Season 16 premiere Sept. 23 on FOX
Winner to receive head chef position at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar at The Venetian Las Vegas
Meet the new batch of 18 ambitious chefs willing to face host, executive producer and award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay on the season 16 premiere of "Hell's Kitchen," airing Friday, Sept. 23 (8-9:01 PM ET/PT), on FOX. These aspiring chefs will leave their pleasantries at the door as they endure Ramsay's hellishly intense culinary academy, including a series of grueling challenges and dinner services, for a chance to win the coveted "Hell's Kitchen" title.
Throughout the season, tensions will rise and emotions will flare as Ramsay puts on the pressure, demanding absolute perfection. Each week, the hopeful chefs will be put through rigorous culinary challenges, keeping only those who possess the right combination of ingredients to run their own restaurant. The last contestant to withstand the pressure of "Hell's Kitchen" will claim the grand prize - a head chef position at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar at The Venetian Las Vegas.
Watch a preview below:
In the premiere episode, Ramsay shocks the 18 chefs with a detour to a U.S. Army training boot camp, before allowing them to enter "Hell's Kitchen." After proving their commitment and desire to face the tests that lay ahead, they are then split into two teams - men (blue) vs. women (red) - and tasked with their first challenge: to present their signature dishes. Later, during the dinner service, one team will deliver one of the strongest opening night services in "Hell's Kitchen" history, while the other team struggles with finding momentum.
The red team (women) includes Jessica Boynton, Shaina Hayden, Wendy Mendez, Heidi Parent, Kimberly Roth (of Rochester), Kimberly Ann Ryan, Heather Williams, Aziza Young and Rajeeyah "Gia" Young. The blue team (men) includes: Genaro Delillo, Paulie Giganti, Matt Hearn, Johnny McDevitt, Andrew Pearce, Devin Simpson, Aaron Smock, Pat Tortorello and Koop Wynkoop.