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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
Andrea "Andi" van Willigan
Maitre d' James Lukanik
Announcer Jason Thompson
Creator Gordon Ramsay
EP Arthur Smith
Kent Weed
Gordon Ramsay
Packager A. Smith & Co. Productions
One Potato Two Potato
ITV Studios
Origins Century Studios, Los Angeles
Web fox.com/hellskitchen
Airs 8p Mon & Tues, Fox

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18 Chefs Compete
July 18

Welcome back to Hell's Kitchen. Where success is rewarded handsomely, and failure is punished vicious. No one leaves unchanged. Eighteen enter... one wins. It's food worth fighting for. Your fighters for season 9.

- Elizabeth Bianchi: 27, Line Cook, New York City
- Natalie Blake: 23, Sous-Chef, Harrodsburg, KY
- Amanda Colello: 26, Personal Chef, Sun City, CA
- Jamie Gregorich: 24, Sous-Chef, Bradenton, FL
- Carrie Keep: 31, Pantry Chef, Dallas
- Gina Melcher: 34, Restaurant Consultant, Cape May, NJ
- Jennifer Normant: 34, Chef de Cuisine, Boston
- Krupa Patel: 30, Private Chef, Queens, NY
- Elise Wims: 26, Line Cook, Pittsburgh

- Chino Chang: 39, Executive Chef, Hatboro, PA
- Brendan Heavey: 31, Head Chef, Hoboken, NJ
- Monterray Keys: 34, Line Cook, Philadelphia
- Will Lustberg: 31, Sous Chef, Jersey City, NJ
- Paul Niedermann: 26, Jr. Sous-Chef; Davie, FL
- Steven Paluba: 44, Sauté Chef, Ridge, NY
- Jonathon Plumley: 34, Head Cook, Memphis
- Tommy Stevens: 31, Line Cook, Brewster, NY
- Jason Zepaltas: 29, Line Cook, Chicago

A lot of people from the Tri-State Area. One of them MAY go back as "head chef" of BLT Steak in NYC and a salary of $250K. Probably nothing more than head sous chef over the REAL guy in charge.

Spoiler Alert: One of the 18 will not even make it to service. Which one and why? Read on.

First... we're going to... the Orpheum Theatre? This isn't America's Got Talent, this is the Super Bowl! Sort of... Chef Ramsay's in the audience, and he has one expectation... be great. And one order... BACK to the kitchen. It's time for...

CHALLENGE #1: Signature Dish (ability)

We've all been here before. Forty-five minutes, on a plate. Most "good" dishes wins.

Carrie: Chicken-Fried Ribeye
Will: Sheep's Milk Gnudi
WINNER: Will (Men lead, 1-0)

Amanda: Eggplant Rolentini with Creamy Polenta
Brendan: Salmon with a Basil Cream Sauce
WINNER: BOTH (Men lead, 2-1)

Jennifer: Jenny's Pork
Jonathon: Punch Drunk Chicken (made with canned pineapple)
WINNER: Jennifer (Tied at 2)

Krupa: Stuffed Naan
Paul: Eggplant Involtini
WINNER: Paul (Men lead, 3-2)

Jamie: Lamb Lollipops with Red Onion
Steven: Seared Diver Scallops over Mushroom Risotto
WINNER: Heh, yeah, right.

Elise: Scallops
Chino: Miso
WINNER: Elise (tied at 3)

Natalie: Lamb
Monterray: Sea Bass
WINNER: BOTH (tied at 4)

Elizabeth and Tommy score, tying at 5.

Last showdown...

Gina: Pan-Roasted Scallops with Pureed Parsnips
Jason: Pork Taco

Winners... by a score of 6 to 5... THE MEN! They're taking lunch to go at LA Market, where season 8 winner Chef Nona Sivley gets paid. The ladies... are cleaning and prepping for tomorrow's dinner service.

The next day, each chef is gifted by sous-chefs and prince/princess of darkness Scott and Andi with a set of JA Henckel knives. Those are yours to keep no matter what.

During prep, Jason starts to feel dizzy and is helped to the medic. He feels overheaded, weak, and short of breath. This could very well be either diabetic shock or a heart attack. In any event, he is medically disqualified, and the ambulance is waiting to take him to hospital.  That leaves 17, and they are all ready. Heh, we'll see about that.



The dining room has been redone somewhat, with a balcony above the kitchen to give those lucky diners an inside look at the goings-on at the former KCOP studio-turned-restaurant.

Monterray is already ready with the garnish for the entree... Not even close. Carrie is ready with the first app from the red side... Scallops with no risotto. Krupa tries what Elise couldn't. Steven got flustered on the first ticket. Will takes charge and gets the apps out for the blues. Krupa's risotto... Winning. One hour in, and food is leaving the kitchen. Blues have started on entrees, as Chino's fish is... burned. And so is Chino. Seat. Take it. NOW.

Ninety minutes into opening dinner, and Krupa is ready to take the lead into the red entrees. Her Wellingtons... PERFECT. Steven takes Chino's place on the fish in the blue kitchen. And... he's about to take Chino's place to literally eat his mistakes. Will Tommy rescue the fish? .... Not even close. Dinner time. Nearly two hours, and the blues are stalled on fish. Carrie's scallops... overcooked. Try it again. Third time's a charm... I hope.

The diners are starting to revolt. No food is leaving the kitchen. Until... Jonathon's wellies finally make the pass... but WHERE IS THE BLEEPING GARNISH! The reds are looking for some fish redemption... Elise... is fighting Carrie for it. Why? No idea. As a spur, Elise is sent to the penalty box, while Jonathon's perfect wellie #2 is up for garnish.. which is not happening... again.

And now tables are walking out. As in... Gone goodbye. Blues have not yet sent a single entree out. And... that's that for Opening Night. The GOOD NEWS... if there is any to be gleaned... is that the Reds at least served some entrees on top of Elise and Carrie screaming at each other. The Blues will have to come together and decide who amongst them is going to be thrown to the fire.

The blues decide almost right away that Paul and Jonathon did nothing to warrant an early exit and therefore are safe.


Jonathon nominates Steven for failing under pressure and Monterray for his lackluster garnishes.  But there are three that Ramsay thinks should be up. Joining the two... Chino.

Monterray says he can do better than Steven, who didn't deliver. Chino spent more time prepping than cooking. Steven thinks that Monterray should be the one leaving.

Ramsay said that all three sucked.... and then sent Chino and Monterray BACK to the line. STEVEN is done in Hell's Kitchen.

"I realized early on that Steven had as much of a chance of being the head chef of BLT Steak as I do of winning a gold medal in figure skating."

In parting, I'll just say... I've never seen someone that excited to play pinball. More from the house that Ramsay built tomorrow.

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