Best of the Best

October 1, 2013 • 9:54 AM ET What was it like sitting at that esteemed dining table?
 Gail Simmons: It really was an incredible table of people. Everyone was so enthusiastic and passionate about food and about these particular chefs. I could never have imagined...
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Francis Lam: What's on the Menu?

September 26, 2013 • 10:06 AM ET
When I talked with Chris Cosentino about cooking last season's Top Chef Masters finale dinner, he said one part of it was easy --the menu planning. The challenge then was to cook four courses, with a theme of letters: a love letter, an apology, a...
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Bryan Voltaggio: "I Thought I Won. I Know I Won."

September 25, 2013 • 6:50 PM ET How are you feeling going into the finale? Tired? Reinvigorated? Bryan Voltaggio: Certainly not tired. This is something we do every day, day in and day out, cooking. Going into the finale, I am feeling excited and nervous -...
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Jennifer Jasinski Was a "Great Miracle"

September 25, 2013 • 5:30 PM ET
And so we’ve come to the end. What a season! The talent on display blew me away when I experienced it firsthand as a critic, and again as I’ve been rewatching the episodes as they’ve aired.  But I’ve also been moved—both as we filmed and...
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Lesley Suter's 'Ratatouille' Moment

September 25, 2013 • 3:21 PM ET
If there’s one question I get asked more than any other about my experience judging Top Chef Masters, it’s this: Is the food as good as it looks? In general, the answer is unequivocally YES, but I have to say that the dishes served on this season...
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What it Takes to Be Top Chef Master

September 25, 2013 • 3:13 PM ET
“They’re going to have to work hard to find flaws in my food.” Bryan was absolutely right; there were very few flaws to find. Each of the chefs did a masterful job, and in a perfect world, we would have had three winners. But each of these chefs...
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