The first episode of Season 1 of Hell's Kitchen was aired on Fox, on May 30th, 2005. On that episode, we got to know the contestants of that season, the Maître D', the Sous Chefs, and Chef Ramsay. The teams were divided, and one contestant is eliminated not even twelve hours after arriving in Hell's Kitchen.
|Season 1, Episode 1|
|Air date||May 30th, 2005|
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All the contestants arrived in Hell's Kitchen and celebrated with a champagne glass and getting to know each other. Jean-Philippe and Sous Chefs Scott and Maryann then greeted them and gave them 45 minutes to cook their signature dishes.
Signature dish Edit
Andrew's Absolute Penne was called « Absolute Dogshit » after Chef Ramsay spit it out, and then told him that his 10 years of experience in kitchen were a waste. Mary Ellen's endive salad was deemed boring. Wendy's fried rice with Chinese sausage was unimpressive as Wendy didn't put lobster in it because she didn't knew that Chef Ramsay was coming. Jimmy's pan-seared chicken breast stuffed with Portobello mushrooms and goat cheese was overcooked outside and raw inside, and the carrot tops were bitter, so Chef Ramsay refused to taste them. Ralph's seared tuna with Hong Kong noodles was called shit by Chef Ramsay, and after he told him he was number one at his restaurant, Chef Ramsay didn't missed the opportunity of making fun of him in front of everybody. Elsie's turkey tacos were deemed « not bad » despite a terrible first impression. Dewberry's baked spaghetti was overcooked and compared to children's food. Chris's plank-roasted salmon was raw, and when he dared talking back to Chef Ramsay, he was immediately put in his place by him when he told he had a lot to learn. Jeff served a steak with mushrooms and sauce, and while the sauce was nice, the mushrooms were salty and the steak was overcooked, so Chef Ramsay ranked it 1 out of 10. Jessica's shelled crabs cooked Cajun style were way too hot, and Michael's scallops, which still had the roe on them, with a quail egg were disgusting. Finally, Carolann's chicken parmesan was the only dish who received praise because the chicken was very moist and cooked to perfection, and the presentation was appealing.
Immediately after the signature dish challenge, the teams were built. The members of the blue team were Andrew, Mary Ellen, Jessica, Wendy, Ralph, and Michael, and will be working with Sous Chef Scott. The members of the red team were Jimmy, Elsie, Dewberry, Chris, Carolann, and Jeff, and will be working with Sous Chef Maryann.
Dinner service Edit
The first dinner service happened the same night that the contestants arrived in Hell's Kitchen. So, they had to learn 5 appetizers, 5 entrées and 5 desserts in a couple hours. During prep, Chris was shown to be very pretentious as he was mocking his teammates for having less knowledge then he does, claiming he would rather be on a team of dishwashers because they know how a kitchen works. Ralph and Jeff were assigned as waiters, and worked with Jean-Philippe in the dining room. Elsie was on the appetizer station in the red kitchen. The first risotto she brought to the pass was completely overcooked, like if it was glued to the plate. When Chef Ramsay waved it around, none of it moved. He then trashed it, and Elsie had to start over. One hour after opening, in the blue kitchen, Michael ran out of lobster spaghetti, and when he told Chef Ramsay about the problem, he told him that as long as they got live lobsters and pasta, there is no reason to take it out of the menu, so Michael ran at the back to get live lobsters. One of the blue team's table got up to the kitchen and talk to Chef Ramsay about the problem, but when they arrived to talk with him, he told them to « shut the fuck up » and told the blue team to « ignore these bimbos ». The ladies went back to their table. After that, when Chris sent an overcooked salmon to the pass, Chef Ramsay smacked the fish in his chest while telling him to redo the whole table over. Then, Jimmy sent what Chef Ramsay called « a dog's dinner » to the pass, and while asking him if he would want to serve that and Jimmy answering that he wouldn't, he smacked it in his chest exactly like he did with Chris. In the blue kitchen, Andrew provoked Chef Ramsay by asking if he would come down to him to tell him if the dessert he made was acceptable. Then, Chef Ramsay went to his face by telling him that he is not going to move from the hot plate and come down to him, and that if he has a question, he has to come down to the hot plate. After her disastrous risotto, Elsie sent a second one hoping to redeem herself, which she successfully did. After a lot of struggle on the meat station, Jimmy was hoping to do the same as Elsie, but when he went to the oven and grab lamb, he did it with his bare hands, which lead him to burn his left hand and see the medic. After Elsie was also struggling on the appetizer station, she reached over for some help from Carolann, which was on the dessert station, but she was doing nothing but staring at her team and waiting. When Jeff went to the hot plate and was ready to give his ticket to Chef Ramsay, he was shut down by him telling he was not ready to take another order. In the blue kitchen, Wendy ran out of potatoes, and the ladies who were called « bimbos » the first time went back to the kitchen but were shut down harder by Chef Ramsay who asked Jean-Philippe to escort them back to plastic surgery. Despite some entrées were approved to get out of both kitchens, customers were so fed up of the wait they walked out of the restaurant. After witnessing this, Chef Ramsay shut down both kitchens.
Chef Ramsay declared the winning team by referring to the customer comments card. In the red team, over half of the customers had an experience below average, and got one dessert. Jeff was disliked by everybody, and after telling Chef Ramsay that it was an horrific experience, he was asked sarcastically by him « And you want to win your own restaurant? ». In the blue team, Ralph was liked by most of his customers, and Andrew sent four desserts out, but nobody liked them. At the end, he declared the red team loser, but told the blue team that they didn't win, they're just safe. He also declared Elsie « Best of the Worst » after she became consistent after her disastrous first risotto, and asked her to nominate two members of her team for elimination.
Elsie nominated Carolann because of her lack of knowledge, and despite convincing Dewberry that he is « not going anywhere », she made him her second nominee because of his lack of energy and interest. After hearing Elsie's nominees, Chef Ramsay told Jimmy and Jeff that both of them dodged a bullet. He eliminated Carolann because of her lack of teamwork.
Ramsay's comment: « Some can handle it, some can't. I'm not interested in the ones who can't! »