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Season 5 of Hell's Kitchen aired on Fox between January 29 and May 14, 2009. Executive chef Danny Veltri, from Edgewater, Florida, was the winner of that season and became Sous Chef at Italian restaurant Fornelletto, at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, with a salary of $250,000. At age 23, he is, to this date, the youngest winner in the history of the show.

Contestants Edit

16 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. The contestants were (in alphabetical order):

Contestant Age Occupation Hometown
Coi Burruss 22 Cafe Chef Austin, TX
Ji-Hyun Cha 33 Private Caterer Palisades Park, NJ
Colleen Cleek 41 Culinary Instructor Papillion, NE
Lacey D'Angelo 24 Corporate Buffet Cook Charlotte, NC
Paula DaSilva 28 Executive sous Chef Coconut Creek, FL
Giovanni Filippone 37 Executive Chef Destin, FL
Andrea Heinly 30 Line Cook Reading, PA
Robert Hesse 29 Sous Chef Quogue, NY
Wil Kocol 26 Quality Control Chef Elgin, IL
Seth Levine 27 Private Party Chef New York, NY
Alicia "LA" Limtiaco 22 Line Cook Las Vegas, NV
Jason "J" Maxwell 32 Food Court Chef Clifton Park, NY
Charlie McKay 24 Prep Chef Las Vegas, NV
Carol Scott 30 Sous Chef Knoxville, TN
Danny Veltri 23 Executive Chef Edgewater, FL
Ben Walanka 26 Executive Sous Chef Chicago, IL

Contestant progress Edit

At the end of each episode, one chef from the losing team is eliminated by Ramsay, sometimes after being picked by the "Best of the Worst", determined by Ramsay after the last dinner service. On that season, a large number of unusual eliminations occurred, with two chefs leaving for medical reasons, two chefs being eliminated during dinner service, and one chef being eliminated without nomination. That season also featured the first time ever that a chef was eliminated despite being on the winning side of the service.

# Chef Original teams First switch Second switch Individual Finals
501 502 503 504 505 506 507 508 509 510 511 512 513 514/515
1 Danny LOSE WIN LOSE LOSE LOSE WIN LOSE WIN BoW IN IN IN NOM WINNER
2 Paula WIN LOSE WIN LOSE LOSE LOSE WIN LOSE WIN BoW NOM IN IN RUNNER-UP
3 Andrea WIN LOSE WIN LOSE NOM BoW WIN NOM[n 1] WIN NOM NOM[n 1] NOM[n 1] OUT 2nd - RU
4 Ben LOSE WIN LOSE NOM LOSE WIN NOM[n 1] WIN NOM IN NOM OUT[n 1] 1st - WIN
5 Robert LOSE WIN LOSE LOSE LOSE WIN NOM[n 2] WIN NOM[n 1] IN LEFT[n 3]
6 Giovanni LOSE WIN LOSE LOSE BoW WIN WIN LOSE WIN OUT 3rd - WIN
7 Carol WIN LOSE WIN LOSE LOSE LOSE WIN NOM OUT[n 4] 5th - WIN
8 LA WIN LOSE WIN LOSE BoW NOM WIN OUT 4th - RU
9 Lacey WIN NOM WIN NOM LOSE WIN NOM OUT[n 5] 6th - RU
10 J LOSE WIN LOSE LOSE NOM WIN OUT[n 5]
11 Coi WIN LOSE WIN LOSE LOSE OUT
12 Colleen WIN NOM WIN NOM OUT
13 Seth NOM WIN NOM OUT
14 Charlie LOSE WIN OUT
15 Ji WIN LEFT
16 Wil OUT
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Chef was nominated by Ramsay
  2. Although nominated, chef was not called down by Ramsay
  3. Chef was hospitalized and withdrew for health reasons
  4. Chef was eliminated despite being on the winning team
  5. 5.0 5.1 Chef was eliminated during service

EpisodesEdit

Here is the list of the episodes of that season, with links to detailed pages.

# Image Title Airdate
01 Wiki Episode 501 - 16 Chefs Compete January 29, 2009
Episode Rundown: The sixteen new chefs were introduced, the signature dish challenge occurred, and the opening service became a train wreck.
02 Wiki Episode 502 - 15 Chefs Compete February 5, 2009
Episode Rundown: The chefs competed in their first team challenge, dinner service came down to the wire, and one chef made an ultimate decision after getting injured, leading to an extremely emotional elimination.
03 Wiki Episode 503 - 14 Chefs Compete February 19, 2009
Episode Rundown: Ramsay tested the chefs' knowledge on beef cuts, a Steakhouse double service occurred, and one team committed multiple embarrassing mistakes.
04 Wiki Episode 504 - 13 Chefs Compete February 26, 2009
Episode Rundown: A breakfast challenge service took place, a new rivalry was born, dinner service was a disaster on both ends, and the first team switch occurred.
05 Wiki Episode 505 - 12 Chefs Compete March 5, 2009
Episode Rundown: One chef tried to bond with their new teammates, Ramsay inexplicitly pressed one chef's personal button during dinner service, and a shocking elimination no one saw coming.
06 Wiki Episode 506 - 11 Chefs Compete March 12, 2009
Episode Rundown: Hell’s Kitchen catered for a Bar Mitzvah party, a new rivalry was born, and one team tried to usurp the “Best of The Worst”'s nominees.
07 Wiki Episode 507 - 10 Chefs Compete March 19, 2009
Episode Rundown: A blue chef was reassigned to the red team, one chef threatened to quit the competition, and another did not make it through dinner service.
08 Wiki Episode 508 - 9 Chefs Compete March 26, 2009
Episode Rundown: The annual Blind Taste Test occurred, one chef did not make it through dinner service, and one team made a big comeback after a slow start.
09 Wiki Episode 509 - 7 Chefs Compete April 2, 2009
Episode Rundown: The teams create their own menus, and when Ramsay accused one chef of sabotaging their team, it lead to one of the most shocking eliminations in Hell’s Kitchen history.
10 Wiki Episode 510 - 6 Chefs Compete April 9, 2009
Episode Rundown Here: The final six earned their black jackets, one chef almost quit in the middle of service, and another made the biggest mistake by talking back to Ramsay.
11 Wiki Episode 511 - 5 Chefs Compete April 16, 2009
Episode Rundown: The chefs took a trip to Atlantic City to visit the prize hotel, one chef was forced to withdraw because of their health, and another proved they did not deserve immunity during dinner service.
12 Wiki Episode 512 - 4 Chefs Compete April 23, 2009
Episode Rundown: The Taste It Now Make It Challenge took place, dinner service featured an engagement, and gender lines were drawn once again during elimination.
13 Wiki Episode 513 - 3 Chefs Compete April 30, 2009
Episode Rundown: The final three had their dishes judged by some of Los Angeles' top chefs, ran the hot plate one at a time, and Ramsay picked the final two.
14 Wiki Episode 514 - 2 Chefs Compete May 7, 2009
Episode Rundown: Danny and Paula worked on their restaurants, competed in their final challenge, and reunited with their former teammates.
15 Wiki Episode 515 - 2 Chefs Compete: Part 2 May 14, 2009
Episode Rundown: Danny and Paula led their teams during the final service, and one of them is declared the winner of Hell’s Kitchen.