It's the finals on Top Chef! Well, almost. Tonight we get to narrow down the four remaining chef-testants to a top three, and because the four who made it are all sort of favorites to win the whole thing, the elimination is bound to be exciting.
From the initial field of 17, after tonight's episode, three chefs will remain standing en route to the big culmination next week. The four remaining chefs are:
* Jennifer Carroll, 33, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
* Kevin Gillespie, 26, Atlanta, Georgia
* Bryan Voltaggio, 33, Frederick, Maryland
* Michael Voltaggio, 30, Frederick, Maryland
The four will compete in the first of the two-part finale taking place in Napa, California's wine country. Much of the two episodes were filmed at Napa Valley's Rutherford Hill and Chimney Rock wineries. The company's chairman will host a wine-tasting for the four finalists, while the president and CEO will serve as guest judge on the program.
For the longest time, the V brothers and Kevin have been alternately winning each and every challenge on Top Chef. Jennifer raised the flag for the ladies at the start of the season, but she gradually lost track of things, and was once or twice in danger of getting booted off. She sort of got her groove back on the last episode, when she won the quickfire challenge, to create their own versions of Gavin Kaysen's dish for the 2007 Bocuse d'Or.
Eli was the last one to go before the final four. His sausage-wrapped lamb loin was the least impressive among the dishes prepared for the challenge, create a presentation platter for the Bocuse d'Or.