Is Hell’s Kitchen Staged

Is Hell's Kitchen Staged

Hell’s Kitchen is a reality television show that uses a progressive elimination format to narrow down a field of 12 to 20 aspiring chefs to a single winner over the course of one season. The U.S. version of Hell’s Kitchen follows the format of the UK version though the show is recorded and not performed live, nor is there audience participation in the elimination of chefs. The show is produced at Hell’s Kitchen, a modified warehouse in Los Angeles that includes the restaurant, dual kitchen facilities and a dormitory where the chefs reside while on the show. They are also given knife sets that they get to keep, regardless of their progress.
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Is Hell's Kitchen Staged

maxxramman 1 point2 points3 points 3 years ago (0 children)Have you seen Kitchen Nightmares? At least in the U.K. version he always seems like a genuinely cool guy, until someone does something REALLY stupid. To me, Hell's Kitchen feels so put-on, by him, or the producers, or whatever. Either the producers of Kitchen Nightmares said “tone it down” or the producers of Hell's Kitchen said “be crazier.” Right? Thoughts? permalinkembedsavegive gold
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Is Hell's Kitchen Staged

appleseiter15 4 points5 points6 points 3 years ago* (4 children)I'm always kind of amazed at how unlikeable MOST of the contestants are on Hell's Kitchen. I thought you and Dave were some of the only classy people to ever be on the show. Are those people for real? Are they coached to be jerks in the private camera sessions? Are you instructed to taunt the losing teams? Are the teams discouraged from being even remotely civil to one another? It's almost cartoonish how mean they all are haha. Thanks for the awesome AMA! permalinkembedsavegive goldkevincottle 18 points19 points20 points 3 years ago (1 child)Thanks for the compliment. I appreciate it and Dave is an awesome guy. Everyone's personality as you see it on the show is true. We're not coached to cause controversy or anything. What you do have to remember though is that the chefs who are chosen to be on the show are not chosen by Gordon. They are chosen by the producers. They choose the people most likely to create entertaining television. We aren't instructed to taunt the losing team, it's just fun to do 🙂 In the end everyone is there to win so if the guys can take a stab at the moral of the losing team it adds a bit to the success. permalinkembedsaveparentgive goldappleseiter15 1 point2 points3 points 3 years ago (0 children)Haha right on. Thank you for the response and good luck in your cooking career! permalinkembedsaveparentgive goldHereBeDragons 0 points1 point2 points 3 years ago (1 child)Can you amend your comment now to exclude the winner for those of us who may be watching for the first time? permalinkembedsaveparentgive goldappleseiter15 0 points1 point2 points 3 years ago (0 children)Done and done. Sorry for the spoiler, I just assumed anyone reading this AMA would have already watched this season. permalinkembedsaveparentgive gold
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Is Hell's Kitchen Staged

Ugalde considered suing, but says: ‘I signed a contract for Hell’s Kitchen that was as thick as a book, and somewhere in there it probably says they can substitute prizes. But that doesn’t make it right. I received some cash in place of the Savoy job. I’m not allowed to say how much.
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Is Hell's Kitchen Staged

‘Yes, Hell’s Kitchen opened up a lot of opportunities for me. But now I’m not going to London it would at least be nice if Chef Ramsay had the decency to call and let me know what was going on. I know it was only a reality TV show, but it’s my life, after all.’ 
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Is Hell's Kitchen Staged

At the end of the 13th season, it was announced that it was renewed for two more seasons through season 16. On September 9, 2016, Fox renewed Hell’s Kitchen for seasons 17 and 18, ahead of season 16, which premiered on September 23, 2016.
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Is Hell's Kitchen Staged

Ramsay reassembles the teams in the dining hall and hears out the nominations from the losing team(s). Ramsay may also nominate other chefs for elimination if he believes it appropriate. After giving these nominees the chance to defend themselves, Ramsay selects one to hand over their jacket and “leave Hell’s Kitchen.” On rarer occasions, Ramsay can overrule nominations or even eliminate a chef who has not been nominated, even a chef on a winning team.
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Is Hell's Kitchen Staged

In the finale, the final two chefs are each given the opportunity to develop their own menus and lead a brigade of former competitors through a full dinner service on their own. In the first five seasons, this included the opportunity to decorate half of the Hell’s Kitchen restaurant to their liking. Prior to the dinner service, the two chefs compete in a tasting contest, and the winner will earn the advantage of picking their brigade of chefs first. Ramsay will ensure that all menu items meet his standards for high cuisine prior to service, and he and his sous chefs will oversee the service to make sure that his high quality standards are retained, but does not otherwise get involved, allowing the two remaining chefs to demonstrate their ability to run the line.
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Ramsay uses his own observations and those from the diners and other sources to decide who is the winning chef. He has two doors in his office leading out to the balcony above the Hell’s Kitchen seating area. Each chef stands at a door and Ramsay tells them to both turn their handles at the same time. After a commercial break, only the door of the winning chef is unlocked allowing the winner to walk through and be greeted by the crowd below. The winning chef receives two prizes including the opportunity to work as the head chef or executive chef at a restaurant of Ramsay’s choosing, as well as a cash prize of $250,000. In a similar manner to the voiceover at each elimination, Ramsay has a voiceover to explain his reasons for choosing that chef as the winner.
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One of the most controversial accusations of staging on Hell’s Kitchen relates to an incident with contestant Joseph Tinnelly, who, during one elimination round, angrily confronted Ramsay, challenging him to fight, and was then escorted off the set. The incident drew immediate fire from critics as an overplayed and possibly faked scene, conducted to cause action and tension on the show in order to spark viewer interest.
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Visual Entertainment has released the first fourteen seasons of Hell’s Kitchen in Region 1. Season 14 was released on March 15, 2016, and to the Blu-ray format for the first time.
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During a service, Ramsay demands that all orders for each course for a table go out together, and will send back entire orders if one item is improperly prepared, such as being over- or undercooked or not seasoned correctly. While the chefs are in two teams, Ramsay is assisted by two trusted sous-chefs, each monitoring one of the kitchens, demanding the same standards and alerting Ramsay to any issues. Ramsay’s goal is to complete every dinner service, but exceptionally poor kitchen performance by one or both teams will cause him to close one (or both sides) of the kitchen early and send the team(s) back to the dorms. Ramsay may also evict individual chefs from the kitchen based on repeated poor performances during a service, and on rare occasions, may eliminate a chef on the spot.
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Tapeworms 10 points11 points12 points 3 years ago (6 children)Why do people keep screwing up on the same dishes? Every season its scallops, beef wellington, risotto, etc, so why don't they practice? Is there something funny with the kitchen equipment? Or are some contestants just that bad? permalinkembedsavegive goldkevincottle 22 points23 points24 points 3 years ago (2 children)I can't speak for every contestant, but some of the guys like Van would mess up because the pressure would get to them. On one side you have Gordon screaming at you, on the other side you have teammates that want times and you are also focusing on what you are doing. It's easy to mess up, especially when 10 seconds can make the difference between perfect scallops and overcooked scallops. permalinkembedsaveparentgive goldskiptomylou1231 5 points6 points7 points 3 years ago (0 children)It seems like every season there are two or three chefs who just seem like they know what they're doing more than the others. They just keep a low profile, don't act crazy in the interviews, and just get little screen time because they don't get yelled at. Season 6, I think you could tell by the second episode that you and Dave were definitely getting black jackets. permalinkembedsaveparentgive goldBlackMantecore 3 points4 points5 points 3 years ago (0 children)I have to say though Van is one of my all time favorite contestants just for his personality alone. permalinkembedsaveparentgive goldAccent12 1 point2 points3 points 3 years ago (2 children)This kills me every time. I love the show. Each time its scallops, wellington or risotto! What is so hard about it?? They're like the easiest things to cook! permalinkembedsaveparentgive goldweekendlush 4 points5 points6 points 3 years ago (1 child)to be fair, risotto cooked properly takes a fair amount of attention. permalinkembedsaveparentgive goldAccent12 1 point2 points3 points 3 years ago (0 children)Yeah, but you would think that after how many seasons, countless episodes, that they'd at least know that they're the standard dishes. And honestly, if you can't cook risotto you shouldn't be in charge of a restaurant. permalinkembedsaveparentgive gold