Top Chef: The Gender Card

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*Spoiler*

The whole entire world knows that Stephanie won Top Chef, last week. She is the first woman to win the competition, and I’m so thrilled because Stephanie is a reality star with credibility: she is an awesomely talented woman who grappled with her talent and self-doubt. She out-performed her peers, and she won the show with her credibility in tact. How cool is that?

I’ve watched Top Chef for four seasons, but I had no idea that there is a Top Chef blog. Furthermore, I had no idea that Tom Colicchio had something to say about gender and opportunities for women who aspire to be chefs.

I am glad Stephanie won because I hope it will encourage a new generation of women to follow in her footsteps and in the footsteps of other important women cooking today like Lydia Bastianich, Elena Arzak, H

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