Hell's Kitchen

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16 Chefs Compete

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The new crop of 16 aspiring chefs arrive and are greeted by Maitre 'd Jean-Philippe who tells them that inside the doors to Hell's Kitchen they will find a few Golden Rules -- wisdom from past seasons prepared just for them. The aspiring chefs enter Hell's Kitchen to find former contestants Bonnie (Hell's Kitchen 3), Colleen (Hell's Kitchen 5), and Aaron (Hell's Kitchen 3) each on a video monitor offering some words of advice about how to survive HK, like "There's no crying in the kitchen!" Suddenly, a familiar voice calls out "Are you ready?" The chefs whirl around to discover Chef Ramsay, who welcomes them with his first command, "Get in there and cook me your signature dishes!" The 16 aspiring chefs stampede past Chef Ramsay and get to work.

Upon completing their signature dishes, Chef Ramsay reveals this season's prize: The winner will become the Head Chef at one of the finest restaurants in Canada, Araxi Restaurant and Bar in Whistler, British Columbia, host of the 2010 Winter Olympics. The chefs also learn that, for the first time ever, signature dish is a challenge -- the men, on the Blue Team, will go head-to-head against the women on the Red Team.

The women seem to impress, taking the early lead thanks to Tek and Tennille. Tony and Jim's signature dishes pleased Chef Ramsay and the men tied up the score. The rest of the chefs' dishes were not up to Chef Ramsay's standards and all failed to earn a point. The fate of the competition comes down to the final round when Van's seared foie gras went head to head Sabrina's overly spicy chipotle wrapped pork tenderloin -- and thanks to Van, the men win the first challenge! For their reward, the Blue Team is treated to a special meal on the patio from Chef Ramsay's own London West Hollywood while the Red Team stays behind to clean the kitchens and have bologna sandwiches, then hunker down to start studying their cookbooks, vowing to win dinner service.

After a long day of prepping and getting to know the kitchens and menu, Chef Ramsay arrives and for the first time this season shouts "JP, open Hell's Kitchen!"

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