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Top Chef All-Stars Finale Liveblog: Richard Blais vs. Mike Isabella

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Top Chef = RICHARD.

THANK GOD. Legions of fans won't have to give up on Top Chef now!

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Richard, you were strong all season; Mike, you came on strong at the end.

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Commercials. Is there a way that we, as a nation, can force Robert DeNiro to retire from appearing in films?

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The third goes to Mike. And dessert's a toss up.

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The first course goes to Richard. And the second.

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Mike gets his wife and parents, Richard gets...Uncle Scott.

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Why should you be Top Chef? Blather blather showing who I am blather greatest moment of my career blather blather.

THERE'S NO CRYING IN TOP CHEF.

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THERE WERE NO GIRLS IN THE KITCHEN. THERE WERE WOMEN IN THE KITCHEN.

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JUDGES' TABLE. Mike: "The hardest part of this season was every part of it."

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Winning Top Chef would be the best thing that ever happened to Richard. So, you know, sorry about that, Richard's kids.

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Richard wants to exercise his demons. I suggest Zumba.

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Pointless interlude of sous talking about how much they respect their chefs. Expect for Spike, who apparently had nothing nice enough to say.

Live Padma is a PROBLEM.

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Commercials. Where is Bourdain in this finale? Wasn't he supposed to be an official judge this season?

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Judge switcheroo.

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Mike's third is a pork shoulder with pepperoni sauce, which everyone loves although it sounds vile. He's sucking up to Tom.

Mike's fourth course is...really just flan. Art Smith: "I don't like the way it feels in my mouth." That's what she said!

Richard does the foie gras ice cream.

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Blais's second course is black cod and pork belly; his third is a beef short rib.

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I know I should be happy that Art Smith has lost weight, but I kinda miss huggable Art Smith.

Mike's second course: steamed halibut with kumquat.

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Richard's first course is hamachi and sweetbreads. He sends Spike out to be his spy, because you never see him coming wearing that hat.

Mike's judges are Art Smith and Custis Stone. What's with the judge differential?

Mike's first course is...beets.

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Judges: Lidia, Hubert (squee!) Alfred Portale and Bill Turlato.

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Commercials. Do I want to see "Win Win"? Because, you know, Paul Giamatti. Ick.

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I don't know if you knew, but Blais choked in his season. Just in case you were unawares.

Lidia!

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Tom reminds us for the second time that "Chef" means "Boss." I think it also means "person who can cook."

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Richard's kitchen is awash with nitrogen mist. Shocker. Antonia is on the beets, Spike's on the Captain Crunch.

Until he's not, because Blais is switching to foie gras ice cream.

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Everyone is better and more mature than they were on their seasons, so they say. Show it, don't say it.

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Commercials. I don't believe that the "Little Fockers" gag reel is actually "hilarious," not for a minute.

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YOU DON'T HAVE TO YELL, PADMA. YOU HAVE A MICROPHONE.

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Mike's restaurant is called Izz, because he has no creativity; Richard's is Tongue in Cheek.

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Blais ends up with Spike, Angelo and Antonia. Isabella gets Tiffani, Jamie (yes!) and Carla.

Mike refers to his team as "my angels." RETCH.

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Blind tasting of the amuses determine who gets who. If Jesus loves me, Mike will get Marcel.

Come on, Jesus.

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Eliminated chefs must create an amuse bouche to determine who will act as the finalists' sous, while Richard and Mike talk about who they don't want. It's Jamie. Because, you know, NOT Top Scallop.

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A preview of tonight's action, from Bravo:

After an emotional elimination down in the Bahamas, only TWO All-Stars are left standing with the taste of victory and their chance at redemption in sight. And when Tom and Padma deliver the ultimate Elimination Challenge: create the restaurant menu of their dreams, the chefs are full speed ahead to claim the title. But before Richard Blais and Mike Isabella get to judges' table, they are faced with some of their past competitors as all All-Stars return for the chance to be a sous chef. Who will assist in the Finale? And which of these two All-Stars will finally hear the words, "You are Top Chef"? Find out this Wednesday 3/30 @ 10/9c BRAVO's Top Chef All-Stars *FINALE*

Down to Two: The remaining two chefs have no time to digest what just happened as their final challenge is immediately announced.

Picking Sous Chefs Blindfolded: The final two chefs choose their sous chefs blindfolded.

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