Hell's Kitchen: Season 18 (2018 - 2019)


Season 18
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Air date: Sep 28, 2018

The Season 18 premiere: Chef Gordon Ramsay invites eight previous contestants back to the kitchen to battle against eight ambitious rookies for a chance at a life-changing grand prize: an Executive Chef position at the world's first Gordon Ramsay Hell's Kitchen Restaurant at Caesars Palace Las Vegas. In the first challenge, the rookie chefs will cook up the best versions of their signature dishes within 45 minutes, while the veterans will attempt to create the same dishes.

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Air date: Oct 5, 2018

Chef Ramsay announces that he is taking his risotto off of the Hell's Kitchen menu, and the contestants are tasked with preparing their own risotto dish in the hopes of replacing the old one for the remainder of the season. Then, in preparation for the first dinner service of the competition, Chef Christina calls both teams down to the kitchen to demonstrate how to make the night's menu. While the veterans are prompt and attentive, the rookies drag their feet.

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Air date: Oct 12, 2018

The chefs are tasked with serving lunch to a room full of Marines and prepare dishes that represent the air (chicken parmesan), the land (NY Strip) and the sea (fish and chips). The first team to serve all of the Marines on their side of the dining room wins the challenge and is awarded a day at Paramount Ranch, where they will have the opportunity to star in their own western film. Later, the most dramatic dinner service ever ends with a shocking contestant walk-out.

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Air date: Oct 19, 2018

The chefs are surprised with winter jackets and then must compete in a sled race for an advantage in the upcoming challenge, during which the two teams must prepare their best winter soups. The winning team is rewarded with a luxurious day and night in Palm Springs. After a troublesome dinner service, Chef Ramsay makes an extreme change in the teams.

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Air date: Nov 1, 2018

The contestants are greeted by pianist-composer Stephan Moccio, and Chef Ramsay explains that like a great musician, great chefs must be versatile in a wide variety of cooking styles. During the challenge, each team is tasked with cooking halibut seven different ways for Michelin star chef David LeFevre. During the dinner services, both teams struggle with communication and supporting one another, which ultimately results in a contestant's elimination.

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Air date: Nov 9, 2018

Chef Ramsay introduces the chefs to a culinary legend known all over the world, Mr. Potato Head. For their challenge, the chefs must create a dish with the potato as the key component. Then, tensions rise and the pressure becomes unbearable for one of the chefs, leading to a chaotic dinner service.

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Air date: Nov 16, 2018

The chefs cook five commonly served "staple" dishes, but the challenge comes with a twist: minutes into the challenge, each team will have to pick one member to leave the kitchen, and continue kicking a team member out until only one is left.

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Air date: Dec 7, 2018

The final 10 chefs are surprised when Chef Ramsay brings in his daughter, Tilly, to celebrate her Sweet 16. During the challenge, each chef is tasked with creating a worthy dish to be served at Tilly's party. The team that gets the most dishes on her menu wins the challenge. While the winners enjoy time at the Malibu mansion, a member of the losing team requires medical attention after the pressure becomes too much. Meanwhile, a fan-favorite veteran winds up on the chopping block

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Air date: Dec 14, 2018

Chef Ramsay challenges the nine remaining chefs to prepare authentic Chinese dishes and each chef must crack open fortune cookies to reveal their ingredients for the challenge. Ramsay invites renowned chef Shirley Chung to judge each dish and the winning team is rewarded with a VIP trip to Las Vegas. During dinner service, tensions rise as one team struggles to work together, resulting in a kitchen riddled with errors.

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Air date: Jan 4, 2019

Both teams are down to four chefs each, as the competition continues to heat up. The dining room gets an Italian transformation for one of the most anticipated challenges of the season—the blind taste test. Hell's Kitchen then closes its doors to the public for a special charity dinner service, during which the two teams cook to honor supporters of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the Waterkeeper Alliance, with a new Italian menu. Ramsay must step in and finish cooking for one team.

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Season 18 of "Hell's Kitchen," dubbed "Hell's Kitchen: Rookies vs. Veterans," pits eight veteran chefs from the show's previous seasons against eight new chefs. The grand prize at stake is the executive chef position at Gordon Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen Restaurant in Las Vegas' Caesars Palace. Ramsay returns as host and head chef; he is joined by Chef Jocky Petrie as the blue team's sous chef, Season 10 champion Christina Wilson as the red team's sous chef, and Marino Monferrato as the maitre'd.

Cast & Crew

Heather Williams
T. Gregoire
Ariel Fox
Jose DeJesus
Mia Castro
Kanae Houston
Scott Popovic
Scotley Innis
Jen Gavin
Chris Mendonca
Gizzy Barton
Chris Motto
Stephan Moccio
David LeFevre
Arthur Smith
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Critic Reviews for Hell's Kitchen Season 18

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If you can handle Ramsay's rudeness and the annoying reality-show elements...the action is nail-bitingly delicious.

Mar 26, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hell's Kitchen: Season 18

  • Jan 01, 2019
    This season Hell's Kitchen is welcoming back some of the runner-ups. They are battling some newbies. I do miss watching Ramsey gagging on food to get to the few that will go on. It's surprising to watch both groups go after each other. There was not a lot of childhood drama this year. I appreciate it. After all, they are auditioning for a Vegas position. I think this show has given us all it's got. You know what is going to happen before you see it. Time for a change of pace. Next season, if there is a next season, it must be changed around with more action and more baking, cooking, recipes ... I would like to see them truly go through the auditions to get to someone that can take on the role. Look at where the past winners are and you see that they rarely get to the coveted position.

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