History YMMV / HellsKitchen

23rd Jul '16 10:16:52 PM vexer
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* DorkAge: Many consider seasons 8-10 to be this. Season 8 was criticized for focusing more on incompetent chefs than talented ones, and season 9 was criticized for having [[EliminationHoudini Elise]] [[CreatorsPet get a ridiculous amount]] [[SpotlightStealingSquad of screentime]], even if the finalist pair (Paul and Will) is widely considered to be one of the best. Season 10, however, had half the chefs have a ridiculous attitude and the SmallNameBigEgo flaw, and bully several other chefs (especially [[DesignatedVillain Barbie]], who actually outlasted her entire team except for winner Christina and Dana) for no apparent reason. On top of that, Jean-Philippe was not supervising the dining room in these seasons due to commitments elsewhere, leaving James to replace him; this was lampshaded at the start of season 8. Since season 11, however, things are shaping up to be better, and JP returned for two more seasons (which was also lampshaded).

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* DorkAge: Many Some consider seasons 8-10 to be this. Season 8 was criticized for focusing more on incompetent chefs than talented ones, ones(and for having the worst runner-up in the entire series-Russell, who was a massive JerkAss that nobody including his own team liked) and season 9 was criticized for having [[EliminationHoudini Elise]] [[CreatorsPet get a ridiculous amount]] [[SpotlightStealingSquad of screentime]], even if the finalist pair (Paul and Will) is widely considered to be one of the best. Season 10, however, had half the chefs have a ridiculous attitude and the SmallNameBigEgo flaw, and bully several other chefs (especially [[DesignatedVillain Barbie]], who actually outlasted her entire team except for winner Christina and Dana) for no apparent reason. On top of that, Jean-Philippe was not supervising the dining room in these seasons due to commitments elsewhere, leaving James to replace him; this was lampshaded at the start of season 8. Since season 11, however, things are shaping up to be better, and JP returned for two more seasons (which was also lampshaded).
14th Jul '16 11:18:14 PM Spyspotter
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** Brian from Season 10 looked like he was going to make it to the finals, then his performance sharply dropped on his last few services, his performance on the meat station was so bad that Barbie had to step in and take over. He was eliminated in 7th place. And while Patrick was criticized for his terrible leadership skills, the night he volunteered to be the blue team's leader, he led them to their ONLY win. But he ended up making one too many simple mistake, and was booted at 11th place.

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** Brian from Season 10 looked like he was going to make it to the finals, then his performance sharply dropped on his last few services, service, when his performance on the meat station was so bad that Barbie had to step in and take over. He was eliminated in 7th place. And while Patrick was criticized for his terrible leadership skills, the night he volunteered to be the blue team's leader, he led them to their ONLY win. But he later ended up making one too many simple mistake, mistakes, and was booted at 11th place.



*** Melanie proved to be one of the Red (and by extension the Blue) team's strongest members, giving great performances up and down the block. Then, in the 6th episode, she volunteered to be the leader and out of the [[StealthPun blue]] gave her first bad performance. Her leadership was quiet and generally ineffective, with her team barely knowing that she was there, and was so obsessed with making sure that Kashia's meat was properly cooked, she ignored her own fish and sent it up raw. [[{{Irony}} This came after she looked down upon Anton deciding to be a floater, no less]]! She's mostly recovered since then, however, aside from sending raw chicken in 7 Chefs Compete. Though she was lucky that Gabriel was far worse that night. And she made many mistakes on the garnish station in 5 Chefs Compete and probably would've been eliminated had it not been for Joy quitting. She had nowhere left to go in the following episode, where she turned in easily the weakest performance of the four chefs who ran the pass, and was eliminated (though not until after Rochelle, surprisingly enough).

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*** Melanie proved to be one of the Red (and by extension the Blue) team's strongest members, giving great performances up and down the block. Then, in the 6th episode, she volunteered to be the leader and out of the [[StealthPun blue]] gave her first bad performance. Her leadership was quiet and generally ineffective, with her team barely knowing that she was there, and was so obsessed with making sure that Kashia's meat was properly cooked, she ignored her own fish and sent it up raw. [[{{Irony}} This came after she looked down upon Anton deciding to be a floater, no less]]! She's mostly recovered since then, however, aside from sending raw chicken in 7 Chefs Compete. Though she (She was lucky that Gabriel was far worse that night. night.) And she made many mistakes on the garnish station in 5 Chefs Compete and probably would've been eliminated had it not been for Joy quitting. She had nowhere left to go in the following episode, where she turned in easily the weakest performance of the four chefs who ran the pass, and was eliminated (though not until after Rochelle, surprisingly enough).
21st May '16 12:39:20 PM SirVancelot131
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* HollywoodPudgy: Chef Ramsay often called Ben from Season 5 fat. He wasn't actually that much overweight.

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* HollywoodPudgy: Chef Ramsay often called Ben from Season 5 fat. He wasn't actually that much overweight.overweight, and by the time he returned for a service in Season 9, he was skinnier. His teammate Robert, however...
21st May '16 12:37:09 PM SirVancelot131
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** Throughout the series, there are CommercialBreakCliffhanger moments, where the first minute after coming back, the same scene from before is shown, followed by the outcome, which usually wastes about 3-4 minutes of screen time. Fortunately, these are cut out of the DVD versions.
21st May '16 12:25:24 PM SirVancelot131
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** Corey in Season 4 as well. At first, she talked down to her teammates, used her [[MsFanservice good looks]] to manipulate the blue team (this only worked with Jason, ironically enough), and nominated Christina and Jen early on for strategic reasons even though they were strong chefs. By the halfway point, she figured out that she needed to be more pleasant, and even put aside her differences with Christina to help her and Petrozza get rid of Jen, who by that point did deserve to go home.
** Season 9's Elise may be the Scrappy Queen, but she did redeem herself when she became Paul's first pick (second overall) and was easily the hardest working member of his team. She even worked with her ArchEnemy Carrie without either of them coming to blows. Say what you will about her behavior throughout the season while she was competing, but she really did help Paul out big-time.
21st May '16 12:12:08 PM SirVancelot131
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* Season 4's Christina for being targeted by the red team for purely personal reasons, claiming that they found her condescending.

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* Season 4's Christina for being targeted by the red team for purely personal reasons, claiming that they found her condescending. The real kicker is that earlier on, Corey, and later on, Jen, were both much more condescending than Christina could ever hope to be.
21st May '16 12:07:57 PM SirVancelot131
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** In Season 4, Corey and Louross are talked up about having an attraction towards one another, and mere moments later it is completely brushed off.
29th Apr '16 5:58:27 PM grapesandmilk
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* StopHelpingMe: It's not uncommon for contestants to get angry at their team members for trying to help them with their station, exclaiming that they knew how to cook. It's pretty common for them to then proceed to fail because they rejected outside help.
** Although for some contestants, they reject other people's help and then prove that they really could cook by themselves. One of the best examples is Dave from Season 6, who continuously rejected people's offers to help him with his broken wrist. He said that he could and had to do things by himself. He proved that by [[spoiler: winning the competition]].
** Jason from Season 12 is also a notable example, but unlike the other contestants, he actually did not need the help at the time and only screamed at Sandra because she took over without communicating with Jason first.
29th Apr '16 4:19:29 PM SirVancelot131
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* CriticalResearchFailure: In season 13, Chef Ramsay telling the contestants that Aaron was the only chef to ever quit Hell's Kitchen. Clearly, Chef Ramsay forgot Joy from Season 12, Gina from Season 11, Andrew from Season 7, and Jeff from Season 1. You ''could'' surmise that he was talking about people quitting in the exact manner that Aaron did, namely getting nominated in the usual manner and then just flat-out admitting that Ramsay should send him home... except that someone else (namely Simone) did the exact same thing only the season beforehand.

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* CriticalResearchFailure: In season 13, Chef Ramsay telling the contestants that Aaron was the only chef to ever quit Hell's Kitchen. Clearly, Chef Ramsay forgot Joy from Season 12, Gina from Season 11, Andrew from Season 7, Joseph from Season 6 and Jeff from Season 1. You ''could'' surmise that he was talking about people quitting in the exact manner that Aaron did, namely getting nominated in the usual manner and then just flat-out admitting that Ramsay should send him home... except that someone else (namely Simone) did the exact same thing only the season beforehand.
22nd Apr '16 6:48:54 PM Worffan101
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** Jackie in season 15 combines all the major elements, with subpar-to-mediocre skills in the kitchen, a terrible attitude, crass behavior, extremely confrontational and prone to temper tantrums, with even Sous Chef Christina calling her a cancer for the team at one point. She was also kept around farther than some less dramatic and roughly similar or better skilled contestants.
*** Frank from the same season is likewise heavily disliked by the fans due to his general bad attitude, his [[NeverMyFault constantly blaming others for his mistakes]] and his shameless [[HeManWomanHater dislike and sexist attitude towards women in general]]. His showing this same disdain towards female Marines in his last episode earned him the hatred of people commenting on the Baltimore Marines profile on Facebook and got them to investigate the incident. Frank is ironically not the first Marine on ''Hell's Kitchen'' to become a Scrappy (looking at you, Joseph).

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** Jackie in season 15 combines all the major elements, with subpar-to-mediocre skills in the kitchen, a terrible attitude, crass behavior, [[JerkAss a]] [[SmallNameBigEgo terrible]] [[NeverMyFault attitude]], [[{{Joisey}} crass]] [[ItsAllAboutMe behavior]], extremely confrontational and prone to temper tantrums, with even Sous Chef Christina calling her a cancer for the team at one point. She was also kept around farther than some less dramatic and roughly similar or better skilled contestants.
*** Frank from the same season is likewise heavily disliked by the fans due to his general bad attitude, his [[NeverMyFault constantly blaming others for his mistakes]] and his shameless [[HeManWomanHater dislike and sexist attitude towards women in general]]. His showing this same disdain towards female Marines in his last episode earned him the hatred of people commenting on the Baltimore Marines profile on Facebook and [[LaserGuidedKarma got them to investigate the incident.incident]]. Frank is ironically not the first Marine on ''Hell's Kitchen'' to become a Scrappy (looking at you, Joseph).




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* Season 15's Manda. She's a young mother who's clearly been through a lot (she used to work as a stripper to pay her bills), clearly misses her children (she's almost in tears the last few times she mentions them), and has next to no self-confidence, yet [[IronWoobie never gives up or loses her upbeat attitude]]. She isn't the best chef, but she doesn't deserve the way [[JerkAss Frank]] treats her like shit or how Dannie talks down to her.



** Notice how much [[HandicappedBadass Dave]] of Season 6 is mentioned?

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** Notice how much [[TheDreaded how]] [[TheAce much]] [[HandicappedBadass Dave]] of [[FlawlessVictory Season 6 6]] [[TheRedBaron is mentioned?mentioned]]?


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** Season 15's Manda. Most of her team ignores or talks down to her, Frank treats her like shit, she has little self-confidence, and she's obviously missing her kids a LOT--but she keeps trying without pause and moreover keeps an optimistic, upbeat attitude right up to her elimination.


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** Meghan from Season 14 may qualify; she's harsh and sometimes outright rude, although she picks on Michelle slightly less than the others, but she's been through a ridiculous amount of punishments despite being [[TheAce far and away the best chef on the roster]] thanks to her team's incompetence.


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** Season 15 has Jackie, who's basically a ''slightly'' toned-down Elise with less talent and an openly rude Joisey attitude. Her InsaneTrollLogic rants can be downright ''painful''.
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