As the season finale begins, Chef Ramsay tells the last two chefs standing, Paul and Will, that their biggest service is about to begin. He implores them to start thinking about the menus and the magic that they want to show off.
The final competitors return to the dormitories to make their plans. After a brief celebration and a Champagne toast, they work late into the night preparing their menus for the final dinner service.
After a long day in the kitchen, Chef Ramsay tells Paul and Will that he thinks they both need to relax and de-stress. So he invites them to join him for dinner. He also surprises them with some familiar faces from home. Will's wife and mother and Paul's brother greet them at the limousines.
They meet Chef Ramsay at Belasco, where he tells them he wants to give them a tour of the kitchen. But when he opens the doors, the competitors are greeted by a theater full of cheering fans.
They are escorted to the stage and told that it's time for their final challenge. Paul and Will each have one hour to prepare five stunning dishes that can be on the menu at BLT Steak. They run back through the crowd and into the Belasco kitchen to create a seafood appetizer, a salad, a seafood entrée, a bone-in rib eye, and a filet of beef.
Paul feels comfortable because these dishes are a reflection of the clean, sleek way in which he cooks. Will says that he's not a safe guy, so he tries to make every dish nontraditional and unconventional.
When time is up, Chef Ramsay introduces the first of five judges who are all part of the BLT family. The executive chef from BLT in Washington, D.C., Victor Albisu, takes the stage to taste the seafood appetizers. Paul presents little neck clams and mussels in a spicy lemongrass broth. While Chef Albisu thinks the dish is well executed, he prefers Will's seared scallops and gives him the point for that round.
Brian Moyers, executive chef from BLT Steak Los Angeles, comes to the stage to sample the salads. He feels that Will's beet salad in a Champagne vinaigrette could use more acid, and he declares Paul's well-balanced mixed greens over roasted potatoes the winner. The score is tied, one to one.
Next Johan Svensson, the chef de cuisine from BLT Steak in Honolulu, judges the seafood course. He finds fault with both Will's Dover sole and Paul's branzino. In the end, he gives the point to Paul, who takes the lead.
The fourth judge to come forward is Cliff Crooks, the executive chef from BLT New York. While he says Paul's pan-roasted rib-eye with buttermilk puree could use more salt and pepper, he remarks that Will's grilled rib-eye with gruyere cheese is spot-on. Chef Crooks gives the round to Will, tying the score once again.
BLT Steak President Keith Treyball steps onto the stage to judge the final course. He says that both Paul's pan-roasted filet mignon and Will's grilled filet mignon are excellent. But he gives the final point to Will, complimenting him on his bold move to create a grape jus. Will is declared the victor.
Chef Ramsay sends them both back to "Hell's Kitchen," where they are given a giant gift-wrapped box filled with all of the eliminated top contestants. Since he won the challenge, Will gets to choose his kitchen staff first. He selects Tommy, Natalie, Jennifer, and Krupa. Paul's team consists of Elise, Elizabeth, Jonathan, and Carrie.
The following morning, Will and Paul enter "Hell's Kitchen" to prepare for the biggest dinner service of their lives. Paul is overseeing the Red Kitchen, while Will's team is in the Blue Kitchen.
An hour before the guests arrive, Chef Ramsay gathers the final two to review their dishes. He's very pleased with all of Paul's dishes, but he criticizes Will's tomato carpaccio and grilled swordfish dishes. An emotional Paul rallies his team and tells them he wants to win the competition for his mom, because before she died he promised her he'd take home the title.
Natalie starts off strong on apps in the Red Kitchen. After Paul has to reject Elise's shrimp dish, she gets into a groove and soon proves herself to be his star player.
As service continues, Paul's team seems to be unraveling, and he's urged to communicate with them more clearly. He works out a plan in which he has Elise jump from station to station to support floundering chefs. She first takes over for Jonathan on meats and then dives in to assist Carrie with the garnishes.
In the meantime, Will has to ride Krupa on fish, finally moving her to desserts and having Natalie take over her station. With the switch made, Will's team seems to be back on track.
After both kitchens successfully complete their final dinner service, Paul and Will retreat to the dorms to pace while the final decision is made. Chef Ramsay considers their performance from the entire season and finally calls them to his office. He asks them to step up to their doors and wait for the announcement.
As their friends and family wait below, Paul's door opens, and he is named the winner of "Hell's Kitchen." He will be the new head chef at BLT Steak in New York, with a $250,000 salary. Paul dedicates his victory to his mother.