Chef Jon Scallion is a contestant on "Hell’s Kitchen."
Chef Jon Scallion is a contestant on "Hell's Kitchen." (File)

Jon Scallion is staying in the kitchen.

The 29-year-old West York resident has outlasted 17 other contestants on "Hell's Kitchen" and will move on to the final round next week.

In its 11th season, the Fox hit is a competitive cooking show in which master chef Gordon Ramsay critiques skills--or lack thereof--with a sharp tongue.

This week, Scallion faced off against three other chefs: Mary Poehnelt of Belchertown, Mass.; Cyndi Stanimirov of Queens, N.Y.; and Ja'Nel Witt of Houston.

The four chefs were faced with two major challenges in which they had to re-create one of Ramsay's dishes and also demonstrate their leadership during a dinner service.

"I know you can all cook, but prove to me you can all lead," Ramsay said.

After the challenges, Stanimirov was the only contestant eliminated, and Poehnelt was the only contestant who was guaranteed a spot in the season finale.

It will be revealed during next week's season finale whether Scallion or Witt will face Poehnelt in the final competition.

Scallion is vying for the grand prize--a head chef position at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas that will pay the winner $250,000 a year.

That winner will be announced during the two-hour season finale, which airs at 8 p.m. Thursday.

When Ramsey asked Scallion why he deserves to move on to the finale, Scallion said, "The more you push me, the more it drives me to do better."

No place would be more competitive than the kitchen in Las Vegas, Scallion said.

The local chef's run on the cooking show began in February 2012 when he made it through an open casting call in Philadelphia.

"The whole experience has given me more confidence in the way I present myself in and out of the kitchen," Scallion said during a previous interview with The York Dispatch.

After graduating from Susquehannock High School in 2001, Scallion attended culinary school in Baltimore and worked at restaurants there. He has also worked locally at Regents' Glen Country Club and Ironwoods Restaurant, the fine dining eatery at Heritage Hills Golf Resort.

To follow that experience by working under the scrutiny of Ramsay can make a young chef a little nervous, he said.

"You don't want to be the guy he (says something negative to)," Scallion said.

But even the yelling is a learning experience, he said.

"No matter what he says--even if he screams at you and makes you feel two inches tall--it will make you a better chef," Scallion said.

Ramsey didn't scream at Scallion during this week's show, but he did call out his mistake in not noticing scallops had been replaced with butterfish.

By the end of the show, though, Scallion was still standing and recognized by Ramsey as one of the show's strongest contestants.

"Never before in the history of 'Hell's Kitchen' have I had a more difficult time deciding the final two," he said.