FOX The Best Hell's Kitchen Winners, Ranked  

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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hell's Kitchen Winners, Ranked
Christina Wilson

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

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Dave Levey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hell's Kitchen Winners, Ranked
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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Kimberly-Ann Ryan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hell's Kitchen Winners, Ranked
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

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Rock Harper is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hell's Kitchen Winners, Ranked
Rock Harper

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

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Meghan Gill is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hell's Kitchen Winners, Ranked
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

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Michael Wray is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hell's Kitchen Winners, Ranked
Michael Wray

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

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Heather West is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hell's Kitchen Winners, Ranked
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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Michelle Tribble is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hell's Kitchen Winners, Ranked
Michelle Tribble

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

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Scott Commings is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hell's Kitchen Winners, Ranked
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

10
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Christina Machamer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hell's Kitchen Winners, Ranked

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

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Danny Veltri is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hell's Kitchen Winners, Ranked
Danny Veltri

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

12
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La Tasha McCutchen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hell's Kitchen Winners, Ranked
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

13
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Holli Ugalde is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hell's Kitchen Winners, Ranked
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

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Nona Sivley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hell's Kitchen Winners, Ranked
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

15
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Paul Niedermann is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hell's Kitchen Winners, Ranked
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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Ariel Malone is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hell's Kitchen Winners, Ranked
Ariel Malone

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

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Ja'Nel Witt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hell's Kitchen Winners, Ranked
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