Winthrop University catering chef Louis Petrozza will cook a last meal as he competes in tonight's taped finale of the reality show "Hell's Kitchen."
The 47-year-old Charlotte resident will face off in the Fox show against 25-year-old Christina Machamer of St. Louis. The two are competing for a job in celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay's restaurant, the London West Hollywood.
Petrozza said Monday that he has learned a lot during the season. "It changed my style a little bit," he said. "I'm more apt to lean toward ... more decorative plates. More textures, color and flavors."
Petrozza -- who is bound by contract to keep the show's outcome secret -- said he'll watch tonight at a party he's throwing in Charlotte for friends, family and "a few crazy fans."
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"I'm gonna cook -- probably something Italian -- and watch TV," he said.
Tonight's episode is part two of the season finale. Petrozza and Machamer are the last of 15 contestants to weather host Ramsay's seemingly endless torrent of insults. The show was filmed last fall in Los Angeles.
In the first part of the finale, which aired July 1, "Hell's Kitchen" was divided in half. Petrozza and Machamer each got a section to make into their own restaurants. They designed dining areas, planned menus and competed in a cookoff to choose their kitchen staffs.
Petrozza's filet mignon over onion risotto wowed three of the five judges and won him the challenge.
Based on a British TV series of the same name, "Hell's Kitchen" pits two teams against each other as they take on cooking challenges. Ramsay throws tantrums, hurls expletives and eventually pares the group to two.
In tonight's episode, Petrozza and Machamer will each lead a team of three previously eliminated contestants in a final kitchen battle.
"Hell's Kitchen" starts at 9 p.m. on Fox. In Rock Hill, Comporium customers can tune in on cable Channel 11. To watch over the airwaves, tune to WCCB, Channel 18.