Hell's Kitchen (U.S. season 10)
|Hell's Kitchen (U.S. season 10)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||20|
|Original release||June 4, 2012– September 10, 2012|
Season 10 of the American competitive reality television series Hell's Kitchen premiered on June 4, 2012 on Fox and concluded on September 10, 2012. Chef de Cuisine Christina Wilson won the season and received a head chef position at Gordon Ramsay Steak at the Paris Las Vegas in the Las Vegas suburb of Paradise, Nevada.
Production and development
This season saw an alteration to the show's format, with many episodes now being two-parters, depicting the team challenge and reward/punishment one night, followed by service and elimination the following night. This season is also the first season in Hell's Kitchen history in which all chefs were eliminated normally. In other words, no chef was eliminated either despite being on the winning team, without being nominated, during dinner service, had to withdraw for medical reasons, or walked out on their own terms. This is also the first & only season where one challenge produced no winner and both teams faced punishment.
The opening sequence of Season 10 of the show, like the previous three seasons, did not take place in the kitchen. Instead, it began with the iconic "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign, which morphed to "Welcome to Fabulous Hell's Kitchen." This is followed by a magic show-style opening, featuring contestants doing various stunts and tricks, with Chef Ramsay magically appearing at the end.
18 chefs competed in season 10. Full names per official site.
|Robyn Almodovar||31||Executive Sous Chef||Hollywood, Florida|
|Justin Antiorio||29||Sous Chef||Lyndhurst, New Jersey|
|Christopher "Chris" Carrero||33||Executive Chef||Queens, New York|
|Clemenza Caserta||41||Executive Chef||Staten Island, New York|
|Patrick Cassata||40||Executive Chef||Lombard, Illinois|
|Dana Cohen||27||Chef Instructor||River Vale, New Jersey|
|Roshni Gurnani||27||Executive Chef||Boston, Massachusetts|
|Tavon Hubbard||22||Executive Chef||Washington, D.C.|
|Tiffany Johnson||30||Sous Chef||Warren, Vermont|
|Barbara "Barbie" Marshall||34||Catering Chef||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Brian Merel||31||Personal Chef||Chicago, Illinois|
|Danielle Rimmer||27||Saucier||Bayonne, New Jersey|
|Donald "Don" Savage||44||Cafeteria Chef||Houston, Texas|
|Briana Swanson||32||Personal Chef||New York, New York|
|Guy Vaknin||28||Executive Catering Chef||New York, New York|
|Royce Wagner||29||Sous Chef||Fort Lauderdale, Florida|
|Kimberly "Kimmie" Willis||27||Personal Chef||Memphis, Tennessee|
|Christina Wilson||32||Chef de Cuisine||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Original teams||First switch||Second switch||Individual||Finals|
|5||Clemenza||LOSE||LOSE||WIN||LOSE||LOSE||NOM||NOM[n 2]||BoW||NOM||NOM||LOSE||NOM[n 1]||NOM||OUT[n 1]|
|7||Brian||LOSE||LOSE||WIN||NOM||BoW||LOSE||NOM[n 2]||BoW||LOSE||LOSE||LOSE||OUT[n 1]|
|12||Roshni||WIN||NOM||NOM[n 1]||NOM||BoW||LOSE||OUT[n 1]|
- Chef was nominated by Ramsay
- Although nominated, chef was not called down by Ramsay
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Each episode consists of a challenge with a reward, a service and an elimination.
|Title||Original air date||U.S. viewers (million)|
|125||1||"18 Chefs Compete"||June 4, 2012||5.46|
20 contestants are transported to Hell's Kitchen in a police-escorted motorcade. Sous chef Scott greets them and explains he shaved his head to prove his dedication to Ramsay, as has sous chef Andi. He calls for volunteers to shave their heads as well; two contestants (Scott's friends) get their heads shaved, and then Scott calls out Danielle and is about to shave her head when Ramsay comes out and stops him. It is later revealed that Andi was actually wearing a bald cap.
The red team is treated to a steak meal with two of Hell's Kitchen's past winners: Rahman "Rock" Harper from Season 3 and Dave Levey from Season 6, while the blue team is forced to clean both kitchens.
The blue team nominates Tavon and Don; Ramsay overrules Don's nomination and nominates Royce instead. Ramsay eliminates Tavon for failing to live up to his Executive Chef job.
Ramsay's comment: "Tavon may have been an executive chef at 22, but he did little to impress me in his short stay in Hell's Kitchen."
|126||2||"17 Chefs Compete"||June 5, 2012||4.87|
The chefs are awakened by a rap group inside the dorms before Ramsay introduces them for the next challenge.
The red team take a yacht cruise for a day on Santa Catalina Island, while the blue team have to clean up the remaining mess, prep the kitchens and dining area for service, and drink smoothies made out of rejected scallops.
The blue team nominate Chris and Royce, while the red team nominate Barbie and Roshni (this was because all the women voted Barbie but couldn't think of someone else who did bad in service, so the decided to vote Roshni as they thought she was safe). Ramsay eliminates Chris for struggling on scallops.
Ramsay's comment: "I'm sure that Chris prays that he never sees another scallop. And after tonight, I pray I don't see any more of him."
|127||3||"16 Chefs Compete"||June 11, 2012||6.25|
Briana nominates herself, and the team nominate Barbie; Ramsay also nominates Roshni. Ramsay eliminates Briana, feeling she was not getting stronger in the competition.
Ramsay's comment: "Tonight, Briana had a battle with the cod, and the cod won. And that's why her time in Hell's Kitchen was a short one."
|128||4||"15 Chefs Compete"||June 12, 2012||5.32|
The chefs are awoken early by Ramsay and are taken to a lamb pen at a local farm for the next challenge.
The blue team is rewarded with a day at the horse races, while the red team have to wash the paint off the sheep, clean and prep both kitchens, and eat a lunch of lamb testicles.
The red team nominate Danielle and Roshni, while the blue team nominate Brian and Don. Ramsay sends Don home for his lack of improvement, and then transfers Roshni to the blue team.
Ramsay's comment: "Everyone in Hell's Kitchen starts at the bottom. Unfortunately, Don stayed there."
|129||5||"14 Chefs Compete"||June 18, 2012||5.65|
The red team go to one of the guest judge's gourmet restaurant for lunch and later go to an outdoor salsa dancing class, while the blue team do prep for both kitchens, which includes making handmade salsas for the dinner service, and have to eat tripe for lunch. Tiffany hears Royce criticizing Kimmie's dish and tells Kimmie, but due to being drunk, Kimmie mistakenly thinks it was Dana, Christina, and Danielle, causing a huge argument amongst the red team right before service.
The red team nominates both Barbie and Danielle, while the blue team nominates Guy and Patrick. Ramsay sends Barbie back in line, but the episode then ends in a cliffhanger.
|130||6||"13 Chefs Compete, Part 1"||June 19, 2012||5.34|
The episode begins with Ramsay sending Patrick and Guy back in line and eliminating Danielle. Dana starts crying when Danielle is eliminated and Christina and Dana agree to stand by each other, as they fear Robyn, Kimmie, and Tiffany will target them for elimination next. Ramsay does not give a comment on Danielle's elimination; Danielle did not receive a coat hook and burning picture.
The blue team is treated to a shopping spree in Malibu, much to the red team's annoyance, while the red team assembles the runway for Hell's Kitchen's first ever fashion show.
The episode ends with "To Be Continued" cliffhanger.
|131||7||"13 Chefs Compete, Part 2"||June 25, 2012||5.66|
Continued from previous episode, despite Clemenza's mistake, Ramsay orders Hell's Kitchen to be opened.
The blue team nominated Clemenza and Guy. Despite the entire blue team saying Clemenza should be eliminated, Clemenza gives a passionate speech about why he should stay, and Ramsay sends him back in line (with the red team cheering his decision), eliminating Guy for his lack of fight-back, though Ramsay praised him for his hard work.
Ramsay's comment: "Guy's performance in Hell's Kitchen was extremely inconsistent. That is why I know he is not THE guy to run Gordon Ramsay Steak."
|132||8||"12 Chefs Compete"||June 26, 2012||5.51|
The red team is rewarded with a day at a spa and a set of Demeyere cookware each. In addition, Christina's lobster dish is placed on the menu for the next dinner service. The blue team must prepare both kitchens for that night's dinner service and clean the dorms.
The blue team nominate Brian and Clemenza, but Ramsay overrules and nominates Roshni and Patrick. Ramsay eliminates Roshni, but commends her for her big heart.
Ramsay's comment: "Roshni is a small lady with a big heart. Unfortunately, her performance tonight matched her stature."
|133||9||"11 Chefs Compete Part 1"||July 2, 2012||5.83|
The men are rewarded with a shopping spree for kitchenware and utensils, followed by lunch at Comme Ça, a local restaurant, while the women must take a huge side of beef and prepare it for the next night's service.
|134||10||"11 Chefs Compete Part 2"||July 3, 2012||5.07|
The blue team nominates Patrick and Royce, while the red team nominates Robyn and Tiffany following a heated argument between Robyn and Kimmie which nearly came to a fight between the two in the dorms. Ramsay eliminates Patrick due to his continuous problems in two straight services, and grants Robyn's request to be transferred to the blue team, though he warns her to stop blaming others for her mistakes.
Ramsay's comment: "Patrick talked a good game, but he couldn't back it up with his cooking so it was time for him to leave Hell's Kitchen."
|135||11||"10 Chefs Compete"||July 9, 2012||6.01|
The blue team were rewarded with a trip on Southwest Airlines to Las Vegas, where they spend an entire evening at the Paris Las Vegas, while the red team must barbecue a pig to make pulled pork, a task that takes 12 to 15 hours, with an alarm sounding every hour so they could check on it.
The blue team nominate Royce and Clemenza. Ramsay has both Royce and Clemenza remove their jackets before eliminating Royce for failing to live up to his abilities to his mentor. Ramsay then gives Clemenza a new jacket.
Ramsay's comment: "Royce came in promising a Rolls-Royce service. But instead, his service was like a broken-down car. Time to send Royce to the junkyard."
|136||12||"9 Chefs Compete Part 1"||July 16, 2012||6.33|
Two contestants from each team must compete against competitive eater Joey Chestnut in a chicken wing contest; Brian/Justin and Barbie/Tiffany have 60 wings to eat between them, while Chestnut has 60 wings to himself. The first to finish will win $500 in cash; Eventually, Joey wins the contest.
The blue team spends an entire day at the Raging Waters water park in San Dimas, while the red team spends the day receiving various deliveries, grinding peppercorns with a mortar and pestle, change the oil in the fryers, and peeling potatoes.
Both teams then received an iPad video message from Ramsay, instructing them to create their own menu, each consisting of three appetizers, three entrées and three desserts. Barbie preps at a slow pace, annoying her teammates, the first batch of Kimmie's barbecue sauce tastes awful, forcing Christina to help her, and Dana helps Tiffany out with her potatoes since they were crunchy, while Clemenza steps out of preparation to clean his jacket. Ramsay has issues with the red team's appetizers, but had positive comments about their entrées. By contrast, Ramsay does not like any of the blue team's dishes, and eventually finds several bones in Clemenza's quail dish, leading him to threaten Clemenza with elimination before the service even started. The episode then ends with another "To be continued" cliffhanger.
|137||13||"9 Chefs Compete Part 2"||July 17, 2012||6.02|
The blue team nominates Robyn and Clemenza, while the red team nominates Tiffany and Barbie. Both Robyn and Clemenza attempted to overrule themselves, but failed. Ramsay was shocked that the red team did not nominate Kimmie. Despite Ramsay having good reasons to send both Clemenza and Robyn home, he eliminates Tiffany due to her lack of passion and leadership.
Ramsay's comment: "The most passionate I ever saw Tiffany was moments ago when she was already on her way out. That was just too late."
|138||14||"8 Chefs Compete"||July 23, 2012||6.46|
The red team are featured in a photo shoot for Epicurious, followed by a trip for lunch at The Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, while the blue team prepares for service that night, which involves baking biscuits and churning butter from scratch.
The red team nominates Kimmie, while the blue team nominates Robyn. Ramsay eliminates Kimmie for not living up to her expertise on southern cooking, but praises her passion and her drive.
Ramsay's comment: "As a woman from Memphis, tonight's Southern cuisine menu should've been an easy walk in the park for Kimmie. But it turned out to be a difficult uphill battle, and that is why it was her time to go."
|139||15||"7 Chefs Compete"||July 24, 2012||6.23|
The reward would have been a day at the beach in Santa Monica, with lunch and a helicopter tour. Instead, both teams must detail the SUVs, clean the front of the restaurant, and prepare for that night's service.
The blue team nominate Robyn, but after they reveal they are split between Clemenza and Brian for their second nominee, Ramsay has all four members step forward. Clemenza and Justin are given black jackets before Robyn is given the final black jacket and Brian is eliminated for giving up easily in service and not having a more serious attitude.
Ramsay's comment: "Brian had a lot of energy and was a funny guy. But after tonight's performance, I wasn't laughing. And that's why he has to leave Hell's Kitchen."
|140||16||"6 Chefs Compete"||August 13, 2012||6.58|
Dana and Clemenza go to Silverwood Lake, where they spend the day jet skiing and having a gourmet picnic. The others must spend the day cleaning up the dining area and polishing the glasses and silverware.
The team nominate Clemenza and Robyn, despite the strong criticism by Ramsay of Dana's performance on the fish station. In the end, Robyn is eliminated due to blaming others for her mistakes.
Ramsay's comment: "Making it to the black jackets was a dream come true for Robyn. But cooking against the runners-up was a reality check for her and for me."
|141||17||"5 Chefs Compete"||August 20, 2012||6.23|
Barbie is treated to gourmet Italian lunch and she is able to choose one chef to go with her; she chooses Justin. They then go kayaking in the canals of the Los Angeles neighborhood of Venice. The others prepare for the special Italian service.
Justin reveals that they could not agree between Barbie and Clemenza, so Ramsay calls them both up.[note 5] Ramsay eliminates Clemenza, but commends him on his effort. Ramsay has no regarding comment on Clemenza's elimination. Ramsay retires and goes to the office; at the dorms, the final four contestants find a champagne from Ramsay which includes a "note", with a big congratulations, and gives a surprise promise in the next episode.
|142||18||"4 Chefs Compete"||August 27, 2012||6.87|
The contestants are treated to a visit from their loved-ones at the start of the episode.
Dana visits the Manhattan Beach Post restaurant in Manhattan Beach, where the chef helps her cook a dish and serve it to very special customers, her parents. The others must sort the recyclable material from the garbage, as well as prepare for that night's service.
Ramsay announces that two chefs would advance for the final. After each contestant gives a reason to stay, Ramsay eliminates Barbie, but praises her for her improvement, passion and hard work. The episode ends in a "To Be Continued" cliffhanger as Ramsay prepares to name the two chefs who will go into the final.
|143||19||"2 Chefs Compete"||September 4, 2012||6.17|
Ramsay chooses Christina and Justin for the final, eliminating Dana, but Ramsay allows Dana to keep her jacket.
Finalists Christina and Justin prepare a menu featuring four appetizers, four entrées and three desserts. Ramsay sends both of them on a private jet to Las Vegas, where they meet sous chefs Scott and Andi poolside at the Paris Las Vegas. They spend a relaxing day at a pool and have dinner with their loved ones. Later, they see Penn & Teller perform, which features Ramsay as part of a magic trick.
For winning the challenge, Christina gets first choice in drafting a team using the eight chefs eliminated from the competition prior to the final.[note 6] Christina picked Dana, Patrick, Kimmie and Robyn, while Justin chooses Barbie, Brian, Royce and is left with Clemenza. Christina and Justin then brief their teammates on their menus, but Clemenza is upset over being picked last and begins to walk out. The episode ended in a "To Be Continued" cliffhanger.
|144||20||"Winner Chosen"||September 10, 2012||6.27|
Continued from last episode, while Clemenza is less than enthused, he ultimately decides to take part. The following morning, Christina and Justin hold one final briefing, but Clemenza does not show up for the briefing, causing Justin to encourage him. Ramsay gives each of the menu items a taste test, identifying dishes in need of tweaking, before starting Hell's Kitchen's 140th service.
Ramsay then dismisses the team members and tells Justin and Christina to wait in the dorms, while decides the winner. He ultimately chooses Christina as the tenth winner of Hell's Kitchen; Christina hangs her portrait on the Wall of Fame and Justin takes his defeat graciously.
Ramsay's comment: "Christina's passion and talent are undeniable. She's a strong leader who is totally at home in the kitchen. I know I'm not rolling the dice with her in Vegas because she is the real deal."
Christina appeared in the Season 11 finale when she was visited by the finalists at Gordon Ramsay Steak, where they had lunch together and she gave them tips for their final service. She also appeared in Season 12 in episode 8 during the red team's reward trip in Las Vegas. Christina also returned in Season 13 for the 200th dinner service black-tie affair as a diner with Rock Harper (Season 3), Jay Santos (Season 7), Elise Wims (Season 9) and her Sous Chef at Gordon Ramsay Steak Jon Scallion (Season 11). Christina appeared in the Season 14 finale when she was visited in Hell's Kitchen and going with finalist to the Las Vegas. Dana returned in Season 12 to pick one of the contestant's dishes to appear in the Hell's Kitchen Calendar alongside Season 3 winner Rock Harper, and Season 9 winner Paul Niedermann.
In March 2014, Christina became the executive chef at Gordon Ramsay BurGR at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
- The blue team's loss means they set a new record for the worst start by any team in Hell's Kitchen history, having lost five challenges or services out of five.
- Unlike previous seasons, the Best of the Worst doesn't get to choose the nominees for elimination, though they still are guaranteed to be safe from elimination themselves.
- For the 12-sided dice challenge, the blue team went first, Clemenza chose heirloom tomato, Justin chose daikon, Robyn chose dragonfruit, Brian chose edamame, and Royce chose chicken. For the red team, Tiffany chose chicory, Barbie chose lamb, Kimmie chose turnips, Dana chose brussels sprouts, and Christina chose truffles.
- The blue team set the worst competitive record of any blue team in the history of Hell's Kitchen dinner services. They were victorious only once in twelve services, losing five outright to the red team as well as suffering six joint losses with them.
- Clemenza's nomination count ties with Autumn Lewis of season 7 Sabrina Brimhall of season 8, Elise Wims in Season 9 and Scott Commings of Season 12.
- Tiffany did not return, so Patrick took her place as the last person eliminated prior to the final ten.
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