Last night Douglas Keane won Bravo's Top Chef Masters for his four creations: something old, something new, something borrowed, and something sous.
Rioja Chef Jennifer Jasinski four courses were potato-sunchoke galette, a paella gnocchi with chicken meatballs, a Chinese duck with shitake broth, and a smoked macadamia. About her gnocchi Top Chef Masters judge and Saveur editor James Oseland said, "I thought I had a handle on Jennifer's excellence as a cook, and then during the finale meal, she served us her paella gnocchi. My God, it was the single best dish I ate all season— so perfectly balanced, so beautifully executed, so lovely to look at. ?if we're handing out prizes for individual plates of food, this one is the season five gold-medal winner."
Among all of this year's Top Chef Masters contestants, Jasinski won the most money for her charity during the season: $35,000 for Work Options for Women, a Denver non-profit that teaches foodservice skills to women in poverty.
"I have no regrets at all about this experience," Jasinski said after Keane won. Top Chef Masters win or not, yesterday was still a good day for the Denver chef: two of her restaurants, Rioja and Euclid Hall were named among the Top 25 Best Restaurants listed by 5280 Magazine in its October edition. This list is on its fourth year, and while Rioja was included in the first two years, none of Jasinski's eateries made the cut last year.