Hell's Kitchen

THU 8/7c APR 24

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16 Chefs Compete

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Hell's Kitchen has 15 new chefs vying for Gordon Ramsay's praise. The contestants arrive at the Los Angeles airport and board a bus to take them to the restaurant. Yet they don't know that one among them is really Chef Ramsay in disguise. He hears them talk about him and the competition. After arriving at Hell's Kitchen, Gordon peels off his mask and orders them to quickly whip up their signature dishes in 45 minutes.

Craig presents his dish wearing a tall chef hat. If his dish were actually good, would Gordon tell him to take off the stupid hat? Yet no one's dish impresses Chef Ramsay. Matt's dish combines venison, diver scallops, caviar, capers and white chocolate. It's so awful that Chef Ramsay vomits on first bite. Rosann's dish is deemed perfectly seasoned. Petrozza manages to stuff a Cornish hen into a pumpkin that sits on top of a greasy potato mush. Obviously, Chef Ramsay hates it. Only Vanessa's halibut is up to snuff. Gordon begins to question whether anyone is worthy of winning the prize -- a senior chef position at his new restaurant in Los Angeles.

The contestants retreat to the dorms to select their own team captains. Vanessa is immediately appointed because Chef liked her dish. While the guys fight it out, the girls set off to learn all the recipes for the next night's opening. After choosing Bobby, the men head to bed. The women stay up late to cram the recipe books.

The next day in the kitchen, sous chef Gloria encourages the girls to speed it up. Chef Ramsay quizzes the men about the entrees on his menu. None of them have a clue, which infuriates Chef. The women silently have their hands raised to answer. Chef Ramsay names Petrozza and Shayna to represent their teams by serving flambé at tableside.

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