructed as Ramsay eliminated her because she was too polite to be a good headchef.
Robert (Occupation: Executive Chef)
- Arch-Enemy: To Andy.
- Break the Cutie / Break the Haughty: He's still shaken up about nearly dying the season before, showcased when he had a temporary meltdown during one of the punishments. Then he went back to the hospital after his heart problems arose again. When he managed to return, he got a cold welcome from his team, who had bonded while he was gone, and then he got eliminated that night. Overall, he was close to breaking a few times, but amazingly kept his passion and energy till the end.
- Broken Pedestal: In season 6, the red team looked up to him as their future savior due to his past experience. They quickly found out about his Badass Decay and realized that in his present state, he wasn't much better than they were.
- The Bus Came Back: After dropping out of season 5 for medical reasons, he returned this season.
- Butt-Monkey: Ended up in the hospital AGAIN, and by the time he returned, his teammates more or less shut him out, as they bonded on the reward they had received while he was out.
- One-Hit Wonder (In-Universe): About the only challenge he won this season was the Welcome Home challenge. Otherwise, he was on the losing team or was unable to participate due to still being in the hospital.
Jim (Occupation: Sous Chef)
- Brilliant, but Lazy: While not exactly brilliant, he wasn't actually a bad chef, demonstrating some skill every now and then. But his laziness diluted anything good he did.
- Deadpan Snarker: Had many hilarious quotes throughout the season, although these were mostly saved for confessionals."Joseph, we're not in a war, we're just in a kitchen. So calm down, and let's cook some carrots."
- The Generic Guy: Didn't really stand out compared to his other teammates.
Tek (Occupation: Line Cook)
- Epic Fail:
- On opening night, thanks to Lovely, Melinda and herself, she had to redo the first order of appetizers over 10 times. It's heavily implied that they never got a single appetizer out to the dining room.
- Then came the Marine homecoming night where she completely sunk on the meat station. By the time she finally cooked the first table of entrees properly, the blue team had already completed every entree. For further insult to injury, she was so swamped that she had to rely on Amanda to grill the lobster (which she failed to do properly). As a result, the blue team had to come in and cook all their entrees for them.
- One Steve Limit: While her first name is actually Amanda, she generally goes by "Tek" even outside the show, which helps avoid any confusion with the other Amanda in this series.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Kept claiming that she was "clearly a good chef" despite being consistently lackluster during service.Suzanne: Tek talks a good game, but if she can't back it up, she's going home.
- Token Minority
- Unskilled, but Strong: Like Tony, she seemed to have some skill, as evidenced by her signature dish that Ramsay actually liked; but for whatever reason that skill didn't translate to working with a team.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Was one of the only two contestants whose signature dish Ramsay actually liked. Other than that, she's most remembered for her Epic Fail on the meat station.
Lovely (Occupation: Camp Chef)
- Awesome Mc Coolname: Unfortunately, it didn't show much in her actual cooking prowess; next to Melinda, she was the weakest female chef, and possibly the weakest chef period (Andy is a strange case as seen above) that season. See Ironic Name below.
- The Ditz: Was not particularly bright. First demonstrated when she cooked fondants before they even opened. And they weren't even properly made.
Lovely: I try to keep my composure, but I'm moving as quickly as I can, chef. You may not have seen it when you came over.Chef Ramsay: So you were moving so fast, that I couldn't see you?Lovely: Yes!Chef Ramsay: Holy crap!
- Then she topped that when she was confused over why the stove wasn't hot, until Chef Ramsay pointed out that the stove wasn't on. As a bonus, the first instructional video they saw coming in was about a past participant (Bonnie) making the same mistake.
- Another example was when she was defending herself when Ramsay pointed out how laid-back she was during service.
- Fat Idiot: See The Ditz for more details. She was one of the worst cooks to have appeared on the program.
- Hypocrite: Accused Chef Ramsay of having poor eyesight when he told her her fish was undercooked (we never got to see the fish to confirm). But he showed her second fish, which was noticeably black on the bottom. She later claimed that it was not burnt.
- Ironic Name: Neither in culinary skills nor personality. Used against her repeatedly by Ramsay:Gordon Ramsay: (overcooked fondants before the opening service) Lovely. Which they're not; come here.Gordon Ramsay: (raw fish in the second service) Lovely? It's not. It's SHIT!Gordon Ramsay: (elimination statement) If people were named for their cooking, her name wouldn't be Lovely. It would be Useless.
- The Load: After Melinda, she was easily the worst cook on the Red Team and possibly the worst in the season.
- Minor Injury Overreaction: Left the kitchen in the middle of service for over 45 minutes because she felt dehydrated. Without telling anyone on her team.
- Never My Fault: She would never admit being at fault for her mistakes, to the point where she accused Chef Ramsay of having eyesight problems when he rejected a burnt piece of fish, claimed it was somehow Tek's fault that she hadn't checked that her oven was actually turned on, and after managing to get nominated for doing badly as a waitress she predictably tried to say it was really Jean-Philippe's fault for not giving her enough guidance. Then in her final episode, she implied that the only reason she looked slow was because Chef Ramsay and sous chef Heather didn't pay enough attention to her during the service. Ramsay had just about had enough of her bad cooking and bad attitude by this point.
Tony (Occupation: Culinary Store Manager)
- Adorkable: Just look at him.
- Large Ham: Of particular note was his confession cam impression of an angry Chef Ramsay machine-gunning down the contestants. Debatably harsher or hilarious in hindsight, as Tony himself was gunned down at the start of the next episode, as it were.
- Logic Bomb: "I always season it. I didn't season it, though."
- Never My Fault: Played straight at first when he screwed up the grapefruit. He got angry at Kevin for teaching him how to cut grapefruit properly, claiming he knew how to do it and calling him condescending. When Ramsay yelled at him for not cutting it over a bowl, he blamed it on Kevin for not telling him that (he did this on the confession cam). This doesn't really explain why he would do it again after being told. Averted later after the second dinner service.; he admitted that he screwed up and actually volunteered himself for elimination.
- Out of Focus: After he was eliminated, he was completely forgotten as all everyone could talk about was Joseph's tirade shortly before.
- Tempting Fate: After Melinda's elimination, he stated in a confession cam that "Hope I'm not next!" As it turned out, he WAS next. (But not before Joseph's meltdown.)
- Unskilled, but Strong: If his signature dish was anything to go by, it seemed as if his home cooking skills did have potential, which was further demonstrated when he had the joint-highest number of successfully cleaned shrimp in the second team challenge. But his inexperience in restaurants clearly showed in every dinner service and got him kicked out of the show fast.
Joseph (Occupation: Former U.S. Marine)
- Ascended Meme: As it was revealed in the post-finale credits, Gordon Ramsay frequently used Joseph's parting phrase "I ain't nobody's bitch", to get a good laugh out of the contestants.
- Cluster F-Bomb: All the time!
- Confusing Multiple Negatives: "I'm not no bitch!" means that he isn't NOT a bitch - ergo, he's a bitch.
- Deadpan Snarker: For all his Jerkass behavior, he did have one legitimately funny moment in a Confession Cam insert after Andy had just been yelled at for undercooked chicken. Joseph pointed out that since Andy had a meat thermometer on his arm, maybe he should actually think about using it rather than it just being a fashion accessory.
"I could really use those tips. I'm hoping later they could teach me how to tie my shoelaces."
- Jerkass Has a Point: Possibly subverted, as Season 10 showed a chef get ejected from the kitchen for using a thermometer to check a chicken's doneness.
- Then there was his reaction to the instructional videos, giving them tips like cooking with heat on, tasting the food, and not crying.
- Genre Blindness: Given how often he complained about the different aspects of the show (the challenges, rewards, respecting Chef Ramsay), it was quite clear that he never watched a single episode of Hell's Kitchen.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: One of the most notorious cases of this, often lashing out verbal abuse without provocation and then blowing up completely at Gordon for no good reason whatsoever.
- He-Man Woman Hater: He gives off this vibe, given that he tells every woman berating him to "shut [their] fucking mouth," while simultaneously treating the men (minus Gordon) with a level of respect.
- Jerkass: From the minute he stepped in he was badmouthing everyone from Chef Ramsay on down and looking for a fight and wasn't going to take no for an answer. He enjoyed it when other chefs were in trouble, said to Ramsay's face he didn't want the rewards for winning challenges and tried to fight him twice.
- Logic Bomb: Right before Ramsay tasted his signature dish, he said to the confessional that he felt like a hungry dog taken off its leash, ready to win the competition. When Ramsay asks him to taste an overcooked brusselsprout, Joseph asked for a fork and said he wasn't an animal.
- Rage Quit: Him storming right up to Ramsay's face and challenging him to a fight with absolutely no provocation essentially boils down to this, having at that moment sunk any shot he may have had at the prize. Without flinching, Ramsay ordered him to get out, and Joseph cursed everyone in the room as he took his leave.
- Small Name, Big Ego: After his infamous meltdown, he went on and on about how any kitchen would be proud to hire him. Sure, who wouldn't want to work with a contentious prick who threatened to fight one of the best chefs in the world?
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: "I'm not no bitch!" That's all the evidence we'll ever need.
- Too Dumb to Live: During Elimination, Joseph is asked to simply name the first nominee, why he was nominated, and the second nominee, and why he was nominated. Instead, he mentions both names at the same time without saying why they were nominated. Then, he throws his jacket away and challenges Ramsay to a fight when Ramsay asks him to go through the nomination process correctly.
- White Gang-Bangers: He seriously has this vibe given his aggression, attitude, vernacular, and body language. It's especially jarring given that he's from a fairly wealthy part of Long Island and has zero reason to be acting like it.
Melinda (Occupation: Private Chef)
- The Ditz: She threw out plate after plate of pasta, and had the "deer in the headlights" look when it was found and even on confession cam. It wasn't entirely her fault that she'd had to throw out so much pasta; Tek kept overcooking the scallops, meaning that all the appetizers had to be redone, and Lovely, who was supposed to be helping Melinda, abandoned their station for 45 minutes. But she was completely unable to articulate this to Ramsay, and was eliminated, with Ramsay noting that she was "completely lost in space, so I sent her back to whatever planet she came from."
- Let's not forget her signature dish, which she said was lobster tail... except there was no lobster tail. Ramsay was livid and trashed it, firmly identifying her as a ditz.
- Grace Ful Loser: All things considered, she took her elimination well, and hoped one day she might get a second chance to prove her skill to Chef Ramsay.
- High Hopes, Zero Talent: She spoke very, very highly of her signature dish before presenting it to Gordon, only to find herself at a near-total loss for words when it was revealed she had forgotten the lobster tail, citing "challenge" in the kitchen. After her poor performance in the disastrous opening service, she insisted she could do better, but was eliminated that evening instead.
- Ms. Fanservice: Attempted to be this. Most clear during her first scene, where she tried to act flirty and sultry. Didn't distract Chef Ramsay from her dish's flaws, as in the main ingredient wasn't there.
- Nice Hat: Wore a black beret during dinner service.
- Oh, Crap!: Was caught wasting absurd amounts of capellini and, when Gordon demanded to know what the hell she was doing, she just stood there wide-eyed and speechless, unable to respond. While the wasted pasta wasn't entirely her fault, her reaction more or less sealed her fate that evening.
Louie (Occupation: Diner Owner)
- Cordon Bleugh Chef: His sausage gravy over biscuits was something of which he spoke very highly. Unfortunately for him, the dish was visually unappealing and Ramsay compared it to a pile of gunk.
- Epic Fail: Wasting the entire blue team's lamb supply was so bad that Gordon eliminated him at the end of the first service before closing the kitchen.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He claims to have fired "hundreds" or even "thousands" of employees, and was eliminated before the first service ended.
- One Steve Limit: His real name is actually David, but he went by Louie during his very brief time on the show to avoid confusion with the other, infinitely more competent Dave.
- Pointy-Haired Boss: He owns a diner, yet he doesn't know why you should sear meat before putting it in the oven note ; he doesn't understand why he should stick to his station instead of trying to cook both the meat and the garnish for his order; and finally, he completely wasted the lamb after repeatedly mangling it while trying to carve the chops. His incompetence earned him a well-deserved elimination mid-service.
- Sore Loser: Was livid about being ejected from the show before even reaching the end of the first service (this has not happened since), and his last words regarding Ramsay were his page quote as seen above.
- Straw Misogynist: Look at his comment when the women lost the signature dish challenge,and were made to clean the kitchen:Louie: Women are the best at cleaning, so it's right up their alley.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: His gross signature dish and then wasting meat in the first service led to him having the shortest stay of any contestant on the show up to this point, and the shortest stay of any contestant who did not leave for medical reasons; he was kicked out of Hell's Kitchen just prior to the first service ending in failure (he was immediately replaced by Robert), and Melinda followed him out the door a few minutes later at actual elimination.
Holli (Occupation: Banquet Chef)
- Bittersweet Ending: Despite winning the competition, she was unable to take the job at the Savoy in London due to work permit problems, causing her to accuse the show's producers of never having had any intention of employing her.note Though she would go on to find success after the show, creating her own line of cookware and opening her own organic farm.
- Dark Horse Victory: As consistent as she was, not many viewers actually predicted her as the winner. Jay was the favorite from relatively early in the season, with the second-favorite being Benjamin for much of the season, then Autumn in the later stages.
- Did They or Didn't They?: The night she and Jay got into the final 2, they both embraced each other pretty closely. Holli said in a suggestive tone, "We are all alone." The camera panned away and then it went into the next morning. We never got to see what happened after that embrace.
- Cherry on top was that on the next day, when the past chefs returned, Jay expressed disappointment because he was really hoping to sleep with Holli that night. As if it was a sure thing. In a post-show interview, Holli said it never happened and they were just friends.
- Epic Fail: Her signature dish was not great, in fact Ramsay tossed it straight into the trash. Although it's just a reminder that not every winner starts off strong.
- Fanservice: Considered by many to be one of the hottest, best-looking contestants the show has ever had.
- Friendly Rivalry: With Jay. They got along well with each other - to the point where other people strongly suspected that they were sleeping with each other, not that Jay would complain about that.
- Only Sane Woman: Shared this role with Nilka while being on the dysfunctional and incompetent red team.
- Out of Focus: Wasn't very noticeable at first, but slowly started showing promise by dominating in challenges and making it to the black jackets. Chef Ramsay lampshaded it in his reasoning for her victory."Holli won because she has grown as a chef more than any other chef in Hell's Kitchen. At the start, she was barely noticeable. But then, she got her confidence. She emerged and there was no holding her back. I'm absolutely thrilled she'll be working with me at the Savoy Grill in London."
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Becomes this after she got her black jacket, mostly with her showmance with Jay.
- Underestimating Badassery: Both Jay and Ben (especially Ben) considered themselves to be significantly better chefs than her. Jay considered her to be a good chef, but never saw her as a huge threat until the finale as he had his eyes focused on Ben. Benjamin had little respect for her and thought she was actually weak. She went on to win Hell's Kitchen.
Jay (Occupation: Executive Chef)
- Deadpan Snarker"Good looking guys, but not my type."
- Friendly Rivalry: With Holli.
- In-Series Nickname:
- "Where's that *bleep*ing Smurf? SMURF!"
- He also had another one, Blue Jay.
- One Degree of Separation: While it was never mentioned on the show, early in his career he worked under Season 6's Andy at his restaurant.
- One Steve Limit: His first name is Jason, but he was called "Jay" on the show to avoid confusion with the other Jason. Notably, when he was featured in a "where are they now" segment at the start of Season 13, he was referred to as Jason rather than Jay. His real name was used again in the Season 17 finale by his former rival Benjamin who would go on become a runner-up himself.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: After he got his black jacket, due to his showmance with Holly.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Sports blue dyed hair. Even when he returned in Season 10 for an All-Stars service, he still had it.
Benjamin (Occupation: Culinary Instructor)
- Achilles' Heel: Was a really good cook in the kitchen. But he just couldn't communicate well with other chefs, often being unresponsive when people asked him for times.
- Catchphrase: "No doubt in my fucking mind." He repeats this quite often, mostly in relation to his self-flattering beliefs regarding his capabilities in running a restaurant. He will also more or less repeat constantly, in almost every Confession Cam about either Holli and/or Autumn, that they don't have the skills needed to be a head chef, that they have no passion for cooking etc. which can get annoying after a while.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: When his family reunited with him, you could just see his Jerkass, Smug Snake personality dissolve away and be replaced by a guy who loved and missed his wife and baby daughter.
- When he lost the taste-it-now-make-it challenge, he was upset to begin with. But he became a lot more upset when he learned that the reward was to spend time with their family, which he missed out on by a fraction.
- Gratuitous French: Had a tendency to say "oui chef".
- Jerkass: He spent most of the season after switching to the Red Team being a condescending jackass who looked down on everyone else, especially towards Holli and Autumn.
- Insufferable Genius: Was a brilliant chef. And a total ass about it.
- Lean and Mean
- Minor Injury Overreaction: After straining his back from punishment, he completely skipped out on dinner prep. He almost withdrew from the competition. Jay and Holli noted that during dinner service, he cooked just fine with no signs of pain at all."I can't bend over. I can't cook." (bends over to pick up something without a sweat; background piano music plays)
- Poor Communication Kills: One of his biggest problems was not being able to communicate with his teammates, several times someone would ask him "how long?" and he would just stare blankly and not give any kind of response, Ramsay identified it as one of his weaknesses, which made him a very poor leader.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Attempted to pull this near the end of the season, claiming he had back problems(which used as an excuse to get out of doing prep) and tried to use that as an excuse to quit the show despite having no problems bending over or moving around the kitchen, the other teammates were pretty annoyed by his laziness and after a talk with Ramsay he decided to stay.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Talked himself up way too much and constantly insisted that he had much more "passion" then anyone else despite being consistently poor at communicating with his teammates and not being a very good leader.
- Smug Snake
- Too Dumb to Live: During one service, sous chef Scott lead the pass while Chef Ramsay stepped out for a moment. Benjamin then brilliantly decided to take charge and call out the tickets... right beside Scott. Naturally, Scott wasn't having it and verbally ripped him a new one.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Started out okay, but shortly after being put on the red team, he became one of the show's most smug contestants ever.
- Unwanted Assistance: In the finale he tried to help run Jay's kitchen for him in order to ensure his victory, but if anything it more likely prevented Jay from winning, since it ended up looking like he needed assistance to run the kitchen, whereas Holli was indisputably the one in charge of her own kitchen.
- Worthy Opponent: Jay considered him to be one. He was often competitive with Benjamin, but he respected him as well and considered him a friend. The feeling was mutual as Ben felt that he was the only cook capable of beating Jay. When he came back in the finale, he was very energized to compete alongside Jay (part of it was because he felt like he was better than Holli and wanted to see her lose).
Autumn (Occupation: Personal Chef)
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: For a bit. On her first dinner service with the blue team, she was still feeling resentment towards the reds. So, she openly encouraged customers to send back food with which they were displeased, hoping to sabotage the red kitchen.
- Butt-Monkey: No matter which team she was on, she wasn't well received. She was often the first choice when it came to nominations; she got nominated seven times, a record that's only been equaled by Elise from Season 9 and Scott from season 12.
- Can't Hold Her Liquor: Got very drunk from simple wine tasting.
- Elimination Houdini: An unusual example. Autumn was nominated for elimination more times than anybody since S2's Virginia, but that was more because her teammates hated her than lack of talent; indeed, on once occasion she was nominated simply because she'd been nominated so many times already.
- Emotionless Girl: Subverted. Often came off as this, whether she wanted to or not. But she gave up her PhD program to cook and never gave up, no matter how much she was disliked or nominated.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: She was very much disliked by everyone else. Not necessarily because she was a bad person, just because they found her annoying.
- Genre Blindness: Failed to catch the sabotage dish while at the pass. Ok, fair enough, a lot of chefs don't catch that. But when Chef Ramsay pointed it out, she laughed about it. She admitted later on that she made a huge mistake since Chef Ramsay does not like laughing in the kitchen.
- Hidden Depths: When questioned about her passion, she stated she gave up a chance for a doctorate to follow her passion on cooking.
- Informed Flaw: The red team accused her of being the weakest cook and nominated her for elimination twice, even though she only did one wrong thing for each night (putting too much salt in the pasta water during prep and accidentally dropping a piece of fish on the hot electric stove). A lot of this was just due to them not liking her personality and coming up with excuses to get her kicked out.
- Moment Killer: Joined Holli and Jay in the hot tub while they were in the middle of flirting (and groping each other). They weren't too pleased about that.
- Ms. Fanservice: The show has shown quite a few glimpses of her changing/undressing. There was also her in a bikini at the spa; the men were all quite appreciative of that.
- No Social Skills: Despite performing better than many of her team-mates (barring only Holli and Nilka) on the red team, she kept getting nominated early on, mostly because she unwittingly tended to be condescending, which only made the few screw-ups that she did make seem all the worse.
- Sassy Black Woman: Most definitely, unfortunately her attitude alienated her from the rest of the team.
- Took a Level in Badass: While she was a long way from being one of the worst performers in the first half of the season, she was rather inconsistent. Starting with the last red/blue team service however she started doing much better, and during the final weeks of the season was generally considered as the favorite to make it to the final with Jay.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Subtle example in the finale, when she returned with an overinflated ego. She was sure that she'd be picked 1st or 2nd. Then she became convinced that she was the only one on Holli's team who knew what she was doing, which she said right to Nilka's face when she rejected her help while she was struggling on garnishes.
- Wall of Blather: She really wasn't a bad person. But she often annoyed the people around her with the way she talked on and on.
Jason (Occupation: Personal Chef)
- Berserk Button: He really didn't handle criticism well at first. He got better at handling this after time though.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: He wasn't a particularly outspoken individual. But he would easily get mad at times. When he was nominated for the first time, he became downright scary when they came back to the dorms. This was mainly in the beginning though, not so much later on.
- Cheaters Never Prosper: Attempted to fry a piece of chicken and french fries in the same basket in one service. When Ramsay discovered it, he ripped Jason apart, derisively calling him a "f***ing smart ass."
- Out of Focus: Despite making it all the way to fifth place, he never really got much attention.
- Scary Black Man: Was for the most part quiet. But he had a temper problem and could be pretty scary when angry. This was mainly in the beginning, he sort of got better as time went on.
Ed (Occupation: High School Cooking Teacher)
- Can't Hold His Liquor: After winning a challenge in the eighth episode, he got pretty drunk during the reward, and then continued drinking throughout the night that followed. As a result, he was hungover throughout prep and (implicitly) the service that followed, which predictably ended in total disaster. His strong-until-then performances never recovered after that, eventually leading to him getting the chop in the first black team service.
- The Generic Guy
- In Vino Veritas: His personality completely changes if he's drunk.
- Naked People Are Funny: During the drinking scenes, he eventually decided to go buck naked in the spa.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Did not return for the final service so Siobhan took his place.
Nilka (Occupation: Line Cook)
- Berserk Button: Completely ripped into her team, in particular Fran, for nominating her in Episode 5 over Scott. While it was definitely one of her less stellar services, it was nowhere near as bad as Scott's performance. Ramsay saw through this easily, and sent Nilka back in line without even asking why she should stay, while also nominating Scott himself.
- Determinator: After being kicked out during her last service, she came back into the kitchen, refused to leave, and eventually had to be ushered out by Benjamin.
- This Is Going to Suck: When she sent up her dish for the pork challenge, she sounded and looked defeated since she knew the dish was awful.note Ramsay basically called it a disaster.Nilka:(interview) I knew it. I'd rather have just gone up there with an empty plate, like "voilà, chef!"
- The Worf Effect: Things went spectacularly wrong for her in the last red/blue team service however, which led to her being kicked out mid-service. However, Ramsay still thought she had done immensely well and actually met her at the service entrance to say goodbye, something he had never done before.
- Managed to return to her former badass self when she came back in the finale (despite a bit of a rocky start on venison, which she never cooked before).
Fran (Occupation: Catering Chef)
- Determinator: Was a pretty bad cook. But a very determined one at least. When she got kicked out in the first service, she told Chef Ramsay that she wouldn't leave her team. He had to threaten to drag her out in order for her to leave.
- Dumb Blonde: Was this to a degree. When Autumn transferred to the blue team, she was quite surprised that she left in such a cold manner, even though the red team treated her terribly. When her team said she should be nominated, she was confused as to why, even though she was consistently bad. Upon elimination, she made herself out to be the backbone of the red team, even though she was their weakest cook left after Scott and Siobhan had been sent out, and had been their weakest link since the season started.
- One funny example was the blind taste test. Chef Ramsay asked who had the best palate and she boasted that she had a good palate. She got 0 out of 4 correct (confused coconut for potato).
- The Load: Was the worst cook on the Red Team after Stacey got an early exit from the show and then Small Name, Big Ego trope offender Scott was sent packing.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Had this when she nominated Nilka for elimination on Scott's advice. She felt genuinely terrible, and claimed she felt so bad, she would rather nominate herself than put Nilka up ever again.
- Never My Fault: Constantly blamed her mistakes on her team-mates not communicating with her. On one hand, this season's Red team did horribly at that, but with a lot of her mistakes (such as serving risotto with shrimp instead of lobster and mangling chicken while carving it) she had no-one to blame but herself.
- One-Hit Wonder: At one point was named Best of the Worst. Other than that, she was one of the worst cooks that season.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Received one from Ramsay for nominating Nilka instead of Scott. Later that night, she received another epic one from Nilka herself.
Siobhan (Occupation: Pub Executive Chef)
- Butt-Monkey: She didn't get much respect from the others. Also deconstructed since this along with not standing up for herself is why Chef Ramsay eliminated her.
- Dark and Troubled Past: According to interviews, she grew up in a broken home with an alcoholic mother and taught herself how to cook at age 14.
- One-Hit Wonder: Was about the only member of the red team (besides Nilka, who spent most of the service working in the dining room, and Holli, who was on desserts and thus didn't get much chance to screw up before the teams were merged) not to fail hard during the first service, and Ramsay liked her signature dish, but she made more and more mistakes as time went on.
- Picked Last: Didn't take this too hard as she anticipated. She was mostly glad that she wasn't on the same team as Ben.
Salvatore (Occupation: Pizzeria Chef)
- Blatant Lies: Denied that he added fresh rice to a batch of risotto that was almost finished because he discovered that he didn't have enough risotto.
- Brainless Beauty: A tragic example of this. He wasn't able to go to school because he had to work for his family in order to pay the bills.
- Although it doesn't really excuse some of the mistakes he's made in the kitchen. Such as adding fresh rice to a risotto close to finishing when he realized he needed another more portion. When Chef Ramsay caught him and asked if he did that because he realized he made a mistake, he said no. This caused him to explode, as he hated cooks that lied to him more than ones who couldn't cook.
- This is largely because he got very nervous during dinner service, and often clammed up and made careless mistakes because of it.
- Eventually his poor performances caused Ramsay to eliminate him. When he was on the winning team.
- Although it doesn't really excuse some of the mistakes he's made in the kitchen. Such as adding fresh rice to a risotto close to finishing when he realized he needed another more portion. When Chef Ramsay caught him and asked if he did that because he realized he made a mistake, he said no. This caused him to explode, as he hated cooks that lied to him more than ones who couldn't cook.
- Funny Foreigner: Despite having lived in America since he was 13, Italian is still his first language, and he's definitely not lacking in a sense of humor.
- Graceful Loser: Admitted that he deserved to be eliminated, despite being on the winning team.
- Irony: He's authentic Italian, and yet he used pre-made pasta for his signature dish (for extra bonus, it was under cooked). Even worse when his teammate Benjamin said he made his pasta for his dish right after, which Ramsay enjoyed.
- Mr. Fanservice
- Never Learned to Read: He was chosen to take down orders in the third episode but his writing, to put it lightly, couldn't be deciphered. When Ramsay chews him out on this, he nearly ends up walking out, until Jean-Philippe persuaded him to stay. When the same situation came up again two episodes later, Salvatore explains that he never learned to read or write English because he spent all of his time working with his parents when he came to America. Ramsay lightens up after that.
- Nice Guy: Hands down the friendliest contestant this season.
- One-Hit Wonder: Had one good night on the fish station after Scott got his spirits back up. But other than that night, he was usually emotionally fragile and sloppy during dinner service.
- Really Gets Around: When asked how many women he slept with, he was not sure. Apparently he lost count around the 30s-40s.
Scott (Occupation: Executive Chef)
- Cordon Bleugh Chef: While the red team were lumped with a difficult selection of ingredients during the pork challenge, he probably couldn't have come up with a worse combination than blood sausage and prunes even if he'd actively been trying to.
- Establishing Character Moment: His signature dish scene told all there was to his character. Gave a big speech which is his character quote. Cut to Chef Ramsay calling his dish pathetic.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Was very, very arrogant and condescending. But he was a team player who tried his best to help his teammates when he thought they were sinking (even if they weren't). His heart was often in the right place, but his ego and lack of skill got in the way. He was also genuinely thankful that no one got hurt after he stupidly left an oven door open, actually (and rightfully) blaming himself for once. But of course, YMMV on this.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: After being nominated for the third time, Scott went on another long speech that he's a strong cook. But this time, an annoyed Ramsay stopped him and eliminated him with ease.
- The Load: Saw himself as the strongest player on both teams. His teammates greatly disagreed, as his attempts to help often made things worse.
- Manipulative Bastard: Managed to persuade Fran to nominate Nilka instead of him in Episode 5, despite him having been far worse. Ramsay sees through this easily, and nominates him personally.
- Never My Fault: Constantly blamed his mistakes on his teammates. He refused to think that he might just be a bad cook.
- Pet the Dog: Helped pick Salvatore up from being close to quitting and gave him some confidence to deliver a decent dinner service.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Big time; he's one of the most egotistical chefs to have ever appeared. The show decided to actually ham it up and play dramatic music when he talked highly about himself sometimes. This is one of the worst examples of the trope because for all his talking, he was one of the worst cooks to have appeared on Hell's Kitchen.Gordon Ramsay: (elimination statement) If Scott could cook as well as he talks, he'd be the winner of Hell's Kitchen. Unfortunately for him, he can't.
- Rule of Three: Was eliminated after being nominated for the third time in a row.
- Vindicated by History: Invoked in his closing plea before elimination, as he claimed that the Red team would die without him. Inverted in reality, as the team started doing better after he was kicked out.
Maria (Occupation: Kitchen Supervisor)
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Spaced out really easily during service, and even laughed out loud at Ramsay when he was yelling at her for undercooked steak.
- Dumb Blonde: Aside from the trope above, she also made a sweet potato soup with hamhock garnish in a pork challenge when the hamhock was suppose to be the main feature. Needless to say, Ramsay said that her dish cost the red team the win on that one.
- Later, she had problems as a waitress in the next service, writing down a ticket that Holli already wrote for (without asking the customers if they took their order) and wrote down the wrong item for the customer.
- Motor Mouth: Self described in above quote.
- Too Dumb to Live: During the opening service, she laughed when the Red Team began losing control of their entrees, on the night Gordon vowed to complete service. Repeatedly. Naturally, she got herself kicked out for that one.
Jamie (Occupation: Sous Chef)
- The Generic Girl: Didn't really stand out much.
- Lethal Chef: She somehow left a toothpick in her signature dish, which unsurprisingly caused Ramsay to refuse to even taste it. She also wasn't especially good in the kitchen, to put it lightly.
- One-Hit Wonder: She along with Holli are the only team that perfected the egg challenge in episode 2. Other than that...
Mikey (Occupation: Line Cook)
- Embarrassing Tattoo: Subverted; Mikey himself wasn't embarrassed by any of his tattoos (and after being eliminated, he even said that he would always wear his Hell's Kitchen tattoo with pride), but when he showed them off during the first episode several of them were blurred out, presumably due to being too obscene for TV.
- One-Hit Wonder: He impressed Ramsay with his signature dish, but otherwise was one of the weakest chef on the blue team.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Clearly a big HK fan, but one of the most ineffective chefs that season; he only made it through 2 episodes.
Andrew (Occupation: Farmer)
- Beat: When Andrew explains his steak tartar by saying that he raises and butchers his own animals, which he likes to eat raw. Everyone stares at him looking very disturbed.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: During the helicopter ride, he asked if they could fly over the ghettos. During service, he started talking to the garnishes and himself while cooking.
- As part of his Screw This, I'm Outta Here!, he left his shoes in the restaurant. While it did make a bold statement, it's actually rather impractical to throw away your shoes like that.
- Humble Goal: Didn't seem to care about the prize money or having an illustrious career. He just wanted to buy two walk-in coolers, so he could indulge in his favorite pastime of butchering animals and eating them raw. With these low goals, it's probably easy to see why he was so willing to exit the show on his own terms.
- Literal Metaphor: Given how bizarre he was in general, it's hard to tell if he removed his shoes as a symbolic rejection of Ramsay's tutelage (he did it in response to Jean-Philippe saying many would love to figuratively be in his shoes), or if he was actually offering for someone else to wear them.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: One of the creepiest contestants to have ever appeared on the show (psycho strings were played when he talked about how he liked to butcher his own animals) needless to say many people were grateful that he took himself out early.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Quit in the second service after an argument with Ramsay over mashed potatoes which he had cooked into "potato soup". Jean-Philippe tried to persuade him to go back into the kitchen, but he kicked off his shoes and left via the front entrance.
- Too Dumb to Live: He decided that adding potato "Soup" to mashed potatoes would solve the problem. Needless to say, this didn't work and he Rage Quit almost immediately. Jason lampshaded this as Ramsay "sprinkling pixie dust on him and making his ass disappear."
Stacey (Occupation: Private Chef)
- Dumb Blonde: Got pretty much everything wrong during service, and then couldn't even put up a convincing argument as to why she should stay.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Touted herself as a celebrity chef and rattled off a list of actors and TV personalities who have enjoyed her food (including Martha Stewart). Then proceeded to have the worst performance of the opening service and became the first chef to be eliminated from the season.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Called herself a celebrity chef; she lasted nowhere near long enough to back this up.
Not an actual contestant, Gordon brought his wife in for the signature dish challenge to demonstrate that he cares less about experience than he does about passion and ability.