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The Best Seasons of 'Hell's Kitchen'

Updated November 12, 2019 7.8k votes 2.7k voters 353.3k views18 items

The best seasons of Hell's Kitchen are chock-full of quotable Gordon Ramsay freakout moments, laughter, and triumphs in the kitchen. Cooking show fans will also enjoy the craziest Kitchen Nightmares episodes and the best seasons of MasterChef. People who are fanatics of the show have very strong opinions when it comes to choosing the best Hell's Kitchen season, which is exactly why this list of Hell's Kitchen seasons exists. Many fans of the show have voted on this list of the greatest Hell's Kitchen seasons, so this order is ranked by true fans of the show.

Hell's Kitchen winners endured a lot throughout the below seasons to land the top spot. Some of the most memorable episodes of Hell's Kitchen come from different seasons, so picking the top season isn't easy. If your favorite season of Hell's Kitchen isn't high on the list, then vote it up so it has the chance to become number one. If you're asking yourself, "What is the best season of Hell's Kitchen?" or "Which season of Hell's Kitchen is the best?" then this list will answer your questions.

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  • The fifth season of Hell's Kitchen premiered on January 29, 2009 and contains 15 episodes. This season's prize was a sous chef position at the Borgata in Atlantic City.

    This season features several unforgettable punishments including: prepping a raw bar, butchering beef, and folding origami.

    Memorable moments from Season 5 include:

    • Daniel Veltri is named the winner of Season 5.
    • The ladies vomiting after eating offal.
    • J and Lacey get eliminated mid-service.
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  • The fourth season of Hell's Kitchen premiered on April 1, 2008 and contains 15 episodes. The prize for this season was a "senior sous chef" position at Gordon Ramsay at The London, West Hollywood.

    This season features several unforgettable punishments including: picking up trash with bare hands, decorating the dining hall, and crushing ice by hand.

    Memorable moments from Season 4 include:

    • Christina Machamer is named the winner of Season 4.
    • Vanessa burns her hand and quits the competition.
    • The winning team goes surfing.
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    Hell's Kitchen - Season 18

    The eighteenth season of Hell's Kitchen premiered on September 28, 2018 and contains 16 episodes. The prize for this season was a executive chef position at Gordon Ramsay Hell's Kitchen Restaurant at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    This season features several unforgettable punishments including: shoveling snow, making fortune cookies from scratch, and cleaning the dorms.

    Memorable moments from Season 18 include:

    • Ariel Contreras-Fox is named the winner of Season 18.
    • Chris leaves to focus on his mental health.
    • Motto keeps his jacket despite leaving the competition.
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  • The third season of Hell's Kitchen premiered on June 4, 2007 and contains 10 episodes. The prize for this season was a head-chef position at a restaurant in the Green Valley Ranch Resort and Spa in Henderson, Nevada.

    This season features several unforgettable punishments including: prepping food for service, eating cow's tongue, and organizing trash.

    Memorable moments from Season 3 include:

    • Rahman "Rock" Harper is named the winner of Season 3.
    • Aaron faints and can no longer compete.
    • Josh is eliminated mid-service.
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