Are you hungry to witness a rage-filled chef throw platters of undercooked filet mignons and raw scallops against the wall to express his anger at cowering inept cooks? Yeah, me too. With September just around the corner, it got me thinking about when the premiere of the 19th season of Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” might commence.
Last year, the 18th season kicked off on Sept. 28 and ended on Feb. 8 this year. The theme was “Rookies vs. Veterans,” and the winner was Ariel Fox, who found redemption after coming in third place on Season 6. Fox turned down the job of being executive chef of Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen restaurant at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Instead, she went back to her job as concept executive chef for Dos Caminos, which has five restaurants in and around Manhattan.
Soon after, there was an announcement saying that the cooking competition reality show that began in 2005 was renewed for an 19th and 20th season and, instead of shooting in Los Angeles, the show would be staged at the Las Vegas eatery. At an event there in March, “The Las Vegas News Journal” reported that taping for Season 19 would start last spring.
Some more details can be found at Fandom’s Hell’s Kitchen 19 page — as well as some speculation. Season 7 runner-up Jay Santos will replace Jocky as sous chef for the blue team for the next two seasons. Among the guest judges are chef Laurent Tourondel of the BLT group, actress Justene Alpert and Olympian speed skater Apolo Ohno.
However, even though fan comments on the page confirm that Season 19’s filming wrapped the first week of May, the Fox schedule that was released in that same month reveals that “WWE Smackdown Live” will premiere on Oct. 4 in “Hell’s Kitchen’s” usual Friday night time slot. Yes, it is hard to wait when our appetite for Ramsay’s dinner service outbursts yearn to be sated. But let’s hope 2020 brings us heaping helpings of the chef’s “bleeping” takedowns.
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