Review: Hell’s Kitchen

Hell’s Kitchen is a reality cooking competition show hosted by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. Gordon Ramsay is known as much for his explosive temper as he is for his business savvy.

Ramsay’s kitchen is full of biting wise cracks, blunt reviews of contestant dishes and rapid fire expletives.

Prior to creating Hell’s Kitchen Ramsay has appeared in multiple cooking programs such as Kitchen Nightmares, Boiling Point and Faking It. Hells Kitchen airs on the Fox Network on Fridays at 8 pm.

Hell’s Kitchen is comprised of aspiring chefs who compete in progressive elimination activities in order to be the last chef standing.

The show begins with Chef Ramsay dividing the prospective chefs into two teams that they remain with through out the series. In each episode teams are given challenges when they must create dishes to be judged by guest chefs and Ramsay.

Ramsay and his guest chefs give often blistering critiques of the prepared dishes. The winning team receives a reward such as a spa day and the losing team receives a punishment activity such as cleaning the preparation area. Elimination is decided during dinner services.

Dinner service is a live action scenario where each chef is given a specific station to man. A full course meal consisting of appetizer, entrée and dessert is prepared based on the menu prepared by Chef Ramsay. This is often the liveliest portion of the show as Ramsay expects professional excellence from his kitchen.

Teams not reflecting his standards may never be given the chance to complete the meal. Following the dinner service, Ramsay and his guests determine a winning and losing team. The losing team must place nominees up for elimination. These nominations are given over to the Chef to determine who will be going home.

He has final over ruling power and can choose to send a nominee home or someone who he deems more deserving to leave. The picture of the chef that is removed symbolically ignites indicating they have been removed from competition.

Competitions continue with the remaining chefs until the finale episode.

In the finale, the last remaining chefs create a full dinner service menu of their own. They are allowed to pick past competitors to serve as line chefs.

Final judging is based on how the chef runs the line, preparation and execution of the service and overall opinion of Ramsay.

The winning chef earns the opportunity to work as the executive chef at a restaurant of Ramsay’s choosing, as well as a cash prize of $250,000.

Hell’s Kitchen is currently in its 18th season. Rookies vs. Allstars, see’s eight new competitors battling against eight show veterans.

The winner of the competition will be awarded a position of executive chef at Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen at Caesars Palace. The season has 3 remaining episodes with four surviving chefs vying for the final prize.

The most recently eliminated chef was season 16 veteran Heather Williams. Chef Ramsay stated that she was let go due to her diminishing performances and constant reliance on giving excuses rather than focusing on service.