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Season 6 of Hell's Kitchen aired on Fox between July 21 and October 13, 2009. Executive chef Dave Levey, from San Diego, California, was the winner of that season and became Head Chef at the Araxi Restaurant & Bar in Vancouver, British Columbia. That marked the first time a prize was awarded in Canada.

Contestants Edit

The teams were divided by gender at the beginning, male contestants in the blue team, and female contestants in the red team. That season began with 16 contestants, but Robert Hesse, who was a contestant on the previous season, eventually joined the competition. The contestants were (in alphabetical order):

Contestant Age Occupation Hometown
Ariel Contreras-Fox 27 Sous Chef Los Angeles, CA
David "Louie" Cordio 45 Diner Owner Fitchburg, MA
Kevin Cottle 35 Executive Chef Middletown, CT
Tony D'Alessandro 30 Culinary Store Manager Chicago, IL
Amanda Davenport 27 Sous Chef New York, NY
Sabrina Gresset 34 Restaurant Manager Phoenix, AZ
Robert Hesse 30 Executive Chef Quogue, NY
Vincent "Van" Hurd 26 Fish Cook Dallas, TX
Andy Husbands 40 Executive Chef Boston, MA
Connie "Lovely" Jackson 23 Camp Chef Chicago, IL
Dave Levey 32 Executive Chef San Diego, CA
Jim McGloin 34 Sous Chef Nashua, NH
Melinda Meaney 38 Private Chef Philadelphia, PA
Tennille Middleton 28 Executive Chef Fairfax, VA
Amanda "Tek" Moore 27 Line Cook New York, NY
Suzanne Schlicht 24 Sous Chef Milwaukee, WI
Joseph Tinnelly 27 Former US Marine Massapequa Park, NY

Contestant progress Edit

At the end of each episode, one chef from the losing team is eliminated by Ramsay, sometimes after being picked by the "Best of the Worst", determined by Ramsay after the last dinner service. That season featured the first time ever that a chef was eliminated by Ramsay in the kitchen, during the post-mortem.

# Chef Original teams With Robert First switch Second switch Individual Finals
601 602 603 604 605 606 607 608 609 610 611 612 613 614 615
1 Dave WIN LOSE WIN WIN WIN LOSE BoW WIN LOSE LOSE IN IN IN IN WINNER
2 Kevin WIN LOSE WIN WIN WIN LOSE LOSE WIN LOSE LOSE IN IN IN NOM RUNNER-UP
3 Ariel LOSE LOSE BoW LOSE LOSE LOSE WIN LOSE LOSE LOSE NOM NOM IN OUT 1st - WIN
4 Tennille LOSE NOM NOM LOSE NOM LOSE WIN BoW LOSE LOSE IN IN OUT[n 1]
5 Suzanne LOSE LOSE LOSE LOSE LOSE LOSE WIN NOM NOM LOSE NOM OUT 5th - WIN
6 Van WIN LOSE WIN WIN WIN LOSE NOM WIN LOSE NOM OUT[n 2] 2nd - RU
7 Sabrina LOSE LOSE LOSE BoW LOSE NOM WIN NOM NOM[n 2] OUT 6th - RU
8 Andy WIN NOM WIN WIN WIN NOM NOM[n 2] WIN OUT
9 Amanda NOM LOSE LOSE LOSE NOM[n 2] LOSE WIN OUT[n 2] 4th - RU
10 Robert LOSE WIN WIN WIN IN[n 3] OUT 3rd - WIN
11 Jim WIN LOSE WIN WIN WIN OUT
12 Tek LOSE LOSE LOSE NOM OUT
13 Lovely LOSE NOM NOM OUT
14 Tony WIN OUT
15 Joseph WIN LEFT
16 Melinda OUT
17 Louie OUT[n 4]
  1. Chef was eliminated in the kitchen, during the post-mortem
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Chef was nominated by Ramsay
  3. Chef was hospitalized and did not participate in dinner service
  4. Chef was eliminated during service

EpisodesEdit

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

# Image Title Airdate
01 Wiki Episode 601 - 16 Chefs Compete July 21, 2009
Episode Rundown: The new contestants arrived in Hell's Kitchen, one of them did not make it through dinner service, and a former contestant got offered a second chance of winning the competition.
02 Wiki Episode 602 - 15 Chefs Compete July 21, 2009
Episode Rundown: Shrimp was the main ingredient, a disastrous dinner service occurred, and at elimination, one chef did something that nobody before him did and nobody after him did again.
03 Wiki Episode 603 - 14 Chefs Compete July 28, 2009
Episode Rundown: An early morning wake-up call occurred, two chefs sustained fractures, and nobody was sent home because of the previous double elimination.
04 Wiki Episode 604 - 13 Chefs Compete August 4, 2009
Episode Rundown: Some chefs worked with their worst enemies during the challenge, a meltdown occurred by one of them during the punishment, and a loud-mouth was put back to their place after losing the service.
05 Wiki Episode 605 - 12 Chefs Compete August 11, 2009
Episode Rundown: A special welcome event happened, one team dominated the other at dinner service, and an already existing rivalry intensified when one of them refused to admit their mistakes.
06 Wiki Episode 606 - 11 Chefs Compete August 18, 2009
Episode Rundown: An embarrassing punishment occurred, one chef did not participate in service for health reasons, another one fought back like nobody did before or after them, and a shocking elimination that nobody saw coming.
07 Wiki Episode 607 - 10 Chefs Compete August 25, 2009
Episode Rundown: One of the most desired rewards occurred, one chef returned for service despite their teammates' annoyance, and a fan favorite made a deadly mistake twice during service.
08 Wiki Episode 608 - 9 Chefs Compete September 1, 2009
Episode Rundown: The annual Blind Taste Test occurred, an incredible comeback by one of the most unlikely chefs during service happened, and an unexpected elimination.
09 Wiki Episode 609 - 8 Chefs Compete September 8, 2009
Episode Rundown: French cuisine was the main theme, some fingertips got sliced, and a walking wounded made one of the craziest performances ever during service.
10 Wiki Episode 610 - 7 Chefs Compete September 22, 2009
Episode Rundown: One team mistook their main protein during the challenge, both teams created their own menus, and a total meltdown by two chefs during service.
11 Wiki Episode 611 - 6 Chefs Compete September 22, 2009
Episode Rundown: The remaining chefs received black jackets, an exuberant celebration happened after the challenge, and half of the chefs let Ramsay down during a special Date Night service, leading him to do the unthinkable.
12 Wiki Episode 612 - 5 Chefs Compete September 29, 2009
Episode Rundown: The individual challenge resulted with two winners, the punished chefs did compensatory work, and the biggest loud-mouth of the season was finally eliminated.
13 Wiki Episode 613 - 4 Chefs Compete October 6, 2009
Episode Rundown: The chefs began the day on the best way possible, cooked for supposed vegetarians during the challenge, and one chef took too much from their injury, which would have forced them to leave the competition.
14 Wiki Episode 614 - 3 Chefs Compete October 13, 2009
Episode Rundown: One chef was not confident about their dish during the challenge, the final three ran the hot plate during service, and two of them made it to the finals of Hell's Kitchen.
15 Wiki Episode 615 - 2 Chefs Compete October 13, 2009
Episode Rundown: Dave and Kevin worked on their menus, participated in their final challenge, chose their brigades for the final service, and one of them was declared the winner of Hell's Kitchen.