Hell's Kitchen (UK TV series) (Courtesy Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Hell's Kitchen is a British cookery-based ITV reality show. It originally starred celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, who was replaced by Marco Pierre White for the latest series, and is presented by Angus Deayton. The theme tune is written by Daniel Pemberton and features on his TVPOPMUZIK album.
Series 1 of Hell's Kitchen in the UK was broadcast in summer 2004.
The show, which ran nightly for two weeks, placed ten "celebrities" in a specially constructed London restaurant-kitchen with the task of catering for a clientele of famous people.
The celebrities who took part were:
Jennifer Ellison (winner)
Tommy Vance (replacing Roger Cook, who injured himself on the first night)
Jennifer Ellison was declared the winner after a series of public elimination votes (in the style of Survivor or Big Brother). A follow-up programme was made afterwards called Hell's Kitchen: School Reunion, which saw Ellison and the show runner-up, James Dreyfus, team up to organise a healthy dinner service for the children at Gordon Ramsay's former school.
Series 2 of Hell's Kitchen in the UK was broadcast in summer 2005.
The second series featured ten members of the public competing for a prize of £250,000, with which the winner could start their own restaurant. They were split into two teams of five, one red (tutored by Gary Rhodes) and the other blue (led by Jean-Christophe Novelli). A new and much larger restaurant was built to accommodate the fact that there were now two kitchens. The only things that remained the same in the second series were the music, by composer Daniel Pemberton, and the presenter, who was still Angus Deayton. Elimination was still down to voting.
Series 3 was due to begin in summer 2006, with Jean-Christophe Novelli as the sole head chef; however, ITV made the decision to take a break from producing Hell's Kitchen.
The network then announced in February 2007 that it had commissioned a new series of the show, to begin in autumn 2007, this time with Michelin starred Marco Pierre White as head chef. The new series began on 3 September 2007 at 9:00 pm, reverting to the original format of having celebrities as contestants.