Hell's Kitchen

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16 Chefs Compete

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Aired: 9/22/10

A new batch of 16 excited aspiring chefs arrives at "Hell's Kitchen" only to find the doors are locked. Instead of entering the restaurant, they are greeted outside by James, a new maître d' who is replacing Jean-Phillipe. James takes the blindfolded contestants to meet Chef Gordon Ramsay, who is waiting for them at the multimillion-dollar restaurant LA Market. Chef Ramsay explains that one of 16 contestants will become the restaurant's new head chef with a salary of $250,000.

After getting a sense of the stakes, they head back to "Hell's Kitchen," where the contestants are divided into two teams: men vs. women. They have 45 minutes to prepare their signature dishes for Chef Ramsay in hopes of making a good first impression.

The first two chefs to present their signature dishes are Emily and Russell. Chef Ramsay is impressed with Emily's duck breast, and although Russell's calamari is undercooked, he says that "the delivery hit the mark." He awards a point to both teams.

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