The Blind Taste Challenge is a recurring challenge in Hell's Kitchen since the beginning of the series in each season.
The purpose of this challenge is to test the chef's palates to see how many out of the four ingredients they can identify. The chef's have to wear soundproof headphones and blindfolds when doing this challenge.
The first time this happened was in Season 1 when there were six chefs left (three on each team). Both Jimmy and Andrew could only correctly guess one out of the four ingredients. Jessica failed to guess all, but Elsie guessed three out of four. The last pair was Micheal and Ralph who couldn't correctly guess an ingredient (it was stated however that if either Ralph couldn't guess correctly or Micheal could guess correctly, the red team would win). The red team won with the score being 4-1. Their reward was a wine tasting excursion while the blue team had to wash the dishes from last service.
Season 2 had it when there were seven chefs left (Four on the red team, and Three on the blue team). Because of this, Rachel from the red team had to sit out. Keith and Maribel both scored two, Virginia scored three compared to Heather's two, and both Sara and Garrett score two. The red team won with the score being 7-6. Their reward was a photo shoot for TV Guide while the blue team cleaned the kitchens and served champagne.
Season 3 had it when there were eight chefs left (four on each team). Brad identified only one while Julia identified two ingredients, Rock scored two over Melissa's one. Bonnie scored two and Josh couldn't identify one ingredient. With the score in huge over the red team, Ramsay said that if Vinnie couldn't identify his first ingredient, the red team wins. Vinnie immediately fails (meaning Jen didn't taste anything) and the red team wins 5-3. The red team won a dining service in the dark with Ramsay while the blue team had to prep both kitchens and eat cow's tongue, liver, and kidney.
Season 4 had it when there were nine chefs (five on the red team, and four on the blue team). Jen from the red team had to sit out. Rosann scored two compared to Petrozza's one, Corey scored one point while Louross failed to get a point, and Christine scored two while Bobby failed to get a point. The last pair up were Matt and Ben. Ramsay had a dish prepared, and they had to identify the ten ingredients inside the dish. Both scored four points, but the red team won with a score of 9-5. The red team had a spa day on the patio while the blue team had to clean the kitchens and dorm area.
Season 5 also had it when there were nine chefs (five on the red team, and four on the blue team). LA volunteered to sit out for the red team. Ben scored three over Andrea's two, neither Giovanni or Robert scored anything, and Carol scored three over Lacey's two. Paula and Danny were challenged to correctly identify the ingredients in Ramsay's minestrone soup.Danny was able to tie the score at 7-7, but Paula scored one point for the red team, earning them the win. The red team won a photo shoot for TV Guide while the blue team had to prep both kitchens and prepare lunch for the red team.
Season 6 also had it when there were nine chef's (five on the red team, and four on the blue team). Tennille had to sit out for the red team. Ariel scored two over Van's one, Suzanne scored two over Dave's one, both Sabrina and Kevin scored one, and both Amanda and Andy scored one. Andy miss-tasted tuna, giving the red team the win at 6-4. The red team visited Opaque at the V Lounge in Santa Monica with Ramsay while the blue team made sorbet.
Season 7 had it when there were eight chefs (four on each team). Autumn scored one point while Fran failed to score, Holli scored one point while Ed failed to score, both Benjamin and Jason score one point, and Jay scored two over Nilka's one. Th blue team won at 4-3. The blue team received VIP pass to Seaworld to swim with the dolphins while the red team took in deliveries from Gordon's restaurants.
Season 8 also had it when there were eight chefs (four on each team). Russel scored two compared to Gail's one, neither Sabrina and Rob scored a point, both Jillian and Vinny scored two, and Nona scored three over Trev's one point. The red team won at 6-5. The red team won a $2000 shopping spree at a local boutique and dined at the XIV while the blue team removed recycling from a garbage truck, ate cheese sandwiches, and prepped both kitchens.
Season 9 also had it when there were eight chefs (four on each team). Both Carrie and Tommy scored one point, Will scored one while Elizabeth failed to score, both Jennifer and Paul scored one, and Elise scored three over Natalie's one. The red team win at 5-4. They won a horseback ride, champagne, and a view of the LA skylines in Hollywood hills while the blue team had to prep both kitchens.
Season 10 had it when there were nine chef's (five on the red team, and four on the blue team). Kimmie on the red team sat out. Brian score three to Christine's two, Barbie scored one while Robyn failed to correctly guess one, and Tiffany scored one while Clemenza failed to score one. Dana scored two, but Justin made Hell's Kitchen history by correctly identifying all four ingredients. The blue team wins at 7-6. The blue team won a day at the water park while the red team had to take in deliveries, grind peppercorn, and change the oil in the fryers.
Season 11 had it when there were seven chefs (four on the red team, and three on the blue team). Instead of a red member sitting out, Zach from the blue team volunteered to go twice. On his first run, Zach scored three compared to Mary's one, Ja'Nel scored three while Anthony failed to get a point, and both Jon and Cyndi scored two each. On his second run, Zach scored one along with Susan, giving the red team the win at 7-6. The red team had a seafood dinner while the blue team had to take in deliveries.
Season 12 had it when there were eight chefs (four on both teams). Rochelle scored three over Joy's two, both Gabriel and Anton scored one, Scott scored two while Jason failed to correctly guess any, and Kashia scored one while Melanie also failed to score. The red team won at 6-4. They were rewarded with a private skating lesson with Olympian Rachael Flatt while the blue team had to take in deliveries of ice and make ice cream.
Season 13 also had it when there were eight chefs (four on both teams) and saw a new change. This time there was a dunk tank placed outside, and if the chef's couldn't identify three or four ingredients, their teammate would get sent to the dunk tank. Roe could only identify one ingredient (resulting in La Tasha getting dunked once) while Santos failed to score (resulting in Bryant getting dunked twice). Sterling scored two (meaning Roe didn't get dunked) but Fernando failed to score (resulting in Santos getting dunked twice). Jennifer also failed to score (resulting in Sterling getting dunked twice) but Sade scored one (resulting in Fernando getting dunked once). Finally, La Tasha scored one (resulting in Jennifer getting dunked once), but Bryant scored three (saving Sade from getting dunked). With the score tied at 4-4, Roe and Bryant were asked to do a tie breaker. Roe got the first one right, giving the red team the win. They won a day at the Santa Monica Pier and lunch at "The Lobster" while the blue team had to clean both the living area and kitchens.
Season 14 also had it when there were eight chefs (four on both teams), and kept the changes from last season. Milly scored a perfect run (saving Meghan from getting dunked) while T scored two points (saving Michelle from getting dunked). Josh scored three (saving Allison from getting dunked) while Nick only scored one (resulting in Randy getting dunked). Meghan scored three (saving Milly) while Michelle scored two (saving T). Allison scored two (saving Josh) while Randy scored one (resulting in Nick getting dunked). With the score tied at 9-9, Milly and Josh (the two with the highest scores) were tasked with a sudden death challenge. Josh won it for the red team by correctly identifying Avocado. The red team won a trip to Petrossian for a caviar tasting and a $500 shopping spree, while the blue team had to make sangria and set up for a charity service.
Season 15 had it when there was 7 chefs (4 on the blue team and three on the red team). This time, the chefs had to taste ice cream flavors, and the dunk tank was replaced by a cannon that shot out whipped cream. Ariel from the red team went up twice. Ariel scored two on her first run while Frank failed to score, Ashley scored two as well while Jared only scored one, and Kristen scored three while Manda scored two. On her second run, Ariel scored three while Dannie failed to score, giving the red team the win at 8-3. They won a $2000 shopping spree at Roland Kitchenware while the blue team prepped durian fruit for tonight's service.
Season 16 Edit
Season 16 had it when there was 11 chefs (6 on the red team, 5 on the blue team). This time, Ramsay made it harder by having them taste baby food, and the dunk tank was replaced this year with a high chair and catapult. Since the blue team was down a member, Wendy volunteered to go twice. Wendy on her first attempt got a perfect score (saving Shania) while Heidi got two out of four (saving Andrew), Kimberly got three while Devin scored only one point (resulting in Wendy getting splattered), Koop scored two compared to Ryan's one point (resulting in KImberly getting splattered), both Paulie and Matt score two each, Heather scores three over Shaina's two, and Andrew scored two over Wendy's one (resulting in Shaina getting splattered). With the score tied 13-13, Andrew and Wendy go into Sudden Death, with Wendy claiming the win with Turnip. The blue team won massages at the Intercontinental, while the red team took in delivery's of wine and ice.
- The red team has won this challenge the most at 13 wins
- Justin from season 10 is the first person to score a perfect run
- Wendy from season 16 is the first female to score a perfect run
- It's a lot harder than it looks. Most contestants says the blindfolds and headphones cause a sensory overload while doing the challenge.