Photo Credit: David Geisbrecht/Bravo
In the toughest decision of the Top Chef: DC season, Kelly Liken was asked to pack her knives in Part I of the finale—and for no clear reason.
Judging the contestants’ takes on the flavors of Singapore, Tom Colicchio called the dishes the best of the season—including Ed Cotton's banana fritters with red chili paste, which you can learn how to make by watching Bryan Voltaggio's demonstration.
The judges, however, had trouble picking a clear loser, firing some vaguely negative comments at each of the final three contestants. It appeared to be a total head-scratcher until Angelo Sosa, in an uncharacteristic move considering his typically inflated ego, burst into a tearful fit and tricked us all into thinking his dish must have been bad enough to send him home.
But instead, Padma Lakshmi deadpanned that this week's loser was Kelly, with her only apparent mistake being a few pieces of poorly textured fish. Listen as Kelly shares her thoughts on being cut.
Kelly, who was the last female standing in the competition, leaves behind Angelo, Kevin Sbraga and Ed Cotton to battle for the title in the final episode.
Would you have made a different decision if you were a judge? Vote for the dishes from Part I of the finale at Bravo's Rate the Plate gallery.
Did Kelly deserve to go home? Chime in below!
Like This? Read These:
Who Do You Want to Win 'Top Chef'?
Meet the 17 'Top Chef: DC' Contestants
Carla's Corner: Snappy After-School Snacks