Everything to know about ‘Hell’s Kitchen 21’: Meet the 18 chef-testants competing

Hell’s Kitchen” is coming back to FOX on September 29, 2022. After shooting Seasons 19 and 20 back-to-back before the COVID-19 pandemic, Season 21 of “Hell’s Kitchen” began production last winter. Here’s everything to know about the latest installment of this reality competition series hosted by the foul-mouthed Gordon Ramsay. View the gallery of chef-testants for Season 21 above.

It will premiere in the fall of 2022.
“Hell’s Kitchen 21” has a premiere date of September 29 on FOX. Season 20 aired throughout the summer of 2021 and concluded on Sept. 13. This scheduling puts the gap between seasons at just about a year. Compare that to the almost two-year wait between the Season 18 finale in Feb. 2019 and the Season 20 premiere in Jan. 2021. Episodes 1-8 aired to September 29 through December 8, 2022. After nearly a month-long hiatus, episodes resume on January 5, 2023. Episodes can also be seen on Hulu the next day.

Production began last winter.
The casting notice required applicants to be available from late January to early March 2022 with the understanding that filming will take place for three weeks during this window.

There was a COVID-safe plan.
“Hell’s Kitchen 21” worked within the constraints of COVID. To that end, the cast is likely to have quarantined for two weeks prior to the start of production. The two most recent seasons were filmed at the Hell’s Kitchen restaurant in Las Vegas prior to the pandemic. The first 18 seasons were produced in Los Angeles at a facility that housed the restaurant, kitchen and a dormitory.

Who is in the “Hell’s Kitchen 21” cast? 
The 18 chefs for season 21 will be split into two groups: 40-somethings on the blue team and 20-somethings on the red team. Unlike season 20, in which all the contestants were under 25, this season will include nobody under 20, in their 30s or over 49. The season is titled “Hell’s Kitchen: Battle of the Ages.”

What does the “Hell’s Kitchen 21” winner get?
The most recent winner of “Hell’s Kitchen” was Trent Garvey, who collected a cool quarter of a million dollars and landed the gig of head chef at Gordon Ramsay Steak, a restaurant that is part of the Paris Las Vegas Resort. To find out which of the other “Hell’s Kitchen” winners are still working for Gordon Ramsay, click through our photo gallery of “Hell’s Kitchen” winners.

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