'Hell's Kitchen' Season 12 Premieres Thursday, March 13 on FOX

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March 10th, 2014


via press release:




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 ET/PT) on FOX. 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.


Click below to watch/share the opening to what could be the most incredible and star-studded season of HELL’S KITCHEN ever:


YouTube link: http://youtu.be/9M_6TYIINYM



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               Age: 43

Hometown: Independence, LA

Occupation: Line Cook


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



  Bev Lazo-Gonzalez               Age: 42

Hometown: Whittier, CA

Occupation: Food Truck Chef


Signature Dish: Southeast Asian-Style Fish Tacos




  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           Age: 25

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Occupation: Kitchen Supervisor


Signature Dish: Chilled Corn Soup



  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                     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                           Age: 33

Hometown: Morganville, NJ

Occupation: Baker


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



  Rochelle Bergman                 Age: 27

Hometown: Riverside, CA

Occupation: Caterer


Signature Dish: Mushroom Chicken with Asparagus




  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                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                       Age: 39

Hometown: Butler, NJ

Occupation: Head Chef


Signature Dish: Pork with Crabmeat Crust




  Chris Eversole                      Age: 27

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

Occupation: Line Cook


Signature Dish: Poule Rôtie




  Guarav Navin                        Age: 34

Hometown: East Stroudsburg, PA

Occupation: Executive Chef


Signature Dish:  Afreen Tuna Met Komyn Parfume Pulao




  Jason Zepaltas                      Age: 31

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Occupation: Sous Chef


Signature Dish: Seared, then Braised Wild Salmon with Vegetables




  Mike Aresta                           Age: 38

Hometown: Keyport, NJ

Occupation: Chef Instructor


Signature Dish: Herb-Fried Tortellini with Romesco



  Michael DeMarco                   Age: 29

Hometown: Scranton, PA

Occupation: Line Cook


Signature Dish: Ricotta Gnocchi with Roasted Tomato Crème and Sausage




  Michael Gabriel                     Age: 25

Hometown: Spring, TX

Occupation: Executive Chef


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



  Ralph Johnson                     Age: 28

Hometown: Boston, MA

Occupation: Chef De Partie


Signature Dish: New England Lobster Dinner




  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                   Age: 36

Hometown: Woodstock, IL 

Occupation: Executive Chef


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


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