[PHOTOS] ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ winners: Where are they now?

“Hell’s Kitchen” debuted in 2005 and has been a staple on the Fox network for nearly a dozen years now. The competition series, currently halfway through Season 16, is infamous for its slew of disastrous contestants, but renowned British chef Gordon Ramsay always finds a diamond in the rough and anoints them as that season’s champion. What happened to the first 15 “Hell’s Kitchen” winners? Where are they now? Get all the details in our photo gallery above.

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The winner of “Hell’s Kitchen” is supposed to receive a head chef position at one of Ramsay’s restaurants, but there has been a bit of controversy with the show over the years as some champions have come forward saying they were never awarded what they were promised. We detail those instances in the photo gallery.

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A success in the ratings, the series has had a rough go of things at awards shows. “Hell’s Kitchen” was nominated five times at the Emmy Awards in the Best Art Direction category (2007-10, 2012), but has yet to win. What do you think of Season 16? Sound off in the comments section below or join the discussion right here in our reality TV forum.

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