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- The red team in Episode 4 pulling a Hell's Kitchen first, and serving all their tables before the blue team. Even better when you remember they were pulled from prep for awhile to help set up the dining room.
- We have Elsie, who was famous for being "a mother of six". Well, when she was one of the last four contestants, she had been chewed out by her fellow competitors (although it was slightly her fault because she had previously stated how she won the challenge for that day) and is off to be eliminated. Ramsay knows something is up and asks Elsie if she was fine. Elsie could've taken the chance to chew out her fellow competitors...but she took the blow by herself instead. Sure, she was eliminated, but she showed much grace and maturity during that moment and kept her head up high the whole time. Special mention has to go to the Blind Taste Test. She just came off from being on the chopping block, but she managed to get three out of four points, and singlehandedly won it for the red team.
- Michael, the season's winner, was on the winning team in all but one service, and in the one service he lost, he was named the Best of the Worst. To this day, no other contestant has had this impressive of a record.
- In an earlier episode, Heather, who would eventually go on to win the entire season, burned her hand (but recovered), and was forced to sit out the rest of the service. This didn't stop her from directing her team to victory as she waited for the ambulance to arrive.
- Heather ripping Garett a new one after he made a sexist comment that the women should cook for them after the men come home from a hard day's work. She did not let him get away with it.
- The menu service for the blue team in which they managed to serve all their tables in record time despite having to be pulled from service temporarily to finish their delivery punishment. Special mention to Heather for saving the meat section when Garrett was struggling on it.
- Rarely happens, but whenever a customer goes up to Ramsay to complain while he's trying to work the kitchens and/or being a real douche about their complaints or being really rude to Ramsay, Ramsay tells them off.
- While Virginia might be a Base-Breaking Character, it's hard to argue that she had one of the best palates that season as she won the blind taste test for the red team and correctly guessed all the ingredients in Taste it Now Make it Challenge.
- Julia was one of the biggest underdogs in the entire series. As a simple Waffle House chef from Atlanta who pretty much didn't fit with everyone's fancy backgrounds, she was able to keep her calm in the kitchen and lead both her team (and once the Blue Team) out. Ramsay was so impressed that he would personally send her to Culinary School so that she could eventually come back to win the competition hands down. In Episode 3 when the chefs had to serve breakfast to the army and navy, Julia led her team to a near perfect victory and they finished way before the blue team did. Then, as an added bonus, Ramsay send Julia over to help the men out.
- In Ep 6, Julia, Jen, and Bonnie floored the Blue team in the service. This was specifically poignant because in the first episode, Ramsay had dubbed the team "Hell's Bitches" due to their fighting and due to three of their former members (Tiffany, Joanna, and Melissa, who was on the Blue Team) bickering and being complete jerks. The three girls are, in order: a nanny (Bonnie), a short order cook (Julia), and a pastry chef (Jen). Their opponents were two sous chefs (Josh and Brad), an Executive Chef (Rock) and a Line Chef (Melissa).
- In a deleted scene from the finale, Chef Scott outright threatens Josh and Vinnie about if they fuck up and pull any stupid shit while cooking for Rock on his team. Later in the service, he takes the piss out of them for asking how long on the garnish.
- Episode 5. Christina was nominated again for elimination, purely because her team thought she was arrogant. When Chef Ramsay found out about her nomination, he was alarmed and confused and called the team out on it. He asked Jen if she felt threatened by Christina, which Jen denied, claiming she was the one who decided her own fate in the competition. Ramsay quickly pointed out that HE decided her fate, not her. He then asked Rosann if she thought she was a better cook than Christina. When Rosann said she was, Ramsay promptly pointed out that she screwed her team that night. This is especially awesome in retrospect when you know that Rosann gets eliminated for being such a weak cook, and Christina actually ended up winning the competition.
- We had Jen, the prototypical Reality Show cutthroat bitch. Near the end of the season, she remarks that the previous service practically gave her a heart attack. We immediately cut to a Confession Cam with Petrozza, the man Gordon praised for being selfless and polite:
Petrozza: You cold bitch, you finally feel like you have a heart? Why, because you know there's a good chance that your ass is going on the chopping block, that's why you feel like you have a heart? Or are you just full of shit?
- Joseph was asked to give his nominations for elimination from the blue team and gave a simple reply of "They know who they are, and can step forward themselves." After Ramsay attempted several times to get Joseph to give him a straight answer, he finally tore into him until Joseph ripped off his jacket and stormed up to Ramsay challenging him to a fight in the parking lot after filming. Ramsay, who happens to be a martial arts black belt and in exceptionally fit condition, calmly stands inches away from him and basically challenges him to do it right there. When Joseph doesn't go through with it, Ramsay promptly ejects him....and spouts a one-liner as he trips over the bar ledge on his way out.
- Robert and Suzanne both gets a small moment themselves for telling Joseph off for his poor behaviour and reminding him to show Chef Ramsay some respect, even though Joseph wasn't willing to listen.
- The blue team in the welcome home party put up an amazing performance, as they got through service without any major problems, and served all of their entrees in great momentum. They then managed to save the red team's disastrous service when Ramsay called them to help.
- Who were the two final contestants? Dave and Kevin, both of whom were injured (fractured wrist and two sprained ankles, respectively). Dave won.
- Dave also had a Crowning Moment an episode before. Each contestant had to cook a dish of a certain style (Mexican, Indian, and Chinese) for master chefs of that style. He got Indian, which he had admittedly never cooked beforenote . He won the challenge.
- Dave, in general, had several moments throughout the season. One of the best examples was in the episode when Andy injured himself: while Andy complained that his injury hampered his performance, Ramsay pointed out that Dave had covered multiple stations by himself with no decrease in the quality of his output at all.
- Then there was Dave's impassioned plea to stay in the competition when Ramsay voiced concern over the seriousness of his injury, with Dave refusing to stop cooking even as he was visibly in great pain. Dave insisted that he was not done fighting, and told Gordon that if he was to be eliminated, that it should be because of his performance but not because of his wrist. Impressed, Gordon honored his plea and thus Dave continued to give it his all.
- In the season finale, Kevin demonstrated great leadership skills when he managed to fix Amanda's constant screw-ups. Had it not been for her, he may have won instead of Dave.
- Van with his signature dish. He boasted that despite people underestimating him for being a country boy from Texas, he has a sophisticated palate. He proved himself right by making a seared foie gras, with which Ramsay was very impressed. Made even a bit cooler when you do a little research on his background. He's the son of former WWE wrestler Gertrude "Luna" Vachon, and in her family, looks are definitely deceiving.
- When there are only six contestants remaining, the dinner service started off so badly that, for the first time ever, Gordon and sous chef Scott walked out of the kitchen. Immediately, Tennille and Kevin took charge of the kitchen themselves, managing to rally up despite the mistakes of others and Suzanne's unwillingness to send food out. Cue Ramsay returning and kicking out those who were doing badly, leaving Tennille, Kevin, and Dave to finish the service themselves with no more mishaps. Dave was working three stations on his own at one point. With a fractured wrist.
- The challenge when the teams roll a die with letters on them, name an ingredient that started with the letter they rolled, and make a dish using all the ingredients. For the blue team, the first one they rolled was haddock. Dave rolled an 'F' and chose "figs." The men basically gave up and chose random ingredients after that. So they had to make a dish out of haddock, figs, tomatoes, angel hair pasta, and apples. Against the red team's rabbit, haricotvert, potatoes, hamhock and garlic. Amazingly enough, the blue team cooked a decent dish. The figs sweetened the acidity of the tomato sauce they made. That combined with Ariel's overly powerful garlic sauce nailed them the victory.
- JP's crowning moment of awesome (Episode Two): "Ladies first". Afterward, he dished out the "Listen to ME!" against Van (a guy who has quite a bit more muscle than JP).
- In the first episode, both teams (despite having members kicked out mid service) managed to pull a first in Hell's Kitchen history and completed the first service of the season.
- In an early episode, the entire red team was pulled from service. Gordon, along with sous chefs Scott and Andi, cooked everything by themselves and finished the service.
- Happens again in season 9. Gordon threw out the entire red team except for Jennifer in the middle of service. Jennifer (along with Andi and Gordon) went on to finish the service spotlessly.
- In Episode 10, the chefs are combined into one team (while keeping their team colors) and have a time limit of two and a half hours since the customers will be attending a theater after dinner. With the exception of Nilka, who tanked on the fish station so horribly that Ramsay eliminated her from the competition mid-service, the team completed the service with no major mistakes and even had a decent amount of time to spare before the deadline. Needless to say, everyone remaining was named a winner, and Ramsay didn't eliminate anyone, but instead gave the final six black jackets.
- Ramsay even gets a heartwarming moment with Nilka, commending all of her skills and talent that she had shown every night before this episode, which he doesn't normally do after eliminating contestants in the middle of service.
- In Episode 12 of Season 7, Chef Ramsay leaves the kitchen for a moment and Sous Chef Scott is left in charge. Benjamin tries to take charge, but Scott immediately stops him and outright says to him that while he may be a good cook, he is a piss poor leader, and if Benjamin thinks he can do it, Scott will leave right then and there. He outright yells at Benjamin not to try and take over his job, but to get back onto his station right then and there.
- After the red team gets brought in to help the blue team in the fourth service and fails to make the situation any better, Gordon kicks everyone out, leaving him, Scott, and Andi to finish the last seven tickets on their own. All seven go out without incident. This is by no means the last time in the show Gordon and the sous chefs have to finish a service by themselves.
- In the first episode to feature the final six black-jacketed contestants, they had to create a dish and have it judged by a panel of five three-Michelin-star chefs. The judges each held up a numbered card (like at the Olympics) for presentation and then again for taste; the best score any judge could award for either category was 10. It looked like Gail, with a score of 87, would win the challenge, until Russell presented his dish... and received perfect scores in both categories. In a rare Pet the Dog moment for Russell, he did pick Gail to join him for the prize of lunch at the LA market.
- The blue team completely fell apart in one servicenote , and Ramsay started kicking them out of the kitchen one by one. Eventually, the only chef left was Trev who, despite coming within an inch of being thrown out despite being in the winning team during the previous episode, finished the blue team's service by himself. Even though Trev had largely been The Scrappy (with the obvious exceptions of Raj and Sabrina and later Russell), it was hard to deny he had kicked ass just this one time.
- Another Trev moment: After the Final Four chefs participated in a challenge, Russell took massive offense and tried to pick a fight with Trev, threatening that if Trev "talked back" to him again, he would "slap the shit outta you". Trev responds with an unflinching, sarcastic, "OK."
- Despite a weak start, Nona surprised everyone with her amazing palate, winning both the "blind tasting challenge" (scoring a 3/4) and the "taste it now make it challenge". She went on to win this season.
- Episode 13: After Nedra's disastrous first performance on the blue team, which the men easily decided to nominate her for, she screamed at them as to why she didn't deserve to be nominated. Zach (who himself was taking several levels in jerkass as of late) wouldn't bend to her whining, and said in the confessional, "We ain't the red team. We ain't scared of your attitude!" Whenever Nedra would scream "I AIN'T GOIN' UP!!", Zach would calmly state "Yeah, ya are" without an ounce of fear. It was very relaxing to see someone stand up to Nedra for once and she ultimately went home that night.
- Episode 16 had The Passing Zone, dressed as chefs. They juggled knives and flaming batons, before passing them to each other by Ramsay. As Zach pointed out, one false move and it would be the end.
- Episode 18. The five black jacket finalists go up against a team of returning contestant chefs, which isn't anything new. But this time, they aren't merely returning chefs from previous seasons, they're winning chefs from previous seasons. Ramsay decides to determine the winner by scorecards. The veterans had 95% customer satisfaction while the chefs had 93%. All in all, it was easily the best dinner service of the season with only a handful of comparatively minor errors, and for them to do so well against the veterans was impressive to all, including Ramsay.
- Jon.... just Jon. The last member of the suffering blue team and the only one who ever scored on a challenge. He was so good that Ramsey gave him his black jacket to keep and offered to contact him if there is a job today. And guess where Jon is right now? He works under Christina at Gordon Ramsey Steak. He's just that much of a badass.
- At the final service, Mary does the one thing that should've been done in previous seasons: kick out the chef that's doing horribly (i.e. Dan).
- You have to basically hand it to the reds this season, who managed to win against the blues by 10-2!. Special mention goes to Ja'nel, who achieved an 11-1, with the additional 1 when she was sent to the blues for one service.
- Episode 11: Scott's creativity finally pays off in a challenge. With each chef having 45 minutes to cook a dish with a different cut of pork, Scott gets the idea to make fresh ravioli from scratch. With Gordon calling it 'brave' but openly doubting he'll get it finished in time, and his teammates wondering what the hell he's thinking, it's looking bleak. Cue the final round of the challenge, where Gordon calls it absolutely delicious, along with praising him for finishing an unusually complicated dish on time. This was one of the first times a big gamble from Scott paid off, and he went on to win the first two Black Jacket challenges and eventually the whole season.
- Episode 12: In the wake of the biggest team change yet on the show (Rochelle and Sandra moved to the blue team while Anton and Scott moved to the red team), Ramsay sets up a "King Of The Hill"-type challenge (a person sits in a chair until someone has a better dish; the last person in the seat wins the challenge for his/her team). After a borderline game of musical chairs (Scott took the seat, followed by Sandra, then Anton), Rochelle took the seat and held onto it for the next FIVE dishes, including her former teammates Kashia, Joy, and Melanie. Rochelle won the challenge for the blue team, and you can clearly see the look of regret on her former teammates' faces for nominating her in the first place (which they admitted beforehand was based on Rochelle's desire to have a family, rather than cooking performance). Karma's a bitch.
- Episode 14: Gabriel finally realizes that he was on his last legs if he didn't do well on service and delivers perfect garnish after garnish while being the glue that held the blue team's communication together. Ramsay singles him as Best of the Best for the Blue Team that night.
- The entire blue team get the CMOA, as after they have delivered their final entree, Ramsay calls them over to the pass to congratulate them on one of the best services a team has ever had in Hell's Kitchen.
- Another moment was Rochelle who, having never worked as a professional chef and having been given glowing praise for her beef wellingtons, was complimented by Ramsay, stating that she cooks like she had been a professional chef for five years.
- Scott spent the majority of his time on the show as the resident bitch... which made his eventual victory even sweeter.
- Jason also deserves some credit: he was forced to drop out of season 9 before he could even take part in a single service, but he came back with a vengeance, made very few mistakes along the way, and deservedly finished in second.
- Scott kicking Jessica out of the kitchen when she wasn't performing to his standards. Some fans speculate that this was the moment when Ramsay decided Scott as the winner because Jason had kept Sandra on, even though she had blatantly tried to sabotage him multiple times.
- The red team's performance in the first service. For perspective, only four teams in the entire history of Hell's Kitchen until that point had completed the first night's service, and even then with several caveats (the Season 7 red and blue teams were merged into one to finish the service, the Season 11 red and blue teams had four and eight chefs thrown out respectively, and both seasons had Ramsay promising a completed first service). This season's red team not only finished the service without anyone being thrown out, the only thing to go even slightly wrong was Janai not serving enough scallops on the last appetizer, a mistake that she immediately resolved.
- After Frank, Sterling, and Bryant get kicked out in episode 3's service, the remaining chefs (Aaron, Steve, JR, Fernando & Santos) finished the service quickly and without any problems. This led to an easy victory for the blue team since Ramsay threw out the entire red team for La Tasha's raw salmon and for Kalen and Denine performing horribly on the meat station.
- For the third time, a team taking the craps challenge gets a horrible combination of ingredients (in this case, three acidic fruits with nothing to counteract it) and pulls out a win because of high talent and the opposing team's mistakes. Unlike in Seasons 6 and 10, it's the red team that wins (thanks to La Tasha's skill) and the blue team that messes up (Bryant got his dish chosen, only to find he'd failed to season the daikon).
- In episode 9, after Steve was forced out of the competition due to a knee injury (sustained while doing the punishment for losing the aforementioned craps challenge), the blue team seemed motivated to pull out a victory for him. They did, with Ramsay never shown yelling at any of them once: Santos was flawless on appetizers, Bryant aced the fish station, and even the generally mediocre Aaron excelled on the always difficult, sometimes disastrous meat station.
- Every service after the first one, something always happened that hindered the red team's performance and often caused them to lose. Episode 10 has only four red team members remaining, and from the beginning to the end of the dinner service, they are a well oiled machine: Sterling giving a stellar performance on appetizers (and also quickly helping Jennifer once a lot of orders of flatbread were coming in so she wouldn't get swamped), Jennifer rocking the garnish, La Tasha flawlessly on meats, and even the often inconsistent Roe excelling in the fish station, all together delivering a smooth, almost perfect service (the only mistake being a flare up on Roe's station that Ramsay quickly handled) that reached the levels of excellence the red team had achieved in the first dinner service that had Chef Ramsay quite pleased.
- Sade entering episode 12's amuse-bouche challenge with a dish that included napa cabbage and passion fruit. Gordon and guest judge Tanya Steel are immediately incredulous at this choice of ingredients, and it seems that Sade's going to receive her eighth punishment in a row. Cue both judges declaring the dish to be delicious and giving it 9 out of 10 points, easily winning the challenge.
- Episode 13's dinner service is a big one for Andi, James, and Gordon. They're competing against the whole of the black jacket team, and despite being just three people, they utterly thrash the black jackets. They complete their service quickly and near flawlessly, finishing five tickets ahead of the other team. The only problems they run into are James slightly falling behind on orders and wasting time plating his dishes.
- The majority of the chefs got one in the first episode, where a whopping 15 of the 18 contestants impressed Chef Ramsay (the previous record was 11 out of 18 in season 9). On top of that, all nine members of the blue team earned Ramsay's praise (the only middling reviews going to Randy, Michael, and Brent who each got 3 out of 5). But the only two people to earn perfect 5's for their dishes were on the red team (Meghan and T), so all in all, they set the bar high.
- Randy managing to get a perfect 10 out of 10 from both Chef Ramsay and a high profile Greek chef who had flown all the way from New York to be part of the challenge, in spite of the fact that he had never even eaten a Greek dish before in his life.
- After kicking out the red team for having 8 tables left against the blue team's last ticket in episode 7, Ramsay got the blue team into the red kitchen. Despite having some trouble finishing their own service, the blue team served the red team's remaining tables without a single mistake.
- Milly becoming the second person ever to get a perfect 4/4 on the blind taste test.
- Episode 12 had awesome moment for Michelle when she beat out Meghan's porterhouse steak with her flank steak (which is considered one of the cheaper cuts) at the last minute!
- For anyone sick of the way Michelle is constantly treated by her teammates, in episode 14, Chef Ramsay chews the others out for nominating her for no real reason other than the "process of elimination" instead of Milly, who had a problematic service.
- The season opener. Ramsay has the chefs brought to a military base instead of the kitchen, to have them learn discipline. After they change into fatigues, they assemble in front of a climbing wall with the Hell's Kitchen logo on it, and Ramsay stands in front of it striking his trademark Badass Armfold and tells them their first challenge is behind that wall. Cue the wall falling forward, the paper Hell's Kitchen logo tearing around Ramsay, to reveal the entrance to Hell's Kitchen and a crowd of observers. All while Ramsay unflinchingly continues to stare with his arms crossed.
- The first dinner service was one for the Red team. They went the whole night without pissing off Ramsay once, and all of their food was punctual and delicious, making this the single best opening night service for any team in the show's history. Not bad for a first night!
- Before Episode 6, the red team basically trashed the blue team in services, as they only lost ONE service in the first 5 episodes, and each member is very consistent. It gets to the point that after the Blue Team gets kicked out of the kitchen while the Red Team has an excellent service in Episode 5, Chef Ramsay tells the Blue Team that if they don't get their act together, all the black jackets this season will go to the Red Team.
- In total amount of wins, the red team won eight dinner services, the highest to date!
- With Aaron leaving, Devin has had enough of his teammates throwing him under the bus. Despite having him struggle with the crossword, he manages to get the highest score out of the whole blue team in the Ingredient Crossword challenge with 4 points alongside Matt and Koop's 3, while Paulie and Andrew, his main detractors, got a taste of humble pie with their low scores. To top it off, his efforts managed to get enough points to prevent Ryan's strongest dish from winning. And after the sixth service and finding out the team had a meeting behind his back, he fight backs his team for using him as a scapegoat for their mistakes.
- The new red team (consisting of 4 original members and new additions Matt and Andrew) rescuing the ballroom dance service after the blue team was kicked out for being 10 tables behind them.
- Give props to Wendy in the blind tasting challenge. She not only scored a perfect run on her first attempt, she managed to win the sudden death round for the blue team.
- Devin and Koop, two chefs who didn't make it to the Black Jackets, stepping to the rescue of their respective teams in the finale. With Koop taking over on fish and Devin taking over on meat, they both completed service perfectly on the two stations that are widely regarded as the most difficult - and certainly most prone to mistakes - in Hell's Kitchen.
- Notably, they both take over stations from chefs that had made it further into the competition than they had (Kimberly for Devin and Wendy for Koop). It goes to show just how much potential they each had if they had survived their eliminations.
- The first episode sees the two teams tied in the first challenge. Four of them, two per team, obtained perfect scores of 5 out of 5 in their dishes, and the decision is brought down to who had the best dish, Mia or Kevin. In the end, Mia clinches the victory for the Rookies in the very first challenge, and she did so by managing to beat out Kevin, who's widely considered one of the strongest finalists to not win.
- Admit it. It was quite satisfying to see Chef Ramsay rip Jen a new one when she had the gall to accuse him of trying to sabotage her on garnish during the second service. When she continued to push the envelope, he told her in no uncertain terms to get out and that after all her boasting of her skill that "she didn't have it" after all.
- In episode 4, the reward challenge was to prepare a delicious soup, with the three judges ranking the soups from one to three stars. The veterans go first and manage a total of 41 points. The rookies then surpass them with ease, in part thanks to Mia and Gizzy obtaining perfect scores of 9 out of 9, managing to achieve a total 42 points while they still had one person whose soup hadn't been tasted, Kanae. Come Kanae's turn, her soup earned her the third perfect score of the challenge, resulting in the rookies demolishing the veterans 51 to 41.
- As if to point out how strong the rookies are, the only three perfect scores of the challenge all came from their team.
- In episode 6, Chris's dish not only received a perfect score but also was used as the tiebreaker in favor of the red team, even beating frontrunner Mia's dish. It's especially awesome considering his inconsistency up to that point.
- When Chris bowed out of the competition later that episode, the Red team dedicated the next service to him. They won in a landslide.
- In episode 9, the tensions caused during the previous episode's nominations don't affect the women in the slightest, as not only do they yet again win the reward challenge, but they have a near perfect dinner service (the only mistakes being Kanae accidentally dropping two scallops and not understanding Chef Ramsay at first when he said "out in one"), with flawless communication and superb cooking, feeding not only all their tables, but a good two thirds of the red team's tables after the men get kicked out.
- With the Blue Teams win in Episode 11, Heather has set a new record for services won by a chef in Hells Kitchen, with 14 (She won 8 services in Season 16, and 6 in Season 18).
- Bret's return after his sudden departure from Season 14 due to a back injury; Having failed to make the black jackets on his first run despite his competence in the kitchen, he finally gets his second chance and makes it all the way to third place, with Gordon letting him keep his long sought-after black jacket and promising to keep in contact with him for a future opportunity should it arise.
- Ariel's journey in both Season 6 and 18 is one to behold. In her first run, she was in one of the worst red team's in the show's history (they only won one service that season), she was overshadowed by Dave and Kevin, and lost her confidence when she reached the black jackets, ending up in third place. Here; she was the front runner in a lot of the challenges, helped win more services for the women, improved her leadership, and won the first black jacket along with making it to the finale, all without getting nominated once. And of course, she won this season!