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In one of the bigger surprises of this year's Emmy Awards, Top Chef took home the award for "Best Reality Competition Series," beating out The Amazing Race. It was Top Chef's first win in this category (even though it's been nominated four consecutive times) -- and the first win for any show aside from The Amazing Race, which has had that category in lock-down since the award was introduced in 2003. The Top Chef team of Padma Lakshmi, Gail Simmons, Tom Colicchio and the rest of the producers took the stage in disbelief to accept the award.
The award was given for season six, Top Chef: Las Vegas, which featured one of the stronger competitions of recent memory. It certainly helped that the contestants were much more down to earth than backstabbing. The finale aired on December 16, 2009, where Michael Voltaggio edged out his brother Bryan Voltaggio and Kevin Gilespie to take home the title of "Top Chef."
In related news, Top Chef is currently winding down season seven, in Washington D.C. Bravo has just announced that the show's finale will take place in Singapore, marking the first time a winner is crowned outside the U.S. or its territories (season 4 ended in Puerto Rico).
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