Best Hell's Kitchen Contestants

The Top Ten

Dave Levey, Season 6

Come on, he's the legend himself. Despite Meghan's legendary level, he is still a legend himself by the end and he achieved it with a broken arm.

Dave was the best chef of season 6. I think Kevin may have been a better leader though. When it comes to cooking in the kitchen Dave was a monster. He was fast, he always listened to Chef unlike Kevin in some instances. Kevin was a really good chef but Dave was just a little better despite only working with one hand so I think Dave did deserve to win. I do think Dave was a good leader too but I think Kevin was a little better. But still Dave was a slightly better cook so either of them deserved to win in season 6.

Was this guy real?... The stuff he was pulling off on the show was like deep blue hero tale from some Greek epic. One handed almost throughout the season, he never screwed on the line, won a challenge over an Indian cuisine of which he had no experience and never ever gave up on his fellow team members. He was totally inspiring. I have never seen anyone like him ever on HK. I was compelled to ask, if he was so good with just 1 hand, how awesome would he be with both.?

Single handedly overcame one of the most consistent chefs in hell's kitchen, literally. he was never reluctant to lend a helping hand to his teammates during his flawless dinner services. He was a sweet lovable guy as well and anyone want him to run their brigade. He was one of the biggest team players and it made it slightly difficult when he had to nominate someone every night as chef Ramsay instructed. He kept his competition nice and simple and it worked. He had an easy road even with his hand which shows he's a postive guy.

Christina Wilson, Season 10

Christina was a badass on her season and a badass whenever she's called in as Red Kitchen sous chef. Being able to see how far she's advanced within the Gordon Ramsay Group is amazing.

She was practically the only one who stayed calm and collected throughout the whole season! Christina also, when she makes a mistake, always makes an epic comeback! Not only that, but she is very, very humble and has a great personality! She can also snap like Gordon if you try and mess and provoke her, like she did with Jackie in s15, I think. No wonder why she's slowly becoming (unless she already is! ) Gordon's right-hand! Love you, Christina! Truly my favourite from ANY season!

My all time favorite Hell's Kitchen chef, so talented & remained calm, cool & collected with some of the most annoying female chefs ever (Kimmie, Tiffany, Robin, Barbie) Was so happy GR brought her back as sous chef on season 15. She's the most successful of any Hell's Kitchen winner having worked at not one but two of Ramsay's resturaunts)

How is Rock higher than Christina!?! Rock had a terrible attitude and scary temper. Not leadership quality at all! Christina was liked and respected by all who worked with her. She in turn respected everyone in the kitchen. Flawless cooking!

Rock was a great chef. Yes he had a temper, but he worked hard, led his team, and performed very well in almost every service. They are both great, but Rock is more iconic than Christina.

Will Lustberg, Season 9

Will was the best chef of season 9. One thing that irritated me throughout the season was the way Paul would copy what Will said. In episode 2 when Will tells Chino and Jonathon to stop arguing Paul then also tells them to stop arguing. And in episode 11 when Natalie leaves Will tells Natalie to keep her head up and then Paul says the same thing to her. And then when Elise is arguing with Jennifer Will says that Elise is going about it all wrong and then Paul says the same thing right after. Think for yourself Paul. stop copying Will! Also I liked Will because he was a boss in the kitchen. Will was a team player. He helped Natalie, Tommy and so many people. Will was the best leader hence why everyone chose him to be the leader. Even after Paul won he even said Will was the best. Even the winner said that and for good reason. Will was robbed.

A literal cooking juggernaut that knows his deal. If Jason stayed in Season 9, Paul would have been 3rd and it would be Jason vs Will in the finals.

How did this guy not win? He was so strong throughout and had better services and creativity than Paul. On top of all that he was so NICE! He was the first to say 'keep your head up' to athe contestants who left and give them a round of applause. He was humble and I just don't get how Paul won. It winds me up to see Paul judging in future episodes acting like a jumped up jerk! So arrogant and full of himself which you could see in season 9 too. May be the only time I disagree with who won. GO WILL!

One of the few chefs with so much respect. Doesn't let anything personal get towards himself. No such thing as a threat to him and like he's been calling it since the first day at hells kitchen, his only real threat is himself. With a great personality like that, anybody would be glad to cook under him. Like everyone says, I kinda wished he won over Paul and felt that they just wanted to Paul to win just because they played the deceased family card.

Rahman "Rock" Harper, Season 3

Seriously? He's talentless! The only reason he won was that he was the least pathetic contestant in Season three. NONE of the contestants that season should have even been in the competition.

Are you CRAZY?!?! Rock was a beast in the kitchen, 100% deserved to win. None of the chefs in season 3 came close to matching Rock's talent!

He showed great leadership, passion and determination! He deserved the win!

How do I make my list if you tell me rock will be my no1

Jon Scallion, Season 11

After watching through the entire season. I only remeber 2 times where Jon's performance was subpar. On the pressure cooker challenge where his lamb legs were slightly undercooked and on the first dinner service where one of his rossottos was stuck to the bottum of the pan (which automatically got his ejected from the kitchen). Overall he was a great chef and easily one of my favorites.

While the other Season 11 Blue Kitchen chefs basically backstabbing each other, Jon on the other hand, was just staying on course (or staying on target), to earn the black jacket, finished on the final three, and got the job offer on one of the Ramsay's restaurant. He deserved my respect!

Utter bull that he didn't win. The finale should have been him and Ja'nel, and he was more consistently better and in my opinion should have won. Mary should have been eliminated long before then. Just because she learned to yell more toward the end in no way made her better than he was.

Pure injustice that he didn't win Season 11. Consistent, confident, always very calm (The only contestant that didn't get flustered at any point) The insult lies in that the winner lost her job at Caesar Palace leaving the real winner unrewarded.

Him not giving up or asking to be switched to the red team just proves who he is. I think Chef Ramsay regretted his decision by giving him Sous Chef in Gordon Ramsay steak.

Michael Wray, Season 1

The Original Hell's Kitchen Champion. A very manipulative and strategic person, very intelligent, and even though he backstabbed his teammates a few times, and I was rooting for Ralph, he deserved his win because he worked smart instead of just working hard.

He along with Dave, Will Lutsberg were the most consistent chefs on Hell's Kitchen. He never got yelled at by Ramsay and the only time it did happen, it was due to his assertiveness. In my opinion, I believe he should be at least 4th if not 3rd.

So consistent, never failed and dominated. He even has his own knife company. I think he was more professional than some of the other chefs throughout the seasons.

Michael won season 1 because he always controled his station from start to finish. He also was always talking to himself at midnight and backstabed his teammates when he was the best of the worst by getting rid of Chris. He was great.☺

Heather West, Season 2

How is she not first? Burned her hand and stayed in service, got the first apps for the red team out, never gave up. Good enough to become Sous Chef for season six - best so far!

From the first service she was in a league of her own, could see she was the winner from the start

Come on, Raj is higher than Heather?! How does that happen?

Cute, friendly and hard working girl.

Meghan Gill, Season 14

A chef that's obviously "too good" for Hell's Kitchen. She was outperformed in Hell's Kitchen challenges but a literal beast in services with only 2 mistakes.

The most beautiful contestant ever, and never seen such a consistent attitude ever. From the first two episodes I could see she would win, I was 99% certain the entire time. So many moments you could see she would win - For example the steak night, she had about 10-12 steaks resting at all times, then you remember Giovanni from season 5, the steak house executive, that fell flat on his face even with a helper (Robert) on his station. Meghan handled it flawlessly on her own.

Very impressive person and maybe my most favorite contestant ever, maybe after Keith from season 2 or Petrozza from season 4.

There was no way that she wouldn't win. She could cook and teach. And she shares my aversion to fish. And she has a sense of humour. And beautiful. She's just perfect.

This is the best contestant ever in Hell's Kitchen history not one bad dinner service flawless all throughout the competition great leader has a strong passion for cooking and a strong chef. See at first I thought Jillian from season 8 was the best chef ever but when I saw Meghan I saw she was even better and an even stronger chef.

Petrozza, Season 4

Petrozza is awesome! He should have won, why does Chef keep choosing the younger contestant? ITS NOT FAIR! Petrozza deserved to win, he was very, very talented and he was kind, selfless and hardworking. Who else would you want as your chef?

I’m sorry to say this. Petrozza passed away before coronavirus thing happened. He became sixth member of Heaven’s Kitchen along with Rachel, Aaron the Asian Cowboy, Keith, Paulie and Jessica from season 12.

I'm voting for this guy. I've read all of his interview with the media. He has integrity. He is a very good person. Very likeable person. Never picked a fight with others. And he never regretted of losing. He understand why Ramsay chosen Christina over him because she's young and have potential. And he explain Ramsay need a chef for his restaurant so its more like an interview.

I'm sad that he lost though. He won my heart and most of the people here.

It's never felt so painful so see a guy come SO CLOSE to winning something but just BARELY, BARELY missed it and it happened EVERY TIME. I feel sorry for the poor guy because he is bloody talented and like most fans, I too believe he was better than Christina

Agreed. That was highway robbery. Petrozza should have been the winner. Just goes to show Ramsay favors the women (see also Christina season 10).

Kevin Cottle, Season 6

Literally the strongest runner up of Hell's Kitchen. He and Dave had the closest final in Hell's Kitchen yet and if I was Ramsay, I'd give them a head chef position of my restaurants each.

He would have easily have defeated the winner of any other season, with the possible exception of Heather in season two. It was unfortunate that he had to compete with Dave, who was in a class by himself.

I wish they'd stop bringing him back. He crashed and burned so hard in season 18. He may have done really well the first time he competed, but I don't think he cares about Hell's Kitchen as much as he used to.

I know that Dave went through so much pain to win but Kevin just did better and had way more creativity and passion. He was the Michael of season 6. (the Michael from season 1)

The Contenders

Scott Commings, Season 12

He wasn't always consistent but he did make a comeback. His comeback is definitely due to his willing to learn which was on show when he asked Chef Andi how to deal with Chef Ramsay's lashings. He had determination and passion and truly came back from a rocky path.

I can't even begin to go into how much I don't want to vote for Scott. I thought he was an absolutely ridiculous competitor the entire competition, and I didn't think he'd even make it past the final ten. But honestly, I'm glad he won, he had the single biggest comeback I've ever seen on Hell's Kitchen, and, although I personally was rooting for Jason for most of the season, I can definitely say he was deserving.

He had a really rough start, but now he's made a comeback and is in the final 2. Like Gordon Ramsay has said, it's not how you start, it's how you finish.

He made an excellent comeback and proved to Chef Ramsay that it's perseverance and grit that gets you ahead in the competition.

Paula DaSilva, Season 5

She was just perfect as it comes to cooking, having always delivered in the highest standard. She might not have been maybe the most exciting or extravangant, but in my opinion the best COOK in HK. Also very intelligent, friendly, hard-working, funny and beautiful. Ramsay did see that and I think she was one of his all-time favourites contestants.

I think Season 5 might be the only season I disagree on the choice of the winner. During most of the season, Paula had better services than Ramsey and she also made a lot less mistakes than Danny overall. Her lone elimination nomination wasn't really one.

She took her defeat in the finals the best out of all the runner ups of the show. Plus, she's very talented, has a great attitude, and is an amazing chef overall. Definitely one of the best contestants on the show.

She and Will lust are pretty much the best cooks in HK, Too bad when its finals it becomes a popularity contest for the audience. So sad and is the only flaw of the show, you can't even call it 50-50, you just get robed,

Kimberly Ann Ryan, Season 16

She consistently won challenges and rarely if ever messed up on the line. She had personality and style and masterful technique. She is a master of the kitchen, and should be regarded as one of the greatest, easily up there with Dave and Christina.

I knew from the very start Ryan was going to win, she had all the qualities needed to be a head chef. She was carrying every team she was on Red, Blue and Black. What I love most is how she found her voice. I am so happy she is a head chef.

A lot of people say that Ryan BARELY made any mistakes and...its true! I've seen her do like 2 small mistakes in the dinner services in Season 16 sure I bet she did more from what I remembered but she kept her chill and she excelled.

She's genuinely my favourite, she rarely made mistakes throughout her whole stay! She was easily the winner of that season from day 1

Robert Hesse, Seasons 5 & 6

This guy has a heart of gold, he's humourous and he's very talented. Especially considering Ramsay's hatred towards fat chefs

He is so nice but in season 5 he was a hero and in season 6 he went to zero.

He was doing great in season 5 bout got ill and came in 5th bout in Season6 he lost in confedence

He was great during Season 5, but he was awful during Season 6.

Ja'Nel Witt, Season 11

A lot was said about Ja'Nel losing the prize position, but she was flawless on her season and was usually the reason the Red Team won so many challenges. Ja'Nel was so good that when she switched teams, she still kept her challenge streak going despite how bad that season's Blue Team was. Thankfully, she seems to have gotten her life together and is working as a chef today.

Put your personal feelings aside people.. She messed up a magnificent opportunity but she was no doubt 1 of the strongest and most consistent chef ever on the show. Definitely top 5!

Lots of energy, was probably coke'd up on the show as lost job due to drug habit. Should not be in top 20. Stoke an opportunity from the thousands who applied and are straight edge

She just got busted for drugs, and lost that position in season 11, failed drug test

Justin Antiorio, Season 10

He was extremely strong. His palette was on point and his abilities were on show. He was one of the nicest chefs and only came to blows with Robyn who wasn't the most liked.

Justin was a damn fine chef and a damn fine leader. Even though he though I think Christina deserved her win, he definitely deserved second.

Great chef, great leader, only contestant to get perfect score in blind taste test, should have won.

5/12/2015 Milly just got a perfect score on the blind taste test. Justin is now the first contestant to get a perfect score on the blind taste test instead of the only.

A very talented chef. Although Christina's win was kind of a given, I would have liked to see Justin win.

Only chef to get a perfect score on blind taste test, should have won.

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Sterling Wright, Season 13

Mr. 100 himself. He would always be 100 and worthy of a black jacket anytime. Plus just like Rochelle, he's not really suited for head chef but he is sure as hell 100% suited for a head sous chef position or 2nd in command.

When he said that he was 100, I thought he was going to be cocky and awful, but he truly was 100.

He had was truly one of the most determined, compassionate chefs in all of Hell's Kitchen, with a drive like no other.

Even thought he didn't win or get a black jacket, he was one hell of a chef to watch and gained many people's friendship

Ok, he wasnt the best chef but he was a joy to watch and sometimes, you need a Sterling. He had to go but even Ramsey was sad to lose him.

He was always so positive, supportive and never back stabbed anyone. I was happy to see him get as far as he did. Too bad he couldn't be put on season 16 to help balance out the men's terrible egos - they were all so horrible and crude that season. Sterling was definitely a class act!

Jillian Flathers, Season 8

Easily one of the most robbed in Hell's Kitchen her elimination was so unfair. Russell has a terrible attitude and she is way more consistent than Nona. When she was eliminated and cried I cried with her because she deserved to be in the Final Two.

Russel is an annoying prick. Nona is okay but Jillian is great. She has so much respect and determination. But I wanted Gail to win season 8...well at least she got in the top 5

Strong chef but talks crap about a lot of people (Gail, Emily, Vinnie Etc...). She sounds like she has a cold too.

She was more skilled than Nona and had a way better attitude than Russell! How did she not win?

Danny Veltri, Season 5

I don't think he was a douchebag, I think he really saw the other chefs cook and knew he was better. Never complained and always seemed competent. Competed well in every challenge.

This guy started out as a douchebag but quickly matured during the show & gained the talent but most important maturity that allowed him to win Hell's Kitchen 5.

What a beast. I honestly didn't think he had a chance of winning but man he won it all. He was a great chef.

Danny was just awesome. He didn't whine that much. hell's kithcen is full with pussies. Danny wsn't one of them

Anthony Rodriguez, Season 11

He's funny, kinda cute and deserved a black jacket. Or at least to outlast Zak who was a crap cook and made me want to throw things at my screen.

My fave contestant of ALL 16 seasons so far! Great chef (does some great videos now) and such a nice person too! His humour was refreshing all the way through the series and he deserved a black jacket. He made season 11 the funniest, what's not to love with this guy? He should be in 1st place. (My opinion anyway)

To this day, I never understood why Anthony got eliminated over Zach. He was consistent, funny, and hard-working. The only bad thing about him is that he has a bad palate.

I'll never understand why Jon even nominated him over Zach in the first place. Sure, Anthony struggled in the beginning of the service, but he bounced back and was more consistent overall. Zach, on the other hand, only continued to go on a downward spiral, and in that service, not only did he struggle, but he also kept making excuses for his poor performance.

Zach should have gone home before Anthony. Never made excuses for himself and bounced back on services. Season would have been dull without him.

Torrece "T" Gregoire, Season 14

T was on the cast a season too early. She was absolutely perfect, but there was no way Meghan could lose. She definitely would've won Season 15, and screwed herself out of winning Rookies vs. Veterans.

T was the most consistent and the most composed and steady of season 14. Probably the best runner up so far.

T for "Terrific" is definitely true. She ran the pass very well. Very impressive.

"It's just suddenly donned what T stands for: Terrific" -Gordon Ramsay

Nick Peters, Season 14

With most “should-have-won” contestants, I rewatch the season and the decision makes more sense. Nick’s elimination makes less sense the more I watch S17. He was rock solid and consistent, his finale dishes were insanely creative, and the only time the red team beat the blue team is when he was tableside. Not to mention, he was just one of the funniest contestants ever. Robbed as hell, worst decision in HK history.

I am tired of all the hate he gets just because the only time it happened was when he was rude to Bret's medical exit, but that was a small wrongdoing in his run (apart from having setbacks due to a lack of confidence, persistency, and leadership). Basically, how can his shortcomings define who he is as a chef? In season 14, he was doubted by his teammates only because he isn't willing to stand out early in the competition (stated in episode 13) and was a good enough contestant for a black jacket though he was not on Meghan's, Milly's, or T's level to be in the finale. But when the All-Stars season kicked off, he not only became the most improved chef of the season (by Ramsay), but was one of the reasons why this season's blue team can be one of the best teams of the show's history.

I laughed so hard in season 14 when the blue team lost a challenge and were all upset on the patio and he says 'Why's everyone crying? '. He was so funny. And in season 17, he was the funniest. Would have liked him to be in the final instead of Benjamin

I wasn't very fond of him in season 14, but after watching season 17, I have a hell of a lot more appreciation for him. Great attitude and extremely consistent that season. He should have won.

Milly Medley, Season 14

He's not a bad chef, but I definitely would not rank him as one of the top contestants. I think he lacked a lot of respect, and had a very poor attitude (particularly in the all stars season). I was glad to see him get eliminated.

In Season 17, he may have had a few bumps in my mind he is but one of the most humble yet greatest contestants and All-Star chef to grace Hell's Kitchen.

He should have won, me and my family were devastated when he left! He was such a passionate cook and I have never seen someone so genuine about food, considering I’m a cook myself. He deserves Number 1!

Very talented, hard-working, and has a lot of passion. If he ended up in season 15, I think he could have easily won.

Van Hurd, Season 6

Along with Kevin and Dave, they are literally the A Team and total bros throughout. Van had one of the most passion and heart I've seen for cooking and I would have made him winner of All Stars if Nick and Benjamin were not around.

I love this guy! He was very hilarious and relatable. Yeah he was a little slow mentally, but he's the kind of person you just wanna sit down and have a cold one with to be honest.

This guy was not only a great chef, but a very funny guy! He's my favorite contestant from Season 6 along with Dave and Kevin.

Loved him in season 6, was sent home way too early in season 17. I hope this guy is doing well because he has talent and charm.

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