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Manda Palomino
Manda Palomino
Hometown
Atlantic City, NJ
Age
Season 15: 30
Season 17: 32
Occupation
Sous Chef
Season
15, 17
Kitchen Experience
Culinary Education
Culinary Inspiration
Placement
Season 15: 5th
Season 17: 11th
Resides

Manda Palomino was a contestant on Season 15 and Season 17 of Hell's Kitchen. On season 15, she ranked in 5th place, and on season 17, she ranked in 11th place.

Personality Edit

Manda is one of the kinder chefs on her team, and is more often seen breaking arguments up than starting them. She is rarely seen on air without her glasses and gives off a nerdy vibe. However, she isn't the most vocal communicator during service, and this is usually the reason her teammates put her up for nomination. She also refuses to tolerate sexist treatment, as evidenced by her interactions with Frank in Season 15 and Josh in Season 17.

Season 15 Edit

Episode 1Edit

Manda came on the coach with everyone else to Las Vegas to do her signature dish challenge at the BLT Steak inside Bally's and she also participated in her first dinner service.

Episode 2Edit

Episode 3Edit

Episode 4Edit

Episode 5Edit

Episode 6Edit

Episode 7Edit

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Episode 9Edit

Episode 10Edit

Episode 11Edit

Episode 12Edit

Episode 13Edit

Episode 14Edit

Episode 16Edit

Season 17 Edit

Episode 1Edit

Episode 2Edit

During dinner service, Manda got the entire red team thrown after serving raw salmon and burning the subsequent refire. Nominated along with Elise, however both are spared in favor of Ben due to health concerns.

Episode 3Edit

Before the opening sequence, she helped defuse a fight between Elise and Robyn over the meat station's collapse during the previous service.

During the Seafood Tower Challenge, the red team lost, despite a 30-second head start. They had to eat a repulsive fish stew and handle a large seafood delivery.

Manda's poor performance on garnish led to Barbie nominating her for elimination, even though the rest of the team believed Barbie and Robyn were the two worst performers of the night. However, she survived.

Episode 4Edit

The red team won the letter challenge despite Manda scoring only 2 points, the second worst on the team. She did not make any errors during service, which the red team also won. Afterwards, a team switch was conducted in lieu of elimination.

Episode 5Edit

Manda gets excited when Ben Ford, Harrison Ford's son, appeared as a guest judge for the team challenge. One of her moments of the season occurred in this episode, when she mimed using a lightsaber as a prop in a confessional. The red team lost the challenge and she lit into Josh during the punishment.

During dinner service, Josh continued to reject her attempts to help him on garnish, to the point where he gets thrown out of service, and ultimately off the show for attempting to re-enter the kitchen.

Episode 6Edit

During the International Pizza Challenge, Manda scored a point. She was assigned to Vietnam. The red team won the challenge.

During dinner service, she needed Michelle to help her taste a pasta appetizer because she had celiac disease. Michelle told her the pasta was OK, but it was sent back for being undercooked. Manda asked Elise to taste the pasta instead and managed to serve an acceptable portion, leading the red team to victory.

Episode 7Edit

Manda was nominated by Michelle to cook for her life in the Cook for Your Life Challenge. She was the second to be declared safe, after which she gleefully announced that Elise was crying.

Episode 8Edit

During dinner service, Manda did not hear an order of pork for one table, and put her entire team behind on all the other orders. This led to her nomination (along with Barbie) and ultimately elimination.

Ramsay's comment: "Manda said she never heard the ticket that sunk her team. Sadly, she's not going to hear her name being called as the winner of Hell's Kitchen either."

Trivia Edit

Season 15Edit

Season 17Edit

  • After her appearance on the show, she became manager at 2Good2B, a gluten-free bakery, in Rancho Bernardo, California, alongside Anthony from Season 11.

Quotes Edit

Season 15 Edit

  • "FRANK!!!!"
  • (after Frank misidentifies peanut butter as Snickers during the blind taste test): "Thanks a lot, Frank. You're getting a hug, whether you like it or not!"
  • (describing Jared's efforts to apologize to Ashley over a reward trip) "Best drama queen in a reality show goes to...Jared!"

Season 17 Edit

  • "I'm like a wizard."

Gallery Edit

  • Manda on Season 17 (All-Stars)

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