If you have been keeping up with the latest season of Hell’s Kitchen, then you must have already seen how chaotic it’s gotten in just a few episodes. Hell’s Kitchen, which is currently in its 22nd season, is not new when it comes to messy competitions and angry people.
With its several controversies, this competition show has become more of an entertaining reality drama than a cooking show. But what’s the reason behind Brad’s departure? What happened that he had to leave the show suddenly?
Bradley Delgado, a young man from Miami, Florida, appeared on the show Hell’s Kitchen. Before his appearance on the show, he used to work as a line cook.
Brad studied at the Culinary Institute of America and is a Michelin-trained chef who loves cooking and food. Mostly, he can be seen sharing his love for cooking via his Instagram account, where he has around 170,000 followers.
A professional chef and reality TV personality, Brad was a contestant on the 22nd second of Hell’s Kitchen. He won four challenges and one service and was even nominated twice. He was one of the youngest contestants in his season and tried his best to give his best. But, somewhere, he failed, and his placement was 14th on the show.
Hell’s Kitchen Show Format: How Does This Show Work?
Hell’s Kitchen is a reality competition cooking show which airs on Fox. The current season, Season 22, premiered on 28th September 2023 and is titled Hell’s Kitchen: The American Dream.
Hell’s Kitchen is usually shot at a modified warehouse in LA, where there’s a living accommodation available as well. The shooting of the previous season, Season 21, and this season took place in Burbank, California, in what used to be an IKEA building.
In the show, a progressive elimination format is used to choose the top twelve aspiring chefs out of twenty contestants. When there are only five to six chefs left, they are grouped, and they compete individually for the winning prize. Then, the list is narrowed down until two chefs are left out, of which a winner is declared.
Hell’s Kitchen Episode Format
Usually, in an episode of Hell’s Kitchen, there are three to four stages that typically include a challenge and a dinner service, followed by the elimination of a chef. Each episode begins with Ramsay’s challenges, which range from ingredient preparation and meal preparation to taste tests.
The first challenge for the contestants is always a signature dish cook-off. In this challenge, chefs are given an opportunity to show off their skills and secure a place for themselves by proving their worth.
The second stage, the dinner service, is an elaborate affair that is usually planned for around a hundred guests. In this challenge, the chefs are expected to cook dinner, which consists of an appetizer, an entrée, as well as a dessert for all the invited guests. But this section comes with its challenges because these chefs must cooperate with their teammates to make sure they succeed this round.
Later, after the dinner service is concluded, either of the team is announced as the losing team, and they must pick two of its members for the elimination round.
Once all the challenges are over, the finale is a showdown between the top two chefs. In this fierce battle of taste and skills, both chefs are required to develop their menus and lead the former competitors through a full dinner service on their own.
At the end of this long-awaited finale, the winning chef is revealed who receives a cash prize of $250,000 and is even offered a position to work as the head chef or executive chef at a restaurant of Ramsay’s choosing.
What Was The Reason Behind Brad’s Sudden Exit?
Although Brad was faring well in the show, he decided to leave after his fifth service. He quit the show, saying that his body was making it hard for him to work. He thought leaving better than continuing the competition and announced it was best for him to leave before he bid us all a final goodbye.
It’s certainly shocking to see him depart like this, but with so many episodes lined up in the future, Hell’s Kitchen will surely be an entertaining watch for the viewers! In case you missed the show, you can stream it now on Netflix, Hulu, and Prime Video.