Articles for Hell's Kitchen Season 5

This season of Hell‘s Kitchen, hosted by master chef Gordon Ramsay, promises to be the most intense, most shocking, and profanity-filled yet. At stake: a chef position at the renowned Borgata Hotel in Atlantic City, and a hefty $250,000 salary to match. Not to mention the pride that comes with having survived the wrath of Ramsay, whose standards are even higher this season than ever before—which means he gets even angrier when this season‘s chefs don‘t live up to them. BuddyTV got an exclusive sneak peek at the Hell‘s Kitchen premiere, which airs Thursday, January 29 at 9 pm on FOX.Read on for our first impressions of the season, and some spoilers for the premiere! Read more »
If recent reports are to be believed, then Gordon Ramsay has even more reasons to be angry this season.As the new season of Hell‘s Kitchen debuts tomorrow at 9pm on Fox, a slew of newspaper reports have surfaced regarding the potty-mouth chef‘s supposed financial troubles.  The inimitable host of Hell‘s Kitchen, known for not mincing words in his kitchen, is reportedly feeling the effects of the global financial crisis as his restaurants have experienced a sharp decline in bookings. Read more »
He’s got a library of books, multiple television programs, and a worldwide empire of fine-dining restaurants under his name, which likely makes Gordon Ramsay one of the busiest men on the planet, not to mention one of the most accomplished chefs. He’s certainly one of the most intimidating, as Ramsay is known for his confrontational (and profane) style in the kitchen. But today he took time out to talk with the press about his most popular American series, the high-stress and high-stakes cooking competition Hell’s Kitchen, which returns to FOX for its fifth season this Thursday, January 29 at 9 pm. Read more »
Tonight‘s episode of Hell‘s Kitchen marks the return of the reality cooking show since it last aired in July.  For the fifth season, a new batch of hopefuls will put their skills to the test in attempt to win the grand prize, a “Head Chef” position at the East Coast‘s leading resort destination, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.In the season opener called “16 Chef‘s Compete,” viewers will be introduced to the new contestants who will step into the restaurants for the first time.  You can get to know them more in this slideshow. Read more »
It‘s the premiere of Season 5 of Hell‘s Kitchen, and this season Gordon Ramsay himself promises the most intense, most shocking season of the cooking competition yet. Which means one thing: some of this year‘s chefs are going to make him very, very angry. I can‘t wait! (Especially for my favorite Ramsay insult: “DONKEY!”)But before we get to this year‘s crap-making “muppets,” the Hell‘s Kitchen producers want us to realize how tough the application process was this year. More than ever before, in the tens of thousands, chefs applied to undergo Ramsay‘s systematic culinary torture. 300 were invited to the set of HK to meet the man, and 16 from that pool were then chosen to compete for this year‘s grand prize: the executive chef position at a brand new fine-dining restaurant in the Borgata Resort in Atlantic City. Oh, and $250,000. So it‘s a pretty sweet gig. But it won‘t be easy to win. Read more »
As part of Gordon Ramsay‘s new deal with FOX, which includes an agreement to produce two more installments of Hell‘s Kitchen, another season of Kitchen Nightmares and a yet-to-be determined series, the network is planning a live special starring the renowned chef.  The said program hopes to urge viewer to make a three-course homemade meal as Ramsay demonstrates how to make dinner. "It has been picked up, and I can‘t wait for it to go live," Ramsay said.  "My frustration is that most cooking shows don‘t really cook ... their ingredients are prepped earlier, that‘s not cooking ... it‘s nice to show the journey from live ingredient to [finished meal]." Read more »
From FOX‘s official press release:The competition heats up on Hell‘s Kitchen Thursday, February 5 on FOX. Read more »
15 aspiring chefs remain in the pursuit of the grand prize on Hell‘s Kitchen, a Head Chef position at the Borgata Resort in Atlantic City, NJ. Tonight the competition heated up between the blue and red teams. The teams faced another grueling challenge in their quest for Chef Gordon Ramsay’s approval, and tempers flared as both teams struggled to provide the best service.Who will succeed under Ramsay‘s watchful eye and sharp tongue, and who can‘t stand the heat in Hell‘s Kitchen? This week on Hell’s Kitchen, the remaining 15 cooks head out of the kitchen after their first service, and the Blue Team is upset that Seth remains on their team. The women recover better after the first challenge, and Coi apologizes for being harsh with Lacey. The rest of the team give Lacey some tough love and ask her to step up or get out. Read more »
Originally from Philadelphia, Corey Earling is best known for making it to third place on the fourth season of Hell‘s Kitchen. She started working in restaurants at age 14, where she realized that her strong willingness to work hard would take her farther than her SAT scores would. She made it her hobby to save large amounts of money and decided to follow her lifelong dream of travel. At the age of 15, she took her first trip to Ireland and England. She has now visited over 18 countries and has no plans of stopping. She currently resides in NYC where she is still saving money for future trips.By Corey EarlingCorey here, from Hells Kitchen Season 4. I guess since I was on this past season of Hells Kitchen, I should be expected to have some type of sympathy for the current contestants. Well, let‘s just say, I feel their pain! Read more »
On the last episode of Hell‘s Kitchen, Ji had everyone‘s jaw on the floor when she volunteered to leave Ramsay‘s Kitchen citing her ankle injury.  Gordon was the first to express his disappointment with the unprecedented turn of events (yes, there have been voluntary eliminations in the past, but Ji is perhaps the first to leave with a really good chance to make it all the way).  In fact, Ramsay asked her to keep her jacket because she‘s done so well. Another in fact, the other team members went so far as saying that the combined skills of Lacey and Colleen, who were both up for elimination, wouldn‘t even meet half of Ji.In an exclusive interview with BuddyTV, Ji said she liked staying a little longer, but the thought of losing challenges and being blamed for it disheartened her.  “I wouldn‘t be able to live with myself.” Read more »
On the last episode of Hell‘s Kitchen, a marching band woke the contestants up early in the morning.  They were also greeted with garbage bags containing food they wasted.   They used the fish scallops for the challenge, which the blue team won by one piece, 36 to 35.  The men, except Robert, took a helicopter to ride to Catalina Island, as the girls stayed to prepare a raw bar for the night‘s service.  It was during the raw bar preparation when it happened.  Ji sprained her ankle, prompting her to later withdraw from competition, saving Colleen and Lacey who were nominated.Meanwhile, in a recent interview, Gordon Ramsay says Hell‘s Kitchen presents a very delectable opportunity to all the contestants, while taking a barb at a similarly themed Bravo reality show. Read more »
From FOX‘s official press release:The “steaks” are high on Hell‘s Kitchen Thursday, February 19 on FOX.Chef Ramsay wants to make sure the chefs know their beef, so he sends them on a field trip to a meat locker to learn various cuts of beef.  Upon returning to Hell‘s Kitchen, the teams are asked to put their newfound knowledge to the test. That night, Hell‘s Kitchen is turned into a steak house and the teams race to impress Chef Ramsay when "14 Chefs Compete" on Hell‘s Kitchen airing Thursday, February 19 (9:00-10:00 pm ET/PT) on FOX. Read more »
Last time on Hell‘s Kitchen: the Red team put weakest links Colleen and Lacey up for elimination, but both survived the chopping block when the injured Ji voluntarily rolled out of the kitchen with her chef‘s jacket, and Gordon Ramsay‘s respect. Now we‘re back with Episode Three, "14 Chefs Compete," and the "steaks" are high as Ramsay takes both teams on a beef challenge crazier than Mad Cow..Andrea laments the loss of Ji and tells Lacey that it‘s time for her to prove herself. Everyone leaves the smoking porch because Lacey won‘t stop yelling at them. The chef‘s went to bed at 3am and they were woken at 6am. No one will be in a good mood today.They‘re whisked away to an undisclosed location and Scott asks them if they have a heart condition or if they‘re afraid of heights. They‘re then told to suit up and grab a barf bag. Enter the meat house. Chef Scott gives them a rundown of the cow. Read more »
Originally from Philadelphia, Corey Earling is best known for making it to third place on the fourth season of Hell‘s Kitchen. She started working in restaurants at age 14, where she realized that her strong willingness to work hard would take her farther than her SAT scores would. She made it her hobby to save large amounts of money and decided to follow her lifelong dream of travel. At the age of 15, she took her first trip to Ireland and England. She has now visited over 18 countries and has no plans of stopping. She currently resides in NYC where she is still saving money for future trips.By Corey EarlingAfter being on Hell‘s Kitchen, its very easy for me to spot who has not watched the show beforehand. I will admit I had never seen Hell‘s Kitchen before I signed on the dotted line. I really had no idea of what I was about to get myself into, and still to this day I wonder why I didn‘t do a little research first. Read more »
Shortly before Hell‘s Kitchen‘s January 29 debut, we previously reported that its one-of-a-kind host Gordon Ramsay found more reason to be harsh and angry this season as his global network of restaurants and business empire are starting to feel the financial crisis.  According to published reports, Ramsay‘s flagship restaurant in London is said to have been forced to close for a couple of days a week to deal with the decline, while his two other London restos are both for sale.  The horrible thing is, his ventures on TV, specifically Hell‘s Kitchen, was the cause of the decline.Much recently, Ramsay revealed that, yes, he was pulling out of yet another of his luxury restaurants but at the same time denied speculations that the worldwide credit crunch is wreaking havoc on his business empire.  His spokeswoman said Ramsay has indeed pulled out of Maze restaurant in the Czech capital Prague‘s Old Town Hilton. Read more »
From FOX‘s official press release:Rise and shine on Hell‘s Kitchen Thursday, February 26, on FOX. Hell‘s Kitchen is open for breakfast!  The teams get a quick lesson about real teamwork when 50 hungry kids from a local youth football and cheerleading program invade Hell‘s Kitchen.  While the chefs race to feed their customers, one team runs out of eggs and the whole operation starts to go downhill when "13 Chefs Compete" on Hell‘s Kitchen airing Thursday, February 26 (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT) on FOX. Read more »
Tonight on Hell’s Kitchen, we’re sure to see the fall-out of the inexplicable fact that Colleen, Lacey, and Seth remain in the competition. And their customers tonight are tougher than most: the remaining 13 get a quick lesson about real teamwork when 50 hungry kids from a local youth football and cheerleading program invade Hell‘s Kitchen.After the elimination of Charlie, Giovanni tells Seth that he doesn’t respect him. Seth defends himself for playing the game. Robert cracks up the group with his best Chef Ramsay impression—however, not with the best British accent. The group is dying of laughter of his soft-spoken “Crap!” impersonation. Read more »
From FOX‘s official press release:After sending the chefs to an Asian market, Chef Ramsay challenges them to create three Asian-fusion dishes utilizing poultry, seafood and beef. The teams then present their dishes for judging by Chef Ramsay and Tanya Steel, Editor-in-Chief of Epicurious.com. The following night, the teams go head-to-head at dinner service, and tensions run high as chefs from both teams crack under pressure. Chef Ramsay throws in a last-minute twist before sending the losing chef home. Tune in to see what happens when "12 Chefs Compete" on Hell‘s Kitchen airing Thursday, March 5 (9:00-10:00 pm ET/PT) on FOX. Read more »
Fresh from being eliminated on the most recent episode of Hell‘s Kitchen, Seth Levine recently talked to BuddyTV in an exclusive interview where he hinted that he‘s very open to doing more television.  “I would love to do something with the Food Network,” he said.  Moreover, he explained that Hell‘s Kitchen viewers have absolutely no idea what it‘s like on the show, so people should cut him some slack regarding the whole scrambled eggs incident.In another interview, Seth conceded that while “reality is reality,” he said some things that were still portrayed a little differently during his stint on Hell‘s Kitchen.  For one, as mentioned, doing something as mundane as making scrambled eggs is a far more daunting task when you do it in the kitchen of Gordon Ramsay, and at the back of your mind, you know the slightest misstep can earn the wrath of the infamous chef. Read more »
Last time on Hell‘s Kitchen: Dinner service was disaster service. Seth got the boot, and Lacey was moved to the Men‘s team… with much rejoicing from the Women‘s side.Tonight on Hell‘s Kitchen, Ramsay tests the 12 remaining chefs to create three Asian-fusion dishes utilizing poultry, seafood and beef. The teams then present their dishes for judging by Chef Ramsay and Tanya Steel, Editor-in-Chief of Epicurious.com Read more »
From FOX‘s official press release:Hell‘s Kitchen keeps kosher and Top 10 chefs are revealed Thursday, March 12, on FOX. Teams feel the heat when Chef Ramsay challenges them to prepare food for a bar mitzvah. Each team must prepare fine dining versions of the guest of honor‘s three favorite dishes. Although the chefs perform one of their best services yet, the intensity of Hell‘s Kitchen keeps dinner from being perfect.  Tune in to see who Chef Ramsay puts on the chopping block leaving only the Top 10 to continue in the kitchen when "11 Chefs Compete" on Hell‘s Kitchen airing Thursday, March 12 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  Read more »
The televised version of Gordon Ramsay‘s Hell‘s Kitchen may be doing well in the ratings, primarily due to American Idol‘s lead-in, but The Herald reports that the infamous chef‘s network of restaurants may not be so lucky.Ramsay, 42, is said to have bitten off more than he can chew as more than half of his restaurants are reportedly either being closed or sold.  More than 10 of his 20 restaurants in the U.S. have closed, in addition to 12 of the 22 in the U.K. Read more »
Last time on Hell’s Kitchen: Colleen got on Gordon’s last nerve, and he sent her home. And, shockingly, Lacey made herself useful over on the Blue team!Tonight: The women are sad that they’ve lost their cheerleader, and being put on the chopping block humbles Andrea. She plans on using it as motivation to do better. After being so close to going home at the elimination ceremony, J thinks about his wife and son and begins crying when he thinks about the important reasons he is there. Read more »
If you watch Hell‘s Kitchen, you already know that Christina Machamer overcame exceptional odds to win of the fourth season of the notorious show, becoming the executive sous chef at at the London West Hollywood Hotel. Check in each week as Christina "dishes up" her insights on Hell‘s Kitchen‘s fifth season, her notorious new boss, and life after reality TV stardom.By Christina MachamerThis week was no V-C-I-T-O-R-Y [Colleen‘s spelling, not mine] for Colleen. The headache-inducing cheftestant was finally eliminated from Hell‘s Kitchen, ironically during one of the few times she wasn’t nominated. This, at least, is what I have been told. Read more »
If you watch Hell‘s Kitchen, you already know that Christina Machamer overcame exceptional odds to win of the fourth season of the notorious show, becoming the executive sous chef at Gordon Ramsay at the London West Hollywood Hotel. Check in each week as Christina "dishes up" her insights on Hell‘s Kitchen‘s fifth season, her notorious new boss, and life after reality TV stardom.By Christina MachamerSince the finale of Hell’s Kitchen’s fourth season in July, I have done countless interviews.  It seems like in each one I mention that this is not a competition based solely on cooking skills.  It encompasses an ability to deal with stress, pressure, service, and Ramsay.  It is not about manipulating a single ingredient like Iron Chef, or about showing off years of formed skills and acquired dishes, as on Top Chef.  Hell’s Kitchen, at least for me, was about breaking out.  It was about cooking outside of my repertoire, showing a mastery of basic skills, and exhibiting an ability to deal with the necessary elements of the prize. Read more »
If you watch Hell‘s Kitchen, you already know that Christina Machamer overcame exceptional odds to win of the fourth season of the notorious show, becoming the executive sous chef at Gordon Ramsay at the London West Hollywood Hotel. Check in each week as Christina "dishes up" her insights on Hell‘s Kitchen‘s fifth season, her notorious new boss, and life after reality TV stardom.By Christina Machamer“Horrible, unfair, worst string of eliminations in reality TV history. Seth vs. Charlie? Seth is less qualified to stay in Hell‘s kitchen than a sophomore home ec student. Why, or better yet, where do they find such idiots to compete on this show? With the exception of one or two contestants, none of these baboons deserve to be called chefs!” Read more »
If you watch Hell‘s Kitchen, you already know that Christina Machamer overcame exceptional odds to win of the fourth season of the notorious show, becoming the executive sous chef at Gordon Ramsay at the London West Hollywood Hotel. Check in each week as Christina "dishes up" her insights on Hell‘s Kitchen‘s fifth season, her notorious new boss, and life after reality TV stardom.By Christina MachamerIt’s been a quick week since the premiere of Season 5.  For those living in L.A., it is restaurant week, and we have been busier than ever at The Gordon Ramsay.  I was once asked, “Why would you want to work fifteen hours in a kitchen, then come home and watch a TV show about other people working in a kitchen?”  The answer is, “To see my boss covered in risotto.” Read more »
If you watch Hell‘s Kitchen, you already know that Christina Machamer overcame exceptional odds to win of the fourth season of the notorious show, becoming the executive sous chef at Gordon Ramsay at the London West Hollywood Hotel. Check in each week as Christina "dishes up" her insights on Hell‘s Kitchen‘s fifth season, her notorious new boss, and life after reality TV stardom.By Christina MachamerWelcome back foodies, friends, fanatics, and fiends.... as the gates of Hell open to another season of hopeful chefs vying for a dream gig at the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic city. Read more »
If you watch Hell‘s Kitchen, you already know that Christina Machamer overcame exceptional odds to win of the fourth season of the notorious show, becoming the executive sous chef at at the London West Hollywood Hotel. Check in each week as Christina "dishes up" her insights on Hell‘s Kitchen‘s fifth season, her notorious new boss, and life after reality TV stardom.By Christina MachamerIt has been a busy birthday week for me, yet while I was jetsetting to Hawaii for a three-day reprieve, Max was celebrating his manhood in Hell‘s Kitchen. There seems to be a challenge like this in each season. There was been a wedding challenge, a Sweet 16 party from my season, and this year, our new hopefuls gave young Max a Bar Mitzvah to remember Read more »
From Fox‘s official press release:Small plates lead to big problems on Hell‘s Kitchen Thursday, March 19, on FOX.Chef Ramsay introduces the team to the latest culinary trend of small-plate, or tapas-style, dining and asks them to transform a day‘s leftovers into perfectly portioned delectable dishes. At dinner service, one chef‘s mistake nearly sabotages both teams‘ performances, and a lack of unity in the Blue Team leaves Gordon furious on Hell‘s Kitchen airing Thursday, March 19 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Read more »
With Top Chef, the behemoth of all culinary competition shows, over for the season, televised-cooking addicts have a tough choice to make: wait it out for next season, or take a taste of something different? Probably the best known contender is FOX‘s Hell‘s Kitchen--but can Hell‘s Kitchen really satisfy fans of Bravo‘s Top Chef? Allison Waldman at TV Squad contends that no, Hell‘s Kitchen can‘t compete, because these shows have even less in common than you might initially expect. The two shows are bothabout aspiring chefs who compete for a top position, but Top Chef rewards who can best work alone to show their individual skills, and Hell‘s Kitchen rewards who can best run a restaurant kitchen with several other chefs in tow. Top Chef rewards its winner with $100,000 to start his or her own business venture, and Hell‘s Kitchen winners get a one-year contract as the executive chef at a Gordon Ramsay restaurant. In short, Hell‘s Kitchen is all about Ramsay‘s talents, not his trainees, with challenges consisting of having them cook his dishes, his way. Top Chef puts all its focus on its chefs‘ unique styles, techniques and flavors. And as such, Waldman claims, "in terms of quality competition, food expertise and cooking skills, Top Chef is superior to Hell‘s Kitchen." Read more »
Last week on Hell‘s Kitchen: Coi was sent packing.  This week: Carol is surprised that Andrea didn‘t put her up for elimination, but Andrea insists that she wanted to put up team members for skill, not petty arguments. Andrea and Paula tell LA she was nominated because she hasn‘t been giving it her best the last few days, and LA, though offended, vows to go “balls to the wall” from now on. The red team is split between Andrea and Paula versus Carol and LA. Read more »
Last night was the seventh episode, and the seventh dinner service, for the remaining chefs on Hell‘s Kitchen Season 5, and after watching the Blue team fall apart during tapas night, Ramsay admitted, "Seven is not my lucky number." Unfortunately, seven was an even unluckier number for J Maxwell, a 32-year-old chef from Clifton Park, NY. After accidentally overcooking the risotto during his team‘s prep for dinner service, J just couldn‘t recover his night at the salmon station, and he was asked (or rather, screamed at) to pack his bags in the middle of service and leave the show. We had a chance to talk to J this morning about his experience in Hell‘s Kitchen. After taking so much verbal abuse from Ramsay, J is still as upbeat and confident as ever, even when revealing the shocking family event that occurred right before he entered the competition.Read on for the audio and transcript of BuddyTV‘s interview with J. Read more »
From the very beginning of Hell‘s Kitchen 5, we knew Colleen Cleek, a41-year-old cooking instructor from Nebraska, would be a main target of Chef Gordon Ramsay‘s trademark fury. Who could forget when she offered to teach him some manners as he spit out her Signature Dish? Through five grueling dinner services, Colleen took verbal slashing after another for her mistakes, and was put up for elimination more than once. Just the site of her gave the Chef a headache, he quipped. While no one expected Cleek to survive for long in Hell‘s Kitchen under that wrath, the twist came last night when, after an all-around dismal dinner service, she managed to escape nomination for the chopping block thanks to J‘s and Andrea‘s botched Beef Wellingtons. And then, in a characteristic display of his powers as host, critic, judge and jury, Ramsay rejected the teams‘ choices and sent Colleen home instead for her blunder-filled track record on his show.We had a chance to talk to Colleen about what it‘s like to watch yourself being yelled at on national television (with your kids in the room), how she kept such a positive attitude in Hell‘s Kitchen, and how her cooking business is doing now. Read on for the full transcript and audio from the interview. Read more »
No matter what you think of Seth Levine, there‘s no doubt that from the beginning of season 5, this 27-year-old private party chef turned up the heat on Hell‘s Kitchen. After starting off on the wrong foot with Gordon Ramsay in the initial Signature Dish tasting, presenting what the Chef called "the worst dish" he had ever tasted, Seth continued to take the bulk of Ramsay‘s and the Blue Team‘s verbal abuse as he struggled on the line during dinner services, even earning him nickname "Forrest Gump." Where he lacked in skill, he compensated with strategy and self-confidence, and managed to escape elimination twice before getting the cut from Chef Ramsay.We had a chance to talk to Seth this morning about what he thought of that nickname, why he knew so much about Ramsay‘s personal life, and how he felt about being the Blue Team‘s punching bag this season.Read on for the full transcript and audio. Read more »
There was injustice in the air last night in Hell’s Kitchen when Chef Ramsay selected Andrea, whom the rest of her team thought had performed the poorest during service, to nominate two of her own for elimination. She selected Coi and LA of the Red Team for the chopping block, and in the end, it was Coi who paid dearly for her mistakes at the burger station during the team’s special bar mitzvah service.BuddyTV had a chance this morning to talk to this Texas native who is full of surprises—the first of which is that she is only 22. A self-described “diva” before entering the competition, Coi instead seemed mature and team-oriented, never flying off the handle like so many of her competitors. But in the end it was her nerves, not lack of skill, during the high-stress dinner services that cost Coi a shot at running Ramsay’s newest restaurant at the Borgata Resort in Atlantic City. Read on for what Coi had to say about that shocking elimination, her take on this season’s best and worst competitors, and her next exciting adventure in the culinary realm. Read more »
Chef Gordon Ramsay makes sure that there‘s always a surprise in every episode of Hell‘s Kitchen. Last night, with two Blue Team chefs up for elimination, Ramsay asked each for his reason to stay. Charlie, a 24-year-old prep chef, offered a succinct and sincere plea to the tune of, “I can cook, I have experience, and I really want to impress you.” Then it was sad sack Seth‘s turn to ramble about how he wanted Ramsay to “paint a canvas” of food knowledge on his beginner brain and how he is “absolutely loving being yelled at.” “Where‘s the stop button?” Ramsay finally asked for all our sakes.Unfortunately for Charlie, last night‘s surprise came at his expense, and he was just as shocked as the rest of us when Ramsay said the fateful words to the 24-year-old Las Vegas native: “Take off your jacket.” We had a chance to talk to Charlie this morning about his experience on the show, what he thinks about that bizarre elimination ceremony, and what life is like after leaving Hell‘s Kitchen. Read more »
This season of Hell‘s Kitchen is shaping up to be a season of firsts: last night, for the first time, the Blue and Red teams completed a full dinner service on their second try. Another first: Robert, a sous chef from New York, missed out on his team‘s prize (a trip to Catalina island) because he weighed too much for the helicopter insurance policy. And perhaps the most shocking first: chef Ji Cha, 33, volunteered to leave Hell‘s Kitchen after seriously injuring her ankle. She‘s not the first chef ever to ask to leave, but she may have been the first that Chef Ramsay was truly sorry to see go.  We had a chance to talk to Ji today about why she decided to leave Hell‘s Kitchen, who she‘s rooting for this season, and what the future holds. Read more »
Last night we saw the premiere of Season 5 of Hell‘s Kitchen, and we were once again reminded that, no matter how prepared the chefs seem in the beginning, it‘s a whole new ballgame once they enter Hell‘s Kitchen with Chef Gordon Ramsay. Ramsay was impressed with what his 16 hopefuls brought to the table with their initial Signature Dish tasting, but was distraught to see them fall apart during the Grand Reopening dinner service. And no one received the master chef‘s signature ‘verbal waterboarding‘ treatment worse than Wil, the 26-year-old quality control chef from Chicago. Despite his teammates‘ heartwarming defense, in the end Wil‘s honesty about his mistakes at the garnish station cost him his place in Hell‘s Kitchen. Today we got a chance to chat with Wil about his experience in Hell‘s Kitchen, what it‘s like to cook on television, and why he decided to put himself on the chopping block. Read on for the mp3 and the full transcript of the interview. Read more »
If you watch Hell‘s Kitchen, you already know that Christina Machamer overcame exceptional odds to win of the fourth season of the notorious show, becoming the executive sous chef at at the London West Hollywood Hotel. Check in each week as Christina "dishes up" her insights on Hell‘s Kitchen‘s fifth season, her notorious new boss, and life after reality TV stardom.By Christina MachamerAs we near the halfway point of Season 5, I think back to my first impressions of this year’s contestants and wonder, “WHAT THE HELL IS LACEY STILL DOING ON THIS SHOW!?”  Read more »
From FOX‘s official press release:Celebrity Service on Hell‘s Kitchen Thursday, March 26, on FOX.Eric McCormack (Trust Me) and Robert Patrick (The Unit) guest-star. Read more »
Perhaps with a little help from ratings juggernaut American Idol, Fox‘s Hell‘s Kitchen has maintained a consistent hold on ratings, reeling in 7.5 million viewers last week.  The figure, while it showed a slight decline from last week, is still good considering the competition.  Hell‘s Kitchen shares its hellish Thursday timeslot with the ABC medical dramedy Grey‘s Anatomy, NBC‘s The Office, and huge fan favorite Supernatural from the CW.On its last episode, 32-year-old J Maxwell got the boot after an altercation that resulted in an overcooked risotto.  As a result, the Clifton Park, New York-native got a rather harsh tongue-lashing from Hell‘s Kitchen creator and infamous potty-mouth Gordon Ramsay right in the middle of cooking to pack his bags and leave. Read more »
Last time on Hell’s Kitchen, J got the boot, and Lacey and Ben barely missed elimination. Let’s see what fresh Hell our chef-testants get themselves into tonight!After the elimination ceremony, Giovanni gives Carol a pep talk about teamwork, and worries her bad attitude is poisoning their dynamic. Carol blames Andrea, whom she says isn’t a team player. Everyone agrees that Lacey is magically scraping by for inexplicable reasons—and the Blue team is not too pleased about it. Read more »
On a reality show where the majority of screen time goes to the host‘s caustic tirades against the most inept and blundering contestants, it‘s often those whom we see less of on screen that have the best chance of taking home the grand prize. At least that seemed like the case with LA, a 23-year-old line cook from Las Vegas, and one of 16 chefs competing on this season of Hell‘s Kitchen with everyone favorite culinary despot, Chef Gordon Ramsay. Through several successful dinner services, LA cast herself as a dark horse of sorts, earning the occasional high compliment from the master chef, and few, if any, of his fiery outbursts. But in the end, it was her spot in the middle of the pack that drove Ramsay to send LA packing her knives last night on Hell‘s Kitchen. The dark horse waited a bit too long to break away, and Ramsay didn‘t see her as a leader.BuddyTV has a chance to talk to LA this morning about her highs and lows in Hell‘s Kitchen, and how she felt about her elimination. Read on for the full transcript.Stay tuned for Monday, when we‘ll be talking to last night‘s other eliminated contestant, Lacey D‘Angelo! Read more »
If you watch Hell‘s Kitchen, you already know that Christina Machamer overcame exceptional odds to win of the fourth season of the notorious show, becoming the executive sous chef at at the London West Hollywood Hotel. Check in each week as Christina "dishes up" her insights on Hell‘s Kitchen‘s fifth season, her notorious new boss, and life after reality TV stardom.By Christina MachamerThere are two questions that I am always asked about my experience in Hell’s Kitchen. The first is “What is Chef Ramsay really like?” This is easy to answer. No one is really that atrocious in real life. If they were they could not run a successful restaurant, have a family AND gain the respect of others in their field. Gordon, as he prefers to be called, is a real person.  Sure he gets upset, and sometimes screams, “What is that?  What is that?  Is that the best you can do?” However, most of Ramsay’s critiques come with good reason. The second question is, “Where do they find these people?” Read more »

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