January 06, 2014 09:00 AM

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Top Chef is leaving New Orleans and going to 


Judges Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi and Gail Simmons are jetting to Maui with the final crop of contestants for a two-part Top Chef New Orleans finale, in which the chefs’ pantries arrive in a catamaran rowed by men in luau gear (and Padma dons an ocean-blue jumpsuit only she could pull off).

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At least one chef is pulling out some impressive talent in tropical paradise: “This is easily the best dish I’ve had all year,” Tom says at the judge’s table—but in the end, it’s still a heated race for the crown. “This is the closest finale I’ve ever experienced,” Padma says.

Part one of the finale also reveals the winner of Last Chance Kitchen, an online only competition where eliminated chefs battle for a chance to return to the Top Chef finaleTune in January 29 at 10 p.m. ET and February 5 at 10 p.m. ET. to see it all.

Watch the video below for an early look at the competition:

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—Marissa Conrad

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