February 27, 2013 9:00pm PT by Seth Abramovitch
'Top Chef Seattle' Names Its Winner
After a rocky and unpredictable season that took us from the overcast shores of the Pacific Northwest to the chilly woods of Alaska, Top Chef Seattle has named its winner.
Kristen Kish, 28, made a miracle comeback after being sent home in one of the most controversial calls in Top Chef history, and ultimately stole the title from competitor Brooke Williamson, 34.
After being revealed as the winner of web-only series Last Chance Kitchen, Boston-based Kish emerged to face off against Williamson in a new finale setting, staged before a live audience that included every previous Top Chef winner. In a four-course showdown, judges ultimately sided with Kish's menu. The finale was shot Feb. 22 in Los Angeles.
Kish began with a chicken liver mousse with frisee, mustard, prune, hazelnuts and pumpernickel; citrus and lavender cured scallop with bitter orange, Meyer lemon and apple; bone marrow with celery root puree, mushrooms, bitter greens and radishes; and red snapper with leeks, Little Gem lettuce, tarragon, uni and shellfish nage.
The Hollywood Reporter will have interviews with the winning chef and runner-up tomorrow. Stay tuned.