The season finale of "Top Chef: Texas" (Wed., 10 p.m. EST on Bravo) may have taken place in Vancouver, but it was an all-Texan battle, as Austin resident Paul Qui competed against Houston native Sarah Grueneberg.
Surrounded by their families and fellow cheftestants, the two finalists stood anxiously waiting to hear their fate at the final judges' table of the season.
Head judge Tom Colicchio told Sarah, "you took a lot of risks tonight, and it really paid off."
He then turned to early front-runner Paul: "All season long you've just brought it, and tonight was no different. You just really cooked your heart out.
Then it was time for Padma Lakshmi to announce the winner. Who would take home the $125,000 grand prize and the title of Top Chef?
The winner was ... Paul!
Then Padma said those words all the cheftestants long to hear: "You are Top Chef."
Afterward a delighted Paul said, "I'm Top Chef! I am extremely happy to see my mom and my dad being there ... and everybody that I've met throughout this journey."
Clearly still in shock after his victory, Paul added, "the magnitude of what we've done since San Antonio, it's so broad I can't describe it."
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