'Top Chef Masters' Winner: Marcus Samuelsson

The renowned chef and restaurateur was victorious in the Top Chef Masters season finale.


Wednesday night's broadcast of the Bravo network's Top Chef Masters featured the last three contestants of the reality-television competition: Marcus Samuelson, Susur Lee and Rick Moonen. The final episode of the season spelled out victory for Samuelson, the famous chef and restaurateur whose closing dish was a smoked char, salt-cured duck with foie gras flan, and hamachi meatball. The Wall Street Journal's "Speakeasy" blog offers a full-plate recap of the entire episode:

Predictably, the vast majority of the dishes presented look amazing. The judges -- who are joined by regular Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio and the top three finalists from last season of Top Chef Masters -- are wowed by most of the food, but ultimately pick Marcus as the winner, who is awarded $100,000 for his charity, the UNICEF Tap Project. The competition was close, however -- Marcus scored a 17.5 over Moonen and Lee's 17 points.