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Food & Wine Hosts Top Chef Finale Viewing Party

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Ed Cotton, Top Cheftestant; Gail Simmons, Food & Wine special projects director and Top Chef: Just Desserts Judge
(Credit: Sylvain Gaboury for Food & Wine)

— JESSICA EULE

It was a foodie paradise Wednesday as New York’s great chefs gathered at Tom Colicchio’s Craft restaurant for Food & Wine‘s Top Chef D.C. finale party. Noted toques like Eric Ripert, Jonathan Waxman, Scott Conant, Marcus Samuelsson, Masaharu Morimoto all came to see who would be crowned this season’s winner. And, since the finale took the contestants to Singapore, the city’s tourism board was also on hand to dish about the Asian culinary scene.

With only Ed Cotton in attendance from this season’s cast, we had a chance to ask him about his so-called rivalry with fellow New York contestant Angelo Sosa. “It was a lot of editing,” Cotton said of the drama this season. “Of course I wanted to succeed in kicking Angelo’s ass, but there was no rivalry.”

And what did Cotton think about Sosa’s illness leading up to the final challenge? “The cast and crew all got sick at some point. Maybe it was a 24 hour bug. Or maybe it was just his nerves. He was supposed to be Mr. Asian.”

As for the rumored upcoming Top Chef All-Stars, Food & Wine editor-in-chief Dana Cowin was mum. However, if speculation is correct, it sounds like Sosa may have a chance to redeem himself, as Cotton confirmed he will not be partaking in any upcoming seasons.

See more pics from the event after the jump.

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GQ Manages to Party On in Style

100_3517.jpgNot all the media parties have been canceled! Last night FBNY attended GQ‘s Men of Style four floor high shindig at the Louis Vuitton store on 5th Ave with a whole of very expensive looking people. The event was held in honor of this year’s most “stylish” men: Dan Abrams, Gossip GirlsEd Westwick, Ugly Betty‘s Eric Mabius, and Eric Ripert the chef at Le Bernadin. We caught up with Dan Abrams for a minute and asked him what exactly made him so stylish, he told us the Louis Vuitton clothes he was wearing pretty much did the trick! He also mentioned he thought David Gregory was a great pick for hosting duties at Meet the Press.

As for how GQ managed such a lavish party in this downturn, well as one party guest pointed out to us, appearances can be deceiving.

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