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'Hell's Kitchen' opens with "disappointing service", ambulance called

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Gordon Ramsay in 'Hell's Kitchen'

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Hell's Kitchen kicked off its ninth season on Monday night with a disastrous dinner service and one chef hospitalised before service had even started. Eighteen chefs from across the US arrived in Los Angeles to begin their bid to win the grand prize of a $250,000 salary and head chef job at BLT Steak in New York City.

Chefs arrive in LA

The chefs are travelling to Hell's Kitchen but make a surprise detour to the Orpheum Theatre, where they are whisked into hair and make-up before being led to the stage. However, when the curtain opens and they prepare to take a bow they find the theatre empty apart from a solo Gordon Ramsay clapping. "Seriously, what on earth did you expect?" he says. "Right now, none of you are stars. Resumes mean nothing."

Chefs prepare signature dishes for Gordon

The chefs had 45 minutes to prepare their signature dish for Gordon before he pitted the men against the women in judging the dishes.

Carrie: Chicken-Fried Rib Eye with Yukon Mashed Potatoes and White Truffle Cream Gravy
Will: Sheep's Milk Ricotta Gnudi

Amanda: Eggplant Rollatini with Creamy Polenta
Brendan: Salmon with Basil Cream Sauce

Jennifer: Special Secret Pork with Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Jonathan: Punch-Drunk Chicken

Krupa: Stuffed Naan with Cilantro Chutney
Paul: Eggplant Involtini

Jamie: Lollipop Lamb Chop with Red Onion Confiture
Steven: Seared Diver Scallops with Wild Mushroom Risotto

Elise: Pesto Seared Scallops with Sautéed Escarole
Chino: Korean BBQ Beef

Monterray: Pan-Seared Sea Bass
Natalie: Lamb Chops

Elizabeth: Pan-Roasted Quail
Tommy: Toasted Coconut Crab Cake

Gina: Pistachio Scallops
Jason: Pork Tacos

Gordon eventually declared the men the winners (despite chucking Jonathan's chicken dish in the bin because he used tinned pineapple) and their prize was dining with last season's winner Nona Sivley at her restaurant LA Market. The women had to prep the kitchen for that night's first service.

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The first dinner service

While prepping for the opening of Hell's Kitchen, the men notice that Jason seems to be burning up. He insists that he is okay but medics are called and eventually he is taken to hospital. Gordon later tells the men that Jason has been ordered to bed for a few days and will not be returning, meaning the Blue Team are one man down.

Neither team gets off to a solid start when the kitchen opens, with Monterray sending the garnish for the entrees before appetizers have even been sent and the women misjudging their appetizer timings, meaing the scallops are ready before the risotto. When Elise does deliver the risotto, Gordon compares it to rice pudding and orders another. "You start showing you don't care about my customers I'll start showing I don't care about you," he warns. Krupa jumps in and delivers a good risotto.

Over in the Blue Kitchen, Steven has also misjudged his orders, serving up lobster spaghetti for table two when table one hasn't been served yet. Chino faces problems when serving the fish for the entrees, delivering a burnt dish which prompts Gordon to send him to the corner to peel garlic. He is soon followed by Steven and Jonathan after they both deliver unsatisfactory scallops which Gordon makes them eat themselves.

In the Red Kitchen, Carrie also has difficulty with the scallops and no food is leaving either kitchen. Jonathan and Paul appear to be getting the Blue Team back on track with perfect dishes leaving the meat station, but they end up in the trash after Monterray and Brendan stall with the side dishes. Meanwhile, over in the Red Kitchen Elise is also benched after stepping in to help Carrie with her scallops.

While both kitchens struggle to deliver their orders, Gordon is informed that diners are walking out of the restaurant. He eventually decides to shut the kitchen down for the evening, calling it "the most disappointing opening ever".

Gordon deems the Blue Team to be the losers because they didn't send one entree to the dining room and tells them to choose two nominees for elimination. After discussion, they place Steven and Monterray on the chopping block. Gordon, however, decides to add Chino to the mix for his failure at the fish station.

In the end, it is Steven who leaves Hell's Kitchen. "It's not nice to be the first one kicked off," he says. "I think Chef Ramsay made a mistake but it is what it is. Nice guys always finish last. That's probably me."

Meanwhile, Gordon tells the remaining chefs that Hell's Kitchen is a series of tests and so far they have a achieved a "failing grade" and need to "get a grip fast".

Hell's Kitchen continues Tuesday at 8/7c on Fox

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