Hell's Kitchen (US)

The WORST episodes of Hell's Kitchen (US)

Every episode of Hell's Kitchen (US) ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of Hell's Kitchen (US)!

Hell's Kitchen (US) is an American reality television cooking competition (based on the British series of the same name) broadcast on Fox. It is hosted by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.

Last Updated: 8/11/2022Network: FOX
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5 Chefs Compete
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6.55
235 votes

#1 - 5 Chefs Compete

Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired 9/29/2009

The five remaining chefs are challenged to create as pretty as it tastes. A winner will be chosen by experts from Bon Apetite magazine and will win a dinner with Chef Ramsay and Bon Apetite editor Barbara Fairchild at a luxury hotel in Santa Monica.

11 Chefs Compete
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6.55
220 votes

#2 - 11 Chefs Compete

Season 12 - Episode 10 - Aired 5/15/2014

The contestants visit one of Gordon Ramsay's restaurants; the teams prepare meals inspired by Ramsay's cuisine; the contestants face elimination.

12 Chefs Compete
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6.71
252 votes

#3 - 12 Chefs Compete

Season 12 - Episode 9 - Aired 5/8/2014

The contestants are given 30 minutes to create an entree from surprise ingredients; Ramsay conducts one-on-one evaluations.

8 Chefs Compete
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6.73
240 votes

#4 - 8 Chefs Compete

Season 12 - Episode 14 - Aired 6/12/2014

The remaining contestants face the blind taste test, with the winning team getting an ice skating lesson with figure skater Rachael Flatt; the contestants struggle to stay organized during the dinner service.

18 Chefs Compete
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6.76
344 votes

#5 - 18 Chefs Compete

Season 9 - Episode 1 - Aired 7/18/2011

Eighteen new aspiring chefs dare to brave the heat of competition when Chef Gordon Ramsay opens the doors to a new season of HELL'S KITCHEN. The chefs must prove they have the skill, passion and dedication as they compete for the grand prize of a Head Chef position at BLT Steak in New York City. In the first team challenge of the season, Chef Ramsay asks the contestants to prepare their signature dish and splits the chefs into two teams: men vs. women. The winning team gets a taste of the sweet life when they wine and dine with Season Eight winner Nona Sivley at L.A. Market, while the losing team is left behind to scrub down the kitchen in preparation for their first dinner service. Following a sobering announcement moments before the grand reopening of HELL'S KITCHEN, tempers flare when the teams struggle to communicate effectively and the slow service forces diners to walk out before their entrees are served.

10 Chefs Compete
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6.77
273 votes

#6 - 10 Chefs Compete

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired 8/25/2009

The remaining ten chefs are rolling the dice to see what ingredients they can use in their challenge dish, with the winners earning a trip to Las Vegas. Later, chefs from Gordon Ramsey's own restaurants help out in the dinner service, which is interrupted by repeating mistakes and one bossy teammate.

7 Chefs Compete
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6.79
262 votes

#7 - 7 Chefs Compete

Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired 9/22/2009

Winter Olympic medalists Sasha Cohen and Jonny Moseley will serve as judges of the meals created by the contestants using ingredients brought in from Whistler, B.C., site of the restaurant in which the winner will be stationed.

9 Chefs Compete
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6.81
238 votes

#8 - 9 Chefs Compete

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired 9/1/2009

The remaining nine chefs are given a blind taste test. The winners will receive a dinner with chef Ramsay...in a darkened dinning room where they'll have no idea what they are eating. Later, the dinner service is ruined by meat and potatoes.

17 Chefs Compete
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6.82
263 votes

#9 - 17 Chefs Compete

Season 12 - Episode 4 - Aired 4/3/2014

The contestants take part in a team competition involving lobster ravioli.

11 Chefs Compete
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6.82
246 votes

#10 - 11 Chefs Compete

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired 8/18/2009

The remaining 11 chefs are challenged to create a full three-course meal which only totals up to 700 calories. The winning team gets a day at the beach and volleyball pointers from 2000 Olympian Annette Davis, while the losers must prep both kitchens. One chef snaps back at Chef Ramsey, while another is taken to the hospital's emergency room.

20 Chefs Compete (2)
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6.85
301 votes

#11 - 20 Chefs Compete (2)

Season 11 - Episode 2 - Aired 3/12/2013

The contestants arrive at the dorms; Ramsay sends contestants out of the kitchen after a rocky first dinner service.

5 Chefs Compete Again
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6.85
398 votes

#12 - 5 Chefs Compete Again

Season 9 - Episode 14 - Aired 9/12/2011

Five chefs compete (again).

7 Chefs Again
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6.85
247 votes

#13 - 7 Chefs Again

Season 12 - Episode 16 - Aired 6/26/2014

The contestants prepare a dinner service with guests from OxFam America, including Minnie Driver; two chefs struggle with their stations.

5 Chefs Compete
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6.88
214 votes

#14 - 5 Chefs Compete

Season 12 - Episode 18 - Aired 7/10/2014

The remaining contestants use leftovers to create a dish; Better Homes & Gardens Editor Laurie Buckle chooses which dish will be featured in the magazine; the contestants face elimination.

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Day 5
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6.89
325 votes

#15 - Day 5

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired 3/5/2009

After sending the chefs to an Asian market, Chef Ramsay challenges them to create three Asian-fusion dishes utilizing poultry, seafood and beef. The teams then present their dishes for judging by Chef Ramsay and Tanya Steel, Editor-in-Chief of Epicurious.com. The following night, the teams go head-to-head at dinner service, and tensions run high as chefs from both teams crack under pressure. Chef Ramsay throws in a last-minute twist before sending the losing chef home.

20 Chefs Compete (1)
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6.90
346 votes

#16 - 20 Chefs Compete (1)

Season 11 - Episode 1 - Aired 3/12/2013

Twenty aspiring restaurateurs present their signature dishes to Ramsay -- and an audience -- in Las Vegas; while the challenge winners earn a night out on the town, the losers must head back to Los Angeles on a school bus.

12 Chefs Compete
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6.90
277 votes

#17 - 12 Chefs Compete

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired 8/11/2009

The remaining 12 chefs have the honor of creating a welcome back home dinner for a returning U.S. marine, where the losers will be left in charge of cleaning and decorating the dinning room for a party under the watchful eye of Gordon Ramsey's wife, Tana. Later, chef Ramsey gets heated up during dinner service over cold food.

7 Chefs Compete
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6.91
267 votes

#18 - 7 Chefs Compete

Season 12 - Episode 15 - Aired 6/19/2014

Ramsay challenges the teams with creating entrees with the highest dollar values with ingredients purchased on a small budget; three previous winners judge individual contestant's entrees.

8 Chefs Compete
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6.92
236 votes

#19 - 8 Chefs Compete

Season 6 - Episode 9 - Aired 9/8/2009

The remaining eight chefs are asked to make crepes, where the winners receiving a night out dining at a French restaurant and the losers creating a French-themed dinner service. During the prep time one contestant is injured, and the other three can't make it through the service.

10 Chefs Again
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6.92
276 votes

#20 - 10 Chefs Again

Season 12 - Episode 12 - Aired 5/29/2014

After both teams are reorganized, the chefs blindly choose ingredients from which they must create a unique dish; the chefs must serve a five-course meal to UNICEF Ambassador Angie Harmon and other VIP attendees.

13 Chefs Compete (1)
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6.92
247 votes

#21 - 13 Chefs Compete (1)

Season 10 - Episode 6 - Aired 6/19/2012

The contestants must create a menu for fashion designers; the winning team receives a new wardrobe, while the losers are left to prepare for a dinner service runway show.

15 Chefs Compete
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6.92
248 votes

#22 - 15 Chefs Compete

Season 12 - Episode 6 - Aired 4/17/2014

The teams must pick a team leader for the next dinner service; a chef serves an undercooked dish; a contestant is eliminated.

Day 4
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6.93
338 votes

#23 - Day 4

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired 2/26/2009

50 young football players and cheerleaders will be served breakfast by the 13 remaining chefs. One team runs short on eggs, and 1 more chef is released.

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Top 17 Compete
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6.95
298 votes

#24 - Top 17 Compete

Season 13 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/10/2014

The team that wins the Geoduck sashimi challenge spends time on a luxury yacht with Ramsay, while the losers clean and prepare for dinner service.

16 Chefs Compete
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6.95
494 votes

#25 - 16 Chefs Compete

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired 6/1/2010

Chef Ramsay introduces himself to the 16 new contestants by announcing that they are expected to complete their very first dinner service. He then divides them into two teams, men vs. women, and sends them to the kitchen to prepare their signature dishes. After presenting the dishes to Chef Ramsay, he sends them up to study the menu and prepare for dinner service, which, unfortunately, does not go as he had hoped.

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