‘Comeback Kid’ Scott Commings Wins Hell’s Kitchen Season 12

Nice guys do finish first.

Last night, the 12th season of Hell’s Kitchen came to an end as host and Head Chef Gordon Ramsay declared Scott Commings as the winner. Commings, 36, an Executive Chef from Woodstock, IL, earned himself a Head Chef position at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, a total prize value of $250,000.

“Hell’s Kitchen was truly the best and most rewarding experience of my life,” said Commings. “I feel so blessed to have been given this incredible and most difficult opportunity. What I have been able to take from this experience will be with me the rest of my life, and I will use every bit of this education to continue to pursue my passion for food. I am truly thankful.”

“Scott is a tremendous leader and is never afraid to take risks,” said Ramsay. “Throughout Hell’s Kitchen, he showed incredible determination and became a stronger chef even as the competition became fiercer, proving that he has what it takes to make a mark on the culinary world.”

Commings made a name for himself as “The Biggest Comeback Chef in the history of Hell’s Kitchen,” by taking bold risks and out-competing the other 19 chefs. In the end, he went head-to-head with Jason Zepaltas, a Sous Chef from Chicago, who was competing for the second time after an illness took him out of the competition early in Season Nine. For the final challenge, both contestants created their own menus, and were able to select and lead a team of their past competitors through the most important dinner service of their lives. After a grueling final dinner service, Chef Ramsay praised Zepaltas for a strong performance, as well as his consistency, drive and undeniable passion. However, it was Commings’ leadership, artistic and beautifully-executed menu and unwavering determination in the kitchen that earned him the victory. His menu items included:

Baby Romaine Salad with Niçoise Olive Tapenade, White Anchovy and Parmesan Tuile

Duck Confit Ravioli with Braised Pork Belly, Butternut Squash, Walnut Arugula Pesto, Brown Butter and Balsamic Beets

Butter-Poached King Crab with Butternut Squash Purée, Arugula Salad, Toasted Pine Nuts and Charred Corn

Seared Scallop with Baby Mâche Salad, Watercress Purée, Lardon and Sherry Vinegar Caramel


Pan-Roasted Halibut with Roasted Fingerling, Saffron Broth, Baby Carrot, Heirloom Tomato and Micro Arugula

Mediterranean Sea Bass with Piquillo Pepper Purée, Potato Hash, Haricot Vert, Black Kale and Lemon

Half Roasted Organic Chicken with Caramelized Fennel, Confit Tomato, Creamy Polenta and Pan Jus

Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Celeriac Remoulade, Frites and Tamarind Sweet and Sour Sauce


Pear Tart Tatin with Spiced Pear Sorbet, Vanilla Gelato and Marcona Crumble

Chocolate Hazelnut Cake with Coffee Butter Cream, Salted Caramel and Almond Gelato


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