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'Top Chef Masters' winner: Did Chris Cosentino or Kerry Heffernan come out on top?

It's been a strong season of "Top Chef Masters," but it all comes down to one winner. Ultimately it was all about the chef who took the bigger risks. And the distinguished chef-testant who can now call himself the Top Chef Master is: Chris Cosentino. Cosentino wins a season full of fierce competition and big personalities. Lorena Garcia, Patricia Yeo, Takashi Yagihasi, Art Smith and Thierry Rautureau all left their unique marks in the kitchen even though they didn't make it to the finals. The season also benefited from a cleverly selected mix of guest stars -- including the hilariously idiosyncratic food musings from the likes of Holly Madison, the B-52s and Dita von Teese -- and challenges -- cooking at the Grand Canyon, a cook-off in a boxing ring -- that took full advantage of the Las Vegas locale. Smart, straight-talking judges James Oseland and Ruth Reichl and host Curtis Stone continue to outdo... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/09/top-chef-masters-winner-did-kerry-heffernan-or-chris-cosentino-come-out-on-top.html

Tom Colicchio spoils 'Top Chef Masters' on Twitter

Maybe Twitter should add a spoiler alert to Tom Colicchio's account. The "Top Chef" judge tweeted the results of last night's penultimate episode of "Top Chef Masters" immediately as the episode ended on the East Coast.If you're planning to catch up on "Top Chef Masters" later, you'll probably want to stop reading now.Colicchio tweeted "Congratulations to my friends Kerry Heffernan and Chris Cosentino for making it to the finale of Top Chef Masters" at 10:59 p.m. ET. To which Bravo executive and "Watch What Happens" host Andy Cohen immediately replied: "PST brother!"Most entertainment sites, including Zap2it, try to be sensitive about spoiling reality show results on social media. In the age of timeshifting and DVRs, not everyone watches live. But Colicchio clearly was excited about the outcome. "Top Chef Masters" viewers know from an episode that aired earlier this season that Colicchio and Heffernan are especially close: Colicchio was both best man and caterer at... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/09/tom-colicchio-spoils-top-chef-masters-on-twitter.html

'Top Chef Masters' Ruth Reichl: 'It's hard to be a chef if you don't have a generous soul'

Ruth Reichl has spent most of her adult life -- and all of her career -- putting her experiences with food into words. As a former food guru for the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times, the celebrated editor-in-chief of Gourmet Magazine until its confounding demise in 2009, and now editorial advisor for the Web's Gilt Taste, Reichl's writings have advised and tantalized international foodies for decades.When Bravo offered her a judging stint on Season 3 of Top Chef Masters, Reichl signed on as a lark and enjoyed it so much that she's back for the series' fourth session now airing on Wednesdays. And thanks to her decades-long reign at the epicenter of food culture, she's found plenty of familiar faces in the new crop of contestants."A lot of these chefs are people whose careers I know well," Reichl tells Zap2it, "so for me, it's an interesting group. And as the field narrows,... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/08/top-chef-masters-ruth-reichl-its-hard-to-be-a-chef-if-you-dont-have-a-generous-soul.html