Robert Hesse was a contestant on Season 5 and Season 6 of Hell's Kitchen. On season 5, he ranked in 5th place, and on season 6, he ranked in 10th place.

Personality Edit

Robert showed an upbeat and light hearted personality, but knew when to be serious in the kitchen. Despite being the most overweight chef in the show's history, he was confident, and liked by most of his teammates, eventually developing a friendship with Ben but did have a running feud with Lacey. He was a strong cook despite some mistakes early on, and had the potential to win season 5.

On season 6, although he still had the determination and passion to come back, he was unable to repeat the success he had on his previous run, becoming more inconsistent and suffering another health problem which resulted in him losing the respect of his teammates. His attitude also worsened, becoming rude, and arguing with most of his teammates, including Ramsay himself which made him a minor antagonist of that season. He also developed a friendship with Van, and a running feud with Andy.

Season 5 Edit

Episode 1Edit

During the Signature Dish Challenge, Robert was the fourth person to have his dish judged by Ramsay. He made a potato and white truffle wrapped Chilean sea bass, which upon first look, Ramsay called it a "camel hoof". Although Ramsay said that the bass was cooked nicely, he said that the sauce was "absolutely disgusting" and that the dish was clumsy, like himself, for having a big portion.

When the teams were lined up, the men revealed their new team name, the "Blues Brothers". During dinner service, Robert was on the appetizer station with Ben. He got called out for yelling over Ramsay's order, and after being forced to call the rest of the ticket, Ramsay threatened to put him in a hot boiling bath if he would do that again. His first order of spaghetti came out raw. During the power outage, he warned Danny to keep his mouth shut and never argue with Ramsay again. After the power came back on, he and Ben were able to get their appetizers out. When he saw Wil struggling on the garnish station, he went to his help. The blue team lost the dinner service because of Giovanni's poor performance as a waiter.

Robert was not nominated for elimination, and when Ramsay asked for his opinion about the two nominees, he declared that he would be willing to come up in place of Wil, but that he was respecting the fact that Wil nominated himself.

Episode 2Edit

During the Scallop Cleaning Challenge, Robert had five of his scallops accepted by Ramsay. His team won the challenge 36-35, and was rewarded with a helicopter tour of Catalina Island along with a submarine ride. Unfortunately, Robert could not take part in the helicopter trip because of his weight, so he took the ferry and joined his team later. However, by the time he arrived, the reward was already over, which dismayed him as he lost out on the fun.

During dinner service, Robert was the raw bar server for his team. His amiability impressed Jean-Philippe and the customers. He even explained the tattoo on his left arm to some customers. His team was declared the winners.

At elimination, Robert participated in the emotional standing ovation given to Ji because of her departure, along with his teammates and the red team.

Episode 3Edit

During the Meat & Cow Challenge, Robert was the third person on his team to attempt the second half of the challenge, but got six incorrect answers. Fortunately, his team eventually won the challenge, and were rewarded with a private jet trip to Sunstone Winery in Santa Ynez, California, where they had a wine tasting and a steak dinner with Ramsay. Before leaving, he showed the red team his wedding shoes, and revealed that he gave up his wedding, which was supposed to happen the following day, to be in Hell’s Kitchen. The red team joked with him about doing a bachelor party for him, while telling him he was looking nice. During the reward, he called the experience the best day of his life.

Before dinner service, Robert's teammates decided to honor their service for him and his fiancé, as that night would have been his wedding day. During the Steakhouse double service, Robert was on the meat station with Giovanni for the first seating. When one of their steaks was sent back for being raw, Ramsay called him and Giovanni down to touch it. After the first seating, Robert was extremely upset since he felt he embarrassed himself, his fiancé, and his family that night due to the blue team's poor performance. During the second seating, during which he was a waiter, he was not seen much. His team eventually lost the service.

He was not nominated for elimination.

Episode 4Edit

Back in the dorms, Robert entertained his fellow chefs with his impersonation of Ramsay. His antics cracked everyone up, and Andrea thought he did a great job.

During the Football Team & Cheerleaders Breakfast Service Challenge, Robert was on the hash brown station with J. At one point, Ramsay chewed both of them out when J served poorly made hash browns. His team lost the challenge, and were punished by cleaning up the dining room, both kitchens, and prep them for that night’s service. During the punishment, Robert told Danny that he did not like how Ben argued with him, and the two of them agreed to take the chance of getting Ben out. He would later tell Giovanni about his plan, which he agreed with.

During dinner service, Robert was on the dessert station. He was not seen much as Ramsay closed down service before the blue team got to desserts. Both teams lost the dinner service, and were asked to nominate two members each.

Robert was not nominated for elimination. Afterwards, he and his team welcomed Lacey as a new teammate, not being very happy about it.

Episode 5Edit

Back in the dorms, Robert tried to play nice with his new teammate Lacey, but knew that she was cancerous for the blue team.

During the Asian Fusion Challenge, Robert was paired with Danny on the poultry dish. They served a pad thai bbq chicken, and both judges praised it for the seasoning and the southern inspiration, and won the round. Despite that, the blue team lost the challenge 1-2, and were forced to make fortune cookies and fold origami for the next night's service.

During dinner service, Robert was on the fish station. When Ramsay called him "Bobby", that struck a nerve in him and he refused to cooperate by tossing a good order of John Dory out. He then gave a halfhearted explanation for his actions, causing Ramsay to pull him into the pantry room, and ordering him to concentrate, while accusing him of giving up. Robert admitted it took a lot of effort not to lash out at Ramsay, and proceeded to moon the confessional camera, while telling Ramsay to kiss his ass. After service, both teams were declared losers, and Giovanni was named "Best of the Worst" for the blue team.

During a private meeting in Ramsay's office, Robert told him that "Bobby" was his abusive father's name, and that he had a terrible childhood. Ramsay apologized to him and said he will respect his request by never calling him "Bobby" again.

Robert was not nominated for elimination, leading Ramsay to question that decision. Moments later, Ramsay told him to wake up.

Episode 6Edit

During the Bar Mitzvah Tasting Challenge, Robert wanted to make the burger dish for the blue team. His dish was a Kobe beef burger, and it clinched the victory for the blue team 2-1. They were rewarded with a spa day at the Skin Haven spa.

During the Bar Mitzvah dinner service, Robert was on the garnish station. He was not seen much, but found it funny when Ramsay constantly asked Lacey for the beef as it reminded him of an old Wendy's commercial. The blue team won the service.

Episode 7Edit

Before the Tapas Leftovers Challenge, Robert and the blue team said goodbye to Giovanni, who has just been transferred to the red team. During the challenge, he made a peppered pasta with pan seared lamb loin which, while Ramsay said it looked too big for a tapa dish, the flavours were spot on. He scored over Carol, but despite that, the blue team lost the challenge 2-3. They had to prep both kitchens for that night's service and polish the tapa plates. During the punishment, he called out Lacey for both her mistakes during prep and for her attitude, while adding on that he wanted her gone.

During dinner service, Robert was on the dessert station. At one point, he acknowledged J was having a very bad night, and helped him bounce back on the fish station. After J's automatic elimination, he was moved to the fish station. The blue team lost the service, and each member of the team was asked to nominate one person for elimination.

During deliberation, Robert chewed Lacey out for her earlier threat to quit, and stated that if she would win the competition, he would quit as a chef an become a crack whore. He and Lacey voted for each other. He survived elimination because Ben was called down instead of him.

Episode 8Edit

Back in the dorms, Robert told Lacey that she should be learning from people with more experience like himself, instead of fighting with them like she did with the red team.

During the Blind Taste Test, Robert was the second person to participate, but failed to guess all four of his ingredients. At some point, he was even shouting out random guesses, much to the amusement of the other chefs. His team lost the challenge 7-8, and were forced to serve lunch to the red team and prep both kitchens for that night’s service, much to his dismay as it was the third time he had to do so.

During dinner service, Robert was on the appetizer station. He served too much spaghetti for one order and Ramsay reminded him that he was not cooking for himself. Ben was sent over to help him out, and it was because of him that his appetizers were sent out. Later, he pushed the appetizers out by himself without stopping, even when his pants ripped. When Lacey got eliminated mid-service, he was very unresponsive to her farewells, saying she sucks and was glad that she was gone. After her departure, he was relocated to the fish station, and the rest of the team managed to catch up on lost time, while demonstrating the best teamwork since the beginning of the season. The blue team won the service by a mile over the red team.

Episode 9Edit

During the King Crab Challenge, Robert's dish was unknown, but his team won the challenge and went on a day trip to the Santa Monica State Beach with Ramsay for lunch and a Segway ride. He was unable to participate on the Segway run due to his weight, so he had to ride a bicycle.

Before dinner service, both teams were asked to come up with their own menus. During the menu designing, Robert, along with Danny, was annoyed by Ben's "pomme fondant" dish, and stated he did not want to hear those two words anymore in his entire life.

During dinner service, Robert was on the meat and fish stations. Due to being on two stations for the entrées, he forgot an order of halibut and needed three more minutes to cook it, causing Ramsay to urge him not to give up. His filets were uneven in size due to Ben poorly slicing them, and got into an argument with him over the desserts. After a disastrous dinner service from both sides, the blue team were declared losers after only 39% of their diners rated the food above average, compared to the red team's 54%. Danny was named "Best of the Worst".

Robert was not nominated by Danny, but eventually joined Ben after being nominated by Ramsay. He survived elimination as Ramsay decided to eliminate Carol from the winning team.

Episode 10Edit

The next morning, before Ramsay announced the next challenge, the remaining six contestants were merged into one team, the black one, and all of them received their black jackets.

During the 14 Ingredients Challenge, Robert made a chicken cacciatore with deep fried capers, which was deemed a little dry but still flavorful. He did not win the challenge, but was chosen by Ben to go on the reward with him. They went on a private jet trip to San Francisco with Ramsay, and took a private trolley tour around the city. Then, all three of them ate lunch at the One Market restaurant, at the chef's table.

During dinner service, Robert was on the fish station. His first order of scallops were overcooked and rubbery as the scallops were smaller than normal. Then, he was caught cooking bacon and John Dory in the same pan, which caused Ramsay to chew him out as it could lead to someone having an allergic reaction. He later tried to help Giovanni out on the Wellingtons, but suffered a second-degree burn for touching an uncovered hot pan in the fridge. After service was shut down, Paula was named "Best of the Worst".

Robert was not nominated, and after elimination, Ramsay announced he was shutting down Hell's Kitchen. Then, the episode ended in a cliffhanger.

Episode 11Edit

Continuing from the previous episode, Ramsay revealed that he was not shutting down Hell's Kitchen permanently and that he was sending the final five to Atlantic City, much to their relief. The contestants were flown to the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa for a multi-day trip to see their potential future place of employment. After touring the hotel, they sat down for dinner, with the Borgata Hotel's VP of Food and Beverage Nicholas Kurban and Executive Chef Ron Ross, and got a chance to speak with them. Ten minutes into dinner, Robert left the table to another room, complaining of chest pain. When he saw a medic, she told him his blood pressure was elevating, and that he should go to the hospital. At the hospital, he called Ben to inform him where he was and give him news on his status.

A few days later, Robert returned to Hell's Kitchen. Unfortunately, he revealed that he was diagnosed with pericarditis, and announced he would be leaving Hell's Kitchen to take care of his health. After he gave his farewells to the final four by hugging them, Ramsay praised him for being a fantastic competitor, while adding that he had the potential to win the competition. He gave his jacket to Ramsay and left, while his fellow teammates gave him a standing ovation. During his exit interview, he received a retrospective montage of his run. Ramsay gave no comment on Robert's departure, and he received the burning picture sequence at the end of the episode.

Nomination historyEdit

Week 1 Safe
Week 2 Win
Week 3 Safe
Week 4 Safe
Week 5 Safe
Week 6 Win
Week 7 Nominated
Week 8 Win
Week 9 Nominated
Week 10 Safe
Week 11 Hospitalized

Season 6 Edit

Episode 1Edit

Robert was invited as a special guest for the opening night, along with his wife. When he arrived, service already began and he went to the hot plate to greet Ramsay, who told to have a seat with his wife and enjoy themselves. After service, Ramsay went to speak with him at his table and told him it was bloody good to see him. After Ramsay recalled that he lost the opportunity during the previous season because of his health, he was invited by him to come back in Hell's Kitchen for another chance to win the competition. He was blown away by the offer and accepted it, with Ramsay stating he deserved it because he was a bloody talented cook. While saying goodbye to his wife, he declared his plan was to win Hell's Kitchen.

When both teams were lined up, Robert joined the blue team, and Ramsay introduced him to the other chefs and welcomed him, stating he came back for a second chance after leaving for medical reasons the previous season. Then, Ramsay declared the blue team winners for serving some entrées out, compared to the red team's zero.

At elimination, after Melinda's elimination, Robert was sent to the red team as Ramsay made a decision to strengthen the teams. After he joined the red team, Ramsay reminded him that even though he was a hero on the previous season, he would be treated like everybody else that season.

Episode 2Edit

While being dismissed, Robert was very excited to be brought back in the competition, declaring he would lead his team to victory or die trying. Then, he gave some tips to the women on how to properly cook the food, with Lovely even comparing to an angel coming down from Heaven. He also acknowledged the red team was seeing him as the one who would save the day, and declared that statement was true.

The next morning, both teams got down in the blue kitchen, where Ramsay introduced the Shrimp Cleaning Challenge. When Tennille got her shrimps judged, Robert questioned her judgment by referring to the fact that she was wearing glasses, so she could see what she was doing. He was the last person from the red team to have his shrimps judged by Ramsay, and he was confident, but his performance was disappointing as only 4 of his shrimps were accepted, and Ramsay declared he was expecting more of him.

The red team lost the challenge 44-45, and they were punished by cleaning shrimps and segmenting lemons, removing every seed from all of them, all day long, for a shrimp cocktail during the next dinner service. The next day, during prep, Robert emerged as a leader on the red team, giving specific instructions on how to prep some type of food, which the women really appreciated as they were trusting him.

During dinner service, Robert was on the appetizer station with Suzanne. Before tickets came in the kitchen, he rallied the women and told them to communicate well. He was confident making his first risotto as it was his second appearance on the show, but Ramsay told him he put rice over burnt shallots. He blamed that mistake on the fact he was a little bit anxious, and acknowledged he had to turn the oven on before cooking. Ramsay pulled him to the side and asked him why he did that mistake, but he did not give any excuses. Then, he got back to his station, and a minor fire erupted in one of his pans, discouraging Ramsay, who told him he was doing terrible at the moment despite having done well on the previous season, and Suzanne gave him some encouragement. After a lot of struggle in both kitchens, Ramsay ordered both teams to send shrimp cocktails to the dining room, and shut down both kitchens.

When both teams were lined up, Ramsay named both teams losers, and asked them to nominate two people each. During deliberation, Robert reminded Tennille she served raw shrimp to a pregnant woman, after she denied her poor performance in the dining room. Later, an argument erupted between Van and Jim from the blue team, and he calmed down Van after he left his team's discussion.

Robert was not nominated for elimination, and tried to calm down Joseph, who was having his infamous outburst, by saying Ramsay was trying to get the best out of him and that he should not take it personally.

Episode 3Edit

After Joseph's departure and Tony's elimination, Robert was transferred to the blue team, where he belonged, as they were two men down. Back in the dorms, he gave his farewells to the women, hugging each of them, while declaring he did not care on what team he was because his goal was to win Hell's Kitchen.

The chefs went to bed, trying to get some sleep, but very early in the night, alarm bells started to go, Sous Chef Scott, holding a flashlight, told everybody to get out of the restaurant immediately as an emergency was called. Then, fire trucks arrived to Hell's Kitchen and the chefs got outside. But, Ramsay was standing with the firefighters, revealing that it was a fire drill. He introduced the Firefighter Pasta Meal Service Challenge, and all the chefs got back in the dorms to change.

During the challenge, Robert was annoyed by Andy's way of not using all the available ovens for baking the garlic bread. He told Andy to use all five of the ovens, disbelieved that he had to be told that as it was common sense. When the garlic bread finally made it to the dining room, he motivated his teammates before Ramsay called out the next order. Near the end, when both teams were rallying to complete their tickets, he helped the blue team catching up with the red team, but it was not enough as they finished before the blue team. He was upset as everybody was winning except him.

The blue team lost the challenge, and they were punished by cleaning the fire trucks left by the firefighters, as well as their equipment, and they would continue by cleaning the dining room inside. Arrived outside, Robert, along with Kevin, was dedicated to clean and polish the fire hoses. During the second part of the punishment, Dave and Kevin left for the hospital because of injuries, and he knew that it was not good for the team.

During dinner service, Robert was on the fish station. On the first ticket, he communicated well with Van, waiting for his call to drop the scallops, and comparing Van to a straight up thug and a pitbull on a chain. Later, Ramsay asked him for the scallops, but he was running and almost fell to the ground. Ramsay was worried and told him that running was not a good idea because of his weight. Then, he asked Andy to drop the scallops, but was annoyed by the latter's way of dropping too much scallops for the size of the pan he was using, telling him to use his common sense. After, he sent his scallops to the pass, but they were not acceptable, so Ramsay pulled him aside, schooled him on that mistake, but he confronted Ramsay and the two of them had a heated argument, where Ramsay called him a fucking idiot. After that, he acknowledged the mistake of bringing a gimp, referring to Andy, on his station as all he did was bringing him down. He started over, and was called a douchebag by Andy.

On the blue team's last ticket, Kevin was ready to send his chicken to the pass, but Robert was not ready with his salmon. He gave 12 minutes for the salmon to be cooked, much to Andy and Kevin's dismay. Moments later, he almost fell for the second time scrambling all over the kitchen. He angrily threw scallops in the bin, and when he was finally ready with his salmon, the red team had already finished their last ticket and were clearing down, angering Kevin. Despite his problems, the blue team won the service for having a 83% above average rating from the customers, compared to the red team's 81%.

Episode 4Edit

During the Sausage Strings Challenge, Robert was paired with Jim. They gave the worst overall performance as they failed to produce an acceptable sausage link, as their meat was constantly breaking the casings. The blue team lost the challenge 4-6, and Ramsay called him and Jim out for their insufficient teamwork. They were punished by cleaning up the dorms which included the bathrooms, carpet, and kitchen.

Back in the dorms, Robert overheard Kevin's comment against him, and warned Kevin to watch his fucking mouth, but that led to an argument between the two of them, which finished by him angrily throwing his jacket away. In the confessional, he said that he has been told all his life how worthless he was and it really pissed him off to hear that from Kevin. During the punishment, he told Kevin that he blamed Jim for costing them the challenge as he was letting the sausages burst, and stated that he wanted to win a challenge and not be a loser, but Sous Chef Scott asked why he was saying that at this moment and not during the challenge. That enraged him, who yelled that he almost died last season, and that he always gave it 110%, all while breaking a broom in the process.

During dinner service, Robert was on the appetizer station with Jim. His first attempt on appetizers was accepted, and he got them all served. When Andy was struggling on the meat, he screamed at him to get his lamb out, but Ramsay pulled him aside and lectured him that all the diners could hear him scream, and told him to tone it down. Despite that, the blue team won the service, and back in the dorms, he and the rest of the blue team mocked Suzanne for her play by play request.

Episode 5Edit

During the Welcome Home Planning Challenge, Robert was called to Ramsay's office, along with Suzanne from the red team, to learn about the sergeant's wife's ideas for the menu, getting excited about the idea on soul food. During the challenge, he told the blue team all of Sergeant James' likes, which gave his teammates multiple ideas for their dishes, and Kevin praised his leadership. He presented the blue team's second entrée, going up against Suzanne, which was a Cajun rubbed bone-in New York Strip with twice baked potato and a grilled lobster tail. The dish was deemed delicious and he clinched the victory for the blue team 2-1. Then, he proudly stated that big daddy was back. They were rewarded with a day of flying in dogfights, doing manoeuvres and air stunts for a thrill of a lifetime.

During the Welcome Home dinner service, Robert was on the fish station. He was not seen much that night, but when his team was sent over to help the red team serve their entrées, he stated that those bitches were crying. The blue team won the service by a mile over the red team.

Episode 6Edit

Back in the dorms, Robert told the blue team that the women had no chance of winning if they would keep up their winning streak, as he felt the red team lacked teamwork and bonding, while calling it pathetic.

The next morning, when he found out that their next challenge would be a 700 Calories 3 Course Meal Challenge, Robert got concerned as he was taking 700 calorie bites, and loved to cook with butter, cream, and fat. He was not seen much, but the blue team lost the challenge 1-3. They were punished by gathering the red team's ingredients from a supermarket on a conference bike, and prep both kitchens for that night's service. During the punishment, he started to get short of breath and dizzy from the bike ride. He went to go see the medic and was immediately sent to the hospital. Because of that, he was not able to participate in that night's dinner service.

At elimination, the blue team tried to nominate Robert because of him not being there during service, but Ramsay reminded that it would be unfair to nominate him for that reason. However, Ramsay added that if he would not come back for the next service, he would be automatically eliminated.

Episode 7Edit

During prep, Robert returned from the hospital, but his presence was not well received by his teammates as they bonded while being at Las Vegas, and ignored him while doing prep. When he realized he was isolated from the rest of his team, he did not care and went back upstairs and made himself a cheeseburger. When both teams were lined up, Ramsay asked him about his condition, and he explained that he did not have a heart attack, but was warned by the doctor to watch his limits.

During dinner service, Robert was on the meat station. He was heavily disorganized, and sent up inconsistent chops to the pass, resulting in Ramsay yelling at him. Later on, he sent up a raw rabbit leg and after being called a baby, Ramsay shut down the blue kitchen.

The blue team lost the service, and Robert was criticized by Ramsay because of his poor performance. Dave was named "Best of the Worst". During deliberation, while he acknowledged that he had a poor service, he felt that some people like Andy did not deserve to be around. However, that led to an argument between the two of them, after Andy called him a lazy motherfucker and he called Andy a cocksucker.

Robert was Dave's first nominee for elimination, with Van being the second. When Andy was called down as well, he expressed relief and thanked God for that. During his plea, he had another argument with Andy as he accused him of being under the radar a lot, with a threat to quit as a chef if Andy was to win Hell’s Kitchen. In the end, he was eliminated for failing to live up to his great run on the previous season, and serving raw rabbit despite having more services in Hell's Kitchen than anybody else. Before leaving, he told Ramsay that his journey was not over yet, and Ramsay said that he could not wait to see him again, while thanking him for coming back. While leaving, he guaranteed Andy that his time would come very soon. He received a retrospective montage of his run during his exit interview.

Ramsay's comment: "Robert's closing plea was quite entertaining. But I'm not looking for a performer, I'm looking for a head chef, and Robert's not that guy."

Episode 15Edit

Robert came back for the last dinner service of the season, because Andy did not. He was Dave's second pick, after Ariel and before Suzanne. During prep, while he praised Dave for keeping his menu simple, he noticed Kevin's dishes, and said that they all could be on the cover of a gourmet magazine.

During dinner service, Robert was on the appetizer station. When Dave pushed him to get the first order out, he wanted to bring the pain for his last night in Hell’s Kitchen. While he slowly sent his risotto to the pass, Dave was happy with it, and called him his ace in the hole. Because of his strong performance, Dave succeeded to push appetizers to the dining room at a good pace. Later, he told Dave that they were running out of mushrooms, and put less into the next orders of risottos. When Ramsay saw that, he tried to explain that Dave told him not to put too many mushrooms in them, but Dave retorted that he said not to go crazy on the mushrooms, and that he would have never send them out. However, he felt that Dave crossed the line for throwing him under the bus, and decided to screw him by purposely dropping a refire. Later that night, Dave told him to help Ariel as she was struggling on two stations. Dave eventually won the finals over Kevin.

Nomination historyEdit

Week 1 Re-entered
Week 2 Safe
Week 3 Win
Week 4 Win
Week 5 Win
Week 6 Hospitalized
Week 7 Nominated

Trivia Edit

Season 5Edit

  • He is the third contestant who withdrew from the competition for health reasons, following Larry from Season 2, and Aaron from Season 3. He is also the first black jacket contestant who withdrew.
  • He did not come back for the last dinner service of the season as supposed to, so Lacey took his place, making him the first black jacket contestant ever who did.
  • After his first appearance on the show, he married, lost 55 pounds, and underwent gastric bypass surgery. He also upgraded to the Executive Chef position, before returning to Hell's Kitchen on the following season, a year later.

Season 6Edit

  • He is the first contestant ever to compete in two different seasons. He is also the first person to return after leaving due to health reasons in the previous season.
  • He is the only contestant who joined the competition without being part of the season's initial line-up of contestants.
  • He is the only male contestant since Season 1 who began his run with the red team.
  • He holds the record for the least amount of services with his original team before being transferred to the other, with one.
  • He is the first male contestant who switched teams without making it to the black jackets.
  • He is the first contestant to date who performed in a Special Events Challenge and service in two different seasons. He is also the first, and only chef to date, that won both the challenge and service in two different seasons.
  • He is the first contestant ever who received a retrospective montage of his run in two different seasons, and the second who received one without making it to the black jackets, after Rachel from Season 2.
  • After his second appearance on the show, he lost 455 pounds after suffering from 3 heart attacks. He worked as Assistant Executive Chef at The Brews Brothers restaurant, before moving to other restaurants within the group. Finally, in 2017, he was hired by Noto's Old World Italian Dining to grow new concepts for that brand, and its Grand Rapids area restaurant and banquet center.
  • He is the first contestant who came back after a medical exit.

Quotes Edit

Season 5Edit

  • "Well, what the hell did I win? A free fucking ferry ride?"
  • "You ain't a man 'til you use the loofa, straight up!"
  • "Where's the beef, where's the beef! I'm like looking for the old lady from the Wendy's commercials, man."
  • (To Lacey) "I swear to god, if you win this, I will hang up my coat and become a crack whore, dude."
  • "I'm so sick of Lacey, I'm about to use a Jedi mind trick and just choke the shit out of that bitch mentally."
  • ”Where are you going, blue team. RIGHT THERE AT THE BEACH, BO-YEEEEEES!”
  • (To J) "J, you're my friend and I like you a lot, but today you fucking suck, man."
  • "J just lost his shit man."
  • (About Lacey) "Can't handle the heat, get out the kit-CHEN!!"
  • "All I heard was RIIIIP! OHHHH I feel a little breeze on the back of my ass!"
  • (After Lacey's elimination) "There's a small violin, just for Lacey... (fart noise) she sucks, adios, biyatch!"

Season 6Edit

  • "I have a second chance! You know, you don't get many second chances in life!"
  • "Fat boy with a dream is back, yeah! I'm gonna lead my team to victory, or I'm gonna die trying! I'll blow it up!"
  • (To Joseph) "He's trying to bring the best out of you, you gotta look past this."
  • "I don't give a shit if I'm on the black team, the purple team, the pink team, the team with no shirts on... I don't give a damn, I'm here to win Hell's Kitchen!"
  • "Van is a straight up thug! That guy's a pitbull on a chain!"
  • (To Andy) "How the hell are you gonna fit 14 scallops in a little ass omelet pan, man?"
  • "Big daddy's back!"
  • (About Andy) "I'm disgusted that I even share the same fucking stage with this guy right here."
  • (To Andy) "If you win Hell's Kitchen, I'll fucking hang up my fucking chefs clothes for life!"
  • "I'm a chef who likes to cook with butter, cream and fat!"
  • "I almost died for this fucking shit last time!"
  • “Dave was just covering his motherfucking monkey ass. He looked like Nixon”
  • (Mocking Dave) “I’m not a crook!”
  • (About Dave) “Oh! You don’t cross the line, my friend! So now, I must fuck with you and I love stirring up the shit! Oops, you dropped it! Looking like a horse’s ass! That’s your problem!”