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Top Chef's Mike: I Thought I Won

After putting out his "best food" on the Top Chef: All-Stars finale, Mike Isabella thought victory was his — until Padma Lakshmi announced Richard Blais as the champ. "I thought I won. I've never gotten comments like that before in both seasons," Mike tells TVGuide.com. "Regardless, I did win. ... It was a personal victory. To be on All-Stars and to make it that far — when it was time to step up, I stepped up. As it got tighter and tighter, I got better and better. I couldn't ask for anything more of myself. I'm really proud of myself." Find out how he prepped for the finale, why he's "so proud" of Jamie and if he ever got that "8:37" tattoo. //www.tvguide.com/News/Top-Chef-Mike-Isabella-1031434.aspx?rss=breakingnews

Top Chef's Richard: I Wanted to Embody the Spirit of the Underdog

After two years, Richard Blais finally "exorcised his demons" about losing Season 4 of Top Chef by winning All-Stars . So does it mean more to win an all-stars edition as opposed to a regular season? "I think so, for sure," he tells TVGuide.com. "I had to wait two years to get another opportunity. It just worked out really well. I learned a lot from the first time around. I think winning All-Stars — the field and the competition are a lot deeper." See what else the Season 8 champ has to say about his victory, if he really needs to see a therapist and if he'll take Fabio to the Barbados. Read More... //www.tvguide.com/News/Top-Chef-Richard-Blais-1031308.aspx?rss=breakingnews

'Top Chef All-Stars' Winner Richard Blais and Runner-Up Mike Isabella Speak

It was one of a the closest contests ever in 'Top Chef' history, as Wednesday's finale came down to two remarkable, four-course dinners composed by the remaining two 'Top Chef All-Stars' cheftestants. It was like a prize fight, with both heavyweight chefs Richard Blais and Michael Isabella slugging it out course by course, dish by dish, morsel by morsel. The judges, including guest chefs like Hubert Keller and Art Smith, were duly impressed by the food presented by these two finalists. Head judge Tom Colicchio declared that it had been the best cooking he'd ever eaten in a 'Top Chef' finale. Ultimately, the choice of one over the other was a case of splitting hairs, with Blais emerging victorious. Read on for interviews with both Blais and Isabella. //www.tvsquad.com/2011/04/01/top-chef-all-stars-winner-richard-blais-mike-isabella/

'Top Chef': Inside dish from the champ!

[ SPOILER ALERT!  Do not click ahead if you haven't yet seen last night's finale!] Last night, Mike Isabella and Richard Blais duked it out for the title of Top Chef All-Star. They each created their own restaurants, which gave them a chance to show Tom, Padma, Gail, and guest judges Lidia Bastianich and Hubert Keller what they’re truly all about. And the honor went to… //popwatch.ew.com/2011/03/31/top-chef-all-stars-winner-speaks/

'Top Chef All-Stars' Finale: Visually Sample Those Meals

It was the finale, so you know everybody would bring their A-game. But Richard and Mike managed to build two entire restaurants that sounded amazing. Even though Tongue & Cheek edged out Restaurant Iz for the win, both had astounding (-looking) foods. //www.buddytv.com/slideshows/top-chef-allstars-finale-visually-sample-those-meals-19642.aspx

Richard Blais Wins 'Top Chef All-Stars'

On Wednesday, March 30 finale of " Top Chef   All-Stars", the remaining two contestants prepared the best meal of their lives. The final challenge was to create the restaurant of their dreams with a four-course tasting menu.   Richard Blais and Mike Isabella got to be assisted by eliminated chefs in the kitchen. The former had Spike, Angelo and Antonia on his team while the latter got Tiffani, Jamie and Carla. Richard decided to call his restaurant Tongue in Cheek while Mike preferred to call his simply Izz.    Read More... //www.aceshowbiz.com/news/view/00039389.html