Elise was the main antagonist of both her seasons. Despite her doubtless strong cooking skills, her arrogance, running feuds with Carrie and Jennifer, abrasive attitude, throwing people under the bus, slacking off during punishments, and being the backstabbing queen, led her to be one of the most hated chefs in the show's history. On season 17, while she cried less and was slightly less obnoxious, she was still arrogant and aggressive, and had a one-sided running feud with Michelle and initially Robyn.
Season 9 Edit
During the introduction of the season, Elise was one of the five chefs who were seen receiving their acceptance letter, and she promised her family that she would win.
When the chefs arrived in Los Angeles, they were greeted by James on the bus ride, and then, it pulled over to the Orpheum Theatre, where they would be given a standing ovation by a live audience. However, when the curtain was pulled up, they discovered that the room was completely empty, much to their disappointment, before Ramsay revealed himself applauding very slowly. After the latter revealed the grand prize of the season, the chefs were asked to get back to Hell's Kitchen and cook their signature dishes.
During the Signature Dish Challenge, Elise declared that she was not afraid to fight back and that everybody should watch for themselves, she was the sixth person from the red team to have her dish judged by Ramsay, and went up against Chino. Her scallops were cooked perfectly, and she won the round over Chino.
The red team lost the challenge 5-6, and they were punished by cleaning both kitchens for the opening night. During the punishment, Elise boasted that she scored a point and was still doing punishment, claimed that she was upset about that, and threw Krupa and Carrie under the bus by thinking that they sunk the red team, even thinking that they would be on the reward if it was not for those two.
The next day, both teams went to the kitchens to begin prepping for the opening night, they were given their ankle knives set, and during prep, Elise vocally rallied the red team. During dinner service, she was on the appetizer station with Elizabeth. When Ramsay called the first ticket, she started to shout over him, much to his frustration, and he berated and ordered her to call the ticket out for him, which she did. Moments later, she was not ready with her risotto when Carrie sent her scallops, and when she sent her risotto to the pass, it was too liquidy, Ramsay compared it to a rice pudding, and schooled her about not caring for his standards, saying that he would stop caring about her. Then, Krupa volunteered to help her, but she was not convinced that she was better than herself, even stating that she would beat Krupa with a blindfold on and a broken arm. However, when Krupa delivered a perfect risotto, she was lost for words. Later, she was watching Carrie delivering unacceptable scallops, told that Carrie should get her shit together, and when the latter was working on her third attempt, she jumped on fish uninvited, and stole Carrie's job by declaring that she was a weaker cook than herself, and that she stole her job because she wanted to impress Ramsay. Then, she told that she grabbed her pan because she was a team player, Ramsay reminded her that she had to cook appetizers for a six-top, before ordering her to bench at the chefs table, much to Krupa's amusement. Eventually, customers walked out, and the service was shut down.
When both teams were lined up, Elise had an argument with Carrie as she felt the latter threw her under the bus about the risotto, reminded her that her scallops came back twice, and claimed that she was trying to help her when she jumped on the fish station. The red team won the service.
The next morning, the chefs were woken up by a young guitarist and very loud amplifiers, and they were ordered to get outside. Arrived there, Ramsay introduced the Meat & Grill Challenge, where each pair would have to cook a medium-rare New York strip, a medium rib-eye, a medium-well filet mignon, and a well-done burger. During the challenge, Elise was paired with Carrie, and when the countdown began, she was already bossing her by telling her to back off. Both of them were seen arguing and butting heads all challenge long, they were the second pair to compete for the red team, and they only scored with their filet mignon. She claimed that it was Carrie's fault as she was just hanging around and bitching, but it was revealed that she was the one who cooked every piece of meat.
The red team lost the challenge 10-11, and they were punished by cleaning the grills, taking a delivery of a whole cow, and drinking a protein shake made from the meat used during the challenge. After they learned the blue team's reward, Ramsay acknowledged that she and Carrie screwed it for the red team, and during the punishment, she bashed against Carrie, saying that just the sight of her was making her want to punch her. When the women were drinking their meat shakes, she believed that Carrie had plenty of meat in her mouth as the latter was the only one who did not seem disgusted by the shake, and later, they were prepping their kitchen while she rallied her teammates to review the menu. When Elizabeth revealed that she did not know what was in the egg batter put over the Wellingtons, she whistled contemptuously, but did not feel at a disadvantage as she knew that the men were not thinking about the next service while being drunk. When the blue team came back from their reward, the women studied the menu further, but she was amused when Carrie was flirting with Brendan, even calling her a skank.
The next day, during prep, Elise organised the station with her teammates, and vocally rallied them all day long. During dinner service, she was on the meat station with Amanda. At one point, she decided to lead her teammates vocally by yelling orders out loud, much to Natalie's annoyance, and when Ramsay asked for a time, she called ten minutes, but quickly corrected herself by calling ten seconds. However, when she did, she pointed Ramsay with her tongs, annoying him who told he was not a dog, and when she interrupted him while he was talking, she was called down, told to shut her big fat mouth, and to not point at him. When she went back to her station, she stayed quiet, much to Jennifer's relief. Moments later, she was determined to lead vocally as she did not want to lose, and when she did, entrées were leaving the kitchen at a good pace.
The red team won the service, and at elimination, they were asked for a volunteer to be transferred to the blue team the next morning.
Back in the dorms, the women discussed about who would be transferred to the blue team, but when Amanda suggested that either her or Carrie should switch, Elise refused by reminding that Ramsay asked for a volunteer, and that she did not want to. In the end, the women agreed on Carrie, which made everybody happy.
The next morning, the chefs were woken up by clowns, and when both teams were lined up in the dining room, Sous Chef Scott revealed that they were woken up by clowns because they were cooking like clowns. After taking a delivery of naan bread with the other chefs, Elise and her teammates said goodbye to Natalie, who was transferred to the blue team instead of Carrie.
During the Mommy & Me Lunch Service Challenge, Elise immediately asked for somebody to do the quesadillas, declared that she was over losing challenges, and moments later, she aggressively told Carrie that she was just running around frazzled, which the latter did not agree with. Then, she tried to dictate Carrie by telling her to slice the sandwiches and to be organized, much to Carrie's annoyance, and when Krupa suggested to cut the sandwiches, she told that Carrie was not listening, but Carrie responded that she was just trying to get the shit done. She was annoyed by Carrie because she thought that she was just running around the kitchen like a chicken with the head cut off, and when Jamie discovered that things were missing on the quesadilla, she told that Carrie did it, which the latter admitted, and pushed the latter away by taking her job over. The red team failed to serve their last ticket before the blue team, and she already wanted to point fingers at their weakest link, before ordering Carrie to get off her space.
The red team lost the challenge, and when Ramsay asked the red team if they were crumbling because Natalie was gone, Elise immediately threw Carrie under the bus for running around the kitchen not knowing what to do, but Jamie quickly intervened by revealing that the real problem was both of them constantly arguing, which everybody else agreed with. They were punished by cleaning the dining room, prepping both kitchens for the Family Night dinner service, and setting up a playground for the children. During the punishment, she complained about the mess left by the children as her three-year-old son was not even that messy, and was seen being amused when Carrie was struggling to use the vacuum properly. Later, she expressed annoyance when the latter tried to organize the playground set up.
Back in the dorms, Elise trash talked about Carrie with Jennifer and Jamie, and when she told that Carrie did not do the béchamel sauce from scratch, the latter revealed herself and admitted that point. The next day, during prep, the red team was completely silent as they wanted to avoid the drama, even when she asked if anybody needed confit garlic.
During the Family Night dinner service, Elise was on the pizza station. The first pizza that she delivered was perfect, she was determined to bring her A game, but when a minor fire erupted on the fish station, she acknowledged that Amanda was frazzled while being tired of babysitting people. Moments later, Amanda's bass was still raw, so she ordered her to put it back in the oven, and after Amanda did, she continued to push her aggressively. When Ramsay asked Amanda for a time on the bass, she answered three minutes for her while adding that she did not cook it, much to Amanda's annoyance, and Ramsay stopped the argument between both of them. Later, Amanda revealed that she forgot the cod, so she asked if there was somebody home, and warned Amanda that she would be nominated if she would not get it together. Later, she yelled at Carrie for not doing anything at the moment, much to the latter's annoyance, and when she asked for a time, Carrie answered one minute. When Carrie sent raw lamb to the pass, she wondered if she did not have all her marbles, and that mistake caused the red team to go in the dining room to apologize to the customers, which she was humiliated about as she felt it was not her fault.
The red team was kicked out of the kitchen, lost the service by a mile, and back in the dorms, Elise knew that it was a good chance to get rid of Carrie. When the latter wanted to speak to her, she rudely rejected her talk request by saying that she could say everything she had to say on the chopping block, and asked her if she was on medication. Then, she started to bully Carrie by telling that she was living in another world, that she was nothing but a distraction, that she fucked up all night long, but that led to an argument between both of them over her disrespectful way of talking. Later, she blamed the meat station, and after Carrie told her that she would blame her anyway as she did not want her to be there, she rubbed salt in the wound even further by saying that she fucked up the entire night. The argument between both of them ended when she called Carrie crazy.
Elise was not nominated for elimination, and when Ramsay asked what happened after their great performance during the second service, she immediately threw Carrie under the bus, but Jamie revealed that her attitude and Carrie's was part of the problem. When Krupa revealed that she was pissed about the situation, she targeted the latter by saying that all she did was standing there, and Krupa confirmed her ego. While being dismissed, she disagreed with Amanda's elimination, was furious about the fact that Carrie was still there, and stated that she should have gone with Amanda.
While going back to the dorms, Elise clearly showed her disagreement over Amanda's elimination as she had a lot of potential, and was extremely angry that Carrie, who she called a bitch, was still there. In the dorms, she bullied Carrie by saying to everybody that she sucked and that she would never improve, much to Carrie's annoyance, and continued by saying that she did nothing during service. Then, she targeted Krupa by calling her the second weakest link, which Krupa answered that she could suck it. In the bedroom, Krupa decided to move out because of her, but she was defended by Jennifer despite Krupa still not being convinced as she said a lot of nasty things to her. She retorted to Krupa that she only said that the naan bread she served as her signature dish was a piece of shit, much to Krupa's frustration, and when the latter told her to keep her opinions for herself, she continued by saying that she should not have moved in a house with fourteen other people if she did not want to hear other opinions. After that, Krupa left the room and the argument by targeting her attitude, and went to the room at the other end of the hallway, while she told Krupa had her nerve.
The next morning, the chefs were woken up by Sous Chefs Scott and Andi, who brought them special farm outfits to wear, and were told to get outside. Arrived there, Ramsay introduced the Chicken Creation Challenge, and Elise was not seen much during the first part. During the second part, she was paired with Elizabeth, they worked on the roasted chicken course, and when the countdown began, she was already bossing Elizabeth after the latter poured more salt in the blender. After Gina revealed that her chicken was raw because of Carrie, she could not believe it, and declared that even though she had nothing against anybody, she called Carrie the common denominator almost all the time, before adding that everywhere she was going, it was horrendous. She and Elizabeth were the last pair from the red team to have their dish judged, she presented their "succulent" roasted chicken with butternut squash purée, Swiss chard, onions, and garlic, which was appreciated for the great colors and flavors, and when Ramsay asked whose idea it was, she tried to give all the credit for herself, much to Elizabeth's annoyance. Despite that, they won the round over Chino and Natalie, with Ramsay acknowledging that she did not like sharing, and during deliberation, she declared how tired she was of losing, before declaring that the red team had to get out of Hell's Kitchen before she would hurt somebody.
The red team won the challenge 3-2, and Elise was excited as she knew that her dish was the best, before remembering that Elizabeth also contributed to that dish. Also, she and Elizabeth were photographed with Ramsay for People magazine as their dish was deemed the best. The red team was rewarded with a go-kart activity at K1 Speed, and while going back to the dorms, she declared that it was the best day of her life. During the ride to the reward, she declared how happy she was about getting out of Hell's Kitchen, and arrived at K1 Speed, she revealed that she never rode in a go-kart before, but was still ready to kick butts. She qualified for the final race, along with Jamie and Carrie, as she had the third fastest time, and when the race began, she immediately targeted Carrie by bumping into her, and declared that she would never have allowed Carrie to win. Despite all of her efforts to make sure that Carrie would not win, she finished third and Carrie finished second, while Jamie won the trophy. However, she claimed that she was happy as long as Carrie did not win.
During prep, Elise started to give attitude to Sous Chef Andi, which the latter did not appreciate and told her to stop talking like if she was her child. However, she continued to talk back to Sous Chef Andi despite the latter telling that she was in a position of authority over her, and when she condescendingly told Sous Chef Andi that she understood what she said, the latter called her out on her disrespectful behavior.
During dinner service, Elise was on the fish station with Jamie. She acknowledged the pressure that the chefs table was adding because of how close they were to the action, and was confident because Carrie was not on meat. Then, she called four minutes on her scallops, but when she sent them to the pass, they did not have any color and were rubbery and watery, and while he showed her how to properly cook them, she acknowledged that she better cook them right afterwards. Her second attempt was cooked perfectly, she was proud of herself as she succeeded to recover from her rough start. Later, she told Carrie that she was ready with her scallops, but Elizabeth was not with her appetizers, much to her dismay, before she blamed Carrie for calling it out. When Elizabeth and Carrie were ready to send their appetizers, she told that she had to start her scallops over, so she was urged by Carrie to hurry up. After that, she still needed seven minutes despite Gina already slicing her New York strip, and when she sent her sea bass to the pass, one piece was raw and the other was dry, Ramsay ordered her to get it back in the pan, and she was berated for not giving a championship performance. Then, she was asked by Ramsay who she would blame, which she answered nobody, and after a lot of mistakes, the red team was kicked out of the kitchen.
Both teams were named joint-losers, and they were asked to nominate two people each. During deliberation, Elise immediately recalled the first service, which she claimed everybody was disappointing except herself despite Carrie disagreeing, and threw the latter under the bus for her slow tableside work during the second service. Then, Carrie told her that the red team would be better if she was not running her mouth all the time, and declared war on her, which she accepted. Because of that, an intense argument erupted between both of them, where she exposed Carrie's weaknesses and bragged about the fact that she ran the meat station better than everybody else, and Carrie exposing her disrespectful way of talking to her.
Elise was the red team's second nominee for elimination, with Carrie being the first, and they joined Chino and Monterray from the blue team. When Carrie accused her of not being a team player, she interrupted her by saying that she improved and thought that her teammates would be more likely to see Carrie be eliminated instead of herself. Because of that statement, Ramsay asked the red team who they would rather see be eliminated between Elise and Carrie, and she received votes from everybody, even Natalie from the blue team, except Elizabeth. With those results, Ramsay told her that she better be eliminated because the red team wanted her out, but she retorted that she never made the same mistake twice, that it was her first nomination, that she was not there to throw anybody under the bus despite Monterray laughing about the fact that she just did, that she could work on her attitude, and finally, she targeted Carrie one more time by saying that she could not acquire common sense at 31. After deliberation, during which she started crying, she was sent back in line after Ramsay told her to stop crying, therefore surviving elimination. While being dismissed, she declared that the red team did not know with who they were fucking with as she thought they hated a winner, referring to herself.
Season 13 Edit
Season 17 Edit
Before arriving, Elise's name was already making people cringe as Ashley called her the most hated chef in the show’s history as they recalled the multiple arguments she had back in Season 9. Soon after, she was the fifteenth All-Star to arrive at Hell's Kitchen, everybody got uncomfortable with her presence, and Jennifer said that she was the last person she wanted to see that day. However, she said that she thought about the day she was eliminated last time, and declared that she was going to do whatever it took to win that time, before stating that she was still the same person that did not care what everybody thought of. After Ramsay announced what the prized restaurant was, she was ready to rewrite history, before declaring that she was going to smoke everybody.
During the Signature Dish Challenge, Elise received lobster as her main protein, she was the seventh person from the red team to have her dish judged by Ramsay, and went up against Van. She made a poached lobster tail and grilled corn, they were praised for a beautifully cooked lobster, she scored a perfect 5, and she declared her as the strongest chef on the red team. The red team lost the challenge 27-28, and they were punished by cleaning up the front of the entrance, tear down the risers and red carpets, and clean up the confetti on the ground. Back at the dorms, she put the loss on Robyn’s dish, and snarkily told the latter that she should of asked her tiger eye about her salmon. During the punishment, she refused to help out on the risers as she refused to get herself injured, despite having muscles since last time, and deemed herself not Bob the builder.
During the Bar Menu Challenge, Elise decided to go with wings as they could pair up with any drink on the menu, before asking who did not like chicken wings. She was the third chef that was in the top four of the red team, and she presented her Tucson bar wings with Parmesan cheese. Ramsay praised the wings for their flavor and crispiness, and her dish replaced Ashley’s dish in the top four. She lost the challenge to Milly.
During dinner service, Elise was on the meat station with Robyn. At one point, she warned Ashley that the carbonara looked wet, but was ignored by her, and when it was rejected, she said that Ashley should have known better as carbonara was one of the most simplistic dishes on the menu. Then, she knew that the opening night was the hardest, especially since she last competed five years ago, and called it nerve-wracking. Despite that, she got her meat entrées accepted, and admitted that she was not concerned as she knew her chicken was good. However, despite wanting to keep her and Robyn’s good momentum going as they might win that night, her her New York striploin was very raw. That led to a pissed Ramsay to drag the red team into the pantry room, asked them what was happening, showed them her raw steak, and asked them to get their shit together. After coming back, she declared that she was the bounce back queen, and promised that she would never rush again. Then, she decided to cook two steaks for insurance, but her second attempt was overcooked, and an angry Ramsay ordered the red team to go out into the dining room and apologize to their customers. While the red team did apologize, she was very embarrassed, and wished that the floor would open up and swallow her. When the red team came back into the kitchen, Ramsay refused to let anymore poor steaks come out, called Giovanni in from the blue team, and asked him to cook six New York striploins for her. While she teared up over that, Barbie reminded her that Giovanni was only there to help out, and urged her to keep control of her station, as he told her to stop flipping her steaks. Thank's to Giovanni's help, she got her third attempt accepted.
The red team lost the service, and were asked to nominate two people for elimination. During deliberation, Barbie tried to calm Elise down, but while she tearfully felt that she deserved to be nominated that night, Barbie told her that she should not go home as she had more to show. Later, she argued that she behind due to the slow down on apps.
Elise was named the red team's first nominee, with Manda as the second. During her plea, she said that she was not the weakest chef on the red team, and wanted another opportunity to prove herself. However, Ramsay reminded her that he had to bring over Giovanni to coach her on cooking steaks, and she called it the most embarrassing moment that night. Despite being voted by Dana and Robyn for going home that night, she survived elimination. On their way back to the dorms, she boasted that being nominated has motivated her, and knew that she was in the top four of the red team. However, Robyn felt that she was disrespecting her, and the two argued in the middle of the living room in front of everybody, ending the episode in a cliffhanger.
Continuing from the previous episode, Elise and Robyn began arguing in the living room as the latter accused her of turning the red team against her, but she argued against that, and while she said that being nominated has motivated her in becoming the bounce back queen, Robyn reminded her that they were still a team, and that the reason she was mad was that she was talking shit behind her back, before reminding of her poor New York striploins that night. However, she sarcastically congratulated Robyn for bouncing back after two poor challenge performances, and the latter called herself the bounce back queen in response. The two continued to argue, with Robyn calling her a bitch, but ended when Manda pulled the latter out of the room.
Before the Seafood Tower Chalelnge, Elise allowed Michelle to do the cup staking challenge as she thought that the youngest chef would know cup stacking. She was paired up with Michelle, and they were the second pair to compete. During the challenge, she worked on the ice instead of helping Michelle out on the oysters, and that led to them missing an portion, before eventually getting their first attempt accepted. The red team lost the challenge, and they were punished by by taking deliveries of 100 pounds of seafood, prep them for that night’s service along with both kitchens, and eating a disgusting fish soup. During the punishment, she felt that the red team was not a cohesive unit, and that they could not get on the same page, before hoping that they could fix it. During lunch, she did not take a single bite of her dish, but while she claimed that she was not adventurous, she lied to Sous Chef Christina that she did. So, Sous Chef Christina did a breath check on everybody, and when she failed her test, Sous Chef Christina had her eat a single bite in front of her.
During dinner service, Elise was on the appetizer station with Dana. At one point, she and Dana were seen getting their appetizers accepted. The red team lost the service, and were asked to nominate two people for elimination. During deliberation, she agreed with Michelle that they were just giving the blue team the wins, and ranted that they had to get better with communication. Then, she agreed with Barbie and Ashley's nominee choices with Robyn and Manda, with her reminding the latter how flustered she on garnish, but reminded Ashley on how she did nothing that night compared to Barbie.
She was not nominated for elimination.
During the Chance Challenge, Elise called out mango during the M round, and called out syrup during the S round. During the cooking, she tasted Barbie's peanut sauce for the latter, and said that it tasted good. She was the fifth person from the red team to have her dish judged by Ramsay, and presented her wagyu strip steak. It was praised for using the melon to wrap the asparagus, she scored a perfect 5, and she arrogantly boasting that she slammed dunked again. The red team won the challenge 26-25, and they were rewarded with a private jet trip to Santa Barbera, and had an overnight stay at the Belmond El Encanto resort. While packing up, she excitedly said that the red team really needed that win, and felt that they were one accord now.
During dinner service, Elise was on the fish station with Manda. At one point, she felt that Barbie was getting flustered on garnishes, before asking how when the latter was reheating vegetables. After the blue team got kicked out of the kitchen, Ramsay asked her and Robyn to help Sous Chef Jocky complete the blue team’s remaining two orders and plate their desserts, and she called that night redemption. The red team won the service.
During elimination, Elise said goodbye to Robyn as the latter was reassigned to the blue team, while welcoming Josh as a new teammate, much to her great dismay, and even vocally yelled out a no in response.
Back at the dorms, Josh wanted to talk with Elise outside, but she refused to as she refused to acknowledge Josh as a red chef yet, and declared that she was not worried about him as they would send him back to the front of elimination if he fucked up. While Josh argued that she was not gelling with the new situation, she argued that she was gelling with her old teammates, and not with him as Josh was the new guy.
During the Wood Plank Cooking Challenge, Elise forcibly decided to work alone with the salmon. During the cooking, she boasted that she grilled better than a man could, but was having difficulties with the fire pit. She was the final person from the red team to have her dish judged, and went up against the pair of Giovanni and Milly. She presented her cedar grilled salmon and mustard aioli, it was praised for the aioli concept and having a perfectly cooked fish, and she scored that round over the pair of Giovanni and Milly. When the score was tied at 3, her dish was chosen as the best of the red team, and she was sweating in anticipation.
The red team lost the challenge, and they were punished by cleaning up a stable at Apex Ranch. Back at the dorms, Elise reminded Josh that cold coals did not help, but he called her a bully in response. While she denied being a bully, and called Josh being a soft man for calling her that, the latter accused her of taking HCH that morning, and accused her of being a master manipulator. During the punishment, she promised to back up Manda as she did not want Josh’s disrespect either.
During dinner service, Elise was on the meat station with Dana. At one point, she was seen doing nothing without lifting a finger, and Dana and Manda accused her of doing the bare minimum. When Josh was struggling on garnish, she told him to work as they seriously needed the garnishes, and appreciated Sous Chef Christina's retort on Josh to produce something. Both teams were named joint-winners, and while being dismissed, she said that she could not deal with somebody like Josh that could not cook, and strongly believed that she would win in the end.
Back at the dorms, Elise knew that Josh would not have last long, and at the hot tub, the chefs joked about her having a wild sex life, and she left to go to bed.
During the Pizza Fusion Challenge, Elise wanted to go up against Jared as she wanted to kick his ass, and they got South Korea. During the cooking, she said that things were getting hectic, and struggled to get her pizza off her paddle. Then, her pizza fell apart, she had a complete meltdown, and Barbie tried to keep her calm. She was the fifth person from the red team to have her dish judged, and presented her flatbread pizza. It was criticized for its small presentation, with Ramsay asking if she ate half of it, despite having great flavors, and neither she nor Jared scored that round. The red team won the challenge 3-2, and they were rewarded with a tour around Hollywood in a double-decker bus, and a trip to the Hollywood Magic Castle. During the reward, the magician borrowed her wedding ring for his trick, but she reluctantly did so, with Michelle telling her to relax.
During the Italian Night dinner service, Elise served an Italian seafood entrée tableside. At one point, she tasted Manda's pasta after Michelle did, and said that it tasted raw. Then, she asked her teammates if they needed any help, but they were fine on their own, despite her claiming that she has been trying to become a better team player as it was the reason for her multiple nominations in Season 9. However, they told her to go back to her own station. The red team won the service.
During the Last Chef Standing Challenge, Elise was the fourth chef from the red team to leave the kitchen, and when Michelle was the final person left, she felt that the latter could not handle the pressure as Michelle was getting flustered. When the lamb round was up, the red team’s attempt was raw as she did not cook it fully. The red team lost the challenge 3-5, and they were punished by helping Marino clean the dining room, clean the latter’s shirts ahead of the following service, and clean both kitchens. During the punishment, she was seen wiping the counters slowly, and later, she and Michelle argued about her rudeness and poor attitude, and she called the latter nails on the chalkboard annoying. Despite that, the two agreed to drop the argument, and go through the rest of their punishment.
Elise was named Michelle's third nominee for the Cook For Your Life Challenge for not being a team player, which caused her to refuse to play nice anymore, and said that Michelle should be praying that she did not survive the challenge. After,she felt that either Dana or Jennifer should be up instead of herself, but felt that Michelle picked her out of fear of her abilities. During the cooking, she knew that she could be sent home over one mistake, and before the judging, Ramsay noticed that she was tearing up as she still felt she did not deserve to be nominated. She was the fifth person up, but was still upset as she did not deserve to be in the bottom three, and that she had done nothing but be a team player. Her dish was praised for a beautiful presentation, but criticized for tasting too salty as she put her oyster shells too far into them. Despite that, her dish was deemed better than Robyn’s and she was safe. After, she refused to let Michelle hear the end of it, and when she came to the patio, she told Michelle that it was on. When the two argued about it, Jennifer broke it up, and when she told Michelle to get used to her face, the latter snarkily asked if she meant her crying face. Later, she boasted how she herself was the strongest chef on the red team, and warned Michelle that she was coming after her.
Back at the dorms, Elise claimed that she was no longer playing nice, and that she was in it to win it, only for Michelle to retort that she herself has been doing that before, and accused her of coasting through the competition so far. Manda tried to break up the argument, but she shut her up as she continued to boast how strong she was, but Michelle argued against that, and called her inconsistent. Despite her threatening to go after Michelle, the latter said that she was not afraid of her.
During the Cave Meat Challenge, Elise almost stabbed Jennifer with her spear, but had no remorse doing so. During the cooking, Sous Chef Christina asked her if she has calmed down after the previous night, and she said that she was, before planning on making her dish a statement to Michelle on who the weaker red chef was. She was paired up with Dana on the venison, they were the second pair from the red team to have their dishes judged, and they went up against Nick. She made a venison with yam puree, it was praised for not slicing it before as it showed confidence, and even more praised for having a perfectly cooked meat. So, she scored that round for the red team, and she rubbed her victory in Michelle’s face. After Michelle's dish received poor reviews, she gloated about the former’s failure.
The red team lost the challenge 1-2, and they were punished by participating in Spring Cleaning day, which included clearing the bathrooms and bedrooms of the dorms, and ironing the wait staff’s aprons. While being dismissed, Elise hoped that Ramsay would have sent her with the blue team on their reward as she was the only one that scored a point for the red team, and was disgusted to have to clean pubes out of the showers. Back at the dorms, the red team tried to cheer themselves up by saying that they did a good job, but she argued that she was the only one that she scored a point. During the punishment, Michelle apologies to her about nominating the latter over the Cook For Your Life Challenge, but she rejected it as she was still angry over being called a non-team player, and that led into another argument between the two.
During dinner service, Elise was on the appetizer station with Jennifer. At one point, she was struggling to put together the caviar Bellini, and Jennifer came to help her. When Manda was struggling on the lobster tail, she came in to help the latter. After a raw chicken was rejected because Michelle failed to see the rawness, she mocked the latter for failing to notice that.
The red team lost the service, and they were asked to nominate two people for elimination. During deliberation, Elise called that night a cluster fuck and that there was no team dynamic within the red team, but that led into an argument between the red team until Michelle told them to shut up. Then, she said that Manda’s raw pork set the red team back that night, and asked Barbie what the latter's excuse was over the raw duck. Then, she accused Michelle of skating through service, but when Jennifer brought up her struggles on appetizers, she ignored both the latter and Michelle’s comments by calling out boops, and said that she was ready to vote.
Elise was not nominated for elimination, but when Ramsay asked the red team what happened that night, she said that nobody took control of that night, and once again accused Michelle of running around, but the latter argued that she did not. That led to another argument in the red team, until Ramsay shut them all up. While being dismissed, she said that she did not need any friends from the red team, while believing that she will get new ones when she won.
Back at the dorms, Elise continued to say that Michelle did not take responsibility for her mistakes, but Nick accused her of saying that due to Michelle naming her as one of the weakest chefs on the red team. She denied that, and continued to deride Michelle for riding through service, even though Nick told her to shut up. The argument continued throughout the night into the next day, and Nick called her a bully for picking on Michelle , before reminding her how the red team was losing to the blue team and mocking her constant boops.
During the Fishing Challenge, Elise received red snapper, and was seen struggling to catch Barbie’s fish. When she collected her ingredients, she wasted her round being too picky on what ingredients she wanted, and ended up with three ingredients. During the cooking, she was not confident about her chances due to having three ingredients, annoying Dana. She was the third person from the red team to have her dish judged, and went up against Milly. She made an unknown snapper dish, it was criticized for tasting like two completely different dishes, but when she tried to argue that she was at a disadvantage for only getting three ingredients, Ramsay mocked her for that argument. She lost that round to Milly.
The red team lost the challenge 2-4, and they were punished by participating in fish delivery, prep them for the following service, and drinking a disgusting milkshake. During the punishment, Elise received tips from Michelle on how to debone the fish, but when Barbie's attitude picked up, she got dismayed as she really thought there was some unity growing, did not understand the latter's process, and said that she could not handle her shade any longer. After Barbie's attempt to weasel out of the milkshake backfired, she got angry, and called the former a lunatic.
During dinner service, Elise was on the garnish station. At one point, she got annoyed with Barbie's intro to the chef's table, and decided to take the lead, but her repetitive call outs annoyed Dana. Later, she and Barbie had a brief shouting match over cooking times, but an annoyed Sous Chef Christina ordered the two to shut up as there were guests in the kitchen. After Barbie tried to push the chefs table for a duck refire, she apologized for the table on Barbie’s behalf, and deemed the latter a nut case. After another argument with Barbie, an annoyed Ramsay brought them to the pantry room to get the full story, and ordered them to work out their differences in there. However, the two continued to bicker about the duck.
Both teams were named joint-losers, and they were asked to nominate two each. During deliberation, Barbie accused Elise of running her mouth by reading the ticket orders, and she was considered by Jennifer based on the arguing that night. While she argued that she was not the weakest chef, Michelle argued that they were better off without the attitude. However, she argued that Barbie should go home because she has continued to struggle on meat and called the latter both a lunatic and batshit crazy, and the two went back to arguing.
Elise was named the red team's first nominee for elimination, with Barbie as the second. During her plea, she argued that she has been the strongest chef on the red team. She survived elimination.
While going back to the dorms, Elise called Van’s elimination shocking, did not understand why he had to go now, and declared that while she wanted Barbie gone, she would not sabotage a dinner service to do so. Then, she said that that Barbie should not be behaving like that for her age, before bragging that she looked young for a 32-year-old, and that she worked out and ate right.
Before the Blind Taste Test, Elise boasted that she had a good palate. She was the fourth person from the red team to compete, and went up against Milly. She failed to get the first two ingredients, and when she incorrectly guessed parsley for celery root, the red team lost the challenge 2-8, and Barbie received the first two punishments. They were punished by cleaning up the dining room, separating peppercorn by color, and grinding them by hand. During the punishment, she brought up Van’s elimination once again.
During the Charity Night dinner service, Elise accused Michelle of forgetting to count when the latter was missing three scallops. She was in charge of the stripped bass course, agreed with Milly on nine minutes for their bass to cook, but she took a dictatorship role for the red team, and ordered her teammates to do what she wanted. Despite Michelle saying that the sauce was still reducing, she brought the sauce up regardless of that, and Ramsay found out that it tasted bland. While she blamed Michelle for not tasting it, the latter argued that the former grabbed it from her before she had the chance, leading to a brief argument. Thing soon got worse when Ramsay discovered that the bass was all burnt, and she accused her team of trying to sabotage her performance, argued that she could not cook and plate at the same time, and told Marino that it would take six minutes for the refire. She finally managed to get her course out to the red team’s table, but was pissed as she still felt that the red team sabotaged her.
The red team lost the service, and they were asked to nominate two people for elimination. During deliberation, Elise knew that there was no teamwork that night, believed that Dana and Michelle were part of a clique, and declared that she did not trust the two. Then, she asked if it was Barbie and herself that night, with Michelle reminding her how she took a dictatorship role at the start of her course and being frazzled. Despite that, she vocally denied that, and reminded Michelle how she cooked the sauce with no heat on, leading the latter to throw a water bottle at her. She was considered for elimination by Michelle and Barbie. After, she left the room, and told the blue team how she cooked perfectly that night, while everybody on her team sabotaged her, before pinning Jennifer for the burnt fish earlier, but the latter refused to let that slide, and that led to an argument between the two.
Elise was named the red team's second nominee for elimination, with Barbie as the first. During her plea, she said that she started off strong, was not done yet, and that she repeated her orders to the red team despite the mistakes. She survived elimination, and while being dismissed, she said that there was nowhere to hide now, and believed that Michelle and Dana were the weakest chefs on the red team now.
During the Budget Challenge, Elise knew that buying the ingredients was easy, it was harder to keep in their budget. During the cooking, she revealed that she was doing a take on paella, even though that was a Spanish food, and a concerned Ramsay asked the red team if they were okay due to the unusual cultures being used. After Jennifer's mixed performance, she deemed not a great start for the red team. She was the final person from the red team to have her dish judged, was confident that her dish would be enough for the red team to finally leave for that day, and presented her seafood pasta with sausage. It was praised for being delicious, and she scored $93, much to her excitement.
The red team won the challenge $320-$313, Elise was overjoyed that they did not have to do another punishment, and they were rewarded with a go-karting experience along with lunch. During the reward, she said that while she would have rather had something than a go-kart race, she was competitive in what she did normally, and fought with Dana for first place, only for her to win. During lunch, she did not speak up about there being no more fighting without Barbie as she felt they were all pretending to get along, and told Michelle that Barbie was not the sole problem with the red team.
During dinner service, Elise was on the appetizer station. At the start of service, she and Jennifer communicated with each other, and that it was the first time that season where she was on hot appetizers, before knowing that while there was nowhere to hide with four people in the kitchen, she was confident in her risotto. It paid out as her appetizers were accepted. After Dana served raw lamb, she was speechless over that, and when the former serverd a overcooked Wellington, she complained that the hits were still coming. After the red team got kicked out of service, she was pissed that they got booted on the final ticket, accused Dana of having a meltdown, and hoped that her alliance with Jennifer was still there.
The red team lost the service, and they were asked to nominate two people for elimination. During deliberation, Elise considered Dana for her poor performance that night, and Michelle for not listening and not accepting responsibility. However, she was considered for elimination by the two, she argued that she did not have a bad night, and that they were intimidated by her, but Dana called her a bully and Michelle reminded her that they could not base it off of just one night. However, she accused the two of being a clique called Dachelle, and later, she and Jennifer agreed.
Elise was one of the three nominees from the red team along with Dana and Michelle as the red team failed to agree on two nominees. When she claimed that Dachelle voted together, Michelle reminded the former that she voted for Dana, and during her plea, she claimed that she was a leader, and that she wanted to lead. After Michelle accused her of taking things too seriously, and Dana calling her a bully, she denied that, but the latter reminded the multiple fights she had with everybody, with Robyn even reminding her about the argument they had over meat after the opening night. She survived elimination, and while being dismissed, she claimed that Michelle would not last long being on her own.
During the first Black Jackets Challenge, also known as the Taste It Now Make It Challenge, Elise used sea bass, cauliflower and peas, rutabaga, fava bean, and chives in order to recreate Ramsay's dish. She knew that it was do or die at that moment, and declared that she was going to turn up the heat for a black jacket. When presented her dish to Ramsay, she struggled to explain her dish, with Nick accusing her of being unsure of herself. While she got the fish protein correct, she failed to get both the puree and hash components correct. She lost the challenge to both Milly and Nick, and was forced to participate in the second challenge.
During the second Black Jackets Challenge, Elise used lobster, jasmine rice, asparagus, and parmesan cheese for her dish. At one point, she pushed Michelle out of the way for her ingredient, felt that she thrived under the pressure, and wanted to shine in the black jackets. She was the final person to have her dish judged by Ramsay, was confident that she was the strongest chef on the red team, hoped she could win a black jacket, and presented her poached lobster tail with parmesan rice and asparagus. However, Ramsay instantly saw that there was something wrong, and showed everybody that she forgot to remove the shit sack from the lobster, much to her great dismay. After Ramsay lectured her that one bite could destroy the taste of the lobster, he handed her dish back without tasting it. She lost the challenge to both Michelle and Benjamin, and she was forced to participate in the final challenge. While waiting at the dorms, she refused to go home now as she put a lot on the line for her second chance.
During the final Black Jackets Challenge, Elise was struggling to decide on what dish she would be making, and while she was upset at herself for getting herself into the final challenge, she wanted a black jacket more than anything. However, she put her potatoes into the blender, causing the four black jackets that they would turn out gummy, before finally revealing that she was making a pan-seared filet mignon with rainbow Swiss chard, mushroom duxelles, and potato puree. Then, she accused Robyn of not doing anything remarkable, that Jennifer was not a leader, said that the two were a clique, and that she can do it by herself, before asking for more thyme at the 90-second mark. She was the second person to have her dish judged by Ramsay, noted that it has been a rough day for her, and presented her pan-seared filet mignon with potato puree, mushroom duxelles, and rainbow chard. While Ramsay was impressed with the sear, he noticed that the filet was not medium rare like she wanted, even though it was still praised it for tasting tender, and that the potatoes tasted strange.
After the judging, Elise was the first person eliminated, but before leaving, Ramsay praised her for her passion, even though her dish felt short, before allowing her to keep her jacket and told her to keep her head up high. During her exit interview, she argued that she was better than the three dishes she put up that day, was very disappointed in not getting a black jacket, and felt that the pressure got to her. Ramsay gave no comment on her eliminations and she of them received the burning picture sequence.
- She is responsible for one of the greatest rivalries in the show's history, along with Carrie.
- She holds the record for the most nominations throughout one season, with seven, and is tied with Autumn (Season 7), Sabrina (Season 8), Clemenza (Season 10), and Scott (Season 12).
- She is the sixth contestant to be nominated four times in a row, and the fourth to have survived all four of them.
- She is the fourth contestant to have kept her jacket after elimination, following Ji (Season 5), Ariel (Season 6), and Jillian (Season 8).
- After her first appearance on the show, she started her own catering/consultancy/food demonstration business The Diva Chef and her own fitness prepackaged food company. She also divorced her first husband and re-married, took her husband's name, and is now known as Elise Harris.
- She is the only contestant to date who kept her jacket after elimination in two different seasons. She is also the third contestant who did without ranking in 3rd place, following Ji (Season 5), and Sterling (Season 13).
- She holds the record for the most overall nominations for one contestant in the history of the show, with twelve, including the Cook For Your Life Challenge. She also holds the record for the most nomination survivals, as she survived all twelve of them.
- She is the second contestant, and first female contestant, who scored a perfect five on the new format of the Signature Dish Challenge without making it to the black jackets, following Van (also from Season 17).
- After her second appearance on the show, she regularly appears on cookery shows as a TV Chef, competes in body building competitions and has a meal delivery service
- "One vegetarian lobster capellini..."
- "You better get outta my face!”
- "Let's go, baby BABY!!!"
- "It's okay, You can hate me."
- (About Josh) "I can't deal with somebody who sucks at cooking and has the nerves to be rude and disrespectful."
- "You opened a can of worms. It's on now baby!! Just know!! JUST KNOW!!!"
- "This is the new Elise. No more playing nice now!"
- "Don't act like you've never had rubber in your face."
- "Yes, I'm setting up my station for the 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 10th time!"
- "I really don't have anything to say right now... I didn't come here not to win... (cries)"