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Season 1 of Hell's Kitchen aired on Fox between May 30 and August 1, 2005. Michael Wray, from Fort Collins, Colorado, was the winner of that season and won his own restaurant, named Tatou, in Los Angeles.

Contestants Edit

12 contestants competed during this season. This is the only season to date where the teams were not separated by gender at the beginning. The contestants were (in alphabetical order):

Contestant Age Occupation Hometown
Andrew Bonito 24 Office Assistant Livingston, NJ
Jessica Cabo 26 Headhunter Huntington, NY
James "Jimmy" Casey 25 Purchasing Supervisor Williston Park, NY
Mary Ellen Daniels 27 Bartender Belmont, MA
Jeffrey Dewberry 33 Pastry Chef Stockbridge, GA
Jeff LaPoff 28 Finance Manager Orange, NJ
Wendy Liu 32 Account Manager Millburn, NJ
Chris North 35 Executive Chef Yorktown Heights, NY
Ralph Pagano 36 Professional Chef Livingston, NJ
Elsie Ramos 40 Mother Of Six Maywood, NJ
Carolann Valentino 33 Server's Assistant Dallas, TX
Michael Wray 27 Professional Chef Fort Collins, CO

Contestant progress Edit

At the end of each episode, one chef from the losing team is eliminated by Ramsay, after being picked by the « Best of the Worst », determined by Ramsay after the last dinner service.

# Chef Original teams Switched teams Individual Finals
101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110/111
1 Michael WIN WIN WIN WIN BoW WIN IN IN IN WINNER
2 Ralph WIN WIN BoW LOSE WIN NOM[n 1] BoW IN IN RUNNER-UP
3 Jessica WIN WIN LOSE BoW WIN BoW NOM NOM[n 1] OUT
4 Elsie BoW LOSE WIN WIN NOM WIN IN OUT[n 1]
5 Jimmy LOSE LOSE WIN WIN LOSE WIN OUT
6 Andrew WIN WIN NOM NOM WIN OUT
7 Chris LOSE BoW WIN WIN OUT
8 Mary Ellen WIN WIN LOSE OUT
9 Wendy WIN WIN OUT
10 Jeff LOSE NOM LEFT[n 2]
11 Dewberry NOM OUT
12 Carolann OUT
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Chef was nominated by Ramsay
  2. Chef withdrew from the competition during service


Episode 1 Edit

After their arrival, the contestants are greeted by Jean-Philippe, who introduced them to Sous Chefs Scott and Maryann.

Signature dish Edit

After greetings by those 3 people, the contestants were asked to cook their signature dish before Chef Ramsay arrives. They have 45 minutes to do so. Andrew's Absolute Penne were called « Absolute Dogshit » after Chef Ramsay tasted and spit it out. He then told Andrew that his 10 years of experience in a kitchen were a waste. Mary Ellen's endive salad was deemed boring, and Wendy's fried rice with Chinese sausage was missing lobster, so it was deemed unimpressive. Jimmy's pan-seared chicken breast was overcooked outside and raw inside, and the carrot tops were too bitter. Ralph's seared tuna with Hong Kong noodles was called shit. The first positive feedback was Elsie's turkey tacos which were « not bad ». Dewberry's baked spaghetti was overcooked and compared to children's food. Chris's plank-roasted salmon was raw and then dared to talk back to Chef Ramsay, Jeff's steak was overcooked despite having a good sauce. Jessica's crabs Cajun style were way too hot, while Michael's scallops, which still had the roe on it, were disgusting. Finally, Carolann's chicken parmesan was the only dish who received praise.

Teams Edit

In the blue team were Andrew, Mary Ellen, Jessica, Wendy, Ralph, and Michael. In the red team were Jimmy, Elsie, Dewberry, Chris, Carolann, and Jeff.

Dinner service Edit

Shortly after the contestants arrived in Hell's Kitchen, they learnt that the first dinner service is that same night. They had very little time to learn the menu and to know how to use the kitchen equipment. Ralph and Jeff were waiters for their respective teams, and worked with Jean-Philippe in the dining room. In the red kitchen, Elsie was able to bounce back after a terrible first risotto, Chris sent an overcooked salmon, Jimmy sent an overcooked meat dish, Carolann was doing nothing, so did Dewberry, and Jeff was a terrible waiter. In the blue kitchen, Michael ran out of lobster spaghetti, Wendy ran out of potatoes, Andrew provoked Chef Ramsay, and Ralph did his best as a waiter. After a terrible service in both kitchens, Chef Ramsay shut them down, and declared the blue team winner, and Elsie « Best of the Worst ».

Elimination Edit

Elsie nominated Carolann and Dewberry, despite convincing the latter that he is « not going anywhere ». This lead Chef Ramsay telling Jimmy and Jeff that both of them dodged a bullet that night. He eliminated Carolann for her lack of teamwork.

Ramsay's comment: « Some can handle it, some can't. I'm not interested in the ones who can't! »

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