16 Chefs Compete/15 Chefs Compete Chef Ramsay presents the opportunity of a lifetime for 16 new contestants who will battle it out for the grand prize of winning a head chef position at L.A. Market at the JW Marriott Hotel Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE and the opportunity to be the official spokesperson for Rosemount Estate Wines. After setting their eyes on the prize, Chef Ramsay challenges the Red and Blue Teams - women vs. men - to prepare their signature dishes. For the next challenge, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto gives the chefs a lesson in sushi preparation, and Chef Ramsay asks the teams to prepare a platter of perfect sushi. The team that collectively impresses Chef Ramsay will embark on a day of pampering, while the losing team is left to clean the kitchen mess. During the dinner service, the contestants feel the heat as service is delayed and guests begin to file out of the restaurant.
14 Chefs Compete/13 Chefs Compete The contestants must learn to use time wisely when Chef Ramsay challenges the red and blue teams to make a speedy and delicious breakfast for 50 hungry EMTs. Later, Ramsay teaches the contestants that preparing a simple plate of pasta isn't as easy as it seems when he asks the chefs to create a unique ravioli dish from scratch. During dinner service, both teams struggle to cook their dishes properly and on time, and one contestant especially enrages Chef Ramsay when delayed service almost sabotages a customer's marriage proposal.
12 Chefs Compete/11 Chefs Compete The contestants channel Hollywood of yesteryear when Hell's Kitchen hosts a high school prom with a retro theme. The first challenge requires the teams work to impress the students with their proposed menus. The winning team earns a day of fun at an amusement park, while the losing team must spend the day transforming Hell's Kitchen under the watchful eye of the event committee. Later, Chef Ramsay tests the contestants' creativity by challenging them to create an innovative entree salad. Much is at stake, as the winning salad will be featured in Bon Appetit magazine and served as the main dish at dinner service. After serving both undercooked and overcooked dishes, Chef Ramsay must single out the weak links.
10 Chefs Compete/9 Chefs Compete With tension building between the contestants as the competition heats up, Chef Ramsay tests the chefs imagination and creativity as well as their ability to work together. In the first challenge, the teams are asked to create one cohesive dish using five randomly selected ingredients. The team that prepares the most harmonious dish will jet off to Las Vegas as a reward, while the losers will be forced to wash, peel and cut more than 1,000 potatoes. After a sloppy start, dinner service takes an unexpected turn of events. Later, Ramsay challenges the teams to shop on a budget and transform four classic ingredients into elegant dishes worthy of fine dining. Four special judges critique the teams' creations, and Hell's Kitchen welcome some very special guests to the show's most elegant dinner service to date. Find out which contestants achieve near perfection and who cracks under pressure.
8 Chefs Compete/7 Chefs Compete After a nail-biting 100th dinner service, Chef Ramsay surprises the contestants by announcing that the battle of the sexes is returning to the competition. Chef Ramsay pits the women's team against the men's team in a blind taste-test challenge with the winning team earning a shopping spree and a fine dining experience at Chef Michael Mina's famed restaurant, XIV, and the losing team taking on the less glamorous task of sorting through trash. Later, concerned with the lack of teamwork at this point in the competition, Chef Ramsay challenges the teams to compete in a relay designed to test their cooking precision and communication skills. That night, dinner service disappoints not only Chef Ramsay but also two special guests: restaurateur Josiah Citrin and NFL quarterback Matt Cassel.
6 Chefs Compete With only six chefs remaining in the competition, Chef Ramsay raises the stakes and asks the contestants to create a single bite that makes a bold first impression. For the amuse-bouche challenge, Chef Ramsay invites Michelin-starred chefs from some of Los Angeles' most critically acclaimed restaurants to judge the contestants, with the winner getting a taste of the sweet life at LA Market at the JW Marriott Hotel. Later, dinner service disappoints as the teams show a lack of cooperation, leaving hungry diners dissatisfied with their meals.
5 Chefs Compete With only five chefs remaining, the contestants must prove that they have the passion and talent to move forward in the competition. In a challenge designed to test who has what it takes to cater to LA Market's high-profile clientele, Chef Ramsay asks the contestants to prepare and serve their signature dishes in food trucks to sell to the downtown Los Angeles lunch crowd. The chef with the most popular dish earns a Beverly Hills makeover by celebrity hairstylist Jose Eber and fashion guru Steven Cojocaru, while the rest of the contestants are forced to scrub down their food trucks and prepare Hell's Kitchen for dinner service. Later, a disappointing dinner service and underwhelming individual performances push Chef Ramsay to the edge.
4 Chefs Compete Only four chefs remain, and the pressure is on for each contestant to prove to Chef Ramsay that he or she has the chops to move forward in the competition. In a challenge designed to test the chefs' ability to identify key ingredients and rely on their palate, Chef Ramsay asks the contestants to recreate a brilliant dish using only sight, smell and taste. The chef who most accurately replicates the dish and displays a keen ability to discern flavors earns a relaxing day at the spa. For the rest of the contestants, it's laundry day at Hell's Kitchen, and they are left behind to prep, iron and starch tablecloths and chef jackets for dinner service. Much to Chef Ramsay's delight, the contestants find their groove in the kitchen and host the smoothest dinner service to date. The chefs surely step up their game in the kitchen, but things heat up in a dramatic elimination round.
2 Chefs Compete Emotions run high for the remaining four contestants who are more motivated and determined than ever after Chef Ramsay's sobering announcement that not one, but two chefs will be eliminated in the next round. In Hell's Kitchen most sophisticated test to date, Chef Ramsay challenges the chefs to design and execute a balanced fusion dish that combines the flavors of two countries' distinct cuisines. Chef Ramsay enlists the help of three renowned executive chefs and experts in fusion cuisine - Philip Dubose of Asia de Cuba, Helene An of Crustacean and Lee Hefter of Spago - to select one winner who will earn a fine dining experience at Spago Beverly Hills while the remaining contestants are left behind at the dorms for Move-Out Day. Dinner service takes a turn for the worse when the chefs fail to see eye to eye, and Chef Ramsay is forced to intervene. Find out which two contestants let their tempers get the best of them and who is rewarded with a coveted spot in the final round of competition.
Winner Announced With the grand prize within reach, the final two chefs take center stage in a heated battle to prove to Chef Ramsay that they deserve a head chef position at LA Market at the JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE and the opportunity to be the official spokesperson for Rosemount Estate Wines. In the conclusion of the most combative season of HELL'S KITCHEN to date, Chef Ramsay challenges the contestants to construct and fine-tune a stunning five-course meal to be judged by the most distinguished figures in the Los Angeles food community, including Tim Leiweke, President and CEO of AEG; Joachim Splichal, Executive Chef of Patina Group; David Myers, Executive Chef and Owner of Sona; David Lefevre, Executive Chef of Water Grill; and Kerry Simon, owner of LA Market. As they prepare for the most important dinner service of their lives, the final two chefs are greeted by special guests in Hell's Kitchen, but just as the chefs hit their stride, the helpers become more of a hindrance. After weathering tough challenges and Chef Ramsay's searing critiques all season long, one door will open a world of opportunity for the winner.