10 Things You Didn’t Know About Hell’s Kitchen
Hell’s kitchen is an American reality TV cooking competition show that has been airing for 17 seasons! Hosted by the abrasive chef, Gordon Ramsay, the show features two teams of chefs competing for the chance to open their own restaurant. Like most reality shows, Hell’s Kitchen does not lack any drama thanks to the intensity of the challenges that the contestants participate in and, of course, Ramsay’s belligerence. It turns out that behind the scenes is just as dramatic as it is on-screen – here are 10 behind the scenes secrets:
10. No Wannabe TV Stars
Unlike other reality TV shows, Hell’s Kitchen doesn’t seek out camera-ready contestants. Executive producers Arthur Smith and Kent Weed explained that they don’t want contestants on the show who want to be TV stars. “You don’t have to be a model or a personal trainer,” Smith told delish. “Our cast members are line cooks and garde-mangers. They’re in the trenches.”
9. Not a Real Restaurant
Hell’s Kitchen isn’t filmed in a restaurant – the kitchen and dining room on the show are actually on a soundstage in Culver City, California. Guests can request seats in the dining room by signing up on the show’s website. “But they make you sign something that says you are not guaranteed to eat anything,” season 6 contestant Robert Hesse warned.