On the fourth week of “Top Chef” three chefs had to prepare a dish for the TODAY show and Meredith Vieira, Hoda Kotb, Natalie Morales and Kathie Lee Gifford got to judge. Chef Ariane Durate won the competition and is sharing her simple and scrumptious recipes for mushroom and herb goat cheese bruschetta and tequila marinated shrimp with avocado cream.Recipe: Mushroom and herb goat cheese bruschetta drizzled with truffle oil (on this page) Recipe: Tequila marinated shrimp with avocado cream (on this page)
About Ariane Durate: The chef and owner of CulinAriane, a four-star restaurant in Montclair, N.J., Ariane, 41, was inspired to cook as a child by her grandmothers. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Ariane worked in several restaurants before opening CulinAriane with her husband. She believes it is important to keep smiling.