History Series / HellsKitchen

2nd Feb '16 7:41:29 PM jameygamer
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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, 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, 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).

** 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 once since the signature dishes became a challenge did a contestant making this mistake not lead directly to their team losing the challenge, 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, and only once three times since the signature dishes became a challenge did a contestant making this mistake not lead directly to their team losing the challenge, 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.
2nd Feb '16 11:16:46 AM JCW555
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Clarified the restaurant redesign in the format section.
The finale changes things up. The two finalists meet with the show's interior designer to discuss how they want their own dining rooms to look for the final dinner service. While the dining rooms are being worked on, Ramsay takes the finalists to the restaurant that they could win and they have to perform one last challenge by cooking several meals to be presented to several professional chefs. Eight chefs that were sent home previously come back one last time to help out the finalists during dinner service. After everything is all over, the finalists stand behind a pair of doors. One of them opens and the other does not. The chef who gets the unlocked door is the big winner of Hell's Kitchen.
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The finale changes things up. The From seasons 1-5, the two finalists meet with the show's interior designer to discuss how they want their own dining rooms to look for the final dinner service. While the The dining rooms are being worked on, room redesign was dropped from season 6 onward. Ramsay then takes the finalists to the restaurant that they could win and they have to perform one last challenge by cooking several meals to be presented to several professional chefs. Eight chefs that were sent home previously come back one last time to help out the finalists during dinner service. After everything is all over, the finalists stand behind a pair of doors. One of them opens and the other does not. The chef who gets the unlocked door is the big winner of Hell's Kitchen.
27th Jan '16 8:47:22 PM jenmic
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** Averted in season 9, when [[spoiler:Elise]] lied to Ramsay's face about scoring the beef Wellingtons and said Tommy did it]], yet was not eliminated.
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** Averted in season 9, when [[spoiler:Elise]] lied to Ramsay's face about scoring the beef Wellingtons and said Tommy did it]], it, yet was not eliminated.
27th Jan '16 7:46:14 PM jenmic
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* NeverLearnedToRead: Salvatore in season 7. He screwed up in giving the orders to the kitchen because since he couldn't read, he also couldn't write down what the order was. Ramsay naturally tried to insult Salvatore by asking him if he even knew how to read. Salvatore honestly replied that he could not, due to getting a job instead of going to school so that he could support his family. Ramsay was completely shocked and apologized for his rude remark.
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* NeverLearnedToRead: Salvatore in season 7. He screwed up in giving the orders to the kitchen because since he couldn't read, read English, he also couldn't write down what the order was. Ramsay naturally tried to insult Salvatore by asking him if he even knew how went to read.school. Salvatore honestly replied that he could not, due to getting a job instead of going to school so that he could support his family. Ramsay was completely shocked and apologized for his rude remark.
27th Jan '16 7:02:00 PM jenmic
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*** Season 11's blue team was a close contender in comparison to Season 10's boys. First, they lost the signature dish challenge 5-4. Not horrible, but their losses get bigger from there: they lost 12 to 9 in the lobster challenge, then got beaten by the red team during the charity run lunch (for clarification, Ramsay dragged one contestant per team on the 3K run with him, skinny Dan and slightly chubby Mary, and wouldn't let the teams start until they both got back; Dan got back well before Mary, but the red team STILL FINISHED FIRST), and finally, lost the protein taste challenge as the women beat their ten-minute, thirty-three-second time with almost ''four minutes'' to spare when Michael and Barret couldn't identify turkey meatballs[[note]] And this was after the time sinker that was Nedra as she was paralyzed in fear with the animals that she wasted ''seven'' of those minutes![[/note]].
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*** Season 11's blue team was a close contender in comparison to Season 10's boys. First, they lost the signature dish challenge 5-4. Not horrible, but their losses get bigger from there: they lost 12 to 9 in the lobster challenge, then got beaten by the red team during the charity run lunch (for clarification, Ramsay dragged one contestant per team on the 3K run with him, skinny Dan and slightly chubby Mary, and wouldn't let the teams start until they both got back; Dan got back well before Mary, but the red team STILL FINISHED FIRST), and finally, lost the protein taste challenge as the women beat their ten-minute, thirty-three-second time with almost ''four minutes'' to spare when Michael and Barret Jon couldn't identify turkey meatballs[[note]] And this was after the time sinker that was Nedra as she was paralyzed in fear with the animals that she wasted ''seven'' of those minutes![[/note]].
26th Jan '16 7:46:59 PM Pickly
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** Season 15 episode 2 played this straight during a dumpling making challenge, using several male strippers followed by some bikini models as part of a series of distractions.
22nd Jan '16 2:34:48 PM jameygamer
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** Some chefs might be able to get away with serving canned/jarred/frozen food in some places such as home, but trying this trick on ''Hell's Kitchen'' gets said chef chewed out by Ramsay and, with the exception of Season 3 winner Rock, guarantees that they're not going to win due to being identified as not being serious and often a Jerkass.
22nd Jan '16 2:25:20 PM jameygamer
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** You might be able to get away with presenting canned/frozen/prepackaged food on shows like ''Series/CutthroatKitchen'' or ''Series/GuysGroceryGames'', but you will NOT get away with it on ''Hell's Kitchen''. The minute Ramsay spots someone attempting to serve him or someone else canned/jarred food as their signature dish, accidentally or otherwise, they are immediately called out for it and almost always certified a douchebag for the rest of the season.
22nd Jan '16 2:19:33 PM jameygamer
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** During Season 4's family night, Ramsay warned Matt that "if you serve raw chicken to any kids, I'll pickle your balls." Barely a minute later, a raw chicken drumstick served to a young boy makes its way back into the kitchen.
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** During Season 4's family night, Ramsay warned Matt that "if you serve raw chicken to any kids, I'll pickle your balls." Barely a minute later, a raw chicken drumstick served to a young boy makes its way back into the kitchen.kitchen, and to say Ramsay was angry is an understatement.
20th Jan '16 5:46:29 AM Gimere
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* TemptingFate: Carol in season 5 revealing her strategy for cooking the ''Gratin Dauphinois'' is to cook a whole bunch ahead, then reheat them to order, making mention of how smart this is and how NOTHING could go wrong. Three guesses how it turned out, and the first two don't count.
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* TemptingFate: TemptingFate: ** Carol in season 5 revealing her strategy for cooking the ''Gratin Dauphinois'' is to cook a whole bunch ahead, then reheat them to order, making mention of how smart this is and how NOTHING ''nothing'' could go wrong. Three guesses how it turned out, out for her, and the first two don't count.

* ThirdPersonPerson: J in season 5 referred to J in the ConfessionCam at least twice.
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* ThirdPersonPerson: ThirdPersonPerson: ** J in season 5 referred to J in the ConfessionCam at least twice.

* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: Joseph, during that infamous incident.
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* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: ** Joseph, during that infamous incident.

* TooDumbToLive: Joseph challenging Chef Ramsay to a fight in season six, despite being one of the frontrunners and not in the least bit of danger of going home any time soon.
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* TooDumbToLive: TooDumbToLive: ** Joseph challenging Chef Ramsay to a fight in season six, despite being one of the frontrunners and not in the least bit of danger of going home any time soon.

** Averted in season 9, when [[spoiler:Elise]] lied to Ramsay's face about scoring the beef Wellingtons and said [[spoiler:Tommy]] did it, yet was not eliminated. ** In Season 10, during a challenge, Royce served a lobster to the executive chefs that had a large piece of hair in it AND the lobster's "shit-sack" still attached, which single-handedly cost the blue team its chances of winning.
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** Averted in season 9, when [[spoiler:Elise]] lied to Ramsay's face about scoring the beef Wellingtons and said [[spoiler:Tommy]] Tommy did it, it]], yet was not eliminated. ** In Season 10, during a challenge, Royce served a lobster to the executive chefs that had a large piece of hair in it AND ''and'' the lobster's "shit-sack" still attached, which single-handedly cost the blue team its chances of winning.

* TookALevelInBadass: Vinnie, of all people, in the Season 3 finale. Despite having been one of the worst contestants from that season, he actually did ''very'' well when he was bought back for the finale, and helped dig Rock's kitchen out of the mess that Josh left them in after he screwed up royally on the appetizers.
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* TookALevelInBadass: TookALevelInBadass: ** Vinnie, of all people, in the Season 3 finale. Despite having been one of the worst contestants from that season, he actually did ''very'' well when he was bought back for the finale, and helped dig Rock's kitchen out of the mess that Josh left them in after he screwed up royally on the appetizers.

* TookAThirdOption: Generally, if a team is trying to railroad a competitor, or otherwise fail to make the "correct" nominations, Ramsay dispenses with the pomp and pageantry, and just turfs whoever he feels should go.
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* TookAThirdOption: TakeAThirdOption: ** Generally, if a team is trying to railroad a competitor, or otherwise fail to make the "correct" nominations, Ramsay dispenses with the pomp and pageantry, and just turfs whoever he feels should go.

* UpToEleven: Ramsay's anger, right after [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjE-cBDFphQ Giovanni talked back to him after being labelled "dickface".]] Poor Giovanni.
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* UpToEleven: UpToEleven: ** Ramsay's anger, right after [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjE-cBDFphQ Giovanni talked back to him after being labelled "dickface".]] Poor Giovanni.

* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Despite being the second to last to be eliminated, Season 6's Tennille was absent from the six returning chefs in the final episode. No reason on-show was given for this, though many watchers were probably grateful. ** It probably had something to do with Tennille's partner of two years being diagnosed with leukemia, as seen [[http://www.realitywanted.com/newsitem/2499-hells-kitchen-season-6-exclusive-interview-with-tennille-middleton in her exit interview]]. She did come back with other black-jacket players for one episode in Season 9.
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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: WhatHappenedToTheMouse: ** Despite being the second to last to be eliminated, Season 6's Tennille was absent from the six returning chefs in the final episode. No reason on-show was given for this, though many watchers were probably grateful. ** It grateful. [[note]]It probably had something to do with Tennille's partner of two years being diagnosed with leukemia, as seen [[http://www.realitywanted.com/newsitem/2499-hells-kitchen-season-6-exclusive-interview-with-tennille-middleton in her exit interview]]. She did come back with other black-jacket players for one episode in Season 9.[[/note]]

* WhatWereYouThinking: Season 8's Boris gets one from his teammate after mimicking Chef Ramsay during service (and getting bawled out, of course).
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* WhatWereYouThinking: WhatWereYouThinking: ** Season 8's Boris gets one this reaction from his teammate after mimicking Chef Ramsay during service (and getting bawled out, of course).

* YouKeepUsingThatWord: During the "make your own menu" dinner service, Season 5's Ben insisted on making some potato dish he called "pomme fondant". At service, Gordon pointed out that ''pomme'''s''' fondant'' is a French dish consisting of mashed potatoes cooked in butter, which Ben's dish was not. Later on he invoked this kind of reaction by repeatedly getting a "plain salad" wrong, causing Gordon to turn to Sous Chef Scott to make sure that the term means the same thing in America that it does in England.
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* YouKeepUsingThatWord: YouKeepUsingThatWord: ** During the "make your own menu" dinner service, Season 5's Ben insisted on making some potato dish he called "pomme fondant". At service, Gordon pointed out that ''pomme'''s''' fondant'' is a French dish consisting of mashed potatoes cooked in butter, which Ben's dish was not. Later on he invoked this kind of reaction by repeatedly getting a "plain salad" wrong, causing Gordon to turn to Sous Chef Scott to make sure that the term means the same thing in America that it does in England.
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