Hell's Kitchen (U.S. season 10)

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Hell's Kitchen (U.S. season 10)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 20
Original channel Fox
Original run June 4, 2012 (2012-06-04) – September 10, 2012 (2012-09-10)
Season chronology
List of Hell's Kitchen episodes

Season 10 of the American competitive reality television series Hell's Kitchen premiered on June 4, 2012 on Fox and concluded on September 10, 2012. Chef de Cuisine Christina Wilson won the season and received a head chef position at Gordon Ramsay Steak at the Paris Las Vegas in the Las Vegas suburb of Paradise, Nevada.

Gordon Ramsay returned as head chef, Scott Leibfried and Andi van Willigan returned as sous chefs and James Lukanik returned as the maître d'.

Production and development[edit]

This season saw an alteration to the show's format, with many episodes now being two-parters, depicting the team challenge and reward/punishment one night, followed by service and elimination the following night. This season is also the first season in Hell's Kitchen history in which all chefs were eliminated normally. In other words, no chef was eliminated either despite being on the winning team, without being nominated, during dinner service, had to withdraw for medical reasons, or walked out on their own terms. This is also the first & only season where one challenge produced no winner and both teams faced punishment.

Opening sequence/credits[edit]

The opening sequence of Season 10 of the show, like the previous three seasons, did not take place in the kitchen. Instead, it began with the iconic "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign, which morphed to "Welcome to Fabulous Hell's Kitchen." This is followed by a magic show-style opening, featuring contestants doing various stunts and tricks, with Chef Ramsay magically appearing at the end.

Credit order: Patrick, Briana, Barbie, Kimmie, Clemenza, Don, Roshni, Royce, Brian, Robyn, Dana, Guy, Justin, Tavon, Tiffany, Christina, Chris, Danielle


18 chefs competed in season 10. Full names per official site.[1]

Contestant Age Occupation Hometown
Robyn Almodovar 31 Executive Sous Chef Hollywood, Florida
Justin Antiorio 29 Sous Chef Lyndhurst, New Jersey
Christopher "Chris" Carrero 33 Executive Chef Queens, New York
Clemenza Caserta 41 Executive Chef Staten Island, New York
Patrick Cassata 40 Executive Chef Lombard, Illinois
Dana Cohen[2] 27 Chef Instructor River Vale, New Jersey
Roshni Gurnani 27 Executive Chef Boston, Massachusetts
Tavon Hubbard 22 Executive Chef Washington, D.C.
Tiffany Johnson 30 Sous Chef Warren, Vermont
Barbara "Barbie" Marshall[3] 34 Catering Chef Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Brian Merel 31 Personal Chef Chicago, Illinois
Danielle Rimmer 27 Saucier Bayonne, New Jersey
Donald "Don" Savage 44 Cafeteria Chef Houston, Texas
Briana Swanson 32 Personal Chef New York, New York
Guy Vaknin 28 Executive Catering Chef New York, New York
Royce Wagner 29 Sous Chef Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Kimberly "Kimmie" Willis 27 Personal Chef Memphis, Tennessee
Christina Wilson[3] 32 Chef de Cuisine Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Contestant progress[edit]

Original teams First switch Second switch Individual Finals
No. Chef 1001 1002 1003 1004 1005/06 1006/07 1008 1009/10 1011 1012/13 1014 1015 1016 1017 1018/19 1019/20
12 Roshni WIN NOM NOM[n 1] NOM BoW LOSE OUT[n 1]
15 Don NOM[n 2] LOSE WIN OUT
16 Briana WIN LOSE OUT
17 Chris LOSE OUT
18 Tavon OUT
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Chef was nominated by Ramsay
  2. ^ a b c Although nominated, chef was not called down by Ramsay

Coat hook and picture order: Danielle, Tavon, Robyn, Patrick, Christina, Don, Dana, Justin, Roshni, Brian, Briana, Chris, Kimmie, Guy, Barbie, Clemenza, Tiffany, Royce


Each episode consists of a challenge with a reward, a service and an elimination.

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125 1 "18 Chefs Compete" June 4, 2012 5.46[4]

20 contestants are transported to Hell's Kitchen in a police-escorted motorcade. After they arrive, sous chef Scott greets them and he explains he shaved his head to prove his dedication to Chef Ramsay. He calls for volunteers to shave their heads as well, and it's revealed that sous chef Andi has already shaved her head, too. Two contestants get their heads shaved, and then Scott calls out Danielle and is about to shave her head when Ramsay comes out and stops him. It's later revealed that the two "contestants" are actually Scott's friends and that Andi is actually wearing a bald cap.

  • Team challenge: Once again, it's men vs women. For the women, Robyn's sea bass is very well received, so is Briana's duck, as is Roshni's lamb, and Dana's scallops. Christina's pork chop secures the women the first victory in the signature dish challenge. But there are still poorly received dishes, most notably Tiffany's Lamb Schnitzel being coated in sauce and is deemed disgusting; Barbie has soggy potatoes; and neither Kimmie nor Danielle's dishes are deemed worth tasting. As for the men, only Royce's grouper, Justin's dish and Patrick's lamb manage to score points. Clemenza's veal chop is perfectly cooked with a beautiful seasoning but Ramsay feels that too much truffle oil covering the veal chop ruined it. The other men's dishes are received with bad to horrendous reviews. Don's dish is too big and too spicy, Guy's sea bass sundae is overcooked (Guy himself knew it was overcooked and told Ramsay to not eat it), Brian's dessert is immediately shunned by Ramsay upon seeing it, Chris' garnishes are deemed bitter and burnt. Tavon's seafood alfredo is caked in vinegar and considered to be hideous. In the end the women win 5-3 to the men, marking the end to the blue team's streak of winning the first challenge six seasons in a row (Seasons 4-9).

The red team is treated to a steak meal with two of Hell's Kitchen's past winners: Rahman "Rock" Harper from Season 3 and Dave Levey from Season 6. The blue team is forced to clean both kitchens.

  • Dinner service: Just before the start of the service, Briana is called on to name the entrées on the menu, and after a slight struggle, she is able to correctly identify them. In the red team, Roshni starts with struggling on the scallops and was sent out of the kitchen. Barbie gets put on the fish station in her place and leads the women to getting the appetizers out. However, upon moving onto entrées, Christina's wellingtons come out raw, bringing service to a halt. On the blue team, Royce has trouble finding the anchovies for his salads, while Tavon serves raw pigeon and tells Ramsay he prepared Justin's scallops, which were prepared and sliced very poorly and noted to be treated like "a homeless rat" by Brian. After Tavon laughs nervously, in response to Ramsay's comment after he said he "froze" when asked why he was making mistakes he wouldn't make in his own restaurant, Ramsay throws Tavon out of the kitchen, followed by Royce after sending up undercooked spaghetti (Clemenza knew it was undercooked). Don wanders around and is doing nothing, much to the irritation of his teammates, because he doesn't have any entrees to cook. Chris sends up an onion tart with raw pastry, causing Ramsay to kick him and the rest of the blue team out of the kitchen. The red team still struggles with their entrées, and Ramsay shuts the kitchen down. Although both teams failed to serve any entrées, the red team is declared the "winners", as they at least completed the appetizer stage. The blue team has to nominate two candidates for elimination.

Patrick announces the blue team has nominated Tavon and Don for elimination. While Ramsay agrees on Tavon's nomination, he questions the wisdom with Don's nomination, saying that he hadn't cook any entrées, and Ramsay has Royce take Don's place for struggling on appetizers. Eventually, Ramsay eliminates Tavon for failing to live up to his Executive Chef job.

Ramsay's comment: "Tavon may have been an executive chef at 22, but he did little to impress me in his short stay in Hell's Kitchen."
126 2 "17 Chefs Compete" June 5, 2012 4.87

The chefs are awakened by a rap group inside the dorms before Ramsay introduces them for the next challenge.

  • Team challenge: The chefs have to remove 125 scallops from a large mound of ice and seaweed, then properly open, schuck and cook the scallops to Chef Ramsay's standards – the first team to properly cook and prepare six plates of five scallops each wins. Royce was hit in the face with a scallop after being cut on his face, but was able to continue. The red team wins the second challenge in a row with preparing six plates beating the blue team's score of two.

The red team take a yacht cruise for a day on Santa Catalina Island. The blue team have to clean up the remaining mess outside, as well as prep the kitchens and dining area for service. In addition, sous chef Scott served them smoothies made out of rejected scallops.

  • Dinner service: The service was deemed "Redemption Night", Ramsay specifically wanting flawless scallops from both kitchens. Brian and Christina work tableside to deliver a shrimp scampi appetizer to tables. The blue team did well on appetizers, but Don burns and undercooks the pizza. On the red team, Robyn and Barbie can not get their food together and are serving undercooked food. Chris has problems with scallops and overcooked opah, Royce has trouble making mashed potatoes, and Barbie continually argues with her teammates and screwed up some more orders on the fish station. At one point, the men were forced to eat all of their undercooked scallops. Ramsay kicks the red team out of the kitchen causing a major argument between Barbie and Tiffany. In the blue kitchen, after discovering an overcooked steak, Ramsay kicks the men out as well. With both teams completing the appetizers, but unable to serve a single entrée this season, Ramsay declares both teams losers.

Chris nominates himself for the blue team, and the team decides to also nominate Royce. The red team nominates Barbie and Roshni. When Ramsay questions Roshin's nomination (as she made no major mistakes during service), the red team explain they couldn't think of anyone else besides Barbie who they wanted to get rid of. After Ramsay quickly sends both Roshni and Royce back in line, he is left with Barbie and Chris. Due to Chris's mistakes with scallops he is sent home.

Ramsay's comment: "I'm sure that Chris prays that he never sees another scallop. And after tonight, I pray I don't see any more of him."
127 3 "16 Chefs Compete" June 11, 2012 6.25[5]
  • Team challenge: Both teams are to cook a meal for sixty immigrants who just became U.S. citizens. The menu consists of a Californian cobb salad appetizer, Nebraska beef sliders, a thin New York style pizza and a Wisconsin grilled cheese sandwich. The red team had trouble with Barbie attempting to cook the pizzas far too early. On the other hand, the blue team had a terrible start with Clemenza undercooking some pizzas starting off the problems, and while they eventually rallied they could not catch up with the red kitchen, who won their third challenge in a row.[note 1]

The red team are rewarded with a trip to San Diego where they were taken on a safari. The blue team are sent to do hard labor at the Ballona Wetlands.

  • Dinner service: Prior to the service, Ramsay made a phone call to season 1 runner-up Ralph Pagano, whom Royce worked for prior to coming into Hell's Kitchen, Royce responded well to Ralph's pep-talk. Don and Tiffany are assigned to be servers, Tiffany performs flawlessly, while Don's writing and bad spelling slows him down. In the blue team, Royce has a near-perfect performance on the appetizers. Clemenza struggles on the meat station, running out of Beef Wellingtons midway through the service, though fortunately he has more luck with the steaks. The red team has worse luck, though, with Dana putting too much sauce on an order of spaghetti, while Briana and Barbie serve up undercooked scallops. With Christina's help, the red team complete the appetizer stage, but immediately run into trouble on the entrees when Ramsay discovers Briana's cod is missing half a portion. Kimmie starts well, but then serves undercooked wellingtons; Roshni gets worse by forgetting the dumplings are supposed to be part of the cod dish, then serves them undercooked. After Briana sends up overcooked cod, Ramsay throws them all out of the kitchen. After service, the blue team are deemed to be the clear winners, with Royce being named as the best performer of the night. Ramsay criticizes the red team harshly for not getting any entrees out. He does, however, praise Christina.[note 2] He then orders the red team to nominate two candidates for elimination.

At elimination, Briana nominates herself, and the rest of the women decide on Barbie. Ramsay calls Roshni forward as well. After each chef makes their plea, Ramsay eliminates Briana as he feels she is not getting stronger in the competition.

Ramsay's comment: "Tonight, Briana had a battle with the cod, and the cod won. And that's why her time in Hell's Kitchen was a short one."
128 4 "15 Chefs Compete" June 12, 2012 5.32[6]

The chefs are awoken early by Ramsay and taking them to a lamb pen at a local farm for a next challenge.

  • Team challenge: Each contestant is to get as many ingredients off the animals as possible. The collars and paint are indicators of the ingredient. They then break off into pairs to create 4 different lamb dishes (rack of lamb, ground lamb, and two others). Both teams are tied at 2 points each, and the blue team clinches their first challenge victory of the season, with the red team are ultimately undone by Barbie and Robyn's rack of lamb being almost totally raw.

The blue team is rewarded with a day at the horse races. The red team were punished by having to wash the paint off the sheep (which were delivered to the Hell's Kitchen parking lot), then clean & prep both kitchens for service and finally eat a lunch of lamb testicles.

  • Dinner service: The red team starts off rocky with Danielle serving undercooked appetizers multiple times. For the blue team, Brian undercooks, then overcooks the cod and runs out, and has to use sea bass instead. He calls Ramsay "baby" and is subsequently thrown out of the kitchen. Roshni has a bad time on her beef wellingtons, and when she starts arguing that she has a fresh one waiting, she is thrown out of the kitchen as well. Ramsay then throws Don out of the blue kitchen for overcooking the steak, quickly followed by Robyn and Danielle for their communication issues on the red team. Justin and Royce both cook bass for the same table, causing a lot of confusion, and Ramsay kicks them out as well. The remaining chefs on both teams complete dinner service, but both teams are still declared losers.

Ramsay asks Christina and Royce for the nominees. The red team nominate Danielle and Roshni, while the blue nominate Brian and Don. In the end, Ramsay sends Don home due to his lack of improvement in the last 3 services.

Shortly after Don's elimination Brian is sent back in line & Ramsay tells Roshni that she'll be joining the blue team being one man down.

Ramsay's comment: "Everyone in Hell's Kitchen starts at the bottom. Unfortunately, Don stayed there."
129 5 "14 Chefs Compete" June 18, 2012 5.65[7]
  • Team challenge: Sous chef Scott brings a large donkey piñata to the teams. Ramsay explains that the piñata will open and pouring out balls with ingredients labelled on them. Each chef has 25 ingredients to work on 6 different Mexican dishes. Only 5 would be selected for tasting. Ramsay brings in two guest judges. Dana’s dish was noted as the best dish of the entire challenge and the red team wins 3-2.

The Red team's reward is to enjoy a day out by going to one of the guest judge's gourmet restaurant for a delicious lunch. They later went to an outdoor salsa dancing class. The blue team do prep for both kitchens, which include making handmade salsas for the dinner service. After the red team get back from their reward, Tiffany hears Royce criticizing Kimmie's dish. She tells Kimmie about this, but due to being drunk at the time, she mistakenly thinks it was Dana, Christina, and Danielle. These misplaced accusations cause a huge argument amongst the red team right before service.

  • Dinner service: The service is Mexican night. The blue team start off with Guy delivering undercooked tuna to the pass, but cook it correctly the second time. On the red team, Barbie brings up incorrectly seasoned mussels and is quickly sent back to redo them; Kimmie baffles Chef Ramsay by putting the meat and the fish on the same tray. Back in the blue kitchen, Guy and Patrick serve raw food, causing Ramsay to throw them out of the kitchen. After serving raw pork twice in the red kitchen Danielle is thrown out as well. Justin then brings up his meat despite Clemenza warning him that it's undercooked. After Ramsay discovers it's raw, he throws them both out of the kitchen. Barbie is caught using a thermometer in her chicken, and is thrown out, followed by Tiffany for sending burnt mashed potatoes. Royce sends up burnt chicken skin and is also thrown out. Brian and Roshni manage to complete the blue team's dinner service while Robyn, Kimmie, Christina, and Dana complete the red team's service. Despite both teams finishing service, Ramsay again declares no winner due to the number of mistakes made.
The red team nominates both Barbie and Danielle for elimination, while the blue team nominates Guy and Patrick. Barbie argues that she is not the weakest chef in her team, and Ramsay sends her back to join the red team. However, the remaining nominees are left with Ramsay to pick someone to go home, ending in a cliffhanger.
130 6 "13 Chefs Compete, Part 1" June 19, 2012 5.34[8]

The episode begins with Ramsay sending Patrick and Guy back in line and eliminating Danielle. Dana started crying when Danielle was eliminated with Ramsay telling Dana he was even more upset with their performance.

Ramsay does not give a comment on Danielle's elimination.[note 3]

  • Team challenge: Both teams have to prepare dishes for three fashion designer judges – David Meister, Amanda Che and Ina Soltani, an appetizer and two entrées (one each seafood and poultry). Brian and Justin's appetizer was met with many criticisms by the judges, while Christina and Dana's dish was met with similar criticisms. However, Christina and Dana's dish tastes better, earning the red team a point. Roshni and Patrick make a faux pas during Patrick's description of the dish (using the word "mucus" to describe it). Barbie and Tiffany also make an error by making deep fat-fried eggplant giving the blue team the point. Clemenza, Royce, and Guy's seafood dish beats out Kimmie and Robyn's giving the blue team the win.

The blue team is treated to a shopping spree in Malibu, complete with a personal shopper, much to the red team's annoyance. The red team assembles the runway for Hell's Kitchen's first ever fashion show. While setting up, Robyn and Kimmie start to argue about putting spice in the dish during the challenge.

  • Dinner service: Ramsay chooses Kimmie and Royce to assist with plating for their teams. Clemenza starts cooking scallops before the show starts and upon questioning Ramsay finds out he has cooked four servings of scallops.
The episode ends with "To Be Continued" cliffhanger.
131 7 "13 Chefs Compete, Part 2" June 25, 2012 5.66[9]

Continued from previous episode, despite Clemenza's mistake, Ramsay orders Hell's Kitchen to be opened.

  • Dinner service: Despite messing up their first order of scallops, the red team beats out the blue team on the appetizers, with Clemenza getting overwhelmed with the number of scallop orders. During the swimsuit part of the fashion show, Ramsay yells at a distracted Guy. Clemenza redeems himself in entrées, but Robyn overcooks the last of the beef and Ramsay forces her to apologize to the customers and ask them to order a different entree. Tiffany sends up undercooked swordfish, then tries to blame it on Christina when Ramsay sees it. Guy sends up undercooked beef. Royce struggles in plating food at the pass, while Kimmie excels in plating. Both teams subsequently completed service, Ramsay then discovers a leftover tray of swordfish that Clemenza had cooked, resulting in an argument between Clemenza and Royce over who was responsible for the extra fish. The red team is declared the winners, with Kimmie being the best performer of the night.

The losing blue team almost unanimously pick Clemenza as their first nominee, but they have trouble deciding between Guy and Brian as their second nominee. The team decides on Guy as their second nominee as he held back during the service. While the team think Clemenza is the weaker of the two nominees (which angers Clemenza), Ramsay sends him back in line (with the Red Team cheering his decision) and eliminates Guy, as he feels Guy has no fight-back, but still praises him for his hard work.

Ramsay's comment: "Guy's performance in Hell's Kitchen was extremely inconsistent. That is why I know he is not THE guy to run Gordon Ramsay Steak."
132 8 "12 Chefs Compete" June 26, 2012 5.51[10]
  • Team challenge: The teams are told that this challenge will test the teams' ability to adapt. In front of them were 4 domes, and each dome had 6 ingredients. Every 5 minutes, one of the domes became available for use. Each team member were told to take one ingredient from each dome that matched their protein, and they are judged with three Michelin-starred chefs, Michael Cimarusti, Anita Lo and Douglas Keane. Royce's dish was incredibly poorly received, in addition to keeping the lobster's poop shoot in his dish, one of the judges found a very long hair in it. The red teams wins the score a 30-29 after Christina's dish receives 3 stars from Anita.

The red team is rewarded with a day at the spa and a set of Demeyere cookware each. In addition, Christina's lobster dish was placed on the menu for the next dinner service. The blue team must prepare both kitchens for that night's dinner service. In addition to that, they have to clean the dorms.

  • Dinner service: Tito Ortiz and Sugar Ray Leonard are seated at the Chef's Tables, with Robyn and Justin taking care of them throughout dinner service. The red team have little trouble in the kitchen except for Christina undercooking some risotto, and Tiffany having trouble controlling the meat station, also using a dirty knife to check a Wellington, but later rebounding. The blue team start with more trouble, Clemenza had issues with putting out appetizers, Patrick couldn't cook an acceptable lobster, and Roshni delivers overcooked meat. Ramsay orders the blue team out of the kitchen, leaving the red team to complete the remaining the blue team's tables. Sous chef Scott calls the blue team back down stairs only to be stopped by Ramsay who tells them that the red team completed their side of the dining room. He instructs the blue team to nominate two team members for elimination.

Brian and Clemenza are nominated for elimination. However, Ramsay disagrees and overrules the decisions, and nominates Roshni and Patrick instead. When Ramsay asks the rest of the team who should be sent home, Brian, Clemenza and Justin say Roshni should be sent home. She protests their decision, but Ramsay eliminates her. He does, however, acknowledge that Roshni has a lot of heart and tells her to never stop that.

Ramsay's comment: "Roshni is a small lady with a big heart. Unfortunately, her performance tonight matched her stature."
133 9 "11 Chefs Compete Part 1" July 2, 2012 5.83[11]
  • Team challenge: The teams spin a giant slot machine, which determined the type of steak and its ingredients one member of each team must cook in 30 minutes. This will be followed by Ramsay tasting the dishes to determine the best dish. The red team had an extra member and decided that Kimmie won't spin, but will choose which dish to cook, with the best dish to be selected by the team members for Ramsay to taste.[note 4][note 5] The blue team wins with 3-2. Robyn's steak was determined by Ramsay to be dreadful, saying that the team should chosen Kimmie's steak, in which Ramsay found to be delicious and well-prepared.

The men was rewarded with a shopping spree for kitchenware and utensils, followed by lunch at Comme Ça, a local restaurant; the women must take a huge side of beef and prepare it for the next night's service.

  • Dinner service: This service is a special steakhouse service, which also includes a kid's menu. Shortly before the start of service, Kimmie picked up a pan containing hot grease, which burned her left hand and arm. As Kimmie is treated for her injuries, she reels with a grudge against Robyn, is concerned that she'll end up dropping out from competition due to her injury.
The episode ends with another "To be continued" cliffhanger.
134 10 "11 Chefs Compete Part 2" July 3, 2012 5.07[12]
  • Dinner service: Despite initially being recommended by the medic not to take part in the service, Kimmie decided to stick with it and participate in the service anyway. Tiffany suffered serious trouble with burning pizzas and serving inconsistent bellinis for the smoked salmon, but Barbie took over the majority of her work and brought out several perfect appetizers, earning praise from Chef Ramsay. Kimmie and Robyn continue to fight on each other and constantly failed to get out their entrées properly. On the blue team, Patrick and Royce are thrown out for their mistakes, including undercooking their steaks, Brian also got some minor negative attention for acting goofy and bizarre on his station so Ramsay warned him to start behaving seriously. When the tension involving the red team flares up, Ramsay calls Clemenza, Brian and Justin to assist them to handle their own service. However, the fighting among the women continues, and Ramsay loses his patience after Robyn sends a steak both raw and cold; he orders the red team out of the kitchen with the tension between Kimmie and Robyn escalating to tremendous heights in the dorms, leaving the three remaining men to complete service on both sides themselves. Ramsay declares both teams losers despite three members of the blue team finishing both services.

Ramsay tells both teams to nominate two for elimination. The blue team nominate Patrick and Royce, for their early exits. While the red team nominate Robyn and Tiffany. After Tiffany and Royce are sent back in line, he eliminates Patrick due to his continuous problems in two straight services. Following Patrick's elimination, Ramsay acknowledges Robyn's request to transfer to blue team, effective next episode.

Ramsay's comment: "Patrick talked a good game, but he couldn't back it up with his cooking so it was time for him to leave Hell's Kitchen."
135 11 "10 Chefs Compete" July 9, 2012 6.01[13]
  • Team challenge: Each team member rolls a 12-sided dice, with each face having a letter, whatever letter is revealed, the contestant must think of a food item beginning with that letter.[note 6] The blue team won a close challenge after Ramsay told the red team on their brussels sprouts made undercooked and crunchy.

For their reward, the blue team won a trip on Southwest Airlines to Las Vegas, where they spend an entire evening at the Paris Las Vegas. The red team must barbecue a pig for pulled pork, a task that takes 12 to 15 hours, during which an alarm sounds every hour while they sleep, so they could check on the pork.

  • Dinner service: The service for the chef's table includes American Idol season 9 champion Lee DeWyze and season 10 finalist Haley Reinhart, soccer pro David Beckham and his son, Brooklyn. On the red team Tiffany mistakes cod for sea bass, but Barbie has an excellent performance on the meat station with both perfectly cooked pork chops and beef wellingtons. The blue team on the other hand makes many mistakes. Royce makes mistakes on the meat station, while Clemenza experiences many problems on the fish station, including overcooking cod & Brian struggles with the flat bread. Ramsay takes all the male blue team members aside for a time out, leaving Robyn to handle cooking herself. While the red team finished their service, Ramsay calls the remaining members of the red team to help out the blue team complete their service. Afters service the red team are declared winners and Barbie named the best performer of the night. Ramsay criticizes the losing the blue team, nothing that Robyn was the only good member during their service.

The losing blue team chooses Royce and Clemenza for elimination. Ramsay has both Royce and Clemenza remove their jackets, then eliminates Royce for failing to live up to his abilities to his mentor. Following Royce's elimination, Ramsay gives Clemenza a new jacket.

Ramsay's comment: "Royce came in promising a Rolls-Royce service. But instead, his service was like a broken-down car. Time to send Royce to the junkyard."
136 12 "9 Chefs Compete Part 1" July 16, 2012 6.33[14]

Two contestants from each team must compete against competitive eater Joey Chestnut in a chicken wing contest, team members have 60 wings to eat against them, while Chestnut has 60 wings to himself. The first 60 wings to eat, will win $500 in cash. Eventually, Joey wins the contest.

  • Team challenge: The teams do a blind taste test of various food items. The winner will be the team that identifies the most items correctly. Because the red team has an extra member, Kimmie volunteers to sit out. The blue team wins the challenge 7-6, with Justin correctly identifying all four of his ingredients.

The blue team spend an entire day at the Raging Waters water park in San Dimas. The red team spends the day receiving various deliveries. In addition, they must grind peppercorns with a mortar and pestle, change the oil in the fryers, and peel potatoes.

Both teams watch Ramsay's video message on an iPad delivered to the restaurant instructing them to create their own menu, each consisting of three appetizers, three entrées and three desserts, submitting them all to Ramsay for approval.

There was friction between Barbie and her teammates due to her slow pace in prep. The first batch of Kimmie's barbecue sauce tasted awful, forcing Christina to have to help her out with it. Dana advised Tiffany that her potatoes were crunchy, and Tiffany promised that she would put them back in the oven. Clemenza steps out of the preparation in order to clean his jacket. Ramsay has issues with the red team's appetizers, but had positive comments about their entrées. By contrast, Ramsay did not like any of the blue team's dishes, which eventually culminated in him finding several small bones in the quail dish that Clemenza had prepared, leading him to threaten Clemenza with elimination before the service even started, and the episode ends with another "To be continued" cliffhanger.
137 13 "9 Chefs Compete Part 2" July 17, 2012 6.02[15]
  • Dinner service: Continuing from the previous episode, Ramsay warns the blue team that the food they serve must be of better quality than what was presented in the inspection. For the service itself, the customers would submit comment cards based on which team's dishes they preferred more. The blue team had many issues, including running out of scallops, leading to Robyn suggesting an alternate dish to the diners. Brian struggling to cook the bass, Robyn facing problems with Justin's complicated dish and Justin taking too long to cook the new york strip. After numerous dishes were rejected for being both overcooked and undercooked, Ramsay kicks the entire blue team out despite only having one ticket to go, leading to Ramsay and sous chef Scott to fill these tickets. The red team also had issues, including Christina getting overwhelmed on the flatbreads, Kimmie overcooking the ribeye steak, Dana sending out raw lobster with a halibut order, and Tiffany using a dirty pan to make garnish. At the near-end of the service, Tiffany got stalled on the potatoes, and when she argues with sous chef Andi, Andi kicks her out of the kitchen. At the end of the service, Ramsay declares both teams losers and tears up the customers' comment cards. The red team was visibly stunned by Ramsay's announcement and felt they should be named the winners for completing the service, while the blue team did not. Ramsay however criticizes the teams as being the worst team menu service to date.

At the elimination, before asking for the nominees Ramsay was disappointed that almost everyone delivered a mediocre performance. The blue team nominates Robyn and Clemenza, while the red team announces Tiffany and Barbie as nominees. Ramsay indicated he thought Kimmie should have been nominated in place of Barbie, but accepts the nomination. Despite Ramsay having very good reasons to send both Clemenza and Robyn home, he sends Tiffany home feeling she isn't passionate and couldn't see a leader in her.

Ramsay's comment: "The most passionate I ever saw Tiffany was moments ago when she was already on her way out. That was just too late."
138 14 "8 Chefs Compete" July 23, 2012 6.46[17]
  • Team challenge: A southern gospel choir, the Southern Voices of Victory, serenade the contestants with their rendition of This Little Light of Mine and this leads to the next challenge. Each pair of contestants, one from each team, must cook a modernized version of a Southern entrée and side item, each revealed on a fan held by a choir member, that the contestants choose. Then they have 30 minutes to cook the items, in which they'll be judged by Chef Ramsay and Epicurious editor Tanya Steel on the dish's quality, taste and preparation. The red team wins 3-1 with Dana's dish being judged best overall, leading for that dish's recipe to be featured on Epicurious.[16]

The red team were featured in a photo shoot for Epicurious, which was followed by a trip for lunch at The Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. The blue team prepares for service that night, which also involves baking biscuits and churning butter from scratch.

  • Dinner service: This service features a special menu of Southern cuisine. On both teams, there were minor faults in appetizers, but at the entrée stage, numerous mistakes were made, including Kimmie on the red team undercooking and overcooking catfish, and on the blue team, Robyn undercooking chicken and Brian overcooking fish. When Brian gave a snide answer to Ramsay on burned fish, Ramsay orders him to get out for fresh air, only to be talked back in by maître d' James. However, the numerous mistakes continued, Ramsay throws both teams out, and he and the sous chefs complete service themselves. Sous chef Scott goes up to the dorms and told the chefs to go to the kitchen, only to be stopped by Chef Ramsay in the corridor and were told to nominate one chef from each team for elimination.

The red team nominates Kimmie and the blue team nominates Robyn. Ramsay called Robyn forward, only to send her back in line. In the end, he eliminates Kimmie for not living up to her expertise on southern cooking, but praises her passion and her drive.

Ramsay's comment: "As a woman from Memphis, tonight's Southern cuisine menu should've been an easy walk in the park for Kimmie. But it turned out to be a difficult uphill battle, and that is why it was her time to go."
139 15 "7 Chefs Compete" July 24, 2012 6.23[18]
  • Team challenge: The contestants have to prepare three dishes from the regular Hell's Kitchen menu in a tag-team race. Ramsay then compares the same dishes from each team for completeness, taste, and appearance to decide the winning team. However, all the dishes from both teams are rejected by Ramsay and he could not pick a winning team. This marks the first and currently only time in history of Hell's Kitchen that both Red and Blue teams lost a Challenge.

If a team had won, they would have spent the day at Santa Monica, at the beach, enjoying lunch and taking a helicopter tour. But instead, both teams must detail the SUVs and clean the front of the restaurant, as well as prepare for that night's service.

  • Dinner service: The red team does very well in the service, making some minor mistakes such as Christina serving a burnt risotto and Dana needlessly cooking each piece of fish in its own pan, but recover, to a point where they finish their service before the blue team, who fail to get their first entrée out. The blue team start off badly, Clemenza has trouble putting out multiple appetizers at the same time and Robyn put all her garnishes in the oven. Justin served up old sea bass after the garnish trouble. Brian has his worst service failing to serve meat at the right temperatures and losing control soon after. Ramsay kicks Brian off the meat station and has Barbie take over, who gives perfect results. After dinner service, Ramsay awards the red team with black jackets, then tells the blue team to nominate two team members for elimination.[note 7]

The blue team decides that Robyn should be nominated, but are split between Clemenza and Brian for second. Due to the blue team being incapable of making a decision on the second nominee, Ramsay has all four members step forward for elimination. Clemenza and Justin are called forward and told to remove their jackets, only to be given black jackets. This is followed by Robyn and Brian, and removing their jackets as well, and Ramsay tells Robyn to get her black jacket. Ramsay then eliminates Brian from the competition for giving up easily in service and not having a more serious attitude.

Ramsay's comment: "Brian had a lot of energy and was a funny guy. But after tonight's performance, I wasn't laughing. And that's why he has to leave Hell's Kitchen."
140 16 "6 Chefs Compete" August 13, 2012 6.58[19]
  • Team challenge: The final six chefs are grouped into pairs (Robyn and Christina, Justin and Barbie, and Dana and Clemenza) and have to taste Chef Lefebvre's and Chef Hatfield's dishes. This leads to the actual "taste it, make it" challenge, in which the chefs must distinguish the ingredients in Ramsay's dish and then reproduce the dish in 30 minutes. Dana and Clemenza having the most ingredients correct and secure the win.

Their reward is going to Silverwood Lake, where they spend the day jet skiing and having a gourmet picnic. The others must spend the day cleaning and ironing the table linens, as well as cleaning up the dining area, and polishing the glasses and silverware.

  • Dinner service: The contestants competed against another team, composed of runner-ups from previous seasons of Hell's Kitchen: Russell Kook II (Season 8), Jay Santos (Season 7), Kevin Cottle (Season 6), Paula DaSilva (Season 5), Bonnie Muirhead (Season 3) and Virginia Dalbeck (Season 2). The runners-up team start off with Jay getting overwhelmed doing the first fish entrées, forcing Kevin to bail him out. The black team has a few mistakes, including Clemenza cooking a pasta dish not on order, Robyn not putting enough dressing on the caesar salads, and Dana having to call Clemenza and then Robyn over to help her on the fish station, Ramsay takes Dana out of the kitchen. At the end of service, Ramsay tells the black team that their service was "not bad." However, the returning chefs team was deemed to have been far better, meaning one member of the black team would be eliminated tonight.

Clemenza and Robyn are nominated despite the strong criticism by Ramsay of Dana's performance on the fish station. Ramsay calls Clemenza to step forward, and only to send him back in line. In the end, Robyn was eliminated due to blaming others for her mistakes.

Ramsay's comment: "Making it to the black jackets was a dream come true for Robyn. But cooking against the runners-up was a reality check for her and for me."
141 17 "5 Chefs Compete" August 20, 2012 6.23[20]

For her prize, Barbie enjoys a gourmet Italian lunch and she is able to bring Justin with her, they then go kayaking in the canals of the Los Angeles neighborhood of Venice. The others prepare for the special Italian service.

  • Dinner service: This service is a special Italian service, featuring a selection of Italian appetizers and entrées. Before service began, Sous Chef Scott caught Clemenza overtenderizing the chicken. The appetizer stage was a major debacle, in which Barbie incorrectly cooked the risotto numerous times, to a point at which Ramsay threatened to throw her out of the competition if she messed up once more. Christina burned and underseasoned the first few sides and improved as the service went on. After service was complete, Ramsay told them he was disappointed with their performance as he felt they had made too mistakes.

The chefs have to nominate a contestant for elimination. At the nomination ceremony, Justin reveals that they could not agree on a single contestant, they are divided between Barbie and Clemenza, so Ramsay calls them both up.[note 8] After Clemenza's many mistakes, Ramsay chooses to eliminate him because he was given too many chances. However, Ramsay appreciated Clemenza's efforts.

Ramsay has no regarding comment on Clemenza's elimination.

Ramsay retires and goes to the office, the "final four" contestants retire to the dorms, and found a champagne from Ramsay which includes a "note", with a big congratulations, and give a surprise promise in the next episode.
142 18 "4 Chefs Compete" August 27, 2012 6.87[21]

The contestants are treated to a visit from their loved-ones at the start of the episode.

  • Individual challenge: The chefs are taken to a Bristol Farms supermarket, where they have 10 minutes to spend up to $15 on ingredients for their challenge. Back at Hell's Kitchen, they have 30 minutes to cook their dish. Then three judges, two restauranteurs and a critic for Bon Appétit magazine, price their dishes with the contestant with the highest average price for their dish winning the challenge. Dana wins this challenge for her panko-coated halibut, narrowly beating out Christina. Barbie finishes third and Justin finishes last.

Dana visits the Manhattan Beach Post restaurant in Manhattan Beach, where the chef helps her cook a dish and serves it to very special customers, her parents. The others must sort the recyclable material from the garbage, as well as prepare for that night's service.

  • Dinner service: In this service, the chefs take turns running the pass and having to spot acts of sabotage that Ramsay and sous chefs Scott and Andi have deliberately set up. Justin has a very strong start, spotting that Scott had put crab instead of lobster in a spaghetti, and only having trouble with Dana's poor attitude on the fish station. Dana struggles to get her orders across, and fails to notice that the risotto has been seasoned with sugar instead of salt. Barbie keeps addressing her orders to the diners instead of the chefs, but manages to catch the mashed celeriac substituted for mashed potatoes. Christina has a rough start when Dana keeps getting her times wrong, causing Ramsay to accuse Christina of allowing her friendship with Dana to hurt her. Christina becomes more vocal and decisive. She also catches the mache substituted for spinach. The chefs turn in generally solid performances on their stations, with Dana's weak performance on the fish being the only notable exception.
Ramsay announces that two chefs would advance for the final. Each contestant gives a reason to stay, and Ramsay first eliminates Barbie, but praises her for her improvement, passion and hard work. The episode ends in a "To Be Continued" cliffhanger as Ramsay prepares to name the two chefs who will go into the final.
143 19 "2 Chefs Compete" September 4, 2012 6.17[22]

Ramsay states that the remaining three contestants are so close to each other but chooses Christina and Justin for the final round. He lets Dana keep her jacket. Dana accepts that she isn't yet ready based on her performance.

Finalists Christina and Justin prepare a menu featuring four appetizers, four entrées and three desserts, and he gives them new white jackets. Ramsay sends both of them on a private jet to Las Vegas, where they meet with sous chefs Scott and Andi poolside at the Paris Las Vegas. They spend a relaxing day at a pool and have dinner with their loved ones. Later, they see Penn & Teller perform, which features Ramsay as part of a magic trick, and eventually leading into the final challenge.

  • Individual challenge: Christina and Justin have each one hour to cook five entrées, and is being judged by five well-renowned chefs, including Wolfgang Puck. Christina wins this challenge, with a score of 3-2.

Instead of prizes, Christina and Justin must draft a team using the eight remaining chefs from the competition, and with Christina getting to choose first.[note 9] Christina chooses Dana, Patrick, Kimmie and Robyn, while Justin chooses Barbie, Brian, Royce and is left with Clemenza. This infuriates Clemenza, as he feels that he should have been one of the first choices instead of the last one remaining.

Back at Hell's Kitchen, Christina and Justin brief their teammates on the night's menu. However, Clemenza is still upset over being picked last and begins to walk out. The episode ended in a final "To Be Continued" cliffhanger.
144 20 "Winner Chosen" September 10, 2012 6.27[23]

Continued from last episode, Clemenza is less than enthused about taking part in the final service, he ultimately decides to take part, and continues to be part of Justin's team. The following morning, Christina or Justin hold one final briefing before heading to the kitchen. Clemenza does not show up for the briefing, so Justin goes and tells him to come and join them. During the final preparations, Chef Ramsay gives each of the night's menu items a taste test, identifying which dishes need tweaking, and declaring Hell's Kitchen is starting its 140th service.

  • Dinner service: The service on both teams is quite rocky, especially Justin's blue team where Clemenza makes several mistakes, including burning the bruschetta, Royce serving the crab cakes too raw and dry, and sending out underdone meat. Barbie overcooks the ribeye steak. After conferring with Justin and the person who placed the order, they serve filet mignon as a substitute. On Christina's Red team, she keeps a close eye on Robyn who she doesn't trust. Dana has some trouble on the fish station and at one point sous chef Andi has to tell her to listen to Christina. Near the end of the service, an undercooked pork dish goes to the pass for the red team, leading Ramsay to ask Christina whether she should let it go or redo the entire table. She decides reject it and restart the final table's order. Despite these problems, both teams complete service successfully.

Immediately following the service, Ramsay jokingly tells the final two and their teammates that Tavon is the winner. He then dismisses the team members and tells Justin and Christina to wait in the dorms, while he decides the real winner. He ultimately chooses Christina as the tenth winner of Hell's Kitchen. During the celebration, Christina hangs her portrait on the Wall of Fame. Justin takes his defeat graciously.

Ramsay's comment: "Christina's passion and talent are undeniable. She's a strong leader who is totally at home in the kitchen. I know I'm not rolling the dice with her in Vegas because she is the real deal."


Christina appeared in the Season 11 finale when she was visited by the finalists at Gordon Ramsay Steak, where they had lunch together and she gave them tips for their final service. She also appeared in Season 12 in episode 8 during the red team's reward trip in Las Vegas. Christina also returned in Season 13 for the 200th dinner service black-tie affair as a diner with Rock Harper (Season 3), Jay Santos (Season 7), Elise Wims (Season 9) and her Sous Chef at Gordon Ramsay Steak Jon Scallion (Season 11)

Dana returned in Season 12 to pick one of the contestant's dishes to appear in the Hell's Kitchen Calendar alongside Season 3 winner Rock Harper, and Season 9 winner Paul Niedermann.


  1. ^ The blue team's loss means they set a new record for the worst start by any team in Hell's Kitchen history, having lost five challenges or services out of five.
  2. ^ Unlike previous seasons, the Best of the Worst doesn't get to choose the nominees for elimination, though they still are guaranteed to be safe from elimination themselves.
  3. ^ Danielle did not receive a coat hook and burning picture.
  4. ^ The pairings were Dana and Patrick on the flat iron steak; Christina and Royce on the hanger steak; Barbie and Brian on the New York Strip steak; Tiffany and Justin on the filet mignon; and Robyn and Clemenza on the Ribeye steak.
  5. ^ Since Kimmie did not spin, she got to choose which batch of ingredients she would also cook with and she chose Robyn's. Robyn's ribeye steak was chosen over Kimmie's.
  6. ^ For the 12-sided dice challenge, the blue team went first, Clemenza chose heirloom tomato, Justin chose daikon, Robyn chose dragonfruit, Brian chose edamame, and Royce chose chicken. For the red team, Tiffany chose chicory, Barbie chose lamb, Kimmie chose turnips, Dana chose brussels sprouts, and Christina chose truffles.
  7. ^ The blue team set the worst competitive record of any blue team in the history of Hell's Kitchen dinner services. They were victorious only once in twelve services, losing five outright to the red team as well as suffering six joint losses with them.
  8. ^ Clemenza's nomination count ties with Autumn Lewis of season 7 Sabrina Brimhall of season 8, Elise Wims in Season 9 and Scott Commings of Season 12.
  9. ^ In episode 1019, the eight returning chefs returned to help with the two finalists. However, eight of the last six chefs present for the service, Tiffany did not return; instead Patrick came in her place and was the last person prior to the final ten chefs.


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