Hell's Kitchen

HK5: 16 Chefs Compete

Season 5, Ep 1, Aired 1/29/09
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  • Episode Description
  • The chefs split into teams of men and women and immediately set to cooking their signature dishes. Ramsay is appalled by a number of the dishes, but, surprisingly, finds a large number to his liking. One chef is chastised for trying to give him a lesson in manners. The two teams select team names and prep for the first dinner service, but one chef on the Red Team annoys her teammates when she suffers a breakdown and threatens to quit. During dinner service, the chefs struggle through a power outage and two of the chefs try their hand at being waiters. A disastrous dinner service leads Chef Ramsay to select the losing team based on the performance of their waiter. Ultimately, one chef is unable to recover from a critical mistake and is sent packing.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Gordon Ramsay

    Head Chef

  • Scott Liebfried

    Sous Chef (Blue)

  • Jean Philippe Susilovic

    Maitre D'

  • Gloria Felix

    Sous Chef (Red)

  • Jason Thompson


  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • The start of a new season.

    By mr_snakeabee, Jan 30, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (15)

    • Chef Ramsay: You seriously charge $300 to teach people how to make that crap? Colleen: Yes chef. Chef Ramsay: Feel like I need some plastic wrap on my ass. Colleen: I teach manners too, chef. Chef Ramsay: Say again?! Okay, please, Miss Manners, **** off back in line!

    • Chef Ramsay: I found it quite strange that Wil didn't even have the will to succeed. He clearly didn't belong in Hell's Kitchen.

    • Wil: I took a risk nominating myself. I ****ed up tonight, plain and simple. Striking out the first time up at bat is very, very demoralizing. I feel very humbled right now.

    • Wil: Plain and simple, I ****ed up, without a doubt. End of story. I nominate myself.

    • Chef Ramsay: Charlie's on the garnish, Robert's on the garnish and Wil's on planet cuckoo.

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    Notes (3)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: May 3, 2011 on Barrandov

    • The original broadcast of this episode started approximately one minute late due to a slight American Idol overrun.

    • Contestants are competing in this season of the program for a chance to helm a restaurant in Atlantic City's Borgata Hotel & Spa. This restaurant is being designed specifically for the winner.

    Trivia (1)

    • Best of the Worst: Nobody Losing Team / Nominees for Elimination: Both teams were rated as equally weak for their kitchen performance. As such, Chef Ramsay determined the losing team based on the performance of the teams' two waiters: Carol and Giovanni. Carol was rated as above average by 88% of her customers, whereas Giovanni was rated below average by 90% of his customers. As a group, the men nominated Seth for elimination. Wil nominated himself, admitting to poor performance on the garnish station. Eliminated: Wil

    Allusions (2)

    • Chef Ramsay: Hey, Forrest, come here, you.
      Seth: (in an interview segment) Ramsay keeps calling me Forrest, as in Forrest Gump.
      I think it's a great name. Forrest Gump was a 1994 film featuring Tom Hanks in the title role, based on the novel by Winston Groom. Gump was said to be mentally slow, but accidentally present at many historic moments.

    • Chef Ramsay: Okay, boys, team name. Blue Team: The Blues Brothers. Chef Ramsay: I like that. The Blues Brothers is the name of a band created by Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi for the program Saturday Night Live. The band grew and become the basis of a film by the same name. To date, the band continues to perform.

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