Last night’s matchup between him and Mike Isabella was close. The judges loved aspects of both of their “dream” restaurants. Richard’s amuse-bouche of oyster with crème fraîche pearls and a first course of hamachi with fried sweetbreads were both big hits. Mike’s halibut with pancetta crumbs and pork shoulder with pepperoni sauce—yes, pepperoni sauce—were equally impressive. But in the end, an emotional Richard was crowned Top Chef. (Some of the judges even liked the fois gras ice cream.)
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