Meet the 18 contestants competing in season 15 of Hell’s Kitchen, which premieres Friday, January 15 at 9pm on FOX.

Gordon Ramsay is welcoming 18 new contestants into the kitchen for season 15, and having them compete in high-stakes challenges and dinner services, including a (rubber) duck hunting competition, preparing dishes for high school students, catering a wedding reception and taking part in the blind taste test challenge. Only one chef will win the Head Chef position at BLT Steak at Bally’s Las Vegas.

#18 Kristin Barone

Age: 27
Occupation: Line Cook
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Signature Dish: Grilled Pork Loin with Apricot Mango Puree and Fried Brussel Sprouts and Garlic Aioli

#17 Sherkenna Buggs

Age: 30
Occupation: Personal Chef
Hometown: Grand Junction, TN
Signature Dish: Crab-Stuffed Blackened Salmon, Mushroom Couscous

#16 Meese Davis

Age: 25
Occupation: College Chef
Hometown: Upper Darby, PA
Signature Dish: Pork Loin Chop with Roasted Sweet Potato and Grilled Asparagus

#15 Jackie Fuchs

Age: 32
Occupation: Line Cook
Hometown: Jersey City, NJ
Signature Dish: Seared Scallop with Roasted Corn and Lemon Salsa with Bok Choy and Brown Butter

#14 Dannie Harrison

Age: 30
Occupation: Line Cook
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Signature Dish: Scallops And Vermicelli with Thai Curry Sauce

#13 Ariel Malone

Age: 26
Occupation: Country Club Chef
Hometown: Hackensack, NJ
Signature Dish: Shashkouka

#12 Ashley Nickell

Age: 27
Occupation: Chef de Cuisine
Hometown: Orlando, FL
Signature Dish: Ostrich Filet with Blueberry Sauce

#11 Manda Palomino

Age: 30
Occupation: Sous Chef
Hometown: Atlantic City, NJ
Signature Dish: Fried Scallops with Rustic Corn Salad

#10 Vanessa Soltero

Age: 33
Occupation: Airport Chef
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Signature Dish: Eggplant Involtini Rolls with Sausage Ricotta Stuffing and Marinara Sauce

#9 Jared Bobkin

Age: 28
Occupation: Line Cook
Hometown: Oak Park, MI
Signature Dish: Halibut

#8 Frank Cala

Age: 25
Occupation: Marine Chef
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Signature Dish: Penne alla Vodka with Grilled Chicken

#7 Chad Gelso

Age: 25
Occupation: Sous Chef
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Signature Dish: Confit Cabbage, Celeriac Fondant, Poached pear

#6 Eddie Jaskowiak

Age: 27
Occupation: Sous Chef
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Signature Dish: Hunters Edge, Bambi Tenderloin

#5 Hassan Musselmani

Age: 24
Occupation: Catering Executive Chef
Hometown: Detroit, MI
Signature Dish: Pan-Seared Diver Sea Scallops with Roasted Sweet Corn Coulis, Poblano Coulis, Parmesan Risotto and Crispy Capicola

#4 Mark Paras

Age: 27
Occupation: Line Cook
Hometown: Anaheim, CA
Signature Dish: Black Mussels with Chorizo in a Fennel and Tomato Broth

#3 Alan Parker

Age: 42
Occupation: Sous Chef
Hometown: Lancaster, PA
Signature Dish: Maple-Glazed Arctic Char

#2 Joe Ricci

Age: 31
Occupation: Sous Chef
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Signature Dish: Veal Braciole with Creamy Polenta and Grilled Broccoli Rabe with Balsamic Red Wine Reduction

#1 Kevin Ridlon

Age: 29
Occupation: Culinary Manager
Hometown: Warwick, RI
Signature Dish: Chicken Caesar Piadina

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