Top Chef 5: Reunion Recap

Usually, when the chefs are sitting across from the panel of Top Chef judges, it's a nerve-wracking experience. Tonight, thought, it's different kind of encounter, as everyone - judges and competitors alike, have returned to take a look back at the season, see which catchphrases have been memorialized on a tee-shirt and learn who was voted fan favorite of Top Chef 5.

Hosea Rosenberg's win set off quite a few viewers, and the opening of the show seems to be an attempt to re-build the case for the win. We get the usual retrospective of him as a person and a chef, but then also some repeated protestations from the judges about how difficult it was to come to that decision.

Next we take a look back at two of the other finalists. Stefan Richter's bromance with Fabio Viviani gets a special look, with all the usual ribbing about their affection for one another. I don't know if it's just that being a chef makes you secure in your manhood, but other than a couple assertions about liking the ladies, both of the guys like Spike Mendelsohn and Andrew D'Ambrosi from last season are unabashed in their affection for each other and don't try to downplay it for fear of how it might look. When Stefan receives the first tee-shirt of the night - one that says I heart Fabio he sweetly exclaims, I love it! and the two say they hang out in California now.

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