Twenty Aspiring Restaurateurs Brave the Heat of “Hell’s Kitchen” on the Season 12 Premiere
We are so excited and ready for the next season of Hell’s Kitchen. 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.
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. The twist? 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.
Now….drum roll please....it’s time to meet 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 andSmoked Gouda Grits – photo left
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 – photo left
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 – photo right
The Blue Team (Men) includes:
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