By Doris Bravo

Sadly, our in-house pop culture expert Doris Bravo is back with her final installment of her Top Chef Chile weekly reviews.  It’s been one hell of a ride for all the contestants involved, though for Doris’ blood pressure, it might be good that the first-ever season has come to an end.  We’re already looking forward to next season.  For now, get Doris’ take on the finale, and a strong win for the ladies.  Game-changer, folks. 

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For numerous reasons I can’t address in this review, pre-Columbian culture in Chile is not as palpable as it is among our neighbors (Peru, Bolivia, etc.) The indigenous communities that survived the Conquest have been pushed to the margins of society while historic groups are a faint memory in the national psyche. Last night’s extravagant finale of Top Chef Chile awkwardly mimicked a sacrificial ceremony, or rather, what Hollywood would’ve crafted had the Indiana Jones franchise ever come to Latin America.