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Friday, May 30, 2008

Top Chef Final in Puerto Rico

Stephanie Izard tops ‘Top Chef: Chicago’!
Posted by Joe Gray
Hello finals! Stephanie Izard, the lone Chicago chef left on Bravo TV’s “Top Chef,” won tonight’s Elimination Challenge, not only securing her place in the finals of the reality TV cooking competition show, but doing so handily. After 12 episodes, 12 Quickfire Challenges, 12 Elimination Challenges, about seven weeks of taping in Chicago, Stephanie made it to Puerto Rico for the two-part finale.
The former chef/owner of Scylla, Stephanie closed her restaurant last summer and joined 15 other contestants on the popular cable show. Cooking competently, creatively and often brilliantly, Stephanie pulled it all together in tonight’s challenge at Rick Tramonto’s Tramonto Steak and Seafood in Wheeling. Tramonto called her efforts the most well-rounded of the night’s dishes. She and the rest of the final four, Antonia, Richard and Lisa, compete in two more episodes that were filmed in Puerto Rico about two weeks ago and will air June 4 and June 11.

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