Hell's Kitchen season six -- An early look
by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 15th 2009 11:06AM
Every single season - hell, every single episode - the dramatic announcer of Hell's Kitchen tells us that "this will be the most explosive episode of Hell's Kitchen ever!" or "for the first time on Hell's Kitchen..." But this season, all of those proclamations might actually be true.
Of course, that's not necessarily a good thing, because it could easily turn into The Real World or Big Brother and be more about the confrontations and the personality conflicts than the actual cooking and choosing of a chef. I mean, in the first two episodes alone there are more confrontations and yelling and accusations and fisticuffs - yes, fisticuffs - than in whole seasons of other cooking reality shows.
The grand prize this year is $250,000 and the head chef position at the Araxi Restaurant in Whistler, British Columbia, where the 2010 Winter Olympics will be held. Who knows if that will actually happen (some past season winners didn't get the head chef position, probably because in the end, Chef Ramsay didn't think they could handle it).
This year's crop of cooks is a wild combo. You have your slackers, you have your hotheads (a few, actually), many morons, and one woman with Nancy Pelosi eyes. You also get not one but two former contestants who come back to the show, but I won't spoil the way that they come back. The first episode ends in a cliffhanger so wild and WTF that you'll definitely tune in the following week to see what Ramsay does. It's like a Friday episode of a soap opera, only you'll have to wait seven days instead of three.
Basically, if you like all of the ingredients (no pun intended) of what you've seen in past seasons of Hell's Kitchen, you'll like this one too. It's all of those seasons with the pedal put to the metal.
The two-hour season premiere airs next Tuesday at 8 on FOX.