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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's winner Ja'Nel Witt failed a drug test and was not allowed to work at this place. At age 36, Scott is, to this date, the oldest winner in the history of the show. He is also, with seven times on the chopping block, the winner with the most nominations throughout the season, surpassing Christina Machamer, the winner of Season 4, who was nominated five times.

Contestants Edit

20 contestants competed during this season. The teams were divided by gender at the beginning, male contestants in the blue team, and female contestants in the red team. Jason Zepaltas originally competed in Season 9, but left for health reasons before the first dinner service. He is the second contestant in the history of the show to compete in two different seasons, after Robert Hesse competed in Seasons 5 and 6. The contestants were (in alphabetical order):

Contestant Age Occupation Hometown
Michael "Mike" Aresta 38 Chef Instructor Keyport, NJ
Rochelle Bergman 27 Catering Chef Riverside, CA
Scott Commings 36 Executive Chef Woodstock, IL
Michael "DeMarco" 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" 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

# 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 1120
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
4 Rochelle LOSE LOSE NOM[n 2] WIN WIN LOSE WIN LOSE IN WIN NOM LOSE LOSE WIN LOSE IN IN OUT
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
7 Gabriel LOSE NOM LOSE LOSE NOM WIN LOSE WIN IN NOM LOSE NOM NOM WIN OUT[n 5]
8 Anton LOSE LOSE LOSE LOSE LOSE WIN LOSE WIN IN LOSE NOM LOSE WIN OUT
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
11 Ralph LOSE LOSE LOSE LOSE LOSE WIN NOM[n 1] WIN IN OUT[n 1]
12 Jessica LOSE LOSE LOSE WIN WIN LOSE WIN NOM OUT[n 7]
13 Bev LOSE LOSE LOSE WIN WIN LOSE WIN OUT
14 Chris LOSE LOSE NOM[n 2] LOSE LOSE WIN OUT
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 by Ramsay 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

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