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Hell's Kitchen Season 16 Where Are They Now?

Hell's Kitchen Season 16

Hell's Kitchen Season 16 aired September 23 to February 02, 2017 on Fox Network, there were 18 contestants and the prize for the winner was a head chef position at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar at The Venetian Las Vegas.

In this season, Gordon Ramsay was judge, Marino Monferrato was Maître d', Andi van Willigan-Cutspec was sous chef for the red team and Aaron Mitrano was sous chef for the blue team.

Continue below to read what the Hell's Kitchen season 16 contestants did next after appearing on Hell's Kitchen.


Aaron Smock Aaron Smock was a Culinary Student from Frankenmuth, Michigan. He was eliminated in Hell's Kitchen season 16 episode 5 due to his inexperience and lack of confidence but is praised by Gordon for his passion and skills.

After Hell's Kitchen, Aaron returned to his previous role as Banquet Chef at The Homestead. He has since moved back to his home town and worked at Prost Wine Bar & Charcuterie and Calypso Mediterranean Grill. He is currently Executive Chef at Mission Table.


Andrew Pearce Andrew Pearce was from Orlando, Florida and competed in season 15 and was eliminated in Hell's Kitchen season 16 episode 13 after his New York Strip steak failed to impress his fellow contestants.

After Hell's Kitchen, Andrew returned to his previous role as Executive Chef at Hugo’s Frog Bar & Chop House at SugarHouse Casino and is now Executive Chef at the new Hugo’s Frog Bar & Chop House at Rivers Casino.


Aziza Young Aziza Young was a Kitchen Manager from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She was eliminated in Hell's Kitchen season 16 episode 6 due to her poor performance during the service but praised her heart.

After Hell's Kitchen, Aziza became Executive Chef at Mangia Qui but left after a few months and became a Private Chef.

She also teaches culinary classes, does cookery events and does pop up experiences in the home through Chat & Chew Popup. In February 2018 she won a cookery award.


Devin Simpson Devin Simpson was an Assistant Restaurant Manager from Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. He was eliminated in Hell's Kitchen season 16 episode 12 due to his poor performance during the service and his struggles to lead but he was he was praised for his passion.

After Hell's Kitchen, Devin returned to his previous position at Kickin' Chicken and also offered personal chef services and culinary lessons. Devin is currently General Manager at Gravy in Raleigh.


Genaro Delillo Genaro Delillo was a Sous Chef from Lebanon, Pennsylvania. He was eliminated in Hell's Kitchen season 16 episode 2 due to his poor services and lack of passion.

After Hell's Kitchen, Genaro appears to have returned to his position at Downtown Lounge. He was also a judge at Iron Chef Hamburg, is a photographer and does cookery demonstrations.

In March 2017 he was charged with disorderly conduct for playing loud music and in May 2017, he was charged with theft from a department store.


Heather Williams Heather Williams was a Sous Chef from Easton, Pennsylvania. She was Hell's Kitchen season 16 runner up losing out to Ryan after her service was more fraught with problems, she took her defeat with grace.

After Hell's Kitchen, Heather returned to her position as a sous chef at Marblehead Chowder House in Palmer Township before becoming Sous Chef at Bon Appétit Management Company.

She has also done a number of cookery events and demonstrations. She took part in 2018's Reality Rally and is currently Executive Chef at Lehigh Valley IronPigs.


Heidi Parent Heidi Parent was an Executive Chef from Auburn, Maine. She was eliminated in Hell's Kitchen season 16 episode 15 and was praised for her strong performances and was allowed to keep her jacket.

After Hell's Kitchen, Heidi became a culinary arts teacher at the Capital Area Technical Center.


Jessica Boynton Jessica Boynton was a University Chef from Raleigh, North Carolina. She was eliminated in Hell's Kitchen season 16 episode 3 due to her nominating herself and revealing she had already packed her bags to leave the competition.

After Hell's Kitchen, Jessica returned to work at The Cowfish, where she was training to be Kitchen Manager, she had a second baby and got engaged.


Johnny McDevitt Johnny McDevitt was a Burger Chef from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was eliminated in Hell's Kitchen season 16 episode 8 due to his second poor service on fish and for being the reason behind his teams failure.

After Hell's Kitchen, Johnny returned to his position at Sketch Burger before moving to West End Grill and later Pitchers Pub. Johnny is currently owner of CookieManCo, a cookie making company in Philly.


Kimberly Roth Kimberly Roth was a Sushi Chef from Ontario, New York. She was eliminated in Hell's Kitchen season 16 episode 14 due to her poor performance during the service but she was praised for her improvement during the process.

After Hell's Kitchen, Kimberly owns catering company The Bamboo Panda Catering Company and worked at sushi restaurant Nosh and California Rollin'. She is currently preparing sushi for The Back Alley Grill.

She was champion of 2017's Reality Rally and defended her title in 2018. She also offers Sip & Sushi, sushi culinary classes at Casa Larga.


Kimberly Ann Ryan Kimberly Ann Ryan was an Event Chef from Traverse City, Michigan. Kimberly was the Hell's Kitchen season 16 winner due to her skills, drive and command in the kitchen.

After Hell's Kitchen, Kimberly took up the head chef position at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar at The Venetian Las Vegas.


Matt Hearn Matt Hearn was a Sauté Chef from Los Angeles, California. He was eliminated in Hell's Kitchen season 16 episode 10 due to his poor performance on fish and his arrogance.

After Hell's Kitchen, Matt was chef at Happy Hour Bar & Tapas before moving to 1933 in Bakersfield.


Pat Tortorello Pat Tortorello was a Culinary Instructor from Belleville, New Jersey. He was eliminated in Hell's Kitchen season 16 episode 1 due to his poor performance and allowing Paulie to take over.

After Hell's Kitchen, Pat became an Area Manager at Performance Foodservice and took part in 2017's Reality Reality, a charity cookery event.


Paulie Giganti Jr Paulie Giganti Jr was an Executive Chef from Brooklyn, New York. He was eliminated in Hell's Kitchen season 16 episode 14 for his inconsistent services and failure to take responsibility for his mistakes.

After Hell's Kitchen, Paulie returned to his position of Executive Chef and owner of Birra restaurant. Paulie sadly died in April 2017 after being found unresponsive at his home due to an accidental drug overdose.


Rajeeyah Gia Young Rajeeyah Gia Young was a Catering Chef from Queens, New York. She was eliminated in Hell's Kitchen season 16 episode 4 due to her consecutive poor performances, attitude and giving up on her team.

After Hell's Kitchen, Rajeeyah returned to New York and currently works in customer service and sales and is currently Customer Service Technical Specialist at Sandata Technologies.


Shaina Hayden Shaina Hayden was a Banquet Chef from Long Island, New York. She was eliminated in Hell's Kitchen season 16 episode 10 due to her deteriorating performances but commended her strong start in the competition.

After Hell's Kitchen, Shaina is owner and Executive Chef at Say Your Grace LLC, offering a restaurant and catering service and she also offers culinary events, meal prep and private chef services.


Wendy Mendez Wendy Mendez was a Line Cook and Pastry Chef from Bronx, New York. She was eliminated in Hell's Kitchen season 16 episode 11 due to her deteriorating performances and lack of confidence but praised her palate.

After Hell's Kitchen, Wendy appears to have returned to her previous position as a Line cook.


William Koop Wynkoop William "Koop" Wynkoop was a Kitchen Manager from Carey, Ohio. He was eliminated in Hell's Kitchen season 16 episode 9 due to his inconsistent performances and his temper tantrum in which he broke a chair against a wall.

After Hell's Kitchen, Koop works at Tavern 101 in Ada, Ohio.


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This post was last updated in June 2020.


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