Jon Scallion stays cool under pressure.

He calmly answered questions while prepping half a dozen different appetizers to serve to a growing crowd Thursday at The Shop behind New Grounds Roasting Company in York.

And, thus far, he's survived fire-breathing, f-bomb dropping Gordon Ramsay - executive chef and judge of the Fox reality cooking competition "Hell's Kitchen."

Scallion, of West York, landed a spot on the show's 11th season, which premiered in March.

As the season progressed, he's hung out with fans at local bars, including Waterway Bar & Grill and Tailgaters Grille and Drafthouse. Thursday, New Grounds hosted him for a second time and invited the community to try Scallion's food and watch the episode. He and the venue's book manager John Beck have been friends since they were teens attending punk shows.

Scallion prepared citrus and fennel slaw, gazpacho, beef tartare on crostini, tabbouli and halibut and shrimp ceviche to serve to vegan and non-vegan fans. Originally, he planned for 40 people, but Thursday afternoon, he learned that New Grounds sold 70 tickets.

No big deal, he said. He's used to thinking on his feet and fighting the clock. After "Hell's Kitchen" shooting ended, he got a tattoo of a watch on his wrist that's constantly set at the 11th hour.

Gina Frey of Wrightsville attended Thursday's event to cheer on Scallion, her former co-worker at Heritage Hills Resort. After greeting the crowd, Scallion came over to say hello.

"He's even tempered for that industry," Frey said of Scallion. "I worked with a lot of chefs. I always admired Jon. (I'm) so proud of him."

What happened on Thursday's episode

At the beginning of the episode, Scallion was one of five chef remaining from an original field of 20. He is also the only male chef left.

The current "Hell's Kitchen" competitors had to cook against a team of the show's past winners. Both teams had to develop an appetizer and entree. Scallion's team chose to prepare steak tartare and duck confit.

After dinner service, the "Hell's Kitchen" winners prevailed over Scallion's team. He and his teammates voted to send Cyndi and Susan up for elimination. Neither chef was eliminated.

Related

Read an interview with Scallion.

Details on "Hell's Kitchen"

Read about The Shop at New Grounds.