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Season 13 of Hell's Kitchen aired on Fox between September 10 and December 17, 2014. Kitchen supervisor La Tasha McCutchen, from Winter Haven, Florida, was the winner of that season and was awarded a Head Chef position at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at the Caesar's Palace in Atlantic City, with a salary of $250,000. She eventually shared this prize with the next season's winner.

Contestants

18 contestants competed during this season for the first time since Season 10. The teams were divided by gender at the beginning, male contestants in the blue team, and female contestants in the red team. The contestants were (in alphabetical order):

Contestant Age Occupation Hometown
Frank Bilotti 26 Executive Chef Staten Island, NY
Fernando Cruz 28 Executive Chef La Quinta, CA
Sade Dancy 25 Lead Line Cook Philadelphia, PA
JP DeDominicis 28 Kitchen Manager Boston, MA
Roe DiLeo 33 Head Chef Dallas, TX
Bryant Gallaher 29 Lead Line Cook Virginia Beach, VA
Denine Giordano 23 Culinary Student Philadelphia, PA
Aaron Lhamon 28 Lead Line Cook Maynard, MA
La Tasha McCutchen 33 Kitchen Supervisor Winter Haven, FL
Katie McKeown 23 Line Cook Dallas, TX
Kalen Morgenstern 32 Sous Chef River Oaks, TX
JR Robinson 29 Private Chef Washington, DC
Steve Rosenthal 34 Executive Chef Detroit, MI
Jennifer Salhoff 33 Private Chef Philadelphia, PA
Brian Santos 33 Sous Chef Boston, MA
Ashley Sherman 29 Lead Line Cook Bethlehem, PA
Janai Simpson 24 Chef de Partie LaGrange, GA
Sterling Wright 40 Grill Chef Nashville, TN

Contestant progress

At the end of each episode, one chef is eliminated from the losing team by Ramsay.

# Chef Original teams First Team Switch Second Team Switch Black Jackets Finals
1301 1302 1303 1304 1305 1306 1307 1308 1309 1310 1311 1312 1313 1314 1315 1316
1 La Tasha WINNER
2 Bryant NOM BoW RUNNER-UP
3 Sade OUT
4 Jennifer NOM OUT
5 Roe NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM OUT
6 Santos NOM NOM OUT
7 Sterling NOM NOM NOM NOM OUT
8 Fernando NOM OUT
9 Aaron NOM NOM LEFT
10 Frank NOM NOM OUT
11 Steve NOM NOM NOM HOSP
12 Ashley OUT
13 Katie NOM OUT
14 Kalen NOM OUT
15 JR OUT
16 Denine NOM OUT
17 Janai OUT
18 JP OUT
  • Final Service Brigades
    La Tasha Bryant
    Sade Jennifer
    Roe Sterling
    Fernando Santos
    Ashley Frank
  •      
  • Color Legend
    NOM Regular Nomination Ramsay Nomination Voided Nomination
    OUT Regular Elimination Ramsay Nomination Without Nomination
    MISC Ejected during service Quit or Hospitalized Best of the Best/Worst


Challenge Progress

# Chef Original teams Sterling in Red Jacket Sade in Blue Jacket, Frank in Red Jacket Black Jackets Finals
1301 1302[c 1] 1303 1304 1305 1306 1307 1308 1309 1310 1311 1312 1313 1314 1315 1316
1 La Tasha 1 1 1 WIN 7:41 11 1 0 WIN 7 1 7 LOSE LOSE LOSE 42
2 Bryant 4 1 1 LOSE 7:07 NJ [c 2] 1 1 LOSE 4 3 7 LOSE WIN LOSE 39
3 Sade 2 1 0 WIN 7:41 10 0 NJ [c 2] LOSE 7 1 9 LOSE SHARED[c 3] LOSE
4 Jennifer 2 1 1 WIN 7:41 NJ [c 2] 1 1 WIN 8 0 5 LOSE LOSE WIN
5 Roe 4 2 0 WIN 7:41 4 0 0 WIN 5 1 4 WIN LOSE
6 Santos 3 2 0 LOSE 7:07 NJ [c 2] 0 0 LOSE NJ [c 2] 0 7 LOSE
7 Sterling 3 2 1 LOSE 7:07 9 0 1 WIN 3 2 NJ [c 2]
8 Fernando 4 2 1 LOSE 7:07 10 1 1 LOSE 7 0
9 Aaron 1 1 1 LOSE 7:07 NJ [c 2] 0 0 LOSE 5
10 Frank 1 1 1 LOSE 7:07 NJ [c 2] 1 1 WIN
11 Steve 3 1 1 LOSE 7:07 9 0 0 LOSE
12 Ashley 3 SO[c 4] 1 WIN 7:41 NJ [c 2] 0
13 Katie 4 1 1 WIN 7:41 NJ [c 2]
14 Kalen 4 2 0 WIN 7:41
15 JR 3 2 0 LOSE
16 Denine 3 1 1
17 Janai 1 1
18 JP 1
Challenge Signature Dish Geoduck[c 5] Jacket[c 6] Brunch Service Protein Identification Barn Animal Italian Cuisine Dog Show Tasting Craps Indian Cuisine Blind Taste Amuse Bouche Presentation 40 Portions Glamping Taste It Now Make It Final Tasting
Results 24-23 15-14 6-4 Red 7:07-7:41[c 7] 28-25 3-2 3-2 Red 22-22[c 8] 4-4[c 9] 23-16 Roe Bryant Jennifer La Tasha
  1. Due to a time lapse, the points below are the ones shown to be accepted.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Dish was not chosen for judging.
  3. Although Sade lost the challenge, Bryant invited her on the reward.
  4. Chef sat out to even the numbers.
  5. For that challenge, the chefs were paired up together. In the red team, the pairs included La Tasha and Sade, Kalen and Roe, Katie and Jennifer, and Denine and Janai. In the blue team, the pairs included Bryant and Frank, Steve and Aaron, Sterling and Santos, and JR and Fernando.
  6. While not paired up, the chefs ended up working mostly in duos. In the red team, the pairs included Katie and Kalen, La Tasha and Jennifer, Ashley and Roe, and Denine and Sade. In the blue team, the pairs included Bryant and JR, Santos and Frank, Fernando and Aaron, and Sterling and Steve.
  7. Points judged as a team.
  8. The red team won the tiebreaker as Jennifer's dish was the highest rated of the day.
  9. The red team won the sudden death round.

Episodes

Here is the list of all the episodes of the season, with links to the detailed articles.

# Image Title Airdate
01 Episode 1301 thumbnail.jpg Episode 1301 - 18 Chefs Compete September 10, 2014
Episode Rundown: The eighteen new chefs went to Los Angeles for their Signature Dish Challenge, and one team performed the best opening night in the show's history.
02 Episode 1302 thumbnail.jpg Episode 1302 - 17 Chefs Compete September 10, 2014
Episode Rundown: Geoduck was the main ingredient, one chef’s antics pissed off their teammate, and dinner service was a complete disaster.
03 Episode 1303 thumbnail.jpg Episode 1303 - 16 Chefs Compete September 17, 2014
Episode Rundown: One team made a comeback, one chef’s poor attitude alienated them for their team, and another passed out after elimination.
04 Episode 1304 thumbnail.png Episode 1304 - 15 Chefs Compete September 24, 2014
Episode Rundown: Jennifer’s fate is revealed, a brunch service challenge occurred, and an alliance was formed to sabotage their own team.
05 Episode 1305 thumbnail.jpg Episode 1305 - 14 Chefs Compete October 1, 2014
Episode Rundown: Ramsay tested the chefs' protein knowledge, a Family Night dinner service occurred, and a delusional chef was sent home.
06 Episode 1306 thumbnail.jpg Episode 1306 - 13 Chefs Compete October 8, 2014
Episode Rundown: A grueling punishment took place, dinner service was rough, and one chef found out their low status with their team.
07 Episode 1307 thumbnail.png Episode 1307 - 12 Chefs Compete October 15, 2014
Episode Rundown: The first team switch occurred, Italian cuisine was the main theme, and one chef made an unforgivable mistake at dinner service.
08 Episode 1308 thumbnail.png Episode 1308 - 11 Chefs Compete Part 1 November 5, 2014
Episode Rundown Here: The second team switch occurred, Hell's Kitchen hosted a dog show, and one chef misunderstood the challenge rules, leading to a very embarrassing moment.
09 Episode 1309 thumbnail.jpg Episode 1309 - 11 Chefs Compete Part 2 November 12, 2014
Episode Rundown: A sudden injury forced a chef to leave the competition, another single handily sunk their team at dinner service, and Ramsay made an unprecedented move before elimination.
10 Episode 1310 thumbnail.jpg Episode 1310 - 9 Chefs Compete November 19, 2014
Episode Rundown: Indian cuisine was the main theme, one team made a comeback at dinner service, one chef exploded in the dorms, and a startling announcement from another left Ramsay disappointed.
11 Episode 1311 thumbnail.jpg Episode 1311 - 8 Chefs Compete November 26, 2014
Episode Rundown: The annual Blind Taste Test took place with a twist, a private dinner service was held, and an early front runner was sent home.
12 Episode 1312 thumbnail.jpg Episode 1312 - 7 Chefs Compete December 3, 2014
Episode Rundown: Amuse bouche was the main dish, one chef was almost forced to leave due to an allergic reaction, and a tearful elimination of a huge fan favorite occurred.
13 Episode 1313 thumbnail.png Episode 1313 - 6 Chefs Compete December 10, 2014
Episode Rundown: The final six competed in their first black jacket challenge, and for the first time ever, they competed against their own Sous Chefs at dinner service.
14 Episode 1314 thumbnail.jpg Episode 1314 - 5 Chefs Compete December 10, 2014
Episode Rundown: The final five cooked for glampers, dinner service was rough, and one chef's luck ran out.
15 Episode 1315 thumbnail.jpg Episode 1315 - 4 Chefs Compete December 17, 2014
Episode Rundown: The chefs reunited with their families, Hell's Kitchen celebrated its 200th dinner service, each chef had their turn at the pass, and two of them advanced to the finals.
16 Episode 1316 thumbnail.jpg Episode 1316 - Winner Chosen December 17, 2014
Episode Rundown: Bryant and La Tasha participated in their final challenge, picked their brigades for the final service, and one of them was declared the winner of Hell's Kitchen.


Trivia

  • This season had a new narrator, who also returned for Season 14. The identity of the new narrator was Roger Craig Smith. Jason Thompson, the narrator of Seasons 1 through 12, returned in Season 15.
  • Season 13 marked the debut of the current maître d′ of Hell's Kitchen Marino Monferrato.
  • This is the first season since Season 7 to not have any black jacket chefs keep their jacket.
  • This season saw two changes to the most recurring challenges of the series.
    • The Signature Dish Challenge had the scoring now a 1-5 ranking.
    • The Blind Taste Test now featured a dunk tank (or any other punishments that were thematic) that occurred when the taster got multiple answers wrong.
  • Future Reappearances: Roe would return in Rookies Vs. Veterans.
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