Sam Talbot has whipped up a recipe for romance that he hopes will end with a trip down the aisle.

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The former Top Chef second-season finalist and his girlfriend Paola Guerro got engaged over the weekend, People reported Wednesday.

"I'm so in love it's unreal," Talbot told People. "She's amazing. She's stunning."

Talbot and Guerro -- a 30-year-old model and T-shirt designer from Columbia -- reportedly met last December at his 30th birthday bash in Brazil. 

While the couple has yet to set a date for their wedding, Talbot said Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi and judge Tom Colicchio will most likely be in attendance.

"Tom and I talk all the time," Talbot told People. "We're friends."

After finishing third on Top Chef's Fall 2006 second season, Talbot opened The Surf Lodge in Montauk, NY -- where he said Guerro is a regular visitor.

"She takes care of me in many ways," he told People.  "I'm quite lucky."