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|
(U.S. season 7)
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 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. Their order of appearance on the opening credits are: Vinny, Melissa, Raj, Trev, Louis, Boris, Curtis, Nona, Sabrina, Gail, Lisa, Antonia, Jillian, Russell, Emily, and Rob. 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 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|
List of episodes
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|No. in series||No. in season||Title||Original air date||U.S. viewers (millions)||Recap|
|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.
Each team must nominate two chefs to be considered for elimination. Ramsay informs them that Antonia will not be returning so the men nominate Trevor and Raj, while the women nominate Sabrina and Lisa. After sending Trev and Sabrina back to the chef group, he eliminates Lisa.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. After the three chefs plead their cases, Ramsay spares all three nominees, but eliminates Curtis.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.
The red team choses Emily and then surprisingly picks Sabrina, even though she was not in the kitchen. After the chefs plead their cases, Ramsay spares them and eliminates Raj instead.[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.
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.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]|
|* Team challenge: The chefs prepare a tasting menu of an appetizer and two main dishes for the Beverly Hills High School prom committee, who end up favoring the red team's dishes and gives them the first ever shutout win in Hell's Kitchen history.
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.
The red team nominates Melissa and Emily for elimination. Ramsay asks for the other red team members' opinions, and then sends Emily home.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 adds Nona and Melissa to the pool. He eliminates Melissa.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]|
|* Team challenge: The chefs spin a modified roulette wheel with 18 letters of the alphabet.[note 2] Each chef has to name an ingredient starting with the letter that the ball lands on, and they have 30 minutes to cook dishes using those ingredients.[note 3] The red team wins the challenge, as Rob on the blue team fails to season his asparagus and yam properly.
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]|
|* Team challenge: The chef visit local supermarket Bristol Farms, where they have 20 minutes and 60 dollars to buy ingredients for four dishes – one each of beef, pork, lamb and chicken. After they return, they have 45 minutes to cook their four dishes. Four judges, one for each type of meat, are brought in to assess how much they would pay for the dishes. The red team wins the challenge with a score of $110. to $101.
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]|
|Ramsay calls Trev up, and after warning him about his performance, reassigns him to the blue team, making the blue and red teams separate by gender again.
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 to the 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]|
|* Team challenge: The chefs have to prepare three dishes: tagliatelle, salmon with lobster ragout, and poached chicken. However, there are special restrictions: only one chef from the team can be in the kitchen at a time; the chef has five minutes; and then has 15 seconds to brief the next chef. Ramsay rates the dishes and awards the blue team the win, since the red team's salmon for the ragout was dropped.
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 red team use all four votes on Trev, while Sabrina receives two, and Vinny receives one. Ramsay calls down Trev and orders him to remove his jacket, however, he is given a black jacket. Other chefs are given black jackets to advance except for Gail and Vinny, who 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.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]|
|* Individual challenge: Each chef has 30 minutes to create five servings of an amuse-bouche, a "one bite wonder", which will be judged by five notable chefs in the Los Angeles area – each judge will give a scores out of 10 for presentation and taste, for a total maximum score of 100. The final ranking is: Russell (100), Gail (87), Sabrina (70), Nona (67), Jillian (65) and Trev (62).
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, but has the chefs nominate two among themselves. They choose Trev and Sabrina. During their pleas, Sabrina asks that they both stay and that Gail should go. But Ramsay sends Sabrina home.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]|
|* Individual challenge: The five chefs prepare 80 portions of their signature dishes in one hour, however, they must do so in a food truck. The lunch diners at LA Market rank the dishes from best to worst. Russell's grilled octopus and aioli salad entrée is deemed the worst, while Gail's skirt steak with mangoes and pecans entrée is deemed the best.
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]|
|* Individual challenge: Each chef has 30 minutes to cook an entrée using the ingredients provided. Ramsay tastes each dish and identifies its ingredients by taste alone. This leads to the actual "taste it, make it" challenge, where the chefs have 45 minutes to recreate a dish that Ramsay has himself made without knowing the ingredients. Jillian makes a good-tasting dish, but misses every ingredient except for the chicken stock. Trev correctly identifies the dish to have carrot purée rather than yam purée, but forgets to put that purée on the plate, and uses pork instead of veal. Russell's dish had bacon instead of pancetta, and seasoning was fairly close. Nona wins the challenge by matching everything except for the purée.
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. 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."
|108||15||"2 Chefs Compete"||December 15, 2010||N/A||[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 blames his team mates for his loss.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 and other season winners 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.
- 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.
- 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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