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I got to the West End Tavern two hours before the season finale of Top Chef.  West End is also affiliated with the next-door award winning restaurant, Jax, home to the now very famous Hosea Rosenberg, the newly crowned winner of Top Chef.  

The place was already packed with fans, old and young and in-between (I would be in the in-between category) all a twitter in anticipation of the Top Chef season finale.

With the help of a friend, we conned some people to let us crash their party and got great seats.  Everyone was having a super time.  New friends were made, drinks were ordered and greedily drunk, greasy bar food was quickly consumed as we were all talking about our local chef and how it was a slam-dunk that he should win (sorry Karla).

About an hour before the show, I heard a loud roar from the crowd and looked up to see Hosea standing there with a restrained smile on his face.

"Oh dear, he must have lost if he's here." one of my new friends said.

I jumped up, ran over to him, introduced myself as a blogger for the very big and important and vastly read FABULOUSLY 40 AND BEYOND and that I was going to be writing about the finale.  What a great guy!  Broad smile, put his arm around me, and there you have the picture.

He sat a table away from us to watch the show.  This seemingly shy and very nice guy seemed to be trying to take it all it.  People (including me) were taking his picture all night, asking for autographs, and cell phone cameras were flashing away.

When the show started, the large rowdy crowd of several hundred Boulderites quieted and the show began.

It was a roller coaster ride and whenever Stefan opened his mouth, loud boos filled the beer-fragrant room.  

Suddenly, the time came to announce the winner.  

"CONGRATULATIONS HOSEA.  YOU ARE THE TOP CHEF!"

Pure pandemonium ensued.  The place went crazy.  You would have thought that each and every one of us had just won the lottery.

Hosea, a gentle and humble guy, got up to say a few words.  He seemed completely overwhelmed and kudos to him for a great poker face throughout.  He'd known for weeks that he had won.

Raffles were held.  I was really hoping to win the dinner for 6 prepared by Hosea himself (had already guaranteed the wonderful Liz Emrich a spot...lpsrock was making a strong case for her own place), but alas I was not the lucky winner.

I felt like a winner when I walked out.  These are tough times for so many of us.  Getting a reprieve from the daily stress to spend an evening celebrating with a local chef whose life has suddenly changed was about the best distraction any of us there could have asked for.



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      Donis wrote Feb 26, 2009
    • I love Hosea and was thrilled to see him win.  I regret not knowing they were in New Orleans, I live not far and could have snooped around the filming. My stepson lives in Boulder so I will have to stop by at his restaurant when I visit.
      thanks for the article.



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      Daphne wrote Feb 26, 2009
    • I am a Top Chef fan, too!  How exciting it must have been to be in his company as they named him winner.

      Any idea if he and his girlfriend are still together after the little “indiscretion” with Leah?  I’ll be watching the reunion show next week because i’m SURE that will be addressed!



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      Mary Kelly-Williams, M.A. wrote Feb 27, 2009
    • Hosea and the girlfriend broke up after that show aired.  Leah had a boyfriend also and they are broken up.

      Reality TV can suck!



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      Daphne wrote Feb 27, 2009
    • Hmmm...i think that situation speaks more about the character of the people than it does the character of the genre of television show.

      Too bad the indiscretion was available for the world to see.  I feel badly for Hosea’s g/f and Leah’s b/f.  It’s hard enough to deal with hearing something like that but imagine how hard it is to deal with when you and everyone else SEES it!



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      Bluerose wrote Mar 1, 2009
    • That is so cool that you got to meet Hosea!!



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