Hell's Kitchen Season 15 Premiers with 18 Aspiring Chefs

Hell's Kitchen Gordon Ramsay Hell's Kitchen Season 15 Premiers with 18 Aspiring Chefs


18 Aspiring Chefs Battle for a Head Chef Position at BLT Steak at Bally’s Las Vegas

TV Personality Kris Jenner, Hip-Hop Superstar Lil Jon, Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Electronic Dance Musician Steve Aoki and Comedian Bill Engvall Among This Season’s Celebrity Diners

Host, executive producer and award-winning chef and Critics’ Choice Awards nominee Gordon Ramsay fires up a brand-new season of HELL’S KITCHEN when Season 15 premieres Friday, Jan. 15 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. 18 new chefs from across the country will be tested and challenged as Chef Ramsay puts them through a series of grueling challenges and dinner services to prove they have what it takes to win the HELL’S KITCHEN title and a Head Chef position at BLT Steak at Bally’s Las Vegas.

Throughout the season, the contestants will face challenging tasks, including a (rubber) duck hunting competition, preparing dishes for 100 high school students, a catered wedding reception for HELL’S KITCHEN sous chef Andi and the fan-favorite blind taste test challenge.  

Celebrity diners at HELL’S KITCHEN this season include: TV personality Kris Jenner (“Keeping Up with the Kardashians” franchise), rapper Lil Jon, musician/producer Steve Aoki, rapper/actor The Game, musician Flo Rida, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, comedian Bill Engvall, Cesar Millan (“Cesar 911”), dancers from SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE and “Dancing with the Stars,” comedian Terry Fator, burlesque entertainer Dita Von Teese, actor Omar Miller (“Ballers”), actor Sean Carrigan (“The Young and the Restless”) and Olympian swimmers Jessica Hardy and Dominik Meichtry.

In the Season 15 premiere of HELL’S KITCHEN, Chef Gordon Ramsay welcomes the newest bunch of contestants into the kitchen. The steaks are high when the contestants travel to Las Vegas and see the kitchen where this season’s winner will work as a Head Chef: BLT Steak at Bally’s Las Vegas. And, for the first time in HELL’S KITCHEN history, they will compete in that kitchen for the signature dish team challenge. The winning team will earn a ride on the High Roller – the world’s tallest Ferris wheel – and VIP service at Drai’s Nightclub while the losing team prepares a Vegas buffet service, which includes peeling 50 lbs. of shrimp and 1,000 lbs. of potatoes. Later during their first dinner service, one of the teams will fail early on in the service, prompting Chef Ramsay to kick them out of the kitchen.

Below are the 18 chefs competing on this season of HELL’S KITCHEN:

The Red Team (Women) includes:

KRISTIN BARONE                           Age: 27      
Hometown: Chicago, IL                   Occupation: Line Cook
Signature Dish: Grilled Pork Loin with Apricot Mango Puree and Fried Brussel Sprouts and Garlic Aioli

SHERKENNA BUGGS                     Age: 30
Hometown: Grand Junction, TN      Occupation: Personal Chef 
Signature Dish: Crab-Stuffed Blackened Salmon, Mushroom Couscous

MEESE DAVIS                                Age: 25          
Hometown: Upper Darby, PA         Occupation: College Chef
Signature Dish: Pork Loin Chop with Roasted Sweet Potato and Grilled Asparagus

JACKIE FUCHS                               Age: 32         
Hometown: Jersey City, NJ             Occupation: Line Cook
Signature Dish: Seared Scallop with Roasted Corn and Lemon Salsa with Bok Choy and Brown Butter

DANNIE HARRISON                         Age: 30          
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA           Occupation: Line Cook
Signature Dish: Scallops And Vermicelli With Thai Curry Sauce

ARIEL MALONE                              Age: 26          
Hometown: Hackensack, NJ           Occupation: Country Club Chef
Signature Dish: Shashkouka

ASHLEY NICKELL                           Age: 27         
Hometown: Orlando, FL                  Occupation: Chef de Cuisine 
Signature Dish: Ostrich Filet with Blueberry Sauce

MANDA PALOMINO                         Age: 30         
Hometown: Atlantic City, NJ            Occupation: Sous Chef 
Signature Dish: Fried Scallops with Rustic Corn Salad

VANESSA SOLTERO                      Age: 33         
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA          Occupation: Airport Chef 
Signature Dish: Eggplant Involtini Rolls with Sausage Ricotta Stuffing and Marinara Sauce

The Blue Team (Men) includes:

JARED BOBKIN                               Age: 28      
Hometown: Oak Park, MI                Occupation: Line Cook
Signature Dish:   Halibut

FRANK CALA                                  Age: 25         
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY                Occupation: Marine Chef
Signature Dish: Penne alla Vodka with Grilled Chicken

CHAD GELSO                                  Age: 25         
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA           Occupation: Sous Chef
Signature Dish: Confit Cabbage, Celeriac Fondant, Poached pear

EDDIE JASKOWIAK                         Age: 27       
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA           Occupation: Sous Chef
Signature Dish: Hunters Edge, Bambi Tenderloin

HASSAN MUSSELMANI                   Age: 24       
Hometown: Detroit, MI                      Occupation: Catering Executive Chef  
Signature Dish: Pan-Seared Diver Sea Scallops with Roasted Sweet Corn Coulis, Poblano Coulis, Parmesan Risotto and Crispy Capicola

MARK PARAS                                 Age: 27         
Hometown: Anaheim, CA                Occupation: Line Cook
Signature Dish: Black Mussels with Chorizo in a Fennel and Tomato Broth

ALAN PARKER                    Age: 42         
Hometown: Lancaster, PA               Occupation: Sous Chef
Signature Dish: Maple-Glazed Arctic Char

JOE RICCI                                       Age: 31        
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA          Occupation: Sous Chef  
Signature Dish: Veal Braciole with Creamy Polenta and Grilled Broccoli Rabe with Balsamic Red Wine Reduction

KEVIN RIDLON                                Age: 29         
Hometown: Warwick, RI                  Occupation: Culinary Manager 
Signature Dish: Chicken Caesar Piadina

HELL’S KITCHEN is produced by ITV Entertainment in association with A. Smith & Co. Productions. Arthur Smith, Kent Weed and Gordon Ramsay serve as executive producers.

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