The WORST Episodes of Hell's Kitchen (US)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 18, 2021

Network: FOX

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.

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5 Chefs Compete

#1 - 5 Chefs Compete

Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired Sep 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.

star 6.54
234 votes
11 Chefs Compete

#2 - 11 Chefs Compete

Season 12 - Episode 10 - Aired May 15, 2014

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

star 6.55
220 votes
12 Chefs Compete

#3 - 12 Chefs Compete

Season 12 - Episode 9 - Aired May 8, 2014

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

star 6.71
251 votes
8 Chefs Compete

#4 - 8 Chefs Compete

Season 12 - Episode 14 - Aired Jun 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.

star 6.73
239 votes
18 Chefs Compete

#5 - 18 Chefs Compete

Season 9 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 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.

star 6.74
340 votes
10 Chefs Compete

#6 - 10 Chefs Compete

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 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.

star 6.75
271 votes
7 Chefs Compete

#7 - 7 Chefs Compete

Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 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.

star 6.79
261 votes
9 Chefs Compete

#8 - 9 Chefs Compete

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired Sep 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.

star 6.80
236 votes
11 Chefs Compete

#9 - 11 Chefs Compete

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 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.

star 6.81
243 votes
17 Chefs Compete

#10 - 17 Chefs Compete

Season 12 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 3, 2014

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

star 6.82
262 votes
5 Chefs Compete Again

#11 - 5 Chefs Compete Again

Season 9 - Episode 14 - Aired Sep 12, 2011

Five chefs compete (again).

star 6.84
396 votes
20 Chefs Compete (2)

#12 - 20 Chefs Compete (2)

Season 11 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 12, 2013

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

star 6.85
299 votes
7 Chefs Again

#13 - 7 Chefs Again

Season 12 - Episode 16 - Aired Jun 26, 2014

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

star 6.85
247 votes
Day 5

#14 - Day 5

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 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.

star 6.88
322 votes
5 Chefs Compete

#15 - 5 Chefs Compete

Season 12 - Episode 18 - Aired Jul 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.

star 6.88
214 votes
12 Chefs Compete

#16 - 12 Chefs Compete

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 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.

star 6.89
274 votes
20 Chefs Compete (1)

#17 - 20 Chefs Compete (1)

Season 11 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 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.

star 6.90
343 votes
8 Chefs Compete

#18 - 8 Chefs Compete

Season 6 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 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.

star 6.91
233 votes
7 Chefs Compete

#19 - 7 Chefs Compete

Season 12 - Episode 15 - Aired Jun 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.

star 6.91
267 votes
10 Chefs Again

#20 - 10 Chefs Again

Season 12 - Episode 12 - Aired May 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.

star 6.92
276 votes
15 Chefs Compete

#21 - 15 Chefs Compete

Season 12 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 17, 2014

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

star 6.92
249 votes
Day 4

#22 - Day 4

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 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.

star 6.93
334 votes
13 Chefs Compete (1)

#23 - 13 Chefs Compete (1)

Season 10 - Episode 6 - Aired Jun 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.

star 6.93
243 votes
16 Chefs Compete

#24 - 16 Chefs Compete

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 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.

star 6.94
491 votes
Top 17 Compete

#25 - Top 17 Compete

Season 13 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 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.

star 6.95
297 votes