Hell’s Kitchen Battle of the Ages finale: Every detail matters, exclusive clip

HELL’S KITCHEN: Host / chef Gordon Ramsay in the “Lights, Camera, Sabotage” episode of HELL’S KITCHEN airing Thursday, Feb. 2 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2022 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: FOX.
HELL’S KITCHEN: Host / chef Gordon Ramsay in the “Lights, Camera, Sabotage” episode of HELL’S KITCHEN airing Thursday, Feb. 2 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2022 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: FOX. /

With Alejandro, Alex, and Dafne dreaming of earning the Hell’s Kitchen winner title, only one chef will open the door to infinite possibilities in the culinary world. In exclusive clip from FOX’s  Hell’s Kitchen Battle of the Ages finale, one chef learns that every detail matters when trying to impress Gordon Ramsay.

In the two-hour Hell’s Kitchen Season 21 finale, the final three chefs will face immense pressure. From cooking a five-course meal that represents their culinary point of view to the manning the pass at the last dinner service, only one person possesses all the characteristics that earns the position within the Gordon Ramsay empire.

According to FOX, the Hell’s Kitchen Battle of the Ages finale features the following:

"The final three chefs are to create their own menus for Hell’s Kitchen, with each round of dishes judged by five incredible world-renowned chefs where one will be eliminated. Then, the previously eliminated contestants return to help the final two as they go head-to-head for the last time in Hell’s Kitchen. Only one chef will earn the Head Chef position at Hell’s Kitchen in Atlantic City, the $250,000 cash prize, and the coveted title in the all-new, two-hour “A Finale for the Ages, Part 1/A Finale for the Ages, Part 2” season finale of Hell’s Kitchen airing Thursday, Feb. 9 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX."

While the parade of celebrity chefs will keep the three chefs on their toes, the Alejandro, Alex, and Dafne have their sous chefs to help guide them through the gauntlet. As seen in this exclusive clip provided to FoodSided, Alex appreciates that every dish needs to be perfect.

Although a hushpuppy might appear to be a straightforward dish, Alex does not want to lose that coveted Hell’s Kitchen title based on an inconsistent batter. Even if that Southern inspired recipe might have a comfort food slant, it needs to be executed perfectly. Nostalgia cannot make up for inconsistency.

Looking at the three remaining chefs in the competition, the chefs all have their strengths and weaknesses. Although Alex has the most experience, he may stay within his wheelhouse of preferred food choices. Dafne should play to her strengths with classic Italian dishes. Alejandro is never afraid to push the boundaries of flavor combinations.

In the end, this Hell’s Kitchen experiment sought to test the concept does experience or drive matter more in the kitchen. Although some might have predicted that Alex would be the last experienced chef standing, he has shown that his knowledge does equate to strong leadership characteristics. Whether it is rolling with the punches or powering through another challenge, he marches forward.

On the other hand, Alejandro and Dafne have proved that desire and application is not necessarily measured by years on the line. Appreciation of craft, willingness to learn, and attention to detail is important for any chef who wants to succeed. Being hungry and never being stagnant might be the true sign of a successful chef.

Who will open the door to culinary greatness on the Hell’s Kitchen Battle of the Ages finale? Tune into FOX on Thursday, February 9 at 8 p.m. ET for the two-hour back-to-back episodes.

Hell’s Kitchen: Battle of the Ages is produced by ITV America’s ITV Entertainment in association with A. Smith & Co. Productions.