Chef Gordon Ramsay welcomes a returning batch of aspiring chefs willing to brave his fierce command of the kitchen one more time in an all-star edition of the reality cooking series. The 16 contestants meet their sous-chefs — Season 10 winner Christina Wilson and “MasterChef” judge James “Jocky” Petrie — before trying again to prove they have the discipline to succeed through a series of intense culinary challenges and dinner service drills. Only those who withstand the emotional tension of Ramsay’s pressure-cooker atmosphere will have a chance to claim the grand prize of a head chef position at a Las Vegas restaurant.
The seventeenth season of the reality series Hell’s Kitchen (also called Hell’s Kitchen All Stars) began airing on September 29, 2017 on Fox. This season marks the first in Hell’s Kitchen history to have an all star edition as sixteen former contestants return to compete once again, and the winner of this season will receive the position as head chef at the first-ever Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen Restaurant at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. All of the returning chefs made it onto the Black Team in their respective seasons. Gordon Ramsay returns as host and head chef, Season 10 winner (and Season 15 sous-chef) Christina Wilson returns as the Red Team’s sous-chef, and British MasterChef judge James “Jocky” Petrie makes his Hell’s Kitchen debut as the Blue Team’s sous-chef. Marino Monferrato returns as the maître d’.
This was the first season since Season 14 and second since Season 9 to feature only one team reassignment. It was the fourth season overall, and second in three, to feature both a chef eliminated from the winning team and another chef eliminated during service, as well as two eliminated by Ramsay’s nomination and three eliminated without participating in a dinner service. It was also the first season ever where one team (red) sent only one chef to the black jacket round. It was also the first time since Season 13 that both teams won the same dinner service. This was the first time since season 13 that the finale did not feature two women. In addition, this is the first time since Season 9 to feature a sole female at the top 4. Also, this is the first season to feature three chefs in the finale. This is the fifth season in a row to feature a female winner (last season to feature a male winner was in season 12, by Scott Commings). The winner is Michelle Tribble, who previously landed in third place in Season 14; she is the first to ever win as the youngest participant.