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Season 18 of Hell's Kitchen (subtitled Rookies vs. Veterans) aired on FOX between September 28, 2018 and February 8, 2019. Ariel Contreras-Fox, who ranked 3rd place on Season 6, was the winner of the season, and was awarded the Executive Chef's position at Hell's Kitchen at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, with a salary of $250,000.

Contestants Edit

16 chefs competed that season, but with a new twist. For that year, eight new contestants (dubbed the Rookies) were in the red team, while eight former contestants from previous seasons (dubbed the Veterans) were in the blue team. This marked the first time since Season 1 were both teams were not divided by gender at the start of the season until episode 4, Chef Ramsay decided to split the teams of rookies and veterans in their separate gender in opposite kitchens, with the men in the red kitchen and women in the blue kitchen.

RookiesEdit

Contestant Age Occupation Hometown
Elizabeth "Gizzy" Barton 31 Former Executive Chef Atlanta, GA
Mia Castro 28 Private Chef Miami Beach, FL
Jose DeJesus 34 Chef de Cuisine Bronx, NY
Kanae Houston 25 Lead Line Cook Los Angeles, CA
Scotley Innis 33 Sous Chef Atlanta, GA
Chris Mendonca 25 Executive Chef Boston, MA
Chris Motto 35 Executive Chef Baton Rouge, LA
Scott Popovic 39 Executive Chef Cleveland, OH

VeteransEdit

Contestant Age Occupation Hometown Original season Rank
Ariel Contreras-Fox 35 Executive Chef Santa Cruz, CA Season 6 3rd Place
Kevin Cottle 43 Executive Chef Plymouth, MA Season 6 2nd Place
Rosanne "Roe" DiLeo 36 Head Chef Dallas, TX Season 13 5th Place
Jennifer "Jen" Gavin 33 Private Concert Catering Chef Chicago, IL Season 4 4th Place
Torrece "T" Gregoire 34 Director of Operations Chef Atlanta, GA Season 14 2nd Place
Bret Hauser 34 Personal Chef Delray Beach, FL Season 14 11th Place
Trevor "Trev" McGrath 37 Lead Chef Chicago, IL Season 8 4th Place
Heather Williams 28 Executive Chef Easton, PA Season 16 2nd Place

Contestant progress Edit

At the end of each episode, one chef is eliminated from the losing team by Ramsay. This was the first season to have two people leave to competition a different times after Season 12. This was also the first season since Season 14 where Ramsay cut the final four in half for the finale.

# Chef Original teams First switch Second switch Individual Finals
1801/1802 1803 1804 1805 1806 1807 1808 1809 1810 1811 1812 1813 1814/1815 1815/1816
1 Ariel WIN WIN LOSE WIN LOSE IN LOSE WIN WIN WIN IN IN IN WINNER
2 Mia LOSE WIN LOSE WIN LOSE IN NOM WIN WIN WIN IN NOM IN RUNNER-UP
3 Bret WIN WIN LOSE LOSE WIN NOM[n 1] WIN LOSE LOSE NOM[n 2] IN IN OUT 4th- WIN
4 Motto LOSE WIN LOSE LOSE WIN IN WIN LOSE LOSE LOSE IN IN LEFT[n 3] 6th- WIN
5 Heather WIN WIN LOSE WIN NOM NOM[n 1] LOSE WIN WIN WIN IN OUT 7th- RU
6 Kanae LOSE WIN LOSE WIN LOSE IN LOSE WIN WIN WIN OUT 2nd- WIN
7 Trev WIN WIN NOM LOSE WIN IN WIN NOM NOM OUT[n 2] 3rd- RU
8 Jose NOM[n 2] WIN LOSE LOSE WIN NOM[n 1] WIN NOM[n 2] OUT 5th- RU
9 Scotley LOSE WIN LOSE NOM WIN NOM[n 1] WIN OUT 8th- WIN
10 Roe WIN WIN LOSE WIN LOSE NOM[n 1] OUT 1st- RU
11 Gizzy LOSE WIN NOM WIN LOSE OUT[n 4]
12 T WIN WIN LOSE WIN OUT
13 Chris NOM WIN NOM LOSE LEFT[n 5]
14 Kevin WIN WIN NOM OUT
15 Jen WIN OUT[n 6]
16 Scott OUT
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Chef participated in the "Cook For Your Life" challenge
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Chef was nominated by Ramsay
  3. Chef left the competition during elimination
  4. Chef was eliminated in the "Cook For Your Life" challenge
  5. Chef left the competition before service began
  6. Chef was eliminated during service

Episodes Edit

Here is the list of the episodes of that season, with links to detailed pages.

# Image Title Airdate
01 Wiki Episode 1801 - Rookies vs. Veterans September 28, 2018
Episode Rundown: Eight newcomers and eight returning chefs arrived to Hell's Kitchen, the Signature Dish Challenge ended in a close race, and two chefs started to get on each others nerves.
02 Wiki Episode 1802 - A Fond Farewell October 5, 2018
Episode Rundown: Risotto was the main dish, one team showed their lack of experience on opening night, and one chef made a shocking reveal at elimination.
03 Wiki Episode 1803 - Hell's Riders October 12, 2018
Episode Rundown: A lunch service featuring marines took place, an advantage was used, and one chef went off the deep end in terms of their attitude, leading to a dramatic dinner service.
04 Wiki Episode 1804 - Hell Freezes Over October 19, 2018
Episode Rundown: Soup was the main dish, dinner service was rough on both ends, and Ramsay turned the theme of that season on its head with the first team switch.
05 Wiki Episode 1805 - Fish Out of Water November 2, 2018
Episode Rundown: The battle of the sexes was back on, halibut was the main ingredient, and a jaw-dropping elimination of an overwhelming fan favorite took place.
06 Wiki Episode 1806 - Hot Potato November 9, 2018
Episode Rundown: Potato was the main ingredient, one chef was forced to make a decision when a previous experience was haunting them, and a station meltdown brought one kitchen down during Steak Night.
07 Wiki Episode 1807 - Last Chef Standing November 16, 2018
Episode Rundown: The teams communication skills were put to the test, two chefs began a running feud, and six others cooked for their lives to stay in the competition.
08 Wiki Episode 1808 - One Hell of a Party December 7, 2018
Episode Rundown: A special Sweet 16th party took place, one chef nearly left the competition due to medical problems again, and one team dominated over the other at dinner service.
09 Wiki Episode 1809 - What Happens in Vegas December 14, 2018
Episode Rundown: Chinese cuisine was the main theme, one team made a comeback at dinner service, and a shocking, but satisfying, elimination of a boastful chef took place.
10 Wiki Episode 1810 - Poor Trev January 4, 2019
Episode Rundown: The annual Blind Taste Test took place, one chef nearly lost it after another punishment, and a private dinner service had an embarrassing moment for one team.
11 Wiki Episode 1811 - Devilish Desserts January 11, 2019
Episode Rundown: Dessert was the main theme, one team's dysfunction suffered at dinner service, and one chef lost their last chance to stay in the competition.
12 Wiki Episode 1812 - Break on Through January 18, 2019
Episode Rundown: The second team switch occurred, the remaining chefs competed in a series of challenges for black jackets, and a shocking elimination of a early front runner occurred.
13 Wiki Episode 1813 - An Episode of Firsts January 25, 2019
Episode Rundown: The final five competed in their first black jackets challenge, a communication breakdown occurred at dinner service, and that night spelled the end for the final returning runner-up.
14 Wiki Episode 1814 - What's Your Motto? February 1, 2019
Episode Rundown: The final four worked on their tableside skills, took turns running the pass, one chef made a startling announcement to the chefs and Ramsay, and the final two were revealed.
15 Wiki Episode 1815 - A Rollercoaster Ride February 8, 2019
Episode Rundown: Ariel and Mia reunited with their families, competed in one final challenge, and picked their teams.
16 Wiki Episode 1816 - The Grand Finale February 8, 2019
Episode Rundown: Ariel and Mia compete in one final dinner service, and the winner of Hell's Kitchen is revealed.

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