Hell's Kitchen Season 5 Where Are They Now?

Hell's Kitchen Season 5 Contestants

Hell's Kitchen Season 5 aired January - May 2009 on Fox Network, there were 16 contestants.

The prize for the winner was $250,000 in cash and a position at Fornelletto at the Borgata in Atlantic City.

In Hell's Kitchen season 5, Gordon Ramsay was judge, Jean-Philippe Susilovic was Maître d', Gloria Félix was sous chef for the red team and Scott Leibfried was sous chef for the blue team.

Find out what the Hell's Kitchen Season 5 contestants did next after appearing on Hell's Kitchen with Gordon Ramsay. Hell's Kitchen season 5 what happened next?

Alicia LA Limtiaco Alicia aka LA Limtiaco was a Line Cook from Las Vegas, Nevada. She was eliminated in Hell's Kitchen season 5 episode 8 due to her lack of leadership skills and creativity in her food but praised as a good, hard worker in the kitchen.

After Hell's Kitchen, Alicia worked at both the Monte Carlo and Planet Hollywood resorts before moving to the MGM Grand Hotel Resort as Master Cook. She is currently Executive Room Chef at Luxor Hotel & Casino.

Andrea Heinly Andrea Heinly was a Line Cook from Reading, Pennsylvania. She was eliminated in Hell's Kitchen season 5 episode 13 and Gordon gave no criticism instead praised her skills, branded her a determined fighter and wished her well in her career.

After Hell's Kitchen, Andrea worked at Stokesay Castle as a Sous Chef before gaining her first Executive Chef position at The Peanut Bar Restaurant.

Ben Walanka Ben Walanka was an Executive Sous Chef from Chicago, Illinois. He was eliminated in Hell's Kitchen season 5 episode 12 and Gordon praised his energy, hard work and attitude in the kitchen.

After Hell's Kitchen, Ben was host on The Big Ten Cookout and was Executive Sous Chef at 1500 Degrees alongside Paula da Silva. He was a consultant for a catering company before becoming Chef De Cuisine at Ameristar Casino and Pinnacle Entertainment. He is currently Chef De Cuisine at Boyd Gaming.

Carol Scott Carol Scott was a Sous Chef from Knoxville, Tennessee. She was eliminated in Hell's Kitchen season 5 episode 9 due to her poor performance despite her being on the winning team.

After Hell's Kitchen, Carol went to work at Bravo Italian Cucina as Executive Chef before starting her own company offering personal chef services. Carol opened her first restaurant Blue Slip Bistro in May 2016 and reviews are excellent. She is Executive Chef at Kitchen 919.

Charlie McKay Charlie McKay was a Prep Chef from Las Vegas, Nevada. He was eliminated in Hell's Kitchen season 5 episode 3 as he had not progressed, Gordon however did recognise he was a nice guy but felt he was not ready to be Head Chef.

After Hell's Kitchen, Charlie returned to the kitchen.

Coi Burruss Coi Burruss was a Cafe Chef from Austin, Texas. She was eliminated in Hell's Kitchen season 5 episode 6, she was a strong contestant who performed well at times but struggled to cook burgers.

After Hell's Kitchen, Coi owns a catering business Leila Ts Catering with her sister Simone.

Colleen Cleek Colleen Cleek was a Culinary Instructor from Papillion, Nebraska. She was eliminated in Hell's Kitchen season 5 episode 5 after poor performances on all stations, sending out raw desserts was the last straw for Gordon.

After Hell's Kitchen, Colleen returned to her cookery school The Classy Gourmet and has been on television on local interest shows.

Danny Veltri Danny Veltri was an Executive Chef from Edgewater, Florida.Danny was the Hell's Kitchen season 5 winner due to his growth on the show, he showed Gordon he had all the necessary skills to be crowned the winner due to his talent and maturity.

After Hell's Kitchen, Danny took up position as a Sous Chef at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey but left after a few months. He started his own catering company called Back From Hell Catering before moving to Gnarly Surf Bar & Grill, which he helped opened with other investors. He was arrested in 2012 for DUI.

Giovanni Filipponi Giovanni Filipponi was an Executive Chef from Destin, Florida. He was eliminated in Hell's Kitchen season 5 episode 10 due to the confrontation between the two of them earlier in the service and the lack of respect he had shown during this.

After Hell's Kitchen, Giovanni returned to work at Tuscany Italian Bistro and later Vue on 30a.

Jason J Maxwell Jason aka J Maxwell was a Food Court Chef from Clifton Park, New York. He was eliminated in Hell's Kitchen season 5 episode 7 during service after he overcooked the entire rice supply and struggled on fish.

After Hell's Kitchen, Jason worked for Morrison Community Living with various positions including Manager, Executive Chef and Regional Director Of Operations. He founded charity Hope of Hire that helps those with autism to gain employment and is currently Food and Beverage Director at The Cypress of Charlotte.

Ji-Hyun Cha Ji-Hyun Cha was a Private Caterer from Palisades Park, New Jersey. She was eliminated in Hell's Kitchen season 5 episode 2 after she slipped on oil and twisted her ankle and decided she could not continue.

After Hell's Kitchen, Ji worked at Moon Jar in Fort Lee before moving into management at US Foods. She started her own consultancy business ChefJi LLC and does cookery demonstrations for companies including Panasonic.

Lacey D'Angelo Lacey D'Angelo was a Corporate Buffet Cook from Charlotte, North Carolina. She was eliminated in Hell's Kitchen season 5 episode 8 as an automatic elimination after she was unable to cook meat.

After Hell's Kitchen, Lacey became a cake baker and later became a Jamberry nails representative.

Paula da Silva Paula da Silva was an Executive Sous Chef from Coconut Creek, Florida. She was the Hell's Kitchen season 5 runner up despite a very strong performance in the final service.

After Hell's Kitchen, Paula returned to 3030 Ocean in Fort Lauderdale before moving to 1500 in Miami Beach as Executive Chef until it closed in 2014. After the closure, she returned to 3030 Ocean as Executive Chef until August 2015. In September 2005 she launched Paula DaSilva Culinary and she is currently Executive Chef at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.

Robert Hesse Robert Hesse was a Sous Chef from Quogue, New York. He left the service in Hell's Kitchen season 5 episode 10 due to a burn on his hand, when he returned in episode 11 he revealed he had a heart condition and had to leave the show.

After Hell's Kitchen, Robert lost an amazing 450 pounds after suffering from 3 heart attacks and he worked as Assistant Executive Chef at The Brews Brothers restaurant before moving to other restaurants within the group. He started his own food truck Fo Cheezy Twisty Meltz and plans to open The Urban Melt in early 2020.

Seth Levine Seth Levine was a Private Party Chef from New York. He was eliminated in Hell's Kitchen season 5 episode 4 due to his poor performances but recognised his passion in his cooking.

After Hell's Kitchen, Seth opened a number of restaurants, frozen yogurt and snack stores in both the USA and UK. He has contributed to FOOD Magazine and has been a consultant on published cook books. He is currently Executive Chef owner at Hotel Chantelle, The Penthouse Profundo Day Club and Ravel Hotel.

Wil Kocol Wil Kocol was a Quality Control Chef from Elgin, Illinois. He was eliminated in Hell's Kitchen season 5 episode 1 after putting himself up for nomination, Gordon said he had no will to succeed.

After Hell's Kitchen, Wil became Sous Chef at Redstone American Grill before moving to Yard House where he became Kitchen Manager in 2013.

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This post was last updated in February 2022.


  1. Robert Hesse came back in Season 6 and he did last a couple of weeks. At least that was something.

    1. I followed that link about the weight loss...What a difference!

  2. I have recently been binge watching the early Hell's Kitchen shows in order to catch up. Instead, I have discovered through the internet that the "prizes" are fake! No early winner has received the positions that were constantly alluded to during the seasons. I am disgusted with the lies and have lost respect for Chef Ramsay as a person. Obviously he has earned respect as a chef. Now I feel sorry for all the contestants, knowing they will not receive the promised rewards!

    1. Yeah, that happened in the earlier seasons, but starting in season 10 when Christina Wilson won, they actually got the jobs that were promised to them.


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