Gordon Ramsay will employ the winner of Hell’s Kitchen 4 at his new West Hollywood restaurant

Gordon Ramsay is giving away a prize to the winner of Hell’s Kitchen 4 that may affect his life and bottom line, as the winner will become the executive chef at his new restaurant.

A press release says “the winner of the competition will earn the coveted position of ‘Executive Chef’ at Ramsay’s new restaurant, ‘The London West Hollywood,’ which is scheduled to open in summer 2008.” Why the scare quotes around the title of “executive chef”? Perhaps because of its history of not actually giving away its prizes. That streak ended last season, but maybe the show is covering its bases–or whoever wrote the release likes quotation marks.

Fox has announced the 15 contestants who will compete for that prize, but all that really matters is that Gordon Ramsay is returning to scream at them. The new season debuts April 1.

Fifteen Aspiring Chefs Enter the Fire… [Fox press release]

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.