December 11th, 2009
01:33 PM ET

"Top Chef" finale pulled in season high ratings

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Not everyone was pleased with the selection of ornery little brother Michael Voltaggio as Bravo’s newest “Top Chef,” but plenty of folks tuned in to see him beat out his brother Bryan and down home favorite Kevin Gillespie, delivering season high ratings for the reality cooking show.

The last episode of the Las Vegas, Nevada-based season pulled in 3.4 million viewers to watch the final three chefs prepare a four-course meal for the judges at the Napa Valley restaurant Cyrus.

The food porn show picked up fans over the course of the season. The finale drew nearly 1 million more viewers than the season opener back in August.

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  1. South African Art Distributor

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    August 24, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Leo

    I was very surprised that Jennifer Carroll did not make the final cut, she was definitely my favorite, great show, blase finale.

    December 14, 2009 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sue

    umm, yeah.... it really DOES say, "the FOOD PORN show picked up fans..."

    I've been trying to deduce what the writer may have been trying to say here (is it a typo?), but I just can't figure it out. food born/ borne? doesn't make sense either...

    The brothers Volt indeed made this one of the best seasons ever. Been wishing the Bravo execs would come up with a spinoff show...

    December 14, 2009 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jack

    The show is better with the bickering, bad guys, and when they turn out bad dishes. The season when Hung won is watchable art.

    December 14, 2009 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. dc

    I found the season one of the most boring. I think the producers thought so too or they would have not added more elaborate prizes and more star quality judges. One of the few with personality was Kevin. I found the brothers both arrogant and condescending to others. How can Michael honestly say he respected the other's cooking when he many times belittled Kevin's simplicity ... when he himself failed making an egg right. And then he wins even though he flunked baking a desert he admitted to have made a million times (OH THAT'S ORIGINAL !!!!). I think Michael had the personality of dirty dish water ... sorry that's what it takes to be a Top Chef. I would take Kevin or even a few of the other losers on a bad day over Michael any time. I also want to say – that I think it was very unfair and unsportsman like the asssitants that Kevin got stuck with – The six up for grabs were not all equal – that was for sure.

    December 14, 2009 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jessica*

    Does that really say the "food porn show"?

    December 14, 2009 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  7. Guest

    I love the Voltaggio brothers.Both of them were extremely talented men and will make it very far in the food industry. Micheal's knowledge of molecular gastronomy absolutely blew my mind and Bryan's execution was exceptional. They made this season the best in the history of Top Chef.

    December 13, 2009 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. G.C.

    Cyrus is not in Napa!

    December 12, 2009 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lisa

    I think that everyone involved showed a tremendous amount of class.
    Well done!

    December 12, 2009 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
  10. Andi

    I could have cared less about these brothers. We couldn't even tell them apart at some points. They were flat & boring. However, Kevin was fun & original, down to the pig tattoo! He deserved to win, I'm sad that he had a bad night. I would take his down-home style any day of the week!

    December 11, 2009 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joanne

    Great show, really love to watch how the meals are prepared and so fancy...though I was really disappointed as I thought that Bryan should have won.

    December 11, 2009 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. paula

    I think this season was the best yet! So many of the competitors were professional and there wasn't the caddy snarkiness (with a few exceptions). I think all three finalists were worthy of winning and although Michael won I think it should have been Bryan. No matter what, those three are rock stars and they didn't feel the need to disrespect each other to make themselves look better – they let their products speak for themselves. I'm hooked and I hope next season is just as good!

    December 11, 2009 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |

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