Hell's Kitchen S19 Power Rankings (Top 18--Part 2)
Jan 14, 2021
- We have a new season of Hell’s Kitchen, and we had no elimination. This makes it fun, so I can truly predict the elimination with some actual context. From the signature dishes, I was pretty impressed with many of the chefs. There were some chefs that failed pretty badly, and some chefs that were shown to already step up as leaders for their teams. So let’s rank all of these.
18. Eliott Sanchez- I am going to cement Eliott as my first boot prediction. He took the skin off his chicken and coated it in…quinoa? It was such a weird choice, and I think he’s simply a tad inexperienced and just doesn’t seem like he’ll be able to keep up with the rest. I hope I’m wrong, because I never like to see a Jersey guy struggle. But this was a bad first impression.
17. Brittani Ratcliff- Brittani could still very well be first boot, as I predicted. But I’m going to put her a notch further because I didn’t see a ton of personality from her, and I feel like we’d know our first boot a bit better than we got to know Brittani this episode. That pork chop looked real bad though.
16. Kenneth McDuffie- Poor Kenneth was the only person to score a 1. He had the worst first impression of anybody, but I honestly think he shows potential to bounce back. He exudes warmth and respect, and if he puts his skills where his heart is, I could see him being the comeback chef of this season. But his performance was so bad, I have to put him low for THIS specific round.
15. Syann Williams- I love Syann’s energy and passion, but she did have a pretty poor signature dish performance, AND she just came across VERY young in this batch of contestants. It makes me a tad worried for her longevity, but I will certainly be rooting for her to bounce back because I like Syann a lot.
14. Drew Tingley- The previews teased that Drew needs to keep his pants up. Until he gets a belt, I’ll keep him a tad lower on the ranking.
13. Josh Oakley- He was barely shown in this first episode, but had a pretty bad signature dish showing. His food was burnt. He’s lower on this ranking, but didn’t get enough screen time for me to put him at the very bottom.
12. Fabiola Fuentes- Fabiola was yelled at by Sous Chef Cristina already. Not a good look. Unfortunately for her, Jordan and Mary Lou were more memorable personalities than her, so I don’t know how that fares for her edit and longevity this season. Her signature dish was good, but nothing incredibly memorable.
11. Jordan Savell- Jordan seemed like such an early frontrunner pre-season, but I’ll admit, this episode soured me a bit on her. She was yelled at for making comments in the fountain punishment, which is not a great first look. Her signature dish, however, had a pretty solid three in scoring, so she’s not totally on the bottom of the list.
10. Cody Candelario- Okay, this guy is an absolute jerk, but I do think he’s going to last a few episodes. He’s too big of a personality to keep off our screens for too long. He had a bad signature dish, but I do think he’s a good chef in general. I can’t wait to see him fail, but until then, I’ll keep him in the middle area because I really think he’ll last longer than people expect but have a huge elimination when he inevitably goes home (perhaps for his attitude).
9. Peter Martinez- Peter didn’t bother me in episode 1. He got a strong 4 on his signature dish, had a confessional or two, and went otherwise pretty unnoticed. I like Peter, but just don’t know much else about him, so I’ll keep him in the midway point.
8. Mary Lou Davis- She seemed to be a pretty big character in this first episode, and I could see her being the season’s big personality. Right now, she’s leaning into a bit of the “Elise” role of the season, which gives me a bit of concern, but also means that she might go far. The moment with her, Jordan, and Fabiola in the fountain was not a good look, but we heard more from Mary Lou than the other two, which gives me a feeling she’ll be around a bit longer than the other two.
7. Lauren Lawless- Lauren didn’t have the worst opening showing this episode. She did present a dish that had way too much pasta, but her cooking was solid. I do think she has a confidence that could still come back to bite her, but after this first episode, I have no reason to believe she’ll be gone first. She’s even my sister’s winner pick!
6. Adam Pawlak- Adam made a great lamb dish, but there’s something about Adam I just don’t like. He was complaining already about Marc, when Marc was the one who got 5 points for his team. I think he’s someone who may be a tad arrogant, and think of himself above everyone else. Maybe I’m wrong, but that’s the first impression I’m getting. He’s still a strong enough chef that I don’t think he’s going anywhere anytime soon.
5. Kori Sutton- Kori is a really solid chef. She was even asked to tell Kenneth how to cook chicken. She is the real deal. I still worry she’s a tad quieter than some of the more “leader” personalities, but she’s already proven herself with her skills and natural talent. I like Kori and will be rooting for her, along with others.
4. Amber Lancaster- I think Amber is going to be a SUPER strong chef, as I predicted pre-season. She wasn’t AS memorable as Declan, Marc, or Nikki for me, but she’s right up there as one of the top contenders. I have no doubt she’ll go far as well.
3. Nikki Hanna- I’m already so impressed by Nikki. I think she may honestly struggle in the first few services because of her inexperience, but I have a feeling she’ll be able to get the groove of the kitchen and really go a long way. I already love her story about being inexperienced and I really think she’ll be able to inspire many with her story. She’s probably my favorite of the red team.
2. Marc Quinones- I really enjoyed Marc this premiere episode. He has such a passion and intensity that I think may have turned off some of his team members, but I do think the team in general is probably a bit threatened by Marc getting a perfect score, and that’s why so many are getting annoyed by him. I personally enjoy his energy, and I do think he’ll be one of the most passionate chefs we’ve seen in a long time. I think he’ll go real far.
1. Declan Horgan- I love Declan. I said in the pre-season ranking that I truly don’t see Declan struggling much. He’s my safest bet for a black jacket. He is warm, friendly, and a damn good chef. He is the one to beat, no doubt.
I think there were lots of standouts, but the five I’m looking at/rooting for are Declan, Marc, Nikki, Amber, and Kori. I think they were just a league above everyone else. Only time will tell. As for first boot, I had predicted Britanni last week, and I’m still somewhat sticking with it, but I do think Eliott had the worst overall episode of anyone last week, despite Kenneth being the only one to score a 1 out of 5. Kenneth has lots of redemption to do, but I still think he’s talented and experienced enough to bounce back.
Going Home- Eliott Sanchez
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