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 release 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.


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


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

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Title Original air date U.S. viewers (million)
125 1 "18 Chefs Compete" June 4, 2012 5.46[4]

20 contestants are transported to Hell's Kitchen in a police-escorted motorcade. Sous chef Scott greets them and explains he shaved his head to prove his dedication to Ramsay, as has sous chef Andi. He calls for volunteers to shave their heads as well; two contestants (Scott's friends) 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 is later revealed that Andi was actually wearing a bald cap.

  • Team challenge: Men (blue team) compete against women (red team). Robyn's sea bass earns a point over Don's southwestern saltimbocca, neither Tiffany's Lamb Schnitzel or Guy's pan-seared bass earn a point, Roshni's lamb and Royce's grouper both earn points, Justin's dish earns a point over Danielle's dish, neither Kimmie's Fisherman's Trio or Brian's dessert earn a point, neither Barbie's dish or Chris' dish earn a point, both Briana's dish and Patrick's dish earn a point, and Dana's pan-seared scallops earns a point over Tavon's shrimp scallops and crab. Lastly, Christina's pork chop earns a point over Clemenza's veal chop, giving the red team a 5-3 win.

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, while the blue team is forced to clean both kitchens.

  • Dinner service: In the red kitchen, Roshni is kicked out after struggling on scallops, and although Barbie gets leads the women to getting the appetizers out, Christina's wellingtons constantly come out raw, bringing service to a halt. In the blue kitchen, Tavon serves raw pigeon, prepares Justin's scallops very poorly, and laughs after being scolded by Ramsay, getting him kicked out; Royce is then kicked out after sending up undercooked spaghetti. Don does very little, annoying his teammates, and the entire blue team is then kicked out after Chris sends up an onion tart with raw pastry. Christina still struggles on wellingtons and Ramsay shut the red team's kitchen down as well. Although both teams failed to serve any entrées, the red team is declared "winners" as they at least served appetizers; The blue team has to nominate two candidates for elimination.

The blue team nominates Tavon and Don; Ramsay overrules Don's nomination and nominates Royce instead. 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 remove 125 scallops from a large mound of ice and seaweed, and then have to cook the scallops to Ramsay's standards; the first team to cook and prepare six plates of five scallops each wins. The red team wins thanks to the stand out pair of Barbie and Tiffany, preparing six plates to the blue team's two.

The red team take a yacht cruise for a day on Santa Catalina Island, while the blue team have to clean up the remaining mess, prep the kitchens and dining area for service, and drink smoothies made out of rejected scallops.

  • Dinner service: The service is deemed "Redemption Night", with Ramsay specifically wanting flawless scallops from both kitchens. Brian and Christina serve shrimp scampi appetizer tableside, though Brian serves a plate with both raw and overcooked pieces on it. Guy does well on appetizers but Don burns and undercooks pizza, Chris struggles on scallops, to the point where Ramsay forced the entire blue team to eat all of the rejected scallops, and overcooked opah, and Royce has trouble making mashed potatoes. On the red team, Robyn and Barbie do not work together well and are serve undercooked food. Barbie continually argues with her teammates and struggles on the fish station before Ramsay kicks the red team out. In the blue kitchen, after discovering an overcooked steak, Ramsay kicks the men out as well; Ramsay declares both teams losers.

The blue team nominate Chris and Royce, while the red team nominate Barbie and Roshni (this was because all the women voted Barbie but couldn't think of someone else who did bad in service, so the decided to vote Roshni as they thought she was safe). Ramsay eliminates Chris for struggling on scallops.

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 have 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. Barbie attempts to cook the pizzas far too early, while Clemenza undercooks the pizzas. The red team won, their third challenge win in a row.[note 1]

The red team are rewarded with a safari trip in San Diego, while the blue team are sent to do hard labor at the Ballona Wetlands.

  • Dinner service: Prior to service, Ramsay had season 1 runner-up Ralph Pagano, Royce's boss, give Royce a pep-talk. Don and Tiffany are assigned to be servers; Tiffany performs flawlessly, while Don's writing and bad spelling slows the blue team down. Royce has a near-perfect performance on the appetizers, but Clemenza struggles on the meat station, running out of Beef Wellingtons midway through the service, but recovers working on steaks. Dana puts too much sauce on her spaghetti, while Briana and Barbie serve up undercooked scallops. With Christina's help, the red team complete the appetizer stage, but on entrees, Briana's cod is missing half a portion. Kimmie starts well, but then serves undercooked wellingtons. Roshni forgets an order of dumplings and 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 for not getting any entrees out, but does praise Christina.[note 2] He then orders the red team to nominate two candidates for elimination.

Briana nominates herself, and the team nominate Barbie; Ramsay also nominates Roshni. Ramsay eliminates Briana, feeling she was 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 are taken to a lamb pen at a local farm for the next challenge.

  • Team challenge: Each contestant gets as many ingredients off the animals as possible, with the collars and paint indicators of each ingredient. They then split into pairs to create 4 different lamb dishes; as the blue team had one less member, Patrick worked on his own. Tiffany/Danielle and Clemenza/Don both earn a point on lamb chop, Roshni and Kimmie's ground lamb earns a point over Patrick's and Justin and Guy's lamb chop earns a point over Barbie and Robyn's. Lastly, Royce and Brian's lamb steak earns a point over Christina's and Dana's, giving the blue team their first challenge win of the season.

The blue team is rewarded with a day at the horse races, while the red team have to wash the paint off the sheep, clean and prep both kitchens, and eat a lunch of lamb testicles.

  • Dinner service: In the red kitchen, Danielle serves undercooked appetizers multiple times and is thrown out, while Roshni struggles on beef wellingtons and is thrown out also. For the blue team, Brian undercooks and overcooks the cod, and is thrown out for calling Ramsay "baby". Ramsay then throws Don out for overcooking the steak, quickly followed by Robyn and Danielle for their communication issues, and Justin and Royce for both cooking bass for the same table. The remaining chefs complete service, but both teams are declared losers.

The red team nominate Danielle and Roshni, while the blue team nominate Brian and Don. Ramsay sends Don home for his lack of improvement, and then transfers Roshni to the blue team.

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 pour out balls with ingredients labelled on them. Each chef has 25 ingredients to work on 6 different Mexican dishes and five will be selected for judging by Ramsay and two guest judges. The red team wins 3-2, with Dana’s dish being noted as the best dish.

The red team go to one of the guest judge's gourmet restaurant for lunch and later go to an outdoor salsa dancing class, while the blue team do prep for both kitchens, which includes making handmade salsas for the dinner service, and have to eat tripe for lunch. Tiffany hears Royce criticizing Kimmie's dish and tells Kimmie, but due to being drunk, Kimmie mistakenly thinks it was Dana, Christina, and Danielle, causing a huge argument amongst the red team right before service.

  • Dinner service: The service is Mexican night. The blue team start off badly with Guy delivering undercooked tuna but he recovers. On the red team, Barbie brings up incorrectly seasoned mussels, and Kimmie baffles Ramsay by putting meat and fish on the same tray. Guy and Patrick are then kicked out for serving raw food. After serving raw pork twice, Danielle is thrown out as well. Justin then serves his meat despite warnings from Clemenza, and Ramsay throws them both out. Barbie is then caught using a thermometer in her chicken, and is thrown out, followed by Tiffany for sending burnt mashed potatoes. Royce sends up burnt chicken and is also thrown out. Brian and Roshni complete the blue team's service while Robyn, Kimmie, Christina, and Dana complete the red team's service. Despite both teams finishing service, Ramsay again declares no winner.

The red team nominates both Barbie and Danielle, while the blue team nominates Guy and Patrick. Ramsay sends Barbie back in line, but the episode then ends 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 starts crying when Danielle is eliminated and Christina and Dana agree to stand by each other, as they fear Robyn, Kimmie, and Tiffany will target them for elimination next. Ramsay does not give a comment on Danielle's elimination; Danielle did not receive a coat hook and burning picture.

  • Team challenge: Both teams have to prepare an appetizer and two entrées (one each seafood and poultry) for three fashion designer judges; David Meister, Amanda Che and Ina Soltani. Christina and Dana's appetizer earns a point over Brian and Justin's, but Roshni and Patrick's poultry dish earns a point over Barbie and Tiffany's, and 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, much to the red team's annoyance, while the red team assembles the runway for Hell's Kitchen's first ever fashion show.

  • 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.

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: The red team beats out the blue team on the appetizers; Clemenza gets overwhelmed with the number of scallop orders, but redeems himself on entrées. Guy gets distracted and is scolded, while Robyn runs out of beef, is scolded for asking Christina to get some from the blue kitchen, and is eventually forced to apologize to the customers and offer them a different entree. Tiffany sends up undercooked swordfish, and then tries to blame it on Christina. Guy sends up undercooked beef and Royce struggles in plating food at the pass, while Kimmie excels. Both teams complete service, but Ramsay then discovers a leftover tray of swordfish that Clemenza cooked, resulting in an argument between Clemenza and Royce over who was responsible. The red team is declared the winners, with Kimmie being the best performer of the night.

The blue team nominated Clemenza and Guy. Despite the entire blue team saying Clemenza should be eliminated, Clemenza gives a passionate speech about why he should stay, and Ramsay sends him back in line (with the red team cheering his decision), eliminating Guy for his lack of fight-back, though Ramsay praised 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: In front of each team are 4 domes, and each dome has 6 ingredients. Every 5 minutes, one of the domes becomes available for use. Each team member are told to take one ingredient from each dome that matches their protein, and they are judged with three Michelin-starred chefs, Michael Cimarusti, Anita Lo and Douglas Keane. The red teams wins with a score of 30-29 after Christina's lobster dish receives 3 stars from Anita.

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

  • Dinner service: Tito Ortiz and Sugar Ray Leonard are seated at the Chef's Tables, with Robyn and Justin supervising them. The red team have little trouble in the kitchen except for Christina undercooking risotto and Tiffany having trouble controlling the meat station, including using a dirty knife to check a Wellington, but the team rebounded. In the blue kitchen, Clemenza has issues with appetizers, Patrick struggles to serve an acceptable lobster, and Roshni serves overcooked meat. Eventually, Ramsay orders the blue team out of the kitchen, leaving the red team to complete their service. Ramsay instructs the blue team to nominate two team members for elimination in the hallway.

The blue team nominate Brian and Clemenza, but Ramsay overrules and nominates Roshni and Patrick. Ramsay eliminates Roshni, but commends her for her big heart.

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: A slot machine was spun and determined what type of steak and what ingredients one member of each team had to cook in 30 minutes. Since Kimmie did not spin due to the red team having an extra member, she got to choose which batch of ingredients she would cook with; she chose Robyn's, but Robyn's ribeye steak was chosen over Kimmie's due to its presentation. Justin's filet mignon earns a point over Tiffany's, Christina's hangar steak earns a point over Royce's, neither Dana's or Patrick's flat iron steak earn a point, and both Barbie's and Brian's New York strips earn a point. Lastly, Clemenza's ribeye steak earns a point over Robyn's, giving the blue team a 3-2 win. Ramsay tells the red team that they should have chosen Kimmie's steak, which Ramsay found to be delicious and would have seriously challenged Clemenza's.

The men are rewarded with a shopping spree for kitchenware and utensils, followed by lunch at Comme Ça, a local restaurant, while 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 includes a kid's menu. Shortly before service, Kimmie burns her left hand and arm picking up a pan with hot grease; while she is medically treated, she argues with Robyn. The episode then ends with another "To be continued" cliffhanger.
134 10 "11 Chefs Compete Part 2" July 3, 2012 5.07[12]
  • Dinner service: Despite being recommended by the medic not to take part in service, Kimmie decided to, which leads to her team (bar Robyn) praising her dedication. Tiffany burned pizzas for kids and served inconsistent bellinis for smoked salmon, but Barbie took over and severed perfect appetizers, earning praise from Ramsay, though Tiffany was bitter. Kimmie and Robyn continued to argue and constantly failed to get out their entrées due to disagreeing over times. On the blue team, Patrick and Royce are thrown out for their mistakes, including undercooking steaks, and Brian was scolded for acting goofy and bizarre. When the tension in the red team flares up, Ramsay calls Clemenza, Brian and Justin to assist them. However, the fighting among the women continues and they angrily reject the men's help before Ramsay throws them out after Robyn serves a raw steak. Although the men take over the service and finish both sides, Ramsay declares both teams losers.

The blue team nominates Patrick and Royce, while the red team nominates Robyn and Tiffany following a heated argument between Robyn and Kimmie which nearly came to a fight between the two in the dorms. Ramsay eliminates Patrick due to his continuous problems in two straight services, and grants Robyn's request to be transferred to the blue team, though he warns her to stop blaming others for her mistakes.

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 3] The blue team won a close challenge after the red team's brussels sprouts were undercooked.

The blue team were rewarded with a trip on Southwest Airlines to Las Vegas, where they spend an entire evening at the Paris Las Vegas, while the red team must barbecue a pig to make pulled pork, a task that takes 12 to 15 hours, with an alarm sounding every hour so they could check on it.

  • Dinner service: The service for the chef's table includes American Idol season 9 champion Lee DeWyze and season 10 finalist Haley Reinhart, as well as 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 perfectly cooked pork chops and beef wellingtons. The blue team struggles; Royce makes mistakes on the meat station, Clemenza struggles on the fish station, including overcooking cod, and Brian struggles with flat bread. At one point, Ramsay takes all the male blue team members aside for a time out. After the red team finish service, Ramsay has them help the blue team. The red team are declared winners and Barbie is named the best performer of the night. Ramsay criticizes the losing the blue team, noting that Robyn was the only good member during their service, and tells the blue team to nominate two people for elimination.

The blue team nominate Royce and Clemenza. Ramsay has both Royce and Clemenza remove their jackets before eliminating Royce for failing to live up to his abilities to his mentor. Ramsay then 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; Brian/Justin and Barbie/Tiffany have 60 wings to eat between them, while Chestnut has 60 wings to himself. The first to finish will win $500 in cash; Eventually, Joey wins the contest.

  • Team challenge: The annual "blind taste test" then took place; Because the red team had an extra member, Kimmie sat out. Brian identified three ingredients compared to Christina's two, Barbie identified one ingredient, while Robyn failed to identify any, and Tiffany identified one ingredient, while Clemenza also failed to identify any. Lastly, Dana identfied two ingredients, but Justin became the first contestant in Hell's Kitchen history to get a perfect score of four, giving the blue team a 7-6 win.

The blue team spends an entire day at the Raging Waters water park in San Dimas, while the red team spends the day receiving various deliveries, grinding peppercorns with a mortar and pestle, change the oil in the fryers, and peeling potatoes.

Both teams then received an iPad video message from Ramsay, instructing them to create their own menu, each consisting of three appetizers, three entrées and three desserts. Barbie preps at a slow pace, annoying her teammates, the first batch of Kimmie's barbecue sauce tastes awful, forcing Christina to help her, and Dana helps Tiffany out with her potatoes since they were crunchy, while Clemenza steps out of preparation to clean his jacket. Ramsay has issues with the red team's appetizers, but had positive comments about their entrées. By contrast, Ramsay does not like any of the blue team's dishes, and eventually finds several bones in Clemenza's quail dish, leading him to threaten Clemenza with elimination before the service even started. The episode then 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 submit comment cards based on which team's dishes they preferred more. The blue team run out of scallops, leading to Robyn suggesting an alternate dish to the diners, Brian struggles to cook the bass, Robyn faces problems with Justin's complicated dish and Justin overcooks a prime steak. 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. For the red team, Christina gets overwhelmed on the flatbreads, Kimmie overcooks the ribeye steak, Dana sends out raw lobster, and Tiffany uses a dirty pan to make garnish. Near the end of service, Tiffany gets stalled on potatoes, and when she argues with sous chef Andi, Andi kicks her out. Ramsay tears up the customers' comment cards and declares both teams losers, despite the red team finishing service. Ramsay criticizes the teams as having the worst team menu service to date.

The blue team nominates Robyn and Clemenza, while the red team nominates Tiffany and Barbie. Both Robyn and Clemenza attempted to overrule themselves, but failed. Ramsay was shocked that the red team did not nominate Kimmie. Despite Ramsay having good reasons to send both Clemenza and Robyn home, he eliminates Tiffany due to her lack of passion and leadership.

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 will be judged by Ramsay and Epicurious editor Tanya Steel. 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 are featured in a photo shoot for Epicurious, followed by a trip for lunch at The Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, while the blue team prepares for service that night, which involves baking biscuits and churning butter from scratch.

  • Dinner service: This service features a special menu of Southern cuisine. There are only minor faults on appetizers in both kitchens, but on entrées, Kimmie undercookes and overcookes catfish, Barbie under-seasons the garnish, Robyn undercookes chicken and Brian overcookes fish. When Brian gives a snide answer to Ramsay, Ramsay kicks him out of the kitchen. After some prompting by maître d' James, Brian returns to the kitchen and fights back, but the numerous mistakes continue, and Ramsay throws both teams out, leaving he and the sous chefs to complete service themselves. A furious Ramsay orders both teams to nominate one chef for elimination.

The red team nominates Kimmie, while the blue team nominates Robyn. Ramsay 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 a winner. However, all the dishes from both teams are rejected by Ramsay, making both teams losers and marking the first time in history of Hell's Kitchen that neither team won a challenge.

The reward would have been a day at the beach in Santa Monica, with lunch and a helicopter tour. Instead, both teams must detail the SUVs, clean the front of the restaurant, and prepare for that night's service.

  • Dinner service: The red team does very well in the service, their only problems were Christina burning risotto and Dana needlessly cooking each piece of fish in a separate pan, but the red team finish service well before the blue team, who failed to get their first entrée out, casuing some of their tables to walk out.Clemenza has trouble putting out multiple appetizers at the same time and Robyn puts all her garnishes in the oven and then tries to blame it on the rest of her team. Justin then serves up old sea bass and Brian fails to serve meat at the right temperatures and loses control soon after. Ramsay kicks Brian off the meat station and has Barbie take over. The red team were named clear winners and Christina, Dana and Barbie were given black jackets, while the blue team were berated and told to nominate two for elimination.[note 4]

The blue team nominate Robyn, but after they reveal they are split between Clemenza and Brian for their second nominee, Ramsay has all four members step forward. Clemenza and Justin are given black jackets before Robyn is given the final black jacket and Brian is eliminated 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 secure the win.

Dana and Clemenza go to Silverwood Lake, where they spend the day jet skiing and having a gourmet picnic. The others must spend the day cleaning up the dining area and polishing the glasses and silverware.

  • Dinner service: The contestants compete 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 help him. For the black team, Clemenza cooks a pasta dish not on order, Robyn does not put enough dressing on the caesar salads, and Dana fails to ask for help on the fish station. Robyn is kicked out for serving poor scallops before Ramsay takes Dana to the storage room and tells her to take control. At the end of service, Ramsay tells the black team that their service was "not bad." However, the returning chefs team is deemed to have been far better, meaning one member of the black team would be eliminated tonight.

The team nominate Clemenza and Robyn, despite the strong criticism by Ramsay of Dana's performance on the fish station. In the end, Robyn is 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]

Barbie is treated to gourmet Italian lunch and she is able to choose one chef to go with her; she chooses Justin. They then go kayaking in the canals of the Los Angeles neighborhood of Venice. The others prepare for the special Italian service.

  • Dinner service: Before service begins, Sous Chef Scott catches Clemenza overtenderizing the chicken. Barbie incorrectly cooks risotto numerous times, to a point at which Ramsay threatens to throw her out if she messes up again. Christina burns and under-seasons the first few sides, but recovers. After service is complete, Ramsay expresses his disappointment with their performance and has the team nominate a contestant for elimination.

Justin reveals that they could not agree between Barbie and Clemenza, so Ramsay calls them both up.[note 5] Ramsay eliminates Clemenza, but commends him on his effort. Ramsay has no regarding comment on Clemenza's elimination. Ramsay retires and goes to the office; at the dorms, the final four contestants find a champagne from Ramsay which includes a "note", with a big congratulations, and gives 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 the challenge with 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 serve 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: The chefs take turns running the pass and having to spot acts of sabotage that Ramsay and sous chefs Scott and Andi 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 risotto was seasoned with sugar instead of salt. Barbie keeps addressing her orders to the diners instead of the chefs, but manages to catch mashed celeriac instead of mashed potatoes. Christina has a rough start when Dana keeps getting her times wrong, but becomes more vocal and decisive, catching arugula substituted for spinach. The chefs turn in generally solid performances on their stations, with Dana's weak performance on the fish the only notable exception.

Ramsay announces that two chefs would advance for the final. After each contestant gives a reason to stay, Ramsay 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 chooses Christina and Justin for the final, eliminating Dana, but Ramsay allows Dana to keep her jacket.

Finalists Christina and Justin prepare a menu featuring four appetizers, four entrées and three desserts. Ramsay sends both of them on a private jet to Las Vegas, where they meet 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.

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

For winning the challenge, Christina gets first choice in drafting a team using the eight chefs eliminated from the competition prior to the final.[note 6] Christina picked Dana, Patrick, Kimmie and Robyn, while Justin chooses Barbie, Brian, Royce and is left with Clemenza. Christina and Justin then brief their teammates on their menus, but Clemenza is upset over being picked last and begins to walk out. The episode ended in a "To Be Continued" cliffhanger.

144 20 "Winner Chosen" September 10, 2012 6.27[23]

Continued from last episode, while Clemenza is less than enthused, he ultimately decides to take part. The following morning, Christina and Justin hold one final briefing, but Clemenza does not show up for the briefing, causing Justin to encourage him. Ramsay gives each of the menu items a taste test, identifying dishes in need of tweaking, before starting Hell's Kitchen's 140th service.

  • Dinner service: The service on both teams is quite rocky; For Justin's team, Clemenza burns bruschetta, Royce serves raw crab cakes and undercooked meat, and Barbie overcooked the ribeye steak. After conferring, Justin served filet mignon as a substitute. On Christina's team, despite Christina distrusting Robyn, she puts on a solid performance, but Dana struggles on the fish station. Near the end of the service, an undercooked pork dish goes to the pass for the red team, leading Ramsay to ask Christina to either let it go or restart the entire table. She decides to restart, a decision Ramsay approves of. Both teams complete service successfully.

Ramsay then dismisses the team members and tells Justin and Christina to wait in the dorms, while decides the winner. He ultimately chooses Christina as the tenth winner of Hell's Kitchen; Christina hangs her portrait on the Wall of Fame and 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). Christina appeared in the Season 14 finale when she was visited in Hell's Kitchen and going with finalist to the Las Vegas. 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.

In March 2014, Christina became the executive chef at Gordon Ramsay BurGR at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.


  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. ^ 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.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Tiffany did not return, so Patrick took her place as the last person eliminated prior to the final ten.


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