Tiffani, season one's runner up, finally won the title of Top Chef, along with $20,000.
Tom: (to Marcel) So, are we gonna get a molecular Christmas dinner?
Padma: (getting ready to try Tiffani and Tre's dishes) Well, let's see what a $20,000 plate of food tastes like.
C.J.: I hope to God Eric Ripert likes my dish. I mean, he's the king of perfect presentation and perfect execution so, I'm confidently worried.
Marcel: For me, Top Chef is like a surrogate family, and I wouldn't hold anything against anybody, especially, like, Betty. I mean, I think that uh, we can all get along. Is that a cliché?
This episode won the 2008 James Beard Media award for "Television Food Special."
This special aired a day later (Thursday), an hour earlier (9:00 pm), and half an hour longer than it's normally scheduled broadcast time. It was also filmed in Chicago, the locale for Top Chef 4, in the middle of summer.