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Hell's Kitchen Season 12 Where Are They Now?

Hell's Kitchen Season 12 contestants

Hell's Kitchen Season 12 aired March 13 to July 24, 2014 on Fox Network, there were 20 contestants and the prize for the winner was the head chef position at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill in Caesars Palace at Las Vegas offered during Season 11.

In this season, Gordon Ramsay was judge, Jean-Philippe Susilovic was MaƮtre d', Andi Van Willigan was sous chef for the red team and James Avery was sous chef for the blue team.

Continue below to read what the Hell's Kitchen season 12 contestants did next after appearing on Hell's Kitchen. Hell's Kitchen season 12 what happened next?


Anton Testino Anton Testino was a Head Chef from Butler, New Jersey. He was eliminated in Hell's Kitchen season 12 episode 14 due to his deteriorating performances and his ego/arrogance.

After Hell's Kitchen, Anton opened restaurant Axtons, co-owns Donna's Pizza with his cousin, runs a catering company and gives culinary demonstrations.


Beth Taylor Beth Taylor was a Line Cook from Independence, Louisiana. She was eliminated in Hell's Kitchen season 12 episode 6 as she was out of her depth and lacked confidence and leadership skills.

After Hell's Kitchen, Beth is a Private Chef and runs a catering business.


Bev Lazo Gonzalez Bev Lazo Gonzalez was a Food Truck Chef from Whittier, California. She was eliminated in Hell's Kitchen season 12 episode 8 due to her poor performance and allowing herself to be pushed out of her own station.

After Hell's Kitchen, Bev returned to being a food truck Chef and doing cooking demonstrations and pop up events. She is currently chef/owner at Fiesta Adobo and a Private Chef.


Chris Eversole Chris Eversole was a Line Cook from Las Vegas, Nevada. He was eliminated in Hell's Kitchen season 12 episode 7 due to his average performance and wasting ingredients.

After Hell's Kitchen, Chris became a crypto currency trader.


Gaurav Navin Gaurav Navin was an Executive Chef from East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. He was eliminated in Hell's Kitchen season 12 episode 1 due to his poor performance and his attitude.

After Hell's Kitchen, Gaurav returned to the kitchen and later became the Senior Executive Chef for IMU Restaurants and Catering. Gaurav is currently resident district manager for Chartwells, Carnegie Mellon University’s primary dining vendor.


Jason Zepaltas Jason Zepaltas was a Sous Chef and a former Hell's Kitchen contestant (Season 9) from Chicago, Illinois. He was the Hell's Kitchen Season 12 runner up and took his defeat well saying that Scott deserved to win.

After Hell's Kitchen, Jason returned to the kitchen, regularly appearing at Driftwood Inn.


Jessica Vogel Jessica Vogel was a Line Cook from Spring Lake, New Jersey. She was eliminated in Hell's Kitchen season 12 episode 10 due to her performance during the service.

After Hell's Kitchen, Jessica competed on Cutthroat Kitchen and was Executive Chef at Black Rebel Burger. She also posted recipes on her blog. Jessica Vogel died in August 2018, she sadly passed away from heart failure.


Joy Parham-Thomas Joy Parham-Thomas was a Kitchen Supervisor from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She quit during Hell's Kitchen season 12 episode 18 after arguing with Gordon.

After Hell's Kitchen, Joy returned to the catering company she co-owns Urban Country Culinary Concepts and offers private chef services as The Food Lab.


Kashia Zollicoffer Kashia Zollicoffer was a Line Cook from Carthage, Mississippi. She was eliminated in Hell's Kitchen season 12 episode 17 due to her poor performance and bad temper during the service but praised for her effort in the process.

After Hell's Kitchen, Kashia opened restaurant Urban Country Kitchen and reviews are excellent. She also released a cookbook called Cooking is my Therapy.


Melanie Finch Melanie Finch was a Line Cook from Woodland Hills, California. She was eliminated in Hell's Kitchen season 12 episode 19 but was praised for her performance over the process and she was allowed to keep her jacket.

After Hell's Kitchen, Melanie was Sous Chef at Local Peasant before moving to The Front Yard restaurant in the Beverley Garland Hotel. She is currently working at The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey and is also an artist.


Michael DeMarco Michael DeMarco was a Line Cook from Scranton, Pennsylvania. He was eliminated in Hell's Kitchen season 12 episode 5 after being nominated in every show and failing to improve.

After Hell's Kitchen, Michael returned to his his role as Executive Chef at Churchill's Pub Savannah.


Michael Gabriel Michael Gabriel was an Executive Chef from Spring, Texas. He was automatically eliminated in Hell's Kitchen season 12 episode 16 after serving raw salmon during the service.

After Hell's Kitchen, Michael works as a Private Chef and caterer, owns a food truck and appeared on Cutthroat Kitchen where he won Champion of the Camp. He was the 2018 Taco Takedown Champ.


Mike Aresta Mike Aresta was a Chef Instructor from Keyport, New Jersey. He was eliminated in Hell's Kitchen season 12 episode 4 for his poor performances and lack of contribution.

After Hell's Kitchen, Mike returned to being a chef instructor.


Nicole Rutz Nicole Rutz was a Baker from Morganville, New Jersey. She was eliminated in Hell's Kitchen season 12 episode 2 due to her poor performance, her attitude and lack of passion.

After Hell's Kitchen, Nicole appears to have returned to her previous career as a baker.


Ralph Johnson Ralph Johnson was a Chef De Partie from Boston, Massachusetts. He was eliminated in Hell's Kitchen season 12 episode 10 due to his performance during the service and refusing to take responsibility for his mistakes.

After Hell's Kitchen, Ralph was Sous Chef at Aragosta at the Fairmont Battery Wharf and is currently Executive Chef at Straw Hat Restaurant.


Richard Mancini Richard Mancini was an Executive Chef from Bloomingdale, Illinois. He was eliminated in Hell's Kitchen season 12 episode 13 due to his abilities failing to live up to his experience and allowing himself to be removed from his station.

After Hell's Kitchen, Richard released a line of pasta sauces and offers catering, cooking classes and private chef services via Chef Most Wanted. He also helped launched Primo restaurant.


Rochelle Bergman Rochelle Bergmanwas a Catering Chef from Riverside, California. She was eliminated in Hell's Kitchen season 12 episode 19 but was praised highly by Gordon for her energy in the kitchen.

After Hell's Kitchen, Rochelle appears to have returned to being a catering chef and did a number of cookery demonstrations.


Sandra Flores Sandra Flores was a Sous Chef from Queens, New York. She was eliminated in Hell's Kitchen season 12 episode 12 due to her lack of improvement in the process.

After Hell's Kitchen, Sandra competes in cookery competitions.



Scott Commings Scott Commings was an Executive Chef from Woodstock, Illinois. He was the Hell's Kitchen season 12 winner due to his passion, determination and leadership skills.

After Hell's Kitchen, Scott took up his position as the Head Chef at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace before becoming Executive Chef of Freedom Beat at The Downtown Grand Hotel and Casino. He is also Co-Founder of BLT Foods Las Vegas. In 2018 he opened Stove in Las Vegas with co-owner Antonio Nunez.


Simone Hammond Simone Hammond was a Buffet Cook from Henderson, Nevada. She volunteered to leave the show Hell's Kitchen season 12 episode 3 and Gordon granted her wish to leave.

After Hell's Kitchen, Simone returned to being a chef at Gustav International Catering before working at Newport Domestics offering Personal Chef Services.


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This post was last updated in April 2020.


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9 comments:

  1. I thought this was the best season of Hells Kitchen. I enjoyed these guys so much. When they leave,it like losing a part of the family. Rochelle made me smile,even on my worst days. Xoxo to all

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  2. God bless all of these cooks.You work so very hard. Great season, and RIP Jessica,so sad to hear that news.

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  3. Season 5 & 6 were the best

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    1. I agree they started to get more crazy after that.

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    2. I think season 4 is the best, with 5 and 6 are good also. But it got too noisy and just terrible after that.

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  4. Anton was vile and so glad to hear he didnt win. They way he blamed everyone constantly for his mistakes his arrogance must make people hate him. That voice made me cringe.

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  6. I truly believe Joy would have won the competition had she not quit two episodes before the end. What the hell was she thinking?? So much hard work and agony for nothing, and now she has a sullied reputation. It's just sad...

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  7. Yes, I agree with you about Joy. Something just snapped. I think reality sunk in for her and she could not handle the pressure of the end reward. SMH

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