We are all cheering for Omallys Hopper on NEXT LEVEL CHEF

Gordon Ramsay’s Next Level Chef season two will premiere on Fox on Sunday, February 12, 2023 and will feature 18 chefs competing for the $250,000 grand prize. The culinary competition series kicks off the new season following Super Bowl LVII, with Ramsay once again joined by chefs Nyesha Arrington and Richard Blais as mentors to the competitors.

This season Puerto Rico is represented on Team Arrington by Omallys Hopper (Omi, @cookingconomi)

Omi, started her TikTok channel @cookingconomi while under quarantine during the pandemic. Omi quickly grew a huge following by tapping into her roots and sharing traditional Puerto Rican recipes while incorporating her own twist. Alongside her recipe tutorials, she shares her best cooking tips and hacks. Through the support of her followers, Omi wanted to continue sharing recipes to keep Puerto Rican dishes alive. 

Next Level Chef Season 2 Contestants

TEAM RAMSAY

  • CASSIE YEUNG
    Age: 28
    Social Media Chef
    Current City and Hometown: South Brunswick, NJ
  • MARK MCMILLIAN
    Age: 52
    Home Cook
    Current City: Henderson, NV
    Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
  • MICHELLE CALCAGNI
    Age: 30
    Home Cook
    Current City: Washington Township, NJ
    Hometown: Oradell, NJ
  • PRESTON NGUYEN
    Age: 19
    Professional Chef
    Current City: Arlington, TX
    Hometown: Dallas, TX
  • TUCKER RICCHIO
    Age: 31
    Professional Chef
    Current City: San Francisco, CA
    Hometown: San Jose, CA
  • VINCENT “VINNY” ALIA
    Age: 42
    Home Cook
    Current City: Westminster, MA
    Hometown: Columbia, SC

TEAM ARRINGTON

  • ALEX MORIZIO
    Age: 48
    Home Cook
    Current City: Miami, FL
    Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
  • APRIL CLAYTON
    Age: 39
    Home Cook
    Current City: Muscle Shoals, AL
    Hometown: Henderson, TN
  • NURI MUHAMMAD
    Age: 22
    Professional Chef
    Current City: Upper Marlboro, MD
    Hometown: Bowie, MD
  • OMALLYS “OMI” HOPPER
    Age: 39
    Social Media Chef
    Current City: Providence, RI
    Home Country: Rio Grande, PR
  • PILAR OMEGA
    Age: 38
    Professional Chef
    Current City: Los Angeles, CA
    Hometown: Detroit, MI
  • SHAY SPENCE
    Age: 32
    Social Media Chef
    Current City: Key West, FL
    Hometown: Austin, TX

TEAM BLAIS

  • CHRISTOPHER SPINOSA
    Age: 29
    Professional Chef
    Current City: West Palm Beach, FL
    Hometown: Long Island, NY
  • DARRYL TAYLOR
    Age: 52
    Professional Chef
    Current City: Atlanta, GA
    Hometown: Memphis, TN
  • KAMAHLAI STEWART
    Age: 41
    Home Cook
    Current City: Pittsburgh, PA
    Hometown: Washington D.C.
  • MATT GROARK
    Age: 44
    Social Media Chef
    Current City: Medford Lakes, NJ
    Hometown: Erial, NJ
  • MEHREEN KARIM
    Age: 27
    Home Cook
    Current City: Brooklyn, NY
    Hometown: Auburn, AL
  • TINEKE YOUNGER
    Age: 20
    Social Media Chef
    Current City: Evans, GA
    Hometown: Frederick, MD