The heat in the kitchen was almost more than fans could stand on Wednesday night for the Top Chef: Texas season finale as the two contestants - Paul Qui and Sarah Grueneberg - battled it out for the $125,000 prize.
Ultimately, it was the former who was crowned Season 9's Top Chef.
Both chefs with a connection to the Lone Star State - Paul Qui currently cooks in Austin and Sarah Grueneberg was born there - battled hard until the end.
The finale was "about as close as it can get," according to head judge Tom Colicchio, who told the contestants, "You both should be very, very proud."
But in the end, Padma Lakshmi announced, "Paul, you are Top Chef."
"I am extremely happy to see my dad and mom being there and everybody I have met through out this journey," Qui said, almost at a loss for words.
"The magnitude of what we've done since San Antonio is so broad I can't describe it."
Sarah was upset. "I thought for second it was going to be me and it wasn't," she said while crying. "I think I deserve to be Top Chef but it wasn't my day."
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