Hell's Kitchen is a British cookery reality show airing on ITV which features prospective chefs competing with each other for a final prize. Four series have aired since 2004, three presented by Angus Deayton and the latest by Claudia Winkleman. The show has had different formats and different head chefs for each season so far, including Gordon Ramsay, Gary Rhodes, Jean-Christophe Novelli and Marco Pierre White.
Runtime: 45 minutes
Hell's Kitchen - Hell's Kitchen (U.S. TV series) - Netflix
Hell's Kitchen is an American reality competition television series based on the British series of the same name. Broadcast on Fox, it is hosted by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. Two teams of chefs compete for a job as head chef at a restaurant. A typical episode begins with a challenge between the teams; the winning team gets some sort of a reward that usually involves some sort of recreational activity outside the Hell's Kitchen, while the losers are given “punishment” that usually involves some sort of menial task. The second part is a dinner service, where each team works in their own kitchen, attempting, under close and hypercritical supervision from Chef Ramsay, to complete the service without getting kicked out before finishing for too many errors. The usual wrap-up involves whichever team is declared the loser of the dinner service choosing two of their own to be up for elimination. There are many possible variations; both teams being kicked out before the end of dinner service is an example that has occurred on several occasions. At the end of the 13th season, it was announced that it was renewed for two more seasons through season 16. On September 9, 2016, Fox renewed Hell's Kitchen for seasons 17 and 18. The seventeenth season premiered on September 29, 2017. The eighteenth season will premiere on September 28, 2018.
Hell's Kitchen - Accusations of staging - Netflix
The series has drawn numerous online and editorial accusations of staging and dramatic license, mostly due to editing techniques of the producers which splice together several hours of footage from a dinner service, in order to make certain contestants appear as poor performers, later justifying their elimination. This was most obvious when one episode featured clips showing an already eliminated contestant in the background, still cooking. One of the most controversial accusations of staging on Hell's Kitchen relates to an incident with contestant Joseph Tinnelly, who, during one elimination round, angrily confronted Ramsay, challenging him to fight, and was then escorted off the set. The incident drew immediate fire from critics as an overplayed and possibly faked scene, conducted to cause action and tension on the show in order to spark viewer interest. In a 2013 interview, Ramsay admitted that the vast majority of his anger towards contestants was acting, his on-camera rage being done to force contestants to give their all and that when off-camera he treated all contestants with friendliness and respect. Ramsay further stated he would often meet with eliminated contestants after their departure from the show, offering positive criticism and advice. Staff and production members further affirmed that in real life, Ramsay was a sociable and friendly person and most of the on-camera drama is played out for the benefit of the audience.
Hell's Kitchen - References - Netflix