Hell's Kitchen is a British reality competition cooking series created by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and produced by ITV Productions which features prospective chefs competing with each other for a final prize.
The series premiered in the UK on ITV on 23 May, 2004. There are 45 hour-long episodes in three seasons to date. A fourth season has been confirmed by ITV.
Hell's Kitchen airs in South Africa on DStv's BBC Lifestyle channel.
Hell's Kitchen has had different formats and different head chefs for each season so far. Gordon Ramsay left after the first season to star in the US version of the show.
Season 1 starred Gordon Ramsay as the Head Chef tutoring celebrities how to cook. The show placed ten "celebrities" in a specially constructed London restaurant-kitchen with the task of catering for a clientele of famous people.
The celebrities who took part were:
Tommy Vance (replacing Roger Cook, who injured himself on the first night)
Jennifer Ellison was declared the winner after a series of public elimination votes (in the style of Survivor or Big Brother).
A follow-up programme was made afterwards called Hell's Kitchen: School Reunion, which saw Ellison and the show runner-up, James Dreyfus, team up to organise a healthy dinner service for the children at Gordon Ramsay's former school.