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Contestants for New Season of ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Announced

Hell's KitchenGordon Ramsay welcomes 20 new competitors on the Season 12 premiere of Hell’s Kitchen airing Thursday, March 13 at 8:00 PM on FOX.

These aspiring restaurateurs will endure an intense culinary academy, including a series of grueling team challenges and dinner services to prove they possess the right combination of ingredients to win Season 12.

Below are the 20 chefs competing this season:

The Red Team (Women) includes:


Beth Taylor               Age: 43

Hometown: Independence, LA

Occupation: Line Cook

Signature Dish: Pecan Crusted Catfish with Wilted Spinach and Smoked Gouda Grits


Bev Lazo-Gonzalez               Age: 42

Hometown: Whittier, CA

Occupation: Food Truck Chef

Signature Dish: Southeast Asian-Style Fish Tacos


Jessica Vogel                        Age: 28

Hometown: Sparta, NJ

Occupation: Line Cook

Signature Dish: Rosemary Crusted Venison Loin with Cranberry Ancho Chili Gastrique over Goat Cheese Polenta and Roasted Brussels Sprouts


Joy Parham-Thomas           Age: 25

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Occupation: Kitchen Supervisor

Signature Dish: Chilled Corn Soup


Kashia Zollicoffer                  Age: 23

Hometown: Carthage, MS

Occupation: Line Cook

Signature Dish: New York Strip and Blue Cheese Crab Butter with Roasted Asparagus


Melanie Finch                     Age: 23

Hometown: Woodland Hills, CA

Occupation:  Line Cook

Signature Dish: Pan-Seared Scallops with Mashed Lentils, Roasted Pear and Crispy Raspberry Gastrique


Nicole Rutz                           Age: 33

Hometown: Morganville, NJ

Occupation: Baker

Signature Dish: Halibut Filet with Squash and Tomatoes in an Herb Butter Sauce


Rochelle Bergman                 Age: 27

Hometown: Riverside, CA

Occupation: Caterer

Signature Dish: Mushroom Chicken with Asparagus


Sandra Flores                       Age: 36

Hometown: Queens, NY

Occupation: Sous Chef

Signature Dish: Tender Cod Filet with Macadamia Nut Fig Butter and Fire-Roasted Corn with Applewood Bacon


Simone Hammond                Age: 43

Hometown: Henderson, NV

Occupation: Buffet Cook

Signature Dish: Peach and Crab Apple Chutney Pork Chop, Cornbread Dressing with Pecans and Haricot Verts with Fig and Cranberries in a White Wine Butter Sauce


The Blue Team (Men) includes:


Anton Testino                       Age: 39

Hometown: Butler, NJ

Occupation: Head Chef

Signature Dish: Pork with Crabmeat Crust


Chris Eversole                      Age: 27

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

Occupation: Line Cook

Signature Dish: Poule Rôtie


Guarav Navin                        Age: 34

Hometown: East Stroudsburg, PA

Occupation: Executive Chef

Signature Dish:  Afreen Tuna Met Komyn Parfume Pulao


Jason Zepaltas                      Age: 31

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Occupation: Sous Chef

Signature Dish: Seared, then Braised Wild Salmon with Vegetables


Mike Aresta                           Age: 38

Hometown: Keyport, NJ

Occupation: Chef Instructor

Signature Dish: Herb-Fried Tortellini with Romesco


Michael DeMarco                   Age: 29

Hometown: Scranton, PA

Occupation: Line Cook

Signature Dish: Ricotta Gnocchi with Roasted Tomato Crème and Sausage


Michael Gabriel                     Age: 25

Hometown: Spring, TX

Occupation: Executive Chef

Signature Dish: Stuffed Chicken Breast with Asparagus and Diced Rosemary Yukon Potatoes


Ralph Johnson                     Age: 28

Hometown: Boston, MA

Occupation: Chef De Partie

Signature Dish: New England Lobster Dinner


Richard Mancini                   Age: 48

Hometown: Bloomingdale, IL

Occupation: Executive Chef

Signature Dish: Pan-Roasted Sea Bass with Roma Tomato and Basil Sauce over Sauteed Kale and Pancetta


Scott Commings                   Age: 36

Hometown: Woodstock, IL 

Occupation: Executive Chef

Signature Dish: Herb Roasted Rack of lamb with Parsnip Puree and Sherry Jus

Check out a preview of what’s to come this season.

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