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Season 12 of Hell's Kitchen aired on Fox between March 13 and July 24, 2014. Executive Chef Scott Commings, from Woodstock, Illinois, was the winner of that season and was awarded a Head Chef position at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill in Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, with a salary of $250,000. He was awarded this position because Season 11 winner Ja'Nel Witt failed a drug test and was not allowed to work at this place. At age 36, Scott is the oldest winner in the history of the show, as well as the winner with the most nominations throughout the season, with seven.

Contestants Edit

That season marked the second time ever that 20 contestants competed, and is tied with Season 11 for the most contestants competing. The teams were divided by gender at the beginning, male contestants in the blue team, and female contestants in the red team. Jason Zepaltas was a returning contestant who originally competed on Season 9, but left for health reasons. The contestants were (in alphabetical order):

Contestant Age Occupation Hometown
Mike Aresta 38 Chef Instructor Keyport, NJ
Rochelle Bergman 27 Catering Chef Riverside, CA
Scott Commings 36 Executive Chef Woodstock, IL
Michael DeMarco 29 Line Cook Scranton, PA
Christopher "Chris" Eversole 27 Line Cook Las Vegas, NV
Melanie Finch 24 Line Cook Woodland Hills, CA
Sandra Flores 36 Sous Chef Queens, NY
Michael Gabriel 26 Executive Chef Spring, TX
Simone Hammond 43 Buffet Cook Henderson, NV
Ralph Johnson 28 Chef de Partie Boston, MA
Bev Lazo-Gonzalez 42 Food Truck Chef Whittier, CA
Richard Mancini 48 Executive Chef Bloomingdale, IL
Gaurav Navin 34 Executive Chef East Stroudsburg, PA
Joy Parham-Thomas 25 Kitchen Supervisor Philadelphia, PA
Nicole Rutz 33 Baker Morganville, NJ
Beth Taylor 43 Line Cook Independence, LA
Anton Testino 39 Head Chef Butler, NJ
Jessica Vogel 29 Line Cook Spring Lake, NJ
Jason Zepaltas 31 Sous Chef Chicago, IL
Kashia Zollicoffer 23 Line Cook Carthage, MS

Contestant progress Edit

At the end of each episode, one chef is eliminated from the losing team by Ramsay. That season featured a mid-service elimination for the first time since Season 7, as well as the first chef eliminating themselves after being nominated, the first chef being eliminated after a challenge, the first chef being nominated five times in a row, the first chef wearing a black jacket during a team service, and the first black jacket chef withdrawing on their own terms.

# Chef Original teams First switch Second switch Individual Finals
1201 1202 1203 1204 1205 1206 1207 1208 1209 1210 1211 1212 1213 1214 1215/1216 1217 1218 1219 1220
1 Scott LOSE LOSE LOSE LOSE LOSE WIN NOM WIN IN NOM NOM NOM WIN NOM NOM NOM[n 1] IN IN WINNER
2 Jason LOSE LOSE LOSE LOSE LOSE WIN LOSE WIN IN LOSE LOSE LOSE LOSE WIN NOM IN IN IN RUNNER-UP
3 Melanie LOSE LOSE LOSE WIN WIN LOSE WIN LOSE IN WIN LOSE LOSE WIN WIN LOSE IN IN OUT 4th - RU
4 Rochelle LOSE LOSE NOM[n 2] WIN WIN LOSE WIN LOSE IN WIN NOM LOSE LOSE WIN LOSE IN IN OUT 5th - WIN
5 Joy LOSE LOSE LOSE WIN WIN LOSE WIN LOSE IN WIN LOSE LOSE WIN LOSE IN[n 3] IN LEFT[n 4]
6 Kashia LOSE LOSE LOSE WIN WIN LOSE WIN LOSE IN WIN LOSE NOM WIN LOSE LOSE OUT 7th - WIN
7 Gabriel LOSE NOM LOSE LOSE NOM WIN LOSE WIN IN NOM LOSE NOM NOM WIN OUT[n 5] 6th - RU
8 Anton LOSE LOSE LOSE LOSE LOSE WIN LOSE WIN IN LOSE NOM LOSE WIN OUT 2nd - RU
9 Richard LOSE LOSE LOSE LOSE NOM[n 1] WIN LOSE WIN NOM[n 6] LOSE LOSE LOSE OUT
10 Sandra NOM LOSE NOM[n 2] WIN WIN NOM WIN LOSE IN WIN NOM OUT 10th - RU
11 Ralph LOSE LOSE LOSE LOSE LOSE WIN NOM[n 1] WIN IN OUT[n 1] 3rd - WIN
12 Jessica LOSE LOSE LOSE WIN WIN LOSE WIN NOM OUT[n 7] 9th - WIN
13 Bev LOSE LOSE LOSE WIN WIN LOSE WIN OUT 8th - RU
14 Chris LOSE LOSE NOM[n 2] LOSE LOSE WIN OUT 1st - WIN
15 Beth LOSE NOM LOSE WIN WIN OUT
16 DeMarco NOM NOM NOM NOM OUT
17 Mike LOSE LOSE NOM OUT
18 Simone LOSE NOM LEFT[n 8]
19 Nicole NOM OUT
20 Gaurav OUT
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Chef was nominated by Ramsay
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Although nominated, chef was not called down by Ramsay
  3. Chef was awarded a black jacket in the last challenge, and was safe from elimination
  4. Chef withdrew from competition during service
  5. Chef was eliminated during service
  6. Chef participated in the "Cook For Your Life" challenge
  7. Chef was eliminated in the "Cook For Your Life" challenge
  8. Chef volunteered for elimination after being nominated

Episodes Edit

Here is the list of all the episodes of the season, with links to the detailed articles.

# Image Title Airdate
01 Wiki Episode 1201 - 20 Chefs Compete March 13, 2014
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02 Wiki Episode 1202 - 19 Chefs Compete March 20, 2014
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03 Wiki Episode 1203 - 18 Chefs Compete March 27, 2014
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04 Wiki Episode 1204 - 17 Chefs Compete April 3, 2014
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05 Wiki Episode 1205 - 16 Chefs Compete April 10, 2014
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06 Wiki Episode 1206 - 15 Chefs Compete April 17, 2014
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07 Wiki Episode 1207 - 14 Chefs Compete April 24, 2014
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08 Wiki Episode 1208 - 13 Chefs Compete May 1st, 2014
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09 Wiki Episode 1209 - 12 Chefs Compete May 8, 2014
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10 Wiki Episode 1210 - 11 Chefs Compete May 15, 2014
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11 Wiki Episode 1211 - 10 Chefs Compete May 22, 2014
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12 Wiki Episode 1212 - 10 Chefs Again May 29, 2014
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13 Wiki Episode 1213 - 9 Chefs Compete June 5, 2014
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14 Wiki Episode 1214 - 8 Chefs Compete June 12, 2014
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15 Wiki Episode 1215 - 7 Chefs Compete June 19, 2014
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09 Wiki Episode 1216 - 7 Chefs Again June 26, 2014
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10 Wiki Episode 1217 - 6 Chefs Compete July 3, 2014
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11 Wiki Episode 1218 - 5 Chefs Compete July 10, 2014
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12 Wiki Episode 1219 - 4 Chefs Compete July 17, 2014
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13 Wiki Episode 1220 - Winner Chosen July 24, 2014
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