The best (and best-looking) group of chefs around.
After a long and arduous journey, the judges are ready to make the most important decision of the season.
The first challenge is to create an all black dish, and Takashi works on his black chicken, which he knows from first-hand experience tastes just like...chicken.
CJ has participated in 3 Top Chef seasons (counting this one), but doesn't believe he excelled in any of them until now. He has found his style and is hitting his stride -- but will his stride be big enough. Judging by the size of those legs, maybe?
So what if Richard looks a little crazy? He's passionate.
Shirley blends some nori for her black cod dish.
The chefs wait with bated breath for the victors of the first challenge, who will be able to skip the next challenge and go straight to the final meal.
CJ and Tiffani win this challenge, leaving the rest of the chefs to fight for the final two spots.
The second challenge is an all white dish, and Dale begins work on his chicken and grits.
Richard is pulling out the big guns for this one...gastronomy. But would we expect any less from the master himself?
Takashi and Kevin join CJ and Tiffani in the first course of the final meal. This challenge is all about love.
Takashi's dish of love is in honor of his father, who he spent a lot of time in the kitchen with, and inspired him to become a chef.
Tiffani's scallop sashimi is for her wife, inspired by a dish from the sushi restaurant where they went on their first date.
Gail knows she is about to eat something insanely delicious. The best of the best are cooking for her now, and they all want to win.
The chefs bare their souls while presenting their dishes (Except for CJ, since his one true love seems to be peas...not as much of a tear-jerker).
Our resident lover of all things Southern is back. Hugh is delighted to be present for this final, all-important meal.
Tom Colicchio has made an appearance specifically to strike fear into the hearts of our chefs...just kidding, we love you Tom.
CJ and Tiffani are our final two. So close! Who will be our winner?
CJ wins! He impressed the judges with his new sense of self and confident technique, and now he is the first winner of Top Chef Duels!