Mia Castro was a contestant on Season 18 of Hell's Kitchen. She is currently in the competition.
Despite her small and cute appearance, Mia showed amazing confidence, and was the strongest chef on the rookies. However, she tends to be a bit cocky, and while she is great at challenges, she often second guesses in the service.
Season 18 Edit
When the sixteen chefs arrived to Hell's Kitchen, they were welcomed by Marino and the Sous Chefs, and were given butternut squash risotto for lunch. During lunch, Mia called the eight across from her ugly, unaware that they were the veterans in disguised. She was the final rookie to describe her credentials, revealed that she was originally from Puerto Rico, and felt that while people were going to underestimate her by her looks, she declared that she was going to kick ass. When the veterans revealed themselves, she was not nervous as she competing against losers and not winners as she feared before.
During the Signature Dish Challenge, Mia revealed her grilled pork tenderloin with chorizo chimichurri, and she went up against Jen. She was the seventh person from the red team to have her dish judged, and presented her grilled pork loin medallion with chorizo chimichurri. It was praised for having a perfect cook as all of her pork had a bit of pink in the center, and she scored a perfect 5. When the score was tied at 29, she went up against Kevin during the tie breaker, and Ramsay deemed her dish as the one that had the slight edge. So, the rookies won the challenge, and she was doing a happy dance to celebrate. The red team was rewarded with dinner at Josiah Citrin’s Charcoal, with Ramsay joining them along with Citrin. During the reward, she was smiling over sitting next to Citrin.
During the Creative Risotto Challenge, Mia was confident on her risotto as it was the first dish she learned how to cook in culinary school. She was the third rookie to have her dish judged by Ramsay, and presented her sweet pea and basil risotto with crispy pancetta was deemed very good by Ramsay, and she beat out Gizzy for the lead. While she would beat out Ariel and Scott, she lost the challenge to Bret. While being dismissed, she was bummed that she lost, but knew that her dish was perfectly cooked.
During dinner service, Mia was on the meat station with Chris. At one point, she was confused about what was being fired, and told Ramsay that her duck could take 10 minutes as she only had one of the two cooked. After Chris was caught writing stuff down instead of helping out, she complained that the former was trying to act like Ramsay despite not getting the orders correct. While she got one order accepted, she sent up raw lamb for the next one, and that proved to be the last straw for Ramsay as he kicked the rookies out of the kitchen. While going back to the dorms, she knew that while it was her raw lamb got the rookies kicked out, she argued that there were other mistakes that happened before hers.
The rookies lost the service, and were asked to nominate two people for elimination. During deliberation, Mia nominated Chris for not communicating with her on orders, but the latter sarcastically commented that her job was to cook and not listen to Ramsay.
She was not nominated for elimination.
During the Marines Service Challenge, Mia was on the fish station with Scotley. At one point, Scotley was micromanaging her work by telling her to put a rag under her fish to absorb the excess oil, despite there being a rack already to do so. That led her to believe that the rookies were dismissing her skills, and her rag caught on fire from being close to the element. Despite putting the fire out, Ramsay reminded her and Scotley that they did not need a rag to drain out the oil, and disbelievingly stated that they were already on fire, before she complained that nobody was listening to her. The rookies eventually won the challenge, and they were rewarded with a trip to Paramount Ranch, and got to star in their own Western film. During the reward, she said that she felt like a movie star.
During dinner service, Mia served a grilled calamari appetizer tableside. After Kanae struggled on garnish, she was ordered by Scotley to help the former out. Despite a ticket callout mistake from Jose, she took control of the situation and got the rookies refocused. Both teams were named joint-winners.
Back at the dorms, Mia overheard her male teammates comments about the women on the rookies, and that Chris called her bossy. She sat sat in the chair area with Trev, and both agreed that they came to cook in front of Ramsay. After, she said that she would rather be underestimated as she could surprise her competition in the future.
Before the Winter Soup Challenge, Mia was paired up with Jose on the sledding, and they were the first pair from the rookies to compete. They struggled as they crashed before crossing the finish line, the rookies lost the pre-challenge, and she was embarrassed as she thought that the younger rookies would have won. She was the first rookie to have her dish judged, and presented her brown butter and butternut squash soup with crispy Brussel sprouts. It was praised for having the perfect marriage of ingredients, with Ramsay commenting that he wanted more, she scored a perfect nine, and she rubbed in the veterans face. The rookies won the challenge 51-41, and they were rewarded with an overnight trip to L’Horizon at Palm Springs, and ate dinner at Sopa. During the reward, she called the restaurant a very date night restaurant, and that it has been a long time since she went on a date
During dinner service, Mia was on the appetizer station with Scotley. At one point, she asked Jose to help her out on the flatbreads, and felt that the rookies were making the veterans look like amateurs. However, she and Scotley had an argument over their methods on appetizers, with her complaining how he was not respecting her. Eventually, Sous Chef Christina went in and calmed them both down. Later, Gizzy came in to help them out, but she did not ask for her help. Both teams were named joint-losers, and were asked to nominate two each. During deliberation, she considered Chris and Scotley for elimination, the latter because of the argument they had earlier that night, but he argued that she was too snappy.
Mia was not nominated for elimination, but was deemed by Chris as the weakest chef of the rookies as she was more demanding than being a leader. She, Gizzy, and Kanae were reassigned to the blue team, being exchanged for Bret, Kevin, and Trev as Ramsay decided to end the Rookies Vs. Veterans team format and bring back the battle of the sexes. While being dismissed, she was happy to leave Scotley’s team and believed that the latter would end up digging his own grave.
Back at the dorms, Mia asked Jose if he had any kids, and the latter revealed that he had an eleven-year-old daughter and a four-year-old son.
During the Seven-Way Challenge, Mia received steaming as her cooking method, was the second person from the blue team to have her dish judged, and went up against Chris. She made a steamed halibut with a tableside broth, it was praised for being a strongly executed dish, with David Lefevre saying that he wanted to bring the rest back home with him, she scored that round over Chris, and rubbed it in the latter’s face for screwing her in the previous dinner service. The blue team won the challenge 5-3, they were rewarded a VR experience at VR Territory, and received Vitamix's. When walking past the red team's punishment, she called the smell disgusting. During the reward, she almost had a panic attack over her leap of faith, and after receiving her Vitamix, she called it the best present she ever received.
During dinner service, Mia was on the meat station with Gizzy. At one point, she sliced a Wellington, only to find out it was raw, and her next few attempts were raw as well. After Ramsay was shocked to find five raw Wellingtons cut in half, he reminded her that she should only be cutting the ends off in order to find out if they were cooked or not, and when Ariel suggested that she put the Wellingtons back together before cooking them longer, she admitted to her mistake, but promised that she would not make the same mistake again. The blue team eventually won the service.
- (About the veterans) “If they were previous ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ winners, I would be nervous. But they are previous ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ losers.”
- "Bring it... bring it to mama