Hell's Kitchen (British TV series)

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Hell's Kitchen
Hells Kitchen UK 2009 Logo.jpg
Created byGordon Ramsay
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series4
ProducerITV Studios
Running time30–90 mins (inc. adverts)
Original networkITV, STV, UTV
Picture format16:9
Original release23 May 2004 (2004-05-23) –
27 April 2009 (2009-04-27)
Related showsHell's Kitchen (American TV series)

Hell's Kitchen is a British cookery reality show, aired on ITV, which featured prospective chefs competing with each other for a final prize. Four series aired between 2004 and 2009, three presented by Angus Deayton and the fourth and final series presented by Claudia Winkleman.


Series Head chefs Presenter
1 Gordon Ramsay Angus Deayton
2 Gary Rhodes and Jean-Christophe Novelli
3 Marco Pierre White
4 Claudia Winkleman

Series overview[edit]

Series 1 (2004)[edit]

Gordon Ramsay

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). One notorious moment saw Amanda Barrie repeatedly trying to strike Ramsay when she became irate.

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:

No. Celebrity Known for Original Team Second Team Exit
1 Jennifer Ellison Actress, model, singer & dancer Blue Team (Day 1-8) White Team (Day 9-Final) Winner
2 James Dreyfus Actor Blue Team (Day 1-8) White Team (Day 9-Final) Runner-up
3 Matt Goss Musician Blue Team (Day 1-8) White Team (Day 9-Final) Eliminated Day 15
4 Edwina Currie Former politician Blue Team (Day 1-8) White Team (Day 9-13) Eliminated Day 14
5 Al Murray Comedian & actor Red Team (Day 1-8) White Team (Day 9-12) Eliminated Day 11
6 Abi Titmuss Television personality Red Team (Day 1-8) White Team (Day 9) Eliminated Day 9
7 Belinda Carlisle Musician Red Team (Day 1-8) - Eliminated Day 8
8 Amanda Barrie Actress Red Team (Day 1-8) - Quit Day 8
9 Tommy Vance Radio broadcaster Red Team (Day 2-5) - Quit Day 5
10 Dwain Chambers Retired track sprinter Blue Team (Day 1-4) - Quit Day 4
11 Roger Cook Retired journalist 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:

No. Celebrity Known for Original Team Second Team Third Team Exit
1 Barry McGuigan Retired professional boxer Blue Team (Day 1-14) Red Team (Day 14-16) Blue Team (Day 16-Final) Winner
2 Adele Silva Former Emmerdale actress Red Team (Day 1-14) Blue Team (Day 14-16) Red Team (Day 16-Final) Runner-up
3 Brian Dowling Television presenter Blue Team (Day 1-8) Red Team (Day 8-15) - Eliminated Day 15
4 Paul Young Musician Blue Team (Day 1-14) Red Team (Day 14-15) - Eliminated Day 15
5 Anneka Rice Television presenter Red Team (Day 1-8) Blue Team (Day 8-13) Red Team (Day 13) Eliminated Day 13
6 Abbey Clancy Lingerie & catwalk model Red Team (Day 1-7) Blue Team (Day 7-12) - Eliminated Day 12
7 Jim Davidson Stand-up comedian Blue Team (Day 1-8) Red Team (Day 8-10) - Disqualified Day 10
8 Kelly LeBrock Actress & model Red Team (Day 1-8) Blue Team (Day 8-9) - Eliminated Day 9
9 Rosie Boycott Retired journalist Red Team (Day 1-6) - - Eliminated Day 6
10 Lee Ryan Former Blue singer & actor Blue Team (Day 1-3) - - Walked Day 3

Series 4 (2009)[edit]

Series 4 began on 13 April 2009.[1] Marco Pierre White returns as Head Chef/teacher. Claudia Winkleman took over as host, replacing Angus Deayton.[2] 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 number of votes left Hell's Kitchen).

Linda Evans won from public voting on 27 April 2009.

The celebrities who took part were:

No. Celebrity Known for Status
1 Linda Evans Dynasty actress (1981-89) Winner Day 15
2 Ade Edmondson Comedian, actor & musician Runner-up Day 15
3 Danielle Lineker (née Bux) Actress, model & ex-wife of Gary Lineker Eliminated Day 13
4 Niomi McLean-Daley (aka Ms. Dynamite) Recording artist Eliminated Day 12
5 Anthea Turner Television presenter Eliminated Day 11
6 Bruce Grobbelaar Former football goalkeeper Quit Day 10
7 Grant Bovey Ex-husband of Anthea Turner Eliminated Day 9
8 Jody Latham Shameless actor Eliminated Day 7


  1. ^ "TV listings guide". Radio Times.
  2. ^ "Drama & Soaps - Categories". ITV Hub.

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