Time to Sizzle! Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Hell’s Kitchen Season 19, Including Who Won

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They’re in Vegas baby! Vegas!

The hit FOX culinary competition series Hell’s Kitchen is sizzling on the strip for season 19. The series, starring Chef Gordon Ramsay, makes an unprecedented move to Las Vegas bringing all the hoopla of Hell’s Kitchen to Sin City.


For the first time in the show’s history, the cast and crew decamped to Las Vegas for season 19. The 18 top-notch chefs who range in age from 23-44 hail from all corners of the U.S. They get the added bonus this season of competing in Vegas, home to the world’s first Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen restaurant at Caesars Palace.

All the trappings of Vegas aside, season 19 may be one for the record books.

“Our chefs are very serious and have big, bold personalities and are a ton of fun,” says showrunner Kenny Rosen, who has been with Hell’s Kitchen since the first season. Also, being in Las Vegas, producers were able to access more Vegas-related rewards and punishments. Many locations in Caesar’s Palace were used so they could present fun things to do.

“There’s an incredible camaraderie and definitely our most competitive final four that we’ve ever had on the show,” Rosen tells Parade.com. “They are all big, bold characters who are rooting for each other and want one another to do well. You almost don’t want to see anybody lose toward the end of the season, because they’re such good people.”

Here’s what we know so far about season 19 of Hell’s Kitchen.

What is Hell’s Kitchen

Hell’s Kitchen is a reality cooking series based on the British series of the same name. The series is hosted by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and airs on FOX.

Each week, chefs are put through rigorous culinary challenges that involve high stakes rewards and punishments. For season 19, they all have some kind of Sin City flare. Only those who have the right combination of ingredients will continue in the competition, until one is named winner. At stake is a life-changing grand prize, including a Head Chef position at Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen Lake Tahoe at Harvey’s Hotel and Casino, and the title of winner of Hell’s Kitchen.

For season 19, producers decided to move the show, which was filmed before the pandemic, to Las Vegas so contestants could experience one of Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen restaurants. “It’s one of the top grossing restaurants in the world. Gordon has five restaurants in Las Vegas. And it was a way for the cast to see just how big a prize was actually being offered to them if they were the winner,” shares Rosen. “Additionally Vegas is a ton of fun…”

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Why is Hell’s Kitchen so popular? 

Tension are high. Tempers flare, and the competition is fierce. The series makes for some serious drama! Hell’s Kitchen also spotlights the true blue collar line cooks of America who are hidden even in their own restaurants. “We’re not casting for beauty here. We’re casting for real chefs who live and work in this industry and are given an opportunity to make something of themselves,” explains Rosen. A lot of them are never given an opportunity like this. “As far as I know, as far as reality television shows, it’s just the hardcore blue collar workers of America who are given a shot.” Also, audiences end up really caring about the chefs. Get ready for tear-jerking moments that you don’t normally see on Hell’s Kitchen.

Related: Want to See More Hardworking Americans? Check Out Tough as Nails Season 2

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When did Hell’s Kitchen season 19 premiere?

Hell’s Kitchen premiered Thursday, Jan. 7 at  8 p.m. ET on FOX.

Who won Hell’s Kitchen season 18? 

Ariel Contreras-Fox from Brooklyn, New York, won Hell’s Kitchen season 18. She had previously competed in season 6, where she finished in third place. But this super chef grew tremendously over the years and won!

Who is on Hell’s Kitchen Season 19?

The contestants, who range in age from 23-44, hail from around the United States.

HELL’S KITCHEN: Cody Candelario. © 2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. Cr: Michael Becker / FOX.

Cody Candelario

Executive Sous Chef, Sherman Oaks, Calif.

HELL’S KITCHEN: Mary Lou Davis © 2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. Cr: Michael Becker / FOX.

Mary Lou Davis

Chef de Cuisine, San Antonio, Texas

HELL’S KITCHEN: Fabiola Fuentes. © 2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. Cr: Michael Becker / FOX.

Fabiola Fuentes

Line Cook, Coachella, Calif.

HELL’S KITCHEN: Nicole Hanna. © 2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. Cr: Michael Becker / FOX. (Michael Becker/FOX)

Nicole Hanna

Line Cook, Wolfeboro, NH

HELL’S KITCHEN: Declan Horgan. © 2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. Cr: Michael Becker / FOX.

Declan Horgan

Executive Chef, Washington, D.C.

HELL’S KITCHEN: Amber Lancaster. © 2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. Cr: Michael Becker / FOX.

Amber Lancaster

Executive Chef, Chicago

HELL’S KITCHEN: Lauren Lawless. © 2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. Cr: Michael Becker / FOX.

Lauren Lawless

Private Chef, San Diego, Calif.

HELL’S KITCHEN: Peter Martinez. © 2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. Cr: Michael Becker / FOX.

Peter Martinez

Sous Chef, Palisades Park, N.J.

HELL’S KITCHEN: Kenneth McDuffie © 2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. Cr: Michael Becker / FOX.

Kenneth McDuffie

Private Chef, Philadelphia, Penn.

HELL’S KITCHEN: Josh Oakley. © 2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. Cr: Michael Becker / FOX.

Josh Oakley

Executive Chef, Denver

HELL’S KITCHEN: Adam Pawlak © 2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. Cr: Michael Becker / FOX.

Adam Pawlak

Executive Chef, Milwaukee, Wis.

HELL’S KITCHEN: Marc Quinones. © 2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. Cr: Michael Becker / FOX.

Marc Quinones

Executive Chef, Albuquerque, N.M.

HELL’S KITCHEN: Brittani Ratcliff. © 2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. Cr: Michael Becker / FOX.

Brittani Ratcliff

Executive Sous Chef, Morehead, Ky.

HELL’S KITCHEN: Elliott Sanchez. © 2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. Cr: Michael Becker / FOX. (Michael Becker/FOX)

Eliott Sanchez

Private Chef, Jersey City, N.J.

HELL’S KITCHEN: Jordan Savell. © 2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. Cr: Michael Becker / FOX.

Jordan Savell

Executive Chef, Fort Worth, Texas

HELL’S KITCHEN: Kori Sutton. © 2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. Cr: Michael Becker / FOX.

Kori Sutton

Executive Chef, Los Angeles, Calif.

HELL’S KITCHEN: Drew Tingley. © 2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. Cr: Michael Becker / FOX.

Drew Tingley

Line Cook, Millmont, Penn.

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HELL’S KITCHEN: Syann Williams. © 2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. Cr: Michael Becker / FOX.

Syann Williams

Line Cook, Atlanta

What happened to Hell’s Kitchen season 10 winner Christina Wilson?

Being on the show can be a game changer for chef-testants. For example, Christina Wilson who won season 10, has now become part of Gordon Ramsay’s empire in Las Vegas. “She is the sous chef on the show, is running all five of his restaurants in Las Vegas and helps with all of his restaurant openings around the world,” says Rosen. “Her career was launched by being on season 10. A lot of the chefs who won have gone on to do great things.”

What happened to Drew Tingley on Hell’s Kitchen?

Drew Tingley was about to give up on his culinary career when he was invited to be on Hell’s Kitchen. He proved to have a little less drive than some of the other chefs competing on season 19. He came across as clumsy and forgetful and was inconsistent in challenges and services. The line cook didn’t get the chance to really find his groove and shine. In week 5, he was forced to withdraw and leave the show due to a long-term health issue.

Why is the show called Hell’s Kitchen

Hell’s Kitchen was originally produced in the United Kingdom and aired live several nights a week. Ramsay had celebrities on the British show who he put through their paces. He was the irate chef who demanded perfection and greatness out of everybody working for him. “People think it’s an act, but he’s an intense guy,” says Rosen. “When people are coming into the restaurant to eat, he thinks that they deserve a good meal and he doesn’t want to let people down. So he puts a lot of pressure on himself, which translates to pressure for the contestants. He takes it very seriously.”

Related: 10 of Gordon Ramsay’s Funniest Quotes and Insults—’This Isn’t Pizza, This Is a Mistake!’

Where can I watch Hell’s Kitchen and where can I stream it?

Hell’s Kitchen is available on FOX, FOXNOW, HULU and ON DEMAND.

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How many seasons has Hell’s Kitchen been on television? 

Hell’s Kitchen is in its 19th season in 2021. The first season aired in 2005.

When does Hell’s Kitchen come on?

Hell’s Kitchen airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.

Where is Hell’s Kitchen filmed?

Hell’s Kitchen is filmed at Caesars Entertainment Studios in Las Vegas. Season 19 is the first time that the show takes place in Las Vegas. All 18 previous seasons were filmed in Los Angeles.

When did Hell’s Kitchen season 19 start? 

Hell’s Kitchen premiered Thursday, Jan. 7 at  8 p.m. ET on FOX.

How can you get on Hell’s Kitchen?

After 18 seasons, Hell’s Kitchen is so well known they get thousands of applications. Seasons and 19 and 20 have already been filmed in Las Vegas so the series is not casting right now. But be on the lookout for casting calls for future seasons.

Who went home on Hell’s Kitchen in 2021?

Week 1: Kenneth McDuffie (Blue Team)

Week 2: Eliott Sanchez (Blue Team)

Week 3: Fabiola Fuentes (Red Team)

Week 4: Brittani Ratcliff (Red Team)

Drew Tingley (Blue Team) – Left Episode 4

Week 5: Peter Martinez (Blue Team)

Week 6: Josh Oakley (Blue Team)

Week 7: Syann Williams (Red Team)

Week 8: Lauren Lawless (Red Team)

Week 9: Adam Pawlak (Blue Team)

Week 10: Marc Quinones (Blue Team)

Week 11: Jordan Savell (Red Team)

Week 12: Nikki Hanna (Red Team)

Week 13: Amber Lancaster (Red Team)

Week 14: Cody Candelario (Blue Team)

Week 15: Declan Horgan (Blue Team)

Who won Hell’s Kitchen season 19? 

Kori Sutton (Red Team) from Los Angeles, was crowned the winner of Hell’s Kitchen season 19 on Thursday, April 15, 2021. Mary Lou Davis was runner-up in season 19.

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