• Publication date: July 14, 2011

Hell Never Tasted So Good 15 Contestants Battle to Jumpstart Their Culinary Careers

�Hell�s Kitchen� (2005-present) takes fifteen aspiring chefs and transports them to Los Angeles, where they will be under the tutelage of no nonsense chef Gordon Ramsay, whom viewers may recognize from �Ramsay�s Kitchen Nightmares� (2004-present).

�Hell�s Kitchen� (2005-present) takes fifteen aspiring chefs and transports them to Los Angeles, where they will be under the tutelage of no nonsense chef Gordon Ramsay, whom viewers may recognize from �Ramsay�s Kitchen Nightmares� (2004-present). While the objective in the later was to whip struggling restaurants back into shape, �Hell�s Kitchen� searches for America�s next top chef, who will not only earn the respect of Ramsay, but also a permanent gig at a ritzy West Hollywood establishment and a $250,000 salary to match.

For approximately two months fifteen participants, varying in age and profession will compete, though only one will remain. Two teams are formed who each week must prepare a dish according to Ramsay�s specifications, appealing not only in taste, but in physical appearance as well. Occasionally, a dish may disappointment Ramsay so thoroughly that it is immediately tossed in the trash.

�Hell�s Kitchen� differs from other competition-based shows, such as �American Idol� (2002-present) in that there is no team of judges � and actually no guarantee that procedural rules will be followed at all. While the losing team may nominate two members for elimination, and while Ramsay generally picks one of the two � he may arbitrarily decide to eliminate someone else, or even no one at all. Occasionally he declares neither team a winner, either because both performed horrendously, or in some cases extraordinarily. Once only six individuals remain both teams are disbanded, and each person must fend for himself or herself.

Yet more is at stake than simply winning or losing: each week a team or participant is punished for their poor performance; in contrast, exceptional performance is rewarded. Awards may include a luxurious dinner with esteemed guests, trips to an amusement park, helicopter rides and much more. Losers are assigned unflattering tasks such as picking vegetables, cleaning up animal waste, or doing everyone�s laundry.

Like �Ramsay�s Kitchen Nightmares,� �Hell�s Kitchen� is a British import tailored to American audiences. An immense success in both countries, the US iteration of the program will be beginning its seventh season in June, with at least one more season to follow. �Hell�s Kitchen� was not only lauded by audiences, but also the Primetime Emmy and Teen Choice Awards, earning a total of four nominations between the two.

While the star chef�s mannerisms may be harsh, and at times plainly rude, he does have a successful record to back it up. For more than twenty years he has worked all over the globe and is the owner of twenty two different top notch restaurants, some of which include locations in New York, Dubai, and Tokyo.