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In Hell's Kitchen, a team is a group of contestants forming a side, cooking in the same kitchen during services.

Team Division Edit

Every season begins with two teams, the blue team and the red team. Both teams are evenly divided by numbers, with the exception of Season 4 as it started with an uneven number of contestants. On Season 1, both genders were divided randomly between the two teams, but from Season 2 on, the teams are divided by gender, male chefs in the blue team, and female chefs in the red team.

Team Switches Edit

Sometimes, Ramsay would switch things up, and transfer some contestants into a different team. There are two reasons why he would do it, which are to level the numbers, or by reassignment.

Leveling the numbersEdit

That is the most common reason to mix up the teams. If a team is down two members or more, Ramsay will either ask the team with greater members to name a volunteer to move to the other team, or Ramsay will choose himself based on performances. The times it happened were:

  • Season 1: With 10 chefs left, 6 on the blue team and 4 on the red team. After the red team lost two services in a row, along with two members, Ramsay named Michael, the strongest of the blue team, to move over to the red team, evening the numbers at 5 members each. Michael would stay in the red team until the black jackets.
  • Season 2: With 8 chefs left, 5 on the red team and 3 on the blue team. Heather, Sara, and Rachel, from the red team, were emerging as leaders, so Ramsay said he would give the blue team a leader. So, he transferred Heather to the blue team, evening the numbers at 4 members each. Heather would stay in the blue team until the black jackets.
  • Season 4: With 8 chefs left, 5 on the red team and 3 on the blue team. Jen, from the red team, volunteered to transfer to the blue team, evening the numbers at 4 members each. Jen would stay in the blue team until the black jackets.
  • Season 5: With 12 chefs left, 7 on the red team and 5 on the blue team. After Seth's elimination, Lacey, who was nominated by the red team, was transferred to the blue team, evening the numbers at 6 members each. Lacey would stay in the blue team until her mid-service elimination on the eighth episode.
  • Season 5: With 10 chefs left, 6 on the blue team and 4 on the red team. Giovanni, was transferred to the red team, evening the numbers at 5 members each. Giovanni would stay in the red team until the black jackets.
  • Season 6: With 13 chefs left, 8 on the red team and 5 on the blue team. Immediately after Joseph's departure and Tony's elimination, Robert was placed back into the blue team after one service on the red team, giving the blue team 6 members compared to the red team's 7. Robert would stay in the blue team until his elimination on the seventh episode.
  • Season 7: With 10 chefs left, 6 on the blue team and 4 on the red team. Immediately after Scott's elimination, Ramsay transferred Benjamin to the red team, as he was impressed with his leadership skills during the previous service, evening the numbers at 5 members each. Benjamin would stay in the red team until the black jackets.
  • Season 8: With 8 chefs left, 5 on the red team and 3 on the blue team. Trev, who was originally sent to the red team, was placed back into the blue team after a terrible performance, evening the numbers at 4 members each. Trev would stay with the blue team until the black jackets.
  • Season 9: With 15 chefs left, 9 on the red team and 6 on the blue team. After Brendan's elimination, Ramsay asked the red team for a volunteer to move over to the blue team. While Carrie volunteered, Ramsay picked Natalie to switch over, giving the blue team 7 members compared to the red team's 8. Natalie would stay in the blue team until her elimination on the eleventh episode.
  • Season 10: With 14 chefs left, 8 on the red team and 6 on the blue team. After Don's elimination, Ramsay moved Roshni, who was nominated by the red team, to the blue team, evening the numbers at 7 members each. Roshni would stay on the blue team until her elimination on the seventh episode.
  • Season 10: With 10 chefs left, 6 on the red team and 4 on the blue team. After Patrick's elimination, Ramsay transferred Robyn, who was nominated by the red team, to the blue team, evening the numbers at 5 members each. Robyn would stay on the blue team until the black jackets.
  • Season 11: With 8 chefs left, 5 on the red team and 3 on the blue team. After Michael's elimination, Ramsay asked the red team for a volunteer to move over to the blue team. Eventually, Nedra did, and Ramsay granted her wish and gave her a blue jacket. Nedra would stay on the blue team until her elimination after the following service.
  • Season 11: With 6 chefs left, 4 on the red team and 2 on the blue team. Once again, Ramsay asked the red team for a volunteer to be transferred to the blue team, and Ja'Nel took the offer. Ja'Nel would stay on the blue team until the black jackets.
  • Season 12: With 8 chefs left, 5 on the red team and 3 on the blue team. After Richard's elimination, Ramsay asked the red team for a volunteer to move to the blue team, aside from Anton and Scott as they were originally in that team. Melanie volunteered, and would stay on the blue team until the black jackets.
  • Season 13: With 12 chefs left, 7 on the blue team and 5 on the red team. After Katie's elimination, Ramsay called Sterling, who was nominated by the blue team, to move over to the red team, evening the numbers at 6 members each. Sterling would stay on the red team until his elimination on the twelfth episode.
  • Season 15: With 14 chefs left, 8 on the blue team and 6 on the red team. After Meese's elimination, Ramsay called up Hassan, who impressed Ramsay with his leadership skills during the few previous services, to move over to the red team, evening the numbers at 7 members each. Hassan would stay on the red team until his elimination on the seventh episode.
  • Season 15: With 12 chefs left, 7 on the red team and 5 on the blue team. After Kevin's mid-service elimination and Alan's elimination, Manda, who was nominated by the red team, was transferred to the blue team, evening the numbers at 6 members each. Manda would stay on the blue team until the black jackets.
  • Season 16: With 10 chefs left, 6 on the red team and 4 on the blue team. After Koop's elimination, Ramsay asked the red team for a volunteer to move over to the blue team. The next morning, Ryan took the offer, and she would stay on the blue team until the black jackets.

ReassignmentEdit

If Ramsay feels that a team or an individual is struggling, or wants to experiment, he will transfer some specific people from one team to the other. The times it happened were:

  • Season 3: With 7 chefs left, 4 on the red team and 3 on the blue team. After Melissa was nominated for the second consecutive time, Ramsay decided to give her one more chance by moving her to the blue team. Melissa would stay on the blue team until her elimination after the following service.
  • Season 4: With 9 chefs left, 5 on the blue team and 4 on the red team. When Matt was nominated and pleading his case to Ramsay, he claimed that the blue team was treating him unfairly, and requested to be transferred to the red team. Immediately after Shayna's elimination, Ramsay granted Matt's wish and transferred him to the red team. Matt would stay on the red team until the black jackets.
  • Season 6: With 7 chefs left, 4 on the red team and 3 on the blue team. After Andy's elimination, Ramsay called up Suzanne, who was nominated by the red team, and transferred her to the blue team to give her one last chance. Suzanne would stay on the blue team until the black jackets.
  • Season 7: With 12 chefs left, 6 on both teams. After both teams did a fantastic job during that night's service, Ramsay asked Nilka and Salvatore to nominate who they thought was the weakest chef on their respective teams. Nilka picked Autumn, while Salvatore picked Scott. Instead of eliminating either of them, Ramsay decided to make an exchange by transferring both of them into the other team, Scott moving over to the red team, and Autumn moving over to the blue team. Scott would stay on the red team until his elimination on the sixth episode, and Autumn would stay on the blue team until she was transferred back to the red team on the ninth episode.
  • Season 7: With 7 chefs left, 4 on the blue team and 3 on the red team. After Fran's elimination, Autumn, who was nominated by the blue team, was told to take her jacket off by Ramsay, but instead of eliminating her, he sent her back to the red team, giving her one last chance. Autumn would stay in the red team until the black jackets.
  • Season 8: With 10 chefs left, 5 on both teams. Before the challenge, Ramsay decided to transfer Melissa to the blue team, giving her one more chance to improve herself after some poor performances. Meanwhile, he also transferred Trev to the red team as a way for him to step up as a leader. Melissa would stay on the blue team until her elimination after the following service, while Trev would stay on the red team until he was transferred back to the blue team on the ninth episode.
  • Season 12: With 10 chefs left, 5 on both teams. At elimination, the red team nominated Rochelle and Sandra, while the blue team nominated Anton and Scott. Instead of eliminating either of them, Ramsay decided to correct things by making all of them move to the other team, Anton and Scott moving over to the red team, and Rochelle and Sandra moving over to the blue team. Sandra would stay on the blue team until her elimination after the following service, Anton would stay on the red team until his elimination on the fourteenth episode, and Scott and Rochelle would stay on their respective new teams until the black jackets.
  • Season 13: With 11 chefs left, 6 on the blue team and 5 on the red team. After Ashley's elimination, Ramsay decided to switch things up by transferring Sade to the blue team and Frank to the red team. Frank would stay on the red team until his elimination on the ninth episode, while Sade would stay on the blue team until the black jackets.
  • Season 14: With 8 chefs left, 4 on both teams. Josh and Randy were nominated by the blue team, but instead of eliminating either of them, Ramsay decided to move Josh over to the red team, while moving Meghan over to the blue team. Both of them would stay on their respective new teams until the black jackets.
  • Season 15: With 10 chefs left, 5 on both teams. Ramsay felt that both Chad and Dannie were losing confidence in their original teams after recent poor performances, so he decided to transfer them to the other team, Chad moving over to the red team, and Dannie moving over to the blue team. Chad would stay on the red team until his elimination on the tenth episode, and Dannie would stay on the blue team until her elimination on the thirteenth episode.
  • Season 16: With 12 chefs left, 6 on both teams. Shaina and Wendy were nominated by the red team. Instead of eliminating either of them, Ramsay decided to transfer them to the blue team, while moving Andrew and Matt over to the red team. Matt and Shaina would stay in their respective new teams until both of them were eliminated on the tenth episode during a double elimination, Wendy would stay on the blue team until her elimination on the eleventh episode, and Andrew would stay on the red team until his elimination during the final Black Jacket Challenge on the thirteenth episode.
  • Season 17: With 14 chefs left, 7 on both teams. Giovanni and Josh were nominated by the blue team. Ramsay asked Josh to take his jacket off but, instead of eliminating him, transferred him to the red team, while moving Robyn over to the blue team, as Ramsay felt neither of them have yet shown the same strength as they did during their respective previous appearances on the show. Josh would stay on the red team until his elimination during the following dinner service, while Robyn would stay on the blue team until the black jackets.

Team Addition Edit

This only happened once in the entire series. On Season 6, when Robert returned to the competition after leaving on Season 5, Ramsay placed him in the blue team during the post-mortem and elimination. After Melinda's elimination, Ramsay put him on the red team in order to help the women out. Robert would stay on the red team until the beginning of the third episode, where Ramsay decided to move him over to the blue team as they were two men down.

Black Jackets Edit

When there are 5 or 6 chefs remaining, Ramsay will merge both teams into one black team, giving the chefs black jackets. With this merge, the chefs compete in individual challenges, but are still cooking in one kitchen, with the goal of cooking for every table. There are multiple ways for the merge to happen:

Before a challengeEdit

Before the first individual challenge, Ramsay will announce the merge right away. That commonly happened on the first six seasons, but it was also done on Season 11.

Reward after serviceEdit

During the last team dinner service, Ramsay will announce that the winning team would receive black jackets as a reward. That happened on Season 8, Season 9, Season 10, Season 14 and Season 15. The losing team would still do a normal elimination, where Ramsay would give black jackets to the chefs until one person does not receive one, therefore eliminating them from the competition.

Faux EliminationEdit

That will happen if the last chef eliminated before the black jackets is, before the traditional elimination. Ramsay will still do an elimination with nominees, but instead of eliminating somebody, he will give the remaining chefs black jackets. This happened on Season 7, Season 12 and Season 13.

Black Jacket ChallengeEdit

On Season 12, Ramsay announced that the remaining chefs would compete in an individual Black Jacket Challenge, where the winner would receive a black jacket. Joy won that challenge and went through the last team dinner service wearing her black jacket. On Season 16, it became a three-phase challenge, where two chefs would receive black jackets after winning one of those phases. In the end, Andrew was the only one who did not receive a black jacket, therefore eliminating him from the competition. That process also happened on Season 17, with both Elise and Jennifer not receiving black jackets and being eliminated.

Trivia Edit

  • Michael (Season 1), Heather (Season 2), Ja'Nel (Season 11), Scott (Season 12), Meghan (Season 14), and Ryan (Season 16) are the only contestants who switched teams and won the competition afterwards. Out of those six, Scott and Meghan are the only ones who switched by reassignment.
  • Michael (Season 1) is the first contestant ever to switch teams.
  • Heather (Season 2) is the first female contestant ever to switch teams.
  • Melissa (Season 3) is the first contestant to switch teams by reassignment, and the first to switch teams without making it to the black jackets.
  • Matt (Season 4) is the first male contestant to switch teams by reassignment.
  • Lacey (Season 5) is the first contestant to switch teams and be eliminated mid-service afterwards.
  • Season 7 marked the first time ever that a team switch included more than one contestant at the same time.
  • Autumn (Season 7) is the first contestant ever to be transferred back to their original team after a first switch.
  • Trev (Season 8) is the first male contestant ever to be transferred back to their original team after a first switch.
  • The record for the most chefs switching teams at the same time is four. It happened twice, on Season 12 and Season 16.
  • Robyn and Josh (both from Season 17) are the only contestants who switched teams in two different seasons.
  • Josh (Season 17) is the first male contestant to switch teams and be eliminated mid-service afterwards.
  • Season 1, Season 2, and Season 3 have the smallest number of contestants, with 12, while Season 11 and Season 12 have the highest, with 20.
  • Season 4 is the only season ever to begin with an uneven number of contestants, with 15.
  • Season 5 is the first season where more than one switch to level the numbers happened.
  • Season 6 is the only season to have one contestant joining the initial group of contestants after the competition started.