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'Top Chef' finalists face off before finale

March 30, 2011 at 10:37 AM ET

The last two “Top Chef All-Stars” standing, Richard Blais and Mike Isabella, will battle for the best of the best title on Wednesday night’s finale, but fans don’t have to wait until show time to get a taste of what to expect.

Blais and Isabella took part in an unofficial pre-finale challenge on TODAY to determine whose spring lasagna deserved top honors. Would it be Blais’ innovative pasta-free dish, featuring “impasta” layers of zucchini and pressed Mornay? Or would Isabella’s classic dish, complete with herbs sandwiched between sheets of pasta, win the best review?

After tasting the end results, hosts Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira remained neutral, but Savannah Guthrie was on hand to break the tie.

“I think I like that one best,” she announced after just one bite of the “impasta” dish.

Decide the top chef for yourself by preparing the new school versus old school recipes at home, or just watch “Top Chef” tonight (at 10 p.m. ET on Bravo) to see what the judges have to say about the official final face-off.

Here’s a sneak peek of what’s to come:

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