Top Chef Winner Took Risks, Takes Home $125,000


In the end, it came down to three men,  Angelo Sosa, Ed Cotton and Kevin Sbraga.  The final episode of Bravo’s Top Chef reality TV competition was a cook off between the chef’s, with each being asked to create the ultimate dinner offering.  The twist to this season’s finale meal preparation was a new one–all three finalists had to use the same list of ingredients, with judge Eric Ripert selecting meats or the meals from the street markets of Singapore.

Four course dinners were prepared by each of the finalists, with former top Chef contestants serving as sous chefs for the meals.  Ed worked with Ilan Hall, Kevin and Michael Voltaggio united their friendly forces, Angelo was paired with Hung Huynh.   

The show ended with head judge Tom Colicchio remarking, “The top chef is the one who took the most risks, but who also cooked the best meal,” moments before the final decision was announced.  Turns out, it was Kevin’s four-course meal (a vegetable dish, clam and lobster offering, duck and pork plate, and an eyecatching  ‘Singapore Sling’ dessert) that took top honors.  With the win, Kevin Sbraga, a chef from Willingboro, NJ, takes home $125,000, a feature in Food & Wine magazine, and a chef spot at the Food & Wine Classic in Colorado.

So, did the right man win?  A poll on seems to indicate that most viewers are happy with the choice.  Even if, in the final moments of the show, Kevin himself seemed stunned by Padma’s announcment that he was the winner  “I am?!,” he responded.

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