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Hell's Kitchen Season 1 Episodes

11 Episodes 2005 - 2005

If you can't stand the heat...then don't try to cook your way to glory in this reality show. Season 1 sets the mold: Acid-tongued British chef Gordon Ramsay berates and belittles would-be culinary superstars, and eliminates them episode by episode\ until the winner emerges with a job at one of Ramsay's restaurants. In Episode 1, the seven male and five female contestants prepare their "signature dishes"---and get their first scoldings. Only one, a chicken Parmesan, really pleases Ramsay. Then they're given either a red or blue chef's jacket, divided into coed teams, sent to their dorms (in the building where the show is taped) and told to return in a half hour for their first "dinner service," in which they cook for diners other than Ramsay in side-by-side kitchens. The team that Ramsay decides has performed better (or, in many episodes, less badly) wins. The losing team must nominate two of its own for elimination, and Ramsay chooses who goes. Not surprisingly, the opening night's dinner service is a disaster, and in Episode 2 things get so bad that diners call out for pizza, while in Episode 3, a diner vomits after eating one contestant's risotto. Episodes begin with an early-morning wakeup call, followed by a challenge: cleaning squid, making pasta, even setting tables. Rewards for the winners range from massages and wine tastings to an appearance in a morning TV show's cooking segment. But the losers are tasked with punishments like scouring pots, polishing silverware and mopping the dorms. Slowly, things get better, and in Episode 7, when only five chefs remain, Ramsay merges the teams. By that time, he's behaving nicely---at times---and he begins to treat the contestants like protégés. But that doesn't stop one of the two finalists from messing up a risotto.

Episode 1

Day 1

Mon, May 30, 2005 60 mins

Gordon splits the 12 hopefuls into two teams for the restaurant's opening-night challenge that becomes a nightmare for the customers. Afterward, Elsie is forced to nominate two players for elimination.

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Episode 2

Day 2

Mon, Jun 6, 2005 60 mins

The teams compete in a squid-cleaning race for a dinner with---and cooked by---Gordon before enduring a day of training for the restaurant's second night. Unfortunately, the chef's lessons leave the patrons disgusted enough to take matters into their own hands.

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Episode 3

Day 3

Mon, Jun 13, 2005 60 mins

The remaining chefs face their third night in the kitchen, which turns out to be someone's last stand after the pressure---and Gordon's goading---prove to be too much to handle. After that, a second wannabe is cut from the roster.

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Episode 4

Day 4

Mon, Jun 20, 2005 60 mins

The teams compete in setting up a dining table.

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Episode 5

Day 5

Mon, Jun 27, 2005 60 mins

Tensions in the kitchen rise during an all-Italian night at the restaurant, where one of the teams plays dirtier than Ramsay's mouth and another makes a move that throws everyone for a loop.

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Episode 6

Day 06

Mon, Jul 11, 2005 60 mins

The contestants take part in a blind taste test.

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Episode 7

Day 7

Mon, Jul 11, 2005 42 mins

The contestants must create fruit flambés in five minutes.

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Episode 8

Day 8

Mon, Jul 18, 2005 60 mins

The final four have to create a haute-cuisine meal made entirely of leftovers from the previous night's dinner service. The winner gets to cook alongside Ramsay on a national TV show, which raises the temperature in the kitchen even higher.

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Episode 9

Day 9

Mon, Jul 25, 2005 60 mins

Gordon orders his final three hopefuls to serve their signature dishes to a dining room packed with their family members, which proves a little too daunting for one overworked contestant.

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Episode 10

Day 10

Mon, Aug 1, 2005 60 mins

Gordon's final two competitors try to impress the chef during a simulation that tests their ability to run a restaurant, including the kitchen, a staff and the front of the house.

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Episode 11

Day 10, Part 2

Mon, Aug 1, 2005 120 mins

In the finale, the eliminated wannabes return to play a part in a challenge. And perhaps wreak some havoc.

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