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  • Series Premiere Date: May 30, 2005
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 , 9 , 10 , 11 , 12 , 13 , 14
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  • Summary: Aspiring young chefs are put to the ultimate challenge in Hell's Kitchen, a reality television competition starring world renowned chef Gordon Ramsay. Each of these chefs dreams of fame and fortune, but many soon find their dreams becoming nightmares. Chef Ramsay demands quality and theAspiring young chefs are put to the ultimate challenge in Hell's Kitchen, a reality television competition starring world renowned chef Gordon Ramsay. Each of these chefs dreams of fame and fortune, but many soon find their dreams becoming nightmares. Chef Ramsay demands quality and the intensity of the challenges is beyond anything the contestants can ever imagine. Split into two teams, they must compete against each other to provide their very best in the kitchen. If they do, they are lavishly rewarded with everything from extravagant trips to a ride on Ramsay's personal yacht. Those that fail are forced to suffer humiliating punishment.

    At the end of each episode, the chef who provided the best performance in Ramsay's opinion on the losing team is chosen to select two chefs from their own team for elimination. They must then give their reasons for their selection. Though one of these two chefs may be eliminated, Ramsay is under no obligation to choose either, and the final decision as to who is sent home is made solely by him.

    From Waffle House chefs to executive chefs, the competitors are tested in every way possible, from leadership skills to culinary skills. Traditional challenges include a taste-test of everyone's palette and special events such as birthdays and weddings. The chefs, however, must always be on their toes, as they never know when surprises may be coming.

    Watch now for the sixth season of the program, now airing every Tuesday night at 8 P.M. on FOX!

    Previous season - Hell's Kitchen aired the fifth season at 9 P.M. on Thursdays In this, the fifth season, contestants competed for the position of head chef at a restaurant in the Atlantic City's Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa-- one being built specifically for the winner. This season's crop featured what executive producer Kent Weed promised to be "the best chefs we've ever assembled," with everything from a cooking-school instructor to a food-court chicken fryer. There were many contenders, but many dramatic twists as well.

    You can catch repeats of various seasons of the program on FOX Reality, which has the rights to repeats of the show.

    Theme Tune - "Fire" by the Ohio Players

    The first season of Hell's Kitchen is now available in stores across the United States on DVD. The DVD is billed as "raw and uncensored" and also features bonuses such as cast and crew interviews & a tour of the Hell's Kitchen set. And if you enjoy Hell's Kitchen, you might also enjoy Kitchen Nightmares, as well as Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, available in the United States on BBC America.
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  • Genre(s): Reality, Game Show, Food & Cooking
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 4 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Andrew Ryan
    Jul 18, 2013
    100
    Hell's Kitchen is a cut above the rest of the current crop of reality shows because of its unique approach and, of course, the bombastic host. [30 Jul 2005]
  2. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Jul 18, 2013
    60
    And therein lies the main flaw of this otherwise entertaining show. Not much time is devoted to actually teaching the novices the top-notch technique that they'd need to make it in one of Ramsay's successful London establishments, let alone the restaurant that gives the program its name.
  3. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jul 18, 2013
    50
    It's painfully derivative on so many fronts that it sometimes seems you're watching five reality shows at once.
  4. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Jul 18, 2013
    40
    Not surprisingly, watching a functional maniac pitching fits gets old pretty quickly. It's like listening to "You are the weakest link" on a loop for an hour straight. [30 May 2005]
  5. Reviewed by: Terry Kelleher
    Jun 28, 2013
    38
    Though [Ramsay's] bleep-filled rants are supposed to bring out the best in his staff, they seem like blatant workplace harassment. When he turns his ire on the customers, it's even harder to stomach.
  6. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jul 18, 2013
    30
    "Hell's Kitchen" cribs both the format of "The Apprentice" and that show's major problems. As with the two "Apprentice" sequels, the cast is filled with people who appear to have no clue what they're doing - or, at least, are placed in positions in which they'll inevitably fail so Ramsay can cuss them out. [30 Sep 2005]
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jul 18, 2013
    20
    Some will doubtless embrace the show's camp qualities, but I simply kept thinking "Check, please" through the first two episodes. [27 May 2005]

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Score distribution:
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  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Jan 12, 2014
    5
    I am mixed up on Gordon Ramsey's personality and telling the contestants off like "Do you want me to *beep* repeat the ticket again!?" II am mixed up on Gordon Ramsey's personality and telling the contestants off like "Do you want me to *beep* repeat the ticket again!?" I really don't like his bad language. On the bright side, the restaurant is astonishing what I see and the contestants stay on task but sometimes, Gordon speaks the recipe too fast, making the team too stressed, but still I'm fifty percent like. Expand
  2. May 28, 2012
    4
    This show would be fun and entertaining if it weren't for the filthy language of Chef Ramsey. I am surprised that he doesn't get in troubleThis show would be fun and entertaining if it weren't for the filthy language of Chef Ramsey. I am surprised that he doesn't get in trouble for the racist and sexist remarks that he makes. Definitely not a show that young children should watch... he is a BAD role model when it comes to respectful interactions with other people. I cannot believe the show is still on the air. Expand
  3. Sep 13, 2014
    3
    It has normally avoided the use of their worrying about meals and acts as well as unprofessional conduct by all chefs followed by the mainIt has normally avoided the use of their worrying about meals and acts as well as unprofessional conduct by all chefs followed by the main chef, Gordon Ramsey. Expand

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