Utah chef Viet Pham came close to winning the title of "Extreme Chef" last night on The Food Network. But his final bite lacked flavor and the judges awarded Terry French the second season title and $50,000.
Pham, co-owner of Salt Lake City's Forage restaurant, had a good start, winning the express challenge with a savory Thai Jungle Tamale. The win allowed Pham to move directly into the final and skip the Extreme Challenge. He sat on the sidelines and watched French and Tiffany Ward battle for the last spot.
In the final showdown, Pham and French climbed 274 steps of 1,3000-year-old Buddhist temple, collecting ingredients along the way. Their challenge was to prepare black chicken, a sacred food in Thailand, with notes of sweet, sour, salty and heat.