Last night on the season finale of Top Chef Masters season four, chef Chris Cosentino (Incanto, SF) beat out Kerry Heffernan (NYC) to win the title of "Top Chef Master" — previous winners include Floyd Cardoz (season 3), Marcus Samuelsson (season 2), and Rick Bayless (season 1).
Back in May, Cosentino said he wasn't "doing television anymore" because he was tired of all the "racing around." But then he popped up on the pilot of Time Machine Chefs and won that show, too (he won the title of "the greatest chef in history"). It led Top Chef judge Hugh Acheson to ask on Twitter: "Is there a cooking show that you won't be on this year?"
In the final, the cheftestapants had to cook for a panel of what host Curtis Stone called "the ultimate critics," including Vegas critic John Curtas, Chow founder Jane Goldman, GQ's Alan Richman, and Grub Street's Alan Sytsma. Said Cosentino, "It's like your worst nightmare at the restaurant." And after a season of stunts and cooking for D-list "Bravolebrities," Cosentino won $141,000 for his chosen charity, the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. Here's video:
Video: Chris Cosentino Wins Top Chef Masters Season 4