Hell's Kitchen (UK TV series)

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Hell's Kitchen
Hells Kitchen UK 2009 Logo.jpg
Genre Reality
Created by Gordon Ramsay
Presented by Angus Deayton
(series 1-3)
Claudia Winkleman
(series 4)
Starring Gordon Ramsay
(series 1)
Gary Rhodes
Jean-Christophe Novelli
(series 2)
Marco Pierre White
(series 3-4)[1]
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 4
Producer(s) ITV Studios
Running time 30-90 mins (inc. ads)
Original channel ITV, STV, UTV
Picture format 16:9
Original run 23 May 2004 (2004-05-23) – 27 April 2009 (2009-04-27)
Related shows Hell's Kitchen (U.S. TV series)

Hell's Kitchen was a British cookery reality show (based on the New Zealand reality cooking show Hell's Kitchen), aired on ITV, which featured prospective chefs competing with each other for a final prize. Four series were aired from 2004 to 2009, three presented by Angus Deayton and the most recent by Claudia Winkleman.


The show had different formats and different head chefs for each of the first three seasons. The original chef Gordon Ramsay subsequently signed an exclusive United Kingdom contract with Channel 4, ruling out any possibility of him appearing on future episodes of the ITV-produced show.[2]

Head chefs[edit]

Series Chef
1 Gordon Ramsay
2 Gary Rhodes and Jean-Christophe Novelli
3–4 Marco Pierre White


Series Presenter Show
1–3 Angus Deayton Main show
4 Claudia Winkleman Main show

Series synopses[edit]

Series 1 (2004)[edit]

Original logo

Series 1 of Hell's Kitchen in the UK was broadcast from 23 May - 6 June 2004, airing live nightly for two weeks.

The premise was head chef Gordon Ramsay teaching ten celebrities how to cook. The celebrities were placed in a specially constructed London restaurant-kitchen with the task of catering for a clientele of famous people. Eliminations were determined by a series of public votes (in the style of Big Brother).

Jennifer Ellison was declared the winner. A follow-up programme was made afterwards called Hell's Kitchen: School Reunion, which saw Ellison and the show runner-up, James Dreyfus, team up to organise a healthy dinner service for the children at Ramsay's former school, Stratford Upon Avon High School.

The celebrities who took part were:

Celebrity Original Team Second Team Exit
Jennifer Ellison Blue Team (Day 1-8) White Team (Day 9-Final) Winner
James Dreyfus Blue Team (Day 1-8) White Team (Day 9-Final) Runner-Up
Matt Goss Blue Team (Day 1-8) White Team (Day 9-Final) Eliminated Day 15
Edwina Currie Blue Team (Day 1-8) White Team (Day 9-13) Eliminated Day 14
Al Murray Red Team (Day 1-8) White Team (Day 9-12) Eliminated Day 11
Abi Titmuss Red Team (Day 1-8) White Team (Day 9) Eliminated Day 9
Belinda Carlisle Red Team (Day 1-8) - Eliminated Day 8
Amanda Barrie Red Team (Day 1-8) - Quit Day 8
Tommy Vance Red Team (Day 2-5) - Quit Day 5
Dwain Chambers Blue Team (Day 1-4) - Quit Day 4
Roger Cook Red Team (Day 1) - Quit Day 1 (Injury)

Series 2 (2005)[edit]

Series 2 of Hell's Kitchen in the UK was broadcast from 18 April - 2 May 2005.

The format was overhauled as the show was turned into a competition between two kitchens run by celebrity chefs Gary Rhodes and Jean-Christophe Novelli. The second series featured ten members of the public competing for a prize of £250,000, with which the winner could start his or her own restaurant. They were split into two teams of six, one red (tutored by Gary Rhodes) and the other blue (led by Jean-Christophe Novelli). A new and much larger restaurant was built to accommodate the fact that there were now two kitchens.

The only things that remained the same in the second series were the music, by composer Daniel Pemberton, and the presenter, who was still Angus Deayton. Elimination was still down to voting.

The series was won by Terry Miller.

The contestants who took part were:

  • Blue Team (Head chef Jean- Christophe Novelli)
    • Henry Filloux-Bennett
    • Aby King
    • Rory O'Donnell
    • Gary Tomlin
    • Kellie Cresswell
    • Stien Smart
  • Red Team (Head chef Gary Rhodes)
    • Terry Miller
    • Simon Gross
    • Aaron Siwoku
    • Tom Paisley
    • Caroline Garvey
    • Sam Raplin

Series 3 (2007)[edit]

Series 3 was due to begin in mid-2006, with Jean-Christophe Novelli as the sole head chef; however, ITV made the decision to take a break from producing Hell's Kitchen. The network then announced in February 2007 that it had commissioned a new series of the show, to begin in late 2007.

The new series began on 3 September 2007 at 9:00 pm. Michelin starred Marco Pierre White was the new head chef. White had two sous chefs, Matthew and Timothy. The series reverted to the original format of having celebrities as contestants.

The series ended on 17 September 2007, with Barry McGuigan crowned winner.

The contestants who took part were:

Celebrity Original Team Second Team Third Team Exit
Barry McGuigan Blue Team (Day 1-14) Red Team (Day 14-16) Blue Team (Day 16-Final) Winner
Adele Silva Red Team (Day 1-14) Blue Team (Day 14-16) Red Team (Day 16-Final) Runner-Up
Brian Dowling Blue Team (Day 1-8) Red Team (Day 8-15) - Eliminated Day 15
Paul Young Blue Team (Day 1-14) Red Team (Day 14-15) - Eliminated Day 15
Anneka Rice Red Team (Day 1-8) Blue Team (Day 8-13) Red Team (Day 13) Eliminated Day 13
Abbey Clancy Red Team (Day 1-7) Blue Team (Day 7-12) - Eliminated Day 12
Jim Davidson Blue Team (Day 1-8) Red Team (Day 8-10) - Removed Day 10
Kelly LeBrock Red Team (Day 1-8) Blue Team (Day 8-9) - Eliminated Day 9
Rosie Boycott Red Team (Day 1-6) - - Eliminated Day 6
Lee Ryan Blue Team (Day 1-3) - - Walked Day 3

Series 4 (2009)[edit]

Series 4 began on 13 April 2009.[3] Marco Pierre White returns as Head Chef/teacher. Claudia Winkleman took over as host, replacing Angus Deayton.[4][5] Nick Munier returned as Maitre d', as did Sous Chefs Matthew and Timothy. This series there was one kitchen with grey and dark red tiles. The first four sackings were Marco's responsibility, while the other four sackings were down to a public vote (the person with the lowest amount of votes left Hell's Kitchen).

Linda Evans won from public voting on 27 April 2009.

The celebrities who took part were:

Celebrity Status
Linda Evans Winner Day 15
Adrian Edmondson Runner-Up Day 15
Danielle Lineker (née Bux) Eliminated Day 13
Niomi McLean-Daley aka Ms. Dynamite Eliminated Day 12
Anthea Turner Eliminated Day 11
Bruce Grobbelaar Quit Day 10
Grant Bovey Eliminated Day 9
Jody Latham Eliminated Day 7

International versions[edit]

Country Title Broadcaster Head Chef Sous Chefs Maître d' Original run
 Brazil Cozinha Sob Pressão SBT Carlos Bertolazzi Alex Caputo Dídio Perini Season 1: October 11, 2014 – January 10, 2015
 Denmark Helvedes Køkken TV 2 Wassim Halla
 Finland Hell's Kitchen Suomi MTV3 Sauli Kemppainen Kira Weckman
Tero Laukkanen
Nina Koiranen September 2013 -
 Germany Hell's Kitchen Deutschland Sat.1 Frank Rosin Miguel[6]
Gerhard Retter[7] May 2014 -
 Indonesia Hell's Kitchen Indonesia SCTV Juna Rorimpandey Rano Abryanto
Winnie Kusumawardani
Andrie Khusyi January 3, 2015 - present
 Italy Hell's Kitchen Italia Sky Uno Carlo Cracco Entiana Osmenzeza Omar Allievi Luca Cinacchi April 2014 -
 Poland Hell's Kitchen - Piekielna Kuchnia Polsat Wojciech Modest Amaro Piotr Ślusarz
Dariusz Kuźniak
Paweł Gruba April 2014 -
 Romania Hell's Kitchen - Iadul Bucatarilor Antena 1 Sorin Bontea, Florin Dumitrescu, Catalin Scarlatescu Mimi Nicolae
Alex Petricean "D'Artagnan"
Virgil Mănescu Fall 2014
 Ukraine Пекельна Кухня 1+1 Aram Mnatsakanov April 13, 2011 – present
 United States Hell's Kitchen Fox Gordon Ramsay Scott Leibfried
MaryAnn Salcedo (Season 1 to 3)
Gloria Felix (Season 4 and 5)
Heather West (Season 6)
Andi Van Willigan (Season 7 to present)
Jean-Philippe Susilovic (Season 1 to 7)(Season 11 to 12 )
James Lukanik (Season 8 to 10)
Marino Monferrato (Season 13 - )
Season 1 May 30, 2005 - August 1, 2005 (Mondays)
Season 2 June 12, 2006 - August 14, 2006 (Mondays)
Season 3 June 4, 2007 - August 13, 2007 (Mondays)
Season 4 April 1, 2008 - July 8, 2008 (Tuesdays)
Season 5 January 29, 2009 - May 14, 2009 (Thursdays)
Season 6 July 21, 2009 - October 13, 2009 (Tuesdays)
Season 7 June 1, 2010 - August 10, 2010 (Tuesdays)
Season 8 September 22, 2010 - December 15, 2010 (Wednesdays)
Season 9 July 18, 2011 - September 19, 2011
Season 10 June 4, 2012 - September 10, 2012
Season 11 March 12, 2013 – July 25, 2013
Season 12 March 13, 2014 – July 24, 2014
Season 13 September 10, 2014 – December 17, 2014


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