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Kevin wins Top Chef DC, becoming the show’s first African-American winner

Kevin Sbraga won Top Chef DC, becoming the show’s first black winner. He won the finale in Singapore because he “took the most risks but also cooked the best meal,” Tom Colicchio explained after the three finalists prepared a meal with the same proteins and a required dessert. Earlier, Padma said, “I think we have a clear winner,” and the other judges agreed.

For me, the biggest surprised of the season came at the very end of the episode when Kevin said, “It’s absolutely huge that I’m the first African-American Top Chef.” I had no idea.

Three past winners came back to help out as sous chefs: that insufferable ass Ilan Hall worked with obnoxious Ed, a fitting pairing; Angelo worked with Hung Huynh, who basically would have won the show for him had Angele won; and Kevin was paired with Michael Voltaggio, last season’s winner and, coincidentally, a friend of Kevin’s. Angelo was pretty sick and rested during the prep day, communicating with Hung over the phone. Ed, who became more of a dick as the season progressed, basically accused Angelo of faking it and/or not just toughing it out, and while Angelo has been annoying, he looked pretty awful.

Overall, it was a decent season of Top Chef: Not one of the best, but not one of the worst.

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