Richard Grabs Top Chef Title, But Carla Crowned Fan Favorite
Edges out Fabio in biggest vote ever.
Richard Blais may have won over the judges during last night's Top Chef All-Stars finale, but who won the hearts and stomachs of Top Chef fans?
In what shaped up to be the biggest Fan Favorite race in Top Chef history, Carla Hall edged out Fabio Viviani for the honor (and the $10,000 that goes with it). Andy Cohen revealed the winner live during last night's special Watch What Happens Live Top Chef after show in New York, piping in Carla from the Chicago location of our coast-to-coast viewing party. (See what other Bravolebrities came out for the Top Chef finale in our red carpet photos.)
Carla made it deep into the All-Stars competition and seemed destined for the finals before being banished in the Bahamas by undercooked pork (check out photos from Carla's Season 8 send-off). At the time, Carla told us, "I think everything I got from this experience was a gain... I don't think that you can go through this experience without getting something out of it personally." And last night, she got a little something more: in addition to the title and the payday, the win also gave Carla a measure of revenge -- she lost the Fan Favorite title to Fabio when the two were initially contestants on Season 5 of Top Chef.
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