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 punishments. He was also in denial about his performance, stating that no matter what he would do, his team would nominate him. His poor attitude led him to have a short-lived running feud with Jason.
Season 12 Edit
- 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!"
- (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."