Hell's Kitchen (U.S.)

Nominated for five Primetime Emmy Awards, this popular reality show is hosted by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, who roasts a batch of aspiring restaurateurs as they compete against one another for an opportunity to run one of his eateries. Split into two teams over the course of a season, the chefs must defeat their competitors, make exquisite dishes and face Chef Ramsay's brutal criticism.

6 Seasons, 33 Episodes
June 12, 2006
Cast: Gordon Ramsay, Jason Thompson, Andi Van Willigan, Scott Leibfried

Hell's Kitchen (U.S.) Full Episode Guide

  • In the season finale, the two chefs and their respective teams participate in a final dinner service that will determine this season's winner. What they will win is a head chef position at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace.

  • The budding chefs create ten gourmet burgers, which are then evaluated by Chef Ramsay, Jean-Philippe and a row of judges associated with some of the finest restaurants in the country. The winner spends the day at a local spa while the losers do chores and prep the kitchen for dinner service.

  • Each chef has 45 minutes to use a pressure cooker to make a meal using one of five cheap cuts of meat - each hidden in a pressure cooker - and fashion the dish as a five-star entr

  • The signature dish challenge continues from the previous episode. Chef Ramsay rewards the chef who has made the greatest stride in the competition with immunity from elimination during the next dinner service, in which the contestants try to impress TV host Maria Menounos ("Today," "Access Hollywood," "Extra") and actor Jeremy Sisto ("Clueless," "Six Feet Under," "Law & Order").

  • The remaining chefs participate in a challenge that tests their skills at identifying foods merely by touch. The winners eat seafood at Malibu's Nobu restaurant and ride on horseback in the Santa Monica Mountains. The losers deliver supplies and prep both kitchens for dinner service.

  • Dinner service comes to a halt when Jean-Philippe requests help in the dining room. When one contestant from each team helps the wait staff, Ramsay discovers that both suffer from terrible penmanship and draw illegible checks.

  • Testing their palates this week, Chef Ramsay orders the remaining contestants to identify the particular protein used in five meat dishes. The fastest team to guess all five proteins wins a day at the beach in Malibu. The losers bake bread by hand.

  • The two teams must create a healthy meal for Olympians Maurice Greene, Natalie Coughlin and Danell Leyva after a 3,000 meter run. The winners jet off to California's Temecula Valley Wine Country; the losers clean the race course and prepare for dinner service.

  • The remaining contestants participate in a physical challenge. Each team has five minutes to climb a wall and retrieve as many lobsters as possible. The winners dine on sushi and get a soothing massage on a yacht. In addition to chowing down on fish-head soup for lunch, the losers handle fish deliveries and dinner service preparation.

  • This season opens with twenty aspiring chefs presenting signature dishes in Las Vegas, where they split into two teams and attempt to impress Chef Ramsay. The winning team gets a night on the town and attends a Celine Dion concert; the losing team heads back to Los Angeles.

  • The remaining chefs create their own menus in the biggest challenge the contestants have faced yet. To assist him in determining the winner of tonight's dinner service, Chef Ramsay relies on diner comment cards for his brutally honest criticism.

  • The chefs continue to compete at Gordon Ramsay Steak at the Paris Las Vegas casino and hotel, but personal conflicts distract from their work.

  • The contestants must prepare a thirty-minute meal in which a slot machine randomly determines the ingredients that they can use. The winners go on a shopping spree for kitchenware and utensils while the losers prep beef for the dinner service.

  • The runway show dinner proves distracting for some, while other contestants succeed despite the pressure to time the service perfectly with the show.

  • Fashion and food mix when the contestants prepare an haute couture-inspired menu for designers. The winners get new wardrobes while the losers prepare a dinner service that coincides with a fashion show.

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