How to Become A Contestant On Hell's Kitchen

By Debra Charlton

Hell's Kitchen is a reality show starring Gordon Ramsay, a celebrity chef renowned for his fiery temper and in-your-face interpersonal style. The show brings together aspiring chefs in a competition that challenges their culinary wits and pushes their personal stamina to the absolute limit.

If you want to become a contestant on Hell's Kitchen, you'll need nerves of steel and an impressive arsenal of cooking skills. Contestants compete for a cash prize or a job as head chef at one of Gordon Ramsay's prestigious eateries. But first you have to meet the qualifications and withstand the intense pressures of Gordon's culinary boot camp.

Warning

As its name implies, Hell's Kitchen is not for the faint-hearted. Chef Gordon Ramsay is known for his confrontational, profanity-laden style. If you can't stand the heat, you won't survive this trial by fire.

Getting on the show

Sign up for casting updates

Visit www.theconlincompany.com to request casting updates.

Locate an open casting call

Open casting calls are held at specific sites across the country each season. Open calls are an invaluable chance to be seen face to face by the casting department, so if you really want to be on the show, make time to attend one. Applications will be available on the website prior to the open call.

Show up for the open call

There may be hundreds of hopefuls at the open call, so demonstrate that you are a serious contender by being prepared and professional. Bring a copy of your drivers license and a printed copy of the completed application. Be well-groomed and ready to sell your unique personality and culinary perspective.

Submit a video audition

If you are unable to attend an open casting call, submit a video audition. Guidelines will be posted on the website during casting season. Your video should showcase your personality and your culinary aesthetic. Follow any time guidelines that are provided.

Show off your technique

If you make it through to the final casting round, you will be required to demonstrate your cooking skills in person. Sharpen your knives and good luck!

About the Author

Debra Charlton is a theater director and educator with expertise in Shakespearean production and performance. She holds a doctorate in theater history and criticism from the University of Texas at Austin. Charlton is the author of "Holistic Shakespeare: An Experiential Learning Approach," as well as numerous articles on theater, performance and pedagogy.