Hell's Kitchen (U.S. season 3)
|Hell's Kitchen (U.S. season 3)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||11|
|Original release||June 4– August 13, 2007|
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.
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. 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
The third season features the following 12 contestants, who were separated by gender into two teams:
|Joanna Dunn||22||Assistant Chef||Detroit, Michigan|
|Vincent "Vinnie" Fama||29||Nightclub Chef||Milltown, New Jersey|
|Melissa Firpo||29||Line Cook||New York, New York|
|Rock Harper||30||Executive Chef||Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia|
|Edward "Eddie" Langley||28||Grill Cook||Atlanta, Georgia|
|Bradley "Brad" Miller||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
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|
|5||Josh||WIN||NOM||WIN||NOM[n 3]||WIN||NOM[n 1]||LOSE||OUT[n 4]|
- Chef was nominated by Ramsay
- Chef nominated themself
- Although nominated, chef was not called down by Ramsay
- Chef was eliminated by Ramsay during service
- Chef was hospitalized and withdrew for health reasons
|Title||Original air date|
|23||1||"12 Chefs Compete"||June 4, 2007|
|24||2||"11 Chefs Compete"||June 11, 2007|
|25||3||"10 Chefs Compete"||June 18, 2007|
|26||4||"8 Chefs Compete"||June 25, 2007|
|27||5||"7 Chefs Compete, Part 1"||July 2, 2007|
|28||6||"7 Chefs Compete, Part 2"||July 9, 2007|
|29||7||"6 Chefs Compete"||July 16, 2007|
|30||8||"5 Chefs Compete"||July 23, 2007|
|31||9||"3 Chefs Compete"||July 30, 2007|
|32||10||"2 Chefs Compete"||August 6, 2007|
|33||11||"Winner Announced"||August 13, 2007|
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.
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.
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.
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