Hell's Kitchen

10 Best Episodes of Hell's Kitchen - Season 12

Aspiring restaurateurs brave Ramsay and his fiery command of the kitchen as he puts the competitors through an intense culinary academy to prove they possess the right combination of ingredients to win a life-changing grand prize.

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Hell's Kitchen - S12E20

#1 - Winner Chosen (Season 12 - Episode 20)

The final two contestants must prepare five unique dishes, to be judged by renowned Los Angeles chefs; former contestants help with the final dinner service; a winner is chosen.

The episode was rated 8.02 from 114 votes.

Hell's Kitchen - S12E18

#2 - 5 Chefs Compete (Season 12 - Episode 18)


The remaining contestants use leftovers to create a dish; Better Homes & Gardens Editor Laurie Buckle chooses which dish will be featured in the magazine; the contestants face elimination.

The episode was rated 7.88 from 115 votes.

Hell's Kitchen - S12E17

#3 - 6 Chefs Compete (Season 12 - Episode 17)

The six remaining chefs receive their black jackets and prepare tailgate food for football fans; tempers flare during dinner service.

The episode was rated 7.87 from 114 votes.

Hell's Kitchen - S12E19

#4 - 4 Chefs Compete (Season 12 - Episode 19)


The remaining four chefs sample one of Ramsay's complex entrees and then must re-create it correctly; two of the chefs face elimination.

The episode was rated 7.85 from 108 votes.

Hell's Kitchen - S12E16

#5 - 7 Chefs Again (Season 12 - Episode 16)

The Top 7 chefs serve guests from Oxfam America, including Minnie Driver. During the dinner service, two chefs struggle with their stations.

The episode was rated 7.82 from 114 votes.

Hell's Kitchen - S12E13

#6 - 9 Chefs Compete (Season 12 - Episode 13)


The red team and the blue team each create their own menus, from which guests can order during dinner service; the team that impresses diners with its food and service wins the challenge; contestants face elimination.

The episode was rated 7.74 from 103 votes.

Hell's Kitchen - S12E3

#7 - 18 Chefs Compete (Season 12 - Episode 3)

The contestants learn about teamwork during a challenge involving pigs and potatoes; while the winning team enjoys a day on a yacht, the losers bathe their new livestock friends; a disorganized dinner service leaves chef Ramsay disappointed.

The episode was rated 7.73 from 128 votes.

Hell's Kitchen - S12E15

#8 - 7 Chefs Compete (Season 12 - Episode 15)


Ramsay challenges the teams with creating entrees with the highest dollar values with ingredients purchased on a small budget; three previous winners judge individual contestant's entrees.

The episode was rated 7.72 from 108 votes.

Hell's Kitchen - S12E5

#9 - 16 Chefs Compete (Season 12 - Episode 5)

The teams must pair side dishes with four different types of protein; while the losing team makes honey taffy from scratch, the winners spend a day at Laguna Beach; the teams prepare a breakfast reception for a wedding.

The episode was rated 7.68 from 125 votes.

Hell's Kitchen - S12E14

#10 - 8 Chefs Compete (Season 12 - Episode 14)


The remaining contestants face the blind taste test, with the winning team getting an ice skating lesson with figure skater Rachael Flatt; the contestants struggle to stay organized during the dinner service.

The episode was rated 7.65 from 110 votes.

Hell's Kitchen - S12E11

#11 - 10 Chefs Compete (Season 12 - Episode 11)

A team competition tests the contestants' knowledge of pork, with the winners receiving an indoor sky-diving experience; during dinner service, both teams face struggles.

The episode was rated 7.63 from 119 votes.

Hell's Kitchen - S12E4

#12 - 17 Chefs Compete (Season 12 - Episode 4)


The contestants take part in a team competition involving lobster ravioli.

The episode was rated 7.63 from 129 votes.

Hell's Kitchen - S12E10

#13 - 11 Chefs Compete (Season 12 - Episode 10)

The contestants visit one of Gordon Ramsay's restaurants; the teams prepare meals inspired by Ramsay's cuisine; the contestants face elimination.

The episode was rated 7.60 from 115 votes.

Hell's Kitchen - S12E9

#14 - 12 Chefs Compete (Season 12 - Episode 9)


The contestants are given 30 minutes to create an entree from surprise ingredients; Ramsay conducts one-on-one evaluations.

The episode was rated 7.55 from 120 votes.

Hell's Kitchen - S12E2

#15 - 19 Chefs Compete (Season 12 - Episode 2)

Teamwork plays an important role during a relay race in which duos must accomplish basic culinary tasks; while challenge winners go to San Francisco, the losing team picks carrots at a farm; both teams disappoint during dinner service.

The episode was rated 7.48 from 146 votes.

Hell's Kitchen - S12E6

#16 - 15 Chefs Compete (Season 12 - Episode 6)


The teams must pick a team leader for the next dinner service; a chef serves an undercooked dish; a contestant is eliminated.

The episode was rated 7.47 from 118 votes.

Hell's Kitchen - S12E1

#17 - 20 Chefs Compete (Season 12 - Episode 1)

Twenty aspiring restaurateurs hoping to impress Ramsay present their signature dishes; after the opening night dinner service, contestants face elimination.

The episode was rated 7.45 from 152 votes.

Hell's Kitchen - S12E12

#18 - 10 Chefs Again (Season 12 - Episode 12)


After both teams are reorganized, the chefs blindly choose ingredients from which they must create a unique dish; the chefs must serve a five-course meal to UNICEF Ambassador Angie Harmon and other VIP attendees.

The episode was rated 7.44 from 114 votes.

Hell's Kitchen - S12E7

#19 - 14 Chefs Compete (Season 12 - Episode 7)

Contestants from each team must work in pairs and present a unique pizza dish to Ramsay; the losers clean up and prepare both kitchens for dinner service, while the winners go to a luxurious hotel; one team runs out of a crucial ingredient.

The episode was rated 7.43 from 115 votes.

Hell's Kitchen - S12E8

#20 - 13 Chefs Compete (Season 12 - Episode 8)


The team that prepares the most-impressive Southern-inspired menu for a sorority's anniversary party wins a trip to Las Vegas; both teams struggle with communication during dinner service.

The episode was rated 7.40 from 111 votes.


Last updated: feb 10, 2023

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