History Series / HellsKitchen

25th May '16 9:06:04 PM Honibaz
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** A common catalyst seems to be telling the chef to switch to the other team so they can lead and help the 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.

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** A common catalyst seems to be telling the chef to switch to the other team so they can lead and help the 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.
25th May '16 8:57:33 PM Honibaz
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* 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 the 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.


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* BornUnlucky: [[spoiler: Despite being Season 14's strongest and most consistent contestant from beginning to end, Meaghan lost 5 dinner services and 7 consecutive team challenges, mostly due to her teammates' ineptitude. Subverted in the end by winning the season.]]
24th May '16 9:10:50 PM Honibaz
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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 prisoner]]), Salvatore from Season 7 ([[spoiler: Skipped his education to work and make money for his family]]), 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]]).
21st May '16 10:08:14 AM SirVancelot131
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*** Season 4: The first time the intro involved the contestants moving and interacting with the virtual environment, as opposed to previous intros with just close ups of their faces. The first time that six contestants were issued black jackets instead of 5, with only Seasons 9, 11, and 15 having only 5 black jacket chefs after this season. The first season without the original red team Sous Chef Mary Ann.
*** Season 5: The elimination of Carol which marked the first time a contestant was eliminated despite being on the winning team.

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*** Season 4: The first time the intro involved the contestants moving and interacting with the virtual environment, as opposed to previous intros with just close ups of their faces. The first time that six contestants were issued black jackets instead of 5, with only Seasons 9, 11, and 15 having only 5 black jacket chefs after this season. The first season without the original red team Sous Chef Mary Ann.
Ann. Also the first season where Ramsay named both teams winners of a service, starting a trend where Ramsay sometimes decides not to eliminate anyone after a particularly good service.
*** Season 5: The elimination of Carol which marked the first time a contestant was eliminated despite being on the winning team. Also, it was the first season where Ramsay gave positive reviews to more than just one or two dishes, leading to the first noticeable change mentioned below for Season 6.



*** Season 7: The first time that four black jacket chefs ran the hot plate, as opposed to just three. The first time Ramsay would move a contestant back to their original team after previously moving them to the opposing team. (Autumn in this case, followed by Trev in Season 8)

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*** Season 7: The first time that four black jacket chefs ran the hot plate, as opposed to just three. The first time Ramsay would move a contestant back to their original team after previously moving them to the opposing team. (Autumn in this case, followed by Trev in Season 8)8) The first time that an entire episode (challenge and service) ended with no one being eliminated or voluntarily leaving.
18th May '16 5:36:36 PM bt8257
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''Hell's Kitchen'' features 12--20 aspiring chefs competing in various cooking challenges and working in the kitchen of a Hollywood soundstage turned into a fancy restaurant. Sounds simple enough, but what provides this show's appeal is that these aspiring chefs must compete and work together under the watchful eye of Creator/GordonRamsay, a SupremeChef and a SadistTeacher if there ever was one.

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''Hell's Kitchen'' features 12--20 1220 aspiring chefs competing in various cooking challenges and working in the kitchen of a Hollywood soundstage turned into a fancy restaurant. Sounds simple enough, but what provides this show's appeal is that these aspiring chefs must compete and work together under the watchful eye of Creator/GordonRamsay, a SupremeChef and a SadistTeacher if there ever was one.



The reward for the chef who survives this nightmare is a chance to serve as executive chef of a high-class (and we mean ''high''-class -- think The Savoy) restaurant. Much of the show's appeal comes from the fact that it features the same kinds of people that plague every [[RealityTv reality series]]... but in a shocking diversion from the genre, they're ''punished'' for being attention-starved idiots and ''rewarded'' for showing competence and maturity.

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The reward for the chef who survives this nightmare is a chance to serve as executive chef of a high-class (and we mean ''high''-class -- think The Savoy) restaurant. Much of the show's appeal comes from the fact that it features the same kinds of people that plague every [[RealityTv [[RealityTV reality series]]... but in a shocking diversion from the genre, they're ''punished'' for being attention-starved idiots and ''rewarded'' for showing competence and maturity.
17th May '16 2:13:53 PM SirVancelot131
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** Inverted by Keith in the Season 2 finale; he was actually picked ''first'', and yet displayed a horrible attitude to Virginia, demanding $1,000 just so that he'd promise to give his all, mostly because he was a sore loser about Virginia going to the finals instead of him.

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** Inverted by Keith in the Season 2 finale; he was actually picked ''first'', and yet displayed a horrible attitude to Virginia, demanding $1,000 just so that he'd promise to give his all, mostly because he was a sore loser about Virginia going to the finals instead of him. Also, like Garrett below, Keith had much more respect for Heather than Virginia.



** In the season 9 finale, [[spoiler: Will, who won the challenge and thus got the first pick, tried to use this to his advantage: his foe Paul had already chosen Elise, and eventually the only two chefs left were Carrie, who Elise had at the top of her hit list, and Krupa, who was a trainwreck by the end of her initial run on the show. Will chose Krupa, thinking that Elise's and Carrie's bickering would cripple Paul's chances. This blew up in Will's face SPECTACULARLY: Krupa was absolutely hopeless on her station, bringing Will's kitchen to a complete halt at one point, while Elise had her best service ever and never once argued with Carrie (there was still clearly some tension, but they managed to shut up), and Paul ultimately won. Oops...]]

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** In the season 9 finale, [[spoiler: Will, who won the challenge and thus got the first pick, tried to use this to his advantage: his foe Paul had already chosen Elise, and eventually the only two chefs left were Carrie, who Elise had at the top of her hit list, list while having at least some talent, and Krupa, who was a trainwreck by the end of her initial run on the show. Will chose Krupa, thinking that Elise's and Carrie's bickering would cripple Paul's chances. This blew up in Will's face SPECTACULARLY: Krupa was absolutely hopeless on her station, bringing Will's kitchen to a complete halt at one point, while Elise had her best service ever and never once argued with Carrie (there was still clearly some tension, but they managed to shut up), and Paul ultimately won. Oops...]]
17th May '16 2:03:19 PM SirVancelot131
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** At least once a season, a member of one team will be transferred to the other. Usually for the purposes of evening the teams out. It can also be for other reasons: transfer strong cook to weak team to help them improve or transfer weak cook (or one that doesn't mix well with their teammates) to other team to see if the different team dynamic will work out better for them.

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** At least once a season, a member of one team will be transferred to the other. Usually for the purposes of evening the teams out.out when one team loses consecutive dinner services and thus loses members more rapidly than the other team. It can also be for other reasons: transfer strong cook to weak team to help them improve or transfer weak cook (or one that doesn't mix well with their teammates) to other team to see if the different team dynamic will work out better for them. There have been instances where both teams swapped members. One instance, four contestants were switched over at the same time, two from each team, and on many occasions, Ramsay teases elimination only to tell them they are switching teams up.



*** Season 3: The elimination of Josh which marked the first time Chef Ramsay eliminated someone ''in the middle of service'' and Ramsay sending Julia off to culinary school, as well as the first time two contestants would be eliminated in the same episode.

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*** Season 3: The elimination of Josh which marked the first time Chef Ramsay eliminated someone ''in the middle of service'' and Ramsay sending Julia off to culinary school, as well as the first time two contestants would be eliminated in the same episode. The first (and so far, the only) time that the final service featured teams with the chefs who were originally on those teams before being eliminated, as Bonnie picked all the returning women and Rock picked all the returning men.
13th May '16 5:46:52 PM SirVancelot131
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*** Season 3: The elimination of Josh which marked the first time Chef Ramsay eliminated someone ''in the middle of service'' and Ramsay sending Julia off to culinary school.
*** Season 4: The first time the intro involved the contestants moving and interacting with the virtual environment, as opposed to previous intros with just close ups of their faces.

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*** Season 3: The elimination of Josh which marked the first time Chef Ramsay eliminated someone ''in the middle of service'' and Ramsay sending Julia off to culinary school.
school, as well as the first time two contestants would be eliminated in the same episode.
*** Season 4: The first time the intro involved the contestants moving and interacting with the virtual environment, as opposed to previous intros with just close ups of their faces. The first time that six contestants were issued black jackets instead of 5, with only Seasons 9, 11, and 15 having only 5 black jacket chefs after this season. The first season without the original red team Sous Chef Mary Ann.



*** Season 6: The first time the signature dishes actually became a team challenge. Also the first time Ramsay kicked chefs out of the kitchen to sit out the rest of service in the dorms (nowadays though, it's rare when that DOESN'T happen). On the first black jacket night, Chef Ramsay walked out of the ''restaurant in the middle of service'' for the first time, leaving the contestants to fend for themselves. It was also the first time the final 2 did not design their sides of the restaurant.
*** Season 7: The first time that four black jacket chefs ran the hot plate, as opposed to just three.

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*** Season 6: The first time the signature dishes actually became a team challenge. The first time a previous winner of Hell's Kitchen became a Sous Chef (Heather from Season 2). Also the first time Ramsay kicked chefs out of the kitchen to sit out the rest of service in the dorms (nowadays (as opposed to eliminating them upon doing so, but nowadays though, it's rare when that DOESN'T happen). On the first black jacket night, Chef Ramsay walked out of the ''restaurant in the middle of service'' for the first time, leaving the contestants to fend for themselves. It was also the first time the final 2 did not design their sides of the restaurant.
*** Season 7: The first time that four black jacket chefs ran the hot plate, as opposed to just three. The first time Ramsay would move a contestant back to their original team after previously moving them to the opposing team. (Autumn in this case, followed by Trev in Season 8)



*** Season 10: The first (and only) time Chef Ramsay deemed both teams the loser during a challenge. The first time there wasn't a NonGameplayElimination with any of the contestants.

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*** Season 10: The first (and only) time Chef Ramsay deemed both teams the loser during a challenge.challenge, instead requiring both teams to participate in the punishment. The first time there wasn't a NonGameplayElimination with any of the contestants.



*** Season 13: The first time to have a new narrator. The first time that a single team (red team) won the opening service without any of its members kicked out.

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*** Season 13: The first time to have a new narrator. The first time that a single team (red team) won the opening service without any of its members kicked out. The first time the signature dish challenge was scored with a rating system rather than just liking or disliking the dish.
*** Season 14: The first time that Ramsay never declared a "Best of the Worst" at any point to decide who nominates chefs for elimination.
12th May '16 5:35:36 AM SirVancelot131
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** Also from Season 8 was Raj. Rather than spoil the full story of Raj's incompetence, let's just put it this way: he was kicked off the show during the elimination ceremony on a night when his team ''won''.

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** Also from Season 8 was Raj. Rather than spoil the full story of Raj's incompetence, let's just put it this way: he was kicked off the show during the elimination ceremony on a night when his team ''won''. To be fair, Raj was the third contestant to be eliminated this way, but he was eliminated in this fashion much earlier than Salvatore (Season 7) or Carol (Season 5) before him.
10th May '16 1:15:00 AM 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, an inept cook, a Jerkass, or any combination of the three.

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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, an inept cook, a Jerkass, {{Jerkass}}, or any combination of the three.
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