Entering Hell’s Kitchen with Arthur Smith
By Kristin Brzoznowski
A new season of Hell’s Kitchen kicked off on FOX earlier this month, marking season 19 of the hit culinary competition series starring Gordon Ramsay.
In this season, Ramsay takes the show to Las Vegas, the city that’s home to the world’s first Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen restaurant at Caesars Palace. A life-changing grand prize is at stake, including a position as head chef at the all-new Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen Lake Tahoe at Harveys Hotel and Casino and the title of Hell’s Kitchen winner.
“This season of Hell’s Kitchen is unlike any other because, for the first time in the series’ history, we headed outside of Los Angeles to film in the culinary capital of the world, Las Vegas,” says executive producer Arthur Smith, chairman of A. Smith & Co. Productions. “When you combine the high energy of Hell’s Kitchen with everything that Vegas has to offer, it truly made for an incredible season.”
Sin City was chosen as the new setting for a multitude of reasons, Smith explains. “While the show chronicles Gordon Ramsay’s search for the next great chef, Hell’s Kitchen is all about showmanship, which was amplified to another level with this season taking place in Vegas. The city inspired many of the exciting rewards, with challenge winners going to the best clubs and restaurants, taking a helicopter trip to Tahoe and getting a tour of the Grand Canyon, while the losers were made to clean the iconic fountains at Caesars Palace. Plus, viewers will get to see lots of surprise celebrity cameos throughout the season.
“At the end of the day, it’s the same show we all know and love, but injected with a lot of fun, energy and showmanship, making season 19 one to remember!” he adds.
Hell’s Kitchen currently ranks as FOX’s longest-running reality show, and A. Smith & Co. has done its best to keep the series fresh season after season. “With a show that’s been on the air for that long, we try to strike a balance between bringing in fresh ideas while holding true to what made the show such a success in the beginning,” says Smith. “We never want to reinvent it or change it so much that it’s unrecognizable. This season is a great example of that.”
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