Last week, we finished our interview of Bryan Voltaggio with a poll.  Judging by the number of responses we’ve received, quite a few of our readers are watching Top Chef along with us – and you’re pretty evenly divided between Atlanta’s Kevin Gillespie and local favorite Bryan as your choice to win it all.

Here at Capital Spice, we want to give you a chance to join in the winning during the finale on Wednesday night.  We’ve got a Top Chef prize package that includes a copy of Top Chef Season 5 (featuring DC’s own Carla Hall) and the new Top Chef Quickfire Cookbook.  The prizes come courtesy of Bravo’s “Eat Tastefully,” an online series in which Season 3 cheftestant Brian Malarkey whips up healthier versions of winning dishes.

And they can be yours – just in time for the holidays – if you join in the contest after the jump.

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In case you haven’t heard, Eat Tastefully has been running in conjunction with this season of Top Chef.  Each week, Brian Malarkey takes the dish that wins the Elimination Challenge and revises it, making it healthier and more accessible for home cooks.  He’s also been sharing his thoughts on the week’s episode via his Get Fresh blog.

Drooling over Bryan Voltaggio’s fig-glazed shortribs this week?  Now you can make a version of the dish at home using trimmed lean brisket.  If you’re a visual learner, you can follow along with Chef Malarkey’s video.  More of a learn-by-doing type?  Print out the recipe and give it a go on your own.

And now for the contest…

Bravo is already in the process of bringing their other traveling franchise, the Real Housewives, to Washington.  It’s only a matter of time before the folks at Magical Elves pick Washington to play host to Top Chef.  We’ve already got a community of current and former cheftestants – Spike Mendelsohn, Carla Hall, Mike Isabella and Bryan Voltaggio – for them to tap into once they get here.

We figured we’d use this contest as an opportunity to show the producers just what a DC-based season of Top Chef could offer.

To win the Top Chef Prize Package, reply to this post with a suggestion for an elimination challenge that highlights something uniquely Washington.

Be creative!  Think about locations, ingredients, events and possible guest judges who best represent DC.  We’ll read through all your suggestions and pick a winner.

The contest will remain open until the beginning of the Top Chef finale on Wednesday night, so you’ve got a little over 60 hours to give it your best shot.  We’ll announce the winning entry on Thursday.

Good luck to everyone!

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