Hell's Kitchen (U.S. season 8)
|Hell's Kitchen (U.S. season 8)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||15|
|Original run||September 22, 2010– December 15, 2010|
|Home video release|
|Region 1||December 4, 2012|
The eighth season of Hell's Kitchen, an American reality competition television series starring Gordon Ramsay, premiered on the Fox Network on September 22, 2010, and continued until December 15, 2010. The prize was a head chef position at the L.A. Market restaurant at the JW Marriott Hotel at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, as well as an opportunity to be a spokesperson for Rosemount Estate Wines. The winner of the competition was Nona Sivley.
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 to the series as the head chef, as well as sous chefs Scott Leibfried and Andi van Willigan. James Lukanik served as the maître d', replacing Jean-Philippe Susilovic, who had been serving as a restaurant director at Ramsay's restaurant in London, Petrus. Seasons 7 and 8 were taped a year apart, resulting in other staff changes.
Hell's Kitchen was planned to air weekly from September to December 2010. However, due to Fox's televising of the Major League Baseball playoffs and the World Series in October and November, the show was broadcast with double episodes from September 22 until October 13, double episodes on November 10, and single episodes from November 17 until the finale on December 15. This is the first time that the series took more than a week off while the competition was in progress. Cablevision did not carry Fox during the first sixteen days of the hiatus due to a carriage dispute.
Like its previous season, the show's opening does not take place in the kitchen. Instead, there is a scene resembling Gulliver's Travels where the contestants tie up a giant Chef Ramsay and each contestant is listed as they launch various food-related attacks on him. Eventually Ramsay breaks free, the scene switches to the main title.
16 chefs competed in Season 8. Ages shown are at the start of competition.
|Vincent "Vinny" Accardi, Jr.||29||Line Cook||Queens, New York|
|Antonia Boregman||40||Line Cook||Chicago, Illinois|
|Raj Brandston||49||Personal Chef||Queens, New York|
|Sabrina Brimhall||22||Prep Chef||Moreno Valley, California|
|Lewis Curtis||26||Executive Chef||Beebe, Arkansas|
|Melissa Doney||31||Executive Sous Chef||Albany, New York|
|Jillian Flathers||28||Sous Chef||Pagosa Springs, Colorado|
|Russell Kook II||29||Sous Chef||Madison, Wisconsin|
|Emily Kutchins||29||Executive Chef, Senior Home||Chicago, Illinois|
|Lisa LaFranca||48||Corporate Food Director||Brooklyn, New York|
|Robert "Rob" McCue||36||Law Firm Chef||Massapequa, New York|
|Trevor "Trev" McGrath||30||Line Cook/Bartender||Chicago, Illinois|
|Gail Novenario||28||Executive Chef||Wantagh, New York|
|Boris Poleschuk||38||Catering Chef||Manalapan, New Jersey|
|Louis Repucci||28||Children's Camp Chef||Diamond Bar, California|
|Nona Sivley||29||Sous Chef||Atlanta, Georgia|
Credit Order: Vinny, Melissa, Raj, Trev, Louis, Boris, Curtis, Nona, Sabrina, Gail, Lisa, Antonia, Jillian, Russell, Emily, Rob
Signature Dish Order: Emily, Russell, Nona, Vinny, Antonia, Curtis, Jillian, Rob, Gail, Trev, Lisa, Louis, Melissa, Boris, Sabrina, Raj
Coat Hook and Picture Order: Trev, Lisa, Rob, Antonia, Vinny, Emily, Raj, Melissa, Curtis, Nona, Boris, Gail, Russell, Sabrina, Louis, Jillian
|Original teams||First switch||Second switch||Individual||Finals|
|6||Sabrina||NOM||WIN||NOM||NOM||BoW||NOM||NOM[n 2]||WIN||BoB||NOM[n 2]||OUT|
|7||Vinny||LOSE||NOM[n 1]||BoB||LOSE||WIN||LOSE||WIN||NOM[n 1]||LOSE||OUT|
- Chef was nominated by Ramsay
- Although nominated, chef was not called down by Ramsay
- Despite being on the winning team, the chef was eliminated by Ramsay
- Chef was hospitalized and withdrew for health reasons
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|Title||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|94||1||"16 Chefs Compete"||September 22, 2010||5.95||[recap 1]|
Sixteen contestants arrive at Hell's Kitchen and meet James, the new maître d'. They are taken to the LA Market restaurant in JW Marriott Hotel at L.A. Live, and are told that the competition winner will become the head chef there. Ramsay arrives and has them return to the kitchen to prepare their signature dishes.
The blue team receives massages while the red team cleans the kitchen. Shortly before the dinner service, Antonia complains about a migrane and later collapses. She is rushed to the hospital and would not return to the competition.
Nominees for elimination: The men instantly decide on Raj for his problems as a waiter and on the pizza station (with Raj believing they were doing it out of sheer jealousy) and Trev for his inability to dress salad. The women decide on Lisa for her horrendous performance on the fish station and Sabrina for completely bypassing her team on the meat station. Sabrina launched a childish attack on Nona thinking she should be eliminated for her choice of fried chicken as the protein in her signature dish. When Louis was asked for the men's nominees (Raj and Trev), Louis felt that Raj was delusional about how he performed with Ramsay agreeing with him and Gail revealed the women nominated Lisa and Sabrina. During her plea, Sabrina launched more personal attacks on Lisa and Nona.
Elimination: Lisa for her abysmal performance on the fish station and feeling she was over her head.Ramsay's comment: "The only thing positive I can say about Lisa's performance tonight: she didn't kill anyone."
|95||2||"14 Chefs Compete"||September 22, 2010||7.19||[recap 2]|
The contestants are awakened by taiko drumming, signifying the theme of the next challenge.
The blue team wins a trip to Cellar360 in San Francisco for wine tasting, and they get to keep the Morimoto knives. The red team has to eat a selection of "delicacies from around the world."
Ramsay has the blue team nominate two chefs for the elimination phase. They initially plan to nominate Raj and Curtis, but Curtis gets his team to nominate Boris instead. Ramsay then adds Vinny to the lineup as Ramsay was infuriated at Vinny for telling to customers not to order sides as the entrees on the menu were designed specifically to go with garnish. After the three chefs plead their cases, Ramsay spares all three nominees, but eliminates Curtis, stating that his mistakes on the sushi station cost the blue team's success.Ramsay's comment: "Curtis might have been a good ol' boy, but unfortunately, he wasn't good at cooking."
|96||3||"13 Chefs Compete"||September 29, 2010||5.72||[recap 3]|
The chefs awaken to a group of paramedics who give them health exams.
The red team's prize is a visit to the Santa Monica's Viceroy Hotel and a session of trapeze school. The blue team has to clean the kitchens and polish stemware. While cleaning both kitchens Trev criticized Raj for his severe lack of effort & feels he should be better considering he's had more cooking experience than Gordon Ramsay, Raj shouted back at him & called the blue team a bunch of snakes.
The red team chooses Emily but similar to an incident in Season 4 (where the women all suddenly ganged up on nominating Christina) they did the same to Sabrina, even though she was not in the kitchen. After the chefs plead their cases, Ramsay spares them and eliminates Raj instead, for being a terrible performer, much to the needed relief for the Blue Team.[note 1]Ramsay's comment: "When the going gets tough in the kitchen, a chef puts his head down and cooks. All Raj wanted to do was put his head in the freezer, and that's why his stay in Hell's Kitchen was a short one."
|97||4||"12 Chefs Compete"||September 29, 2010||6.55||[recap 4]|
Ramsay asks the chefs how many of them smoke, and then encourages them not to. He then demonstrates the next challenge which is to cook ravioli.
The blue team takes a helicopter trip to a coastal resort to play golf, while the red team has to clean the kitchen and milk cows. Whilst the men enjoy the reward, Trev however was very unsatisfied with the win & yelled at them for shoving his ravioli aside. Russell & Rob tried to calm him down & Vinny apologized for hurting his feelings & to just enjoy the reward. Trev wanted to move to The Red Team hoping they would accept him more.
In the elimination round, the blue team nominates Louis and Boris, while the red team nominates Melissa and Sabrina. Ramsay calls Melissa and Boris to come down but places them back in line. He eliminates Louis due to his continuous problems on the grill station.Ramsay's comment: "Louis the camp cook dreamed of fine dining, but the only thing I would trust him with is toasting a marshmallow. Kumbaya, my friend."
|98||5||"11 Chefs Compete"||October 6, 2010||6.13||[recap 5]|
The red team visits the Knott's Berry Farm amusement park for a day of fun, while the blue team has to clean the kitchens and help the prom committee put up decorations. Russell got frustrated during the punishment and lashed out against the three teenagers for bossing him around, as a result, James called him out for getting infuriated at the them.
Sabrina nominated Melissa and Emily for elimination. Ramsay then asked Nona who should go home & Nona insisted on Emily so Ramsay sends Emily home. Melissa is moved to the Blue Team.Ramsay's comment: "Like everyone in Hell's Kitchen, Emily started at the bottom. Unfortunately, she stayed there."
|99||6||"10 Chefs Compete"||October 6, 2010||7.03||[recap 6]|
Prior to the team challenge, Ramsay moves Melissa to the blue team, and Trev to the red team.
For the elimination round, each team nominates one member. The red team picks Sabrina and the blue team picks Boris. Ramsay noted that whilst they were good nominees, he adds Nona and Melissa to the pool. He eliminates Melissa for being a consistently terrible performer and wasting all the scallops.Ramsay's comment: "Melissa had a red jacket, she had a blue jacket, and now she has no jacket at all."
|100||7||"9 Chefs Compete Part 1"||October 13, 2010||5.98||[recap 7]|
Ramsay has each team nominate two members. The red team nominate Sabrina and Nona, while the blue team nominate Boris and Rob. Ramsay then reduces the pool to Nona and Rob. After each side makes their pleas, Ramsay asks Rob to remove his jacket, but surprises him with a clean jacket, and retains both chefs for a job well done.Ramsay's comment: "Tonight, I finally got a respectable service, so I gave them a little respect and didn't send anyone home. But tomorrow, they're in for the most intense dinner service in the history of Hell's Kitchen."
|101||8||"9 Chefs Compete Part 2"||October 13, 2010||7.16||[recap 8]|
The red team enjoys a day of sail boating, along with a seaside dinner and mambo dancing. During their events, Trev brags about how he contributes to the red team's victories, although the women comment that he is the weakest member of the team. Meanwhile, the blue team has to fumigate both kitchens and prep them for the black tie dinner service.
The blue team nominates Boris but has trouble deciding between Rob and Vinny, so Ramsay calls all three up. Ramsay sends Boris home but complements him for his big heart & encourages him to stay passionate. Ramsay has Trev step forward as the episode ends with "To be continued."Ramsay does not provide a farewell comment regarding Boris.
|102||9||"8 Chefs Compete"||November 10, 2010||5.432||[recap 9]|
Scott brings a room service cart where the chefs enjoy its various offerings, but Ramsay notices they cannot tell a five-star appetizer from a fast-food one, so he presents the next challenge.
The reward is a shopping spree at a local boutique, and dining at XIV, a restaurant owned by celebrity chef Michael Mina. The men stay behind to remove recyclables from a garbage truck filled with trash, dine on American cheese sandwiches, and prep both kitchens for service.
Afterwards, he calls Nona and tells her she should not have argued with him. For being "Best of the Worst", Trev nominates Rob and Russell for elimination consideration. Ramsay calls both up but sends Russell back in line, eliminating Rob.Ramsay's comment: "If the size of one's waist corresponds to the size of one's talent, then Rob would be a fantastic chef. Instead, he just wears gigantic pants."
|103||10||"7 Chefs Compete"||November 10, 2010||5.786||[recap 10]|
The blue team goes on a shopping spree at Sur La Table for cooking equipment, followed by dinner at Mélisse, a two-star Michelin restaurant in Santa Monica, where they met its head chef, Josiah Citrin. The women must take in a delivery of food for Hell's Kitchen.
For the nomination round, Ramsay announces that the red and blue teams will be no more. He has all members vote on who should leave. The women use all four votes on Trev, while Sabrina receives two (from Vinny & Trev), and Vinny receives one (from Russell). Ramsay calls down Trev and orders him to remove his jacket, however, he is given a black jacket. Jillian, then Nona, then Russell & then Sabrina are given black jackets to advance to the final 6. Gail and Vinny then plead their cases to stay. Gail is told to take off her jacket, but is given the final black jacket, which eliminates Vinny from the competition as he had gone way downhill through out the last few services.Ramsay's comment: "When the competition first started, I thought Vinny was the one to beat. But after tonight's dismal performance, he's now the one to go home."
|104||11||"6 Chefs Compete"||November 17, 2010||7.21||[recap 11]|
Russell gets to choose a chef contestant to join Ramsay for lunch at LA Market where they meet executive chef Kerry Simon. He picks Gail as she finished second. The others not only have to prep the kitchen, but also have to clean the dorms. Ramsay shows the six chefs a pile of cash that represents what they would earn as the head chef of LA Market if they win the overall competition.
Ramsay wants to have everyone remove their jackets except Nona but instead has the chefs nominate two among themselves. They choose Trev and Sabrina.[note 4] During their pleas, Sabrina surprisingly asks that they both stay (considering her & Trev's hatred for each other) and that Gail should go. But Ramsay sends her home any ways feeling she isn't mature enough to become head chef at LA Market.Ramsay's comment: "Sabrina was quite dramatic in her final plea, but I'm not looking for a drama queen. I'm looking for a head chef."
|105||12||"5 Chefs Compete"||November 24, 2010||6.24||[recap 12]|
For the challenge prize, Gail goes to José Eber's studio in Beverly Hills, where she gets a new hairdo, then to Hollywood, where Steven "Cojo" Cojocaru gives her a fashion makeover. The others have to clean the exterior of Hell's Kitchen and wash the food trucks.
The team nominates Gail and Trev for elimination, at which Nona mentions the re-fired meats. Ramsay notes that Jillian would've been an acceptable nominee as well. In the end, Ramsay eliminates Gail for her worsening performances over three straight services, remarking that he was disappointed in her, having expected her to go even further than she did.Ramsay's comment: "Gail's performance at Hell's Kitchen was up and down, up and down, and up and down. Roller coasters are great for amusement parks, not kitchens."
|106||13||"4 Chefs Compete"||December 1, 2010||5.83||[recap 13]|
Nona receives a copy of Ramsay's cookbook, Recipes From a 3 Star Chef, and a set of cookware. She picks Russell and they spend a day at Hands On Boutique Spa, for massages. Trev and Jillian prep the kitchen and do laundry, including cleaning Ramsay's chef's whites. Prior to the service, Ramsay asks Jillian why she has been slipping up, but gives her some encouragement.
|107||14||"4 Chefs Compete Again"||December 8, 2010||6.446||[recap 14]|
Ramsay announces that because no contestant was eliminated last time, he will eliminate two contestants in this round.
For the challenge prize, Jillian joins her family and Chef Ramsay for lunch at Spago. The others have to clear out the dorm furnishings of their past chef contestants. Prior to the dinner service, Ramsay tells the chefs they will have a turn at handling the pass.
Ramsay asks the chefs to discuss amongst themselves who should be eliminated, but when they return, he immediately eliminates Trev, citing that Trev was the weakest of the remaining chefs but Ramsay praised him for his determination. The final three plead their cases, Ramsay selects Russell to advance to the final round, and then picks Nona to join him. He tells Jillian she can keep her jacket. Jillian was never nominated her entire time in Hell's Kitchen.
Ramsay's comment: "Jillian didn't let her lack of fine dining experience get in the way. She made it this far because of her passion and determination. Unfortunately, it just wasn't enough to get her into the final."Note: Jillian received the burning picture sequence after being told by Ramsay to keep her jacket.
|108||15||"2 Chefs Compete"||December 15, 2010||5.855||[recap 15]|
Finalists Nona and Russell talk with the sous chefs on preparing a full dinner service where they will run their own kitchens. They are taken by helicopter to the top of the Marriott building for their final individual challenge.
Instead of prizes, Nona and Russell must draft a team using the eight chefs from the competition, and with Russell getting to choose first. Russell picks Jillian, Nona picks Gail. Russell's picks are Vinny, Sabrina and Rob. Nona picks are Melissa, Trev, and she is left with Boris. Ramsay's crew transform the dining area into two restaurants. Prior to opening, Ramsay gives the teams new chef's coats.
Ramsay determines the winner based on the diners' comments. Each finalist stands in front of a door; the one that opens designates the winner. Nona's door opens to reveal her husband and infant son, making her the season winner of Hell's Kitchen. Russell takes his defeat ungraciously, blames his team mates for his loss claiming that they helped him lose. As well as swearing to blacklist all four of them in any city he works in.Ramsay's comment: "When Hell's Kitchen first started, I used to say, "No, no, no" to Nona. After every service, she improved dramatically. And I was soon saying "Yes, yes, yes" She has a phenomenal palate and a real passion for cooking. Soon, all of America will be saying, "Yes" with me when they see her excel as the head chef of LA Market."
Nona Sivley worked as the head chef of LA Market since her win in December 2010. Her menu in the season finale service was integrated into the LA Market menu. She reappeared in Season 9 when the team challenge winners visit LA Market as a reward. She also appeared in Season 11 where she & four others champions being Rock Harper (Season 3), Christina Machamer (Season 4), Dave Levey (Season 6) & Paul Niedermann (Season 9) competed against that season's final five chefs. In November 2013, she joined Simon to oversee Pork & Beans, a restaurant in Las Vegas.
Other chefs have made appearances in later Hell's Kitchen episodes. Jillian and Trev appeared in Season 9 where they competed against that season's five chefs. Russell appeared in Season 10 to compete against that season's six chefs.
- Raj's elimination is the third time Ramsay has eliminated a chef from a team that had won its dinner service competition (much to the relief of the Blue Team).
- In the roulette wheel challenge, 36 spots are allocated to letters of the alphabet (18 letters each of which are given two spots). There are also two green spots represented with Hell's Kitchen logos, although in this season, none of the balls landed in the green spots.
- As the blue team had one less member, Vinny would be spinning twice, he chose kale and yam. Boris chose miso, Rob chose striped sea bass and Russell chose asparagus. For the red team, Trev chose rutabega, Jillian chose cauliflower, Sabrina chose bok choy, Gail chose fennel and Nona chose salmon.
- Sabrina's nomination ties Autumn Lewis from season 7 and Elise Wims from season 9, Clemenza Caserta from season 10 and Scott Commings as the most nominated contestant in the history of the show, at seven nominations.
- Trev drew Mexico and China; Russell drew France and India; Nona drew Greece and Italy; and Jillian drew Spain and Thailand.
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