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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 starts with two teams, Blue Team and Red Team. Both teams are evenly divided by numbers. In Season 1, both teams were mixed between genders in the two teams. By Season 2, all teams would be divided by gender, male chefs in the blue team, and females in the red team.

Team Switches Edit

Sometimes, Ramsay will switch things up, and mix up team members into different teams. There are two ways of doing it, Leveling the numbers or reassignment.

Leveling the numbers Edit

The most common way to mix up the teams. If a team is down two members or more, Ramsay would either ask the team with greater members to decide a volunteer to move into the other team, or Ramsay will choose himself based on performances.

Examples Edit

The first time it happened was in Season 1 with 10 chefs left (6 on the blue team, and 4 on the red team). After losing two services in a row, along with two members, Ramsay decided that Michael Wray, the strongest of the blue team, will move to the red team to even the numbers 5-5. Michael would stay in the red team until the black jackets.

Season 2 did it with 8 chefs left (5 on the red team, and 3 on the blue team). Heather from the red team was singled out as the strongest of the red team, and was moved to blue team to even the teams out 4-4. Heather would stay in the blue team until the black jackets.

Season 4 did it with 8 chefs as well (5 on the red team, and 3 on the blue team). Jen from the red team volunteered herself to move to the blue team, evening the numbers 4-4. Jen would stay in the blue team until the black jackets.

Season 5 was the first season to do it more than once. The first switch happened immediately after Seth was eliminated, and the red team had 7 chefs compared to the blue teams 5. Lacey, who was nominated by the red team, was moved to the blue team to even the numbers 6-6. Lacey would stay in the blue team until she was eliminated midway in the eighth service. The second time it happened was when the blue team had 6 chefs compared to the red teams 4. Giovanni was transferred to the red team to even the numbers 5-5. He would stay in the red team until the black jackets.

In Season 6, Robert, after a short stint on the red team, was placed back into the blue team to give them 6 chefs compared to the red teams 7. He stayed with them until he was eliminated after the seventh service.

Season 7 did it with 10 chefs (6 on the blue team, 4 on the red team). After Scott's elimination, Ramsay moved Benjamin to the red team, as he was impressed with his leadership skills that service, evening the teams 5-5. Benjamin would stay in the red team until the black jackets.

Season 8 did it with 8 chefs (5 on the red team, 3 on the blue team). Trev, who was originally sent to the red team, was placed back into the blue team to even the teams 4-4. He would stay with the blue team until the black jackets.

Season 9 did it with 15 chefs (9 on the red team, 6 on the blue team). After Brendan's elimination, Ramsay announced that a member of the red team will be moving to the blue team to boost their numbers. While Carrie volunteered herself, Ramsay picked Natalie to switch over. Natalie would remain in the blue team until being eliminated after the 11th service.

Season 10 did it twice. The first time happened when there 14 chefs remaining (8 on the red team, 6 on the blue team). After Don's elimination, Ramsay moved Roshni (who was up for elimination by the red team) to move over to the blue team to even the numbers 7-7. She would remain on the team until being eliminated after the 7th service. It happened again when there were 10 chefs left (6 on the red team, 4 on the blue team). After Patrick's elimination, Ramsay moved Robyn (who was up for elimination by the red team) to move over to the blue team evening the numbers 5-5. She would remain on the team until the black jackets.

Season 11 also did it twice. The first time happened when there were 8 chefs remaining (5 on the red team, 3 on the blue team). After Michael's elimination, Ramsay asked the red team who they would send over, which was revealed to by Nedra. She would stay on the blue team until she was eliminated in the next service. The second time happened when there were 6 chefs (4 on the red team, 2 on the blue team). Ramsay asked for a volunteer and Ja'Nel took the offer. She would remain on the blue team until the black jackets.

Season 12 did it when there were 8 chefs remaining (5 on the red team, 3 on the blue team). After Richard's elimination, Ramsay asked the red team for one volunteer to move to the blue team (aside from Anton and Scott as they were originally blue team chefs) for a 4-4 evening. Melanie volunteered, and she was moved to the blue team, staying until the black jacket phase.

Season 13 did it when there were 12 chefs (7 on the blue team, 5 on the red team). After Katie's elimination, Ramsay called Sterling, who was nominated by the blue team, to move to the red team in order to even the numbers 6-6. He would stay on the red team until he was eliminated right after the 12th service.

Season 15 did it twice. The first time happened when there were 14 chefs (8 on the blue team, 6 on the red team). After Meese's elimination, Ramsay called up Hassan, who impressed Ramsay with his leadership skills in the past few services, to move to the red team to even the teams 7-7. It happened again immediatly after the next service with 12 chefs (7 on the red team, 5 on the blue team) after the blue team lost both Kevin (who was kicked out during service) and Alan. Manda, who was put up for elimination by the red team, was sent over to the blue team to even the numbers 6-6. She would remain on the blue team until the black jackets.

Season 16 had it when there were 10 chefs left (6 on the red team, 4 on the blue team). After Koop's elimination, Ramsay told the red team he needed a volunteer to move over to the blue team by the next challenge. Ryan took the offer, and stayed with the blue team until the black jackets.

Reassignment Edit

If Ramsay feels that a team and/or individual is struggling, or wants to experiment, he switches people from different teams to the other one.

Examples Edit

The first time it happened was in Season 3 when there were 7 chefs (4 on the red team, 3 on the blue team). After Melissa was nominated for the second time in a row, Ramsay decided to give her one more chance by moving her to the blue team. It didn't work as she was eliminated after the next service.

Season 4 did it when there were nine chefs (5 on the blue team, 4 on the red team). When Matt was nominated, he claimed to Ramsay that the blue team was treating him unfairly, and requested that he be transferred to the red team. Ramsay honored Matt's request, and placed him in the red team soon afterwards. Matt would remain on the red team until the black jackets.

Season 6 did it when there were 7 chefs (4 on the red team, 3 on the blue team). After Andy's elimination, Ramsay called up Suzanne, who was nominated by the red team, and placed her on the blue team. She would remain on the blue team until the black jackets.

Season 7 did it when there were 12 chefs (6 on both teams), and marked the first time Ramsay moved more than one chef into a new team. After both teams did a fantastic job on service, Ramsay asked Nilka and Salvatore to pick who they think is the weakest chef on their teams. Nilka picked Autumn, while Salvatore picked Scott. Instead of eliminating either one, Ramsay decided to switch them into new teams; Scott now being part of the red team and Autumn now being part of the blue team. Both would remain with their new teams until Scott was eliminated after the 6th service, while Autumn was sent back to the red team after the 9th service.

Season 8 did it when there were 10 chefs remaining (both had 5 chefs). Before their next challenge, Ramsay decided to move Melissa to the blue team as one more chance to improve herself after poor performances, while sending Trev to the red team as a way for him to step up as a leader. Melissa would be eliminated right after the next service, while Trev would stay until he was moved back to the blue team.

Season 12 also did it when there were 10 chefs remaining (both had 5 chefs). In the elimination ceremony, the red team nominated Rochelle and Sandra while the blue team nominated Anton and Scott. Instead of eliminating either one, Ramsay decided to "correct" things by moving Anton and Scott to the red team, and Rochelle and Sandra to the blue team. Sandra and Anton would remain with their new teams until being eliminated in the 12th and 14th service respectively, while Scott and Rochelle both made it to the black jackets.

Season 13 did it when there were 11 chefs (6 on the blue team, 5 on the red team). After Ashley's elimination, Ramsay decided to switch things up more by moving Sade to the blue team, and Frank to the red team. Frank would remain on the red team until he was eliminated right after the 9th service, while Sade stayed on the blue team until making it to the black jackets.

Season 14 did it when there were 8 chefs (4 on both teams). Josh and Randy were both nominated by the blue team after losing the following service. Instead of eliminating either one, Ramsay decided to move Josh to the red team while sending Meghan to the blue team. Both would remain with their new teams until the black jackets.

Season 15 did it when there were 10 chefs (5 on both teams). Feeling that Chad and Dannie are losing confidence in their residing teams after poor performances, Ramsay decided to switch them into the other one's team. Chad would stay in the red team until he was eliminated after the 10th service, while Dannie would would stay in the blue team until she was eliminated after the 13th service.

Season 16 did it when there were 12 chefs (6 on both teams) Shaina and Wendy were both nominated by the red team after losing the following service. Instead of eliminating either one, Ramsay decided to move them both to the blue team, while moving Andrew and Matt into the red team. Both Matt and Shaina would remain in the new teams untl they were both eliminated after the 10th service in a surpirse double elimination. Wendy would stay on the blue team until she was eliminated after the 11th service, while Andrew stayed on the red team until he was eliminated after losing to Kimberly in the final black jacket challenge.

Black Jackets Edit

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

Before a Challenge Edit

Before the next challenge, Ramsay will announce the merge right away. This commonly happened in the first six seasons, but it was also done in Season 11.

Reward after Service Edit

In the last team service, Ramsay announces that the winning team will receive black jackets as a reward. This was used in Season 8, 9, 10, 14 and 15. The losing team will still do a normal nomination ceremony were Ramsay gives out black jackets to those team members with the remaining person eliminated from the competition.

Faux Elimination Service Edit

This would happen if a chef was eliminated in an unusual way (be it eliminated during service or eliminated right after service). Ramsay will still do an elimination service with nomonies, but instead of eliminating someone, he gives the remaining chefs black jackets. This happened in Season 7, 12 and 13.

Black Jacket Challenge Edit

In Season 12, Ramsay announced that the remaining chefs would compete in an individual challenge where the winner receives a black jacket. In Season 16, it became a challenge for the remaining chefs as well.

Trivia Edit

  • Of the following people to switch, Michael, Heather, Ja'Nel, Scott, Meghan and Ryan are the only people to switch teams and win Hell's Kitchen.
    • Scott and Megan are the only ones to be switched by reassignment.
  • There are a couple of firsts from this:
    • Michael from Season 1 is the first person to switch teams.
    • Heather from Season 2 is the first female to switch teams
    • Melissa from Season 3 is the first person to be reassigned to another team, and the first person to switch teams and not make it to black jackets.
    • Matt from Season 4 is the first male to be reassigned to another team.

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