updated 03/30/2011 AT 5:00 PM ET
•originally published 03/31/2011 AT 8:00 AM ET
After weeks of toil, twists and tight competition, Richard Blais and Mike Isabella were both left standing, seeking redemption and victory in Wednesday’s Top Chef All-Stars finale.
Over the course of an especially rigorous season, in which the two competed against fellow Top Chef alums, all of whom came just this close to winning their respective seasons, Blais and Isabella distinguished themselves with their invariably impressive and high-level cooking.
Blais, a master of molecular gastronomy, led with his intellect, serving playful, high-concept dishes and showcasing a variety of sophisticated techniques. Isabella, meanwhile, really stepped up mid-season, displaying expertise and confidence with Italian and Mediterranean cooking that afforded him an early lead in the final challenges.
So which chef was named the ultimate winner? Keep reading to find out.