Fox has renewed Gordon Ramsay cooking competition series “Hell’s Kitchen” for a 17th and 18th season, the network announced Friday. The series will hold auditions for contestants for upcoming seasons this month.
Producer will hold casting calls for new contestants Sept. 12 in Los Angeles, New York and Atlanta and Sept. 16 in Chicago and Dallas. The show is raising its standards for contestants going forward, searching for head chefs and line cooks with several years experience to compete under Ramsay’s scrutiny.
The show’s 16th season will premiere Friday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. The grand prize this season for the show’s aspiring chefs is the head chef position at Ramsay’s Yardbird Southern Table & Bar at The Venetian Las Vegas.
Last season, “Hell’s Kitchen” averaged a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49 in Nielsen live-plus-seven numbers, ranking 74th among all broadcast primetime entertainment shows. The show averaged 5.03 million total viewers, ranking 100th.
“Hell’s Kitchen” is produced by by ITV Entertainment in association with A. Smith & Co. Productions. It is executive produced by Arthur Smith, Kent Weed and Ramsay.