Best Hell's Kitchen Contestants

The Top Ten

1 Dave Levey, 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.?

Dave is definitely the best contestant in Hell's Kitchen history. This guy only had one hand working properly, and he was still cooking like a steam train. He won tough challenges with only one hand. Overcame excruciating pain, and won Season 6. No doubt, the best chef in Hell's Kitchen. Hands down.

Dave Levey is a prodigy. The only other person who could've beat him in a competition is the one who ended up as the runner up (Kevin). Even with a broken arm he was able to make amazing food, become a great leader, and inspire everyone. No one has even SCATHED the achievements of Dave ever since. Too bad the Araxi treat him as poorly as they did. Best Chef ever.

This guy is seriously​ one of the most inspiring person I have ever seen. He started out nothing special but after each day, he got better and better. Even after his left arm broke, he still didn't give up. He fought through the pain and won the whole thing with this broken arm. There were moments were he almost passed out because of his pain, which made Ramsey himself question, if he could continue. But Dave's response was something like ;
“Sir, I can do this. My one arm may not work but the other hand is fine. You can take me out of this competition if you think I am not good enough, but please don't if it is about this arm- I can do this Chef! ”.
On one challenge, he was forced to make an Indian Dish, something he had never made before, whereas his competition got a more easier-to-make challenge, but he still didn't give up and gained the acknowledgement​ of a legend -Vikas khanna, and won the whole challenge.
Apart from being an amazing chef, He was also a great ...more

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2 Will Lustberg, Season 9

He deserve to win hell's kitchen season 9.
He is a better chef than Paul.
I don't know how chef Ramsay give Paul won.

I was SO disappointed when Paul won over Will, one of the few times I felt Chef Ramsay made the wrong call. Will was rock solid through out the competition & was never put up for elimination by his teammates. He was an outstanding chef, leader & teammate. Definitely a Hell's Kitchen All Star! (How awesome would it be if they did a season of Hell's Kitchen All Stars with former runner ups & chefs who made it to final 3 all gunning for redemption? )

They are doing an All Stars series now, but people who made it to black jackets but didn't make it to the top two are taking part, so no Will and no redemption - Aquaturtle

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. - hk99

He was the best chef of season 9, isn't cocky, arrogant and disrespectful. He let his cooking do all the talk instead of his mouth, I can't understand why he lost against paul, will was way better than paul. Never got nominated, gave encouragement to carrie, natalie, elizabeth, jennifer, tommy and even elise who was bitch. He was strong in challenges and services, the only one who wasn't berated by chef ramsay in season 9

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3 Christina Wilson, Season 10

Only one to keep her cool and not get catty! Strong person on and off T.V.. She seems to be the most successful post Hells Kitchen too!

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.

Christina seems to be one of Chefs fave winners since season 10 she as appeared quite often as an ambassador. Would of been a great final with Dana. She also had to contend with some of the most vile skin thieves ever.

Christina is one of my favorite contestants. She's such a hard worker, and she was one of the only people on season 10 that didn't get caught up in all the drama. She's amazing, and badass

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4 Rahman "Rock" Harper, Season 3

He was the most competent in that season.

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 completely deserved to win

He rocks

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5 Michael Wray, Season 1

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.

The best chef I've ever seen in hell's kitchen

Michael was a good cook shuted up and won

He tried to open his restaurant but failed so the knife company.

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6 Jon Scallion, Season 11

He's a really good chef his style is amazing he could have been in the finals the only person that was amazing on the blue team

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. - ClashingWizardWill92

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!

How he didn't won hell's kitchen season 11? He was the best chef in the season. Ja'nel didn't receive the prize because of drugs. Ramsay made a bad decision to choose mary and ja'nel for the final, is the biggest insult ever. The final of season 11 should be anthony vs jon or jon vs cyndi.

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7 Petrozza, Season 4

Inspiring, great guy. Definitely a person people would love to work with in the kitchen. Too bad he was sabotaged by Jen in that season. Completely deserved to win.

True Chef, right here. If you had taken out the Jen incident, there wouldn't have been a competition. He was also so honest and seemed very nice.

How did he not win!?

Not really, chef's that won some seasons were men, but maybe they have more passion and determination, and cooking ability, men who won like Rock and Dave have those too, but Louie doesn't he said women are the best at Cleaning so it's right up there alley, he was a good chef but I think Christina is a little better

Were's his first name?!

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8 Kevin Cottle, Season 6

Amazing guy. Had he been in pretty much any season besides Season 6 he would have won. Great chef, leader, palette, creativity, and personality.

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 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) - spodermanfan1000

He deserved to win.I felt bad fir him and his family especially his son his father could have won.He was better than most of the Hell's Kitchen.If Dave didn't broke his arm or Kevin broke his arm too,maybe it will be like season 1 were both if them are equally as good

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9 Heather West, Season 2

Cute, friendly and hard working girl.

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 - Aquaturtle

Never got put up for elimination!

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10 Paula DaSilva, Season 5

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 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. - Cre47

Better than any winners prior to her season. Gordan Ramsey said so himself.

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The Contenders

11 Scott Commings, Season 12

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.

Big comback

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12 Kimberly Ann Ryan, Season 16

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

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.

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.

A great contestant from such a terrible season.

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13 Meghan Gill, Season 14

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.

She is consistent in almost every service and a great leader. She is one of the best chefs I have ever seen on Hell's Kitchen that she should be around at least the top 20. - ndog

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.

Probably the most dominant winner in Hell's Kitchen history. She (along with T) is leagues above the rest of the Season 14 cast, which is already one of the most strongest cast ever fielded in Hell's Kitchen history.

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14 Ja'Nel Witt, Season 11

Top 50 maybe but not top 18 you give up a reward for drugs your pathetic

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

Too bad she made a bad decision for doing drugs, now nobody would want to hire her.

She shouldn't be on the list!

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15 Danny Veltri, Season 5

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.

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

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.

Why is he ranked lower than Ja'Nel?

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16 Jason "Jay" Santos, Season 7

He was really good and it was nice to see him flirting with Holli, it was entertaining.

Should have won - lampard287

What if Holli flirts with Andrew

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

He is so nice but in season 5 he was a hero and in season 6 he went to zero. - spodermanfan1000

He is the most underrated chef in hell's kitchen history. I would never understand why did ramsay eliminated robert over andy, andy was bad and was so horrible to see him making big mistakes. If I were ramsay, I would give robert a black jacket instead of suzanne, but not only I would do that, I would put him facing either dave or kevin in the finals of hell kitchen season 6

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18 Justin Antiorio, Season 10

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. - ResistOppression

One of the top guys ever

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

Should be higher on this list (sorry jon

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19 Sterling Wright, Season 13

He may not look like a serious competitor but his passion, drive, and determination proves that he's always 100 despite not making it to the black jackets.

Every person should aspire to be like chef sterling he had such a great attitude and may not have been the best but for sure a favorite

This guy should be #1

He's 100 baby. Also he cooks with LOVE!

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20 Jillian Flathers, Season 8

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

She was the best of her season

Let's see, is it because she has been frequently defended Sabrina, that she is not at least in the top 20

Russel was so mean to everyone nona should of gone homeon day 1

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1. Dave Levey, Season 6
2. Christina Wilson, Season 10
3. Will Lustberg, Season 9
1. Dave Levey, Season 6
2. Rahman "Rock" Harper, Season 3
3. Christina Wilson, Season 10
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