History Series / HellsKitchen

20th Jan '17 2:28:38 PM infernape612
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** Comes up again in Episode 13's ethnic dish challenge, where Zach calls bok choy [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign "bok chewy".]] Many times. This even extended to his description of the dish ''in front of the chef who was tasting it.'' Needless to say, [[CurbStompBattle the Red team won...]][[HumiliationConga again.]]

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** Comes up again in Episode 13's ethnic dish challenge, where Zach calls bok choy [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign "bok chewy".]] Many times. This even extended to his description of the dish ''in front of the chef who was tasting it.'' Needless to say, [[CurbStompBattle the Red team won...]][[HumiliationConga ]] [[HumiliationConga again.]]



** The lack of cooperation among chefs in the same team combined with individual incompetence can sometimes cause a humiliation conga of its own for dinner services. It was the case for [[spoiler: Season 6 and Season 15's Red Teams, who managed to rack up 6 consecutive dinner service losses]]

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** The lack of cooperation among chefs in the same team combined with individual incompetence can sometimes cause a humiliation conga of its own for dinner services. It was the case for [[spoiler: Season 6 and Season 15's Red Teams, who managed to rack up 6 consecutive dinner service losses]]losses]].
20th Jan '17 2:27:27 PM infernape612
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* JerkAssHasAPoint: There will always be at least one chef whom everyone hates, but has either good cooking skills or a keen eye to see where something or someone screwed up. These guys tend to last the longest, due to Ramsay hoping that the chef gets over their attitude problem and put their skills to use helping the other chefs.

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* JerkAssHasAPoint: JerkassHasAPoint: There will always be at least one chef whom everyone hates, but has either good cooking skills or a keen eye to see where something or someone screwed up. These guys tend to last the longest, due to Ramsay hoping that the chef gets over their attitude problem and put their skills to use helping the other chefs.
13th Jan '17 8:32:07 PM jameygamer
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** This is the reaction Chef Ramsay gives to any chef who is stupid enough to use a canned/frozen/prepackaged ingredient in their opening signature dish. If they're not named Rock, they won't be around Hell's Kitchen for long.

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** This is the reaction Chef Ramsay gives to any chef who is stupid enough to use a canned/frozen/prepackaged ingredient in their opening signature dish. If they're not named Rock, Rock or Kimberly, they won't be around Hell's Kitchen for long.
13th Jan '17 8:23:27 PM jameygamer
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** While it doesn't happen too often, a few chefs make the amateur-identifying error of using canned, frozen, or prepackaged food as part of their opening signature dish, which a professional chef is not supposed to do to a customer or head chef of a fine-dining restaurant lest they come off as disrespectful. If Chef Ramsay realizes that just one of the ingredients in the dish is not fresh, he will refuse to taste it and maybe even trash it, forfeiting a point in that challenge; only one chef, Rock Harper, won the show after this move, and only three times since the signature dishes became a challenge did a contestant making this mistake not lead directly to their team losing the challenge (this happened TWICE in Season 7, but to both teams, meaning one team would escape this douche move earning them a punishment right out of the gates), plus Ramsay has threatened to eliminate the offending chef at signature dish immediately; he has yet to follow through on this threat.

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** While it doesn't happen too often, a few chefs make the amateur-identifying error of using canned, frozen, or prepackaged food as part of their opening signature dish, which a professional chef is not supposed to do to a customer or head chef of a fine-dining restaurant lest they come off as disrespectful. If Chef Ramsay realizes that just one of the ingredients in the dish is not fresh, he will refuse to taste it and maybe even trash it, forfeiting a point in that challenge; only one chef, Rock Harper, won the show after this move, only two chefs so far, Rock and Season 16's Kimberly, made it to the black jacket stage after committing this crime, and only three times (at least) since the signature dishes became a challenge did a contestant making this mistake not lead directly to their team losing the challenge (this happened TWICE in Season 7, but to both teams, meaning one team would escape this douche move earning them a punishment right out of the gates), plus Ramsay has threatened to eliminate the offending chef at signature dish immediately; he has yet to follow through on this threat.
13th Jan '17 8:12:15 PM jameygamer
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** Season 9 was full of this, from Brendan lying to Ramsay about recooking a fish to just about ''everything'' Elise said.

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** Season 9 was full of this, from Brendan lying to Ramsay about recooking a fish (which earned him an elimination from the show) to just about ''everything'' Elise said.
13th Jan '17 8:09:21 PM jameygamer
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** A few chefs served Ramsay canned/frozen/packaged food for their signature dish instead of cooking everything. This is a jerk identifier when it happens, and most of these chefs that do this don't last long on the show, the exception being Season 3 winner Rock.

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** A few chefs served Ramsay canned/frozen/packaged food for their signature dish instead of cooking everything. This is a jerk identifier when it happens, and most of these chefs that do this don't last long on the show, the exception exceptions being Season 3 winner Rock.Rock and Season 16 black jacket qualifier Kimberly.
1st Jan '17 5:32:46 AM Windrays
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*** One particularly noteworthy moment from Chef Ramsay is in Season 5, when Robert has a sit-down with him: the former had been calling him "Bobby" all season, which was Robert's abusive father's name. Ramsay, upon finding out that he had hurt Robert's feelings, looks genuinely shocked and mortified, and immediately apologizes, promising to never let it happen again.
30th Dec '16 10:31:17 PM Spyspotter
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''Hell's Kitchen'' is an American adaptation of a British reality show. The original British version was a pretty standard "celebrities try to cook fine cuisine and fail hilariously" show, with the public voting for the winner, who would receive a decent-sized donation to their chosen charity. Where the British ''Hell's Kitchen'' differed from other such shows was that its head chef and mentor, Gordon Ramsay, didn't hold back in calling out the celebrities on their blatant incompetence (as opposed to the relentlessly cheerful chefs that normally appeared on these shows). This show caught the eye of some American TV execs, who decided they wanted their own version. The resulting new version was one of the few instances where the TransatlanticEquivalent was widely regarded as being better than the original.

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''Hell's Kitchen'' is an a LongRunning American adaptation of a British reality show. The original British version was a pretty standard "celebrities try to cook fine cuisine and fail hilariously" show, with the public voting for the winner, who would receive a decent-sized donation to their chosen charity. Where the British ''Hell's Kitchen'' differed from other such shows was that its head chef and mentor, Gordon Ramsay, didn't hold back in calling out the celebrities on their blatant incompetence (as opposed to the relentlessly cheerful chefs that normally appeared on these shows). This show caught the eye of some American TV execs, who decided they wanted their own version. The resulting new version was one of the few instances where the TransatlanticEquivalent was widely regarded as being better than the original.
30th Dec '16 10:19:37 PM Spyspotter
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* CrackDefeat: For some seasons, fans are divided over whether or not the runner-up deserved to lose. Prominent examples include: [[spoiler: Season 4's Petrozza, Season 5's Paula, Season 9's Will, and Season 11's Mary.]]

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* CrackDefeat: For some seasons, fans are divided over whether or not the runner-up deserved to lose. Prominent examples include: [[spoiler: Season 4's Petrozza, Season 5's Paula, Season 9's Will, and Season 11's Mary.Mary, and Season 15's Kristin.]]
16th Dec '16 9:01:45 PM LadyNorbert
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*** He also does give compliments occasionally on good work, it's just that it's usually played as if he's about to say something negative. ("Contestant A..." {{Sting}}. "... excellent work on that risotto.") The show then moves on after a brief add-on by Ramsay ("Good job") or a quick ConfessionCam of the contestant ("Alright!"). So the compliments are there, they just don't get as much focus because, well, [[WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}} negative criticism is more fun to watch]].

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*** He also does give compliments occasionally on good work, it's just that it's usually played as if he's about to say something negative. ("Contestant A..." {{Sting}}. "... excellent work on that risotto.") The show then moves on after a brief add-on by Ramsay ("Good job") or a quick ConfessionCam of the contestant ("Alright!").("All right!"). So the compliments are there, they just don't get as much focus because, well, [[WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}} negative criticism is more fun to watch]].



* BadassDecay:
** Glaring examples include Benjamin from Season 7, Russell from Season 8, Natalie from Season 9, Anton from Season 12, Josh from Season 14, and Hassan and Jared from Season 15; They all took a nosedive in performance around the midway point of the competition.
** A common catalyst seems to be telling the chef to switch to the other team so they can lead and help that team recover. This sometimes sends the chef's ego into overdrive and their overconfidence not only becomes an obstacle to effective teamwork, it also leads to a downward spiral in their performance, due to the chef being in self denial from their inflated self esteem.



** One memorable example from Season 14 Episode 4 is when the red team put up Monique and Sarah, because they were worried that Ramsey would send home Meika, who fell apart that night, if she went up with Monique, who they wanted gone.[[note]]T, the one that got the team to do this, never seemed to realize that Ramsey can [[AnyoneCanDie send anyone home, regardless of who's put up.]][[/note]] [[spoiler:Chef Ramsey called Sarah's name, causing Monique to mock the rest of the team for trying to get her sent home, only for Chef Ramsey to follow it up with, "Back in line." Monique was shocked, and the rest of the red team started laughing. Then Ramsey called Meika up and sent ''her'' home instead. A twist most fans saw coming, but it blindsided the red team.]]

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** One memorable example from Season 14 Episode 4 is when the red team put up Monique and Sarah, because they were worried that Ramsey Ramsay would send home Meika, who fell apart that night, if she went up with Monique, who whom they wanted gone.[[note]]T, the one that got the team to do this, never seemed to realize that Ramsey Ramsay can [[AnyoneCanDie send anyone home, regardless of who's put up.]][[/note]] [[spoiler:Chef Ramsey Ramsay called Sarah's name, causing Monique to mock the rest of the team for trying to get her sent home, only for Chef Ramsey Ramsay to follow it up with, "Back in line." Monique was shocked, and the rest of the red team started laughing. Then Ramsey Ramsay called Meika up and sent ''her'' home instead. A twist most fans saw coming, but it blindsided the red team.]]



*** At one point in season 11, Sebastian was thrown out for referring to Zach as "Zacky-Wacky", which completely baffled Gordon Ramsey to the point of intolerance (Sebastian didn't help his chances [[TemptingFate when he returned to the kitchen without authorization twice,]] which led Ramsay to threaten to throw him off the show altogether if he did it again; he was eliminated anyway for his antics, and he acknowledged in his exit interview that he "found a way to defeat himself.")

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*** At one point in season 11, Sebastian was thrown out for referring to Zach as "Zacky-Wacky", which completely baffled Gordon Ramsey Ramsay to the point of intolerance intolerance. (Sebastian didn't help his chances [[TemptingFate when he returned to the kitchen without authorization twice,]] which led Ramsay to threaten to throw him off the show altogether if he did it again; he was eliminated anyway for his antics, and he acknowledged in his exit interview that he "found a way to defeat himself.")



** Looking back, Barbie [[spoiler: never seemed to form an alliance with any of her teammates, which probably made her a convenient scapegoat. She was far from the worst one on the team and even bailed out the Blue Team on meats in the episode where Chef Ramsay handed out the black jackets.]]

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** *** Looking back, Barbie [[spoiler: never seemed to form an alliance with any of her teammates, which probably made her a convenient scapegoat. She was far from the worst one on the team and even bailed out the Blue Team on meats in the episode where Chef Ramsay handed out the black jackets.]]



** Jean-Philippe, the maître d', is normally cool and sophisticated, but when you get on his bad side, he can be truly scary, as Francisco the party planner and Season 6's Van found out first-hand.

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** Jean-Philippe, the maître d', is normally cool and sophisticated, sophisticated; but when you get on his bad side, he can be truly scary, as Francisco the party planner and Season 6's Van found out first-hand.



** Season 9 was full of this, from Brendan lying to Ramsay about recooking a fish to just about ''everything'' Elise says.

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** Season 9 was full of this, from Brendan lying to Ramsay about recooking a fish to just about ''everything'' Elise says.said.



** In Season 7, Ben (who was in the final four at that point) claimed he had injured his back during punishment and was unable to bend over despite it being extremely obvious that he wasn't injured (or at least not nearly as bad as he claimed to be) as he was shown bending over and moving around without appearing to be in any kind of pain. Then he wanted to use his so-called "injury" as an excuse to leave the competition, Ramsay encouraged him to stay and he did. While no one directly confronted Ben on whether he was telling the truth, his lie did not go unnoticed by the other contestants, who immediately suspected Ben of lying when he finally showed up to the kitchen after skipping out on prep due to his "injury" and was constantly moving about during service.

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** In Season 7, Ben (who was in the final four at that point) claimed he had injured his back during punishment and was unable to bend over despite it being extremely obvious that he wasn't injured (or at least not nearly as bad badly as he claimed to be) be), as he was shown bending over and moving around without appearing to be in any kind of pain. Then When he wanted to use his so-called "injury" as an excuse to leave the competition, Ramsay encouraged him to stay and he did. While no one directly confronted Ben on whether he was telling the truth, his lie did not go unnoticed by the other contestants, who immediately suspected Ben of lying when he finally showed up to the kitchen after skipping out on prep due to his "injury" and was constantly moving about during service.



** Also from season 4 was [[SmallNameBigEgo Jason.]] Every chance the show got he was portrayed as a sexist, obese loser who couldn't cook and didn't care...he lasted all of three episodes.

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** Also from season 4 was [[SmallNameBigEgo Jason.]] Every chance the show got got, he was portrayed as a sexist, obese loser who couldn't cook and didn't care...care... he lasted all of three episodes.



** The entire Blue Team in Season 11. Out of a total of 12 challenges, they won only ''two''. You can practically see their souls being crushed when they are told they lost yet again and must endure another punishment. Even after most of the problem teammates were eliminated, the men just keep falling short to the women in the challenges.

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** The entire Blue Team in Season 11. Out of a total of 12 challenges, they won only ''two''. You can practically see their souls being crushed when they are told they lost yet again and must endure another punishment. Even after most of the problem teammates were eliminated, the men just keep kept falling short to the women in the challenges.



** Season 11 does this badly when Barrett gets extremely annoyed by the party director for being extremely picky over how she wanted him and the rest of the blue team to arrange the party decorations and goes to grab a chair. The sudden cut to commercial makes it look like Barrett was going to toss the chair, but after the show returns from break, Baret puts the chair back down, showing that he was just joking around.

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** Season 11 does this badly when Barrett gets extremely annoyed by the party director for being extremely picky over how she wanted him and the rest of the blue team to arrange the party decorations and goes to grab a chair. The sudden cut to commercial makes it look like Barrett was going to toss the chair, but after the show returns from break, Baret Barrett puts the chair back down, showing that he was just joking around.



*** This was subverted in Season 6 when the men served up a dish consisting of haddock, apples, tomatoes, angel hair pasta and ''figs''... and actually won the challenge. Granted, they were helped by the usually competent Ariel screwing up the women's dish by adding a overpowering garlic dressing, but the men were stunned by how well their dish worked, as was Chef Ramsay.

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*** This was subverted in Season 6 when the men served up a dish consisting of haddock, apples, tomatoes, angel hair pasta pasta, and ''figs''... and actually won the challenge. Granted, they were helped by the usually competent Ariel screwing up the women's dish by adding a overpowering garlic dressing, but the men were stunned by how well their dish worked, as was Chef Ramsay.



*** The dice challenge came back in Season 10 and was a case of HistoryRepeats. The red team got lamb along with appropriate ingredients, the blue team got off to a good start with tomatoes, and thought they were screwed when Robyn called out dragonfruit, and edamame and daikon followed, but in spite of the unusual assortment of ingredients, they managed to pull out a win, which impressed Ramsay, though Dana overcooking the brussels sprouts for the red team's lamb dish certainly worked in their favor too.

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*** The dice challenge came back in Season 10 and was a case of HistoryRepeats. The red team got lamb along with appropriate ingredients, ingredients; the blue team got off to a good start with tomatoes, and thought they were screwed when Robyn called out dragonfruit, and edamame and daikon followed, but in spite of the unusual assortment of ingredients, they managed to pull out a win, which impressed Ramsay, though Dana overcooking the brussels sprouts for the red team's lamb dish certainly worked in their favor too.



** This also applies to contestants who finished in third place or lower. [[spoiler: Prominent examples include Jillian in Season 8, who was much more consistent than either Russell or Nona (though she didn't have much fine dining experience beforehand, as well as slipping up a little bit in her last two services), and Jon from Season 11, who many fans consider to be the best cook that season (even if his leadership qualities were questionable).]]

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** This also applies to contestants who finished in third place or lower. [[spoiler: Prominent examples include Jillian in Season 8, who was much more consistent than either Russell or Nona (though she didn't have much fine dining experience beforehand, as well as slipping up a little bit in her last two services), and Jon from Season 11, who whom many fans consider to be the best cook that season (even if his leadership qualities were questionable).]]



* DarkAndTroubledPast: Plenty of contestants have mentioned that they have had very unpleasant life experiences and are using the competition as an opportunity to propel themselves into success. Notable examples include Garrett from Season 2 ([[spoiler: Former prisoner]]), Robert from Season's 5 and 6(former drug addict who grew up with an abusive father) Siobhan from Season 7(grew up in a broken home with an alcoholic mother), Barbie from Season 10(husband was murdered), Jessica and Joy from Season 12 ([[spoiler: formerly homeless]]), JR from Season 13 ([[spoiler: Formerly homeless]]), Milly from Season 14 ([[spoiler: Formerly homeless on multiple occasions]]), and Kristin from Season 15([[spoiler: Kicked out of two high schools and formerly under house arrest]]).
* DarkHorseVictory: The winner in each season is often someone who spends half of the season flying under the radar, quietly doing there job and avoiding getting involved in any sort of drama. To the point where GenreSavvy viewers find themselves seeking out contestants that spend most of the time OutOfFocus.

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* DarkAndTroubledPast: Plenty of contestants have mentioned that they have had very unpleasant life experiences and are using the competition as an opportunity to propel themselves into success. Notable examples include Garrett from Season 2 ([[spoiler: Former ([[spoiler:former prisoner]]), Robert from Season's 5 and 6(former 6 (former drug addict who grew up with an abusive father) Siobhan from Season 7(grew 7 (grew up in a broken home with an alcoholic mother), Barbie from Season 10(husband 10 (husband was murdered), Jessica and Joy from Season 12 ([[spoiler: formerly ([[spoiler:formerly homeless]]), JR from Season 13 ([[spoiler: Formerly formerly homeless]]), Milly from Season 14 ([[spoiler: Formerly ([[spoiler:formerly homeless on multiple occasions]]), and Kristin from Season 15([[spoiler: Kicked 15 ([[spoiler:kicked out of two high schools and formerly under house arrest]]).
* DarkHorseVictory: The winner in each season is often someone who spends half of the season flying under the radar, quietly doing there their job and avoiding getting involved in any sort of drama. To It's reached the point where GenreSavvy viewers find themselves seeking out contestants that spend most of the time OutOfFocus.



-->"Dave, don't take this the wrong way...but you're ten thousand times better with one hand!"

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-->"Dave, don't take this the wrong way... but you're ten thousand times better with one hand!"



* DoesNotUnderstandSarcasm: In the steakhouse service of Season 5, Ramsay sarcastically congratulated Seth on his butchering of the filet mignon, which he had carved about half of the meat off of while trying to prepare it. Seth somehow thought he was being complimented, even though Ramsay had just screamed at him, thrown a pile of wasted meat right at him, and his team-mates had commented on how badly he'd screwed up.

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* DoesNotUnderstandSarcasm: In the steakhouse service of Season 5, Ramsay sarcastically congratulated Seth on his butchering of the filet mignon, off of which he had carved about half of the meat off of while trying to prepare it. Seth somehow thought he was being complimented, even though Ramsay had just screamed at him, thrown a pile of wasted meat right at him, and his team-mates teammates had commented on how badly he'd screwed up.



* DoubleEntendre: Ramsay is often the maker of these, and [[HilarityEnsues The contestants don't miss the chance]] to [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar expand on what Chef Ramsay started]].

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* DoubleEntendre: Ramsay is often the maker of these, and [[HilarityEnsues The the contestants don't miss the chance]] to [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar expand on what Chef Ramsay started]].



** Season 8, episode 4. Trevor asks if Gail wants to make out with him, and she replies with "No, not really.". Cut to the narrator saying "Trev may not have got lucky last night, but tonight both teams are hoping to score."

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** Season 8, episode 4. Trevor asks if Gail wants to make out with him, and she replies with "No, not really.". Cut to the narrator saying "Trev may not have got gotten lucky last night, but tonight both teams are hoping to score."



*** The first two challenges of season 10 have had the [[spoiler: blue team lose by more than one point; the final score was 5--3 in the signature dish challenge and then a whopping 6--2 in the scallop challenge]].

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*** The first two challenges of season 10 have had the [[spoiler: blue team lose by more than one point; the final score was 5--3 5-3 in the signature dish challenge and then a whopping 6--2 6-2 in the scallop challenge]].



** Subverted by Bonnie from Season 3. Although it was easy to write her off as a dumb blonde to start with, her early problems were caused more by her inexperience and nervousness, the latter of which was exacerbated by having to work with the "Hell's bitches" of that season. In less stressful situations she actually appeared to be fairly intelligent and knowledgeable -- notably she appeared to be the only person on her team with any real idea of how to properly cook the duck breast in the wedding challenge (and thus was completely ignored by Melissa). She went on to finish second.

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** Subverted by Bonnie from Season 3. Although it was easy to write her off as a dumb blonde to start with, her early problems were caused more by her inexperience and nervousness, the latter of which was exacerbated by having to work with the "Hell's bitches" of that season. In less stressful situations she actually appeared to be fairly intelligent and knowledgeable -- notably notably, she appeared to be the only person on her team with any real idea of how to properly cook the duck breast in the wedding challenge (and thus was completely ignored by Melissa). She went on to finish second.



*** For the elimination sequence, Chef Ramsay simply hung up their coat on the rack and had a close up of their name. Instead of the now-traditional portrait being set ablaze.
*** Only the final 2 got to practice leading at the pass before the big night. Instead of the traditional final 3-4 contestants having a turn at the pass. It was also for the construction crew, instead of a regular dinner service.

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*** For the elimination sequence, Chef Ramsay simply hung up their coat on the rack and had a close up of their name. Instead name, instead of the now-traditional portrait being set ablaze.
*** Only the final 2 got to practice leading at the pass before the big night. Instead of the traditional final 3-4 four contestants each having a turn at the pass. It was also for the construction crew, instead of a regular dinner service.



** There was also a difference in how elimination nominees were decided. In earlier seasons, Ramsay would just pick whoever had been the least bad performer as the Best of the Worst and get them to decide on the nominees. Starting at around Season 5 however, Ramsay largely dispensed with the Best of the Worst role (only assigning it when some turned in an exceptionally good performance compared to the rest of their team) and almost always had the nominees decided on by team consensus. Also, Ramsay didn't overrule the choices of who was nominated like he would in later seasons. He likely started doing this to make sure that the better contestants weren't being forced to leave unjustly.
** For most seasons, the reward is to be the head/executive chef of a prestigious restaurant with a $250,000 salary. But for the first season, the reward worked differently. The winner either had the choice to get capitol money to start up their own restaurant or have the opportunity to work with Chef Ramsay for a year.

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** There was also a difference in how elimination nominees were decided. In earlier seasons, Ramsay would just pick whoever had been the least bad performer as the Best of the Worst and get them to decide on the nominees. Starting at around Season 5 5, however, Ramsay largely dispensed with the Best of the Worst role (only assigning it when some someone turned in an exceptionally good performance compared to the rest of their team) and almost always had the nominees decided on by team consensus. Also, Ramsay didn't overrule the choices of who was nominated like he would in later seasons. He likely started doing this to make sure that the better contestants weren't being forced to leave unjustly.
** For most seasons, the reward is to be the head/executive chef of a prestigious restaurant with a $250,000 salary. But for the first season, the reward worked differently. The winner either had the choice to get capitol capital money to start up their own restaurant or have the opportunity to work with Chef Ramsay for a year.



*** A couple times, he told contestants to take off their jackets...and to put on a black one. Other times, he has contestants take off their jacket, only to give them a new one because the one they were wearing was too dirty.

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*** A couple times, he told contestants to take off their jackets... and to put on a black one. Other times, he has contestants take off their jacket, only to give them a new one because the one they were wearing was too dirty.



** In fact, half of the winners got mediocre or negative reviews for their signature dishes. [[spoiler: Dave from Season 6, Christina from Season 4, and Heather from Season 2]] got mixed reviews ([[spoiler: Dave cooked the ostrich well but undercooked the brussels sprouts, Christina's dish had a good concept with bad execution, and Heather's empanadas were thick and hard to digest, but was the best dish he had by that point, while Michael from Season 1, Rock from Season 3, Danny from Season 5, Holli from Season 7, and Nona from Season 8 got terrible reviews on their dishes.]]) [[spoiler: Paul from Season 9, Christina from Season 10, Ja'Nel from Season 11, and Meghan from Season 14]] are the only winners who got positive reviews for their signature dishes.
* [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer Even The Lesbians Want Him]]: All the girls in Season 10 sighing over David Beckham. Even [[LipstickLesbian Christina]].

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** In fact, half of the winners got mediocre or negative reviews for their signature dishes. [[spoiler: Dave from Season 6, Christina from Season 4, and Heather from Season 2]] got mixed reviews ([[spoiler: Dave cooked the ostrich well but undercooked the brussels sprouts, Christina's dish had a good concept with bad execution, and Heather's empanadas were thick and hard to digest, but was the best dish he had offered by that point, while Michael from Season 1, Rock from Season 3, Danny from Season 5, Holli from Season 7, and Nona from Season 8 got terrible reviews on their dishes.]]) [[spoiler: Paul from Season 9, Christina from Season 10, Ja'Nel from Season 11, and Meghan from Season 14]] are the only winners who got positive reviews for their signature dishes.
* [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer Even The Lesbians Want Him]]: All the girls in Season 10 were sighing over David Beckham. Even [[LipstickLesbian Christina]].



** It seems finally averted in season 11 with the red team, where none of the women has been seen smoking even once.

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** It seems finally averted in season 11 with the red team, where none of the women has been are seen smoking even once.



** As of season 10, [[http://static.tvtome.com/images/processed/super/88/b4/364848.jpg Briana]], and [[http://img.poptower.com/pic-90124/danielle-rimmer-hells-kitchen.jpg?d=600 Danielle]], and of course, one cannot forget Dana!

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** As of In season 10, [[http://static.tvtome.com/images/processed/super/88/b4/364848.jpg Briana]], and [[http://img.poptower.com/pic-90124/danielle-rimmer-hells-kitchen.jpg?d=600 Danielle]], and of course, one cannot forget Dana!



** Jillian in season 8 expressed worry at having to make sushi because they had "never even eaten Chinese food" before.

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** Jillian in season 8 expressed worry at having to make sushi because they she had "never even eaten Chinese food" before.



** In season 9, Elizabeth remarked on the Hawaii themed food they were to be making, saying that while she's never made Hawaiian food before, she has made Asian food and they're the same thing (or basically the same). This isn't entirely far off from the truth, due to the heavy Asian influence in Hawaiian cuisine, but it is definitely a generalization.

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** In season 9, Elizabeth remarked on the Hawaii Hawaiian themed food they were to be making, saying that while she's never made Hawaiian food before, she has made Asian food and they're the same thing (or basically the same). This isn't entirely far off from the truth, incorrect, due to the heavy Asian influence in Hawaiian cuisine, but it is definitely a generalization.



** Season 4's Jason might just eclipse Raj, a adult version of Cartman from WesternAnimation/SouthPark.

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** Season 4's Jason might just eclipse Raj, a adult version of Cartman from WesternAnimation/SouthPark.''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.



* FelonyMisdemeanor: Many contestants want to eliminate each other for very petty reasons. The most famous instance was the first episode of Season 3, where Tiffany wanted to put Julia up for elimination because, "She works in a ''[[PrecisionFStrike fucking]]'' Waffle House".

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* FelonyMisdemeanor: Many contestants want to eliminate each other for very petty reasons. The most famous instance was the first episode of Season 3, where Tiffany wanted to put Julia up for elimination because, because "She works in a ''[[PrecisionFStrike fucking]]'' Waffle House".



** [[spoiler: Meghan from Season 14]] only made two critical mistakes in the ENTIRE competition (and not until the service before black jackets were handed out): sending in raw steaks and failing to notice an intentional sabotage by the Sous Chef while running the pass.

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** [[spoiler: Meghan Meaghan from Season 14]] only made two critical mistakes in the ENTIRE competition (and not until the service before black jackets were handed out): sending in raw steaks and failing to notice an intentional sabotage by the Sous Chef while running the pass.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: In Season 12, Episode 4 there's a wedding reception in Hell's Kitchen where it's mentioned that Rochelle recently got engaged. 7 episodes later, while Red Team is doing punishment and Andi mentions you have to sacrifice a lot to get to the top, there's visible concern on Rochelle's face since she wants to start a family and also cause most of the Red Team to turn on her.
* ForTheEvulz: Season 10's Kimmie admitted to picking on Danielle for no reason other than she felt like giving her a hard time, after losing the lamb challenge. However, the fight started after part of the punishment included eating [[NauseaFuel lamb testicles]], which Kimmie could do with no problem while Danielle nearly threw up, and Kimmie was [[MundaneMadeAwesome bragging about her accomplishment]], irritating Danielle. ItMakesSenseInContext...[[DefiedTrope actually, it doesn't.]]

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: In Season 12, Episode 4 there's a wedding reception in Hell's Kitchen Kitchen, where it's mentioned that Rochelle recently got engaged. 7 Seven episodes later, while Red Team is doing punishment and Andi mentions you have to sacrifice a lot to get to the top, there's visible concern on Rochelle's face since face; she wants to start a family and also cause most of the Red Team to turn turns on her.
* ForTheEvulz: Season 10's Kimmie admitted to picking on Danielle for no reason other than she felt like giving her a hard time, after losing the lamb challenge. However, the fight started after part of the punishment included eating [[NauseaFuel lamb testicles]], which Kimmie could do with no problem while Danielle nearly threw up, and Kimmie was [[MundaneMadeAwesome bragging about her accomplishment]], irritating Danielle. ItMakesSenseInContext... no, [[DefiedTrope actually, it doesn't.]]



** Hey, season six Blue Team! Half your team is impaired, including one twisted ankle and one fractured wrist, and you just had a teammate eliminated to bring you down to three! Think it couldn't get any worse? Well '''''guess what'''''! Chef Ramsay is going to take the single most disruptive chef from the Red Team, the one that sank them repeatedly, the one they all hated, the one that repeatedly got put up for elimination for screwing the team, and she's gonna be on ''your'' team now!
*** May be seen as a subversion of this trope. Her team was worried that she'd bring them down. She didn't hurt the team performance at all however and tried her best to fit in with them. Surprisingly enough, ''Van'' was the worst blue cook the following service. It helps that she was only transferred onto the team for one episode, as the next episode was when they received the black jackets.
** Season 7's dysfunctional red team. They hated Autumn because they found her annoying and weak (even though she only committed two minor errors). So they got her transferred out of their team. Only to get Scott, who proved to be far worse than Autumn. An egomaniac who bossed everyone around and hurt the team performance a lot more than Autumn ever did. They were pretty happy when he got eliminated. But then they got Benjamin, who was a lot more competent than Scott, but just as arrogant with a more vile personality.

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** Hey, season six Blue Team! Half your team is impaired, including one twisted ankle and one fractured wrist, and you just had a teammate eliminated to bring you down to three! Think it couldn't get any worse? Well Well, '''''guess what'''''! what'''''? Chef Ramsay is going to take the single most disruptive chef from the Red Team, the one that sank them repeatedly, the one they all hated, the one that repeatedly got put up for elimination for screwing the team, and she's gonna be on ''your'' team now!
*** May be seen as a subversion of this trope. Her team was worried that she'd bring them down. She didn't hurt the team performance at all however all, however, and tried her best to fit in with them. Surprisingly enough, ''Van'' was the worst blue cook the following service. It helps that she was only transferred onto the team for one episode, as the next episode was when they received the black jackets.
** Season 7's dysfunctional red team. They hated Autumn because they found her annoying and weak (even though she only committed two minor errors). So they got her transferred out of their team. Only team... only to get Scott, who proved to be far worse than Autumn. An He was an egomaniac who bossed everyone around and hurt the team performance a lot more than Autumn ever did. They were pretty happy when he got eliminated. But then they got Benjamin, who was a lot more competent than Scott, but just as arrogant with a more vile personality.



** Not to mention when Zach reveals his alter-ego "[[FlipPersonality Grant Banks]]", the place where the contestant's name is usually shown is briefly swapped out with Grant Banks' name.

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** Not to mention when Zach reveals his alter-ego alter ego "[[FlipPersonality Grant Banks]]", the place where the contestant's name is usually shown is briefly swapped out with Grant Banks' name.



** Season 8's Emily described herself as "boobalicious" and was forced by Ramsay to cover herself with an apron during the signature dish competition.

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** Season 8's Emily described herself as "boobalicious" "a little boobalicious" and was forced by Ramsay to cover herself with an apron during the signature dish competition.competition. Nona ridiculed this to the ConfessionCam.



** Risotto, seared scallops, spaghetti, and beef Wellington have been on the menu since the show started, and yet no one ever seems to be able to make them properly. In defense of the chefs, beef Wellington is notoriously difficult to cook properly, plus Gordon Ramsay's Wellington is a specific kind that involves several steps one might need to study up on, but the rest are comparatively simple.

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** Risotto, seared scallops, spaghetti, and beef Wellington have been on the menu since the show started, and yet no one ever seems to be able to make them properly. In defense of the chefs, beef Wellington is notoriously difficult to cook properly, plus Gordon Ramsay's Wellington is a specific kind that involves several steps one might need to study up on, study, but the rest are comparatively simple.



** The candidates typically fail to realize that ''every square inch'' of their entire work and living space is wired for sound and video a la ''Series/BigBrother'', and their ''every action'' can be considered as part of the same absurdly lengthy, high-profile job interview. As such, shadiness, backroom deals, hastily-concealed screw-ups and temporary alliances can and ''will'' be exploited by Chef Ramsay. Sometimes, it's obvious he's even been up in his office watching the feeds prior to the carpet-call eliminations, as he will put people on the spot completely on the fly based on things they did or said during their post-service pow-wows (though he usually does this in a way that is much less-obvious to the contestants than it is to the viewer due to selective post-editing that emphasizes significant moments).

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** The candidates typically fail to realize that ''every square inch'' of their entire work and living space is wired for sound and video a la ''Series/BigBrother'', and their ''every action'' can be considered as part of the same absurdly lengthy, high-profile job interview. As such, shadiness, backroom deals, hastily-concealed screw-ups and temporary alliances can and ''will'' be exploited by Chef Ramsay. Sometimes, it's obvious he's even been up in his office watching the feeds prior to the carpet-call eliminations, as he will put people on the spot completely on the fly based on things they did or said during their post-service pow-wows (though he usually does this in a way that is much less-obvious less obvious to the contestants than it is to the viewer viewer, due to selective post-editing that emphasizes significant moments).



** Quite a few chefs enter Hell's Kitchen in nice formal clothes that are uncomfortable to cook in (like high heels or dresses). Which is rather confusing since the first thing Chef Ramsay always has them do is cook their signature dish with a time limit.

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** Quite a few chefs enter Hell's Kitchen in nice formal clothes that are uncomfortable to cook in (like high heels or dresses). Which This is rather confusing since the first thing Chef Ramsay always has them do is cook their signature dish with a time limit.



** In the season 14 premiere, after the best signature dish presentation ever, Monique finished it off...with a dish served with canned sauce. She was immediately called out, and had the nerve to talk back to Ramsay, saying [[TooDumbToLive he never specified that it had to be fresh]]. Had she even watched the show before she came on?

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** In the season 14 premiere, after the best signature dish presentation ever, Monique finished it off... with a dish served with canned sauce. She was immediately called out, and had the nerve to talk back to Ramsay, saying [[TooDumbToLive he never specified that it had to be fresh]]. Had she even watched the show before she came on?



* GilliganCut: Seems to be a common characteristic for incompetent contestants to tell their teammates not to help, saying that they know how to cook. Then it immediately cooks to them screwing up the food and Ramsay getting mad.

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* GilliganCut: Seems to be a common characteristic for incompetent contestants to tell their teammates not to help, saying that they know how to cook. Then it immediately cooks cuts to them screwing up the food and Ramsay getting mad.



*** He claimed in the interview that followed that his post-makeover appearance was actually the way he used to look at culinary school, but that his wife actually ''prefers'' the "[[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo Shaggy look]]" that he first came onto the show with.

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*** He claimed in the interview that followed that his post-makeover appearance was actually the way he used to look at culinary school, but that his wife actually ''prefers'' the "[[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo Shaggy look]]" that he first came onto sported on the show with.show.



** Chef Scott also had one in the first service of Season 3, when the blue team ran out of lettuce, Wellington and Chicken despite hardly serving anything, Scott sounded like he was on the verge of a breakdown.

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** Chef Scott also had one in the first service of Season 3, when the blue team ran out of lettuce, Wellington and Chicken Wellington, ''and'' chicken despite hardly serving anything, Scott sounded like he was on the verge of a breakdown.



* HideYourGays: Averted: there are many gay contestants, the winners of both Season 2 and Season 10 were both out lesbians. At least three of the four red team sous chefs have also been lesbians. Season 1 finalist Jessica was shown kissing her girlfriend, and Season 10 winner Christina's girlfriend was featured prominently in the first half of the season finale.
* HistoryRepeats: Season 9's Will competed in another competition called ''Series/{{Chopped}}'' in 2009, ending up eliminated in second place that episode. 2 years later, competing on Hell's Kitchen, he made it to the finale...only to again finish in second place.

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* HideYourGays: Averted: Averted; there are many gay contestants, and the winners of both Season 2 and Season 10 were both out lesbians. At least three of the four red team sous chefs have also been lesbians. Season 1 finalist Jessica was shown kissing her girlfriend, and Season 10 winner Christina's girlfriend was featured prominently in the first half of the season finale.
* HistoryRepeats: Season 9's Will competed in another competition called ''Series/{{Chopped}}'' in 2009, ending up eliminated in second place that episode. 2 years later, competing on Hell's Kitchen, he made it to the finale... only to again finish in second place.



*** During the final four, she noted on the confession cam that Paul and Will were shouting at the other chefs too much when they had control of the pass, which she feels is not good leadership and does not help productivity...what does she think Ramsay does every night? It's also her first mode of 'debate' second to breaking out into tears/sulking whenever she loses. She also (likely intentionally) sabotaged the garnish she brought up to Will, which resulted in the kitchen grinding to a halt because nothing could go out while she did it over, and she accused him of being a bad leader for allowing it to happen.

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*** During the final four, she noted on the confession cam that Paul and Will were shouting at the other chefs too much when they had control of the pass, which she feels is not good leadership and does not help productivity... what does she think Ramsay does every night? It's also her first mode of 'debate' 'debate,' second to breaking out into tears/sulking whenever she loses. She also (likely intentionally) sabotaged the garnish she brought up to Will, which resulted in the kitchen grinding to a halt because nothing could go out while she did it over, and she accused him of being a bad leader for allowing it to happen.



** Chef Ramsay of all people sometimes scolds contestants for shouting so loud that they're disturbing the customers.

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** Chef Ramsay Ramsay, of all people people, sometimes scolds contestants for shouting so loud that they're disturbing the customers.customers. The camera will also sometimes cut to customers at their tables reacting to the shouting in the kitchen.



* IResembleThatRemark: In Season 6 Episode 2, Jim suggested Van be nominated because of his attitude problem with JP, which almost resulted in a fight in front of the dining room. His response was to threaten to punch Jim in the face and telling him to suck his dick.

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* IResembleThatRemark: In Season 6 Episode 2, Jim suggested that Van be nominated because of his attitude problem with JP, which almost resulted in a fight in front of the dining room. His response was to threaten to punch Jim in the face and telling him to suck his dick.



*** Elise was very close to turning this into GenreSavvy before announcing something to the effect of "I'm not here to make friends; we can work in the kitchen, but I'll you out once we're done." Which, if she followed through with this more than once every five services would have been a good effort. But most of them time she was never able to keep her hatred for Carrie hidden.
*** Clemenza in Season 10 said this word for word. And Barbie used it too, if not quite the exact wording, but she was a rarity in that she went about it the right way--while she didn't really get along with her teammates, she was definitely a team player during challenges and dinner service, stating that she was there to do her job.

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*** Elise was very close to turning this into GenreSavvy before announcing something to the effect of "I'm not here to make friends; we can work in the kitchen, but I'll shut you out once we're done." Which, if If she had followed through with this more than once every five services services, it would have been a good effort. But most of them time she was never able to keep her hatred for Carrie hidden.
*** Clemenza in Season 10 said this word for word. And Barbie used it too, if not quite the exact wording, but she was a rarity in that she went about it the right way--while way; while she didn't really get along with her teammates, she was definitely a team player during challenges and dinner service, stating that she was there to do her job.



** Chef Ramsay regarded Virginia as a talented cook, who was as equally strong as Heather and Keith. Even though she did well during challenges, she only did well during dinner service once or twice throughout the whole season. A lot of fans suspect Ramsay of favoritism as a result.

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** Chef Ramsay regarded Virginia as a talented cook, who was as equally as strong as Heather and Keith. Even though she did well during challenges, she only did well during dinner service once or twice throughout the whole season. A lot of fans suspect Ramsay of favoritism as a result.



* InformedFlaw: Elsie from Season 1, Bonnie from Season 3, and Christina from Season 4 all had little to no professional cooking experience entering the competition, and yet all of them were competent enough to [[spoiler: make it into the Final 4.]]
** Michelle from Season 14 was the most glaring example of this, especially after the show required all contestants to have at least some professional cooking experience on hand as a prerequisite for entering the competition. She was the youngest and least experienced, which lead to frequent episodes of belittling by her competitors. However, she rarely made mistakes and was the best chef of the season discounting Meaghan and T.

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* InformedFlaw: Elsie from Season 1, Bonnie from Season 3, and Christina from Season 4 all had little to no professional cooking experience entering the competition, and yet all of them were competent enough to [[spoiler: make it into the Final 4.final four.]]
** Michelle from Season 14 was the most glaring example of this, especially after the show required all contestants to have at least some professional cooking experience on hand as a prerequisite for entering the competition. She was the youngest and least experienced, which lead to frequent episodes of belittling by her competitors. However, she rarely made mistakes and was the best chef of the season season, discounting Meaghan and T.



* InsufferableGenius: As far as ''cooking'' goes, some of the unlikable, arrogant, Jerkass contestants throughout the show's run actually did have the talent to match their egos. What they lack in maturity, they, at least, greatly compensate with cooking ability.
* InSeriesNickname: The red team from Season 3 was dubbed by Chef Ramsay as "Hell's Bitches" due to their constant in-fighting. Something they didn't manage to grow out of until [[spoiler: Melissa moved to the blue team.]]
* IronButtMonkey: Barbie from season 10 often got blamed by the Red Team mistakes, Robyn, Kimmie and Tiffany would simply turn around and point their fingers to her at every damage the team took, though it was oftenly their fault. She outlasted everyone of them, [[spoiler: became a black jacket and even eliminated, was a valuable asset on Christine's kitchen during her victory.]]
** Season 12's winner [[spoiler: Scott]], is to this day, the winner who was the most times pointed to elimination.

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* InsufferableGenius: As far as ''cooking'' goes, some of the most unlikable, arrogant, Jerkass contestants throughout the show's run actually did have the talent to match their egos. What they lack in maturity, they, at least, greatly compensate with cooking ability.
* InSeriesNickname: The red team from Season 3 was dubbed by Chef Ramsay as "Hell's Bitches" due to their constant in-fighting. Something in-fighting - something they didn't manage to grow out of until [[spoiler: Melissa moved to the blue team.]]
* IronButtMonkey: Barbie from season 10 often got blamed by the Red Team mistakes, for their mistakes. Robyn, Kimmie and Tiffany would simply turn around and point their fingers to her at every damage the team took, though it was oftenly often their fault. She outlasted everyone every one of them, [[spoiler: became a black jacket jacket, and even after being eliminated, was a valuable asset on Christine's kitchen during her victory.]]
** Season 12's winner [[spoiler: Scott]], is Scott]] is, to this day, the winner who was sent up the most times pointed to for elimination.



** Season 9's Elise definitely takes the cake. Her irrational hatred of Carrie as well as her tendency to blame others for her mistakes and never take responsibility for her own made her extremely unpopular among her fellow chefs, as well as the audience. When Jennifer was eliminated (the two never got along to begin with), Elise mouthed off about how much of a better chef than she was, causing Jennifer to [[BewareTheNiceOnes curse Elise out and flip her off when she walked off]]. Heck, Ramsay himself looked on with this in shock!
** Two minor ones were Joanna and Tiffany in Season 3. They were pretty good, but they constantly picked on the Waffle House Chef Julia to the point that Tiffany even stated in confession that the only reason that Julia had to be eliminated was because she "works in a [[PrecisionFStrike fuckin']] Waffle House! I mean, ''come on''" despite Julia saving Tiffany's ass in cooking quail eggs. Joanna might be even more so, seeing that she was at least ''six years younger'' than Julia herself and stated that Julia had to be eliminated if the Waffle House Chef didn't know what a creme brulee was.
** Robert in seasons 5 and 6 was a JerkAss at times, making nasty remarks like telling Lacey that she [[{{Hypocrite}} needed to lose weight]] and that no one wanted to see her in a bikini(and that was after she had been nice to him).
** Season 10: Tiffany, Royce, Kimmie, Robyn, and occasionally, Barbie...a few too many, wouldn't you say?
** Season 11 has Nedra, Zach (not at first but definitely later on), and ESPECIALLY Dan. (To be fair though, the Blue team invalidated his talent for cooking and they ganged up on him. So he can't really be blamed for turning into a Jerkass, if anybody is to blame for his becoming this way, it should be all of the Blue team)
** Season 12 had Nicole. Aside from being a borderline EmotionlessGirl, she picked fights with her teammates, and when she was eliminated in the second episode, rudely threw her jacket at Chef Ramsay's feet, and flipped him off on her way out. It's any wonder why she even applied to be on the show.
* JerkAssHasAPoint: There will always be at least one chef who everyone hates, but has either good cooking skills or a keen eye to see where something or someone screwed up. These guys tend to last the longest due to Ramsay hoping that the chef gets over their attitude problem and put their skills to use to help the other chefs.
** For some bizarre reason the contestants in Season 8 all seemed to believe that Melissa was by far one of the best chefs in that season's line-up, even in the face of her constant, massive screw-ups. The only chefs who actually called her out on her mistakes? Sabrina, who was continually ignored since the others just thought she being a bitch whenever she did so, and Jillian, who was the only one to treat Sabrina with any level of respect.
** Season 11's Dan is an odious, whiny, childish asshole, but he sometimes does have valid arguments. A good example (and not the only one) was in a dinner service where the fish station (ran by Ray and Dan) killed the blue kitchen. The team blamed Dan for it, despite his rightfully pointing out that Ray was the one who screwed up the orders and every time Dan tried to cook, Ray would get in his way and prevent him from doing so, also refusing Dan's several offers to help. The reason that Dan's valid points go ignored by the rest of his team is because they all hate his guts.

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** Season 9's Elise definitely takes the cake. Her irrational hatred of Carrie as well as her tendency to blame others for her mistakes and never take responsibility for her own made her extremely unpopular among her fellow chefs, as well as the audience. When Jennifer was eliminated (the two never got along to begin with), Elise mouthed off about how much of a better chef than she was, causing Jennifer to [[BewareTheNiceOnes curse Elise out and flip her off when she walked off]]. Heck, Ramsay himself looked on with this in shock!
** Two minor ones were Joanna and Tiffany in Season 3. They were pretty good, but they constantly picked on the Waffle House Chef Julia chef Julia, to the point that Tiffany even stated in confession that the only reason that Julia had to be eliminated was because she "works in a [[PrecisionFStrike fuckin']] Waffle House! I mean, ''come on''" on!''" This was despite Julia saving Tiffany's ass in cooking quail eggs. Joanna might be even more so, worse, seeing that as she was at least ''six years younger'' than Julia herself and stated that Julia had to be eliminated if the Waffle House Chef she didn't know what a creme brulee crème brûlée was.
** Robert in seasons 5 and 6 was a JerkAss at times, making nasty remarks like telling Lacey that she [[{{Hypocrite}} needed to lose weight]] and that no one wanted to see her in a bikini(and bikini (and that was after she had been nice to him).
** Season 10: Tiffany, Royce, Kimmie, Robyn, and occasionally, Barbie... a few too many, wouldn't you say?
** Season 11 has Nedra, Zach (not at first but definitely later on), and ESPECIALLY Dan. (To be fair though, the Blue team invalidated his talent for cooking and they ganged up on him. So he can't really be blamed for turning into a Jerkass, Jerkass; if anybody is to blame for his becoming this way, it should be all of the Blue team)
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** Season 12 had Nicole. Aside from being a borderline EmotionlessGirl, she picked fights with her teammates, and when she was eliminated in the second episode, rudely threw her jacket at Chef Ramsay's feet, and flipped him off on her way out. It's any a wonder why she even applied to be on the show.
* JerkAssHasAPoint: There will always be at least one chef who whom everyone hates, but has either good cooking skills or a keen eye to see where something or someone screwed up. These guys tend to last the longest longest, due to Ramsay hoping that the chef gets over their attitude problem and put their skills to use to help helping the other chefs.
** For some bizarre reason reason, the contestants in Season 8 all seemed to believe that Melissa was by far one of the best chefs in that season's line-up, even in the face of her constant, massive screw-ups. The only chefs who actually called her out on her mistakes? Sabrina, who was continually ignored since the others just thought she being a bitch whenever she did so, and Jillian, who was the only one to treat Sabrina with any level of respect.
** Season 11's Dan is an odious, whiny, childish asshole, but he sometimes does have valid arguments. A good example (and not the only one) was in a dinner service where the fish station (ran (run by Ray and Dan) killed the blue kitchen. The team blamed Dan for it, despite his rightfully pointing out that Ray was the one who screwed up the orders and every time Dan tried to cook, Ray would get in his way and prevent him from doing so, also refusing Dan's several offers to help. The reason that Dan's valid points go ignored by the rest of his team is because they all hate his guts.



** Jen from season 4 deserves mention. As cited elsewhere she is ''the'' RealityTV bitch and when it was the final four attempted to sabotage voting who should be eliminated. By then the team was very close and when they discovered what Jen had done they talked long and hard about what to do, before nominating Corey (who they felt was their strongest member) so Ramsay had to eliminate either a genuinely good competitor or a backstabbing uncooperative one.
** Russell from season 8 was TheBully and such a horrible man he threatened to end the careers of those he worked with because he didn't win. The reason he didn't win was because he was so nasty to the effect on the other chefs made them do the job poorly.

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** Jen from season 4 deserves mention. As cited elsewhere elsewhere, she is ''the'' RealityTV bitch bitch, and when it was the final four she attempted to sabotage voting who should be eliminated. By then the team was very close and when they discovered what Jen had done they talked long and hard about what to do, before nominating Corey (who they felt was their strongest member) so Ramsay had to eliminate either a genuinely good competitor or a backstabbing uncooperative one.
** Russell from season 8 was TheBully and such a horrible man he threatened to end the careers of those he worked with because he didn't win. The reason he didn't win was because he was so nasty to the effect on the other chefs made hat it tmade them do the job poorly.



** Elise in Season 9 manages to [[spoiler:convince Will and Paul to vouch for her at Jennifer's expense in the elimination segment, which they do. However, Jennifer lacked communication in that service, which is one of Ramsay's ''major'' pet peeves.]]

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** Elise in Season 9 manages managed to [[spoiler:convince Will and Paul to vouch for her at Jennifer's expense in the elimination segment, which they do. However, Jennifer lacked communication in that service, which is one of Ramsay's ''major'' pet peeves.]]



** Dave was nothing compared to season 10's Brian, who fit this trope so well it actually had a tendency to work against him: it was pretty amusing watching him run around a water park like a ten-year-old after winning it in a challenge, but it wasn't so amusing after collapsing so badly on the meat station in one service that Barbie (from the ''other team'') had to come over and finish it for him, at which he point he grunted repeatedly like he was having a tantrum. Still though, his goofy behavior made him a fan favorite for a while.

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** Dave was nothing compared to season 10's Brian, who fit this trope so well it actually had a tendency to work against him: it was pretty amusing watching him run around a water park like a ten-year-old after winning it in a challenge, but it wasn't so amusing after to see him collapsing so badly on the meat station in one service that Barbie (from the ''other team'') had to come over and finish it for him, at which he point he grunted repeatedly like he was having a tantrum. Still though, his goofy behavior made him a fan favorite for a while.



** Arguably, Russell from Season 8 considering the finale.

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** Arguably, Russell from Season 8 8, considering the finale.



* MeanCharacterNiceActor (as much as a reality show can be): Chef Ramsay is an angry hardass on the show, but he's an extremely nice guy in real life (once in a while, this comes through on the show too). Also, some of the contestants that were assholes on the show are actually nice in real life (whether it was an act for the cameras, or if they changed their ways after seeing themselves on TV, is unknown), including, but not limited to: the late Keith from season 2, Matt from season 4, Suzanne (and to an extent, Tennille) from season 6, Jonathon from season 9, Kimmie and Robyn from season 10, and Dan and Zach from season 11.

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* MeanCharacterNiceActor (as much as a reality show can be): Chef Ramsay is an angry hardass on the show, but he's an extremely nice guy in real life (once in a while, this comes through on the show too). Also, some of the contestants that were assholes on the show are actually nice in real life (whether it was an act for the cameras, or if they changed their ways after seeing themselves on TV, is unknown), including, unknown). The list includes but is not limited to: the late Keith from season 2, Matt from season 4, Suzanne (and to an extent, Tennille) from season 6, Jonathon from season 9, Kimmie and Robyn from season 10, and Dan and Zach from season 11.



** Jeff from the first season constantly whined about how he'd never cooked on a line before, ergo Ramsay and the other contestants couldn't blame him when he screwed up. His team-mates eventually got so annoyed by this that they called a meeting prior to what would turn out to be his last service, and he continued to try and use this excuse ''even though the meeting was about him constantly doing that''.

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** Jeff from the first season constantly whined about how he'd never cooked on a line before, ergo Ramsay and the other contestants couldn't blame him when he screwed up. His team-mates teammates eventually got so annoyed by this that they called a meeting prior to what would turn out to be his last service, and he continued to try and use this excuse ''even though the meeting was about him constantly doing that''.



** To a lesser extent, Fran from the same season. While she wasn't as egotistical as Scott, she constantly complained about her teammates not performing up to scratch, yet refused to ever accept any responsibility for her failings as a cook, constantly blaming either the fact that she's a kosher chef, or her team-mates for not telling her what to do properly (even when we're talking simple stuff like carving chicken). Even after she was nominated for elimination more times than anyone else in the history of the show (at the time, at least), she refused to take the hint.

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** To a lesser extent, Fran from the same season. While she wasn't as egotistical as Scott, she constantly complained about her teammates not performing up to scratch, yet refused to ever accept any responsibility for her failings as a cook, constantly blaming either the fact that she's a kosher chef, or her team-mates teammates for not telling her what to do properly (even when we're talking simple stuff like carving chicken). Even after she was nominated for elimination more times than anyone else in the history of the show (at the time, at least), she refused to take the hint.



** Trev also became one when he went over to the red team; he was constantly talking shit about his teammates and claiming he was a much better cook then all of them despite doing poorly in several dinner services (He got thrown out in one service for his abysmal performance on the garnish station and was the only one of the red team to get kicked out on that night). Whenever he got nominated by the red team(or the black team), Trev would claim it was because they were trying to screw him over and refused to own up to his own mistakes.
** Russell managed a late claim to this status in Season 8, in the final episode. [[spoiler:Despite turning in probably the worst performance of any finalist in the show's history and completely destroying the morale of his team during the service, he actually had the gall to blame his team-members after Nona was unsurprisingly named the winner over him, and actually vowed to ''destroy their careers'' in retribution]].

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** Trev also became one when he went over to the red team; he was constantly talking shit about his teammates and claiming he was a much better cook then all of them them, despite doing poorly in several dinner services (He got thrown out in one service for his abysmal performance on the garnish station and was the only one of the red team to get kicked out on that night). Whenever he got nominated by the red team(or team (or the black team), Trev would claim it was because they were trying to screw him over and refused to own up to his own mistakes.
** Russell managed a late claim to this status in Season 8, in the final episode. [[spoiler:Despite turning in probably the worst performance of any finalist in the show's history and completely destroying the morale of his team during the service, he actually had the gall to blame his team-members team members after Nona was unsurprisingly named the winner over him, and actually vowed to ''destroy their careers'' in retribution]].



** Season 8: Russell [[spoiler: [[LaserGuidedKarma especially after he lost the finals]]]] and Sabrina.

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** Season 8: Russell [[spoiler: [[LaserGuidedKarma especially after he lost the finals]]]] finale]]]] and Sabrina.



** Season 11: Dan. He WOULD NOT shut up about Ramsay saying he was a good chef. Ever. Also Susan; she kept bragging about the first time she cooked lamb properly, not raw...even though she kept failing until the ''15th episode''!

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** Season 11: Dan. He WOULD NOT shut up about Ramsay saying he was a good chef. Ever. Also Susan; she kept bragging about the first time she cooked lamb properly, not raw... even though she kept failing until the ''15th episode''!



** And even [[spoiler:in the episode where she was eliminated, the three remaining men on the blue team ''didn't want to nominate her,'' but they had no choice. When she left, they all gave her a standing ovation and told her not to cry.]]

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** And even [[spoiler:in the episode where she was eliminated, the three remaining men on the blue team ''didn't want to nominate her,'' but they had no choice. When she left, [[HeartwarmingMoment they all gave her a standing ovation and told her not to cry.cry]].]]



** Various chefs have taken it on themselves to modify Chef Ramsay's recipes[[note]] Sometimes accidentally, sometimes absent-mindedly, sometimes intentional [[/note]]; Sharon from Season 4 made a garlic-flavored risotto, for instance, and Colleen kept adding mascarpone cheese to the spaghetti with lobster. Needless to say, Chef Ramsay doesn't approve of having his recipes tampered with.
** Some chefs will start off the series saying that the competition would be easy for them. They're often in for a big surprise. Special mentions go to Polly from Season 2 and Dominic from Season 4. Both said that due to their experience with their kids, that Hell's Kitchen and Ramsay would be comparatively easy. They both got eliminated on their first night.

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** Various chefs have taken it on themselves to modify Chef Ramsay's recipes[[note]] recipes.[[note]] Sometimes accidentally, sometimes absent-mindedly, sometimes intentional [[/note]]; intentionally [[/note]] Sharon from Season 4 made a garlic-flavored risotto, for instance, and Colleen kept adding mascarpone cheese to the spaghetti with lobster. Needless to say, Chef Ramsay doesn't approve of having anyone tampering with his recipes tampered with.
recipes.
** Some chefs will start off the series saying that the competition would be easy for them. They're often in for a big surprise. Special mentions go to Polly from Season 2 and Dominic from Season 4. Both said that due to their experience with their kids, that Hell's Kitchen and Ramsay would be comparatively easy. They both got eliminated on their first night.



* WrongRestaurant: The British series once had comedian Vic Reeves attempt to order two fried eggs, which prompted the following reaction from Gordon Ramsey:

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* WrongRestaurant: The British series once had comedian Vic Reeves attempt to order two fried eggs, which prompted the following reaction from Gordon Ramsey:Ramsay:
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