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HELL'S KITCHEN: The competition heats up when Chef Gordon Ramsay returns with Season 12 of HELL'S KITCHEN, debuting Thursday, March 13 (8:00-9:00 PM) on FOX 50.

By FOX50.com

Host, executive producer and award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay welcomes 20 new competitors on the Season 12 premiere of HELL’S KITCHEN airing Thursday, March 13 (8:00-9:00 PM) on FOX 50. These aspiring restaurateurs will endure an intense culinary academy, including a series of grueling team challenges and dinner services to prove they possess the right combination of ingredients to win Season 12.

In the premiere episode, Chef Ramsay offers the newest batch of contestants a never-before-seen welcome: the first-ever flash mob in HELL’S KITCHEN history. Then, after splitting the chefs into two teams – men (blue) vs. women (red) – Ramsay asks them to present their signature dishes in another battle of the sexes, but this time they will be cooking in front of a live audience!

Throughout the season, the contestants must prove their ability to work in teams, before Chef Ramsay determines which chefs are worthy of a black jacket. The rewards for the winners include a luxurious spa day, a surprise trip to Las Vegas and an extravagant shopping spree, while the punishments include churning ice cream, cleaning the dorms and separating trash and recyclables. As the competition progresses, the number of contestants will be narrowed down until only two chefs are left to compete for the ultimate prize: a Head Chef position at a Gordon Ramsay restaurant with a salary of a quarter of a million dollars, and the opportunity to fulfill his/her dreams of working in the culinary industry as the winner of HELL’S KITCHEN.

Below are the 20 chefs competing on this season of HELL’S KITCHEN:

The Red Team (Women) includes:

Beth Taylor

Beth Taylor               Age: 43   
Hometown: Independence, LA
Occupation: Line Cook

Signature Dish: Pecan Crusted Catfish with Wilted Spinach and Smoked Gouda Grits


Bev Lazo-Gonzalez

Bev Lazo-Gonzalez               Age: 42   
Hometown: Whittier, CA
Occupation: Food Truck Chef

Signature Dish: Southeast Asian-Style Fish Tacos


Jessica Vogel

Jessica Vogel                        Age: 28
Hometown: Sparta, NJ
Occupation: Line Cook

Signature Dish: Rosemary Crusted Venison Loin with Cranberry Ancho Chili Gastrique over Goat Cheese Polenta and Roasted Brussels Sprouts


Joy Parham-Thomas

Joy Parham-Thomas           Age: 25     
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Occupation: Kitchen Supervisor

Signature Dish: Chilled Corn Soup


Kashia Zollicoffer

Kashia Zollicoffer                  Age: 23
Hometown: Carthage, MS
Occupation: Line Cook

Signature Dish: New York Strip and Blue Cheese Crab Butter with Roasted Asparagus


Melanie Finch

Melanie Finch                     Age: 23
Hometown: Woodland Hills, CA
Occupation:  Line Cook

Signature Dish: Pan-Seared Scallops with Mashed Lentils, Roasted Pear and Crispy Raspberry Gastrique


Nicole Rutz

Nicole Rutz                           Age: 33   
Hometown: Morganville, NJ
Occupation: Baker

Signature Dish: Halibut Filet with Squash and Tomatoes in an Herb Butter Sauce


Rochelle Bergman

Rochelle Bergman                 Age: 27   
Hometown: Riverside, CA
Occupation: Caterer

Signature Dish: Mushroom Chicken with Asparagus


Sandra Flores

Sandra Flores                       Age: 36   
Hometown: Queens, NY
Occupation: Sous Chef

Signature Dish: Tender Cod Filet with Macadamia Nut Fig Butter and Fire-Roasted Corn with Applewood Bacon


Simone Hammond

Simone Hammond                Age: 43
Hometown: Henderson, NV
Occupation: Buffet Cook

Signature Dish: Peach and Crab Apple Chutney Pork Chop, Cornbread Dressing with Pecans and Haricot Verts with Fig and Cranberries in a White Wine Butter Sauce

 

The Blue Team (Men) includes:


Anton Testino

Anton Testino                       Age: 39   
Hometown: Butler, NJ 
Occupation: Head Chef

Signature Dish: Pork with Crabmeat Crust


Chris Eversole

Chris Eversole                      Age: 27   
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV  
Occupation: Line Cook

Signature Dish: Poule Rôtie


Guarav Navin

Guarav Navin                        Age: 34   
Hometown: East Stroudsburg, PA   
Occupation: Executive Chef

Signature Dish:  Afreen Tuna Met Komyn Parfume Pulao


Jason Zepaltas

Jason Zepaltas                      Age: 31   
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Occupation: Sous Chef

Signature Dish: Seared, then Braised Wild Salmon with Vegetables


Mike Aresta

Mike Aresta                           Age: 38   
Hometown: Keyport, NJ   
Occupation: Chef Instructor

Signature Dish: Herb-Fried Tortellini with Romesco


Michael DeMarco

Michael DeMarco                   Age: 29   
Hometown: Scranton, PA   
Occupation: Line Cook

Signature Dish: Ricotta Gnocchi with Roasted Tomato Crème and Sausage


Michael Gabriel

Michael Gabriel                     Age: 25
Hometown: Spring, TX   
Occupation: Executive Chef

Signature Dish: Stuffed Chicken Breast with Asparagus and Diced Rosemary Yukon Potatoes


Ralph Johnson

Ralph Johnson                     Age: 28    
Hometown: Boston, MA   
Occupation: Chef De Partie

Signature Dish: New England Lobster Dinner


Ricahrd Mancini

Richard Mancini                   Age: 48    
Hometown: Bloomingdale, IL      
Occupation: Executive Chef

Signature Dish: Pan-Roasted Sea Bass with Roma Tomato and Basil Sauce over Sauteed Kale and Pancetta


Scott Commings

Scott Commings                   Age: 36   
Hometown: Woodstock, IL 
Occupation: Executive Chef         

Signature Dish: Herb Roasted Rack of lamb with Parsnip Puree and Sherry Jus

 

HELL’S KITCHEN is produced by ITV Studios America in association with A. Smith & Co. Productions. Arthur Smith, Kent Weed and Gordon Ramsay serve as executive producers. “Like” HELL’S KITCHEN on Facebook at facebook.com/hellskitchen. Follow the series on Twitter at @hellskitchenfox, and follow Ramsay at @GordonRamsay

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