However, I don't see Hell's Kitchen as the same type of show as Top Chef or even The Next Iron Chef even though there are similarities in some of the challenges that are unique to cooking.
Well, it has been known to happen that a network starts working on an idea but takes time to fully execute the idea. In the meantime, sometimes other networks catch wind and cook up (no pun intended) the same idea but whip it on air before working out the bugs. Suppernanny/Nanny911, WifeSwap/TradingSpouses are examples of this same concept.
Hell's Kitchen: looking for the best manager, with some emphasis on cooking ability, creativeness, but not creating their own restaurant per se. Chef doesn't need to be as much a chef as a cook who can pull things together for a restaurant.
Top Chef: looking for the best all-around chef who can do a variety of things, but you don't really know if they're going to be an exec chef or more of chef/restauranteur. Chef needs some leadership ability, but the cooking and creativeness is the star.
Next Iron Chef: Looking for someone who can take whatever's thrown at them during an Iron Chef challenge to beat the competitor. Doesn't really need to be a restaurant chef, just meet the challenge and WIN.
ETA: I think there's room for all three if you keep in mind their differences.
Edited by isiscloud, Jun 11, 2008 @ 5:07 PM.