Hell's Kitchen

HK1: 10 Chefs Compete

Season 1, Ep 3, Aired 6/13/05
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  • Episode Description
  • The two teams are asked to create an original five course meal, with the winners getting a chance to relax with Chef Ramsay while the losers clean. Then during the third dinner service one cheftestant walks off the line for good while the rest struggle to make a comeback.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Gordon Ramsay

    Head Chef

  • Mary Ann Salcedo

    Sous Chef (Red)

  • Scott Liebfried

    Sous Chef (Blue)

  • Andrew Bonito

    Season 1 Contestant

  • Elsie Ramos

    Season 1 Contestant

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • This series seems to be getting better with each episode as we get to know Gordon and the chefs better.

    By QuakertownBob, Jul 10, 2008

  • what you get from gordon is shocking!!

    By gteck, Jun 21, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Chef Ramsay: (upon seeing the HK logo Michael carved out of mushroom) Michael, you smart arse. What is that out of? Michael: Mushroom. Chef Ramsay: Mushroom. Next you're going to tell me you have that tattooed on your butt.

    • Chef Ramsay: (eliminating Wendy) Wendy... well, you know it's about time I put you out of your misery.

    • Chef Ramsay: (reflecting on Jeff's walk-out) Jeff..well, I had to laugh when he called me an a**hole. I've been called far worse than that.

    • Jeff: I'm not a quitter. Chef Ramsey: You're not a cook either.

    Notes (3)

    • Starting with this episode, the song "Fire" by The Ohio Players is played during the show's opening credits. "Fire" will be used as the show's theme song from this point onwards.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: September 2, 2009 on Barrandov

    • The two VIP guests in the restaurant on this evening are Melissa Clark, cookbook author and food critic (Red table), and Kate Krader of Food & Wine Magazine (Blue table).

    Trivia (8)

    • Service Period: The Red Team won the service period. Although both Teams had difficulty preparing meals on time, the food critics in the restaurant preferred the meals prepared by the Red kitchen.

    • In the closing credits, it says that Jeff LaPoff decided to leave Hell's Kitchen due to an injury. Presumably, this refers to his bout with a kidney stone, since no other major injury to the contestant was shown, and before he walked off the line he seemed to be working no worse than normal.

    • Jeff passes his kidney stone during this episode. None of the other contestants are very impressed by his travail, however.

    • The Red Team: Chris, Elsie, Jimmy, Michael, and Jeff
      The Blue Team: Ralph, Jessica, Wendy, Mary Ellen, and Andrew

    • Team Info: Michael was transferred to the Red Team in order to even out the number of contestants on each team.

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