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The Best Hell's Kitchen Winners, Ranked

Updated June 14, 2019 24.7k votes 3.8k voters 49.6k views18 items

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Who are the most successful Hell's Kitchen winners? Chef Gordon Ramsay's hit TV show, which debuted in 2005, features food professionals from a wide range of backgrounds and expertise preparing dishes for the notoriously temperamental Ramsay. Whether they competed on the red team or blue team, it's not easy being a Hell's Kitchen chef given the show's title is pretty apt! While all the contenders made an impression on audiences, who are the best Hell's Kitchen contestants? Help decide below! 

Past winners of Hell's Kitchen used their skills in the kitchen to score coveted prizes, ranging from their very own restaurants to prestigious Head Chef positions. Their signature dishes were imbued with personal style, often incorporating regional elements and adding new twists to classics. The most popular winners faced a lot of challenges along the way, from squabbles with fellow contestants to poor reviews from Ramsay himself. Are you a fan of Ariel Malone or Scott Commings? What about the Season 17 winner Michelle Tribble, who returned after being defeated in Season 14? You'll find all the past winners below! Cast your vote to decide who's the best of the best! 

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    Christina Wilson

    Winner: Season 10 (2012)
    Occupation: Chef
    Prize: Head Chef at Gordon Ramsay Steak (Paradise, NV)
    Signature Dish: Pork chop

  • 2
    1,450
    446

    Dave Levey

    Winner: Season 6 (2009)
    Occupation: Executive Chef
    Prize: Head Chef at Araxi Restaurant (Whistler, British Columbia)
    Signature Dish: Ostrich with pan-seared Brussels sprouts 

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    1,182
    417

    Rock Harper

    Winner: Season 3 (2007)
    Occupation: Executive Chef
    Prize: Head Chef at Terra Verde (Henderson, NV)
    Signature Dish: Scallop and gnocchi

  • 4
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    361

    Ariel Contreras-Fox

    Winner: Season 18 (2019)
    Occupation: Chef de Cuisine
    Prize: Head Chef at Hell's Kitchen Restaurant at Caesars Palace (Las Vegas, NV)
    Signature Dish: Scallops with parsnip purée

  • 5
    954
    396

    Heather West

    Winner: Season 2 (2006)
    Occupation: Sous Chef
    Prize: Executive Chef at Terra Rossa (Las Vegas, NV) 
    Signature Dish: Chocolate raspberry empanadas  

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    450

    Meghan Gill

    Winner: Season 14 (2015)
    Occupation: Executive Chef 
    Prize: Head Chef at Gordon Ramsay Pup & Grill (Atlantic City, NJ)
    Signature Dish: Pan-seared rainbow trout

  • 7
    759
    399

    Kimberly-Ann Ryan

    Winner: Season 16 (2017)
    Occupation: Event Chef 
    Prize: Head Chef at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar (Las Vegas, NV)
    Signature Dish: Seared scallops with seasoned rice crispies

  • 8
    859
    475

    Michael Wray

    Winner: Season 1 (2005)
    Occupation: Professional Chef
    Prize: Own restaurant (Tatou in Los Angeles, CA)
    Signature Dish: Scallops 

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    548

    Michelle Tribble

    Winner: Season 17 (2018)
    Occupation: Line Cook
    Prize: Hell's Kitchen Restaurant (Las Vegas, NV)
    Signature Dish: Huevos rancheros/scallops

  • 10
    693
    478

    Danny Veltri

    Winner: Season 5 (2009)
    Occupation: Executive Chef
    Prize: Sous Chef at Fornelletto (Atlantic City, NJ)
    Signature Dish: Grilled bananas

  • 11
    672
    477

    Christina Machamer

    Winner: Season 4 (2008)
    Occupation: Culinary Student
    Prize: Senior Sous Chef at London West Hollywood (Los Angeles, CA)
    Signature Dish: Not revealed, but disliked by Ramsay

  • 12
    636
    466

    Scott Commings

    Winner: Season 12 (2014)
    Occupation: Executive Chef
    Prize: Head Chef at Gordon Ramsay Pus & Grill (Paradise, NV)
    Signature Dish: Herb-roasted rack of lamb

  • 13
    586
    528

    La Tasha McCutchen

    Winner: Season 13 (2014)
    Occupation: Kitchen Supervisor 
    Prize: Head Chef at Gordon Ramsay's Pup & Grill (Atlantic City, NJ)
    Signature Dish: Grilled hickory watermelon

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    450
    600

    Holli Ugalde

    Winner: Season 7 (2010)
    Occupation: Banquet Chef
    Prize: Promised Head Chef position in London, but unable to take it due to visa issues 
    Signature Dish: Halibut wrapped in a banana leaf

  • 15
    498
    793

    Ariel Malone

    Winner: Season 15 (2016)
    Occupation: Country Club Chef
    Prize: Head Chef at BLT Steak (Las Vegas, NV)
    Signature Dish: Shakshuka

  • 16
    370
    762

    Nona Sivley

    Winner: Season 8 (2010)
    Occupation: Sous Chef
    Prize: Head Chef at JW Marriott Hotel (Los Angeles, CA)
    Signature Dish: Fried chicken and asparagus

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    383
    790

    Paul Niedermann

    Winner: Season 9 (2011)
    Occupation: Line Cook 
    Prize: Head Chef at BLT Steak (New York City, NY)
    Signature Dish: Eggplant involtini

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    374
    782

    Ja'Nel Witt

    Winner: Season 11 (2013)
    Occupation: Executive Chef
    Prize: Head Chef at Gordon Ramsay Pup & Grill (Paradise, NV) 
    Signature Dish: Grilled prawns and Asian pesto