After putting out his "best food" on the Top Chef: All-Stars finale, Mike Isabella thought victory was his — until Padma Lakshmi announced Richard Blais as the champ. "I thought I won. I've never gotten comments like that before in both seasons," Mike tells TVGuide.com. "Regardless, I did win. ... It was a personal victory. To be on All-Stars and to make it that far — when it was time to step up, I stepped up. As it got tighter and tighter, I got better and better. I couldn't ask for anything more of myself. I'm really proud of myself." Find out how he prepped for the finale, why he's "so proud" of Jamie and if he ever got that "8:37" tattoo.
Top Chef Season 7 has stormed the kitchens of Washington, D.C., with a new voice on the judging panel: four-time James Beard Award winner Eric Ripert. What does head judge Tom Colicchio think of the new arrival? "Having Eric judging the food has a little bit more weight than Toby [Young] judging your food," he says. Colicchio also sizes up this season's cheftestants for TVGuide.com and tells us his favorite Top Chef dishes of all time. Plus: How would he handle the dreaded dessert course if he were in competition?