Hell's Kitchen (U.S. season 3)

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Hell's Kitchen (U.S. season 3)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 11
Release
Original network Fox
Original release June 4 (2007-06-04) – August 13, 2007 (2007-08-13)
Season chronology
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List of Hell's Kitchen episodes

This article contains contestant information and episode summaries from Season 3 of the American competitive reality television series Hell's Kitchen. Cast during February 2007, the third season started airing on the Fox television network on June 4, 2007 and concluded on August 13, 2007.

The Hell's Kitchen set moved from a building at LaBrea and Willoughby, where it was located for seasons one and two, to a Century Studios building on La Cienega Place, off West Jefferson Blvd for season three. During Episode 9 (aired July 30, 2007), a casting call was announced for the fourth season of the show.[1]

This was the first Hell's Kitchen season to be filmed in high definition.

The season finale was a record high for the show's ratings, drawing 9.8 million viewers.[2] Executive Chef Rahman "Rock" Harper won the season and was awarded a US$250,000 per year head-chef position at a restaurant in the Green Valley Ranch resort and spa in Henderson, Nevada, near Las Vegas.

Sous chefs and Maître d'hôtel[edit]

Contestants[edit]

The third season features the following 12 contestants, who were separated by gender into two teams:

Contestant Age Occupation Hometown
Joanna Dunn 22 Assistant Chef Detroit, Michigan
Vincent "Vinnie" Fama[3] 29 Nightclub Chef Milltown, New Jersey
Melissa Firpo 29 Line Cook New York, New York
Rock Harper[4] 30 Executive Chef Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia
Edward "Eddie" Langley[5] 28 Grill Cook Atlanta, Georgia
Bradley "Brad" Miller[6] 25 Sous Chef Scottsdale, Arizona
Bonnie Muirhead 26 Nanny/Personal Chef Santa Monica, California
Tiffany Nagel 27 Kitchen Manager Scottsdale, Arizona
Aaron Song † 48 Retirement Home Chef Rancho Palos Verdes, California
Joshua "Josh" Wahler 26 Jr. Sous Chef Miami Beach, Florida
Julia Williams 28 Waffle House Cook Atlanta, Georgia
Jennifer "Jen" Yemola 26 Pastry Chef Hazleton, Pennsylvania

† Indicates that contestant died after filming ended

Contestant progress[edit]

Each week, the best member (as determined by Ramsay) from the losing team during the latest service period is asked to nominate two of their teammates for elimination; one of these two is sent home by Ramsay.

Original teams Switched teams Individual Finals
No. Chef 301 302 303 304 305 306 307 308 309 310/311
1 Rock WIN BoW BoB BoW WIN LOSE LOSE NOM IN WINNER
2 Bonnie LOSE WIN LOSE NOM[n 1] NOM WIN NOM BoW IN RUNNER-UP
3 Jen LOSE BoB NOM[n 2] BoW BoW WIN LOSE IN OUT
4 Julia LOSE WIN NOM LOSE LOSE WIN BoW OUT
5 Josh WIN NOM WIN NOM[n 3] WIN NOM[n 1] LOSE OUT[n 4]
6 Brad BoB LOSE WIN LOSE WIN NOM[n 1] OUT
7 Melissa BoW WIN BoW NOM[n 3] NOM OUT
8 Vinnie WIN LOSE WIN OUT[n 1]
9 Joanna NOM WIN OUT
10 Aaron WIN LOSE LEFT[n 5]
11 Eddie WIN OUT
12 Tiffany OUT
Notes
  1. ^ a b c d Chef was nominated by Ramsay
  2. ^ Chef nominated themself
  3. ^ a b Although nominated, chef was not called down by Ramsay
  4. ^ Chef was eliminated by Ramsay during service
  5. ^ Chef was hospitalized and withdrew for health reasons


Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Original air date
23 1 "12 Chefs Compete" June 4, 2007 (2007-06-04)
24 2 "11 Chefs Compete" June 11, 2007 (2007-06-11)
25 3 "10 Chefs Compete" June 18, 2007 (2007-06-18)
26 4 "8 Chefs Compete" June 25, 2007 (2007-06-25)
27 5 "7 Chefs Compete, Part 1" July 2, 2007 (2007-07-02)
28 6 "7 Chefs Compete, Part 2" July 9, 2007 (2007-07-09)
29 7 "6 Chefs Compete" July 16, 2007 (2007-07-16)
30 8 "5 Chefs Compete" July 23, 2007 (2007-07-23)
31 9 "3 Chefs Compete" July 30, 2007 (2007-07-30)
32 10 "2 Chefs Compete" August 6, 2007 (2007-08-06)
33 11 "Winner Announced" August 13, 2007 (2007-08-13)

Epilogue[edit]

Rock began working as the head chef of Green Valley Ranch's Terra Verde restaurant on September 10, 2007. After Rock's one-year contract expired, he left Green Valley Ranch's Terra Verde restaurant and as of December 2008 began working at Ben's Next Door in Washington, D.C.[7]

Rock later appeared during the show's fourth season on the June 3, 2008 episode, having dinner at his restaurant with that season's contestants, Jen and Corey, who won the challenge for the week. He also was one of the special VIP guests for Hell's Kitchen's "black-tie" 100th dinner service on October 13, 2010 alongside Christina Machamer (season 4), Danny Veltri (season 5) & Holli Ugalde (season 7). Rock made a guest appearance in the first episode of season 10 with Season 6 winner Dave Levey. Rock appeared with other previous winners, Dave Levey, Christina Machamer, Paul Niedermann, and Nona Sivley, in Episode 18 of Season 11 to face off with the final five in a dinner service. Ultimately, his team won. He then returned again in Season 12 along with Season 9 winner, Paul Niedermann and Season 10 second runner up, Dana Cohen where the three of them, along with Ramsay, judged to final seven contestants' dishes to decide which one to put on the Hell's Kitchen calendar. Rock also appeared in Season 13 as a guest at the 200th dinner service as a diner.

Aaron, who left the show early in the run for medical reasons, became a regular at the Saddle Ranch Chop House, a western-themed restaurant on Hollywood's Sunset Strip. Ramsay, along with members of Season 4's Red team, paid a visit to the Saddle Ranch during the show's fourth season and ran into Aaron there. In the first episode of Season 6, Aaron, along with Bonnie and Season 5 contestant Colleen, made another appearance in a video shown to that season's hopefuls, which showed him bursting into tears prior to that season's first dinner service. At the end of the video, Aaron told the contestants that "There's no crying in Hell's Kitchen." Aaron died on November 30, 2010 of diabetes-related complications.[8]

Bonnie, along with Aaron and Season 5 Contestant Colleen, later returned in the first episode of Season 6 and made an appearance in a video on the season's hopefuls, which showed her on using a pan on a stove with no gas on. Bonnie also returned in the 10th season, to face that season's final six chefs, along with other runners-up, who won by a narrow margin.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hell's Kitchen casting". Fox.com. Archived from the original on 2010-04-18. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 
  2. ^ "Finale Ratings". Realityblurred.com. 2007-08-14. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 
  3. ^ "Graduates Compete in Top Cooking Shows". The Culinary Institute of America. Retrieved 2007-07-23. 
  4. ^ Telvock, Dan (2007-06-05). "Spotsy man feeling the heat in 'Hell's Kitchen'". The Free Lance-Star. Retrieved 2007-07-23. 
  5. ^ Ho, Rodney (2007-06-04). "The trouble with bubbles: A bored band". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Archived from the original on 2007-07-15. Retrieved 2007-07-23. 
  6. ^ Harding, Margaret (2007-06-15). "'Hell's Kitchen' chef getting local taste of fame". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved 2007-07-23. 
  7. ^ "TV Chef Brings Heat To Chili Bowl Venture". Washington Post. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 
  8. ^ "Aaron Song (1959 - 2010) - Find A Grave Memorial". Find A Grave. August 21, 2011. Retrieved July 25, 2015. 

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