Rahman "Rock" Harper was a contestant on Season 3 of Hell's Kitchen. He was the winner of that season and was awarded a head chef position at the Terra Verde restaurant, at the Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa, near Las Vegas, with a salary of $250,000.
Rock took the competition very seriously, and was shown to have occasional outbursts of anger. In the kitchen, his natural abilities and leadership made him the third winner of Hell's Kitchen.
Season 3 Edit
Rock was the third chef to have his dish judged by Ramsay and made scallops with potato and gnocchi. Ramsay was heavily impressed by the presentation, but he admitted that the gnocchi were premade frozen. Ramsay was disappointed in this as it could have been a great dish, and refused to taste it. Rock himself was disappointed that he could not execute his own signature dish properly.
During prep, Rock had to help Aaron out when the latter was struggling on the ice cream.
During dinner service, Rock was on the garnish station. He was not seen much as he did not cause any problems, although he told Vinnie that they were out of vegetable stock. He even got annoyed at Vinnie when the latter argued with Ramsay during post-mortem over his poor performance. The blue team won the dinner service.
During the Dover Sole Challenge, Rock only produced one acceptable fish, much to his dismay. His team lost the challenge 8-9 and had to prep the remaining Dover Soles for the next service. He, along with Brad, managed to convince Aaron to stay as the latter contemplated quitting due to his health problems.
During dinner service, Rock was on the garnish station. At one point, he and Brad tried to take over Eddie's work on appetizers, but this led to excess cooked spaghetti not needed. The blue team lost the service due to Ramsay kicking the blue team out of service, but because of his strong performance, he was named "Best of the Worst", and was asked to nominate two of his teammates.
Back in the dorms, Josh confronted Rock over his decision in nominating him, but Rock had to remind him that they were not leaders yet. He did admit in a confessional that he was getting annoyed with Josh's attitude.
The blue team lost the Army and Navy Service Challenge, and had to prep 1000 pounds of potatoes and onions. During the punishment, Rock helped Aaron, who has just collapsed, by calling a medic. Later, he got more annoyed with Josh's behavior, feeling that he is trying to take the leadership role when he obviously had no skills for it. After punishment, the blue team discussed who should be the leader, and Brad was chosen. However, Rock knew Josh voted for Brad out of spite for being nominated, but Rock decided to see how well Brad would handle the role.
During dinner service, Rock was on the appetizer station. He got off to a bad start when Ramsay caught him cooking the risotto in a similar way to an omelet, and was chewed out even more when he was unintentionally winking due to the sweat in his eye. He did manage to redeem himself by sending good risottos, and appetizers soon came flying out, managing to send out nearly half of the blue table's food in an hour. The blue team won the dinner service, and Ramsay singled Rock for having the best performance of the night, even telling him not to slow down on his progress.
During the Blind Taste Test, Rock was the second person up for the blue team, and went up against Melissa. He scored two points for his team, with the only ingredient he could not guess correctly was venison. But it was not enough as his team lost 3-5. Their punishment was to prep both kitchens for service and eat a platter of offal. During the punishment, he came close to puking at one point but held it together.
During dinner service, Rock was on both the appetizer and fish stations. He was called over by Ramsay to take over for Josh after the latter was caught not doing anything. It was because of him that the blue team were able to get appetizers out, 45 minutes in. Both teams lost the dinner service, but he was named "Best of the Worst" for the blue team, and was told by Ramsay to nominate one of his teammates for elimination.
During the Wedding Planning Challenge, Rock overheard "Hell's Bitches" arguing and prayed that it would lead to their downfall. He presented the blue team's meat entrée which was a pan seared dry aged ribeye with a wild mushroom cream sauce. Since the red team's duck breast was too rubbery to cut through, his dish automatically won it for the blue team 2-1. Their reward was a day of pampering and relaxation at the Exhale Spa.
During prep, Rock got annoyed with Melissa's overcomplicated questions about the blue team's potato dish and even stated that he would not want her on his team.
During the Wedding dinner service, Rock was on the fish station. While he was not shown much in service, he expressed proudness because the blue team was finally able to come together. His team won the dinner service.
At elimination, Rock and the blue team welcomed Melissa as a new teammate. He was not very happy about that decision.
While Melissa tried to integrate herself in with the blue team, Rock still believed that she would be going home soon.
During the Lobster Dish Challenge, Rock made a buttermilk fried lobster tail tempura. It was praised by Ramsay for its ambition and for the lobster being perfectly cooked, and scored a point for the blue team. However, his efforts were not enough and his team lost the challenge 1-2. The team was forced to participate in Recycling Day, which infuriated him, not just because the blue team lost to a simple lobster bisque, but also because he grew up in the ghetto and never had to go dumpster diving. His angry attitude shocked his teammates as they never saw him explode like that before. As the blue team sorted through the trash, Sous Chef Scott told him that he was needed at the photoshoot. However, it turned out that he was forced to separate the trash there as well, which only infuriated him more. However, he did manage to calm himself before service.
During dinner service, Rock was on the meat station. After Melissa's meltdown on the fish station, a desperate Ramsay had him swap stations with her in order to salvage the blue team's poor service. His efforts were not enough, and the blue team lost the dinner service with nobody being safe.
He was not nominated for elimination.
Rock expressed relief when Melissa was eliminated as it meant one less person for him to compete against.
During the Leftover Challenge, Rock presented the blue team's second entrée, which was a surf and turf that consisted of a petit ribeye and a pan seared bass. Ramsay found it delicious and praised him for cooking it with finesse. He scored a point and the blue team won the challenge 2-1, and was rewarded with a paintball game against Ramsay. During the reward, he was the last one of the team to be taken out by Ramsay.
Before service, Ramsay announced that both teams would create their own menus. Rock inputted a macaroni and cheese dish but was not happy when Brad decided to rename it as a cassoulet.
During dinner service, Rock was on the garnish station. He tried to warn Josh that his pan was not hot enough for the lamb, but Josh argued against it. When Ramsay ordered him to help Josh, he decided not to as he wanted Josh to get out of that mess himself. Both teams lost dinner service, and for the blue team, nobody was safe.
He was not nominated for elimination.
After Brad's elimination, Rock was happy about that decision as it meant his biggest competition was gone, and it would be an easy run from here on. He later told Josh that he had no faith that he could win.
The next morning, Ramsay announced that the red and blue teams were now the black team, and Rock received his black jacket in the dorms.
During the Alhambra High School Lunch Challenge, Rock made a Kobe beef burger on ciabatta rolls, and when he served his dish to the students, he used a political way to sell it. When Ramsay told them to speed up the gridlock, Rock tried to argue that the students were coming from both sides, but was shut down by Ramsay. He lost the challenge to Julia and had to clean the dining room with Bonnie and Josh. He got into an argument with Bonnie over her lack of knowledge of cleaning despite her job as a nanny.
During dinner service, Rock was on the fish station. His first order of scallops came up burnt at the bottom. He later forgot an order of turbot and snapped at Bonnie when she told Ramsay about it, and Ramsay stated that "Rock has hit rock bottom". He later failed to communicate with Jen on her appetizers, which led to an argument. He would get into another argument with Jen when he put the ice cream base for desserts on Bonnie's work counter instead of the sink, and was called an asshole by her. Bonnie was named "Best of the Worst". After service, he reflected on his poor behavior during service, and felt remorse for arguing with Jen.
Rock was Bonnie's first nominee for elimination, with Julia being the second. He survived elimination.
After elimination, Rock apologized to Jen about his behavior, and the two of them made up by hugging each other. He was later upset by Julia's elimination as she was his biggest inspiration in the competition.
During the American Classic Challenge, he got Spaghetti and Meatballs, and made spaghetti three ways, cream sauce, veal, and spicy chorizo and pork respectively. Ramsay invited his mom to help judge his and the two women's dishes, and she was joined by Bonnie and Jen's moms. He lost the challenge to Jen and was punished by cleaning the dorms with Bonnie. During punishment, he got annoyed by Bonnie's bossy attitude and complaints, while shocked when he found out she never cleaned before despite being a nanny.
During dinner service, Rock was on the fish station. He was the second person who had a turn at the pass. He was not vocal enough on his first ticket and proved slow when plating. However, he passed his quality control test when he rejected Sous Chef Scott's monkfish that had no ham wrapped around. After service, Ramsay congratulated the final three by telling it was their best service yet.
Back to the dorms, Rock and Bonnie celebrated making it to the final two. He admitted that he thought he would be up against Melissa in the finals, and later showed some concern when Bonnie stated that the other chefs underestimated her, as he could do that as well.
During the remodeling for the last service, Rock was given the blue part of the dining room, and was helped by Sous Chef Scott for creating his menu, although he struggled on his items as he was not properly prepared. He talked to Hell's Kitchen architect John Janavs, and said that he wanted to have his restaurant to look contemporary with matching decor. He later told Jean-Philippe what he wanted his staff to wear, but was told that jeans were not acceptable.
Later, Rock went to Las Vegas with Ramsay and Bonnie, and during the flight in the private jet, he was reminded his angry outburst after losing the Lobster Challenge, serving frozen gnocchi for his signature dish, and choosing to send Brad home instead of Josh after the final team dinner service. For their final challenge, he and Bonnie competed in a final tasting challenge that was judged by seven guest chefs. He made a Surf n Turf, that consisted of fried chicken and crab cakes. He lost the challenge 3-4.
Later that night, Ramsay invited Rock, and Bonnie, to dine in his restaurant called Gordon Ramsay New London NYC, in New York City. He later admitted that he changed a lot over the competition to Bonnie.
The next morning, the past six eliminated contestants returned, and he happily welcomed them back. During the selection, he picked Brad as his first choice due to his strength in the competition, Vinnie as he felt he could lead him on the right path, and was left with Josh at the end. Back upstairs, he got his team organized by telling them what the menu was and where he was placing them, based on their strengths and weaknesses.
During prep. Rock got his team motivated and focused, but knew that his challenge for that night was to get them to listen to him. He later took Josh aside and gave him a pep talk, where he told him that he could be a good cook if he was trusting himself more. Later on, he showed Ramsay his featured menu items which included a crispy chicken breast with crab cakes over jasmine rice appetizer, a pan-roasted ribeye entrée, and a vanilla bean milkshake with double chocolate chunk cookies dessert. Ramsay noted that the rice had too much garlic in it, and suggested that he serve the milkshake in a martini glass. After his restaurant “Homestyle Bistro” was finished, he took Ramsay on a tour and was praised for looking elegant and smart.
During dinner service, Rock was on the hot plate. He called out his first ticket with authority, although he admitted it felt weird. When Josh sent burned crab cakes, he got into an argument with him when Josh needed one minute to refire instead of the 30 seconds he asked for. After 30 minutes of seeing Josh burning crab cakes and being warned by Ramsay to do something, he decided to switch stations between Josh and Vinnie, and with that move, his food finally came out. He was later seen cooking some of the dishes, and the team was able to catch up on their entrées with his leadership continuing to be strong. Desserts went in the dining room without any problems. After service ended, Rock admitted that he now knew how Ramsay felt during almost every service, and was frustrated on how Josh performed terribly. He later saw his family come by, congratulating him.
When the teams were lined up, Rock admitted that if he was to change one thing, it would be winning the last challenge and pick Jen as his first pick, because he thought she was the strongest chef throughout the competition, while adding on that he would not have had Josh on his team due to his poor performance that night. While waiting upstairs for Ramsay's decision, he noted how difficult service was and believed Bonnie would be the winner.
Later that night, Rock and Bonnie came into Ramsay's office, and he got praise from him for being "rock solid” due to his strength in the kitchen. After that, he stood 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 and his door opened, making him the winner of Hell’s Kitchen, and winning his own restaurant at the Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa, in Las Vegas, with a salary of $250,000.
Ramsay's comment: "Rock deserved to win Hell's Kitchen because he's a very confident cook and he has become a really good leader. He can motivate staff, he can create, all those qualities are not easy to find in one chef. Rock holds all of them."
Season 4 Edit
Rock greeted Jen and Corey, who were visiting the Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa after a challenge win, at his restaurant, the Terra Verde. He revealed that if they were that far in the competition, it was because they were deserving it, and urged them to continue what they were doing. Then, Jen said that every time Ramsay was yelling at her was because of her personality, but he reminded the two women that Ramsay was not looking for a great cook and that he was looking for a future chef. Then, the three of them clinked their glasses and drank them.
Season 5 Edit
Rock came back for the finale of that season, along with Michael (Season 1 winner), Heather (Season 2 winner), and Christina (Season 4 winner). He was seen when Ramsay introduced the recently crowned winner Danny to them, and he saw the unveiling of the Hell's Kitchen "Wall of Fame".
Season 8 Edit
Rock returned for the 100th Hell's Kitchen dinner service as a VIP guest, along with Christina (Season 4), Danny (Season 5), and Holli (Season 7). He was at the blue kitchen's chefs table, with Christina.
Season 10 Edit
Rock prepared lunch for the red team, who just won the Signature Dish Challenge, along with Season 6 winner Dave. Both of them gave the women some tips about how to handle Ramsay during the competition.
Rock returned for a special dinner service where that season's final five faced off against a team made of previous winners. His teammates were Christina (Season 4), Dave (Season 6), Nona (Season 8), and Paul (Season 9). His team eventually won the dinner service.
Season 12 Edit
Rock returned along with Paul (Season 9 winner) and Dana (Season 10 second runner-up) to judge the final seven's dishes for the brand new Hell's Kitchen calendar. After declaring Joy the winner of the challenge, he enjoyed lunch with her and the two other judges where they gave Joy some tips about how to perform well for the rest of the competition.
- He participated in the first ever different-gender finals of Hell's Kitchen.
- He is the third winner, and second male winner of Hell's Kitchen.
- He is the first contestant ever who used pre-made food for his signature dish. He is also the only contestant to date who did so and win the competition afterwards.
- He is the first winner to be nominated at least once.
- He is the first winner ever who never switched teams.
- After his appearance on the show, he left the Green Valley Ranch Resort after one year, and started working at Ben's Next Door as an Executive Chef. After that, he became an instructor at Stratford University, and wrote a cookbook called "44 Things Parents Should Know about Healthy Cooking for Kids". He appeared on Chef Wanted and won an Executive Chef position at The Precinct, but did not take the position. He also has been involved with many businesses in an advisory capacity.
- (About Vinnie) "All I could think to myself was "Please shut up! Who are you talking to? Are you serious?" I just couldn't, I couldn't believe it!"
- "That was bullshit! Gotta go through trash, what der'o motherfucking trash! What do I look like! I don't ask any of my cooks to go through damn trash! If you don't like what I'm putting in the trash, FIRE ME THEM!"
- "Lobster bisque. You can get that shit at motherfucking Corner Bakery!"