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'Top Chef' recap, 'Getting Prickly in Mexico'
'Top Chef' recap, 'Getting Prickly in Mexico'

A three-part finale? Are you kidding me? Looking back at past seasons, they’ve all lasted about 16 or 17 episodes. This season felt longer because it was Boston, where the frigid weather and overall snobbery make a month feel like a year. After a customary hiatus before the finale, the chefs reconvene back in Guanajuato, Mexico. No, it’s not the seaside town where Andy Dufresne finally reunites with his buddy Morgan Freeman at the end of “Shawshank Redemption.” That would be Zihuatanejo. And yes, it would have made a cool tie-in given the fact that "Shawshank" was based in New England. But they decided to pick this artsy town of San Miguel de Allende....

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