Elise Wims-Harris is probably the most hated contestant of all time in Hell's Kitchen. Elise is very easy to hate. She is rude, obnoxious, arrogant, selfish, and aggressive. She thinks she is the best in the world at what she does and everyone is beneath her.
During season nine, the Hell's Kitchen roster was divided into the red team (women) and the blue team (men). Each team would participate in two events per episode. One event was the team challenge and the other was the actual dinner service. A victory during team challenges meant great rewards such as shopping trips, fancy lunches, dinners, and fun experiences. Failing such challenges meant arduous manual labor and possibly a disgusting meal. Every time the women lost, Elise was never interested in taking one for the team. She would avoid any heavy lifting and would barely do any work. She would stand there like a princess and barely participate in the task at hand. This made her teammates resent her even more than they already did.
Elise would often act as a bully to her teammates. It did not matter if they were men or women. She is an equal opportunity bully. This has lead to numerous confrontations between her and her teammates. One of her most bitter rivals was Carrie Keep, the pantry chef from Dallas, Texas. The two butted heads until the bitter end. Will Lustberg, one of the finalists, even tried to use Elise and Carrie's feud to sabotage his rival Paul Niedermann by making sure he ended up with both Elise and Carrie in his brigade.
Audiences all over the country wondered if the much despised diva chef would overcome the odds and emerge the winner of season nine. With much relief, it was Paul Niedermann that emerged the winner and rightfully so. Though Elise is very much a talented chef, it is highly doubtful that she can command a brigade. As talented as she is, people do not respect Elise because of her poor attitude. As the old adage goes, people do not care what you know until they know that you care.
Through the long history of Hell's Kitchen, we have seen many chefs inspire their teams to greatness. They elevated their teams into something that is greater than the sum of its parts. This is not the same case for Elise, who will not hesitate to undermine and undercut her teammates in order to push her own selfish agenda.
With Elise returning to the all-star edition of Hell's Kitchen, she has again caught the ire of the contestants of the show. Almost a decade has passed since Elise graced the hallowed halls of Hell's Kitchen but this diva from hell is still as vile as ever.