Samuelsson won over Tom Colicchio, Rick Bayless, and Michael Chiarello with his Ethiopia- and Sweden-influenced meal, which included smoked char with shellfish broth and root vegetables, duck breast with foie gras, and berbere-flavored hamachi meatballs with sea urchin froth and couscous. Moonen and Lee each scored 17 points; Samuelsson outdid them both with a very close 17 1/2 stars. While I heard rumblings of the winner a couple months ago, I wasn't sure they were true, and was expecting Susur Lee to win.
Were you surprised by the outcome? Do you think Marcus Samuelsson deserves the title of Top Chef Master?
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