Hell's Kitchen Episodes

2005, TV Show

Hell's Kitchen Episode: "12 Chefs Compete"

Season 3, Episode 1
Episode Synopsis: Tyrannical British chef Gordon Ramsay is back for a third summer to tutor and torture culinary wannabes, who are divided into teams (men vs. women) in the season opener. The winner receives a job as a Las Vegas head chef, but it'll be hard-won, as the 12 entrants soon learn after preparing their signature dishes for Ramsay. “Not good so far,” he sniffs after tasting them, though he does like two (and sort of likes another). Then it's on to the first night's service, and the first elimination.
Original Air Date: Jun 4, 2007

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June 4, 2007: "Twelve Aspiring Chefs Compete" Season 3, Episode 1

I could have watched the first three minutes of this episode and been hooked on Season 3. Between Chef Gordon's "don't die on me" outburst, the ambulance and those sorry-looking-scallops, I'm sold. And then they revealed the contestants. It's hard to say who I'm going to love to hate the most. Will it be "Food Is Sex" Josh with the raw foie gras? Jen, who fainted on the spot under the pressure of her first challenge? Or Joanna, who thinks she can flirt her way into victory? And, for the record, that chicken-fried-chicken dish? Mmm... I can already feel the tension brewing on the girls team between Joanna and Bonnie: "Do you hard-boil the risotto?" I myself have no idea, but it seems that if Chef Ramsay were about to come after you, you'd figure it out, and fast! I also love Cowboy Aaron, but I can already tell that he can't handle the heat. Tiffany got the first firm scolding from Gordon. Apparently she can't cook a fried egg. To be honest, under that pressure, I don't even think I'd be able to make toast properly. But then again, these people are "professionals." And so, a fried egg should be a relatively easy task. But alas, the boys' team isn't doing any better: Vinnie put water in the risotto (gasp!), which apparently tastes like "gnat's piss." Seriously people, you can't make this stuff up. And then... oh, Julia! Didn't anyone tell you when you signed up for the show that Gordon is the Hitler of the Kitchen, and that crying on the first episode is exactly what he's craving?! I'd forgive this as a Season 1 faux pas, maybe even Season 2 (maybe, I said maybe). But this is Season 3. SEASON 3! Get your act together! But then, how can crying Julia even compete with Aaron in the failure department when he apparently tried to serve up "chicken and snot" and then had to "take five"? So far, it looks like it's going to be a battle between boys and girls to see whether Julia or Aaron is going home. It's always fun to see Chef Ramsay shut down the kitchen. But it's predictable. I always have to wonder about the diners. These people are obviously not there for the meal; they wait for hours, they looked elated when the cameras are in front of them and they love to complain about the service. I know this is television, but just once I would like this kitchen tested on real patrons to see how these chefs would fare. For all I know, Julia would still be streaming tears and Aaron would don his cowboy hat, but it would be nice to see if these patrons would really walk out. But just when I start to wonder... Vinnie takes 60 minutes for an appetizer? Really?! I think I'd walk out, too. On a side note, Tiffany revealed in the voting process that Julia works at the Waffle House. I'm just saying, because I care, that I LOVE the Waffle House. And "can't-fry-an-egg" Tiffany shouldn't really be knocking anyone who works at such a breakfast-expertise establishment. I'm just saying.... And, at long last, my waffle-loving-karma kicked in. Tiffany was eliminated! But this is just Episode 1. The competition is just beginning to heat up and I can't wait to see who's next. Find video from Hell's Kitchen in our Online Video Guide. show less
I could have watched the first three minutes of this episode and been hooked on Season 3. Between Chef Gordon’s “don’t die on me” outburst, the ambulance and those sorry-looking-scallops, I’m sold. And then they revealed the contestants. It’s hard to say who I’m going to love to hate the most. Will it be “Food Is Sex” Josh with the raw foie gras? Jen, who fainted on the spot under the pressure of her first challenge? Or Joanna, who thinks she can flirt her way into victory? And, for the record, that chicken-fried-chicken dish? Mmm...I can already feel the tension brewing on the girls team between Joanna and Bonnie: “Do you hard-boil the risotto?” I myself have no idea, but it seems that if Chef Ramsay were about to come after you, you’d figure it out, and fast! I also love Cowboy Aaron, but I can already tell that he can’t handle the heat.Tiffany got the first firm scolding from Gordon. Apparently she can’t cook a... read more

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Premiered: May 30, 2005, on Fox
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: Reality fare in which renowned chef Gordon Ramsay tutors---and taunts---aspiring restaurateurs who are competing for the chance to launch their own eatery. Based on a British series of the same name.

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