A former pro-soccer-player-turned-Michelin-starred-chef, Ramsay has conquered London's haute cuisine scene. Now he's crossing the Pond again, to discover or create America's next culinary star. The heat is on and the stakes are high as the contestants endure Ramsay's hellishly intense culinary boot camp for a chance to win the ultimate culinary prize the coveted title of Executive Chef of a luxurious fine-dining restaurant at the brand-new Red Rock Casino Resort Spa in Las Vegas. In addition, the winner will be eligible to receive a financial interest in the restaurant and assist in the design of the eatery.
After a disastrous opening night, the women deal with their defeat while the men prepare for their next challenge. But when the pressure is on, both teams face setbacks as the stress cracks one wannabe chef for good while another gets pulled from the kitchen. Per Ramsay's request, the contestants learn that a good restaurant is not just about food but also about service, and they get a taste of what it's like to be a waiter at a restaurant. With Ramsay up in smoke, two are put on the chopping block and one is forced to leave.
After another frustrating dinner service, Ramsay teaches the group a lesson in communication and timing, which are key to a successful restaurant. But when gender roles are challenged, Ramsay isn't the only one frustrated with the wannabe chefs as each team works harder to prove the opposite sex wrong. The third night's goal is to have a complete dinner service, but find out who can't cut it and is kicked out of the kitchen.
The battle of the sexes is over as wannabes are moved around to even up the teams. On the menu: lunch---for children.
With seven chefs remaining, Chef Ramsay's hoping for complete dinner services from the teams. He gets half his wish.
Inspiration is Ramsay's next lesson as the two teams battle it out with original dishes to win a night out in the town. With the stakes even higher, Ramsay gives them the opportunity to create their own menu for the night's dinner service. But even with the freedom of cooking up the meal of their choice, one wannabe chef can't stand the heat and gets cooked for good.
With only five remaining contestants, Ramsay turns up the heat as the two teams merge and the wannabe chefs compete for the first time as individuals. While some take a trip to Las Vegas with Ramsay and get a taste of what it's like to own a restaurant at the Red Rock Casino Resort, others let jealousy eat away at them. As the show opens its eighth night, the group must complete the dinner service together, but teamwork doesn't come easy for these competing chefs and one is put on the chopping block.
Dinner service begins nicely for the final four, but it doesn't end that way. When the dishes are cleared, three chefs are left.
After a surprising elimination round, the remaining three contestants realize that no one is ever safe in the kitchen and tension amounts as they each strive to be the last one standing. With the finals approaching, Ramsay tests their leadership skills and gives them each a chance to run the kitchen. But his job is not as easy as it seems and one wannabe chef learns that it takes more than good cooking to win it all.
It's soup to nuts (not to mention decor design, waitstaff management and everything else) as the two finalists are each in charge of a restaurant. Then it's toques off to the winner, who'll also be off to Las Vegas to run a real restaurant.