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WATCH: And the Winner of Top Chef: New Orleans Is…

After four courses from Top Chef finalists Nina Compton and Nicholas Elmi, a special panel of eaters — including, but not limited to, Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons’ baby bump, Emeril Lagasse, Morimoto, and Top Chef: Seattle fan favorite and Hawaiian native Sheldon Simeon — a panel of five judges declared a winner.

Padma, Tom, Gail, Emeril, and Hugh Acheson deliberated hours into the night to decide which chef made a better meal that night, in spite of the fact that Nina had clearly cooked better all season long (which Tom admitted when he called into Watch What Happens Live after the finale).

Somewhat contentiously, that winner was Nicholas Elmi. But…congratulations, Nick(?)! Watch the big reveal below and feel free to spend the rest of the day processing your complicated feelings.

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