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Nona

"Veal, veal, veal, veal! It's totally veal!"

  • 11th-Hour Superpower: Was nominated several times during the middle of the competition, but emerged as the best of the group towards the end.
  • Adorkable: She often squeed over a success.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: Played straight with her signature dish, which was fried chicken with undercooked asparagus. The secret to her chicken was that she put all seasonings in first; unfortunately, honey was one of them. Ramsay was not impressed. Completely averted from that point onward though, as her palate ultimately won him over by the end.
  • Formerly Fat: Easily the largest person to have won Hell's Kitchen, and looked much the same when she made a guest appearance early in season 9, but when she returned again in season 11 she had lost a significant amount of weight.
  • Running Gag: She often attempted to integrate Southern cuisine into fine dining. With the results falling flat (her signature dish, her amuse bouche, her attempt to put chicken and waffles on the Season 11 menu).
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: A relatively mild example, but when she returned as part of a past winners team in season 11, she had picked up something of a "diva attitude," as season 4's Christina put it. In particular, she unsuccessfully pushed for their menu to feature exclusively southern dishes despite being the only one of the five to be knowledgeable in that sort of cuisine, reacted disdainfully to the suggestions made by the other chefs, and tried to refuse help from Dave when she was struggling on the appetizers. Perhaps the success went to her head, who knows.

Russell

"I got the team I wanted to help me win, and they helped me lose."

  • Achilles' Heel: Was a good chef, but his personality was so volatile that it was hard to work with him. By the final, half his team was unhappy about helping him, especially Vinny. But the tipping point was his overly aggressive leadership, almost getting into a physical altercation with Rob which likely led to his defeat.
  • The Bully: Why he was so hated. He frequently started drama with the other contestants.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Had one worse than Chef Ramsay. Threatened violence when he got upset at times.
  • Jerkass: Threatened to end the careers of the other chefs when he lost in the final, threatened violence and spent his time insulting guests hosting a school party.
    • His status as Jerkass is legendary, easily on par with that of Elise. Christina from Season 10 hoped that his station burned down when he came back to compete.
    • Nona wished him good luck right before the winner was about to be announced and he didn't even graciously reciprocate the sentiment.
  • Manchild: Arguably so, not only for being a sore loser in the finale but also for just being an arrogant dickcheese and copping an attitude, being overly aggressive with other contestants for no reason.
  • Pet the Dog: Was very helpful to Jillian on the fish station when she was lost. Part of it was probably to help himself win, but he was still pretty nice about it.
    • Honor Before Reason: An even better example that is almost completely devoid of a hidden agenda was the first individual challenge. For his reward, he was told that he could bring any one of the contestants with him on his reward trip, and he chose Gail for coming second place, which Ramsay called honorable. Though that may have been because he didn't have any friends, and thus had to go with that reason because there were no other options available, it was still honorable nonetheless.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Almost nobody wanted to be on his team in the finale (except Sabrina, who hated Nona, and Jillian, who was best friends with Nona but was flattered enough to be Russell's first pick).
    Vinny: (picked by Russell) Now I have to help that piece of shit win.
    Trev: (picked by Nona) I want to help Nona win. I'd glad I'm gonna have a chance to knock Mr. Cocky to the floor.
  • The Scapegoat: Vinny was very angry at him in the finale, believing that he pulled a dirty trick by nominating him for elimination. But in reality, Vinny had indeed been slipping and was the worst performer on the blue team that night.
  • Sore Loser: Every runner-up takes their loss like a champ. They feel proud of what they accomplished and warmly congratulate the winner. Russell is the only one to have averted the Graceful Loser trope. He blamed his team for his loss and pledged to blackball them. That said, he never seemed to hold any anger towards Nona. He did apologize to everyone on social media for his words shortly after the finale aired.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: He started off nice and was one of the few to actually try and help Raj, even shaking his hand. When it gets to the middle of the season, however, Russell got nastier, insulting and threatening his teammates.
  • What Were You Thinking?: In the last service, he tried to send two tables out at the same time. Naturally, both tables were sent back for being undercooked and were one of the factors that caused him to lose to Nona.

Jillian

"Gandhi didn't even wear flip flops! He lived in the jungle! I don't even think the dude had shoes!"'
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  • The Ace: Notably, she was the only one of the black jackets to not be nominated at any point, but a poor performance at the pass led to her elimination.
  • Achilles' Heel: Unfortunately, she proved a little weak when it came to running the pass in the penultimate service, and it ultimately cost her a place in the final.
  • Beginner's Luck: For the fusion challenge, she stated that she never did fusion before. In fact, she rarely cooked anything but American style food. When choosing her ingredients, she was practically clueless on what she was working with. Amazingly though, her dish was the only one that was received positively and got a landslide victory.
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: Has a high-pitched voice you'll either find cute or annoying.
  • Fiery Redhead: If dyed hair counts. She's one tough cookie. In her own words; "I'll keep on working until I die."
  • Genius Ditz: Was a very competent chef, even managing to get into the top 3, but was a bit ditzy as well.
    [regarding Michelin star chefs] "I thought Michelin was a tire."note 
  • Genre Savvy: During the prelude to the blind taste test challenge, she says there’s some trick to what Gordon is doing.
  • Older Than They Look: You wouldn't expect such a small girl speaking Totally Radical voice to be 28 at the time of this season, much less be a mom of two kids almost in their preteens.
  • Only Friend: Started off as this for Sabrina in the beginning. But after Sabrina started to mature, she got along with the rest of the group. Except for Trev.
  • Those Two Girls: With Sabrina at first.
  • Tiny Tyrannical Girl: At the pass, almost becoming a Distaff Counterpart of Ramsay himself.
  • Totally Radical: Prone to saying "man" or "dude" quite a lot.

Trev

Also Season 18 (Rookies VS Veterans)
"Go home and stuff yaself with twinkies til ya have a fucking heart attack on ya reclina!"
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  • Butt-Monkey: Interestingly, the person who probably hated him the least was Chef Ramsay himself. During the first black jacket service, Sabrina kept yelling at him for just asking a simple question, and when he finally had enough and yelled back, sous chef Scott yelled at TREV.
    • A lot of this was brought on himself by his own poor attitude.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    Chef Ramsay: Wow. Four women and four votes for Trev.
    Trev: Never been a ladies' man.
  • Determinator: Survived several nominations, including when Gail, Jillian, Nona, and Sabrina all nominated him to avoid him getting a black jacket. This backfired, as Trev was given the first black jacket. Ramsay praised him for this, saying Trev made it further than he thought he would.
    Ramsay: You fought against all odds, and your determination never wavered. Good job, I really mean that.
  • Has Two Thumbs and...: Prone to doing this in the confessionals.
  • Hypocritical Humor: When he came back to compete in a returning team in Season 9, he talked about how he developed as a chef. That he learned to be cool, calm and collected. This is all intertwined with footage of him moving overly quickly in the kitchen and sending up a plate before the rest of the order was ready.
  • Jerkass: Like his badass traits, he zigzagged on this. One on hand, he became a bit of an asshole after joining the red team (he was arguably an Expy to Benjamin); but during the blue team's total defeat in the prom challenge, Russell was openly disrespectful to the prom committee, while Trev maintained a much friendlier and more mature attitude.
    • He also didn't take being nominated by the entire red team in episode 10 well, being rude to them in the next service's prep and arguing with Sabrina during service.
  • Lean and Mean: One of the skinnier contestants, but one of the meaner ones too.
  • Never My Fault: Had trouble owning up to his mistakes, either downgrading them or blaming them on others.
  • One-Man Army: Finished a dinner service by himself after the rest of his team got kicked out. This was after he had just returned to the blue team and nobody wanted to see him back.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivered an EPIC one to Raj, part of which is showcased above.
  • Sanity Ball: Held this when the blue team dealt with the prom committee. He was the only one who acted civilized with them and managed to smooth over Russell's argument with them.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Kind of became one once he joined the red team, claiming he was a better cook than everyone else and always blaming his teammates for his screw-ups, claiming whenever he was nominated that they were trying to screw him over, rather than owning up to his own mistakes.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He bounced back after switching over to blue again and managed to finish the next service all by himself.
    • Only to start slipping up after making it to the black team, barely surviving elimination over Sabrina and Gail.

Gail

"That chicken is sexy!"
  • Epic Fail: Scoring zero in the sushi challenge, including missing a piece of tuna nigiri, and serving unacceptable pasta seven consecutive times in a service.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: When she won the challenge and got a makeover.
  • Token Minority: As of season 16, the only Asian contestant to have been given a black jacket.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Recovered in the finale, being a key member of Nona's team.

Sabrina

"You ain't that better than me at all! AT ALL!"
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  • Adorkable: Was this when she wanted to be.
  • Arch-Enemy: Though she had rivalries with Nona and Trev, her most vicious rivalry was with Melissa. Sabrina thought Melissa was a heavily overrated cook, and that the other women were constantly trying to throw her under the bus to keep Melissa in the competition, while Melissa thought Sabrina was an immature brat who only seemed to perform well via making lucky guesses on her cooking times. Both women's viewpoints of the other were correct to some degree.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Was the youngest contestant of the season, at 22. Mentally, too.
  • Blatant Lies: When Chef Ramsay asked her on the garnish station where the gnocchi was, she claimed the meat station was cooking it.
    Trev: Why the fuck would I have it? It's a garnish. I'm cooking the meat.
  • Brainless Beauty
  • Butt-Monkey: Was nominated for elimination every time she was on the losing team, except when she was specifically named Best of the Worst. Justified for the most part, as she was an idiot.
    Ramsay: Sabrina, you have been standing in front of me for so fucking long, you've molded my carpet.
  • Determinator: A determined chef who survived six nominations and still made it to black jackets, partly due to how passionately she defended herself.
    Ramsay: You've got a big heart, you work exceptionally hard. But you have a lot of growing up to do, inside the kitchen, and outside. Thank you for your commitment.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Chef Ludo won her heart in episode 11's challenge.
  • Dumb Blonde: Managed to avert this for the most part.
    • Genius Ditz: Often made herself look remarkably stupid, but she wasn't entirely hopeless as a chef.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Was hated by many of the chefs, but Jillian acted as her only friend on the red team, and Sabrina revealed that she kept in touch with Boris and Raj after the show.
  • Hypocrite: Blamed Gail for losing a point that lost a challenge for the red team, resulting in a hard day of clean-up... while she also lost a point for the red team.
  • Jerkass: More bratty than malicious for the most part, but she did some pretty low stuff early on, in particular trying to say that Nona should be eliminated because she snored too much.
    • Jerkass Has a Point: One of only two people on the team (the other being Jillian) who actually pointed out Melissa's continued errors, while the remaining women still believed Melissa to be their best player despite the evidence to the contrary. When Sabrina was named Best of the Worst, she decided to nominate Emily and Melissa. Both of them thought she just did it out of spite, but the reality was that Emily was the worst cook on the team in pretty much every service, while Melissa had overcooked two dozen fillets that night, along with screwing up at least three other meat orders.
  • Manipulative Bitch: In her own words, mind you.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Possibly. Sabrina had a bad habit of hounding other chefs with inane, common-sense questions. However, she seemed to only do this to chefs she actively disliked, and she didn't struggle with these same small details when she didn't have a target, so it's possible she was deliberately being a hassle to get under their skin.
  • Pretty Fly for a White Girl: A wangsta with the best of them. Or at least she tried to be.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Was immature, very prone to crying and emotional outbursts, and had a bad attitude. Funny enough, at then-age 22, she was youngest of the season's contestants.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: In service, she would have her hair tied up and wear thick glasses. Outside of service, she would let her hair down and remove the glasses, and she looked much prettier. Even Chef Ramsay commented on it when she was brought back with the others to help the finalists:
    Ramsay: Is that hair there, is that real?
    Sabrina: This is all me, chef, come here!
    Ramsay: Come here? I think I'll stay right here!
    (Cue everyone starting to laugh)
  • The Rival: To Nona, Melissa, and Trev. Despite this, she surprisingly defended Trev on her last night, saying Gail should be eliminated.
  • Took a Level in Badass: From the 7th service on, she matured a lot...
  • Too Dumb to Live: Yawned during the signature dish challenge and really pissed off Chef Ramsay in the process. Thankfully, she redeemed herself with her signature dish.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: While "kindness" is stretching it a bit, she improves her attitude considerably after Melissa's elimination, even if she's still a bit manipulative.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: Argued about putting Melissa up for elimination... after she saved her on the meat station.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Tries this several times by crying in front of Ramsay on elimination night. It eventually backfires on her when Ramsay finally eliminates her.

Vinny

"The truth is, I have no faith in him to get the sides out."

  • Mr. Fanservice: He sure thought of himself as such:
    Jillian: Make us something delicious!
    Vinny: I'm delicious!
  • Shaped Like Itself: "People from Queens are very... people from Queens."
  • Too Clever by Half: A competent and consistent chef, but he had an arrogant streak and a tendency to cut corners and come up with "nifty ideas" to smooth out his team's services, leading straight into Too Dumb to Live and What Were You Thinking? territories as seen bellow.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Trying to pass off an old risotto as a new one is pretty stupid, trying to do it when the order is for the table with Ramsay's family? Flat-out suicidal.
  • What Were You Thinking?: In the second service, Vinny played maître d' in the dining room. Noting that Raj was on garnish, he suggested to a table that they should not order sides. When main maître d' James hears this, he reports Vinny to Ramsay, who is furious for Vinny overstepping his job and subsequently kicks him out of the service.
  • The Worf Effect: One of the strongest members of the Blue Team early on, but his skills declined sharply from the seventh service onward.

Rob

"You can't DO that to a fat guy, Chef!"

  • Epic Fail: Scored 0 in the blind taste test, much to the shock of the other chefs.
  • The Generic Guy: Amongst the other blue team members, he didn't really stand out.
  • Hypocrite: Moaned about no one helping him in episode 3's challenge, even though he happily let Curtis sink on sushi in the previous dinner service.
  • The Load: Aside from winning a challenge and being featured in Bon Appétit magazine, he was never a standout performer, with Ramsay telling him his elimination was long overdue.

Boris

"You're a waste of life. You're a fucking waste of life."
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  • Bullying a Dragon: Thought it would be a good idea to mock Ramsay's Catchphrase "It's raw!"... within earshot of the man... in the middle of service. Gordon tore him a new asshole for that one.
  • Bald of Awesome: He's just as bald as Chef Scott.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Widely acknowledged as one of the nicest guys from this season, even if he was shaky in the kitchen, so you can only imagine how bad Raj was to make him call Raj "a fucking waste of life" and throw stuff at him.
  • Graceful Loser: Took his elimination very well. Ramsay praised him for his big heart, and on his way out, he wished good luck to the other chefs, leaving to friendly waves from the red team and respect from his teammates.
    Sabrina: Bye Boris, I love you!
  • The Load: After Raj left, he was the weakest chef on the blue team, making constant mistakes.
  • Nice Guy: He may not have been a great chef, but he's still widely regarded as the friendliest and most likable chef of this season, helping Raj calm down after his argument with Trev.
  • Picked Last: Nona got him as the last pick, but was at least happy to have him over Rob and especially Sabrina. Boris was just as happy as any of the other players on Nona's team.
  • What Were You Thinking?: Mimicked chef Ramsay in the opening service by repeating his shouts of 'It's raw!' in a pantomime Scottish accent. Within earshot of the man himself, naturally. His teammates (and Boris himself, via confession cam) responded with this stock phrase.
    • Also started washing dishes on the dessert station, which led to Ramsay reassigning him to dishwasher backstage; he was kicked out of the service altogether when Louis brought up raw chicken.

Melissa

"I'm all out of scallops, chef. I cooked the shit out of all the scallops, I fucked the team, chef!"

  • Epic Fail: Before her team was even close to finishing appetizers, she decided to start on the beef filets on order and put them all in the oven. All 23 of them. For good measure, she also overcooked them all. Then, the very next night, she similarly screwed up about 7-10 pounds of scallops.
  • Informed Ability: Despite most of the other women repeatedly calling her an amazing chef and even claiming her to be the strongest member of the Red team, she messed up most of the time, and even moving her over to the Blue team did nothing to help.
  • No Social Skills: Not to anywhere near the same extent as Raj or Sabrina, but she did have an occasional habit of talking down to Ramsay, including trying to tell him that he was wrong about the sides needed with a ticket — not backing down until he showed her the actual ticket — and even acting like he was somehow being unreasonable in criticizing her for cooking 23 filets at once.
  • Out of Focus: The first few episodes did not show much of her. That said, she still messed up a lot in the early services, she just went under the radar due to Emily (and, for the brief time she was on the show, Lisa) being far worse, and Sabrina's arguments with the rest of the team.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: Highly averted. Granted, it may have been mostly due to stress.
  • Took a Level in Badass: While her performance in the finale wasn't perfect by any means, it was still her best performance on the show by a long shot.

Emily

"Yeah, I'm a little bit boobalicious."

  • Absolute Cleavage: Showed up on the first day with a shirt that left little to the imagination. Ramsay immediately told her to cover up with an apron.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Generally did well in all the challenges she took part in, but in the actual services she was probably the worst member of this season's red team.
  • Gag Boobs: She was quite busty, but as it turned out this was natural.
    Jillian: [murmuring] Those are some big-ass breasts...
  • Gainaxing: A lot of which is showcased during the signature dish challenge, much to the pleasure of the viewer.
  • Modesty Towel: Ramsay gives her his apron to wear during the signature dish contest because of her low cut shirt. She wears it through the rest of the contest and the kitchen cleaning afterwards.
  • Ms. Fanservice: While cooking her signature dish, her time was evenly split between preparing the food and keeping her Gag Boobs inside her very low-cut shirt.
  • One-Hit Wonder: Her signature dish was extremely well received, but she floundered from that point onward.

Louis

"The fact that Raj is 49 and still alive, and not in a jail or an asylum is a goddamn miracle."

  • Berserk Button: Being talked down to in any way. So you can probably guess how he reacted when Raj called him a "kid" when he was trying to have an intelligent discussion on why the men kept screwing up.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Read Greek Chorus.
  • The Generic Guy: Apart from his aforementioned Berserk Button, he didn't really stand out much.
  • Greek Chorus: A one-man example; he would frequently use the confession cam to provide humorous commentary and analysis on events.
  • Kick the Dog: Mockingly thanked Antonia after the signature dish challenge, calling her the "most valuable member of the blue team" when her disastrous gumbo dish cost the women the win.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: In episode 3, when Raj used up the blue team's entire supply of the night's Dover sole special:
    "Oh man, this is gonna be REAL ugly..."

Raj

"I'm in the snake pit, and I'm the mongoose and the mongoose is trying to fight the cobra..."

  • Ambiguous Disorder: May or may not have had this. He had No Social Skills with quite a bit of odd behavior. Such as putting his head in the freezer when stressed.
  • Angrish: Raj did this at one point when Vinny told the customers not to order side dishes, although it was from confusion instead of anger.
  • Beginner's Luck: About the only thing that went even vaguely right for him on the show was producing a signature dish that Ramsay thought actually tasted pretty good. Unfortunately for Raj, it looked WAY worse than it tasted note  and so lost out to Sabrina's dish.
  • Big Fun: Managed to entertain the rest of the blue team with his drunken karate moves during their first reward.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": Gave a vicious one to Trev who was dealing one helluva "The Reason You Suck" Speech to him while preparing for service. The warning didn't stick, though, as he soon after eliminated.
  • Butt-Monkey: Was the most prominent example in HK history. That is until Season 11 had Gina.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Look at Large Ham below.
  • The Chew Toy: This page alone proves it; the quotes for Trev, Vinny, Boris, and Louis are all directed at him.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: SOOOOOOOOOOOO much.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Probably the kindest possible explanation of his performance on the show. Prior to being on the show, he had mostly worked as a personal chef, which is likely why he managed to come up with a decent-tasting (if poorly presented) signature dish and did passably well in the sushi challenge (only messing up by forgetting to add wasabi, which several of the other men also did), but failed so spectacularly as part of a brigade.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: "Trevor, he's really not a very nice person, and he's also being very mean."
  • Epic Fail: It takes a special sort of contestant on this show to be sent home on a night when your team wins. It had happened twice before, but unlike in the cases of Carol and Salvatore, it happened very early in the competition, and Raj's elimination was seen as a bigger reward for the blue team than any member of the red team being eliminated.
  • Fat Idiot: A strong contender for the most utterly clueless contestant ever to appear on the show. There have certainly been less talented cooks, even in Season 8, but few have managed to combine his utter lack of both cooking talent and social skills.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: To the point his own team expressed their collective relief when he was eliminated.
  • Graceful Loser: For all his faults, Raj certainly took his elimination very well, calling his time on Hell's Kitchen a "great experience" and stating that he was very glad to have done it.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Says he tries to drink "only once a week"; he eagerly gulped down each and every glass in one swig though during the wine-tasting tour won by the blue team, which baffled even Ramsay.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: He thinks of himself as a supreme chef and believes that his way is the only right way, but he was one of the worst contestants in history.
  • Large Ham: To quote:
    Raj: My teammates are shitting their pants, knowing that Raj is out to destroy them. I'M HERE TO STAY, WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT!!!! 'CAUSE I AM THE BEST! AGH!!! [Falls forward and hits the Confession Cam]
  • The Load: To the point where his team saw his elimination as a reward.
  • Never My Fault: Despite everyone having some legitimate reasons to criticize him, he just saw them all as being mean and that he did nothing wrong.
  • No Social Skills: Nearly every time he opened his mouth he pissed someone off, whether he was trying to or not.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: He provided plenty of this.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: In the first episode, he stated that the other chefs were nominating him because they were scared of him, knowing that he was going to win.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The sheer number of times he pissed Chef Ramsay off is staggering. It doesn't help that he argued back a few times, which is a big no no in Hell's Kitchen.

Curtis

"It's harder than it looks. Mine looks more like a dookie roll than a sushi roll."
  • Epic Fail: He absolutely tanked at the sushi station in the second service, completely derailing his team's efforts to get their appetizers out and in turn their entrees. Ramsay singled this out as the most damning mistake made that night and it cost him the game.
  • Good Ol' Boy: With the possible exception of Season 9's Jonathon, probably the most stereotypically southern contestant the show's had.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Persuaded the other men to turn on Boris in episode 2 to save himself from nomination. But as any long-time viewer of the show could have predicted, he was eliminated anyway.
  • Manly Tears: Was tearful upon being eliminated and apologized for disappointing his kids and promising that he would make up for it.
  • Nice Hat: Never seen without his black cap, which he preferred to wear backwards.

Lisa

"What was that? I'm spent? I'll cook circles around you. I may be 48, but believe me, you don't have a chance."
  • Beware the Nice Ones: For the most part a pretty level-headed woman, but just prior to being eliminated she chewed Sabrina out big-time for calling her "spent."
  • Cool Old Lady: A lot of people admired how she handled Sabrina during elimination. YMMV on this though since that was the only cool moment she had in the brief time she was on the show. That and she was subpar in the kitchen, performing very slowly and acting confused.

Antonia

"Every time I make my gumbo, it always gets eaten and everybody loves it. It's going to be good."

  • Butt-Monkey: Served such a terrible signature dish to Chef Ramsay that he forced everyone else to taste it and confirm just how bad it was (Vinny called it a "big bowl of mud", while Rob said he'd rather have a cat shit in his mouth). Then when the teams tied, he gave the boys the win because Antonia's dish was just that bad. note  She never got a chance to redeem herself as she dropped out due to health problems. This is actually Played for Laughs in the finale comedic reel of the contestants, where she's carried in the hallway by Chef Scott and the medic as she complains about the pain behind her eyes.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: Her "Mardi Gras Gumbo". Not only did it have a terrible look (Ramsay compared it to "liquid shit") but it's one of the only dishes to date (besides Season 4's Matt's Exotic Tartare) that made Ramsay physically ill.
  • Epic Fail: One of only two chefs to date (along with Matt from Season 4) who have managed to cook a signature dish that made Chef Ramsay vomit.
  • Humiliation Conga: Her dish was so bad that Ramsay ordered the other participants to take a mouthful and share in his suffering, and then gave the challenge to the Blue Team when the teams tied purely because the Red Team had Antonia's "gumbo" in it.
  • Non-Gameplay Elimination: Was rushed to the hospital after collapsing from a severe migraine, and after the first dinner service it was announced that she would not be returning.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: She had to be rushed to the hospital after the signature dish challenge, making her the first chef to leave Hell's Kitchen without taking part in a single service.

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Paul

"Let's go guys! I'm tired of gettin' my ass kicked!"

  • Achilles' Heel: While Paul was one of the best chefs on the blue team and ended up with the win, he royally screwed up fish on the sixth service, which resulted in his only nomination. Subverted in the seventh service, when he covered for the ejected Natalie on fish, and managed to redeem himself from last night's poor performance. On his third time on the fish station, he sent up an overcooked lobster tail, but thankfully, it was not enough for nomination as everybody else looked towards Elise and Jennifer.
  • 11th-Hour Superpower: Got Elise and Carrie to shut up and work together. Ramsay himself never pulled this off.
  • Friendly Rival: With Will.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Will.
  • Insufferable Genius: Was this when he came back in Season 11 as part of the team of past winners. He called himself a "big deal" several times throughout the episode. It was quite clear that he was very proud of being a Hell's Kitchen winner.
    • Carries over into Season 12, where he, Season 3's Rock, and Season 10's Dana are judging the contestants' dishes for one of the individual challenges. Paul is the most vocally critical of the three by far, and typically gave scores the same as or even lower than Chef Ramsay to the dishes.
  • Large Ham: Usually reserved for the confessionals.
  • Nice Guy: Starting with Monterrey, he, Will and Tommy would applaud chefs after they were eliminated.

Will

"I'm not gonna let you do something that's wrong."

  • Batman Gambit: During the final service, Paul's first pick was Elise, so Will chose Krupa as his final pick to be on his team, leaving Paul to take Carrie and thus sticking Elise and Carrie (who'd been at each others' throats the entire season) back on the same team. This backfired horribly when Krupa screwed up the fish station while Elise and Carrie only had a minor altercation which didn't escalate, and it possibly could have cost Will the competition.
  • Crack Defeat: Perhaps an even more debatable example than Petrozza and Paula (although he really only lost because of Krupa).
    • Tragic Mistake: Was a badass who never once got nominated and was very strong in the kitchen. But the mistake that led to his downfall was picking Krupa for his team (hoping that Elise and Carrie would bring down Paul). She sunk on the fish station and he kicked her off the station far too late. By the time Natalie was moved to there, he had already lost his chance to win.
  • Friendly Rival: With Paul.
  • Graceful Loser: Admitted that his loss was his own fault for choosing Krupa (and waiting too long to kick her off her station), and gave Paul a hug when he was declared the winner.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Paul.
  • Honor Before Reason: Even though he could not stand Elise, he called her the better chef than Jennifer when asked by Ramsay.
  • Joisey: Self-described as a Pizza bagel.
  • Nice Guy: He, Paul and Tommy would often applaud chefs after they were eliminated.

Elise

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Also appeared in Season 17 (All Star)
"You need help and Elise to the rescue as always! Captain Save-A-Hoe."

  • Badass Boast: Her boast when Carrie was struggling on the garnish station and she refused Elise's help. See above quote.
  • Berserk Button: She was a Berserk Button for everyone: the viewers, the chefs, even Ramsay and Andi.
    • Elise's own berserk button is Carrie.
  • Blatant Lies: So many times.
  • The Bully: She did nothing but treat Carrie like shit from day one until Carrie was eliminated, and she was also a bully to Krupa as well.
  • Caught on Tape: Got caught in at least two lies when Chef Ramsay checked the tape. Once, she accused Tommy of scoring the Beef Wellington wrong when the tape clearly showed that not only did he not score it, he told Elise he wasn't going to do it.
  • Character Development: At the start of the season and all throughout, she was... well, herself. However, after she was eliminated, she appeared to have something of a change of heart. She actually worked well with the other chefs on Paul's team and even managed to put aside her irrational hatred of Carrie for the whole episode, not even getting into an argument with her once.
  • The Ditz: Tip of the iceberg.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: She seemed to go off on a rant at the drop of a pin if anyone made even a comment that was even slightly not singing her praises.
  • Humiliation Conga: In "7 Chefs Compete," it all went downhill for her after her team won the challenge. First, she was caught lying about Tommy incorrectly scoring the Beef Wellington, resulting in a Reason You Suck Speech from Chef Ramsay. Then after she was kicked out of service (with Elizabeth), she kicks down the bin which Ramsay made her pick up. Of course ending with her being put up for elimination. Luckily she wasn't eliminated (For her, anyway).
  • Hypocrite: Often complained about every other contestant being arrogant, condescending and out for themselves, she was all of these.
  • I'm Not Here to Make Friends: It's true, she made no friends. At least until the finale, when she helped Paul out substantially.
  • It's All About Me: She was the most selfish person in the entire season and was never a team player, caring only for herself and nothing else, and would often do her best to slack off as much as possible during punishments because it wasn't beneficial to her.
  • Jerkass: Perhaps the biggest one in the entire show's history, she was always arrogant, condescending and almost everything out of her mouth was her being a rude unlikable bitch to someone on her team. She made Russell and Sabrina from the previous season look pleasant in comparison.
  • Karma Houdini: Played straight then subverted. She ultimately did get eliminated, but the fact that she managed to get as far as she did and keep her black jacket qualifies her as this.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: The only single redeeming quality about Elise was that, no matter how combative, selfish, stubborn, and bitchy she was towards the other contestants, she knew better than to argue with or talk back to Chef Ramsay. A small handful of contestants throughout the show cannot say the same.
  • Manipulative Bitch: She only got far by insulting weaker contestants and making herself look better.
  • Never My Fault: She never once took responsibility for her actions in any shape or form, the best she'd do is fake it to Chef Ramsay who didn't believe it for a second and always called her out on it during service.
    Chef Ramsay: You know what your biggest problem is Elise? You! Who are you going to blame now? Carrie? Krupa? Jamie?
  • No Indoor Voice: Anytime she spoke, it would always be louder than everyone else to the point she drowned out the voices of anyone who tried to call her out on her shit.
  • Not Good with People: Elise was a legitimately talented chef (making a signature dish that Chef Ramsay quite liked), but she was done in by her utter inability to play well with others. When she made the effort to cooperate with her teammates in the finale, her performance noticeably improved, and she boosted Paul to victory.
  • Pet the Dog: Was amazingly cooperative during the finale, was the most valuable member of Paul's team and put in an honestly strong effort in helping him succeed, even putting her differences with Carrie aside (something she never once did before). It could be argued that she had done this due to the fact that she wasn't competing any longer and therefore had nothing to gain from winning or losing.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: She cried whenever she lost a challenge and started screaming whenever she didn't get her way and generally acted like a spoiled child. Everything that applies to Season 8's Sabrina applies here times five.
  • Sassy Black Woman: A close second behind Nedra.
    • Chef Ramsay himself told her at the end of the competition, "You're a great cook, but stop being such a bitch!"
  • Small Name, Big Ego: She was a stuck up bitch who, when people tried to bring up legitimate points about her, would get super defensive and claim everyone was intimidated by her. She was practically deluded about herself as Raj from Season 8 was about himself.
    Elise: Everybody hates a winner.
  • Smug Snake
  • Took a Level in Badass: For all of her failings, she definitely fits this trope in the finale when she single-handedly led Paul to victory. She was the MVP of his team, covering several different stations due to her teammates' errors.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: She played the game like a contest of individual cooking skill, oblivious to the fact that ability to function in a team is central to success. She only figured it out when it was too late for her to win.

Tommy

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"Oh, that was grape."
  • Butt-Monkey: He was often the butt of the joke, but he took it all in stride; in particular, Ramsay repeatedly mocked him for dating a 19-year-old (he himself was 31).
  • Celebrity Resemblance: Looks quite a bit like Simon Helberg with tattoos.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: In the eighth service, he laughed when Natalie almost tripped over his open oven door, leaving Ramsay to berate him on that as Natalie could have been seriously injured.
  • Fatal Flaw: His inability to communicate in the kitchen.
    Paul: Tommy! Talk to me!
  • Nice Guy: He, Paul, and Will would often applaud chefs after they were eliminated.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Was always full of incredibly lame puns, as his quote from the grape-peeling punishment shows.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Despite lacking the consistency of the other chefs, in the final service before black jackets (where each chef managed two courses in a six-course dinner), he finally emerged as a leader after Ramsay nearly chewed him out, and Ramsay later praised him for his "night of redemption" as he handed him a black jacket.

Jennifer

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Also appeared in Season 17 (All Star)
"SHUT UP FOR FIVE FUCKING SECONDS! That's your problem, you don't shut up!"

  • Beware the Nice Ones: Elise found this out after she went off on Jennifer too many times, which lead to the quote above. Even Ramsay looks visibly slightly shocked when she yelled at her.
  • Eliminated Moment Of Awesome: Elise gloated about how Jennifer was eliminated instead of her; Jennifer responded by flipping her off.
  • Sore Loser: Did not take her elimination well, calling the rest of the chefs out on saying Elise was a better cook and flipping Elise off as she exited. Unlike Keith from season 2, she didn't chew Ramsay out for the decision.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Calls out her team when they say that they think Elise is a better cook than her, even though nobody on the team likes or respects Elise.

Elizabeth

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"I'm sorry, I'm sorry chef, I'm sorry chef, I'm sorry chef, it's my fault chef, I'm very sorry chef!"

  • Blatant Lies: Her claim that the high school reunion committee said Asian instead of Hawaiian cuisine. In her Confession Cam moment, she herself said Hawaiian but chose Asian because it was more familiar and according to her "very similar."
  • Dumb Blonde: While she was a solid performer for most of her time on the show when she made mistakes they were big ones. In particular, she tended to completely melt down in high-pressure situations and failed to understand why slicing meat before letting it rest is a bad idea (even after Ramsay spent a full minute repeatedly explaining it to her).
  • Epic Fail: She completely failed in her job of coordinating the reunion meal. All she had to do was tell them that they wanted Hawaiian food and that one of the judges couldn't eat meat, but she sunk on that. Bonus point for telling them to cook lentils, which isn't related to Hawaiian OR Asian cuisine.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Arguably the best looking female contestant this season.
  • Motor Mouth: See her quote.
  • Never My Fault: She refused to accept blame for the epic fail of the reunion tasting challenge for the red team, although she admitted during dinner service that she needed to redeem herself.
  • Out of Focus: Aside from the aforementioned Hawaiian screw-up, she made very few mistakes and was almost never yelled at for most of her time on the show, causing many fans to predict that she would earn the same kind of Dark Horse Victory that Holli did. Unfortunately, she came off the rails big-time in her last two services, and just missed out on a black jacket.

Natalie

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"Please, say one more damn grape joke, please do it, because I'm going to fucking choke you!"

Carrie

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  • Arch-Enemy: Elise, Elise, Elise! She wouldn't give poor Carrie a break until the season finale after both were out of the running.
  • Butt-Monkey: The main victim of Elise's endless bullying.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: Her signature dish consisted of a chicken-fried ribeye with mashed potatoes seasoned with sugar. Ramsay and the others immediately did a double-take when she told them that, insisting it was like "an orgasm in your mouth". Sure enough, he quickly spat it out.
  • Dumb Blonde: Not to nearly the same extent as Elizabeth, but even then she could be a bit ditzy, and kept making major screw-ups.
  • The Friend That Nobody Likes: She might not be as hated as Elise, but her poor performances and occasional talk backs towards Ramsay quickly caused the red team to lose respect for her.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Tried to play up this angle on a couple of occasions to the camera and to the men. It didn't work.
  • Picked Last: When Will was given the last pick, he chose Krupa over Carrie, not because Krupa was a better cook, but because Paul had already picked Elise, whom could never get along with Carrie during the entire time on the season. It backfired horribly for him when Carrie and Elise managed to work together with no friction, while Krupa screwed up royally.

Jamie

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  • Beware the Quiet Ones: She was generally very quiet, even during the Confession Cam moments. Eventually, she was annoyed by Elise's very bad attitude like everyone else on her team and couldn't take it anymore:
    Jamie: YOU NEED TO WORK ON YOUR ATTITUDE!
  • The Generic Girl: Didn't stand out much either way until her elimination, which was caused by this due to her lack of fight-back compared to Elise and Carrie, who did everything in their power to prove to Ramsay why they didn't deserve to go home.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Was mysteriously absent from the final dinner service as one of the returning chefs to help the finalists. She was replaced by Krupa.

Jonathon

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"You know, if I had known it was that easy to bring a beautiful lady and to get everybody talking, I'd had Tommy put a dress on, man."
  • Badass Decay: Sadly started declining sharply from the fifth service onward.
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: Didn't contribute at all to dinner preparation (or service for that matter) because he supposedly pulled a neck muscle. Conveniently, right before punishment. Giving him an excuse to sleep in the dorm while everyone else worked. Needless to say, his teammates were not pleased, and Chef Ramsay called him out on it, pointing out how Dave (from Season 6) managed to win the competition with a broken arm.
  • Never My Fault:
    • Towards the end of his time on the show he constantly blamed his bad performances on Natalie and then his injured shoulder. One of the main reasons he got eliminated, as Chef Ramsay got tired of his excuses.
    • A variation of this came with his signature dish when Chef Ramsay spotted canned pineapple in his dish. Jonathon tried to deflect the blame by saying he had, "Limited Time", which Ramsay had none of, calling him "so full of shit even your eyes are brown." Ramsay was tempted to send him home right there but simply refused to taste his dish.
  • Too Dumb to Live: He did not make his signature dish visually appealing when he revealed it, making it unlikely he would score a point right away. Then the canned fruit was discovered (putting a prepackaged ingredient in broke a "cardinal rule" that can get you labeled a schmuck for the rest of the season), and he was threatened with automatic elimination before even reaching the dorms.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Started off as a fairly nice guy, then started turning sour in his last few episodes.
  • What Were You Thinking?: Chef Ramsay royally rips Jonathon a new one when he realizes the pineapple in his signature dish came out of a can. Jonathon lasted a bit longer than other chefs not named Rock who had put something that came out of a can or package in the dish, but still didn't make it to the black jackets, being eliminated at the halfway point of the season, but he did make it to the final as a team player. He also redeemed himself on the opening dinner service by being named "the best of the worst".

Krupa

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  • Captain Obvious: When Natalie was looking over the carnage that Krupa caused on the fish station during the final service, she came across a piece of fish so badly charred that she couldn't even tell what it was. When Natalie asked Krupa what the fish was supposed to be, her only reply was "cooked."
  • Failed a Spot Check: Big-time in the "fire and water" challenge, where she somehow mistook filet mignon for veal, causing her team to automatically lose the challenge for not using all five of the proteins.
  • Heroic BSoD: She did reasonably well despite the odd mistake in the first four episodes, but completely fell apart after her screw-up in the "fire and water" challenge, eventually getting her kicked out two episodes later. Unfortunately for Will, she hadn't rediscovered her early form when she came back for the final.
  • The Millstone: To Will; she was so bad during the final service that she pretty much single-handedly cost him any chance he had of winning (though Will didn't really help his case by waiting until Krupa had destroyed the team's supply of fish before swapping her for Natalie).
  • One-Hit Wonder: invoked Was easily the best performer on either team in the first service, and did pretty well in the second service despite committing a serious error by dropping a whole prime rib on the floor. After that, however, her performances started getting worse, and it eventually led to her being eliminated.

Monterray

"I understand what he's sayin', and I'm listenin', but you ain't gonna keep fuckin' cussin' at me! I don't give a fuck who you are; Chef Ramsay, Chef Scott, Chef Andi, you ain't gonna keep talkin' to me like that!"

  • Honor Before Reason: Attempted to make Ramsay change his mind on sending a red team member to the blue team after Brendan's elimination. Even though Ramsay rejected straightaway, and the red team looked at him in disgust, his teammates all supported his view.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: As his team was deciding to put him up for elimination, Monterray seemed far more immersed in working out on the gym equipment than convincing his teammates otherwise.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Tried to talk back to Chef Scott, of all people. As anyone would've guessed, that didn't end too well.

Gina

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  • Out of Focus: Didn't stand out much while on the show.
  • The Quiet One: She did not communicate during the fifth dinner service, leading to poor timings and eventually, her elimination.

Chino

  • Jerkass: Vehemently accused Natalie of trying to make him look bad when he screwed up the meat station when she was just trying to help him. She ended up crying because of what he said, which he thought was fake. None of his other teammates agreed with him. Ironically, he felt like he left the show with his dignity intact...
  • The Load: Constantly screwed up in the kitchen and was the blue team's most consistently weak chef.

Amanda

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  • Nice Guys Finish Last: While she was the fourth competitor to be eliminated, she was the first woman to be eliminated.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: She was a nice girl, but never got attention due to the Carrie vs. Elise conflict.

Brendan

  • Bad Liar/Too Dumb to Live: Tried to serve the same bass to Ramsay twice and said it was a new one, even going out of his way to search a trash bin for the old bass that Ramsay had, even though he knew it wasn't in there. This was only half of the reason he went home...
  • Small Name, Big Ego: During a reward lunch, Ramsay was trying to get to know the blue team better by having them describe their cooking passion, and after humble responses from Monterray and Will, Brendan spoke at length about how everyone tells him how perfect he is in the kitchen and how he has "a hereditary tradition of greatness" to live up to. He went home later that night (Ramsay even remarked on his ginormous ego).

Steven

  • Carpet of Virility: Showed off to good effect when he removed his chef's jacket. The white singlet he was wearing was almost a formality.
  • The Generic Guy: Didn't stand out as much compared to his fellow teammates, including Chino.
  • Nice Guys Finish Last: Literally. He thought of himself as such but did seem like a genuinely good guy.
  • Skewed Priorities: After Ramsay chewed the men out over the fact that all their customers had walked out, and they had amassed a huge amount of dirty pans from their failed attempts to serve the entrées, Steven's major concern was cleaning the pans.
  • Tempting Fate: As if already getting Ramsay annoyed at his general incompetence wasn't enough, overcooking the scallops and then trying to argue that they were cooked correctly probably helped ensure he'd be the first one eliminated.

Jason

Also appeared in Season 12
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  • Badass Beard: Worthy of a Viking.
  • I Coulda Been a Contender!: He managed to impress Ramsay with tacos and the only other person who actually cooked that was Elsie (and she garnered one of two good comments in that first episode).
  • Evil Laugh: Made a good one in this season's Pinball Zone intro. He later made another one in season 12.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: He returned in Season 12, not only impressing Ramsay yet again with his signature dish but ended up placing second.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Like Antonia, he left the show on medical grounds before taking part in a single service. Unlike Antonia, however, he got a second chance in season 12. The fact that his signature dish clinched the blue team's victory compared to Antonia's dish making Chef Ramsay vomit probably contributed to this.
  • What Could Have Been: YMMV on this, but based on his performance in Season 12, who knows how this season's standings would have been altered if he did not become ill before the first service in Season 9.

     Season 10 

Christina

Also Red team sous chef, Season 15 and 17-present
"It's hard to find a girl who doesn't think David Beckham is smoking hot. I like women, and I think he's smoking hot."
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  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • While a nice person overall, she nearly hit her limit during the Fashion Night punishment due to spending hours carrying heavy risers and even snapping at Dana.
    • She was not impressed with Tiffany's outburst towards Barbie on family night, and voted her for elimination based on how unprofessional she had acted.
    • She's one of the nicer sous chefs, and got along with almost everyone. That being said, she isn't afraid to verbally thrash anyone she considers a troublemaker - as Season 15's Jackie finds out.
    • In Season 18, she verbally ripped the rookies a new one for arriving late for prep, even asking if they were on vacation time.
  • Breakout Character: In a sense. She is one of the few contestants to have made continued appearances on the show after her season, either as a guest judge or in the case of Seasons 15, 17, and 18, the sous chef.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: During prep in Season 15, Jackie jokingly wrote a crude name on the prep list. Sous Chef Christina, needless to say, was not amused and tore into Jackie for doing so.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: In the first episode's service, Christina sent up under-cooked wellingtons, causing the Red Team to get kicked out. Though to be fair, that was just the last of several major screw-ups by the Red Team that night. Other than that, she had no notably poor showings throughout the season.
  • Flawless Victory: Aside from La Tasha (and maybe Michael, though he had the advantage of competing against mostly amateur opponents), no other winner has been so consistently and so overwhelmingly better than all the other contestants from their season. Many fans expressed mock surprise that Justin even bothered showing up for the finale.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: Even she finds David Beckham hot.
  • The Lancer: As Sous chef in Season 15, she was this to Ramsay, fulfilling the role in lieu of Chef Andi. She is often the one directly assisting him and overseeing the contestants during services and punishments, more so than the other (new) Sous Chef, Aaron. She would fill this role again during Seasons 17 and 18 along with Sous Chef Jocky.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Admits that she is gay, and could be considered the foil to Robyn's Butch Lesbian.
  • Nice Girl: Unlike the other members of the Red team, she didn't pick on Barbie (at least not nearly as much as her fellow teammates did). And when she did criticize Barbie or vote for her elimination, she had legitimate reasons for doing so. Also, in at least two instances where Gordon had the Red Team help the Blue Team finish service, she specifically tells her team to focus on getting the food out to the diners, and not gloat over their victory.
    • In general, she got along with everyone and only had a couple shouting matches (both of which were with Robyn) during her entire stay at Hell's Kitchen.
  • Only Sane Woman: Managed to avoid much of the drama/infighting that occurred on the Red Team throughout the season.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: As the Red Team's sous chef in Season 15, she's shown to be quite capable of keeping everyone in line.
  • Suicide Mission: Narrowly averted in Episode 7 when Robyn overcooks the last of the beef and convinces Christina to get some more from the blue kitchen (after failing to get Dana and Tiffany to do it). However, when Christina gets to the blue kitchen, she sees Ramsay and immediately returns to the red kitchen. A wise move, since, judging by Ramsay's later reaction to the mere suggestion of getting stuff from the blue kitchen, she'd almost certainly have been kicked out of the service had she been caught in the blue kitchen.

Justin

"Scallop...fig...radish...sunchoke."

  • Best Friend: With Brian.
  • Deadpan Snarker
    "Chef, if someone screws up a dish, I don't need to come up and see for myself. Just tell me it's bad and I'll take your word for it."
  • Flawless Victory: The first contestant in Hell's Kitchen history to score a perfect 4/4 in the blind taste test challenge.
  • The Generic Guy: Until his blind taste test victory.
  • Gratuitous French: Said "Oui, Chef" about as much as Benjamin from Season 7, but Justin had a much better attitude, so he got away with it for the most part.
  • Nice Guy: Generally got along with his teammates. He did butt heads with them a few times (mostly Clemenza and Robyn), but he was never malicious about it and always tried his best to work with others.
  • Straight Man: How he appears next to his more eccentric friend Brian.

Dana

Also appeared in Season 17 (All Star)
"Hell's Kitchen, Season 10! Making history. Only, WE'RE MAKING HISTORY BECAUSE WE SUCK!"
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  • The Ace: Went through the entire season without getting nominated once before her elimination before the finale.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Christina. It got to the point where Ramsay called the two of them out on it during the "Run the pass" challenge.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She might have had a cliquish personality towards some of her teammates, but at the same time, she wasn't too nasty towards them like Tiffany and Kimmie were.
  • The Load: Was this during the final dinner service as she overcooked the halibut (and thinking it was okay to serve despite Christina and Ramsay's disapproval), and sliced into raw pork that forced Christina to restart the entire table. To be fair, these mistakes led to Christina becoming more vocal and more commanding of her team, and the latter still won the final dinner service despite Dana's mistakes.
  • No Indoor Voice: In the confessionals.
    • Big "NO!": Her reaction to Kimmie's raw catfish getting the whole team kicked out during the Southern cuisine service.
      "What are you thinking, Kimmie??!! This is not happening! NOOOO!!!"
  • We Used to Be Friends: When she is on the verge of sinking Christina's finale service with overcooked halibut that Dana believes is OK to serve, Christina is forced to put the friendship on hold and remind Dana who's in charge. To her credit, she rebounds on the fish station to lead Christina to victory.

Barbie

Also appeared in Season 17 (All Star)
"I'm gettin' nominated because I MAKE FACES?!"
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  • Arch-Enemy: Tiffany, Robyn, and Kimmie to name a few.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': No matter how terrible someone else screwed up on the red team if Barbie made even one minor mistake she was blamed for the rest of the team's screw ups.
  • Deadpan Snarker: So, so much of this.
  • Designated Villaininvoked: Hated by pretty much the entire red team, even though she didn't do that much to piss them off (that said, she wasn't afraid to retaliate).
  • Epic Fail: Messes up on the scallops numerous times in Episode 2, which is how she ends up being hated by the red team.
    • Overcooked so many ribeyes in the finale that there weren't enough left to complete the final ticket, which was a reason for Justin coming in second to Christina.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Got ridiculed and picked on by several of her teammates throughout the show; she outlasted all of them except for Dana, who was knocked out after her, and Christina, who won the season; Barbie finished in 4th place overall.
  • Sassy Black Woman: One can't blame her though, given how the rest of the red team treated her.
  • The Scapegoat: Thanks to Robyn, Tiffany, and Kimmie, nearly all the women used Barbie as a scapegoat for their problems, whether she deserved it or not.

Clemenza

"BAM, how do ya like me now, bitch?"
  • Cool Old Guy: He's a 41-year-old Italian executive chef from Staten Island (making him the oldest contestant this season) who's overweight and suffered from shortness of breath, but still moved and cooked in the kitchen with determination and finesse. Funny and crass with a bit of old-school Brooklyn Italian in him, he battled his way through a record seven nominations to earn a black jacket and a spot in the final five before leaving.
  • Fat Idiot: Was one of the few overweight chefs to avert this, alongside Robert and Petrozza.
  • Large Ham: Proven by his time in the Confession Cam.
  • Picked Last: He probably took it the hardest, as he truly believed that he was far better than at least some of the chefs picked before him. And, to be fair, he was somewhat justified in feeling this way, considering that even Ramsay was surprised that Patrick, Kimmie, Royce, and Robyn were picked before him. Justin ultimately got him for the final, and Clemenza didn't make much of an effort to hide his displeasure with being the last pick and nearly walked out on him. But he came around, and in the final service did a better job than Royce and even Barbie.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Not so much in the sense that he was constantly bragging, but he got very pissy whenever his teammates pointed out his mistakes. Given how many times he was put up for elimination, his inability to admit his weaknesses was often put on display.
  • What Could Have Been: Was approached to compete in Season 17, but had to decline due to health reasons.

Robyn

Also appeared in Season 17 (All Star)
"You'd better watch out, because you are messing with the wrong crazy bitch!"
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  • Drama Queen: No matter what team she was on, Robyn simple wanted to argue about everything to anybody in her vicinity. Even Christina called her out starting all the conflicts in the red team. She didn't let up, and it was one of the reasons she got eliminated after the first black jacket service.
  • Epic Fail: In the Southern service, she sent up raw chicken. Twice. In a row. The second time got her team expelled despite a last attempt for her to take the bullet.
  • It's All About Me: Pretty much sums up her entire attitude this season.
  • Irony: At one point Robyn accuses Christina of having a big ego that would leave her without anyone to help her (despite the fact Christina was doing well when Robyn asked to help). However, come the later episodes and it's arguably Robyn's own uncontrolled ego (or at least the temper it came with) that got both teams to dislike her and broke the early friendship she had with Kimmie, whereas Christina remained much more level-headed and was among the least egotistical of that season's contestants.
  • Jerkass: Mostly towards Barbie and Kimmie, though the latter kind of deserved it.
  • Large Ham: And not in a likable way.
  • Never My Fault: After repeatedly complaining that her teammates on the red team were treating her badly and that she'd work better on the blue team, Ramsay had her switch teams and warned her not to try complaining about being mistreated on her new team. It only took her two episodes before she started playing that card once again.
  • Pass the Popcorn: Referenced in an interview regarding her big blowup with Kimmie.
  • Sanity Ball: Held this in the premiere. After the reward, the red team was noticeably drunk and fooling around. She moved herself to the living room so she could properly study the menu. After that though...
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Another victim of this.
  • Taking the Bullet: Attempted this on the southern cuisine service. Didn't work.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Did very well in the final service.
  • We Used to Be Friends: She and Kimmie fell out on one of the challenges when she pressed for her dish over Kimmie's; Kimmie's dish was deemed great, while Robyn's cost the red team the challenge.

Brian

  • Best Friend: With Justin.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: You can tell he's an odd duck duck duck duck.
  • Didn't Think This Through: For the signature dish challenge, he prepared a dessert for Ramsay to taste. Gordon was not impressed and questioned him on this decision.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Randomly began speaking Spanish in the middle of one service.
  • Large Ham: One of the more goofier contestants.
  • Manchild: Won a day at a water park, and ran around like a little kid.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Actually got him into trouble on more than one occasion, like when Ramsay asked him to taste an unacceptable piece of fish:
    "It tastes like fish, chef." [Death Glare]. (In the Confession Cam, he said he didn't mean to say this and sound like a smartass.)
    • An earlier instance happened when he ran out of cod, and, when cooking a replacement sea bass, he called Ramsay "baby". Ramsay retorted, "You cook like a fucking baby!" then kicked him out of the kitchen.
  • Too Dumb to Live: He had a tendency to make bad jokes at very inappropriate times which earned him Ramsay's ire more then once-first when he tried imitating Chef Ramsay's accent (which Boris had also gotten in big trouble for doing in season 8), when he responded to an order from Ramsay with, "Coming right now, baby!" after running out of cod (this got him ejected from the kitchen and got him nominated for elimination), then when he overcooked a piece of fish and Ramsay asked him to taste it, Brian tasted it and jokingly told him it tasted like "fish" which really pissed Ramsay off, to say the least (this got him ejected from the kitchen again, but he returned to the service, only for it to get shut down due to Robyn undercooking chicken.)
  • Took a Level in Badass: Was the strongest performer on Justin's team in the final service.

Kimmie

"If this was the 'hood, this bitch (Barbie) would already be beat the fuck down."

  • Catchphrase: She says "Fucking bitch" in almost every sentence where she's speaking to another woman on the red team and giving them attitude.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: She was easily the most foul mouthed contestant in Season 10 and if there had been a counter for how many times Fuck was said, she would have been in the triple digits by episode 5.
  • Fat Bastard: She was extremely nasty and unpleasant to work with most of the time.
  • Informed Ability: Crossing over with One-Hit Wonder, her specialty was southern cuisine. She managed to score points in this challenge (and in another challenge), but this was one of the few times she was able to shine. (the other being during the slot challenge)
    • Ultimately, her poor performance during the southern cuisine dinner service is what got her eliminated.
  • Jerkass: For most of her stay. She got slightly better in the later episodes.
    • Took a Level in Kindness: She was a lot nicer in the finale. Also, according to a post-HK interview, she and Barbie are now friends.
  • Pretty Fly For a White Girl: She was a huge gangster wannabe and always said about how if Hells Kitchen was da hood, girls on the red team (Usually Barbie) would have been flattened by now.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: What she's known for outside of her conflict with Robyn.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Robyn. After the red team lost the planning challenge, she got pissed at Robyn for failing to listen to her suggestions on their dish such as using swordfish instead of sea bass, and adding spice to it (which was one the request the judges had).

Tiffany

"I give, like a 9 out of 10, chef."

  • Arch-Enemy: Barbie; she never stopped attacking her until she got the boot.
  • Can't Hold Her Liquor: She got drunk one night and told the red team about Royce's complaints towards Kimmie's dish during the Mexican challenge, only to blame Danielle, Dana, and Christina in the process, leaving the red team's teamwork fractured beyond repair.
  • Child Hater: Flat out admitted to hating children. She felt that they couldn't appreciate fine food and that she didn't care what their opinions were when she served a burnt pizza.
  • Dumb Blonde: And not even the Adorkable variety either; in addition to being a terrible chef, she was extremely lazy (I.E. not bothering to cook in a clean pan despite several being available).
  • Fat Idiot: While the "fat" element is more arguable (depending on if she's overweight or outright fat), she most certainly made some very dumb choices and her behavior left a lot to desire.
  • Gass Hole: She once burped and farted during a punishment, disgusting most of her teammates and James.
  • Hypocrite: She constantly bitches out Barbie in the Confession Cam about how she has an attitude and can't cooperate with others, yet she has an attitude (It was so bad that Chef Andi kicked her out of the kitchen during her last service.) and she is unable to cooperate well.
  • Jerkass: She was flat-out malicious, especially to Barbie.
  • Malicious Slander: Accuses Christina, Dana, and Danielle of trash talking Kimmie's dish in Episode 5, when in fact it was Royce who was mouthing off. To be fair though, Tiffany was incredibly drunk at the time.
  • Never My Fault: Passed blame onto others such as Barbie, claiming SHE couldn't handle the section and blaming their attitude when Tiffany was pretty weak on the line.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: A rather big problem for chefs this season alongside scallops; she bitched out everyone and talked a good game, but she was one of the worst chefs on the show. When this trope finally came crashing down with her elimination, she was driven to tears.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • When she was put up for elimination, Ramsay asked her how badly, on a scale from one to ten, she wanted to stay in Hell's Kitchen. She hesitated before saying, unconvincingly, the quote up there; the stupidity of this is so intense that Ramsay is briefly at a loss for words. It's hard to believe that she wasn't eliminated right then and there.
    • In the menu service, she had the audacity to talk back to Sous Chef Andi which resulted in Andi kicking her out of service.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Wasn't present for the finale and her spot was replaced by Patrick.

Royce

"I'm like Charlie Sheen. I'm always fucking winning."

  • Epic Fail: During the lobster challenge, he left a 12-inch hair in the dish. If that wasn't enough, he didn't take the "shit sack" out. This cost the blue team their lead and the challenge.
  • High Hopes, Zero Talent: Despite working at STK in South Beach under the league of Season 1's Ralph, he never really delivered outside of the third service.
  • Jerkass: Nowhere near as bad as the worst of the women, but is definitely the least likable of this season's men.
  • One Degree of Separation: As revealed during the tasting of his signature dish, prior to going on the show he worked under Season 1's runner-up Ralph.
  • One-Hit Wonder: After being nominated for the first two services, Ramsay called Royce's mentor, season 1 runner-up Ralph, to give him a pep talk, and Royce delivered a flawless performance in the third service. After that, he was generally mediocre at best.invoked
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Unlike his mentor, his culinary skills didn't back up his ego.
  • Third-Person Person: "Royce can make spaghetti. Royce can make squab. Royce can make anything."

Patrick

"It was a dream to come here...and I'm blowing it!"

  • Heroic BSoD: Subtle example: after the fifth service, he was nominated for elimination, but he was visibly annoyed with the decision as he didn't feel he deserved it. After the sixth service, he was considered again, but insisted that he didn't deserve it, as he had been on the dessert station and made no serious mistakes; ultimately, he wasn't nominated. In the seventh service, he bombed HARD, serving cold lobster twice, but amazingly he talked his way out of being nominated; however, Ramsay ignored the nominees (which were for Brian and Clemenza) and brought Patrick and Roshni forward, and Patrick survived by the skin of his teeth. The eighth service is where his BSOD came in; he was visibly unnerved from the start, and after a few mistakes, Ramsay booted him out of the kitchen. Later that night, he didn't even bother to dispute his nomination, as he had clearly resigned himself to his fate, and was eliminated that night.
  • The Leader: Attempted to be this for the Blue team. It worked... but only for a short time.
  • Manly Tears: Had this on two occasions; first when he messed up an order for a group of kids from the Make A Wish Foundation, and later on his elimination episode when he felt like he was letting his family down.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Had this problem in his semi final episode, and when his ego finally let him down the next service, he was devastated; he didn't even fight to stay and acknowledged he was ready to go home.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He managed to be one of the strongest links to Christina in the final dinner service.

Roshni

  • Nice Girl: Was one of the more level-headed female contestants in Season 10.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: Somewhat.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Was poor in her first few services, but after being moved over to the men's team she actually did pretty well for a while. Unfortunately, her performances slumped again, and she was soon gone.

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Danielle

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  • Dumb Blonde: Although it seemed to be more due to anxiety and cracking under pressure than outright stupidity, she still made some rather incompetent mistakes.
  • Epic Fail: Sends up raw pork during her last service. Twice. She was expelled from the kitchen and then the show.
  • Never My Fault: She refused to believe her raw pork in the service was a major mistake, even after she was eliminated.

Don

"My name's Donald... I'm old... I'm on a farm... I'm old MacDonald!"
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: His full name is Donald Savage.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Repeatedly spaced out during services and prep, and seemed to have no concept of time. An example is his final service, where he kept yelling, "One minute!" on a redo for an undercooked steak, even after one minute passed. He ultimately sent the redone steak up with several minutes on it too many (overcooked), and is booted from the kitchen; he went home that night.
  • Epic Fail: He managed to serve a pizza that was both raw and burnt.

Briana

"All I wanna hear is: Ding ding, service please, service please!"
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  • Dumb Blonde: Messed up badly on the cod during Episode 3, ultimately resulting in her elimination.
  • The Generic Girl: Didn't really stand out that much.
  • Verbal Tic: When Gordon asked her what the entrees were during the first dinner service, she said "um" and "uh" quite a bit, though she did name all of them correctly.
  • What Were You Thinking?: She once cooked three portions of risottos in three different pans, resulting in three different colors.

Chris

  • Butt-Monkey: Scallops were a huge problem for the chefs this season. He became the poster boy for this after screwing up 75 scallops without managing a single acceptable serving.
  • The Generic Guy: Aside from his scallop troubles and sexism, he didn't bring much value to the show.

Tavon

"This is the first time I've ever been kicked out of the kitchen in my career. Chef Ramsay, you're a fucking douchebag."

  • Black Dude Dies First: For once, no one was calling racism for it; he was just that bad.
  • Butt-Monkey: Eliminated first service and after the finale Ramsay joked he won.
  • Epic Fail: His signature dish was this. So was his first (and last) dinner service.
  • High Hopes, Zero Talent: You'd think a 22-year-old executive chef would be the one to beat. Instead, he was the one to go home first.
  • Honor Before Reason: Was not happy about being nominated for elimination, but at least went out of his way to defend Don when his team debated sending him home over Royce, whose equally poor performance meant that Don could do very little to save service.
  • Never My Fault: As evidenced by the quote above, he seemed under the impression that Ramsay threw him out of service just to be a jerk, rather than the slight fact that Tavon had completely butchered the team's supply of scallops (on top of other mistakes such as repeatedly serving cold food).
    • In all fairness however, he later owned up to how bad his performance actually was when nominated for elimination.
  • Pointy-Haired Boss: Was made an executive chef at 22. If his performance is anything to go by, he is definitely this. Used against him by Ramsay.
    Ramsay: Come here you, EXECUTIVE chef!
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Believed that being an executive chef would impress Ramsay. It didn't. Also crosses into Genre Blind as Ramsay has often ditched executive chefs for failing to live up to their reputations, especially those who use their status to claim they're better than everyone else.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Completely screwed up the prep for the blue team's entire supply of scallops. To top it off, in the middle of Chef Ramsay confronting him about it, he replied: "What else do you want me to say?" And then laughed at Chef Ramsay. Predictably, he was the first to go.
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