Hell's Kitchen

HK6: 16 Chefs Compete

Season 6, Ep 1, Aired 7/21/09
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  • Episode Description
  • In the first half of a two hour premiere, a new group of aspiring chefs arrives at Hell's Kitchen and receives tips from chefs of past seasons. Following this, they meet Chef Ramsay and are immediately put to work preparing their signature dishes, with a new twist. The men and the women are immediately split into the Blue Team and the Red Team. Upon completion of the dishes, the two team's dishes are put head-to-head. The winning team is taken to a dinner at Gordon's restaurant, the London West Hollywood, while the losing team is made to clean the kitchens. The teams are then thrust into their first dinner service. During the service, viewers are greeted with a surprise when a chef from the previous season is brought back for a second chance. When one of the chefs on the Blue Team fails utterly during service, Chef Ramsay kicks him out and puts the returning chef in his place. Both teams, however, perform disastrously during service, but one performs just a little worse than the other. In the end, another chef is eliminated and Chef Ramsay warns the chefs that they are all zeroes with a clean slate.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Amanda Davenport

    Season 6 Contestant

  • Melinda Meaney

    Season 6 Contestant

  • Sabrina Gresset

    Season 6 Contestant

  • Suzanne Schlicht

    Season 6 Contestant

  • Tennille Middleton

    Season 6 Contestant

  • Photos (8)
  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • A Hell's Kitchen Season 6 Review, from a Mid-Season Retrospective view.

    By RetroClassics07, Sep 10, 2009

  • What did I expect? It's on FOX.

    By mjames1229, Jul 22, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (25)

    • Chef Ramsay: (to Kevin) I wouldn't put coffee over a tender, delicious filet steak.

    • Suzanne: (when Lovely bakes off all the fondantes before service even starts) Obviously I was thrown in a kitchen with a bunch of circus clowns!

    • Chef Ramsay: (as a stampede of new chefs clatter into the kitchen) Unbelievable. Bloody hell, here I go again!

    • Chef Ramsay: (to Robert) And by the way, big boy, last season you were a hero-- now you're a **** zero. Robert: Yes, Chef. Chef Ramsay: You're all zero. Back to square one. Now **** off. All of you.

    • Tennille: (in an interview segment) Lovely was gone for like, 45 minutes. That ain't cool. Lovely should go home.

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    Notes (3)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Norway: June 15, 2010 on TV3
      Czech Republic: May 25, 2011 on Barrandov

    • This episode and the one following it were aired as two separate episodes with their own opening and closing sequences. For the purposes of coding for schedule listings, however, this appeared in guides as a single episode and was promoted as a two-hour premiere.

    • This season's opening sequence features the chefs as a part of a series of carnival attractions. Most of them are accompanied by a banner. The breakdown is as follows: Sabrina - Target Melinda - The Mademoiselle of Marksmanship Van - Daring Bed of Knives Joseph - Step Up and Test Your Sight Ariel - Weak / Wow (whack to make the target go up) Lovely - How Many Plates Can She Spin? Jim / Andy - Smack a Chef! Be a Winner Tek - Win! Test Your Skill! Tenille - Mystery Behold Louie - appears inside Tennille's crystal ball Kevin - Behold Magic!! What's His Secret? No One Knows Amanda - appears underneath Kevin - possibly Kevin's secret Tony - Behold!! Half Man Half Donkey Suzanne - Death Defying Dave - fire blower Starting with the second episode, Robert appears at the end as the fire blower and Dave is added in after Tek in-between the two targets she aims at.

    Trivia (4)

    • Three chefs from past seasons returned to present tips to the new contestants. The tips were as follows: Bonnie - Rule #1 - Always turn the stove on before you start cooking. Colleen - Rule #2 - Always taste your food before you serve it! Aaron - Rule #3 - There's no crying in Hell's Kitchen.

    • Heather West, the winner of the program's second season, is now the sous chef for the Red Team. Robert Hesse, who left in the previous season due to medical problems, has been invited back for a second shot.

    • Rewards Challenge: This episode's rewards challenge was the creation of the signature dishes. Each chef had just 45 minutes to prepare their signature dishes. It was the first time that the Blue and Red Teams' dishes went head-to-head. Reward: The Blue Team won this challenge with a number of strong dishes. For winning, they were taken to a special dinner at Gordon Ramsay's London West Hollywood restaurant. Punishment: The Red Team was made to clean up both kitchens prior to the next day's service.

    • Nominees for Elimination: Louie of the Blue Team was kicked off during dinner service and replaced by Robert. The Red Team lost the first dinner service and was made to choose two nominees for elimination. They went with Melinda for general cluelessness and Amanda for putting salmon in the freezer instead of the refrigerator. Eliminated: Melinda

    Allusions (1)

    • Around the beginning of the episode, Aaron presents a rule that "There's no crying in Hell's Kitchen." This is an allusion to the phrase "There's no crying in baseball," which was popularized by the film A League of Their Own.

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