Top Chef concludes tonight

Bravo’s Top Chef concludes tonight at 10 p.m. ET with the second of its two-part finale. Last week, crybaby caterer Dave was eliminated, leaving frequently-annoyed hottie Harold and regretfully bitchy Tiffani to battle it out.

One will win “$100,000 in seed money to help encourage their culinary career, be featured in Food & Wine magazine, [and] appear at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen in June 2006,” according to Bravo. Whoever wins, let’s just hope that Katie Lee Joel steps aside and allows Tom Colicchio to announce the winner, because otherwise Harold and Tiffani might slip into comas when she starts to talk. (Her hosting is so bad that Julie Chen’s talents shine next to her.)

Before the finale, Bravo will reair the entire season starting today at noon. Before that, at 11 a.m., the network reairs the reunion, which followed the Project Runway reunion model of getting the cast completely hammered before turning the cameras on.

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