Season four begins with 15 hopefuls playing to win a job as a chef along side Gordon Ramsey in his L.A. restaurant. The contestants will be divided into teams of 'men vs. women' after preparing their signature dish. Gordon will be impressed by most of the entries, but one will make him retch.
The season's first challenge finds the contestants slicing halibut into thin 6 ounce fillets. One member of each team must serve as a maitre d' during the dining service, and one contestant will be eliminated at the shows conclusion.
Live chickens awaken the contestants, followed by a challenge of plucking their morning "wake up callers" and creating a family styled dinner out of them.
The two teams must compete to see who can prepare the most pasta for the evening dinner service, with a trip to Santa Monica for the winners. One contestant winds up in the hospital after an accident in the kitchen.
The chefs receive their first challenge, create a gourmet pizza. The winning team will head to Santa Barbara for a gourmet meal, while the losers will be sentenced to taking pizza orders during dinner service and then deliver them, at which one contestant is rushed to the hospital after suffering an accident.
This episode finds the chefs challenged to satisfy a picky teen as they cook up a meal for her birthday party. The winners will be chosen by the teen by picking the menu theme she prefers, while the losers are stuck with a perky party planner to help with the party decisions.
The nine remaining chefs are challenged to compete in a taste test, with the winner receiving a day at the spa and the losers sent to clean the dorm. Once the dinner ervice is completed, Chef Ramsay must decide on which tastes worse, raw food or a lack or communication within the kitchen.
The group dynamics are drastically changed when Chef Ramsey asks for a volunteer to switch sides. This week's challenge consists of creating 4 new dishes from 20 ingredients. One chef requires a medic after injuring himself during the challenge.
The opening challenged for the seven remaining chefs is to prepare dishes in a relay race, with the winners receiving surfing lessons and the losers being forced to clean the restaurant. The dinner service finds the teams creating their own menus. Following the difficulty for one team is a most unusual elimination ceremony.
Chef Ramsey hopes to inspire his wanna be chefs by bringing them to the restaurant of last years winner in London West Hollywood. Back in the kitchen, now with the teams merged each chef is given one main ingredient to uses in their dish. The dinner service finds one chef burning the rice and another scorching their hand.
Chef Ramsey challenges the five remaining contestants to teach cooking impaired housewives how to prepare a gourmet meal, with a winner receiving personal lessons from Chefs Mark Peel and Ben Ford. The dinner service finds all the chefs struggling with a dozen of appetizers, main courses and desserts.
The final four contestants are challenged to cook a meal for 80 expectant moms. A $1,000 shopping spree is awaiting the chosen winner, while the others will be left to clean up after the luncheon. Chef Ramsey's hand is burned during the dinner service by one careless contestant, angering him.
Chef Ramsay creates a breakfast for the 3 remaining contestants and a few chosen guests and then challenges them to recreate what they have just ate. Ramsay sabotages the dinner service as a way to see how the contestants will react to this adversity.
The two finalists are prepared to be judged by chef Ramsey's executive chefs from around the world, as they visit Gordon Ramsey's New York restaurant to create their signature dishes. Back in Los Angeles, they will be challenged to design and run their own restaurant.
The final two contestants are tested in their last dinner service before Chef Ramsey makes his choice over who will run his L.A. restaurant.