Top Chef Season 19 finale: A final victorious plate

TOP CHEF -- "The Final Plate" Episode 1914 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sarah Welch, Evelyn Garcia, Buddha Lo -- (Photo by: David Moir/Bravo)
TOP CHEF -- "The Final Plate" Episode 1914 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sarah Welch, Evelyn Garcia, Buddha Lo -- (Photo by: David Moir/Bravo) /

As the three finalists look to earn the coveted chef title, the Top Chef Season 19 finale will not disappoint. While foodies might have their favorite chef, the three finalists have proven their culinary creativity. But, can those emotions be channeled onto that final, victorious plate?

According to Bravo, the Top Chef Season 19 finale, “A Final Plate” features the following:

"The finalists prepare themselves for the most important cook of their lives. They’ll have to leave it all on the plate in order to wow Padma, Tom, Gail, and guest judges Stephanie Izard and Eric Ripert along with special guest diners Gregory Gourdet, Edward Lee, Janos Wilder, Bricia Lopez, Hunter Lewis and Alexander Smalls. Once they’re reunited with their sous chefs, the top three immediately get to work on executing a four-course progressive menu worthy of $250,000 and the title of Top Chef."

Looking at the three finalists, there are both similarities and clear differences between all the chefs. Even though all three have accolades, have studied their craft and have drawn on their experiences, their approach to food is different. From Buddha’s carefully crafted, precise plates to Sarah’s connection to the ingredients to Evelyn’s emotions felt in every bite, it is impossible to predict which chef will walk away with the title.

The key to winning the Top Chef Season 19 finale is the progression of the meal. Even though Top Chef cheftestants might prefer to avoid dessert on some occasions, the meal needs to have that crescendo. The palate needs to be awoken with the first course yet needs to finish with a bite that leaves a lasting impression.

As any food television fan appreciates, it is difficult to impress with each and every plate. Similar to the curse of the duality dish, the chefs need to be thoughtful not just with one plate but with all the plates. No one wants to start too strong only to falter in the last course.

Again, it is impossible to predict which chef could win. All three chefs are well-versed with a multi-course, progressive menu. Even though Buddha does tasting menus at his restaurant, it doesn’t necessarily mean that he has an advantage. Given the intricacies in his dishes, it will take careful planning to ensure that he avoids being in the weeds.

Looking back at past Top Chef finales, it really comes down to the emotional connection between the food, the diners and the chef. Everyone is expected to execute well. There cannot be a bad night in the kitchen. But, the chef who can leave their heart on the plate will earn the high praise.

The Top Chef Season 19 finale will air Thursday, June 2 at 8 p.m. on Bravo.