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What do you get when you mix 18 chefs of suspect talent with plenty of fear, toss in a handful of impossible tasks, and liberally spice with one of the fieriest chefs on television? You get Hell's Kitchen, Chef Gordon Ramsay's perfect recipe for disaster. Hell's Kitchen, at its best, is great reality television. It's like a circus from hell with Ramsay as ringmaster. When he cracks the whip, the competitors jump, and If they don't they may end up in tears, scrubbing the floor, or even kicked out the door for good. At its worst it's a mosh pit of contrived drama where dreams are crushed. You wonder who was set up for failure, how much it was scripted, and even who might have been asked to take a dive.

Anyone who has heard of Gordon Ramsay knows he is as good a bully as he is restauranteur. Even in his other shows he comes across as hot tempered when there is no reason to be. In Hell's Kitchen he turns up the attitude, looking for weakness in the chefs and dressing them down at the top of his lungs. You kind of feel sorry for them and wonder if he treats chefs in his own restaurants this way.

But this is what makes Hell's Kitchen so addictive. Not knowing who is going to get it next, what parts are fake, and how long it will be until someone takes Ramsay out back and beats him senseless with a brick or Parmesan Reggiano stuffed into a sock.

Some of the chefs obviously shouldn't be there, but that's part of the fun. You never know when the line cook from a waffle house is going to flame out or how the nanny with no restaurant experience made it this far. There is also always one arrogant jerk who always gets further than he should. Man it's great when they go down!

After 10 seasons you would think that the audience or contestants would have grown weary of Ramsay and his act. Luckily Hell's Kitchen is still going strong and becoming more a part of reality show culture each year. The truth is, as long as the rewards are big enough there will always be people willing to embarrass themselves in front of an audience, and as long as that is true, there will always be an audience for Hell's Kitchen.

Wednesday 9:00 PM et/pt on FOX
16 Seasons, 240 Episodes - Currently Airing
May 30, 2005
Food, Reality
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Hell's Kitchen Full Episode Guide

  • The chefs are in for quite a shock as they prepare to host the International Ballroom Invitational.

  • The chefs put their own twist on a Southern staple, which will be judged by chef Chris Hastings. Later, there's a feeling of determination to impress VIP guests J.J. Redick, Blake Lewis, Mircea Monroe and Adrienne Maloof at dinner service.

  • The contestants must incorporate kid-friendly items into the dinner service during a family night with VIP diners.

  • A shocking elimination stuns the chefs and forces them to regroup as they take on the Seven Seas Seafood Challenge. Later, guitarist Joe Perry and singer Estelle are invited to the dinner service.

  • This week the chefs compete in a surf and turf protein relay. Later, things get heated during dinner service when a VIP 12-top are among the night's guests.

  • With things tense at the house, the chefs must set aside their feelings and prepare for their next challenge. This week, the chefs are surprised with their selection of meat as each team will need to prepare eight unique dishes.

  • The contestants race in the first annual Crepe Grand Prix challenge. The winners will experience a luxurious dining experience on a yacht in Santa Barbara. Later, one team struggles at the beginning of dinner service for VIP guests Maureen DeWulf and Dash Mihok.

  • In the 16th season premiere, chef Gordon Ramsey welcomes the newest batch of contestants on the grounds of the U.S. Army training facility. Then, they all get to work as they face the Signature Dish challenge and their first dinner service, during which they cook for VIP guests Nolan Gould and Erica Ash.

  • The final two chefs create hot and cold appetizers and main entrees. Then after the final dinner service, the winner is announced.

  • The chefs race against the clock to create a steak dish and two sides in a timed challenge. During dinner service, the chefs take turns leading the kitchen with two chefs advancing.

  • This week the chefs prepare high school lunch dishes and teenagers serve as judges. Actors Randy Couture and Neil Jackson attend dinner service.

  • The remaining six chefs get help from their loved ones to complete Chef Ramsay's Branzino dish.

  • The chefs compete in a blind test challenge.

  • During this week's challenge, the teams must function with only one chef in the kitchen at a time as they prepare three entrees, each with a different protein.

  • The nine remaining chefs compete in a breakfast challenge and later create a special brunch service for celebrity diners Flo Rida and Jeff Dunham.

  • Following the reorganization of the teams, the chefs blindly choose ingredients they must use to make a dish. Later, the chefs serve a five-course meal to UNICEF Ambassador Angie Harmon and other VIP attendees.

  • The chefs must create unique dishes using a limited number of ingredients.

  • The teams create six unique dishes for former sous chef Andi and then provide the food for Andi's wedding reception.

  • The blue team gains a new member; the teams compete in a grocery spelling challenge; VIP dinner guests include Thomas Ian Nichols and Omar Benson Miller.

  • The contestants pair up and prepare three main dishes, each with one of the following holiday themes: July 4th, Mardi Gras and Cinco de Mayo; challenge winners are flown to Santa Inez Valley, where they blend their own wine.

  • Tempers boil over during dinner service as the 15 remaining chefs scramble to feed VIP guests Kris Jenner and Dita Von Teese.

  • The teams compete in a communication challenge.

  • The teams race against the clock in a 20-minute challenge to see who can make the most shrimp dumplings. Also: The Game shows up unannounced during dinner service.

  • Season 15 kicks off with the newest bunch of contestants traveling to Las Vegas to see where the winning chef will work and preparing their signature dishes in that kitchen for the chance to win a ride on the High Roller Ferris wheel. Later, dinner service goes bad fast for one unlucky team.

Most Popular Hell's Kitchen Episodes

  • Season 16 Episode 8 Dancing With The Chefs 11/18/2016
  • Season 16 Episode 7 11/11/2016
  • Season 16 Episode 6 Let the Catfights Begin 11/04/2016
  • Season 16 Episode 5 Walking the Plank 10/21/2016
  • Season 16 Episode 4 Surf Riding & Turf Fighting 10/14/2016

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Gordon Ramsay Introduces Jonathan Roberts and Michelle Johnston Clip (01:17) Gordon Ramsay and the Guest Judges Critique the Seafood Dishes Clip (01:03) Estelle and Joe Perry Arrive for Dinner Clip (00:51) The Seven Seas Seafood Challenge Clip (01:03)