Hell's Kitchen

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18 Chefs Compete

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Aired: 7/18/11

As the new season of "Hell's Kitchen" begins, the latest batch of 18 chefs travel via luxury coach to a mystery location, where they're set to kick off what promises to be the most volatile competition on the series to date.

James, the "Hell's Kitchen" maître d', escorts the hopefuls to the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles. They're led to a stage where they can hear the sounds of a roaring crowd of adoring fans. As the competitors wait to meet their fans, an announcer introduces them, the applause track is turned off, and they stand in front of a theater that's completely empty except for one guest: Chef Gordon Ramsay. He greets them by saying, "Seriously, what on earth did you expect - a standing ovation, screaming fans, really?"

After getting their egos in check, the contestants are told that they have to prove that they're worthy of being called a star. Then Gordon tells them what's at stake in this competition: a $250,000 prize and the position of head chef at the prestigious BLT Steak restaurant in New York City. But first they head to "Hell's Kitchen" to prepare their signature dishes for him.

The chefs have 45 minutes to prepare their entrees. Elise, a 26-year-old line cook, starts immediately butting heads with other contestants, saying, "I am definitely not afraid to fight back." Meanwhile, some cooks such as Krupa, a private chef from Queens, New York, seem frazzled as time flies by in the kitchen.

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