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'Top Chef: New Orleans' winner: Nicholas Elmi or Nina Compton, who won the prize?

"Top Chef" Season 11, which saw 19 chefs start out in the Big Easy for a New Orleans season, came to a close Wednesday (Feb. 5) when the final two contestants face off for the $125,000 grand prize. The final two chefs left standing were Nicholas Elmi, the 32-year-old from Philadelphia, and Nina Compton, the 34-year-old from Miami. All season long, they were fairly evenly matched, with both of them winning three challenges, though Nicholas was in the bottom five times to Nina's two.After a close final meal, the judges seem very torn, with host Padma Lakshmi saying this is "the closest" finale she's every experienced. In the end, Nicholas was chosen as the winner of "Top Chef."In his post-win interview, Elmi says, "This is a pretty great feeling right now. I don't even know what to say. Winning means a lot for my family, it's life-changing."Nina says that she's proud to be a role... //

Who Won Top Chef: New Orleans?

  [Warning: The following article contains spoilers from Wednesday's  Top Chef  finale. Read at your own risk!]       //

'Top Chef' Producers Magical Elves Near Sale, Series Nabs Season 12 Order at Bravo

The reality hit makers, which have been shopping their Los Angeles operation for several months, are close to being acquired by the U.K.'s Tinopolis Group.            //

'Top Chef' Renewed for 12th Season by Bravo

A New “Top Chef” Will Be Crowned Wednesday, February 5 at 10pm.  Read More... //

Top Chef Alum Stefan Richter Looking for Love on Millionaire Matchmaker

If you like bald Scandinavians who can cook you a five-course meal worthy of a Michelin star rating, you better pack your knives and go... to Patti Stanger’s office. The eponymous Millionaire Matchmaker is going to help two-time Top Chef alum (and her longtime friend) Stefan Richter find love on her show or die trying. Well, Patti may just meet her match, because Stefan is kind of a confirmed bachelor. As fans of the show, and of Season 10 winner Kristen Kish will remember, he’s a relentless... //

Bravo Orders Spinoff ‘Top Chef Extreme’ to Series

Bravo has just given a green light to new “Top Chef” spinoff under the working title, “Top Chef Extreme.” The series is set to premiere this summer. On each episode, the new series will bring back past “Top Chef” contestants for one-on-one culinary duels. The competitors will go head-to-head in three rounds of challenges in order to move on in the competition. Read More... //

Top Chef’s Angelo Sosa Engaged - Bravo’s Andy Cohen Is Jealous

One of TV’s sexiest chefs is officially off the market. Top Chef’s Angelo Sosa, the super-hot Italian cheftestant who appeared on both Season 7 and All-Stars Season 8, is engaged to his longtime girlfriend Kristina Romanenko. Bravo reports the news, the sight of which has left us crying a flood of salty tears that are totally going to ruin this sweet tomato soup we’ve just whipped up. Our only comfort: We’re not the only ones feeling this pain. Bravo’s Andy Cohen is similarly upset by the... //

Bravo's 'Top Chef' to Air Two-Part Finale on Wednesday January 29 & February 5

It may be January, but temperatures are heating up in the “Top Chef” kitchen. Soon the final chef’testants will pack their knives…and head to Maui, Hawaii  Read More... //

Top Chef's Gail Simmons Gives Birth! Welcome Dahlia Rae

Congratulations, Judge! Top Chef’s tough critic, Gail Simmons, and husband Jeremy Abrams welcomed daughter Dahlia Rae to the world on Sunday, December 29. Gail’s rep confirmed to People that Dahlia weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces, and that “mother, father, and baby are doing wonderfully” a few days after the baby’s arrival. The little flower child is the first for Gail and Jeremy, and they kept their little one’s sex a secret until her birth. “We’d like it to be a surprise,” Gail said back in... //

Bravo Now Renting 'Top Chef' Contestants as Caterers

Top Chef fans eager to eat a meal from one of the reality series' culinary competitors are in luck. The Bravo show, which already boasts a handsome catalog of branded tie-ins, has inked a new deal that extends the Top Chef name to home catering. The network has partnered with Kitchit, an online service that helps consumers book in-home dining, event catering and cooking lessons from reputable chefs. As a part of the deal with Bravo, Kitchit now will include more than 30 Top Chef alums to its roster of participating cooks in the markets it currently services: Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.  Read More...   //