Mike Aresta was a contestant on Season 12 of Hell's Kitchen. He ranked in 17th place.
Mike was a terrible contestant who served pre-made food as his signature dish, was generally disrespectful, and slacked off in the dorms during punishment. He was also in denial about his performance, stating that no matter what he would do, his team would put him up for elimination. His poor attitude led him to have a short-lived running feud with teammate Jason.
Season 12 Edit
During the Signature Dish Challenge, Mike was the fourth person of the blue team to have his dish judged by Ramsay, and went up against Kashia. He served a cheese-stuffed tortellini with tomatoes, but when he revealed he used packaged pasta, Ramsay was shocked, as well as the audience, and after that, he revealed the tomatoes were canned, which shocked Ramsay and the audience even more. Ramsay trashed his dish in the bin while calling it a joke, and he lost the round to Kashia. When he got back in line, he declared he was insulted as his dish was not packaged dog food, and murmured to his teammates that it was bullshit. However, Ramsay heard him, called him down, and asked him to repeat what he just said, but he played the hypocrite and did not say anything. Then, Ramsay told him that if he would have anything to say, he should say it in front of him instead of his back. The blue team eventually lost the challenge 4-5, and they were punished by setting up the dining room and prepping both kitchens for the opening night.
During the punishment, Mike did not help his teammates at all, as he vacuumed the floor while they were carrying chairs and stands, with Gabriel stating that he was lazy. While the men asked him to help, he cused and walked out. While his team wondered where he was, he was in the dorms eating an orange.
Mike was the blue team's first nominee for elimination, with DeMarco being the second. During his plea, he declared he had no idea why his team was not trusting him despite Richard and Jason telling exactly what was wrong with him, and requested to be transferred to the red team. However, Ramsay eliminated him for being a consistant poor performer and his disrespectful attitude. After he took his jacket off, he left without even shaking Ramsay's hand.
Ramsay's comment: "There once was a cook named Mike. He couldn't cook fish or any other dish, so I told him to take a hike."
- He is the fourth contestant who used pre-made food for his signature dish, following Rock (Season 3), Salvatore (Season 7), and Jonathon (Season 9). He is also the first who did and talked back about it.
- "I'm a little insulted, it's not like it's packaged dog food."
- "Fuck it, that's bullshit bro!"
- "FUCK THIS!"
- (After being eliminated) "I definitely feel like I was the fall guy. I'm gonna have fun watching the guys go down, because they're a bunch of backstabbing bitches. I will definitely forget about these guys as quickly as they've chosen to forget about me."