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Fox orders eighth 'Hell's Kitchen' edition, schedules live holiday special

By Christopher Rocchio, 08/07/2009 

Fox announced that it has renewed Hell's Kitchen for an eighth season.

In addition, Fox announced Gordon Ramsay: Cookalong Live -- a special that is based on a cooking show that aired in the U.K. last January and encouraged viewers to cook along with Ramsay from their homes -- will air live on Tuesday, December 15 at 9PM ET/PT.

Fox ordered Gordon Ramsay: Cookalong Live as part of an agreement it struck with Ramsay last September that included Hell's Kitchen's currently airing sixth season and an additional seventh edition, a third season of Kitchen Nightmares, and a third yet-to-be-announced new series.

The live special will provide viewers with "a real-time demonstration and step-by-step instructions on how to cook a delicious three-course meal in just 60 minutes," according to Fox.

"Gordon Ramsay is one of the most sought-after culinary experts in the world and one of the most compelling personalities on television," said Fox reality chief Mike Darnell in announcing the eighth-season renewal and special.

"We're really excited not only to welcome Gordon back for another season of Hell's Kitchen, but also to give everyone in America the opportunity to experience Gordon firsthand and live with Cookalong Live."

Hell's Kitchen's sixth season is currently airing Tuesdays at 9PM ET/PT.  The sixth-season winner -- who will receive the head chef position at Araxi Restaurant in Vancouver, Canada -- will be revealed during a two-hour finale on October 13.

Similar to Hell's Kitchen's fourth and fifth seasons, its sixth and seventh installments were also filmed back-to-back.

(Photo credit Fox)

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