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The only bit of controversy came with dessert, when the producers presented the two finalists with local honey - the only animal product used in the whole show. Pointing out the tough time bees are having these days, Landau hesitated before including the honey with his berry dish. In the end, he decided to go for it, and won the day.
Landau enjoyed the experience, he tells us, and noted that the hour-long show was "[t]he end result of 20 hours of tape (14 on the day of the shoot, six at the restaurant and market)." He plans to donate some of his winnings - $10,000 - to an animal shelter.