via press release:
ONLY FOUR CHEFS REMAIN ON “HELL’S KITCHEN”
Rochelle Bergman, Scott Commings, Melanie Finch and Jason Zepaltas
Compete on Next All-New Episode of HELL’S KITCHEN
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 on FOX
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, PA, stormed out of HELL’S KITCHEN, ending her chances of moving forward in the competition. The Top Four chefs are Rochelle Bergman, from Riverside, CA; Scott Commings from Woodstock, IL; Melanie Finch, from Woodland Hills, CA; and Jason Zepaltas, from Chicago, IL.
In the next all-new episode airing Thursday, July 17 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), 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 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), Chef 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.
The Top Four chefs reveal their favorite HELL’S KITCHEN Memory:
|Rochelle Bergman Age: 27 Hometown: Riverside, CA
Rochelle’s Favorite HELL’S KITCHEN Memory: "The words of affirmation and praise from Chef Ramsay. I came here a little inexperienced and insecure, but persevered and proved my worth to him in the kitchen!"
|Scott Commings Age: 36 Hometown: Woodstock, IL
Occupation: Executive Chef
Scott’s Favorite HELL’S KITCHEN Memory: “The USC tailgate challenge at the LA Coliseum. I was completely taken by surprise, but it was the most fun challenge. There was an incredible sense of camaraderie and energy at the event. Crazy fun... and I won!”
|Melanie Finch Age: 23Hometown: Woodland Hills, CA
Occupation: Line Cook
Melanie’s Favorite HELL’S KITCHEN Memory: "Staying passionate and focused through the whole competition. Chef Ramsay pushed me to be stronger and fiercer than I ever knew I could be."
|Jason Zepaltas Age: 31 Hometown: Chicago, IL
Occupation: Sous Chef
Jason’s Favorite HELL’S KITCHEN Memory: “My favorite moment was when the important ‘dignitaries’ visitng HELL’S KITCHEN pulled up in front of the restaurant, and I saw my girlfriend Susan step out of the limo.”
HELL’S KITCHEN is produced by ITV Studios America in association with A. Smith & Co. Productions. Arthur Smith, Kent Weed and Gordon Ramsay serve as executive producers. “Like” HELL’S KITCHEN on Facebook at facebook.com/hellskitchen and follow the series on Twitter at @hellskitchenfox and Gordon Ramsay at @GordonRamsay. Join the discussion at #hellskitchen.
About ITV Studios America:
ITV Studios America, the U.S. based production entity of ITV Studios in the U.K., is one of the largest producers in the U.S. and a major force in acquiring, developing and producing reality and scripted programming for U.S. networks. ITV Studios America has a slate of series in production with major networks and syndicators, including “Texas Rising,” “The Good Witch,” HELL’S KITCHEN, “Kitchen Nightmares,” “The First 48,” “After the First 48,” “#RichKids of Beverly Hills,” “Cesar 911,” “The Chase,” “Four Weddings,” “Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters,” “The Car Chasers” and “The Bill Cunningham Show.”
ITV Studios is a world leader in television production and distribution. It has international production centers in the U.K., Germany, France, the Nordics and Australia, as well as America. The distribution business, ITV Studios Global Entertainment, is a distributor of programs to all regions worldwide. For further information visit: http://www.itvstudios.com/us.
About A. Smith & Co. Productions
A. Smith & Co. Productions creates some of the most innovative, highly rated and high-quality programming for the domestic and international television marketplace. The company has produced more than 2,000 hours of award-winning programming. Current productions include such hits as HELL’S KITCHEN, “Kitchen Nightmares,” “American Ninja Warrior,” “Ellen’s Design Challenge,” “Unsung,” “Full Throttle Saloon,” “Celebrity Crime Files,” “Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura,” “Too Young to Marry?,” “Save Our Business,” “UFC Countdown,” “Joe Rogan Questions Everything,” “Divorce Hotel” and many others. A. Smith & Co.’s library of programming includes hit shows such as “Paradise Hotel,” “I Survived a Japanese Game Show,” “The Swan,” “Trading Spaces,” “Pros vs. Joes” and “Skating with Celebrities.” A. Smith & Co. has developed and produced the No. 1 show in America 25 times and a Top 10 show more than 200 times, producing programs with budgets totaling approximately one billion dollars for more than 42 broadcast and cable networks.
About Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill
Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace made history on the famed Las Vegas Strip when Ramsay opened Pub & Grill and Gordon Ramsay's BurGR at Planet Hollywood in December 2012, making him the first chef to open two restaurants within one week. The 290-seat restaurant offers the U.K. chef’s take on an authentic English pub experience – a lively and friendly setting, featuring elevated British pub food, 24 beers served on tap and 63 bottled beers, including a selection of large format varieties. Chef Ramsay currently operates three restaurants in Las Vegas including the very popular Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas. For more information on the restaurant please visit www.gordonramsay.com.
About Caesars Palace
World-renowned Las Vegas hotel and casino, Caesars Palace features 3,960 hotel guest rooms and suites, including the brand new 181-room Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace and Forbes Star Award-winning The Laurel Collection by Caesars Palace. The 85-acre resort offers 25 diverse dining options including celebrity chef-branded restaurants by Gordon Ramsay, Bobby Flay, Nobu Matsuhisa and Guy Savoy, the award-winning Bacchanal Buffet, nearly 130,000 square-feet of casino space, a five-acre Garden of the Gods pool oasis and the luxurious Qua Baths & Spa. The Forum Shops at Caesars showcases more than 160 boutiques and restaurants and the 4,300-seat Colosseum spotlights world-class entertainers such as Celine Dion, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Shania Twain and Jerry Seinfeld. For more information, please visit www.caesarspalace.com or caesars.thedigitalcenter.com to access media materials and request high-resolution images. Find Caesars Palace on Facebook and follow on Twitter.