World All-Stars winner announced in latest episode of Padma Lakshmi

Beloved Excellent chef Host Padma Lakshmi’s latest episode sizzled with a tasty record, as the long-running reality competition series crowned its first-ever back-to-back winner of the season on Thursday. Top Chef: World All-Stars final.

After winning Season 19, Brooklyn-based contestant Buddha Lo won the Emmy-winning Bravo program’s 20th season, taking home a $250,000 prize on Top Chef Mexico Season 2 winner Gabriel “Gabri” Rodriguez and Excellent chef season 16 champion Sara Bradley.

TOP CHEF -- Episode 2014

TOP CHEF — Episode 2014

Fred Jagueneau/Bravo The latest episode of Padma Lakshmi’s “Top Chef”

Lo’s Season 20 record included four Quickfire wins, four Elimination Challenge wins and triumphing after the final meal, which saw the trio of chefs prepare dinner for several high-profile guests in Paris.

“I am truly honored to be a part of this iconic season. Winning consecutive seasons of Excellent chef It’s surreal,” Lo, executive chef of Marky’s Caviar in New York, said in a statement after his victory. “It’s been an incredible journey from when I was called up to Houston to the final at Paris. Growing up in Australia with parents from Hong Kong and Malaysia, my cuisine represents different parts of the globe, and competing with top chefs from around the world was a dream come true. It was the ultimate competition.”

Thursday’s episode marked the last for Lakshmi, who was nominated for 14 Emmys for her animation and production.

TOP CHEF -- Episode 2014

TOP CHEF — Episode 2014

Fred Jagueneau/Bravo Finalists of the season finale “Top Chef: World All-Stars”.

“After much soul-searching, I made the difficult decision to leave. Excellent chef“, Lakshmi wrote in a social media post on June 2 announcing her exit. “After completing a glorious 20th season as host and executive producer, I am extremely proud to have participated in building a such a successful show and the impact it has had in the television and food worlds.”

In addition to Excellent chefLakshmi has written books and started the Hulu cooking series taste the nation in 2020.

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