The “talent” Christina Wilson is referring to are 18 aspiring blue-collar chefs, ranging in age from 23 to 44, who’ve traveled from all over the U.S. for a chance to win head chef at Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen Lake Tahoe at Harvey’s Hotel and Casino (via Parade). Speaking exclusively with Mashed, Chef Christina Wilson described the season 19 crew as “nice, fresh, [and] energetic.”
Given the fact these chefs are competing on one of the most challenging cooking shows in the world, it came as a surprise to hear Wilson say tensions weren’t high among the cast. This wasn’t the case the previous season: “I was coming off the All-Star Season, so you had this group of rookies on [season] 18, and then this group of seasoned all-stars,” she explained. Sounds a tad stressful, no? Especially in comparison to season 19, where Wilson says everyone is on “an evened out playing field” — a key difference this season that made the stakes even more exhilarating.
Like she mentioned, having Las Vegas — which is home to five Gordon Ramsay restaurants — as a backdrop added a whole other level of discipline and pressure for the contestants. Although for Wilson, who’s worked extremely hard to leave her thumbprint on Sin City, it was just another day on the job. Hell’s Kitchen season 19 airs on Fox on Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT or you can stream episodes online.