Jason Zepaltas
Chicago, IL
Season 9: 29
Season 12: 31
Season 9: Line Cook
Season 12: Sous Chef
9 and 12
Kitchen Experience
Culinary Education
Culinary Inspiration
Season 9: 18th
Season 12: Runner-up

Jason Zepaltas was a contestant on Season 9 and Season 12 of Hell's Kitchen. On season 9, he ranked in 18th place, and on season 12, he was the runner-up.

Personality Edit

After failing to show what he was made of on season 9, Jason returned for season 12 and proved to Ramsay that he was a strong cook. He was passionate and was one of the strongest chefs in the blue team. However, he could also be a little bit rude at times, as he had a short lived feud with antagonists Mike and Sandra.

Season 9 Edit

Episode 1Edit

During the Signature Dish Challenge, Jason made pork tacos, and won it 6-5 for the blue team. As a reward, he and the other men went out for a lunch at the L.A. Market with Season 8 winner Nona.

During prep, Jason was complaining both of his arms were really weak and his breathing would not stabilize. He was sent to the hospital three hours before service. Three hours later, Ramsay told that Jason was put on some days of bed rest and will not be returning to Hell's Kitchen. Ramsay gave no comment on Jason's departure, and he did not receive the coat hanging and burning picture sequence.

Season 12 Edit

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Season 9Edit

  • He is the fifth contestant to withdraw from the competition for health reasons, following Larry (Season 2), Aaron (Season 3), Robert (Season 5), and Antonia (Season 8).
  • He is responsible for the fastest exit in the history of the show, with his departure being announced before the first dinner service.

Season 12Edit

  • He is the second contestant to compete in two different seasons, after Robert competed in Season 5 and Season 6.
  • He is the only contestant to date, apart from season 17 contestants, to perform the Signature Dish Challenge twice.
  • He participated in the fourth all-male finals of Hell's Kitchen.
  • He is the twelfth runner-up, and eighth male runner-up of Hell's Kitchen.
  • He is the only contestant to this date who participated in two different seasons and made it to the finals on his second appearance.
  • He is the first contestant who made it farther in the competition on his second appearance.


Season 9Edit

Season 12Edit


  • Jason on Season 9

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