Hell's Kitchen

THU 8/7c APR 24

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16 Chefs Compete

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When the new group of contestants enters "Hell's Kitchen," ready to compete for a once-in-a-lifetime chef position, they're surprised to find a swarm of photographers and reporters surrounding them. After Chef Ramsay gives them each a chance to introduce themselves to the media, he makes a public promise: He officially guarantees that these chefs will complete the season's first dinner service. Some of the chefs look shocked. Will they be able to pull it off?

Chef Ramsay gives all of the contestants 45 minutes to cook their signature dishes for him. It's their first chance to make a good -- or an awful -- impression.

A shy woman is first to present her dish. She admits she has no restaurant experience, but she says that she's a cookbook author. Chef Ramsay doesn't like the looks of her veal scaloppini, however after he tastes it he discovers it's an excellent dish. He's so impressed he gives the woman a hug, then a kiss on the cheek, and then throws the rest of the contestants for a loop when he begins kissing the woman passionately on the lips. Surprise! The woman takes off her wig and glasses and reveals herself as Chef Ramsay's wife, Tana.

Chef Ramsay explains that he's just trying to teach the contestants that even those with little experience can possess great talent and impress him.

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