Hell's Kitchen (U.S. season 6)
|Hell's Kitchen (U.S. season 6)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||15|
|Original run||July 21, 2009– October 13, 2009|
(U.S. season 5)
Executive Chef Dave Levey won the season and was awarded a Head Chef position under Executive Chef James Walt  at the Araxi Restaurant in Whistler, British Columbia, the first time the prize was a position at a Canadian restaurant.
The first half of each episode consists of a team challenge, in which the winning side gets a reward of some sort of leisure activity, while the losing side has to clean up and prepare both kitchens, as well as some activity that is not so pleasant. Afterwards, the teams compete in executing a dinner service, during which Ramsay can impose additional punishments or kick chefs out of the kitchen. The losing team(s) nominates chefs to be considered for elimination. Ramsay can also nominate chefs, and ultimately sends a chef home. At six chefs left, the teams merge to one, and the chefs compete as individuals.
Gordon Ramsay returned as the head chef, blue team sous chef Scott Leibfried, and Maître d' Jean-Philippe Susilovic as well. Heather West, the winner of Season 2, became the new sous chef for the red team, she replaced Gloria Félix.
In the first episode, sixteen original chefs competed. But, at the middle of the same episode, the chefs became 17 on Season 6:
|Ariel Contreras-Fox||27||Sous chef||Los Angeles, California|
|David Louie Cordio||45||Diner owner||Fitchburg, Massachusetts|
|Kevin Cottle||35||Executive chef||Middletown, Connecticut|
|Tony D'Alessandro||30||Culinary store manager||Chicago, Illinois|
|Amanda Davenport||27||Sous chef||New York, New York|
|Sabrina Gresset||34||Restaurant manager||Phoenix, Arizona|
|Andy Husbands||39||Executive chef||Boston, Massachusetts|
|Van Hurd||26||Fish cook||Dallas, Texas|
|Connie Lovely Jackson||23||Camp chef||Chicago, Illinois|
|David Dave Levey||32||Executive chef||San Diego, California|
|James Jim McGloin||34||Sous chef||Nashua, New Hampshire|
|Melinda Meaney||38||Private chef||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Tennille Middleton||28||Executive chef||Fairfax, Virginia|
|Amanda Tek Moore||27||Line cook||New York, New York|
|Suzanne Schlicht||24||Sous chef||Milwaukee, Wisconsin|
|Joseph Tinnelly||27||Sous chef||Massapequa Park, New York|
In addition to these 16 chefs, Robert Hesse, 30, an executive chef from Quogue, New York, who first competed in Season 5 of Hell's Kitchen, also competed this season, after Chef Ramsay personally invited him back after the first dinner service. Robert was one of the final five contestants of the previous season before he withdrew due to pericarditis. Between seasons five and six, which were taped over a year apart, Hesse married, lost 55 pounds, and underwent gastric bypass surgery.
The opening sequence takes place at a carnival, with the chefs at kitchen-related attractions.
Credit Order: Sabrina, Melinda, Van, Joseph, Ariel, Lovely, Jim, Andy, Tek, Dave, Tennille, Louie, Kevin, Amanda, Tony, Suzanne, Robert. So as not to spoil Robert's return, the first episode's sequence has Dave in Robert's place.
Each week, the best member (as determined by Ramsay) from the losing team during the latest service period is asked to nominate two of their fellow teammates for elimination; one of these two is meant to be sent home by Ramsay. On some weeks, there is a variation in the nomination process, depending on the losing team's (or even winning team's) performance.
List of episodes
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Each episode consists of a challenge with a reward, a service and an elimination.
|No.||#||Title||Original air date|
|64||1||"16 Chefs Compete"||July 21, 2009|
Sixteen new contestants arrive at Hell's Kitchen and meet with Jean-Philippe at the front entrance. He shows them tips from former contestants: Bonnie Muirhead and Aaron Song (season 3) and Colleen Cleek (season 5) to avoid mistakes in future dinner services.
The men were rewarded to a lunch at Hell's Kitchen featuring dishes from Ramsay's London West Hollywood restaurant. The women had to clean both kitchens.
After both kitchens closed, Ramsay went out into the dining room to speak to Robert, and personally invited him back into Hell's Kitchen for another chance to win the competition. He accepted Ramsay's invitation and lined up with the men for the post-mortem. Ramsay named the men the winning team on being able to served a few entrées.
The women nominated Amanda and Melinda, although Amanda thought that Lovely should be up instead of her. After being with more issues on Amanda's frozen salmon and Melinda's pasta fiasco, Ramsay eliminated Melinda, feeling the issues with the pasta doomed the women from start.
After the elimination, Ramsay ordered Robert to join the women.Ramsay's comment: "Melinda was completely lost in space. So I sent her back to whatever planet she came from."
|65||2||"15 Chefs Compete"||July 21, 2009|
The blue team eats at The Cannery Restaurant in Newport Beach, followed by dessert on a yacht. The red team prepared shrimp and lemon wedges for the service. Meanwhile, at the Cannery, Joseph draws attention from his teammates with disrespectful comments towards Ramsay, that he just wanted to cook and was learning nothing by eating lunch.
Each team must nominate two chefs for elimination, the men had first choice on nominating between Tony and Andy, but Jim suggests that Van should be nominated, causing on Van's anger and threaten to harm Jim. The women choose Tennille and Lovely for elimination, citing with Tennille's wrongdoing with shrimp and Lovely's mistakes.At the nomination process, Ariel civilly named Tennille and Lovely for the elimination list, as for the blue team nominations, Joseph ignores Ramsay's request to give the "first nominee and why" for the team, rather insisting "they can speak for themselves, they know who they are". He then announces Tony and Andy as the nominees, with citing no reason to be nominated, and Ramsay refuses to accept the nominees, Joseph refuses to calm down a number of times to the fellow red team contestants (Robert, Ariel, Suzanne and Tek) to try to calm him down, eventually Joseph becomes very angry and tears off his jacket, walks right up to Ramsay and asks for a fight. However, the episodes ends with "To Be Continued" flashes on a screen and the elimination delayed until the next episode.
|66||3||"14 Chefs Compete"||July 28, 2009|
Following the replay of the previous episode where Joseph's disturbance and confrontation continues, he calls Ramsay "nothing but a bitch", stands his ground and has is asked to leave the competition, with an insulting exit interview where, while smoking a cigarette, he states that he doesn't need Ramsay talking to him like that and calls Ramsay a "limey prick" and also says that any restaurant would hire him. Ramsay goes back to business and asks Kevin to finally civilly deal with their nominations as with Joseph's, Andy and Tony, and he eliminates Tony as he failed to control his station, which demmed him unworthy of continuing.
Ramsay has no regarding comment on Tony's elimination and having Tony's jacket to be hung. Shortly after his elimination, Ramsay gives Robert to go back to the blue team.
The red team are spend a day at the Pacific Waters Spa via a helicopter. The blue team have to clean the firefighters' engines, to be followed by cleaning the dining area. During the team punishment, Dave sprains his wrist, while Kevin sprains both ankles, and they require treatment. Both opt to stay in the competition.
Ramsay names Ariel as Best of the Worst and tells her she must pick two nominees for elimination. She selects Lovely and Tennille. Ramsay indicates that he thought Amanda should have been nominated rather than Lovely, but allows the nominations to stand. With two chefs eliminated after the previous service earlier in this episode, Ramsay decides that no one will be eliminated, then ends up testing Amanda's math skills once again. He also plays off of Joseph's diatribe by reminding the chefs, "I'm nobody's bitch."Ramsay's comment: "Lovely and Tennille may think they've just received a gift, but what I have in store for them tomorrow will have them running for the door."
|67||4||"13 Chefs Compete"||August 4, 2009|
The red team visits Old World Village restaurant in Huntington Beach, and get to celebrate in their very own Oktoberfest. The blue team must clean up the dorms of both teams and this takes a mental toll on Robert, who has yet to win a single challenge himself. When sous chef Scott tells him to keep focusing on the competition, Robert breaks his broom in a fit of anger. Also, Dave receives a call from his doctor, informing him that his sprained wrist is actually a fracture, and must come to hospital to put cast to remain on for two weeks. Dave contemplates quitting the competition, and after seeking advice from Ramsay, he decides to stay.
Sabrina is named Best of Worst, and nominates Lovely and Tek for elimination. Suzanne is asked who she would send home, and she says Lovely. Ramsay agrees with the decision and sends Lovely home. Although Tek performed poorly with the appetizers, Ramsay deemed Lovely at fault since her inability to keep up with the others cost her team the win and he was fed up Lovely's constant excuses about her failures.Ramsay's comment: "If people were named for their cooking, her name wouldn't be Lovely. It would be Useless."
|68||5||"12 Chefs Compete"||August 11, 2009|
For the special service, Marine Staff Sergeant Otis James has just returned home from a tour of duty in Iraq. To celebrate his return, Ramsay will be serving a dinner for his family and friends that includes Otis' favorite foods.
The blue team spends the day flying in a mock dogfight with professional aviators from Air Combat USA, while the red team prepares the dining room for the celebration, with Ramsay's wife Tana giving specification help.
The red team has to nominate Tennille and Tek. Tennille, however, thought she improved in that night's service, and thought Amanda should have been nominated, so Ramsay decides on Amanda to come up. When the three nominees stepped forward, Ramsay has called Tennille back in line. Although Ramsay felt Amanda lacked the emotional strength to win Hell's Kitchen, he ultimately picked Tek as she was accountable for the steak fiasco, which ruined any chance of the women even completing service.Ramsay's comment: "I kept on waiting for Tek to emerge. She couldn't even handle her station. Tek had a total meltdown."
|69||6||"11 Chefs Compete"||August 18, 2009|
When the Red Team went back to the dorms, Ramsay had a quick private talk with Amanda. Concerned about Amanda's ability to handle the pressure of being in Hell's Kitchen, he told her that her performance in services needed to improve quickly.
In addition to the their low-calorie menu being cooked on both sides of the dining room, the Red Team was also rewarded with a day at Venice Beach, being taught how to play volleyball with Annett Davis. On their return to the dorms, each member also receives a gift basket, including a Vitamix blender and Ramsay's book, Gordon Ramsay's Healthy Appetite. The Blue Team spend the day prepping both sides for that night's service. In addition, they also have to drive a Conference Bike (an elaborate, multi-person, pedal-operated vehicle) to a market to pick up more produce. This proved costly for Robert, as the operation of this vehicle was more than he could take — after returning to Hell's Kitchen, he was rushed to a hospital, experiencing shortness of breath and dizziness. Due to this, he was unable to participate in that night's service.
Each team had to nominate one person for elimination. The Red Team nominated Sabrina, but the Blue Team refused to nominate anyone, saying that Robert should be eliminated for not being there. Ramsay told them that Robert would not be eliminated, as it was unfair that he should be punished when he was unable to take part whatsoever. However, Ramsay continued, if he missed the next service he would thrown out. The Blue Team settled on nominating Andy. After Ramsay deliberated with the nominees, he ultimately chose Jim for elimination, stating that he had not once observed a night where Jim showed any passion for his work.Ramsay's comment: "At times I thought Jim was sleepwalking, but then I realized that he had no passion. And that's why it was time for him to leave Hell's Kitchen."
|70||7||"10 Chefs Compete"||August 25, 2009|
The blue team to go to Las Vegas where they toured the city in a limousine and then have an overnight stay in a high class suite at the Palms Casino Resort. The red team has to unload and unpack boxes of food being delivered to Hell's Kitchen, including wine for Jean-Phillippe. As well, they have to perform items in the kitchen, and cleaning and prepping in the next service. And they were awoken at 1:15AM to accept yet another delivery of food.
Dave nominates Robert for his weak service, and some health problems, his other nominee is Van based on his poor performance. Ramsay brings Andy forward at the nomination nod. After the heated pleas over Andy and Robert, Ramsay orders Andy back in line and eliminates Robert.[note 3] Before leaving, Robert says that his culinary career isn't over, to which Ramsay replies, "I look forward to it."Ramsay's comment: "Robert's closing plea was quite entertaining, but I'm not looking for a performer. I'm looking for a Head Chef, and Robert's not that guy."
|71||8||"9 Chefs Compete"||September 1, 2009|
The red team has to visit Opaque at the V Lounge in Santa Monica with Ramsay. The blue team has to make sorbet for tonight's service, as well as take in a delivery of fruit and clean the glasses for the sorbet.
Tennille was named Best of the Worst and has to nominate two chefs for elimination, Suzanne is her first nominee due to lack of teamwork and being the weakest cook, and she has a difficult choice on picking Amanda and Sabrina, ends up on choosing Sabrina. Ramsay adds Amanda to step forward with the chosen nominees. In the end, Ramsay eliminates Amanda.Ramsay's comment: "Amanda was a sweet girl, but sweet girls don't make great head chefs."
|72||9||"8 Chefs Compete"||September 8, 2009|
The red team learns how to be mime artists, followed by dining at La Cachette Bistro in Santa Monica and where they were served foie gras. The blue team prepare both kitchens for a French-themed service. In addition, they also dine with cow tongue, baguettes and head cheese. Prior to the start of service, Andy accidentally sliced off his fingertips while using a mandoline to slice potatoes, requiring medical assistance—he returned at the start of service.
Each team have to nominate two nominees for elimination and they choose Suzanne and Andy. They then debate on switching the nomination to Suzanne and Sabrina, but they were stuck with their original choice. Ramsay accepts the first choice of nominees to step forward, and he sends Andy home.
Ramsay tells Suzanne to take off her jacket and informs she would be join the blue team, starting next episode.Ramsay's comment: "Andy has had good and bad moments in Hell's Kitchen. Unfortunately, most of them were bad."
|73||10||"7 Chefs Compete"||September 22, 2009|
The blue team have to go with Ramsay to the Campanile restaurant where chef Mark Peele shows them stylish versions of everyday dishes, includes grilled cheese sandwich. In addition, each received a "souvenir" – a tuque with Whistler's logo emblazoned upon it. The red team had to go to a farm to do various chores, including milking the cows and cleaning the pig pen.
Each team decides which of their teammates to nominate for elimination. Dave announces that Van was nominated for his poor service, while acknowledging that Suzanne is the weakest cook on the blue team. The red team nominate Sabrina, who goes on the chopping block for the third straight service. Ramsay sends Sabrina home.[note 3]Ramsay's comment: "Sabrina wanted to be the head chef in Whistler. Now all she has to do, is take those red lips and whistle on out of here."
|74||11||"6 Chefs Compete"||September 22, 2009|
When the remaining chefs are seeing with gifts to open the presents and they are told that they merged into black team.
Dave and Suzanne have lunch with Ramsay, cooked by the winning chef of Season 4, Christina Machamer at Ramsay's London West Hollywood restaurant. The others prep the kitchen and the dining room for a special "couples" dinner service.
The trio have to decide to nominate two of three people for elimination that were kicked out in the service, and their first choice is Suzanne. The team is conflicted for the second nominee, and they divided between Van and Ariel. Ramsay calls the three nominees to step forward, and after stated with the cases, Ramsay calls Ariel down but was sent back in line. However, he eliminates Van but tells him he can cook but should let the food talk instead of him.Ramsay's comment: "Van may be a poissonier, but his performance on fish was anything but Van-tastic."
|75||12||"5 Chefs Compete"||September 29, 2009|
Kevin and Ariel join Fairchild and Ramsay at the Shutters on the Beach Hotel in Santa Monica for a photo shoot for a future issue of Bon Appétit; in addition, their entrees would be featured in that night's service. The others pick up litter off a stretch of road "adopted" by Hell's Kitchen, dressed up in jumpsuits, and transported on a prison bus. In addition, they will also clean up the Hell's Kitchen complex as well and had aggravated Dave's broken arm, requiring him to wrap it in ice.
The team nominates Ariel and Suzanne for elimination forced with too many mistakes, and Ramsay eliminates Suzanne for not giving many chances.Ramsay's comment: "Suzanne had a red jacket, she had a blue jacket, she had a black jacket. Now, she has no jacket."
|76||13||"4 Chefs Compete"||October 6, 2009|
Tennille is treated to a makeover in Beverly Hills and then goes with Ramsey to Nobu restaurant in Los Angeles and she is treated to a sushi meal personally prepared by world renowned sushi chef Nobu Matsuhisa. At the end of the meal, Chef Matsuhisa presents Tennille with a brand-new set of authentic Japanese knives designed by Rokusaburo Michiba and manufactured by J.A. Henckels. The other three had to clean up the mess left behind by the 80 children which included scraping gum off the bottom of the tables.
The elimination takes place in the kitchen, and Ramsay consider to eliminate Dave because of his continuous pain, and he successfully pleaded on his case that if he is to be eliminated, it must be because he sucks as a chef and not because of his injury. Ramsay eliminates Tennille despite not being nominated and starts crying because of it but Chef Ramsay continues to praise her during her farewell.[note 5]
Ramsay has no regarding comment on Tennille's elimination.The three remaining chefs go back to the dorm rooms to relax and Ramsay calls them downstairs that he attended to. After Dave's right frightened decision to keep him, Ramsay calls Dave and surprised him with his fiancée and sister, followed by Ariel's fiancé and mother, and Kevin's wife and son so they could spend each time with their loved ones.
|77||14||"3 Chefs Compete"||October 13, 2009|
For the challenge reward, Dave joins his sister and fiancee for enjoying lunch cooked by the judging panel, and he also won a complete set of Demeyere Cookware. Meanwhile, Ariel and Kevin polished numerous pieces of silverware and then prepared for the night's service.
Each chef must nominate a person who feels should not advance to the final service. Kevin and Ariel nominated each other, and Dave decided to nominate Ariel. Ramsay selects Dave and Kevin are in the final, and sending Ariel home. However, Ramsay tells Ariel to keep her jacket.Ramsay has no regarding comment on Ariel's elimination.
|78||15||"2 Chefs Compete"||October 13, 2009|
Finalists Dave and Kevin are taken by limo to the Bonaventure Hotel as for the site of the final individual challenge.
Instead of prizes, Ramsay asks sous chef Scott for the "special deliveries" at the truck and opens six chefs from the competition, and Dave must getting to choose first.[note 8] Dave picks Ariel, Kevin picks Van, Dave's picks are Robert and Suzanne, and Kevin's pick is Amanda and he is left with Sabrina. Dave leads the blue kitchen with Scott as sous chef, and Kevin heads the red kitchen with Heather as sous-chef.
For the first time in Hell's Kitchen history, Dave and Kevin did not redesign their own dining rooms, but they still created their own menus. Dave kept his menu simple, while Kevin had elaborate but time-consuming dishes.
Ramsay determines the winner based on customer card's comments, he tells Dave and Kevin to stand in front of two doors, and one door opens would be the winner. Dave's door opened, making him the sixth winner of Hell's Kitchen.Ramsay's comment: "Dave has a very natural ability and a very sophisticated palate. He fought through excruciating pain and excelled and went on to win Hell's Kitchen. He's gonna be an amazing asset to the Araxi Grill and Bar in Whistler and I'd like to wish him the best of luck, but honestly, I don't think he'll need it."
Dave went on to work for the Araxi Restaurant until the end of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games at which point he left. He returned in the Season 7 finale to congratulate Holli with her portrait. Despite not appearing in Season 9, Dave was mentioned by Chef Ramsay who told Jonathon about Dave's victory with only one hand. Dave returned in the first episode of Season 10. He cooked a steak dinner for the red team along with Rock Harper from Season 3. Dave competed against Season 11's final five chefs alongside Season 3 winner Rock, Season 4 winner Christina, Season 8 winner Nona, and Season 9 winner Paul. He is currently helping his sister in her music career.
Tennille and Van returned in Season 9 as part of an All-Stars team and competed against that seasons final five chefs at dinner service - only to end up losing to that season's Top 5.
Kevin later returned to Season 10, to face against that seasons final six chefs, along with other Runner-Ups, and ended up winning by a narrow margin.
- In the dice roll challenge, 24 spots are allocated in the letters of the alphabet (12 letters each which are given two spots).
- For the red team, Suzanne rolled on R and went for rabbit, Amanda rolled on H and went for Haricot Verts (Green Beans), Tennille rolled P and went for Potato, Sabrina rolled G and went for Garlic and Ariel rolled H and went for Ham Hock. As for the blue team, and Robert is still in hospital, Andy has going an extra roll and rolled H and went for Haddock, Dave rolled F and went for Figs, Van rolled A and went for Angel Hair Pasta, Kevin rolled A and went for Apples and Andy rolled T and went for Tomato.
- Robert and Sabrina's elimination were paid in a retrospect montage in their exits. These are the first time since Rachel Brown of season 2 has a retrospect montage clip.
- The red team set the worst competitive record of any red team in the history of Hell's Kitchen in terms of dinner services. They were victorious only once in ten services, losing five outright with the blue team as well as suffering four joint losses.
- Tennille's elimination is the second time Ramsay has eliminated a chef is taking place inside the kitchen.
- For the ethnic cuisine challenge, the chefs chose from three countries: Chinese, Mexican, and Indian. Ariel drew Indian, Kevin drew Mexican and Dave drew Chinese.
- The pass is where the food orders are placed and quality checked before leaving the kitchen. In episode 614, the chefs have a chance to handle that station.
- In the season finale, six chefs returned to help the two finalists. However, six of the last eight eliminated chefs are present for the final service. Andy and Tennille were two of the former contestants who should have come back for the final service, but since they did not return because Andy had still recovered his finger injury and Tennille for unknown reasons, Robert and Amanda took in their places and were the last persons prior to top eight chefs.
- Amber Dowling (2009). "'Hell's comes to Canada". MSN. Retrieved June 28, 2009.
- "Exclusive Interview: Robert Hesse of 'Hell's Kitchen'". My Buddy TV Web Site. Retrieved August 1, 2009.
- Araxi Homepage, Hell's Kitchen