It does not pay to get sick. Or to be an arrogant trash talker. Since there wasn't much else available in the "Top Chef" season 7 finale, that left Kevin Sbraga, 30, of Willingboro, New Jersey, as the winner of "Top Chef: DC."
Kevin is currently the Executive Chef at Rat’s at the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, N.J. He is of African American and Italian descent and said before the show that he's the "Barack Obama of the cooking game" and wants to prove that "he can."
With the win he became the first African American chef to win the Bravo reality show.
Kevin beat Angelo Sosa, 34, of New York City, and Boston native Ed Cotton, 32, of Queens, New York, who had a running rivalry throughout the season. (Ed even bragged about once stealing Angelo's girlfriend.)
Although Kevin shouted and cursed at fellow contestant Alex Reznik — saying he should've gone home for a challenge that ousted early frontrunner Kenny Gilbert — Kevin was otherwise a low-key guy who slowly improved challenge by challenge.
Emotional Angelo was the real frontrunner through most of the show, especially early on. Wise-cracking Ed started out slowly but came on strong at the end, winning multiple challenges.
Although the show was set in Washington, D.C., the finale took place in Singapore where Angelo became seriously ill. He rallied in time for the final challenge, where the three men had to make a four-course meal (vegetable, red mullet, duck, dessert) with the help of a past "Top Chef" winner.
Kevin had as his sous chef season 6 winner Michael Voltaggio. Ed worked with season 2 winner Ilan Hall and Angelo worked with season 3 winner Hung Huynh.
Apparently Bravo actually spoiled its own ending before the finale aired. According to Yumsugar.com, in a video clip that has since been removed, the reunion host is quoted as saying, "Before we get into anything, we have to congratulate the winner of Top Chef: DC, Kevin! Kevin, how surprised were you when Padma said your name in Singapore?"
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