ONLY FOUR CHEFS REMAIN ON "HELL'S KITCHEN"
Mary Poehnelt, Jon Scallion, Cyndi Stanimirov and Ja'Nel Witt
Compete on Next All-New Episode of HELL'S KITCHEN
Thursday, July 18, on FOX
Susan Heaton Eliminated from Competition
Season 11 Finale Airs Thursday, July 25 on FOX
Tonight, four chefs moved one step closer to becoming the winner of HELL'S KITCHEN when Chef Gordon Ramsay eliminated Susan Heaton, a culinary student from Whittier, CA. The Top Four chefs are Mary Poehnelt, from Belchertown, MA; Jon Scallion, from York, PA; Cyndi Stanimirov, from Queens, NY; and Ja'Nel Witt, from Houston, TX.
In the next all-new episode airing Thursday, July 18 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), the Top Four finalists must rely on their senses of sight, taste and smell to identify the ingredients in Chef Ramsay's dish and recreate it. The chef whose dish comes the closest to Chef Ramsay's, earns a shopping spree, while the losing chefs clear out the dorms on moving day. Later, Chef Ramsay makes one of the season's most difficult decisions and sends two of the four chefs home.
Then, on the special two-hour season finale airing Thursday, July 25 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), the Top Two chefs compete head-to-head in a cooking challenge, judged by some of the most famous chefs in Los Angeles. Later, the finalists prepare menus for the most important dinner service of their lives. Tune in to see who will be the next HELL'S KITCHEN winner and earn a life-changing grand prize: a Head Chef position working under Executive Chef Jeremy Berlin at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace.
The Top Four chefs reveal the most important lesson they have learned on HELL'S KITCHEN:
Hometown: Belchertown, MA
Mary's most important lesson learned: "...push further and harder than I thought possible and practice thinking outside the box."
Hometown: York, PA
Occupation: Chef de Cuisine
Jon's most important lesson learned: "...not to give in. Always push. There is always light at the end of the tunnel and sometimes you have to slow down and pace yourself to get a proper result."
Hometown: Queens, NY
Occupation: Head Chef
Cyndi's most important lesson learned: "...have self-confidence. Confidence is the key to being successful in anything that you do. People will trust, follow and learn from a confident person."
Hometown: Houston, TX
Occupation: Executive Chef
Ja'Nel's most important lesson learned: "...never compromise your standards - not just in the kitchen, but in life. Don't be happy with just being good. Always aim to be the best! Never stop learning or practicing or striving to achieve a higher goal, because that's how the best become the best."
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 www.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 international producers for the U.S. market 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 HELL'S KITCHEN, KITCHEN NIGHTMARES, "The First 48," "After the First 48," "Four Weddings," "Four Houses," "The Car Chasers," "Kentucky Bidders," "The Chase," "The Mathis Project," "The Bill Cunningham Show," "America Now" and "The Jeremy Kyle 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 the U.S. The distribution business, ITV 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. Founded in 2000 by Arthur Smith and Kent Weed, the company has produced more than 2000 hours of award-winning programming. The company's current production slate includes such hits as HELL'S KITCHEN, KITCHEN NIGHTMARES, "American Ninja Warrior," "Divorce Hotel," "Joe Rogan Questions Everything," "Burns BBQ," "Chainsaw Gang," "Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura," "Hollywood House Calls with Cat Deeley," "Too Young to Marry?," "Save Our Business," "Full Throttle Saloon," "Unsung," "UFC Countdown" and many others. A. Smith & Co.'s library of programming includes hit shows such as "The Swan," "Skating with Celebrities," "Paradise Hotel," "Trading Spaces," "I Survived a Japanese Game Show," and "Pros vs. Joes." A. Smith & Co. has developed and produced the No. 1 show in America an astonishing 25 times and a Top 10 show more than 200 times. The company has produced programs with budgets totaling approximately one billion dollars, for more than 40 broadcast and cable networks. In 2011, A. Smith & Co. joined forces with Tinopolis Group and in doing so became the leading North American television production entity within the Tinopolis organization with the ability to tap into that company's resources on a worldwide basis.
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. 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 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.