Where There's a Wilcox, There's Another Top Chef Victory

For those keeping score, Abacus Chef de Cuisine Tré Wilcox has now won two out of six Elimination Challenges on Top Chef.
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No Top Chef wrap-up this morning; had an early-a.m. interview, alas, which surely bummed out Shinsei's Casey Thompson, winner of last night's Quickfire quiz and no fan of this blog's weekly wrap-ups. (Note to Casey: Didn't you heed Season Two Sam's advice, when he said, "Don't read the blogs"? Because those who can do; and those who can't edit blogs, dig?)

It was no surprise that Tré Wilcox came up the big winner last night, with a pair of ducatsairplane tickets to Italy. (He and padnuh CJ sealed the deal with their frozen dinners, if only because you can never go wrong with free meals doused in truffles. And how it is no one else thought to freeze everything individually? C'mon.) At his cooking class two weeks back at Farmers Market, the Abacus Chef de Cuisine said he was heading to Italy in the near future; he also said he thinks about opening his own restaurant "every hour on the hour," and now it turns out that he'd like it to be an Italian joint, who knew?

During his class, Wilcox also informed us he'd been invited to appear on Top Chef; no tryouts for the talented, apparently. Alas, despite one very interesting hint regarding his future plans, which we'll leave on the table for now, he spilled no other beans -- or truffle oil, for that matter, as he prepped his superb seared sea scallops on a bed of corn, which turned out to be easily prepped at home. One thing we learned you'd never know from watching Top Chef: The guy has the biggest, loudest, most infectious laugh ever Last night, it took two tickets to paradise just to get the dude to smile. --Robert Wilonsky

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