Hell’s Kitchen Winners – List of Season 1-20 Winners and What are they Doing Now?

Hell’s Kitchen gets immense popularity among cooking lovers. The contestants won the hearts of judges by adding unique taste and creating the challenged recipes within a limited time and with given food resources. You must be excited to know about the winners of Hell’s Kitchen judged by Gordon Ramsay. 

Season 1: Michael Wray

Michael, 27, a Fort Collins, Colorado, won the first season of Hell’s Kitchen on August 1, 2005. After winning, he joined Ramsay in London but refused to become a head chef in Los Angeles. Later, he moved to Arizona, where he started a knife company, Skull, and Cleavers, alongside teaching cooking. Presently, after battling the addiction to pain pills, he wants to run a food truck business. 

Season 2: Heather West

The New York resident, Heather, was 25 when she won the Hell’s Kitchen on August 14, 2006. She chooses to work at Terra Rossa restaurant at the Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas as a senior chef. Afterward, she returned to Long Island and worked in different restaurants like Monetary, Jellyfish, and Schafers. Presently, she is running East End Play Dates. 

Season 3: Rahman Rock Harper 

Rahman, 30, a resident of Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia became the winner of the third season of Hell’s Kitchen on 13 August 2007. Afterward, he worked for one year at the Terra Verde restaurant in the Green Valley Ranch casino in Henderson, Nevada. Alongside, he worked in Ben’s Next Door as an executive chef and also written a bestselling cooking book, “44 things Parents should know about Healthy Cooking for Kids”. Currently, he is running Queen Mother’s in Arlington, VA. 

Season 4: Christina Machamer

Christina, 25, and residents of Missouri, won the season and after winning the Hell’s Kitchen, she worked for West Hollywood in California and then at Bouchon Bistro. After trained from Culinary Institute in Napa, she worked at b Cellars Vineyards & Winery and then Caldwell in Napa. 

Season 5: Danny Veltri

Veltri, 23, a Florida resident, won the show, but his prize was downgraded to sous chef in place of the executive in the Borgata Hotel Casino in New Jersey. After his departure from Borgata, he started his company, Back From Hell Catering, and before launching Salt Life Food Shack at three locations in Florida, he worked at Gnarly Surf Bar & Grill In the Sunshine. 

Season 6: Dave Levey

The California resident won the sixth season “Hell’s Kitchen” on October 13, 2009. As a prize, he worked in Whistler, British Columbia at Araxi Restaurant for few months. Presently, he is working in restaurants in his home state of New Jersey. 

Season 7: HolliUgalde 

The seventh season was won by California residents on August 10, 2010. She returned to Florida as an executive chef at B Ocean’s after working several years at Savory Grill of London. Currently, she markets the products made on her farm and runs the SENS Wellness lifestyle program. 

Season 8: Nona Sively

After winning the show, she worked as the head chef at LA Market in Los Angeles for three years. After the time she launched her restaurant, Pork, and Beans, in Las Vegas. 

Season 9: Paul Niedermann

The Florida resident won the ninth season on September 19, 2011. And, after working in the BLT Group, he returned to the Sunshine State and operated at Hudson and then in SALT 7 in Florida. 

Season 10: Christina Wilson

The Philadelphia resident, 32, won the season and worked as the head chef at Gordon Ramsay Steak in the Paris Casino and presently has become the Culinary Director for Gordon Ramsay North America. 

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Season 11: Ja’Nel Witt

A Texas resident, 31, won this season on July 25, 2013, and after working for Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, she returned as the executive chef at Corner Table in Houston in Texas. At the time working as executive chef at Sammy’s Steakhouse in Richmond. 

Season 12: Scott Commings

This Illinois resident, 36, won the Hell’s Kitchen of this season on July 24, 2014. Before becoming executive chef at Freedom Beat at the Downtown Grand Hotel in Sin City, he worked as head chef at the Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace. 

Season 13: La Tasha Mccutchen

Mccutchen, 33, a Florida resident, won the show on December 17, 2014. Presently he is a private chef that worked as a head chef at the Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill in New Jersey for one year.  

Season 14: Meghan Gill

Before serving as executive chef at Dormie Network of Golf Clubs, she worked as head chef at the Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill in Atlantic City. 

Season 15: Ariel Malone 

Currently, the winner Malone, a resident of New Jersey, is a private chef, before which she worked as head chef at BLT Steak in Bally’s Casino in Las Vegas till the beginning of 2017. 

Season 16: Kimberly-Ann Ryan 

The Michigan residents won the show on February 2, 2017, and worked as head chef at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar in The Venetian Casino in Las Vegas. After that she returned to her hometown and ran The Cook’s House. 

Season 17: Michelle Tribble

This Texas native worked as the head chef at the new Hell’s Kitchen Restaurant after winning the show on February 2, 2018.

Season 18: Ariel Contreras-Fox

This New York native worked as executive chef at Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen Restaurant in Las Vegas after winning the show in February 2019. But, after few months, she returned home to work for the Del Frisco Restaurant group. 

Season 19: Kori Sutton

Presently, she is working as head chef at Hell’s Kitchen in Lake Tahoe after winning the show on 22 April 2021.

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