Top Chef: Just Desserts Names Its First Winner

Finalists Yigit Pura, Morgan Wilson, and Danielle Keene explain themselves to the judges.
Finalists Yigit Pura, Morgan Wilson, and Danielle Keene explain themselves to the judges.
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The first season of Top Chef: Just Desserts drew to a close last night ...

... with Yigit Pura emerging victorious as the series' very first winner.

Pura, a Turkish-born pastry chef who lives in San Francisco, battled it out with Los Angeles' Danielle Keene, and Morgan Wilson, a Dallas chef who was widely reviled by his fellow contestants for his bullying demeanor and casually homophobic remarks.

As the winner, Pura gets $100,000, a rather grandfatherly looking silver Buick, and what will undoubtedly be countless Top Chef cross-promotional branding opportunities. His win marks the end of what was a terrifically fun first season, replete with meltdowns, cake wrecks, disco dust, and general bitchiness -- and also genuinely compelling personalities, including New York chefs Eric Wolitzky (from Baked) and Flex Mussels' Zac Young.

Here's hoping Season 2 will capitalize on the goodwill generated by the show's maiden voyage, or that Top Chef: All-Stars will at least be good enough to sate our appetites for culinary drama in the meantime.

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