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If you can't stand the heat, you're not going to last long in Gordon Ramsay's kitchen.

Recaps by Chico & Quisla Alexander, GSNN

Host Gordon Ramsay
Sous Chefs Scott Liebfried
Andi van Willigan
Maitre d' Jean Philippe Susilovic
Announcer Jason Thompson
Creator Gordon Ramsay
EP Arthur Smith
Kent Weed
Packager A. Smith & Co. Productions
ITV Studios
Origins Century Studios, Los Angeles
Web fox.com/hellskitchen
Airs 8p Tues, Fox

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16 Chefs Compete
June 1

"A stallion must first be broken before it can reach its potential." -Spock (Zachary Quinto), "Star Trek"

Chef Ramsay is back into the breach for the seventh time, and this time, he's guaranteeing that the first dinner service will be completed all the way through, but seeing this season's ragtag bunch of chefs may make him eat his words. Grab a plate... it's dinner time.

This season's group of the damned include...

Siobhan Allgood (25; Philadelphia): pub executive chef
Ed Battaglia
(33; Edgewater Park, NJ): highschool cooking teacher
Jamie Bisoulis (26; Chicago): sous chef
Salvatore Coppola (35; Laurel Springs, NJ by way of Naples, Italy): pizzeria chef
Jason Ellis (37; Suwannee, GA): personal chef
Andrew Forster
(28; Wake Forest, NC): farmer
Scott Hawley (32; New York City): executive chef
Nilka Hendricks (28; West Hempstead, NY): line cook
Fran Kiler (44; Rockville Centre, NY): catering chef
Benjamin Knack (33; Malden, MA): culinary instructor
Autumn Lewis (29; West Hollywood, CA): personal chef
Jay Santos (32; Medford, MA): executive chef
Stacey Slichta (38; Studio City, CA): private chef
Mikey Termini (29; Maui, HI): line cook
Maria Torrisi (24; Scranton, PA): kitchen supervisor
Holli Ugalde (24; San Bernardino, CA): banquet chef

The press, which has gathered for the arrival, is convinced that one of these people is the next culinary superstar... as Chef Ramsay opens up with a shocker: the first dinner service of season 7 WILL BE COMPLETED. It's never been done before. Will tonight be the night?

Signature Dish Round starts NOW!

First up, that mousy little twerp and her Veal Scallopini was pretty good... But seeing as that's his wife Tana in disguise, hers will not be up for evaluation. But hey, I wanted to eat it. The point is... Experience counts for nothing; it's all about the food.

Now to judge...

Maria: filet mignon with vegetables
Salvatore: bucatini all'amatriciana
WINNER: MARIA (Ladies lead, 1-0)

Benjamin: Lobster agnolotti
Holli: Banana-leaf wrapped halibut

Scott: Duck breast
Jamie: Creamy Chicken Kiev (with a toothpick) 
WINNER: ... No one.

Tattooed Mikey: Brie stuffed with lobster
Dreadlocked Siobhan: Seared ahi tuna
WINNER: ... BOTH! (Tied at 2)

Jay: Steak
Stacey: Fish
WINNER: Jay (Men lead, 3-2)

Fran vs. Jason
WINNER: Jason (Men lead, 4-2)

Ed: Fish
Autumn: Chicken
WINNER: Autumn (Men lead, 4-3)


Nilka: Sweet & spicy wings
Andrew: Steak tartare
WINNER: ... Nobody. (Men win, 4-3)

Reward and punishment later... Right now, the prize. The winner will be the head chef of Gordon's restaurant in Savoy Hotel... in LONDON!

The chefs head to the dorms, where they are presented with their jackets, a menu, a book to study, and a set of Henckel knives. The knives are theirs to keep, but the jacket stays on only as long as you are in Hell's Kitchen. The red team gets to studying, while the blue team also studies...

And then an alarm goes off. At the end of the fire is Ramsay teaching the players via video how to cook Lobster Risotto... (cues "The F Word" theme music) Arborio rice...


Mascarpone cheese...


Lobster stock...

White wine...


Lobster Risotto... DONE.

The lessons continue into the night with filet of beef, scallops, roasted duck,... well, you get it.

The next morning, Andi wakes up the ladies for their punishment: breakfast in bed for the guys. Okay, enjoy. ... Now back to business. Time to give Chef Ramsay his perfect service. Scott is emerging as a leader, though some think that he's a strong TALKER.

"JP... Open Hell's Kitchen! Let's go!"


Some of Hell's Kitchen's favorite dishes are back on the menu. Remember, Ramsay has guaranteed a completed dinner service. To take some pressure off of the kitchen, Jay (blue) and Nilka (red) will prep Caesar salads in the dining room. Stacey thinks that she's going to rock the fish... and you know what happens next. She doesn't. Sal's capellini is burned. And so is his shallots. No appetizers are leaving the kitchen, as Nilka and Jay are busy keeping the diners distracted. Fran's potatoes are not up to scratch. Benjamin's tasting... but then he's double dipping. NOT GOOD. Fran puts CRAB in the lobster risotto...

Forty-five minutes into dinner, and Chef Ramsay's promise is in danger. Jamie's first entree... is stone. Cold. And Maria is laughing about it. And she's laughing about being chided down... Maria... Jamie... and Fran... are sent back to the dorms (begrudgingly), and Nilka is sent back into the kitchen.

No entrees are leaving the red kitchen an hour into the service. Mikey's halibut... is raw. Now that the ladies are in the kitchen five deep, they're starting to get entrees out.

Meanwhile, Benjamin is cooking the stock before the rice, Sal is trying to heat up food with a cold pan, and neither of them are listening. BOTH are getting the boot. And Stacey... may just join them after a slow salmon. And... so is Mikey.

Two and a half hours, and both chefs are stalled. Four chefs in the red, five in the blue. BOTH teams will work together for the rest of the service. Ramsay refuses to shut down.

Ed is getting the team jumping on dishes, and it's paying off dividends. Three tickets left... Two.... One.... and... COMPLETE!

"Switch it off, let's go." Call it a moral victory... for the BLUES. The Reds were behind all night. No best of the worst tonight, they'll have to come up with two people to go up to the chopping block. Stacey screwed up her section. Maria was frazzled. Autumn would nominate Fran & Stacey. Autumn just stood there, not a team player.


Autumn first nominates Stacey. She didn't recover. Second... Fran. She also couldn't recover. Fran thinks that she didn't do the worst today, though she didn't know the difference between lobster and crab, something she attributes to being a kosher chef. Stacey lacks strength.

Being shown the door first.... is STACEY.

"It's a good thing Stacey's a private chef. Her food wasn't good enough for the public."

Night one is done... but the war is just beginning.

To see this episode in its entirety, go to fox.com/hellskitchen.