Hell’s Kitchen Season 19: Updates on Contestants Beyond the Show

Since 2005, food and drama enthusiasts have been enthralled by the legendary reality cooking programme “Hell’s Kitchen,” which features none other than Gordon Ramsay as the host. The show’s 19th season ups the drama, stakes, and excitement a notch by featuring a varied collection of candidates attempting to prove their mettle in the demanding setting of a professional kitchen. As the competition heats up, candidates must overcome a variety of obstacles in order to win $250,000 and a position as executive or head chef at a restaurant Gordon himself will select. Fans have been wondering where these chefs have been for a time since the season concluded in 2021. Check out the memorable participants’ journeys after the show.

Where is Kenneth McDuffie Now?


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Kenneth, a private chef from Philadelphia, committed a rookie error in the second episode of the season, which led to his elimination. He returned to his catering company, Young & Hungry Catering, after leaving Hell’s Kitchen, where he has been employed ever since. His “7 Cheese Baked Macaroni” won the Metro Philly’s Best Food Category in 2022. He has also been featured in the TUV Magazine and appeared in a number of other TV shows and stations.

Kenneth states that being on ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ enabled him to change his course; as a result, he has shed a significant amount of weight, purchased a new flat and established a flourishing catering business. The chef just so happens to be a part of ForbesBLK, a group that honours Black business owners, artists, professionals, and leaders. In addition, he is writing a cookbook and teaching culinary arts at the Simon Gratz Mastery Charter. Kenneth lost his niece Yonnie in a horrible vehicle accident in August 2022, and he has honoured her ever since.

Where is Eliott Sanchez Now?

Eliott, a resident of Bayonne, New Jersey, was fired in the second episode of the season due to his lack of focus and self-assurance. He continues to work as a private chef after “Hell’s Kitchen,” and he also runs a website where he provides catering, cooking lessons, and dinner parties. He and his father both have a liking for fishing, thus it’s feasible that they founded a fish lure company together.

Where is Fabiola Fuentes Now?

In Indio, California, Fabiola Fuentes was a line cook when she was given the chance to compete on Gordon Ramsay’s ‘Hell’s Kitchen’. However, things became worse when she was ousted from the competition in the third episode as a result of an unanticipated medical issue and her subpar performance. Even though the doctors determined that Fabiola was suffering from dehydration, the fans have continued to speculate that the player may have been experiencing a panic attack or may have been intoxicated. She continued to pursue her love of food after leaving the programme and even started a new job as a photographer.

Where is Drew Tingley Now?


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Drew Tingley worked as a line cook in Indio, California before joining ‘Hell’s Kitchen. His time on the show was rather brief; after being admitted to the hospital in season 4, he was eliminated. Drew discussed what happened in a post on Instagram, claiming that it wasn’t just “back pain” but rather a dangerous illness called rhabdomyolysis. It might have been fatal if he hadn’t listened to his teammates and sought advice.

The chef has also gone to various places for a private assignment, including a cooperation with Chef Derek Upton in Arizona. The chef continues to work as a line cook at Ard’s after the show. He is about to publish a cookbook and also works as a restaurant consultant. Drew frequently uploads pictures of his family on Instagram, featuring his wife Stacy Lynn, with whom he recently celebrated their second anniversary, as well as his kids.

Where is Brittani Ratcliff Now?

When she applied to be a contestant on “Hell’s Kitchen Season 19,” Brittani Ratcliff was an Executive Sous Chef at Aramark in Morehead, Kentucky. Her adventure was cut short in episode 4 when she overcooked the fish, which prompted her teammate Nikki to assist her. Her opportunity to advance in the programme was lost due to this error, but she is still making progress on her chef path.

Brittani returned to her position as an Executive Chef at Aramark after being eliminated. Apart from that, Brittani keeps honing her talents and obtained her ProChef® Certification Level 2 and ProChef Level II certifications from The Culinary Institute of America in 2022. ‘Chopped’ on the Food Network’s season 54 also featured her.

Where is Peter Martinez Now?


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In Palisades Park, New Jersey, Peter Martinez was a sous chef prior to appearing on “Hell’s Kitchen.” He began having trouble with garnish in episode 5 of season 19 and later in the episode stated that the competition was becoming really stressful. He willingly abandoned the tournament since he was missing his pregnant wife Rebecca Piedra Martinez at the time. Lucas Jorge Martinez, the couple’s gorgeous son, was born in March 2020, and the chef frequently shares photos of him and his other kids on Instagram.

He was able to concentrate on his food truck, called “The Digital Food Truck,” after quitting the competition. He used regionally obtained foods to create seasonal menus for his food truck. He now provides catering for all kinds of occasions and even provides personal chef experiences. With his business, his position as Executive Chef at the Concourse Club, and his work on a cookbook, Peter is pretty active on a daily basis. Additionally, he introduced the SANDUGUEO sazón Cubano spice container.

Where is Josh Oakley Now?

Josh Oakley, an executive chef in Denver, Colorado, was overjoyed to be chosen as one of the contestants for season 19 of “Hell’s Kitchen.” He was ousted in episode 6 but due to a few errors, like presenting bland mashed potatoes and failing to communicate clearly about garnish. Chef Josh’s personal and professional lives have improved since he left the show. Not only did he wed Ava, but in 2021 he also took home the trophy at the Denver Steak Championships for best traditional steak. He currently holds the position of Executive Chef at Avelina and anticipates a successful career in the food business.

Where is Syann Williams Now?


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In Atlanta, Georgia, Syann Williams was a teenage line cook before she took part in ‘Hell’s Kitchen’. She was eliminated in episode 7 because she lacked the necessary experience, although the judges commended her spirit and disposition. Before the show, she owned Kravee Kitchenz, a catering business, Mise En Bud, a cannabis brand that offered cannabis meals to cancer patients as well as infuse foods rolling trays, cannabis baking, and K.Sweetz.

Syann has been working to launch her company ever since the show finished. The chef has been working in an effort to pay her expenses and maintain a roof over her head, but sadly, things haven’t been going so well since she just lost two jobs. But not all is lost, as Syanna has reopened Kravee Kitchenz in Las Vegas. She remarked in an interview with Canvas Rebel, “While still trying to keep a roof over my head, build my clientele without extra money, coming in has been the biggest pivot thus far.”

Where is Lauren Lawless Now?


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Lauren Lawless, a private chef from San Diego, California, was fired from the competition for undercooking a fillet mignon steak. Due to this, she was compelled to go back to Flawless Cuisine, the start of a flourishing career. She competed in season 2 of “Supermarket Stakeout” after Hell’s Kitchen and took home the coveted title of Supermarket Stakeout Champion. She has additionally appeared on programmes including Masterchef, Travel Channel’s Best in Food, and Morimoto’s Sushi Master. Lauren is focused on creating an empire as the proprietor of the restaurant Flawless Bistro and Bar in North County San Diego. Sabrosa, a tapas-fusion restaurant, will be the name of the second establishment she hopes to open.

The gifted cook also wrote the cookbook “Flawless Cuisine: Inspiring The World One Plate at a Time,” in which she includes her own recipes and personal essays. Together with WestBrew, she also introduced her own brand of beer, dubbed “Flawless Blonde Ale.” In her personal life, Lauren has also accomplished a number of significant milestones, including giving birth to a boy in June and becoming engaged to John A. Duarte. She lost her grandmother as well as her sister, Niki Lawless, though.

Where is Adam Pawlak Now?

Adam Pawlak had served as an executive chef in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, before joining “Hell’s Kitchen.” However, Gordon felt that the chef had no opportunity to improve because of his problems at the garnish station, therefore the chef was fired in episode 9 of the show. Since that time, Adam’s professional life has progressed. He built his first restaurant just five days after the filming wrapped up, and today he has many locations for his pasta bar, Egg & Flour.

In addition to this, Adam occasionally offers to teach workshops and provides cuisine for upscale private and off-site business events. In 2019 and 2020, he was named Milwaukee’s Best Chef. In an episode of “Superchef Grudge Match,” when he faced off against Declan Horgan, a fellow “Hell’s Kitchen” finalist from season 19, he made his return to the big screen.

Where is Marc Quiñones Now?


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One of the 18 competitors for the title and the $10,000 prize on “Hell’s Kitchen” was an executive chef named Marc Quiones from Albuquerque, New Mexico. He neglected to turn on his stove, though, and refused to accept responsibility in episode 10, which—combined with his declining performance—led to his removal. Marc’s life has been a string of successes since leaving the show.

Marc came to work at Hotel Andaluz where he handled F&W operations after being eliminated. The following year, he departed the hotel and is now an executive chef at the LVL 5 Restaurant at Hotel Chaco. Marc and his team were given the One ABQ Award for their work at the MAS restaurant with the neighbourhood farmers and artists at the Downtown Growers Market. He has been in numerous periodicals and even had the chance to prepare food for the US President.

Where is Jordan Savell Now?

Jordan Savell, a native of North Richland Hills, Texas, worked as an executive chef before being chosen for “Hell’s Kitchen.” Her lacklustre leadership abilities in episode 11 led to her elimination, although everyone recognised and admired her dedication and hard work. Following the performance, she launched Bullish Foods, a sandwich trailer catering company, and worked as a culinary supervisor at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth. In order to work as a cook at Elevations Powered by cook Derek Upton, she then relocated to Phoenix, Arizona. She has also served as the Director of Food and Beverage for The Artisan Boutique Hotel, and she is currently employed as a travelling chef for “Sodexo Live!’

Where is Nikki Hanna Now?


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‘Hell’s Kitchen’ season 19 episode 12 saw the elimination of Nikki, a line cook from Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, when she failed the final black jacket task. Gordon personally applauded her and even allowed her to keep the jacket despite the fact that she lost. She has held a few positions after leaving the programme, including those of executive chef at Hudson Mills and senior project director at CB5 hospitality consulting. The CEO of YellowJacket Chefwear Inc. is Nikki.

Where is Amber Lancaster Now?

In Chicago, Illinois, Amber Lancaster worked as an executive chef. She was eliminated from the competition in episode 13 because she consistently presented food that was either overcooked or undercooked. She became an executive chef for Aparium Hotel Group after the show. Later on in her career, she accepted a position as the Culinary Director at The Quin House in Boston. Amber is currently employed by TableOne Hospitality as a Corporate Culinary Director. Her personal life has seen a lot of changes as well, including the beginning of a new relationship with Spyridon Kaperonis. She has also shed a significant amount of weight and feels better than ever about her appearance.

Where is Cody Candelario Now?


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Cody Candelario is a California native who lived in Sherman Oaks before joining the cast of “Hell’s Kitchen” as a contestant. He frequently ran into issues at the meat station and lacked leadership qualities during the event. Even after being eliminated, he was permitted to keep his jacket, which says a lot about the effort and commitment he had put into the competition. Cody is currently employed with Elevate&co. as a private chef. He also creates content and regularly provides mouthwatering culinary content to his enormous Instagram following of over 77K users.

Where is Declan Horgan Now?


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Before being chosen as a contender for “Hell’s Kitchen” season 19, Declan Horgan was employed as an executive chef from Washington, DC. He was eliminated in episode 15 during a cook-off task. Declan has also made appearances on shows like Super Chef Grudge Match, Food Network’s Guys Grocery Games, Fox Five’s Good Day DC programme, NBC’s The Today Show, and more. He currently resides in Chantilly, Virginia, with his partner Karen and dog Lulu Savage, offers in-person as well as online cookery classes, and is self-employed as a chef consultant at his company, Big D’s LLC. Despite his busy schedule with employment and his business, Horgan’s Group, LLC, he has lost roughly 100 pounds and taken up weightlifting.

Where is Mary Lou Davis Now?


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‘Hell’s Kitchen’ season 19 runner-up Mary Lou Davis is a chef de cuisine from San Antonio, Texas. Gordon personally commended her for her perseverance and commitment. She left the Whisky Cake Kitchen and Bar in December 2021 to become a private chef, but she later returned as a Chef Partner there after suffering a loss. Mary travelled to California with the intention of developing her talents and working at various restaurants with Michelin stars. But she was forced to accept a part-time job at the trendy Viridian restaurant in Oakland. On Instagram, she frequently portrays characters like Jet Black and Dumbledore while teaching cooking lessons to her followers. She is currently available for work and also produces her YouTube show, “Geeks & Grubs.”

Where is Kori Sutton Now?


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Before appearing on the show, Kori Sutton, the season 19 winner of “Hell’s Kitchen,” worked as an executive chef in Los Angeles, California. She was given a job offer as the head chef at Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen restaurant in Lake Tahoe after winning the $250,000 cash prize. She declined it, found a new position, and is now the spokesperson for the five-star Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Additionally, she has started a salsa company called Mama Kori Salsa. She still provides private chef services. She was exposed to COVID in 2021 but was able to recover. In the same year, she became engaged, and in May 2023, they were wed.

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