‘Top Chef’ serves up a tasty finale

Steph_4Another season of “Top Chef” comes to a close and I couldn’t be happier with the result. Stephanie wins!

Finally, a winner of a Bravo reality show that I can applaud. Not only is Stephanie deserving of the title but the fact that she’s the first female winner in the show’s four seasons is just icing on the cake, or in this case, braised pistachios on the lamb.

For a while there I thought Lisa might pull out a miracle win. That would have made at least one viewer very, very unhappy. And kudos to Richard for not taking the safe route. He over-shot and, in his words, “choked” but he went down with his integrity intact.

Runway_5So what’s a “Top Chef” lover to do now that the season is over? Why, “Project Runway” of course. During the “Chef” finale, the network announced the premiere date of the fifth season of the intoxicating fashion design series. Heidi, Michael, Nina and Tim return to the catwalk July 16 at a new time, 9 p.m., along with the latest crop of aspiring fashionistas. That means only four months will have passed since the season four finale, making the beyond-annoying Christian Soriano’s reign as champ mercifully short.

Enjoy “Runway’s” last strut on Bravo before it moves to Lifetime this fall. I know I will.

— Kathy Lyford

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