Hell's Kitchen: Season 1 (2005)

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Hell's Kitchen

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Marked by overwrought reality TV staging,Hell's Kitchen makes for unpleasant viewing with Chef Gordon Ramsey's hostile nature too often veering into grating self-parody.

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Critic Ratings: 11

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User Ratings: 13

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Air date: May 30, 2005

Gordon splits the 12 hopefuls into two teams for the restaurant's opening-night challenge that becomes a nightmare for the customers. Afterward, Elsie is forced to nominate two players for elimination.

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Air date: Jun 6, 2005

After barely surviving the opening night of the Hell's Kitchen restaurant, the heat is on as the contestants prepare for their second dinner service. To prepare for the service both teams have a squid cleaning competition as Ramsay overlooks with his watc

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Air date: Jun 13, 2005

The third night in the kitchen finds the remaining chefs cracking under the pressure of Gordon Ramsay and his hot temper. After barely surviving the opening night of the Hell's Kitchen restaurant and fumbling their way through night two, the remaining con

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Air date: Jun 20, 2005

The players attempt to re-create Gordon's signature dishes for a discerning crowd at an L.A. eatery.

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Air date: Jun 27, 2005

On the restaurant's fifth night, Hell's Kitchen presents an entire Italian-themed menu. After a tense competition in the afternoon, one team is rewarded with an afternoon outing with Chef Ramsay. Later at the dinner service, the participants' competitive

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Air date: Jul 11, 2005

A taste-test competition in which teams try to identify foods only by taste.

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Air date: Jul 11, 2005

Desserts are prepared in front of diners, and a power failure makes the task more challenging.

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Air date: Jul 18, 2005

Hell's Kitchen opens its eighth night with not only the four contestants left over from the previous night's service, but also the ingredients. The four remaining chefs are given 15 minutes and a tray of leftovers to create a meal that Chef Ramsay conside

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Air date: Jul 25, 2005

Gordon orders his final three hopefuls to serve their signature dishes to a dining room packed with their family members, which proves a little too daunting for one overworked contestant.

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Air date: Aug 1, 2005

In the finale, Gordon's final two competitors try to impress the chef during a simulation that tests their ability to run a restaurant, including the kitchen, a staff and the front of the house. In addition, the eliminated wannabes return to play a part in the challenge. And perhaps wreak some havoc.

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If you can't stand the heat...then don't try to cook your way to glory in this reality show. Season 1 sets the mold: Acid-tongued British chef Gordon Ramsay berates and belittles would-be culinary superstars, and eliminates them episode by episode until the winner emerges with a job at one of Ramsay's restaurants. In Episode 1, the seven male and five female contestants prepare their "signature dishes"---and get their first scoldings. Only one, a chicken Parmesan, really pleases Ramsay. Then they're given either a red or blue chef's jacket, divided into coed teams, sent to their dorms (in the building where the show is taped) and told to return in a half hour for their first "dinner service," in which they cook for diners other than Ramsay in side-by-side kitchens. The team that Ramsay decides has performed better (or, in many episodes, less badly) wins. The losing team must nominate two of its own for elimination, and Ramsay chooses who goes. Not surprisingly, the opening night's dinner service is a disaster, and in Episode 2 things get so bad that diners call out for pizza, while in Episode 3, a diner vomits after eating one contestant's risotto. Episodes begin with an early-morning wakeup call, followed by a challenge: cleaning squid, making pasta, even setting tables. Rewards for the winners range from massages and wine tastings to an appearance in a morning TV show's cooking segment. But the losers are tasked with punishments like scouring pots, polishing silverware and mopping the dorms. Slowly, things get better, and in Episode 7, when only five chefs remain, Ramsay merges the teams. By that time, he's behaving nicely---at times---and he begins to treat the contestants like protégés. But that doesn't stop one of the two finalists from messing up a risotto.

Critic Reviews for Hell's Kitchen Season 1

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6)

It's in the manic kitchen scenes that [Gordon] Ramsay is at his best - or worst, depending on your point of view.

Apr 17, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The real test here isn't enduring the heat; it's the stupidity.

Mar 26, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

In his role as top chef, Ramsay is mean to the point of being unlikable...But viewers who like their reality shows with a dash of nastiness may revel in just how cruel he can be.

Mar 26, 2019 | Full Review…

"Hell's Kitchen" is on Fox, so the drama is more predictable and the cliches more abundant...Still, there's something enjoyable about "Hell's Kitchen." That something is mainly Ramsay.

Mar 26, 2019 | Full Review…

Hell's Kitchen is a cut above the rest of the current crop of reality shows because of its unique approach and, of course, the bombastic host.

Mar 26, 2019 | Rating: A | Full Review…

You'd think that anger would play well in this country -- we of the short fuses, drive-by shootings, post office meltdowns and parental wilding at girls soccer games. But no.

Nov 13, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

I suppose sadomasochists or anyone else craving abuse will enjoy Hell's Kitchen, but I won't be tuning in again.

Apr 17, 2020 | Full Review…

Ugly to contestants, clients, and anyone else who gets in his way, [Gordon] Ramsay's performance is an overdone caricature. Sadistic foodies may take pleasure in this contest, but I prefer my hardasses on the tender side.

Apr 17, 2020 | Full Review…

If you can handle Ramsay's rudeness and the annoying reality-show elements (constant replaying of key moments, odd editing, and overly dramatic music), the action is nail-bitingly delicious.

Apr 17, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Opening night at Hell's Kitchen is a disaster. Many of those drawn to the place eventually walk out, vowing never to return. The same is likely to be the experience of this series. How fitting for a show that passes itself off as reality.

Apr 17, 2020 | Full Review…

Though [Ramsay's] bleep-filled rants are supposed to bring out the best in his staff, they seem like blatant workplace harassment. When he turns his ire on the customers, it's even harder to stomach.

Mar 26, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hell's Kitchen: Season 1

  • Apr 06, 2020
    Hell's Kitchen is a very interesting cooking show. And so far, Season 1 was pretty good.

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