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Hells Kitchen - S16 E05

Reality-TV . Game-Show . Reality

After a shocking elimination, both teams must regroup and chart a new course. During The Seven Seas Seafood Challenge, the chefs will go head-to-head against a chef of their choice from the opposing team. Each pair will choose a body of water that will reveal a type of fish that they will have 30 minutes to prepare using a variety of fresh ingredients provided by Chef Ramsay. The winning team, accompanied by Ramsay himself, will enjoy an exciting meal at one of LA's hottest restaurants, Petty Cash. Meanwhile, the losing team will stay behind for delivery day and haul in pounds of potatoes and vegetables. Later during the dinner service, Chef Ramsay invites Grammy award-winning artists guitarist Joe Perry and R&B singer Estelle.

Episode Title: Walking The Plank
Airs: 2016-10-21 at 20:00
  • Andrew Ryan

    Hell's Kitchen is a cut above the rest of the current crop of reality shows because of its unique approach and, of course, the bombastic host. [30 Jul 2005]

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    And therein lies the main flaw of this otherwise entertaining show. Not much time is devoted to actually teaching the novices the top-notch technique that they'd need to make it in one of Ramsay's successful London establishments, let alone the restaurant that gives the program its name.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    It's painfully derivative on so many fronts that it sometimes seems you're watching five reality shows at once.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • John Maynard

    Ramsay is mean to the point of being unlikable. ... But viewers who like their reality shows with a dash of nastiness may revel in just how cruel he can be. [29 May 2005]

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    Not surprisingly, watching a functional maniac pitching fits gets old pretty quickly. It's like listening to "You are the weakest link" on a loop for an hour straight. [30 May 2005]

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Terry Kelleher

    Though [Ramsay's] bleep-filled rants are supposed to bring out the best in his staff, they seem like blatant workplace harassment. When he turns his ire on the customers, it's even harder to stomach.

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    "Hell's Kitchen" cribs both the format of "The Apprentice" and that show's major problems. As with the two "Apprentice" sequels, the cast is filled with people who appear to have no clue what they're doing - or, at least, are placed in positions in which they'll inevitably fail so Ramsay can cuss them out. [30 Sep 2005]

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    I suppose sadomasochists or anyone craving abuse will enjoy "Hell's Kitchen," but I won't be tuning in again. [29 May 2005]

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Some will doubtless embrace the show's camp qualities, but I simply kept thinking "Check, please" through the first two episodes. [27 May 2005]

    Variety Full Review
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