‘Top Chef’ champ on food appropriation, rediscovering L.A.

Bryan Voltaggio, from left, Stephanie Cmar and Melissa King compete in the "Top Chef: All-Stars L.A." finale. <span class="copyright">(Ernesto Ruscio / Bravo)</span>
Bryan Voltaggio, from left, Stephanie Cmar and Melissa King compete in the “Top Chef: All-Stars L.A.” finale. (Ernesto Ruscio / Bravo)

The following story contains spoilers from the season finale of β€œTop Chef All-Stars: Los Angeles.”

“Top Chef All-Stars: Los Angeles” came to a dramatic conclusion on Thursday night as the remaining three chefs β€” Bryan Voltaggio, Stephanie Cmar and Melissa King β€” were tasked with serving a group of international culinary legends in Tuscany, Italy. On the menu? “The best progressive four-course meal of your life,” said host, judge and executive producer Padma Lakshmi.

The Season 17 champion of the Bravo competition series was Melissa King, who paired her Italian techniques and local ingredients with the Chinese flavors of her San Gabriel Valley childhood: char siu glazed octopus with fennel, squash agnolotti with Szechuan chili oil, grilled squab with persimmon, porcini and fermented black bean, and Hong Kong

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