Kevin Cottle was a contestant on Season 6 of Hell's Kitchen. He was the runner-up of that season.
Kevin established himself as the one to beat very early, being confident and competitive, but also arrogant at some points. He sprained his two ankles early in the competition, but he still dominated his team, and went on to participate in the finals.
Season 6 Edit
After receiving some tips from Jean-Philippe and former Hell's Kitchen contestants, Ramsay ordered all the chefs to cook their signature dishes. While cooking his dish, Kevin declared that he was a legitimate chef, that he won almost every award any chef could get, and that he was there to win Hell's Kitchen first and foremost.
Before tasting the signature dishes, Ramsay announced the prize position of the season, which Kevin found tremendous and declared that he could not be more psyched. Ramsay also announced that for the first time ever, the Signature Dish Challenge would occur as a regular team challenge, with each contestant going head-to-head. He was the sixth person of the blue team to have his dish judged by Ramsay, and went up against Ariel. He was criticized for putting coffee sauce over a perfectly cooked steak, and neither he or Ariel won the round. When Van won his round, he was impressed because Van was having talent underneath his muscles.
The blue team won the challenge 3-2, and they were rewarded with a dinner on the Hell's Kitchen patio, where they ate dishes from Ramsay's London West Hollywood, in Los Angeles. The next morning, because the blue team drank too much and not studied the menu, they were slow to do their prep.
During dinner service, Kevin was on the appetizer station with Andy. He succeeded to get his first appetizers out, along with Jim, after 40 minutes. Apart from that, he was not seen much, and service was eventually shut down after Louie's elimination.
When both teams were lined up, Robert joined the blue team, and Ramsay declared the blue team winners for serving a few entrées out, compared to the red team's zero. At elimination, Kevin and his teammates said goodbye to Robert, who was just integrated on the red team.
The next morning, both teams got down in the blue kitchen, where Ramsay introduced the Shrimp Cleaning Challenge. Kevin was the sixth person from the blue team to have his shrimps judged by Ramsay, and gave a perfect performance of 9 shrimps out of 9, being praised by Ramsay.
The blue team won the challenge 45-44, and they were rewarded with a day at Newport Beach for a lunch of seafood, shrimps and raw bar with Ramsay, and a dessert on a 40-foot mega yacht. During the reward, Kevin declared it could not have been a better day as being on a mega yacht, enjoying the ocean.
The next day, during prep, Kevin helped Tony, who was struggling to properly cut a grapefruit, but Tony did not appreciate. During dinner service, he was on the garnish station. Before tickets came in, Joseph, Van, and himself motivated each other, and later, when he saw Tony sending raw scallops to the pass, he declared that maybe he could cook at home, but not on the line. When Tony started his scallops over, he reached over and helped, being very aggressive when he told Tony to flip the scallops. When he got ready, he told Jim that he was sending the scallops to the pass. Because of his help on the fish station, appetizers were finally getting out of the blue kitchen. Later, he commented that he could not believe Van would hit Jean-Philippe during a heated argument. Moments later, he had to take Tony's station over once again, and cooked the halibut on the garnish station. Eventually, he sent his halibut to the hot plate, but it was raw, which he acknowledged. After a lot of struggle in both kitchens, Ramsay ordered both teams to send shrimp cocktails to the dining room, and shut down both kitchens.
When both teams were lined up, Ramsay named both teams losers, and asked them to nominate two people each. Kevin was not nominated for elimination, which was delayed until the following episode because of the infamous Joseph incident.
Back in the dorms, the chefs went to bed, trying to get some sleep, but very early in the night, alarm bells started to go, Sous Chef Scott, holding a flashlight, told everybody to get out of the restaurant immediately as an emergency was called. Then, fire trucks arrived to Hell's Kitchen and the chefs got outside. But, Ramsay was standing with the firefighters, revealing that it was a fire drill. He introduced the Firefighter Pasta Meal Service Challenge, and all the chefs got back in the dorms to change. During the challenge, Kevin was putting pressure on Andy, about the garlic bread, and asked him what was the temperature of his oven, which Andy answered it was at 500 and going. Later, he put more pressure on Andy, along with Sous Chef Scott, telling him to hurry up. Finally, when the bread came out of the oven, he reached over and sent it to the dining room himself. Later, he took vocal control of the blue team, determined not to lose, and helped his team rallying to complete their tickets. Unfortunately, it was not enough as the red team finished theirs before them.
The blue team lost the challenge, and they were punished by cleaning the fire trucks left by the firefighters, as well as their equipment, and they would continue by cleaning the dining room inside. Arrived outside, Kevin, along with Robert, was dedicated to clean and polish the fire hoses. When Jean-Philippe came outside to get the blue team for the second part of their punishment, he sprained his two ankles while going upstairs. Inside, he sat on a bench while Jean-Philippe told him a medic was coming. He knew that something bad just happened as his ankle was extremely swollen, knowing that he could be forced to leave the competition. He acknowledged that a chef needed to move fast, but that he would not be able to do it with two sprained ankles, and he and Dave, who also sustained an injury, were transported to the hospital, while the remaining men continued the punishment.
After the punishment, Kevin came back from the hospital, along with Dave, and revealed his right ankle had a stretched ligament, and his left was severely sprained, but he added that it was not worth leaving and that he was there to win the prize. Then, he went to sleep while resting his foot over a pillow. The next day, both teams went in their respective kitchens to begin prep, while he said his legs were not issues anymore as he was determined to win. When the teams were lined up, Ramsay asked him how were his ankles, which he answered they were great.
During dinner service, Kevin was on the meat station. After Van delivered perfect appetizers, he gave him a fist pump. Near the end, he emerged as the vocal leader of the blue team despite his two sprained ankles, and he was the one moving the fastest. His lamb and his chicken were cooked perfectly, and despite Andy's problems on garnishes, entrées were flying out of the blue kitchen, and they got only 4 tickets left. On their last ticket, he was ready to send his chicken to the pass, but Robert was not ready with his salmon, much to his dismay. Despite Robert's problems, the blue team rallied under his leadership, but when Robert was ready with his salmon, the red team had already finished their last ticket and were clearing down. He was very angry at Robert, saying that he was not focused and that the red team caught the blue team up because of him. Despite that, the blue team won the service for having a 83% above average rating from the customers, compared to the red team's 81%.
During the Sausage Strings Challenge, Kevin was paired with Dave, and both of them got two sausage links approved. He was astounded that he and Dave were the only ones from the blue team who scored at that point while the red team was flying through them, and told the men to get something up. The blue team lost the challenge 4-6, and they were punished by cleaning up the dorms, which included the bathrooms, carpets, and kitchen. Back in the dorms, he angrily said it was ridiculous that two Executive Chefs, referring to Robert and Jim, could not make one sausage link, but that led to an argument with Robert over the latter's poor performance. During the punishment, he noticed that Robert was competitive, while Jim was slow and mellow.
During dinner service, Kevin was on the fish station. He got his halibut out perfectly, though had to wait for Andy's lamb, until Ramsay was forced to send it to an incomplete table. When Dave came back from the hospital with a cast on his broken wrist, he expressed concern about how Dave would continue with only one arm. The blue team eventually won the service.
During the Welcome Home Planning Challenge, Kevin praised Robert's leadership as it gave the blue team clear cut directions, and was not dictating them. He presented the blue team's appetizer which was a spicy seafood style boulya base. Despite La Tasha enjoying it, he lost the round to Ariel, although he believed that women would choose a salad nine times out of ten. Despite that, the blue team won the challenge 2-1, and were rewarded with a day of acrobatic flying in fighter jets.
During the Welcome Home dinner service, Kevin was on the dessert station. He decided to help Jim on the meat station, and reminded him about an order he struggled to remember as he wanted to be the hero of the night. Once entrées were served, he began prepping his desserts, and he was the only member of the blue team who did not go to the red kitchen as he was sending his desserts. The blue team won the service by a mile over the red team.
During the 700 Calories Challenge, Kevin paired up with Robert on the appetizer dish. He presented the blue team's grilled queste seafood salad, containing 156 calories. Ramsay praised the elements of the dish and called it refreshing. He tied the round with Tennille, but the blue team lost the challenge 1-3. They were punished by picking up the ingredients of the red team's dishes at a local supermarket on a conference bike, and prepping both kitchens for the next service. During the punishment, he knew that riding the bike would be difficult because of Robert's 500 pounds, and Dave's cast, while calling it embarrassing. Later, he expressed concern about Robert's health problems, saying that he got jacked up just like on Season 5.
During dinner service, Kevin was on the meat station. He stated that it was painful to watch Jim due to his poor performance, and called the current situation embarrassing. Later, he had a minor spat with Dave over garnish times. Both teams were named joint-losers, and they were asked to nominate one person each.
He was not nominated for elimination.
When Ramsay introduced the Craps Challenge, Kevin expressed fear as he was a bad gambler. He expressed dismay when Dave picked figs, and when he roll an A, he chose apples, though he admitted that the blue team was already in the shit by that point. During the challenge, he grabbed some of Dave's figs for the sauce, and much to his surprise, they made it taste great. He presented the blue team's braised haddock with a tomato and fig sauce on top of angel hair pasta, and Ramsay praised the dish for the delicious sauce and fish. The blue team won the challenge, and they were rewarded with a trip to Las Vegas, where they stayed at the Palms Casino & Resort, in the Hardwood Suite.
During prep, Kevin and the rest of the blue team were not happy to see Robert come back. When he found out that Ramsay invited some of his own chefs to eat a the new chefs tables, he got concerned that Ramsay would be extra picky as the chef tables were very close to the stations. During dinner service, he was on the garnish station. He was not seen much, but when Ramsay called the team over to look at Robert's raw rabbit leg, he was seen still cooking, and got chewed out by Ramsay for that. The blue team lost the service, and Dave was named "Best of the Worst".
He was not nominated for elimination.
During the Blind Taste Test, Kevin was the third person from the blue team to compete, and went up against Sabrina. He could only get grapefruit correctly, and the blue team lost the challenge 4-6. They were punished by making palate cleansing sorbet for the following service, as well as cleaning the sorbet glasses, and taking in deliveries of fruit. During the punishment, he got disgusted when he had to drink a smoothie that was made from duck and risotto.
During dinner service, Kevin was on the appetizer station. He got determined to do well, and his first orders were accepted. Then, he was dedicated to go out and serve sorbets, and during that, he got annoyed when Van's attempt on the risottos were not well received, and felt that his team was relying on him too much. Despite that, the blue team won the service.
During the Crepe Challenge, Kevin went up against Suzanne on the dinner round, and served a seafood crepe with goat cheese. While it got mixed reviews as there was a lot going on, it had a great flavor, and he tied with Suzanne, although he felt that Ramsay was throwing a bonus for the red team. The blue team lost the challenge 2-3, and they were punished by prepping both kitchens for the next service, while eating boiled cow tongue, stale baguette, and head cheese. During the punishment, he expressed his frustrations of losing another challenge, and complained that there was nothing going great for the blue team at the moment.
During dinner service, Kevin was on the fish station. He decided to help Andy when the latter was struggling on crepes, and made a respectable serving. Later, he called it a disaster when Andy was slowing the blue team on a crepe, and decided to help him again. After Andy was kicked out, the blue team had a great momentum, and he said that they did not need Andy. Both teams were named joint-losers, and they were asked to nominate two people for elimination together. Back in the dorms, he proposed that Sabrina should be nominated in order to get rid of Suzanne.
Kevin was not nominated for elimination, and after Andy left, he welcomed Suzanne as a new teammate, much to his dismay. Then, he said that he did not want Suzanne on the blue team, but knew that she would go home no matter what team she was on.
Back in the dorms, Kevin bluntly told Suzanne that the blue team was not happy about that decision, and told her that they did not like her attitude, while reminding her to act as a team member. Then, he and Van warned her that there was no throwing people under the bus anymore, unless she wanted to be under the bus as well.
During the Fifteen Canadian Ingredient Challenge, Kevin rejected most of Suzanne's suggestions as he felt that most of them were crap. He presented the blue team's first entrée, which was a caramelized salmon with pan seared leg of lamb. It was praised for having a great texture, and he won the round over Ariel. The blue team won the challenge 4-2, and they were rewarded with a day at Campanile, and got Whistler beanies that Ramsay picked up on his trip.
During dinner service, Kevin was on the meat station. He was not seen much, but complained about Van's burnt scallops as it was not rocket science. Then, he got concerned when Dave temporarily left due to his injury, but was relieved when Dave decided to stay. Both teams were named joint-losers, and they were asked to nominate one person each.
He was not nominated for elimination.
The next morning, Kevin and the rest of the chefs received black jackets. During the Taste It Now Make It Challenge, he was paired with Tennille. They used turbot, calamari, parsnip, and grapefruit to recreate Ramsay's dish. While they got the fish correct, they got the purée wrong, and failed to plate their garnish despite it being correct, and were out of the running. He was punished by prepping for a Couples Night Service, as well as helping Jean-Philippe to decorate the dining room.
During dinner service, Kevin was responsible for serving a chopped salad appetizer and porterhouse steak for two tableside. Because of Suzanne's mistakes on appetizers, he was forced to distract the diners in order to buy the kitchen some time. After Ramsay and Sous Chef Scott left the kitchen, he got the first few dishes plated and sent out, before returning to the dining room. He was one of the three chefs that were not kicked out and, along with Dave and Tennille, completed service. When the three of them were lined up, Ramsay asked them to nominate two people out of the three who were kicked out.
He was not nominated for elimination.
During the Presentation Challenge, Kevin made a Caribbean Sea Bass with orange and papaya. It was named the best looking dish overall, and was praised for matching the Caribbean taste he hoped for. He was named joint-winner with Ariel, and the two of them were rewarded with a Bon Appétit photo shoot with Ramsay and Fairchild, at Shutters on the Beach, in Santa Monica. During the reward, he felt like a movie star, and felt that it was a taste of what could come if he would win. When he came back, he noticed Dave was in pain from his injured wrist, and told him that he needed to think of himself, but secretly wanted Dave to go home as he was his biggest competitor.
During prep, Kevin got frustrated by Dave's slow speed, and stated that nobody could rely on each other anymore. He took the lead, but his pretentious attitude annoyed Suzanne. During dinner service, he was on the garnish station. When it was discovered that the rice for the risotto was overcooked, he revealed that he cooked it during prep. That led Ramsay to lecture him on putting the overcooked rice on Tennille’s station as he was one of the more technical chefs remaining, and he was asked for a standard. When he was forced to restart on his garnishes, he complained that Ariel should have been better than that. Then, he complained about Suzanne's raw sea bass as she should know how to cook fish by the moment. When he tried to rally the group, Ramsay told him that the only reason he got frustrated was that he had to watch that shit unfold before complaining that every table was getting screwed. When the chefs were lined up, they were asked to nominate two people.
Back in the dorms, Kevin boasted that he knew everybody’s weakness, and unless they knew his, they were all screwed.
During the 80 Vegetarian Portions Challenge, Kevin made an Asian style crepe with beet carpaccio, and noticed that the challenge should not be that hard as he was used to making multiple portions at his country club. When he found out that he would be serving to children, he said that it would be tough as his dish was full vegetarian. He lost the challenge to Tennille as his dish was voted the worst, and he was punished by cleaning up the dining room. Back in the dorms, he, along with Dave, wondered how Tennille was able to win the challenge.
During prep, Kevin was a little impressed with Tennille's new knife set that she got from her reward. During dinner service, he was on the appetizer station. He communicated with Tennille as he wanted to prove Ramsay that he could win, and got his appetizers accepted. Later, he felt that Dave should have been medically eliminated if he was in that amount of pain.
When the chefs were lined up, Kevin said goodbye to Tennille as she was eliminated during the post-mortem. Later, he received a visit from his wife and son.
Back in the dorms, Kevin felt that everybody seeing their families motivated them all. During the International Cuisine Challenge, he got the last pick, which was Mexico, and he called that an easy dish as almost everybody in the world has made Mexican food before. While cooking his dish, he noticed that Dave was panicking on his dish, and hoped that it would hinder his performance. He made an Orange and Cumin pork tenderloin with molee Mexican chocolate sauce, but when he lifted the dome, Ramsay noticed that the sauce was not on the pork, and he realized that he forgot to plate it. The dish got mixed reviews as, while it tasted good and had an interesting mango sauce, guest judge Thomas Ortega felt that it needed the missing sauce to put it to the next level. He lost the challenge to Dave, and he was punished by prepping for the next service, and polishing the silverware in the dining room. He disappointingly knew that if he had plated his sauce, he would have won the challenge. During the punishment, he saw Dave reunite with his loved ones, and got upset that he was so close to see his family again, and felt hurt by that. However, that only fired him more as he was determined to win the competition.
During dinner service, Kevin was on the fish station. He was the first person to run the pass, and felt that he had to run it the same way he ran the line but better. He read his first ticket clearly, and got off to a strong start. When Sous Chef Scott sent halibut instead of sea bass, he caught the mistake and sent it back, much to Ramsay's praise. Then, he complained that Ariel was slowing the team down, and when Ariel sent her lamb to the pass, he saw that it was overcooked and asked for a new mid rare. That forced him to send an incomplete table of entrées to the dining room. Later, he forced Ariel to cut some bones off the lamb despite her warning against it, but that caused the lamb chops to fall apart as he ordered her to make another. Because of that, no food was leaving the kitchen, and he was running out of time on the pass. Ramsay ordered him to get a grip, and he pushed Ariel for the lamb and called her nuts as he sent over his last table before time ran out. When Ariel was running the pass, he got dismayed when she called out multiple orders as there was a lot to remember, and got confused by it. Then, he was seen dragging his scallops and despite missing a portion, he got it out on time.
Kevin nominated Ariel as she has been nominated a few times, while getting nominated by Ariel herself. When Ramsay asked him why he should be in the finals, he said that he was a strong person, and was confident that he could run the Araxi. He was the second person who advanced to the finals, following Dave. After Ariel left, Ramsay congratulated him for making it to the finals, and he was reminded that there was one more challenge for him to face. Then, Ramsay revealed that there was a limo waiting for him outside, and the episode ended as a cliffhanger.
Continuing from the previous episode, Ramsay revealed that for their final service, Kevin and Dave would be creating their own menus, with him cooking in the red kitchen. After, he had thirty minutes to get changed in the dorms, and he and Dave headed off in the limo to an unknown hotel, in downtown Los Angeles, where Jean-Philippe was waiting for them. Then, Jean-Philippe told him that they would be heading up to the roof of the hotel to meet Ramsay, and then, Ramsay told them that their final challenge was about to begin, before introducing them to a live audience.
For the Final Tasting Challenge, Kevin made a petit clam bake with poached lobster and corn pudding. While cooking his dish, he noticed how different he and Dave were as Dave was making a simple dish, while he himself was making a more complicated dish. While he won two rounds, he ultimately lost to Dave 2-3.
The next day, Kevin worked on his menu, which had some ideas from his head. Later, he reunited with his former teammates, and because he lost the challenge, he was punished by being left with the last pick. First, he picked Van, then Amanda as his menu was heavy on fish despite knowing that she had her own problems, and at the end, he was left with Sabrina. However, he was fine with it as he would have preferred her over Suzanne.
During prep, Kevin was asked a lot of questions by his brigade over his complicated menu. During the sample tasting, he presented his caramelized scallop appetizer, coffee-cured beef tenderloin entrée, and Crème Brulée trio dessert. While Ramsay praised the presentation, he was warned that there was a lot of components on the dishes that he had to execute perfectly. Before service began, Ramsay gave him a Head Chefs jacket.
When dinner service began, Kevin called his first ticket, but was quickly dismayed when Amanda's first attempt on the scallops came out raw. Forty minutes into service, he did not serve any appetizers because of Amanda’s poor performance, and was furthered dismayed when her next attempt was overcooked. However, Ramsay reminded him that he could always change the chefs' locations if things were not working out, and after having a near meltdown as he had yet to send his first table of appetizers and Amanda’s pan catching fire, he relocated Van to the fish station and Amanda to the appetizer. His decision paid off as he was finally able to send his first table of appetizers. However, he got angry when Amanda's risotto was sent back for being undercooked, and said that she was struggling no matter on what station she was, before asking Van to help Amanda once again. Later, he got James Walt's order, and warned his team not to ruin it. However, when Amanda sent a beef tenderloin that was medium well instead of medium rare, he accused her of being slow. After, he decided to take a calmer approach, and showed Amanda what to do. Because of that, things were clicking more, and Walt received his entrée. Near the end, he only had six tables left, and decided to cook two tables at once to catch up to Dave, who had four tables left. Eventually, he finished service, and while he noticed that while he started rough, they managed to bounce back near the end.
After service, Kevin went back to the dorms waiting anxiously for the results, and said that it was as stressful as when his wife gave birth to his son. Later, Ramsay called him and Dave down to his office, and he was told to stand in front of a door, knowing it would open only if he was the winner. After waiting nervously for Ramsay's countdown to end, he turned the handle, but his door did not open.
Kevin became the runner-up of Hell's Kitchen, and while he was a little disappointed about not winning, he decided to show his son that it was okay to lose and to never stop dreaming.
Season 10 Edit
- He participated in the second all-male finals of Hell's Kitchen.
- He is the sixth runner-up, and third male runner-up of Hell's Kitchen.
- After his appearance on the show, he returned to his job as an Executive Chef, before moving as a chef for Jordan Caterers, along with Van, until 2013. Both of them were also on a local cooking show called "Midday Chefs". After that, he has been an Executive Chef and partner at Powder Ridge Mountain Park and Resort.
- (About Van) "Looks are very deceiving, that guy's got some talent under those muscles!"
- "I've cleaned many, many shrimps in my days. Shrimp is not a difficult thing to work with, end of story!"
- "It's crepes, man! Fold it, fold it, flip, flip, package it, you're done! I mean, it's NOT rocket science!"
- "We don't want Suzanne! We don't want her at all, but it doesn't matter what jacket Suzanne has on, she's going to go home, y'know just like everyone else. I will be the last man standing!"