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The Black Jackets Challenge is a recurring challenge where Ramsay has the remaining chefs compete in a series of challenges for a chance to earn a black jacket.

History

Season 12

In episode 15, this challenge happened for the first time, with 7 chefs remaining. Ramsay announced in a press conference they would compete in an individual challenge to get the first black jacket. He gave them 45 minutes to create a dish of their choice. Season 3 winner Rock, Season 9 winner Paul, and Season 10 contestant Dana were invited as guest judges. Each judge gave a point based on a 1-5 scale.

In the end, Joy won the challenge with a total of 19 points and was rewarded with the first black jacket of the season. Also, she received immunity for the following service, a spot in the brand-new Hell's Kitchen Calendar, and lunch with the judges. The remaining chefs had to make the lunch.[1][2]

Season 16

In episode 13, 6 chefs competed in this challenge. Ramsay revealed the challenge would be divided into three parts, and the winners of each part would get a black jacket, while the remaining chefs would advance to the next part until one of them would finally be eliminated.

During the first challenge, the chefs had to create a dish using ingredients from domes Ramsay gave them in 30 minutes. In the end, Heidi and Heather won the challenge and were rewarded with a black jacket each, and spending the rest of the day in the Black Jacket Lounge. During the second challenge, the remaining chefs had to create a dish using the same six ingredients given to them. Ryan and Paulie won the round, and got the same reward, leaving Andrew and Kimberly. For their final challenge, they had three minutes to gather ingredients from a food market and create two small dishes in 30 minutes. After, Ramsay asked the black jacket chefs to do a blind taste judging, which resulted in a tie at 2. In the end, Ramsay broke the tiebreaker in favor of Kimberly, giving her the last black jacket of the season, and automatically eliminating Andrew.[3]

Season 17

In episode 12, 7 chefs competed in this challenge. The same process as the previous season was used.

The first challenge was a Taste It Now Make It Challenge, where the chefs had to taste Ramsay's dish and recreate it in 40 minutes. In the end, Milly and Nick were the closest to Ramsay's original dish, and they were rewarded with a black jacket each and spending the rest of the day in the Black Jacket Lounge. The second challenge was the Dome Challenge, where the chefs had to grab one ingredient each from a tray Ramsay laid out, and each time he rang the bell, they would have to grab another ingredient from the tray. They had to cook their own dishes using the ingredients they grabbed. Michelle and Benjamin won the round, and got the same reward, leaving Elise, Jennifer, and Robyn. For their final challenge, the three chefs had 30 minutes to cook any dish they wanted, using an assortment of ingredients on the workspace. After judging their dishes himself, Ramsay eliminated Elise. After having Sous Chef Jocky and Christina taste their dishes, Robyn was rewarded with the last black jacket, and Jennifer was automatically eliminated.[4]

Season 18

In episode 12, 6 chefs competed in this challenge. As with the previous two seasons, the same three challenge process was used.

For the first challenge, the chefs had to punch a fake wall to collect ingredients to cook their own dishes in 45 minutes. Ariel and Mia won the round, and they were rewarded with a black jacket each and spending the rest of the day in the Black Jacket Lounge. During the second challenge, each chef had to spin a wheel to land on an ingredient the remaining four chefs had to cook with which included quail, eggplant, baby leeks, and cauliflower. They then had 45 minutes to cook their dishes. Bret and Motto won the round, and got the same reward, leaving Heather and Kanae. For their final challenge, they had to create their own surf and turf dish in 45 minutes. In the end, Heather won the final black jacket, and Kanae was automatically eliminated.[5]

Season 19

In episode 12, 6 chefs competed in this challenge. As with the previous three seasons, the same three challenge process was used.

The first challenge was a Taste It Now Make It Challenge, where the chefs had to taste Ramsay's dish and recreate it in 40 minutes. In the end, Mary Lou and Declan were the closest to Ramsay's original dish, and they were rewarded with a black jacket each and spending the rest of the day in the Black Jacket Lounge. During the second challenge, the chefs had to pick a security guard to open a briefcase that would reveal what ingredients they would be cooking with. They then had 40 minutes to cook a dish using the ingredients they picked. Cody and Kori won the round, and got the same reward, leaving Amber and Nikki. For their final challenge, they had to cook a dish that was inspired from their life story in 40 minutes. In the end, Amber won the final black jacket, and Nikki was automatically eliminated.[6]

Season 20

In episode 12, 7 chefs competed in this challenge. As with the previous four seasons, the same three challenge process was used.

For the first challenge, the chefs had to use a giant slot machine to determine their ingredients to cook for 45 minutes. The winners of the first challenge will also earn a prize of family vacation in Sunseeker Resorts. Trenton and Brynn won the round, and they were rewarded with a black jacket each and spending the rest of the day in the Black Jacket Lounge. The second challenge was the Craps Challenge, where each chef had to rolls a 20 sided giant dice, containing different letters, onto a board. They have 10 seconds to name an ingredient starting with the letter they landed on, and repeats are not allowed. The chefs will all cook with the same ingredients they have named: Bluefin tuna, rice, pepper, turnips, heirloom tomatoes, lemons and black truffles. They then had 45 minutes to cook a dish using the ingredients they picked. Megan and Kiya won the round, and got the same reward, leaving Antonio, Emily, and Steve. For their final challenge, they had to cook a dish that was inspired from their life story in 45 minutes. In the end, Ramsay eliminated Emily first, then Steve won the final black jacket, which then led to Antonio's elimination.[7]

Trivia

  • Season 12 is the only season where nobody was eliminated by this challenge.[1][2]
  • Andrew (Season 16) was the first contestant to be eliminated by this challenge.[3]
  • Elise (Season 17) was the first female contestant to be eliminated by this challenge.[4]
  • Heather (Seasons 16 and 18) was the first contestant to participate in this challenge in two different seasons.[3][5]
  • Seasons 17 and 20 are the only seasons where this challenge resulted in a double elimination.[4][7]
  • Season 18 is the only season in which the black jacket challenge was completely accurate to the contestants' final rankings in the season.

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References

Recurring Challenges
Team Challenges

Blind Taste TestBurger ChallengeConsistency ChallengeExotic Meat ChallengeFarm Animal ChallengeHead to Head ChallengeIngredient Spelling ChallengeJacket ChallengeLast Chef Standing ChallengeMeal Course ChallengeMulti-Way Cooking ChallengePasta Making ChallengePizza ChallengePotato ChallengePrep ChallengeProtein Identification ChallengeRanking ChallengeRelay ChallengeService ChallengeSpecial Events Planning Challenge

Individual Challenges

Black Jackets ChallengeCook For Your Life ChallengeFinal Signature Dish ChallengeFinal Tasting ChallengeMenu Addition ChallengePortions ChallengeTableside Challenge

Individual/Team Challenges

Alcohol ChallengeAmerican Classics ChallengeBudget ChallengeCooking Method ChallengeCooking School ChallengeCraps ChallengeCreative Dessert ChallengeDome ChallengeForeign Cuisine ChallengeFusion Cuisine ChallengeHoliday Dish ChallengeIngredient Number ChallengeKing of The Hill ChallengeLeftovers ChallengeOne Time ChallengesPresentation ChallengeProtein Cut ChallengeSeafood ChallengeSignature Dish ChallengeTaste It Now Make It Challenge

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