Season premiere airs Monday, July 18, on FOX
Winner to receive head chef position at BLT Steak in New York City
Get ready for the heat of "Hell's Kitchen" as superstar chef Gordon Ramsay ushers in the series' red-hot ninth season with 18 new competitors Monday, July 18 (8 p.m. ET/PT) on FOX. These aspiring restaurateurs will brave Ramsay and his wrath as he once again puts the competitors through rigorous challenges to see who has the skill and passion to win a life-changing prize: a head chef position at BLT Steak in New York City.
Ramsay's culinary challenges will range from the cute and cuddly as the chefs cook a "mommy and me" meal for a room full of moms and toddlers - to the sublime as the chefs are challenged to cook using different types of beer as the basis for their recipes. The winning teams will get to enjoy a private jet to Palm Springs, Indy-car racing, a $20,000-per-night suite in Las Vegas or a four-story yacht excursion, while the losing teams will be required to decorate for a high school reunion, take delivery of and butcher an entire side of beef, create ice sculptures and put together an entire children's playground for family night.
In the season premiere, Ramsay launches the competition with the signature-dish challenge and is both impressed and disappointed right from the start. Before the dinner service can even begin, one contestant is rushed to the hospital and things go downhill quickly from there until one chef is eliminated from "Hell's Kitchen."
As the teams are whittled down, the chefs get one step closer to earning the coveted black chef jacket. Eventually two finalists will compete head-to-head to try and impress Ramsay with their skills. Only one lucky chef will walk away with the ultimate prize and fulfill their dreams as a head chef at one of the finest restaurants in America.
Below are the 18 chefs of this season's "Hell's Kitchen."
The members of the Red Team (women) include:
The members of the Blue Team (men) include:
"Hell's Kitchen" is produced by ITV Studios America in association with A. Smith & Co. Productions. Arthur Smith, Kent Weed and Ramsay serve as executive producers. Become a fan of "Hell's Kitchen" on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hellskitchen and follow the series on Twitter at www.twitter.com/hellskitchenonfox (@hellskitchenonfox).
Owned by Jimmy Haber and Keith Treyball, BLT Steak is overseen by BLT Restaurant Group, a division of parent company ESquared Hospitality. Renowned for its high-quality food and service, BLT Steak first introduced diners to the modern American steakhouse in 2004 with the flagship BLT Steak in New York City. Since then, 10 additional BLT Steak restaurants have opened in Washington, D.C. (2006); San Juan (2006); White Plains, N.Y. (2007); Los Angeles (2008); Scottsdale, Ariz. (2008); Atlanta (2009); Miami (2009); Hong Kong (2009); Charlotte (2009); and Waikiki (2009). For more information about BLT Steak, visit www.e2hospitality.com or www.esquaredhospitality.com.