Top Chef Cook-Off Recap: 6/12

In the middle of Union Square Park today, BravoTV hosted a "cook-off" between fan favorite Sam Talbot and winner of Top Chef Season 2 Ilan Hall for the kick-off of Top Chef Season 3: Miami, and the start of NYC's famous restaurant week. In the sweltering heat on this mid-June day, host Padma Lakshmi and judge Tom Colicchio along with 4 of New York's top restaurant owners kept everyone's spirits high and bellies hungry throughout the cook-off despite the sticky weather. Both Sam and Ilan were instructed to pick a dish to cook, and in the meantime Padma and other guest hosts handed out prizes and entertained the large lunchtime audience. The lucky winning dish will tentatively be added to some of the top restaurants' menus during restaurant week.

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