Season 9, Episode 1 18 Chefs Compete
First Aired: July 18, 2011
Season 9 premiere: Chef Gordon Ramsay welcomes (if that's the word for it) the 18 culinary wannabes vying for a head-chef position at New York City's BLT Steak restaurant. First up: their signature dishes. Then comes the first dinner service, but not before one contestant is rushed to a hospital. Dinner is predictably problematic; in fact Ramsay "benches" three members of one team ("the three stooges"). But other chefs show mastery of those Hell's Kitchen mainstays risotto and beef Wellington.
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- Premiered: May 30, 2005
- Rating: TV-14
- 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. (more)