Hosea Rosenberg Wins Top Chef Title

L-R) "Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio and judge Gail Simmons attends Bravo's "Top Chef" event "Taste of the Five Boroughs" at Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal on October 27, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images North America) Inset image from MetroMix New York .

After weeks of quickfire challenges and difficult culinary tasks, Hosea Rosenberg, the self-taught chef from Boulder, Colo., claimed the title of Top Chef, in the show's season finale Wednesday night.

Of the three remaining chefs -- Rosenberg, Carla Hall and Stefan Richter -- Rosenberg seemed the least likely to win going into the final. Compared to the other chefs, his culinary choices, although consistent, were really nothing special.
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Throughout the season Rosenberg won only one quickfire challenge, two elimination challenges and found himself in the bottom, four times. Stefan on the other hand, was strong throughout the season and Carla, with her back to basics cooking approach, was a fan favorite

For Wednesday's final, the chefs were asked to make their best possible three course meal. While Rosenberg shined, it seemed like Hall and Richter just couldn't get anything right.

In the end, it was Hall's decision to let her sous chef steer her away from her own ideas and normal cooking style that cost her the competition. She sent out tough meat and an incomplete dessert.

For Richter, his choice to make a less than stellar dessert disappointed the judges. Guest judge Gail Simmons described his chocolate mousse and ice cream plate as, "So completely dated in presentation. This sings 1982." Although I agree his dish was unimpressive, I'm still confused as to how exactly dessert can "sing 1982." It looked normal to me. Maybe the mousse started singing Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer."

Rosenberg pulled it together for Wednesday's finale, wowing the judges with a red fish appetizer, two well-though out meals and a strong final course of perfectly cooked venison. He opted not to serve dessert.

There's no doubt his over-confidence and huge ego also played a part in his win. Throughout the show Hosea seemed uncharacteristically cocky, especially when it came to Richter. I was pretty sure a "You stole my caviar fight," would break out eventually, which would've been amusing. Honestly, who fights over caviar?

In the end, the judges decided Rosenberg had made the strongest meal of the evening. Head chef Tom Colicchio announced, "Ultimately we made our decision based on how well the meal tasted from start to finish," and handed over title of Top Chef.

Obviously the chefs in this competition are far from amateur, still I was a little disappointed with the final outcome. Of the three chefs, I felt Hosea was the weakest. If the other two chefs would've performed to their abilities, I'm sure Hosea would've found himself in the bottom of the three. Oh well.

Congrats to Hosea, along with the title of Top Chef, he'll also recieve $100,000.

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