Chef Gordon Ramsay Grills Choicest Cut of New Culinary Competitors on “Hell’s Kitchen”; Premieres July 18

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Season Premiere Airs Monday, July 18, on FOX

Winner to Receive Head Chef Position at BLT Steak in New York City

Get ready for the heat of HELL’S KITCHEN as superstar chef Gordon Ramsay ushers in the series’ red-hot ninth season with 18 new competitors Monday, July 18 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. These aspiring restaurateurs will brave Ramsay and his wrath as he once again puts the competitors through rigorous challenges to see who has the skill and passion to win a life-changing prize: a head chef position at BLT Steak in New York City.

Ramsay’s culinary challenges will range from the cute and cuddly as the chefs cook a “mommy and me” meal for a room full of moms and toddlers – to the sublime as the chefs are challenged to cook using different types of beer as the basis for their recipes. The winning teams will get to enjoy a private jet to Palm Springs, Indy-car racing, a $20,000-per-night suite in Las Vegas or a four-story yacht excursion, while the losing teams will be required to decorate for a high school reunion, take delivery of and butcher an entire side of beef, create ice sculptures and put together an entire children’s playground for family night.

In the season premiere, Ramsay launches the competition with the signature-dish challenge and is both impressed and disappointed right from the start. Before the dinner service can even begin, one contestant is rushed to the hospital and things go downhill quickly from there until one chef is eliminated from HELL’S KITCHEN.


As the teams are whittled down, the chefs get one step closer to earning the coveted black chef jacket. Eventually two finalists will compete head-to-head to try and impress Ramsay with their skills and only one lucky chef will walk away with the ultimate prize and fulfill their dreams as a head chef at one of the finest restaurants in America.


Below are the 18 chefs of this season’s HELL’S KITCHEN. The members of the Red Team (Women) include:


Name: Elizabeth Bianchi

Age: 27

Occupation: Line Cook

Hometown: New York, NY

Signature Dish: Pan-Roasted Quail


Name: Natalie Blake

Age: 23

Occupation: Sous Chef

Hometown: Harrodsburg, KY

Signature Dish: Lamb Chops


Name: Amanda Colello

Age: 26

Occupation: Personal Chef

Hometown: Sun City, CA

Signature Dish: Eggplant Rollatini with Creamy Polenta


Name: Jamie Gregorich

Age: 24

Occupation: Sous Chef

Hometown: Bradenton, FL

Signature Dish: Lollipop Lamb Chop with Red Onion Confiture


Name: Carrie Keep

Age: 31

Occupation: Pantry Chef

Hometown: Dallas, TX

Signature Dish: Chicken-Fried Rib Eye with Yukon Mashed Potatoes and White Truffle Cream Gravy


Name: Gina Melcher

Age: 34

Occupation: Restaurant Consultant

Hometown: Cape May, NJ

Signature Dish: Pistachio Scallops


Name: Jennifer Normant

Age: 34

Occupation: Chef de Cuisine

Hometown: Boston, MA

Signature Dish: Special Secret Pork with Mashed Sweet Potatoes


Name: Krupa Patel

Age: 30

Occupation: Private Chef

Hometown: Queens, NY

Signature Dish: Stuffed Naan with Cilantro Chutney


Name: Elise Wims

Age: 26

Occupation: Line Cook

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Signature Dish: Pesto Seared Scallops with Sautéed Escarole


Name: Chino Chang

Age: 39

Occupation: Executive Chef

Hometown: Hatboro, PA

Signature Dish: Korean BBQ Beef


Name: Brendan Heavey

Age: 31

Occupation: Head Chef

Hometown: Hoboken, NJ

Signature Dish: Salmon with Basil Cream Sauce


Name: Monterray Keys

Age: 34

Occupation: Line Cook

Hometown: Darby, PA

Signature Dish: Pan-Seared Sea Bass


Name: Will Lustberg

Age: 31

Occupation: Sous Chef

Hometown: Jersey City, NJ

Signature Dish: Sheep’s Milk Ricotta Gnudi

Name: Paul Niedermann

Age: 26

Occupation: Jr. Sous Chef

Hometown: Davie, FL

Signature Dish: Eggplant Involtini


Name: Steven Paluba

Age: 44

Occupation: Sauté Chef

Hometown: Ridge, NY

Signature Dish: Seared Diver Scallops with Wild Mushroom Risotto


Name: Jonathon Plumley

Age: 34

Occupation: Head Cook

Hometown: Memphis, TN

Signature Dish: Punch-Drunk Chicken

Name: Tommy Stevens

Age: 31

Occupation: Line Cook

Hometown: Brewster, NY

Signature Dish: Toasted Coconut Crab Cake


Name: Jason Zepaltas

Age: 29

Occupation: Line Cook

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Signature Dish: Pork Tacos


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. Become a fan of HELL’S KITCHEN on Facebook at and follow the series on Twitter at (@hellskitchenonfox).


Owned by Jimmy Haber and Keith Treyball, BLT Steak is overseen by BLT Restaurant Group, a division of parent company ESquared Hospitality. Renowned for its high-quality food and service, BLT Steak first introduced diners to the Modern American steakhouse in 2004 with the flagship BLT Steak in New York City. Since then, 10 additional BLT Steak restaurants have opened in Washington, D.C. (2006); San Juan, PR (2006); White Plains, NY (2007); Los Angeles (2008); Scottsdale, AZ (2008); Atlanta (2009); Miami (2009); Hong Kong (2009); Charlotte, NC (2009); and Waikiki (2009). For more information about BLT Steak, please visit or


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