Going into tonight’s “Top Chef Masters” finale, we had a situation where we really thought that anyone could end up winning. You had a guy in Bryan Voltaggio who has won a few challenges as of late, a comeback kid in Jennifer Jasinski who has raised more money than anyone else, and a guy in Douglas Keane who has been very consistent almost all season long. All of them have done a sensational job making it this far, but you know that there can only be one winner.
For the final challenge, it was the same as any other, but with a twist: The dessert course was created by the sous chefs, and since Douglas’ sous lost, he had to be without him for the first few hours of the cooking process.
When we saw the food completed, our impression was that Jennifer was going to win the whole thing. Bryan’s food is technically brilliant, but there is a little bit of the homey feeling about it. Meanwhile, Douglas overcooked the duck on one of the dishes, which was probably enough to override everything else that he has done. The good news is that there really was no loser in the competition; all three of these masters are brilliant at what they do, and they are likable to boot.
But, in a surprise finish, Douglas was awarded the title! We have to say that in our foodie heart, this was the conclusion that we were hoping for. Not only does he make the sort of food we would be the most interested in eating, but he was incredibly likable and made an effort to entertain. It’s too bad they didn’t bring Sang Yoon back for the night just so he could dance in his face.
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