HELL'S KITCHEN is back open for business! The pressure is on, as this season's prize is bigger and better than ever before. Chef Ramsay will pick one lucky contestant to become the Executive Chef for his new restaurant, The London West Hollywood. Gordon wastes no time as he immediately sends the contestants to the kitchen to prepare their signature dish. In the most shocking taste-test ever, Gordon gets physically sick from a contestant's concoction leaving everyone speechless. During the first dinner service, emotions run high and one contestant goes missing. Will Gordon be forced to shut down the kitchen?
In pursuit of the prestigious Executive Chef title of Gordon Ramsay's new restaurant, The London West Hollywood, the blue and red teams are now in the competition up to their gills. For the first challenge, the teams must prove they can make the cut by accurately slicing a halibut into six-ounce filets. The winning team will swim away to receive some much needed rest before the second dinner service. The night will bring several changes, as one member of each team must work as a maitre d' while the others staff the kitchen. Tempers flare as both teams struggle to provide the best service, yet one chef will be eliminated on HELL'S KITCHEN.
The competition has gone to the birds as the contestants are woken up by the sounds of chickens running around their sleeping quarters. The two teams head to the kitchen and race to cook some chickens. Chef Ramsay demands absolute perfection and will count the birds only if they are perfectly plucked. The winning team will get to dress up and fly the coop, while the losing team is sent to the fields to pick peppers. The dinner service requires the contestants to serve the chicken family-style at the tables, but nerves and inexperience could leave many families hungry.
Chef Ramsay tests the teams' taste-buds by doing a blindfold taste-test challenge. Find out who knows their pork from their chicken and their potatoes from their polenta. Those who impress Chef Ramsay get to enjoy being pampered at the spa, while the losing team is forced to clean the dorms. During dinner service when one team tries to serve raw food and the other team fails to communicate with one another, Gordon loses his cool. Will the teams be able survive his wrath in the "9 Chefs Compete" episode.
The final four contestants prepare a specialty lunch for some surprise guests Chef Ramsay has invited to Hell's Kitchen. When the doors open, 80 very hungry, very picky and very pregnant moms-to-be walk through the door! The ladies choose the best dish and send the winner on a $1000 shopping spree. The remaining chefs are forced to stay behind and clean up after the luncheon. During dinner service tempers flare and tension is high, and one contestant gets careless and burns Chef Ramsay's hand, which sends Ramsay over the edge in the "4 Chefs Compete" episode.