Top Chef season 17 finale: Was Stephanie, Bryan, Melissa the winner?

Top ChefThe Top Chef season 17 finale brought you almost everything that you could possibly want. Think in terms of drama, great competition, and of course tasty food.

The basis for this finale was ultimately rather simple: The remaining three chefs in Bryan, Melissa, and Stephanie had to create the perfect four-course menu. There was a lot of creativity here that made it so dangerous; one misstep could send someone careening off the side of a metaphorical cliff. All of them had their own wonderful stories to tell and they did that by and large through some of their food.

We’ll admit, though, that through this entire process, we were probably more confident in Melissa than anyone else to take this whole thing home. She’s just been so dominant as of late and it felt like the judges were deeply moved by a lot of what she put out there on the plate. (Making a grown man cry over a dessert seemed to be what was going to seal the deal for her.) Stephanie had a great underdog story and we rooted for her, but we started to feel like her story was about her proving herself further. She may have had the best overall journey, but would that make her the right winner.

So entering that final decision, we were reasonably confident that Melissa was going to win.

Did that actually happen?

In a word, yes — Melissa did take this home and with that, secures what has to be one of the most dominant wins that we’ve seen recently on this show. She had so many wins under her belt this season, so many great accomplishments, and the fact that she did this against such heavy competition makes it all the more impressive in the end. She has to be thought of now as one of the best competitors in the show’s history.

As for Bryan, we know that it has to be horrible that he came so close yet again. But, we know that he’s going to be more than fine with his career.

This was a great season! You had a wonderful cast, inspiring food, and you got to see someone cry over dessert. What’s not to like when the dust settles?

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