Blais and Mike come back out to find out who is the big winner. Their family members and the previously-eliminated cheftestants are all there to see what happens. They all look really nervous. Padma draws out the suspense as long as she can. Tom reminds them that Blais was steady all season long and Mike came on strong at the end, and he thinks they are both worthy of the title of Top Chef, though only one can win. So who will win? Oh come on. You know it's Blais. He is shocked. He really thought he was going to lose. He starts crying and everyone runs over to hug him (and Mike, sort of). In an interview, Blais says, "Where there's a will, there's a way. I willed this." He is just naked emotion. As much as he bugged me at times, I am happy for him. And then they show him call and tell his wife. Sweet. Mike thinks that he should have won, of course, but whatever. Blais looks so, so, so happy. I hope he can get rid of some of his self-doubt now. Next week: reunion. And it looks contentious!
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