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Hell’s Kitchen Season Nine Premieres Tonight!

July 18, 2011 10:57 AM by Lisa Princ

FOX’s Hell’s Kitchen and Chef Gordon Ramsay are back tonight for television’s hottest cooking competition! Keep reading for a preview of what we can expect tonight on the season nine opener!

Season Nine of Hell’s Kitchen kicks off tonight at 8 pm EST – Are you all as excited as we are? This season, the winner will be awarded the head chef position at BLT Steak in New York City. As previously reported, we know that someone is going to the hospital tonight before the competition even gets underway. According to more information from Fox, Chef Ramsay asks the contestants to prepare their signature dish and splits the chefs into two teams: men vs. women. The winning team gets a taste of the sweet life when they wine and dine with Season Eight winner Nona Sivley at L.A. Market, while the losing team is left behind to scrub down the kitchen in preparation for their first dinner service.

Following a sobering announcement moments before the grand reopening of Hell’s Kitchen, tempers flare when the teams struggle to communicate effectively and the slow service forces diners to walk out before their entrees are served. They also say that this is one of the most disappointing dinner services in the show’s history – and we certainly have seen some awful ones! Also, in case you missed our prior post, here is a rundown of our season nine competitors:

Name: Elizabeth Bianchi
Age: 27
Occupation: Line Cook
Hometown: New York, NY
Signature Dish: Pan-Roasted Quail

Name: Natalie Blake
Age: 23
Occupation: Sous Chef
Hometown: Harrodsburg, KY
Signature Dish: Lamb Chops

Name: Amanda Colello
Age: 26
Occupation: Personal Chef
Hometown: Sun City, CA
Signature Dish: Eggplant Rollatini with Creamy Polenta

Name: Jamie Gregorich
Age: 24
Occupation: Sous Chef
Hometown: Bradenton, FL
Signature Dish: Lollipop Lamb Chop with Red Onion Confiture

Name: Carrie Keep
Age: 31
Occupation: Pantry Chef
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Signature Dish: Chicken-Fried Rib Eye with Yukon Mashed Potatoes and White Truffle Cream Gravy

Name: Gina Melcher
Age: 34
Occupation: Restaurant Consultant
Hometown: Cape May, NJ
Signature Dish: Pistachio Scallops

Name: Jennifer Normant
Age: 34
Occupation: Chef de Cuisine
Hometown: Boston, MA
Signature Dish: Special Secret Pork with Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Name: Krupa Patel
Age: 30
Occupation: Private Chef
Hometown: Queens, NY
Signature Dish: Stuffed Naan with Cilantro Chutney

Name: Elise Wims
Age: 26
Occupation: Line Cook
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Signature Dish: Pesto Seared Scallops with Sautéed Escarole

Name: Chino Chang
Age: 39
Occupation: Executive Chef
Hometown: Hatboro, PA
Signature Dish: Korean BBQ Beef

Name: Brendan Heavey
Age: 31
Occupation: Head Chef
Hometown: Hoboken, NJ
Signature Dish: Salmon with Basil Cream Sauce

Name: Monterray Keys
Age: 34
Occupation: Line Cook
Hometown: Darby, PA
Signature Dish: Pan-Seared Sea Bass

Name: Will Lustberg
Age: 31
Occupation: Sous Chef
Hometown: Jersey City, NJ
Signature Dish: Sheep’s Milk Ricotta Gnudi

Name: Paul Niedermann
Age: 26
Occupation: Jr. Sous Chef
Hometown: Davie, FL
Signature Dish: Eggplant Involtini

Name: Steven Paluba
Age: 44
Occupation: Sauté Chef
Hometown: Ridge, NY
Signature Dish: Seared Diver Scallops with Wild Mushroom Risotto

Name: Jonathon Plumley
Age: 34
Occupation: Head Cook
Hometown: Memphis, TN
Signature Dish: Punch-Drunk Chicken

Name: Tommy Stevens
Age: 31
Occupation: Line Cook
Hometown: Brewster, NY
Signature Dish: Toasted Coconut Crab Cake

Name: Jason Zepaltas
Age: 29
Occupation: Line Cook
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Signature Dish: Pork Tacos

Are you looking forward to the new season of Hell’s Kitchen? We are! Be sure to tune in tonight at 8 pm EST for this exciting season premiere episode on Fox!

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