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Omnivore - 'Top Chef' Las Vegas, Episode Twelve: The Ballsiest Chefs

It's a gold, or rather or, medal finish.

In last night's last “Top Chef” Las Vegas episode actually located in Las Vegas (ironically, the only episode that didn't focus on the city), the remaining cheftestants competed in an olympian-sized challenge, a miniature Bocuse d'Or for a panel of crazy famous chefs, including the always intimidating Thomas Keller. Although the challenge called for fancy techniques and intricate presentation, it was hometown hero Kevin and his “day off food” that walked away with the gold, pocketing $30,000 and a shot at representing the US in the real version of the culinary games. Kevin left the bells and whistles in his beard and his more simplistic plate was the only well executed dish of the night, proving that good cooking, even prize-worthy cooking, doesn't have to include showy techniques (yes, I'm talking to you, Michael Voltaggio).



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