Season 1, Episode 1 Who Deserves to Be Here
First Aired: March 8, 2006
After the 12 aspiring cooks are introduced, they must survive 30 minutes under master chef Hubert Keller in the hectic kitchen of a San Francisco eatery. Then, the contestants' signature dishes are judged on their ingredients, preparation, presentation and, most importantly, taste. Katie Lee Joel hosts, with Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons serving as judges.
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- Premiered: March 8, 2006
- Rating: TV-14
- Premise: A reality competition in which aspiring chefs compete for culinary stardom. Each episode features two challenges---a short test of basic cooking skills and an elimination challenge, in which one failing contestant is sent packing. (more)