For the first time in HELL'S KITCHEN history, the latest batch of 20 aspiring restaurateurs head to Las Vegas to present their signature dishes before Chef Ramsey and a live audience. The contestants will split into two teams - the red team and the blue team - to prove they have what it takes to win a life-changing grand prize of a head chef position working under Executive Chef Jeremy Berlin at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace. Then, after the 20 contestants arrive in Los Angeles, the first dinner service gets off to a rocky start, and Chef Ramsay sends multiple contestants out of the kitchen. Find out which chef will be sent home for good.
Chef Ramsay teaches the chefs a lesson in teamwork when he puts them through a physical challenge involving lobsters, but claws come out when the real team challenge continues in the kitchen. The winning team earns a luxurious day on a yacht while the losing team is tasked with cleaning hundreds of pounds of fish. Later, a disorganized dinner service disappoints Chef Ramsay, so two contestants from each team are sent into the elimination round.
Chef Ramsay puts the contestants to the ultimate taste test when he challenges the red and blue teams to taste and identify the type of protein used in five dishes. The team that completes the challenge in the least amount of time toasts to victory under the sun at a gorgeous beach house while the losing team spends the day grinding and milling grains to make bread from scratch. Later, the contestants get an early wake-up call to prepare a hearty breakfast for emergency medical workers. While some contestants rise to challenge, others scramble to complete the simplest dishes, and Chef Ramsay grills the losing team during an emotional elimination round.
In the continuation of a heated elimination, Chef Ramsay makes an unexpected decision that changes the competition for good. Later, HELL'S KITCHEN's maitre d begs Chef Ramsay for extra help in the dining room, so he sends one chef from each team to assist the wait staff during dinner service. But when the chefs-turned-servers send illegible tickets to the kitchen, dinner service is at a virtual standstill. After one of the most infuriating dinner services yet, Chef Ramsay asks each team to nominate two contestants to be put up for elimination. Find out whose dreams of winning HELL'S KITCHEN might go up in flames.
Every great chef has a discerning palate, so Chef Ramsay tests each chef's ability to identify ingredients relying solely on their taste buds in the blind taste challenge. The winning team is granted a luxurious sushi meal overlooking the ocean followed by a relaxing day of horseback riding. Meanwhile, the losing team is charged with delivery day duties and backbreaking labor in HELL'S KITCHEN. Later, Chef Ramsay presents the chefs with a surprising challenge in order to determine which contestant deserves immunity in the next dinner service and will move one step closer to a life-changing prize.
In the continuation of the signature dish challenge, Chef Ramsay determines which chef has made the greatest strides in the competition, and the chef with the best dish earns immunity in the next dinner service. Later, pressure mounts in HELL'S KITCHEN as the chefs must prepare a stunning meal to impress very special guests dining at Chef's Tables, TV host Maria Menounos and actor Jeremy Sisto. Dinner service gets off to a strong start, but one team's service quickly heads downhill, forcing Chef Ramsay to step in at one station. Two members from the losing team go head-to-head in an emotional elimination round.
The remaining chefs get a very special surprise from their family members, and Chef Ramsay hands out the coveted black jackets. Later, Chef Ramsay tests the chefs' originality in an intense pressure cooker test. The winner of the challenge earns an unforgettable meal with their family, while the losing team recycles and plant trees. With only five chefs remaining, Chef Ramsay adds a shocking twist in the next dinner service.
The challenges don't stop now that the chefs have received their black jackets, as Chef Ramsay surprises them by bringing back a team of previous HELL'S KITCHEN winners to challenge them at dinner service. Ramsay lets the teams design their own menus for dinner service and the finalists will go head-to-head with the returning champs. Tune in to see if this season's competitors can take the heat.
The final five chefs must prove that they deserve to stay in the competition by creating their most impressive gourmet burger. They face a tough room of critics as Chef Ramsay and room filled with dining professionals will determine the best and the worst burgers. The winning chef earns a relaxing day at the spa, while the remaining chefs are tasked with endless chores. Later, pressure mounts when the chefs must serve a VIP guest, but huge missteps in the kitchen put dinner service at a virtual standstill. Find out which contestant is sent home after a dramatic elimination round.