Jon Scallion
Jon Scallion (FOX)

John Beck has a good feeling.

The 31-year-old York City resident said his friend of 12 years could win it all on "Hell's Kitchen" Thursday night.

His friend, Jon Scallion, is one of three chefs vying for the show's 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 live, two-hour season finale which airs at 8 p.m. Thursday on FOX.

Scallion, a 29-year-old West York resident, has outlasted 17 other contestants on the hit competitive cooking show in which master chef Gordon Ramsay critiques contestants, often with a sharp tongue.

That Scallion has made it to the season finale is no surprise to Beck.

"He's a really awesome cook," Beck said. "He's a great guy."

Favorite dish: Beck and Scallion and have cooked for each other many times, and Beck said it was easy to pick his friend's best dish.

"His gazpacho. Oh, man, it's so good," Beck said.

Beck, who also serves as events coordinator for New Grounds Roasting Co., said he hopes to catch the finale after an event Thursday night.

"I'm really excited for him," Beck said.

There will likely be other Yorkers pulling for Scallion as well, he said.

When New Grounds hosted a viewing party with Scallion a few weeks ago, about 100 people attended, Beck said.

"It was an excellent turnout. A lot of people are following this and are very into the show," he said.

The show: Last week on the show, 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 recreate one of Ramsay's dishes and also demonstrate their leadership during a dinner service.

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

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

When Ramsey asked him 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.

- Candy Woodall can also be reached at cwoodall@yorkdispatch.com.