'Top Chef DC' Winner Is ... Really?

angeloWell, at least it wasn't Angelo, right? (Although, after watching him battle his mysterious sickness last night, try as I might not to, I actually felt sorry for the guy.)

So, the most irritating Top Chef contestant of all time didn't win. But that doesn't mean we have to be happy about the winner ...



Kevin Sbraga seems like a great guy and very talented chef. And while he may have deserved to win, it was an underwhelming end to a very underwhelming season. We knew that he had a temper; we knew that he had a wife and kids. But beyond that, we didn't hear much from him for most of the episodes -- until near the end when the judges began to heap exorbitant amounts of praise on him. All of a sudden we the viewers are like, who is this guy?

But by then it was way too late to get excited about him.

(Either that or all our energy was spent hoping cocky Angelo wouldn't end up with the Top Chef title.)

Despite the fact that the announcement of the winner was a letdown, the finale itself was quite excellent. Past Top Chef winners Ilan Hall, Hung Huynh, and Michael Voltaggio were paired with Ed, Angelo, and Kevin respectively to create a four-course meal (vegetable, fish, meat, and dessert) of "the most amazing food you’ve ever done in your lives."

Eric Ripert and Tom Colicchio picked out the requisite proteins -- red mullet, cuttlefish, cockles, slipper lobsters, pork belly, and duck -- and the chefs got cooking. Well, all of them save Angelo, who was bedded with a mysterious sickness.

Luckily, he was able to communicate his menu to Hung over the phone, who in turn treated us to a flashback from Season 3 when he sprinted all around the kitchen carrying various ingredients. Hung's preparation put Angelo in a good position when he received a (somewhat) clean bill of health from a local doctor and returned to the kitchen for the final day.

Once again, the judges drive home the fact that this season had the best food -- and the finale was no exception as all three contestants put out stellar dishes. Ed, however, was critiqued for his lackluster dessert. And, Angelo was questioned about his cherry palate cleanser, which Padma said tasted like Tylenol.

That paved the way for Kevin -- and his amazing roasted duck breast with duck dumpling, and frozen Singapore sling -- to take top prize. Great! Fantastic! I'm trying to care, but really, I just want this to be over.

Can we please just move on to Top Chef All Stars and forget this season ever happened?

What did you think of the season finale? Did Kevin deserve to win?

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