In the black jacket we have Chef Brooke Williamson who just opened her third Los Angeles restaurant. She's done her research on Shirley, and is ready to take her down!
In the white jacket -- Chef Shirley Chung, who found her voice in New Orleans and is ready to open her new restaurant Twenty Eight. She's going to bring it 100 percent and do anything to take this win home.
Our smiling judges Gail Simmons, Curtis Stone, and Wolfgang Puck can't wait to see what these 'Top Chef' ladies have in store for this duel. Will they taste victory this time?
It's all about redemption for these two -- and they're hungry. The ladies pick their knives and Shirley's challenge is up first. But what will the ladies have to cook?
Shirley's challenge is. . .the exotic shellfish challenge! Out of abalone, razor clam, and geoduck, Brooke decides to go big or go home. Geoduck it is!
Shirley may have been pretty confident, but this face looks like exotic shellfish might be more of a challenge than she thought.
Brooke Williamson wasn't exactly sure how to clean the geoduck -- and her competitor was no help. Did she get in over her head by choosing the wrong shellfish?
Both ladies went for a geoduck salad, but tie-breaker Wolfgang Puck gave the win to Brooke! That's gotta hurt Shirley -- this was her challenge after all! The 'Top New Orleans' veteran said she could feel "the tear behind my eyeball but it's not coming out." Stay strong Shirl!
When Shirley found out she had to cook a vegan dessert for Brooke's challenge she said, "I kinda liked you when I first saw you, but now I just hate you with Shirley Chung-style passion." Watch out Brooke!
Having her first year of cooking be in a pastry kitchen, Brook is no stranger to delicious desserts. The LA native goes for banana chocolate pudding, and we just want a bite!
Shirley seemed to be thrown for a loop with this challenge -- she had to change her dish at the last minute due to time issues.
But she needn't worry -- Gail said these two desserts were the two best in 'Top Chef' history! That's nothing to sneeze at.
For the ladies' final duel, the judges commissioned the chefs to create three dishes inspired by life under the big top!
Special guest judge P!nk decided to wear her signature color on her feet rather than her hair this time. We love this diva! As Shirley says, "She's such a bada--!"
P!nk and Curtis stop by to check in on our Duelers. P!nk can't believe that Brooke works with her husband in the kitchen.
"If I worked with my husband with sharp objects. . .that would not work at all," P!nk said about Brooke and her man.
We already know that Brooke is a dessert master from her previous challenge, but can she make one six inches tall?
Working closely in the kitchen with her husband comes naturally to Brooke -- she's actually never known him outside the kitchen. Sound like soul (mate) food to us!
Shirley explains that this food story is very personal -- a phoenix rising from the ashes -- and P!nk raises her glass to that inspiring tale!
In the end, Brooke may have walked away with $20,000, but Shirley was named the winner of this final duel! See ya at the finale, Shirley! Mazel! (And don't forget to check out The Knockout to see if Brooke cooks her way back into the competition!)
P!nk let us know that it's not just 'Top Chef' contestants that sometimes falter under pressure -- she's even forgotten the words while on stage before!
Lexus Culinary Master, Daniel Boulud came in to judge this three ring circus that our duelers had to create.
Gail might have said she felt like a jerk when she had to measure the desserts, but she sure did enjoy them!