Casey Thompson is America's Sweetheart -- And $10,000 Richer For It

Casey Thompson, bottom right, wasn't Top Chef, but that doesn't mean she can't make some dough.
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Yeah, sorry 'bout this. We also thought we were done with Top Chef, but last night we caught the third-season reunion episode -- where, turned out, Shinsei's Casey Thompson was awarded the show's "fan favorite" award. Which means, more or less, she came in second: For being America's culinary sweetheart, Thompson -- deemed "the Black Widow" for her befriending three fellow cheftestants right before they were kicked out of the kitchen -- was awarded a $10,000 check. That's $90,000 less than Hung's payday last week. And she got a full set of Calphalon cookware, which runs about, oh, $500, give or take. --Robert Wilonsky

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