March Madness Food Fight: Final Four
Taking inspiration from last year's Food Fight, we thought it would be fun to pit a roster of culinary superstars against each other in competition. We didn't seed them, but arranged them into four categories: TV food personalities, restaurateurs, chefs, and food writers.
In the first four rounds, the competitors were chosen based on their personalities, their stature in the food world, and, well, because it just seemed fun to put them up against each other for reasons beyond their culinary prowess. After putting the fate of these culinary challenges in the hands of the public, the results of the Elite Eight matchups are quite interesting. Tom Colicchio edged out Padma Lakshmi in the battle over the real reason you watch Top Chef; in the fight for New York City restaurant glory, Marcus Samuelsson emerged victorious over David Chang; and Anthony Bourdain continued his winning streak by beating Ed Behr for the title of best food prose stylist.
The Final Four pairings are detailed below, and now the power is in your hands to vote on which participants will advance through to the Finals. Click on the bracket to get an enhanced visual of the battles at hand, and then cast your votes using this survey. Bear in mind that you'll be choosing the victors of each pairing based on the reasons outlined in the breakdown below.
Check back here Monday to see who advances to the Finals.
Breakdown: Final Four
Tom Colicchio v. Danny Meyer: Battle of the restaurant empire builders
Marcus Samuelsson v. Anthony Bourdain: Who has the higher editorial aspirations?