Hell's Kitchen

Season 6 Episode 1

HK6: 16 Chefs Compete

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jul 21, 2009 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • 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

  • Quotes

    • 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.

    • Chef Ramsay: (on why he eliminated Melinda) Melinda was completely lost in space, so I sent her back to whatever planet she came from.

    • Suzanne: Clearly, Melinda, you don't want to be here.

    • Chef Ramsay: In my cooking career, I've never had a service like that. Nothing positive. Pathetic!

    • Tennille: (in an interview segment) Anybody sittin' at home, thinkin' they can do this, shi-- (shakes head). Good luck. It's tough.

    • (Chef Ramsay kicks Louie out the kitchen and replaces him with Robert, a chef from the previous season who had to leave due to medical issues.)

      Narrator: It's opening night in Hell's Kitchen and one chef has pushed Chef Ramsay too far. But with an insurance policy in the dining room, he doesn't hesitate to pull the trigger.
      Chef Ramsay: Get upstairs! Get your bags packed!
      Louie: Can I help? Can I help in the kitchen?
      Chef Ramsay: Yeah! You can help me. Get out!
      Louie: (in an interview segment) You want me out? You want me to pack my **** bags?! I'm out! My bags are packed!

    • (Lovely steps out to take a 45 minute rest and drinking of water due to exhaustion from the heat.)
      Narrator: It's halfway through dinner service and diners are missing their appetizers.
      Male Customer: How long we been waitin' here?
      Female Customer: I don't know. I'm starving.
      Narrator: And the Red Kitchen is missing...
      Red Kitchen Chef: What happened to Lovely?
      Narrator: ...a chef.

    • Narrator: It's opening night in Hell's Kitchen and the Red Team has finished ten appetizers.
      Chef Ramsay: Why'd you throw that away, Melinda?!
      Narrator: Unfortunately, none of them have made it to the dining room.
      Chef Ramsay: Hey, madam, how much capellini are you throwing away? Look at it! What are you doing, Melinda?! (Melinda stands and stares blankly.) What are you doing?! You're making me mad!
      Melinda: Yes, Chef.
      Chef Ramsay: **** mad!
      Melinda: Yes, Chef.

    • Narrator: Everyone on the Red Team is still working on their first appetizers.
      Chef Ramsay: For the eighth time, can I have one **** scallops and a **** beautifully cooked capellini?!

    • Jim: (In camera segment just after Louie has messed up the lamb entree) You're a man. There's a primal instinct inside you that knows how to cook meat. Ya need to find it.

    • Chef Ramsay: Look at this. I swear to God, it's the kind of **** you'd expect Tiger Woods to tee off with. Look at it. Rubber! Rubber! Rubber!

    • Jim: (in an interview segment after he is busted for not having enough scallops) I just wasn't payin' attention. One and twos & threes and twos and I thought I had Yahtzee at one point.

    • Tennille: (commenting in an interview about the Red Team being served bologna sandwiches during their punishment) I thought bologna was illegal in California. Like, what the hell?

    • Jim: (in an interview segment) I'm not intimidated by anybody. All right, I'm a little intimidated by Chef Ramsay.

    • Chef Ramsay: I thought you were joking. You're cooking a slice of **** toast dipped in egg.
      Amanda: Yes, Chef.
      Chef Ramsay: With...
      Amanda: Tequila.
      Chef Ramsay: To get me drunk?

    • Joseph: (in an interview segment, regarding Chef Ramsay) I'll drag him by his hair in the parking lot and stomp the **** out of him.

    • Chef Ramsay: (spitting) **** me.
      Louie: What's wrong with it?
      Chef Ramsay: What's wrong with it? It tastes like gunk.
      Louie: (in an interview segment) Hundreds of people eat that in my diner every week. I don't think it was worth spitting it.

    • Dave: (in an interview segment) I've definitely idolized Chef Ramsay for years. I want to earn his respect. If Chef Ramsay takes my dish and tells me its crap, I think it could seriously do permanent mental damage to me.
      Chef Ramsay: Beautifully seasoned. Very nice. Oh dear. Why are the **** brussels sprouts undercooked?
      Dave: My bad.

    • Kevin: (in an interview segment) I'm a legitimate chef. I've won most every award you could do. I'm here to win Hell's Kitchen first and foremost.

    • Bonnie: Hi, I'm Bonnie and when I was in Hell's Kitchen, I definitely broke my fair share of rules.
      Chef Ramsay: (in footage) Bonnie?!
      Bonnie: Yes, Chef?!
      Chef Ramsay: You're cooking and the **** gas is not even on!

    • Narrator: Once again, the culinary world has focused its sights on Los Angeles. Because it's time to open the doors to Hell.
      Jean Philippe: Where are they? Chef Ramsay's gonna kill me.

  • Notes

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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.