And the winner of Top Chef is... Jeremy Ford!
Ford and runner-up Amar Santana worked with their respective mentors for the last challenge. Although Ford served undercooked duck, he still beat out Santana, whose dishes weren't as well-executed.
Ford opens up about what he's learned from each of the top five contestants, his biggest competition on the show and so much more.
Jeremy Ford: Kwame is my favorite contestant of all time because we spent so much time together, and I got to know him not only as a chef but as an amazing person as well.
JF: Absolutely, I was surprised by my win because at any and all times, you are going against the best of the best, and it's always anyone's game to win.
JF: Amar's biggest strength is his calm, collected demeanor while cooking. He is never in a frantic mode.
JF: I think one of the best things about being on Top Chef is receiving the criticism from such amazing palates. As you go through the competition, there are so many different levels of things that they can pick apart about your cooking, and it's humbling.
JF: Gail Simmons because not only does she give you criticism, but she gives it to you in a way that allows you to apply her criticism, in order to make your next dish better.
JF: There's a lot of down time where the contestants come up with crazy games to pass the time!
JF: I was actually very threatened by Carl, especially towards the end of the competition.
JF: Honestly, there was no one that I clashed with.
JF: I learned from Isaac that simplicity can take you a long way. I learned from Marjorie that baking can be a major part in winning the challenges. I learned from Amar that utilizing classic French techniques is definitely respected by the judges, especially Tom. I learned from Kwame that using bold Asian flavors really makes your dish stand out because of that pop of flavor.
JF: I feel that your destiny on Top Chef is determined by what you cook each week, male or female.
JF: Eating Hubert Keller's pig-foot stew was the best experience on the show.
JF: The biggest challenge for me was completing a composed dish with such short time restraints.
JF: Continue to work hard and grow my culinary knowledge under the mentorship of Jean-Georges [Vongerichten].
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