Hell’s Kitchen Season 19 winner earned Gordon Ramsay’s praises

HELL'S KITCHEN: L-R: Contestant Kori and chef/host Gordon Ramsay in the "Hitting the Jackpot” season finale episode of HELL'S KITCHEN airing Thursday, April 22 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. CR: Scott Kirkland / FOX. © 2021 FOX MEDIA LLC.
HELL'S KITCHEN: L-R: Contestant Kori and chef/host Gordon Ramsay in the "Hitting the Jackpot” season finale episode of HELL'S KITCHEN airing Thursday, April 22 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. CR: Scott Kirkland / FOX. © 2021 FOX MEDIA LLC. /

After the final dinner service was completed, only one chef would be the Hell’s Kitchen Season 19 winner. Mary Lou and Kori earned their executive chef jackets and manned the pass. With their brigades ready to cook them a victory, only one chef would walk through that door.

As the Hell’s Kitchen Season 19 finale began, Kori and Mary Lou had a big challenge ahead of them. Even though they had the perfect menu to showcase their culinary creativity, it was more than just delicious food on the plate. Gordon Ramsay has many great cooks in his restaurant group, he needs more than a technician on the line.

Looking back at previous Hell’s Kitchen seasons, women chefs have done well in this culinary competition. Many of the most recent winners have been women. As Gordon Ramsay gathered the chefs at the end of dinner service, he even joked that the winner would be a woman.

In some ways, that outcome is very positive. Women chefs often sacrifice a lot for their profession. Much has been said about kitchen culture. If a culinary food TV program can help to highlight women chefs, it is a good thing.

What did the Hell’s Kitchen Season 19 winner serve in Hell’s Kitchen?

Before even the first appetizer left the kitchen, there was plenty of drama being served. From Amber complaining about Kori not picking her to Marc trying to assert himself into a bigger role, the reality is that the chefs could be a liability for either chef. While Mary Lou and Kori earned their spot, they had to rely on the eliminated chefs in order to win the ultimate prize.

Looking at the two teams, it appeared that Mary Lou had an advantage with Cody. He would do anything to help her win. While it was a valiant sentiment, one chef cannot do everything in the kitchen.

For Kori’s team, she needed to have a firm hand in the Blue Kitchen. From potential personality conflicts to lack of focus, her team could do well, but they could not get distracted.


Before dinner service, the chefs gave some insight to their Hell’s Kitchen finale menus. Mary Lou described her menu as a Southern inspired and an ode to her childhood and mother. Kori said that these dishes are her on a plate and the food is made with her heart and soul.

While the menus were stellar, there were several cooking issues along the way. From raw chicken from Amber to rare beef from Jordan, it wasn’t a perfect service. Still, both Mary Lou and Kori pushed their team forward. Mistakes happen, but how a chef recovers from those mistakes is key.

Who became the Hell’s Kitchen Season 19 winner?

While both Kori and Mary Lou proved themselves through this season, only one door would open. In some ways, the finale presented an interesting dichotomy. Kori is a well-established chef, having cooked in professional kitchens since the age of 16. Mary Lou brought vibrancy and is building her experience.

Both chefs have wonderful palates. They have shown creativity in their approach to their menus. Even if some dishes needed a few tweaks, the concepts were strong.

Throughout Hell’s Kitchen Season 19, both chefs have had victories. Mary Lou was a on a roll going into the finale. Kori seemed to be the silent watcher who knew all and was waiting for her moment.

Gordon Ramsay had many great things to say about both chefs. Mary Lou had grown through the competition. Kori was a born leader. Who did he choose?


The Hell’s Kitchen Season 19 winner is Kori Sutton. From her drive and determination to being a humble leader, she earned that prize. For her, opening that door was the culmination of many years of sacrifice.

While Hell’s Kitchen Season 19 is complete, it will be the summer of Gordon Ramsay. Hell’s Kitchen Season 20 returns this summer. Can these young guns earn the fiery chef’s praises?

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What did you think of Hell’s Kitchen Season 19? Did you agree with Kori Sutton being crowned as winner? Which chef do you think will have the most success from this experience?