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Bryan Voltaggio Counts This Top Chef Season 17 Dish as One of His Best Ever

The Top Chef finalist says that one of his dishes in particular had a great deal of personal meaning. 

By Jenny Berg
The Final Challenge of Season 17 Is Revealed!

In Season 17 of Bravo's Top Chef, Bryan Voltaggio got a particularly stinging bit of criticism. When speaking to about the nail-biting season, the Maryland-based chef brought up: "This whole thing about there not being a lot of soul in my food. Which is like a dagger."

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So when the season's final challenge called for the chefs to cook a four-course meal that showcased their personal style (see the clip above), Bryan made sure to incorporate a dish that really speaks to his heart. 

During the episode, Bryan revealed that he planned to cook lasagna as an ode to his childhood. Growing up, he said, "dinner was always from scratch. It was delicious mom food, and lasagna was a part of the menu." 

For his final challenge, Bryan aimed to channel those warm moments at his childhood dinner table with a wild-boar-bolognese lasagna — and he was pleased with the results. When asked about his favorite dish from the whole past season, Bryan pointed right to that cozy, duxelles-and-ricotta-infused masterpiece. 

"It was delicious," he told "I think it was one of the best dishes I've put forward. Even though it was simplistic in form. Just because it had ... a lot of meaning behind it." 

—Reporting by Laura Rosenfeld. 

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