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Gordon Ramsay’s ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ premieres with Celine Dion at Caesars Palace tonight on Fox

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Gordon Ramsay hosts Sunday brunch at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill in Caesars Palace on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013.

Gordon Ramsay Hosts Brunch at Gordon Ramsay Pub and Grill

Gordon Ramsay hosts Sunday brunch at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill in Caesars Palace on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. Launch slideshow »
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The new season of "Hell's Kitchen" with chef Gordon Ramsay, pictured here with 20 contestants, premieres Tuesday, March 12, 2013, on Fox.

'Chopped' Winner Christina Olivarez of Diego

Chef Christina Olivarez, winner of the Food Network's Launch slideshow »

Tonight marks the kickoff for chef Gordon Ramsay’s Season 11 of “Hell’s Kitchen” on Fox, and superstar resident headliner Celine Dion is a surprise guest in the 2-hour premiere.

Twenty contestants begin the awful challenges under the combustible culinary king who is dangling the prize of becoming resident chef under Executive Chef Jeremy Berlin at his new Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill, earning an annual salary of $250,000. Gordon describes it as a “journey of hell.”

For the first time, the contestants have to cook their own signature dishes for more than 2,000 people in the live Las Vegas audience. Gordon doesn’t mince words when it comes to criticism. They are divided into two teams, red for the men and blue for the women.

The winning group gets to meet Celine in concert during a VIP night on the town, while the losers return to L.A. in a long drive on I-15 aboard a school bus.

STEVE BENJAMIN ON ‘CHOPPED’

In head-to-head competition tonight, chef Steve Benjamin from L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon at MGM Grand makes his TV debut on The Food Network’s “Chopped,” where he faced numerous rigors.

Steve will host a swank screening party in The Great Hall of the secretive and exclusive high-roller Mansion at MGM; is this extravagance a clue to the outcome?!

Cristina Olivarez of Diego at MGM Grand, Gerald Chin of Wicked Spoon Buffet at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and, just last week, Royden Ellamar of Sensi at Bellagio are previous Las Vegas winners of “Chopped.”

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