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'Hell's Kitchen' Season 15 cast of 18 chefs announced by Fox


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 12/21/2015 

Hell's Kitchen is cooking up a new season with 18 chefs competing for a Head Chef position at one of Gordon Ramsay's prestigious restaurants.

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Fox has announced the fifteenth-season cast of Hell's Kitchen, which premieres January 15 at 9PM ET/PT as previously announced.

The 18 participating chefs from across the country will duke it out in a series of grueling challenges and dinner services to prove they deserve a job at BLT Steak at Bally's Las Vegas.

Challenging tasks will include a rubber duck hunting competition, preparing dishes for 100 high school students, a catered wedding reception for Hell's Kitchen sous chef Andi, and the fan-favorite blind taste test.

Celebrity diners at Hell's Kitchen for Season 15 will include Keeping Up with the Kardashians star Kris Jenner, rapper and former The Celebrity Apprentice contestant Lil Jon, musician and producer Steve Aoki, rapper and actor The Game, musician Flo Rida, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and comedian and former Dancing with the Stars contestant Bill Engvall.

Other featured celebrity guests will be dog whisperer and TV star Cesar Millan, performers from So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars, ventriloquist and former America's Got Talent winner Terry Fator, burlesque entertainer Dita Von Teese, actor Omar Miller, soap opera star Sean Carrigan, and Olympic swimmers Jessica Hardy and Dominik Meichtry.

In the premiere of Hell's Kitchen, Ramsay will welcome the new contestants and fly them to Las Vegas to see BLT Steak. The 18 aspiring chefs will then whip up their signature dishes in a team task, and the winning team will receive a ride on the world's tallest Ferris wheel as well as VIP service at Drai's Nightclub. The losing team must prepare a Vegas buffet service by peeling 50 pounds of shrimp and 1,000 pounds of potatoes.

During the first dinner service of the season, one team will fail early on and Ramsay will kick them out of the kitchen.

Hell's Kitchen is produced by ITV Entertainment in association with A. Smith & Co. Productions. Ramsay, Arthur Smith and Kent Weed serve as executive producers.

Below is the list of 18 chefs who will be competing on Season 15 of Hell's Kitchen:



The Red Team (Women)

- Kristin Barone, a 27-year-old line cook from Chicago, IL

Signature Dish: Grilled Pork Loin with Apricot Mango Puree and Fried Brussel Sprouts and Garlic Aioli


- Sherkenna Buggs, a 30-year-old personal chef from Grand Junction, TN   

Signature Dish: Crab-Stuffed Blackened Salmon, Mushroom Couscous


- Meese Davis, a 25-year-old college chef from Upper Darby, PA    

Signature Dish: Pork Loin Chop with Roasted Sweet Potato and Grilled Asparagus


- Jackie Fuchs, a 32-year-old line cook from Jersey City, NJ

Signature Dish: Seared Scallop with Roasted Corn and Lemon Salsa with Bok Choy and Brown Butter


- Dannie Harrison, a 30-year-old line cook from Philadelphia, PA  

Signature Dish: Scallops And Vermicelli With Thai Curry Sauce


- Ariel Malone, a 26-year-old country club chef from Hackensack, NJ 

Signature Dish: Shashkouka


- Ashley Nickell, a 27-year-old chef de cuisine from Orlando, FL    

Signature Dish: Ostrich Filet with Blueberry Sauce


- Manda Palomino, a 30-year-old sous chef from Atlantic City, NJ   

Signature Dish: Fried Scallops with Rustic Corn Salad


- Vanessa Soltero, a 33-year-old airport chef from Los Angeles, CA  

Signature Dish: Eggplant Involtini Rolls with Sausage Ricotta Stuffing and Marinara Sauce



The Blue Team (Men)

- Jared Bobkin, a 28-year-old line cook from Oak Park, MI  

Signature Dish: Halibut


- Frank Cala, a 25-year-old marine chef from Brooklyn, NY

Signature Dish: Penne alla Vodka with Grilled Chicken


- Chad Gelso, a 25-year-old sous chef from Philadelphia, PA  

Signature Dish: Confit Cabbage, Celeriac Fondant, Poached pear


- Eddie Jaskowiak, a 27-year-old sous chef from Philadelphia, PA      

Signature Dish: Hunters Edge, Bambi Tenderloin


- Hassan Musselman, a 24-year-old catering executive chef from Detroit, MI       

Signature Dish: Pan-Seared Diver Sea Scallops with Roasted Sweet Corn Coulis, Poblano Coulis, Parmesan Risotto and Crispy Capicola


- Mark Paras, a 27-year-old line cook from Anaheim, CA

Signature Dish: Black Mussels with Chorizo in a Fennel and Tomato Broth


- Alan Parker, a 42-year-old sous chef from Lancaster, PA

Signature Dish: Maple-Glazed Arctic Char


- Joe Ricci, a 31-year-old sous chef from Philadelphia, PA      

Signature Dish: Veal Braciole with Creamy Polenta and Grilled Broccoli Rabe with Balsamic Red Wine Reduction


- Kevin Ridlon, a 29-year-old culinary manager from Warwick, RI

Signature Dish: Chicken Caesar Piadina


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