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Tom Colicchio

'Top Chef' Season 12 finale recap, 'Mano a Mano'

'Top Chef' Season 12 finale recap, 'Mano a Mano'

This is it. After 14 episodes and what seems like a lifetime, we’re left with the two best chefs ready to duke it out for the title of "Top Chef."

With Gregory and Mei winning, respectively, the first QuickFire and Elimination Challenge, they have been the odds-on favorites since the beginning. No matter what happens, I think we can all agree that the right two chefs made it to the finale.

Since the title of this episode is “Mano a Mano,” let’s take a quick look at the Tale of the Tape. Out of the 14 total Elimination Challenges, Gregory has finished 9 times, winning four of those challenges. Similarly, Mei also has finished 9 times, but she’s only won...