‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Episode Guide (April 1): The Seven Chefs Participate in a Blind Taste Test

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‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Episode Guide (April 1): The Seven Chefs Participate in a Blind Taste Test

“7 Chefs Compete” (04/01/16) – Chef Ramsay puts together a blind taste test challenge, in which each chef must identify different ice cream flavors.

This time, the blame won’t just fall on the chef who guesses the wrong flavor.

After three wrong guesses, a different team member will be blasted by a mysterious ice cream topping. The team that recognizes the most flavors will be rewarded with a shopping spree of a lifetime, $2,000 for each chef to spend at Roland Kitchenware.

Meanwhile, the losing team will have to suffer through breaking down and preparing hundreds of foul smelling durian fruits. Later that night, they’ll welcome special VIP guests, actress Meredith Baxter (“Family Ties”) and Olympic medalist and swimmer Haley Anderson.

As the competition continues to heat up, only one team will rise above and push out its best dinner service yet, while the other team crumbles the time period premiere episode of “Hell’s Kitchen” airing Friday, April 1 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Host, executive producer and award-winning chef and Critics’ Choice Awards nominee Gordon Ramsay fires up a brand-new season of “Hell’s Kitchen” when Season 15 premieres Friday, Jan. 15 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. 18 new chefs from across the country will be tested and challenged as Chef Ramsay puts them through a series of grueling challenges and dinner services to prove they have what it takes to win the “Hell’s Kitchen” title and a Head Chef position at BLT Steak at Bally’s Las Vegas.

Throughout the season, the contestants will face challenging tasks, including a (rubber) duck hunting competition, preparing dishes for 100 high school students, a catered wedding reception for “Hell’s Kitchen” sous chef Andi and the fan-favorite blind taste test challenge.

Celebrity diners at “Hell’s Kitchen” this season include: TV personality Kris Jenner (“Keeping Up with the Kardashians” franchise), rapper Lil Jon, musician/producer Steve Aoki, rapper/actor The Game, musician Flo Rida, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, comedian Bill Engvall, Cesar Millan (“Cesar 911”), dancers from “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Dancing with the Stars,” comedian Terry Fator, burlesque entertainer Dita Von Teese, actor Omar Miller (“Ballers”), actor Sean Carrigan (“The Young and the Restless”) and Olympian swimmers Jessica Hardy and Dominik Meichtry.

In the Season 15 premiere of “Hell’s Kitchen,” Chef Gordon Ramsay welcomes the newest bunch of contestants into the kitchen. The steaks are high when the contestants travel to Las Vegas and see the kitchen where this season’s winner will work as a Head Chef: BLT Steak at Bally’s Las Vegas.

And, for the first time in “Hell’s Kitchen” history, they will compete in that kitchen for the signature dish team challenge. The winning team will earn a ride on the High Roller – the world’s tallest Ferris wheel – and VIP service at Drai’s Nightclub while the losing team prepares a Vegas buffet service, which includes peeling 50 lbs. of shrimp and 1,000 lbs. of potatoes. Later during their first dinner service, one of the teams will fail early on in the service, prompting Chef Ramsay to kick them out of the kitchen.

Below are the 18 chefs competing on this season of “Hell’s Kitchen:”

The Red Team (Women) includes:

– KRISTIN BARONE Age: 27 Hometown: Chicago, IL Occupation: Line Cook Signature Dish: Grilled Pork Loin with Apricot Mango Puree and Fried Brussel Sprouts and Garlic Aioli
– SHERKENNA BUGGS Age: 30 Hometown: Grand Junction, TN Occupation: Personal Chef Signature Dish: Crab-Stuffed Blackened Salmon, Mushroom Couscous
– MEESE DAVIS Age: 25 Hometown: Upper Darby, PA Occupation: College Chef Signature Dish: Pork Loin Chop with Roasted Sweet Potato and Grilled Asparagus
– JACKIE FUCHS Age: 32 Hometown: Jersey City, NJ Occupation: Line Cook Signature Dish: Seared Scallop with Roasted Corn and Lemon Salsa with Bok Choy and Brown Butter
– DANNIE HARRISON Age: 30 Hometown: Philadelphia, PA Occupation: Line Cook Signature Dish: Scallops And Vermicelli With Thai Curry Sauce
– ARIEL MALONE Age: 26 Hometown: Hackensack, NJ Occupation: Country Club Chef Signature Dish: Shashkouka
– ASHLEY NICKELL Age: 27 Hometown: Orlando, FL Occupation: Chef de Cuisine Signature Dish: Ostrich Filet with Blueberry Sauce
– MANDA PALOMINO Age: 30 Hometown: Atlantic City, NJ Occupation: Sous Chef Signature Dish: Fried Scallops with Rustic Corn Salad
– VANESSA SOLTERO Age: 33 Hometown: Los Angeles, CA Occupation: Airport Chef Signature Dish: Eggplant Involtini Rolls with Sausage Ricotta Stuffing and Marinara Sauce

The Blue Team (Men) includes:

– JARED BOBKIN Age: 28 Hometown: Oak Park, MI Occupation: Line Cook Signature Dish: Halibut
– FRANK CALA Age: 25 Hometown: Brooklyn, NY Occupation: Marine Chef Signature Dish: Penne alla Vodka with Grilled Chicken
– CHAD GELSO Age: 25 Hometown: Philadelphia, PA Occupation: Sous Chef Signature Dish: Confit Cabbage, Celeriac Fondant, Poached pear
– EDDIE JASKOWIAK Age: 27 Hometown: Philadelphia, PA Occupation: Sous Chef Signature Dish: Hunters Edge, Bambi Tenderloin
– HASSAN MUSSELMANI Age: 24 Hometown: Detroit, MI Occupation: Catering Executive Chef Signature Dish: Pan-Seared Diver Sea Scallops with Roasted Sweet Corn Coulis, Poblano Coulis, Parmesan Risotto and Crispy Capicola
– MARK PARAS Age: 27 Hometown: Anaheim, CA Occupation: Line Cook Signature Dish: Black Mussels with Chorizo in a Fennel and Tomato Broth
– ALAN PARKER Age: 42 Hometown: Lancaster, PA Occupation: Sous Chef Signature Dish: Maple-Glazed Arctic Char
– JOE RICCI Age: 31 Hometown: Philadelphia, PA Occupation: Sous Chef Signature Dish: Veal Braciole with Creamy Polenta and Grilled Broccoli Rabe with Balsamic Red Wine Reduction
– KEVIN RIDLON Age: 29 Hometown: Warwick, RI Occupation: Culinary Manager Signature Dish: Chicken Caesar Piadina

“Hell’s Kitchen” is produced by ITV Entertainment in association with A. Smith & Co. Productions. Arthur Smith, Kent Weed and Gordon Ramsay serve as executive producers.

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