Hell's Kitchen

Season 5 Episode 1

HK5: 16 Chefs Compete

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jan 29, 2009 on FOX
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Episode Summary


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.


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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • 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

  • 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.

    • Chef Ramsay: Wil.
      Wil: Yes, Chef?
      Chef Ramsay: You're ****.
      Wil: Yes, Chef, I am.
      Chef Ramsay: You are so ****, it's unbelievable.

    • Colleen: We have no more pans, Chef.
      Chef Ramsay: Look. Pan.
      Colleen: Thank you, Chef.
      Chef Ramsay: Pan. Pan. You were going to start fresh spaghetti in a dirty pan. Holy crap.

    • Customer: (when there is a power outage during service) So there's no backup generator?
      Jean Philippe: Are you an engineer?
      Customer: No.
      Jean Philippe: Because we could use a very good one, now.

    • Colleen: (in an interview segment) Power went out and I couldn't focus on food. I was just all, you know, trying to put myself in a happy place.

    • LA: Lacey quit today when she walked out of the kitchen. We could have somebody here that could be an asset to our team and instead we got an ass.

    • Lacey: Are you serious?
      Andrea: (in an interview segment) Lacey's definitely not solid.
      Lacey: What the hell am I supposed to do?
      Andrea: She's not even close to ready for this.
      Lacey: Does anybody have any ideas?

    • Danny: (in an interview segment) Ramsay's definitely just looking for a rise out of me, which he's going to eventually get.
      Chef Ramsay: So the idea came from where?
      Danny: I just pulled it out of my ass, sir.
      Chef Ramsay: Put it back in there, 'cause it sucks.

    • Chef Ramsay: In terms of flavor, yeah, spot on.
      Carol: Thank you, Chef. (in an interview segment) To have the greatest chef in the entire world say my food is good, I just wanted to dance, I wanted to sing.

    • Lacey: (in an interview segment) People will probably look at me and be, 'Oh, here's another pretty girl trying to be a cook,' but I am a hard worker and I can hang with the big boys.

    • Danny: (in an interview segment) I will dwarf everyone and make them look like they are nothing compared to me, the god of cooking.

  • NOTES (3)


    • 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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