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3 Illinois chefs competing in 'Hell's Kitchen' 12

By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol

RedEye

12:47 PM CDT, March 10, 2014

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Three Illinois chefs will compete in the new season of Fox's "Hell's Kitchen." From the looks of a super-teaser for the season, maybe I should say "will try to survive" the season.

When "Hell's Kitchen" returns at 7 p.m. March 13 on Fox, Illinois chefs Jason Zepaltas, Scott Commings and Richard Mancini will be among the 20 chefs vying to outlast Chef Gordon Ramsey's verbal assaults and, if the teaser is an indication, physical assaults from each other.

Here are the competitors, who will be split into the following teams:

The Blue Team (Men)
Jason Zepaltas
Age: 31   
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
Occupation: Sous Chef
Signature Dish: Seared, then Braised Wild Salmon with Vegetables

Richard Mancini
Age: 48   
Hometown: Bloomingdale, Ill.
Occupation: Executive Chef
Signature Dish: Pan-Roasted Sea Bass with Roma Tomato and Basil Sauce over Sauteed Kale and Pancetta

Scott Commings
Age: 36   
Hometown: Woodstock, Ill.
Occupation: Executive Chef
Signature Dish: Herb Roasted Rack of lamb with Parsnip Puree and Sherry Jus

Anton Testino
Age: 39   
Hometown: Butler, NJ
Occupation: Head Chef
Signature Dish: Pork with Crabmeat Crust

Chris Eversole
Age: 27   
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Occupation: Line Cook
Signature Dish: Poule Rôtie

Guarav Navin
Age: 34   
Hometown: East Stroudsburg, PA
Occupation: Executive Chef
Signature Dish: Afreen Tuna Met Komyn Parfume Pulao

Mike Aresta
Age: 38   
Hometown: Keyport, NJ
Occupation: Chef Instructor
Signature Dish: Herb-Fried Tortellini with Romesco

Michael DeMarco
Age: 29   
Hometown: Scranton, PA
Occupation: Line Cook
Signature Dish: Ricotta Gnocchi with Roasted Tomato Crème and Sausage

Michael Gabriel
Age: 25
Hometown: Spring, TX
Occupation: Executive Chef
Signature Dish: Stuffed Chicken Breast with Asparagus and Diced Rosemary Yukon Potatoes

Ralph Johnson
Age: 28   
Hometown: Boston, MA
Occupation: Chef De Partie
Signature Dish: New England Lobster Dinner

The Red Team (Women)
Beth Taylor
Age: 43   
Hometown: Independence, LA
Occupation: Line Cook
Signature Dish: Pecan Crusted Catfish with Wilted Spinach and Smoked Gouda Grits

Bev Lazo-Gonzalez
Age: 42   
Hometown: Whittier, CA
Occupation: Food Truck Chef
Signature Dish: Southeast Asian-Style Fish Tacos

Jessica Vogel
Age: 28
Hometown: Sparta, NJ
Occupation: Line Cook
Signature Dish: Rosemary Crusted Venison Loin with Cranberry Ancho Chili Gastrique over Goat Cheese Polenta and Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Joy Parham-Thomas
Age: 25   
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Occupation: Kitchen Supervisor
Signature Dish: Chilled Corn Soup

Kashia Zollicoffer
Age: 23
Hometown: Carthage, MS
Occupation: Line Cook
Signature Dish: New York Strip and Blue Cheese Crab Butter with Roasted Asparagus

Melanie Finch
Age: 23
Hometown: Woodland Hills, CA
Occupation: Line Cook
Signature Dish: Pan-Seared Scallops with Mashed Lentils, Roasted Pear and Crispy Raspberry Gastrique

Nicole Rutz
Age: 33   
Hometown: Morganville, NJ
Occupation: Baker
Signature Dish: Halibut Filet with Squash and Tomatoes in an Herb Butter Sauce

Rochelle Bergman
Age: 27   
Hometown: Riverside, CA
Occupation: Caterer
Signature Dish: Mushroom Chicken with Asparagus

Sandra Flores
Age: 36   
Hometown: Queens, NY
Occupation: Sous Chef
Signature Dish: Tender Cod Filet with Macadamia Nut Fig Butter and Fire-Roasted Corn with Applewood Bacon

Simone Hammond
Age: 43
Hometown: Henderson, NV
Occupation: Buffet Cook
Signature Dish: Peach and Crab Apple Chutney Pork Chop, Cornbread Dressing with Pecans and Haricot Verts with Fig and Cranberries in a White Wine Butter Sauce

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