For the epic season finale, each finalist will cook the best five dishes in their culinary arsenal live in front of a studio audience that includes their friends, families and all previous nine Top Chef winners. In the end only one will be crowned the 10th Top Chef…. Will it be Kristen orBrooke? Hugh Acheson, Emeril Lagasse, and Gail Simmons join head judge Tom Colicchio and host Padma Lakshmi.
The two fabulous finalists!
Let’s start with the teams: Brooke’s team is Stefan, CJ, and Kuniko. Kristen’s, is the last three chefs that got eliminated Josh, Sheldon, and Lizzie.
The two teams confer on their respective menus.
The Final Challenge: 5 rounds/courses and Padma announces that whoever wins the first three becomes the new Top Chef.
Round 1: Brooke’s First Dish: Crispy Pig Ear & Chicory Salad, Six-Minute Egg, Apricot Jam & Candied Kumquats vs Kristen’s First Dish: Chicken Liver Mousse with Frisee, Mustard, Prune, Hazelnuts & Pumpernickel
Kristen wins round 1
Round 2: Brooke’s Second Dish: Seared Scallop with Salt Cod Puree, Speck, Black Currant & Mustard Seed Vinaigrette vs Kristen’s Second Dish: Citrus & Lavender Cured Scallop with Bitter Orange, Meyer Lemon & Apple
Brooke wins round 2
Round 3: Brooke’s Third Dish: Vadouvan Fried Chicken with Sumac Yogurt-Tahini & PIckled Kohlrabi Fattoush vs Kristen’s Third Dish: Celery Root Puree with Bone Marrow, Mushrooms, Bitter Greens & Radishes
Kristen wins round 3
Round 4: Brooke’s Fourth Dish: Braised Pork Cheek & Red Snapper with Collard Green Slaw & Sorrel Puree vs Kristen’s Fourth Dish: Red Snapper with Leeks, Little Gem Lettuce, Tarragon, Uni & Shellfish Nage
Judging: The Final Decision
The judges get ready to make the tough decisions.
The judges announce that Kristen is the new Top Chef…..The second female to win Top Chef
“I’m proud that I got to make them (my family and friends) proud,” she says. Kristen is planning to use the money for a trip to Korea, where she hopes to find her birth parents. Congrats Kristen you deserve it!
Our new Top Chef poses with the judges.
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