Parents' Guide to

Hell's Kitchen

By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Top chef serves up insults in tense reality show.

TV Fox Reality TV 2005
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 13+

Extreme language

The show is pretty good. But the reviewer doesn't seem to realize that many versions of the show - on streaming sites or the free episodes on YouTube- have no censors on language. So language should definitely have 5 out of 5 stars.
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age 18+

Show should be cancelled.

How this rude, sexist biggot has any show is beyond me. Gordon treats the contestants horribly, he is stuck in his old fashioned ways. Get this disgusting man off air!

This title has:

Too much swearing
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11 ):
Kids say (24 ):

Ramsay's British restaurants are top-tier, and he has expectations to match -- outside of the kitchen he's a nice guy, but inside he's brutal. Those who've worked in professional kitchens know that his intense demeanor isn't unusual for chefs under stress, but he surely plays it up for the cameras. Ramsay rages at every mistake, calls the cooks names, and sends back plate after plate of attempted dishes. Some nights the kitchen turns out zero entrees, despite being open for hours.

But if you can handle Ramsay's rudeness and the annoying reality-show elements (constant replaying of key moments, odd editing, and overly dramatic music), the action is nail-bitingly delicious. Many of the competitors have professional cooking experience, with a few exceptions, but even the tenured folks have a hard time acclimating to such intense circumstances -- tears of frustration, explosions of temper, thrown plates, and more emotional moments season the action. The contestants work as hard as they possibly can to impress the chef and turn out edible food, but in order to succeed, they must work together, stay calm, and avoid the wrath of Ramsay -- never an easy task. By watching Hell's Kitchen, teens with any illusions about celebrity chefdom will get a glimpse into the harsh realities of the professional kitchen.

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