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Season 9 of Hell's Kitchen aired on Fox between July 18th and September 19th, 2011. Jr Sous Chef Paul Niedermann, from Davie, Florida, was the winner of that season and was awarded a Head Chef position at BLT Steak, in New York City, with a salary of 250,000$.

Contestants Edit

18 contestants competed during this season. The teams were divided by gender at the beginning, male contestants in the blue team, and female contestants in the red team. The contestants were (in alphabetical order):

Contestant Age Occupation Hometown
Elizabeth Bianchi 27 Line Cook & Actress New York, NY
Natalie Blake 23 Sous Chef Harrodsburg, KY
Hee Jun "Chino" Chang 39 Executive Chef Hatboro, PA
Amanda Colello 26 Personal Chef Sun City, CA
Jamie Gregorich 24 Sous Chef Bradenton, FL
Brendan Heavey 31 Head Chef Hoboken, NJ
Carrie Keep 31 Pantry Chef Dallas, TX
Monterray Keys 34 Line Cook Darby, PA
Will Lustberg 31 Sous Chef Jersey City, NJ
Gina Melcher 34 Restaurant Consultant Cape May, NJ
Paul Niedermann 27 Jr Sous Chef Davie, FL
Jennifer Normant 34 Chef de Cuisine Boston, MA
Steven Paluba 44 Sauté Chef Ridge, NY
Krupa Patel 30 Private Chef Queens, NY
Jonathon Plumley 34 Head Cook Memphis, TN
Tommy Stevens 31 Line Cook Brewster, NY
Elise Wims 26 Line Cook Pittsburgh, PA
Jason Zepaltas 29 Line Cook Chicago, IL

Contestant progress Edit

At the end of each episode, one chef from the losing team is eliminated by Ramsay. From that season on, the "Best of the Worst" nominations very seldom happen. That season also marked the first time that Ramsay eliminated a chef without nomination despite having four nominees to choose from.

# Chef Original teams Switched teams Individual Finals
901 902 903 904 905 906 907 908 909 910 911 912 913 914 915 916
1 Paul LOSE LOSE WIN LOSE LOSE NOM LOSE LOSE WIN LOSE LOSE WIN IN IN IN WINNER
2 Will LOSE LOSE WIN LOSE LOSE LOSE LOSE LOSE WIN LOSE LOSE WIN IN IN IN RUNNER-UP
3 Elise WIN WIN LOSE NOM NOM WIN LOSE WIN NOM LOSE NOM NOM[n 1] NOM NOM OUT 2nd - WIN
4 Tommy LOSE LOSE WIN LOSE NOM LOSE LOSE LOSE WIN NOM LOSE WIN IN IN OUT 1st - RU
5 Jennifer WIN WIN NOM[n 1] LOSE LOSE WIN LOSE WIN LOSE LOSE LOSE NOM[n 1] NOM OUT 5th - RU
6 Elizabeth WIN WIN LOSE LOSE LOSE WIN LOSE WIN LOSE LOSE LOSE OUT[n 1] 4th - WIN
7 Natalie WIN WIN WIN LOSE LOSE LOSE NOM NOM WIN LOSE OUT 3rd - RU
8 Carrie WIN WIN NOM[n 1] NOM LOSE WIN LOSE WIN NOM OUT 8th - WIN
9 Jamie WIN WIN LOSE LOSE LOSE WIN NOM WIN OUT
10 Jonathon LOSE LOSE WIN LOSE LOSE NOM[n 1] NOM OUT 6th - WIN
11 Krupa WIN WIN LOSE LOSE NOM WIN OUT 7th - RU
12 Monterray NOM LOSE WIN NOM NOM OUT
13 Gina WIN WIN LOSE LOSE OUT
14 Chino NOM[n 1] NOM WIN OUT
15 Amanda WIN WIN OUT[n 1]
16 Brendan LOSE OUT
17 Steven OUT
18 Jason LEFT[n 2]
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Chef was nominated by Ramsay
  2. Chef was hospitalized and withdrew for health reasons

Episodes Edit

Here is the list of all the episodes of the season, with links to the detailed pages.

# Image Title Airdate
01 Wiki Episode 901 - 18 Chefs Compete July 18, 2011
Episode Rundown: The new contestants were given a reality check before even coming to Hell's Kitchen, one chef had to withdraw before the opening night, and four chefs got benched during dinner service.
02 Wiki Episode 902 - 16 Chefs Compete July 19, 2011
Episode Rundown: The chefs worked with meat temperatures, and an arrogant chef made the worst mistake possible during service.
03 Wiki Episode 903 - 15 Chefs Compete July 25, 2011
Episode Rundown: A woman helped the men win their first service, a chef failed to fight back, and nobody was safe from the losing team.
04 Wiki Episode 904 - 14 Chefs Compete July 26, 2011
Episode Rundown: One team finally won a challenge, dinner service was a disaster on both ends, and one chef's luck ran out.
05 Wiki Episode 905 - 13 Chefs Compete August 1st, 2011
Episode Rundown: The chefs made dishes using two earthly elements, another inconsistent dinner service occurred, and one chef threw their teammate under the bus to save their own butt.
06 Wiki Episode 906 - 12 Chefs Compete August 2, 2011
Episode Rundown: Hell's Kitchen hosted a High School reunion, one team crushed the other during the challenge, and one chef made a very passionate plea despite having their worst night ever.
07 Wiki Episode 907 - 11 Chefs Compete August 8, 2011
Episode Rundown: Beer was the main ingredient, another inconsistent dinner service occurred, and an early front runner was sent home.
08 Wiki Episode 908 - 10 Chefs Compete August 9, 2011
Episode Rundown: Unexpected leaders were named, a funny reward happened, and one chefs injury annoyed their teammates and Ramsay.
09 Wiki Episode 909 - 9 Chefs Compete August 15, 2011
Episode Rundown: Dessert was the main dish, a Date Night dinner service took place, and a very shocking elimination nobody saw coming.
10 Wiki Episode 910 - 8 Chefs Compete August 22, 2011
Episode Rundown: The annual Blind Taste Test occurred, and one of the fieriest feuds in the show's history finally came to an end.
11 Wiki Episode 911 - 7 Chefs Compete August 22, 2011
Episode Rundown: The chefs visited the grand prize restaurant, one chef became the last person standing of their own team at service, and a tearful elimination of an early front runner occurred.
12 Wiki Episode 912 - 6 Chefs Compete August 29, 2011
Episode Rundown Here: The chefs worked with different timings, a bitchy chef was put in her place after loosing the challenge, a private dinner service took place, and no one from the loosing team was safe.
13 Wiki Episode 913 - 5 Chefs Compete Part 1 September 5, 2011
Episode Rundown: The final five competed in their first black jacket challenge, faced off against former contestants at dinner service, and nobody was eliminated.
14 Wiki Episode 914 - 5 Chefs Compete Part 2 September 12, 2011
Episode Rundown: Salmon was the main ingredient, all but two chefs got kicked out of dinner service, and one of the most controversial eliminations in the show's history occurred.
15 Wiki Episode 915 - 4 Chefs Compete September 19, 2011
Episode Rundown: The final four reunited with their loved ones, worked on the pass one at a time, and Ramsay picked two chefs for the finals.
09 Wiki Episode 916 - 2 Chefs Compete September 19, 2011
Episode Rundown: Paul and Will competed in on final challenge, picked their brigades for the final dinner service, and one of them was named the winner of Hell's Kitchen.