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Bravotv.com: Were you upset at all that Michael won after the problems you had with him?
My “problems” with Michael Voltagio were minor. Really, other than the plating issue during restaurant wars, he was decent to me. He is incredibly talented and deserves to be Top Chef. In my opinion, Bryan brings a level of maturity to his food that I thought would have ensured him the win over his hot-shot brother. However, that is not how the judges base their determination. Taste is fundamentally what matters in the end and clearly Michael’s adventurous palate and unusual parings won them over. I think in the end that is why he outshined his brother in this competition. I only wish we had the opportunity to sample each other’s food more to see if it truly tasted as good as it looked!
Bravo, to the best season ever! Either of these fine chefs would have been a worthy winner. Admiting to some tears at the announcment, I'm glad it was Michael. How difficult a decision this must have been and how hard could it be to go against your brother with mixed emotions, I'm sure. Michael was fun to watch. He was passionate about his food and really pushed the envelope. I thought his temperment was contagious. Thanks for a really COMPETITIVE season.
I agree with Karen that this was probably the best Top Chef season. There is no doubt in my mind that the best chef won. Right after the third episode this season I predicted that Kevin and the two brothers would be the finalists. Best of luck and a great future to all the contestants in Top Chef. Looking forward to the next season.