Big Kitchens explores the mind-boggling logistics, colossal cuisine and extraordinary characters behind the world's biggest, most extreme kitchens and restaurants. Each episode visits a different restaurant to reveal its secret workings – from the world's biggest truck stop to the US Army's largest dining area…from a jumbo jet catering facility, to the biggest kitchen cruising on the open ocean. We visit these monster kitchens on one of the busiest days in their calendar when they cook their biggest banquets.

We find out what makes each kitchen tick – the larger than life characters – the cooks and chefs; the bespoke technology behind the cooking; the dazzling logistics involved in seating so many people; the overwhelming volume of ingredients, and the power needed to cook it all. We discover the secrets behind their finest dishes and uncover the facts and stats that keep each extreme restaurant running.

Big Kitchens - Netflix

Type: Reality

Languages: English

Status: Running

Runtime: 30 minutes

Premier: 2015-08-31

Big Kitchens - Hell's Kitchen (U.S. season 12) - Netflix

Season 12 of the American competitive reality television series Hell's Kitchen premiered on March 13, 2014 on Fox. Gordon Ramsay returned as the head chef as well as Andi Van Willigan and James Avery as the red team's and blue team's sous chefs respectively. Jean-Philippe Susilovic also returned as the maître d'. This was the fourth season to feature an all-male final (following seasons 1, 6, and 9). Executive Chef Scott Commings won this season and received a head chef position at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill in Caesars Palace in Las Vegas; the prize was retained from the previous season, after Ja'Nel Witt failed her drug test. Scott was nominated seven times for elimination, breaking Christina Machamer's record (season 4) of five nominations, and became the Hell's Kitchen winner with the most nominations.

Big Kitchens - Contestants - Netflix

Twenty chefs competed in season 12. Jason Zepaltas previously competed in season 9 but left before the first dinner service after felling ill during prep. He is the second chef to have competed in two seasons, after Robert Hesse (seasons 5 and 6), and Zepaltas was the first and only chef (other than the All-Star season) to present two signature dishes to Ramsay.

Big Kitchens - References - Netflix