Only four chefs remain on 'Hell's Kitchen'by jmaloni
Rochelle Bergman, Scott Commings, Melanie Finch and Jason Zepaltas compete on next all-new episode Thursday, July 17, on FOX
Winner to receive a head chef position at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas
Season 12 finale airs Thursday, July 24
Tonight, four chefs moved one step closer to becoming the winner of "Hell's Kitchen," after a dramatic dinner service during which Joy Parham-Thomas, a kitchen supervisor from Philadelphia, stormed out of the kitchen, ending her chances of moving forward in the competition.
The final four chefs are Rochelle Bergman, from Riverside, California; Scott Commings from Woodstock, Illinois; Melanie Finch, from Woodland Hills, California; and Jason Zepaltas, from Chicago.
In the next all-new episode airing Thursday, July 17 (8 p.m.), host and head chef Gordon Ramsay tests the final four contestants' senses of sight, taste and smell in the "Hell's Kitchen" classic, the "Taste It Now Make It" challenge. Relying solely on their palates and a sample plate, the contestants must recreate the dish and correctly identify its protein, garnish and purée. The winner of the challenge will receive a VIP restaurant tour around Los Angeles - including acclaimed restaurants Fig & Olive and ink. - while the other chefs will do all the heavy lifting on move-out day.
Later, during dinner service, the contestants must prove their leadership skills when they each take a run at the pass, and Chef Ramsay makes one of the most difficult decisions when he sends two of the four chefs home and announces the two chefs who will advance to the finale.
Then, on the season finale airing Thursday, July 24 (8 p.m.), Ramsay sets the stage for the remaining two contestants when he throws them into the ring to prepare five unique dishes which will be judged by some of the most renowned chefs in Los Angeles: Michael Voltaggio (ink., ink.sack); Ben Ford (Ford's Filling Station); Quinn Hatfield (Hatfield's), Neal Fraser (BLD Restaurant) and David Myers (Comme Ça).
Later, with the help of former "Hell's Kitchen" contestants, the two chefs prepare their menus for the most important dinner service of their lives. After an epic battle in the kitchen during the final dinner service, only one chef will be crowned "Hell's Kitchen" winner and win a life-changing grand prize: a head chef position at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, a total prize value of $250,000.