Sunday, 24 September 2017

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.


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

After the show, he opened restaurant Axtons, 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 episode 6 as she was out of her depth and lacked confidence and leadership skills.

After the show, she 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 episode 8 due to her poor performance and allowing herself to be pushed out of her own station.

After the show, she returned to being a food truck Chef and doing cooking demonstrations/events. She currently runs Fiesta Adobo.


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

After the show, he appears to have become a crypto currency trader.


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

After the show, he returned to the kitchen and became the Senior Executive Chef for IMU Restaurants and Catering.


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 the show, he 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 episode 10 due to her performance during the service.

After the show, she competed on Cutthroat Kitchen and is Executive Chef at Black Rebel Burger. She also posted recipes on her blog. Jessica sadly passed away from heart failure in August 2018.


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

After the show, she returned to her catering company Urban Country Culinary Concepts and offers private chef services.


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

After the show, she opened restaurant Urban Country Kitchen and reviews are good. 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 episode 19 but was praised for her performance over the process and she was allowed to keep her jacket.

After the show, she was Sous Chef at Local Peasant before moving to The Front Yard restaurant in the Beverley Garland Hotel . She is also an artist.


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

After the show, he returned to his his role as Head 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 episode 16 after serving raw salmon during the service.

After the show, he works as a Private Chef, owns a food truck and appeared on Cutthroat Kitchen.


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

After the show, he appears to have returned to being a chef instructor.


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

After the show, she 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 show 10 due to his performance during the service and refusing to take responsibility for his mistakes.

After the show, he was Sous Chef at Aragosta at the Fairmont Battery Wharf.


Richard Mancini Richard Mancini was an Executive Chef from Bloomingdale, Illinois. He was eliminated in show 13 due to his abilities failing to live up to his experience and allowing himself to be removed from his station.

After the show, he released a line of pasta sauces and offers catering and private chef services. He also helped launched Primo restaurant.


Rochelle Bergman Rochelle Bergmanwas a Catering Chef from Riverside, California. She was eliminated in show 19 but was praised highly by Gordon for her energy in the kitchen.

After the show, she appears to have returned to her previous career.


Sandra Flores Sandra Flores was a Sous Chef from Queens, New York. She was eliminated in show 12 due to her lack of improvement in the process.

After the show, she 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 the show, he took up his position as the Head Chef at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace before moving to Freedom Beat.


Simone Hammond Simone Hammond was a Buffet Cook from Henderson, Nevada. She volunteered to leave the show in show 3 and Gordon granted her wish to leave.

After the show, she returned to being a chef at Gustav International Catering.


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7 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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  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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  5. I actually disagree with people on Anton. Was he an ass? Without a doubt, and he had things to work on, but in my time working in restaurants, a lot of cooks I worked with (as a server or otherwise) were called asses or whatever by a lot of other people I worked with, but they got sh*t done. I actually skipped the rest of this season when he was eliminated.

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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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