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‘Top Chef Junior’ finale features girl chefs defying stereotypes

Who runs the reality kitchen world? Girls. The “Top Chef Junior” finale airs Saturday, and for the first time both contenders for the winning title — and $50,000 grand prize — are (very) young ladies. Native New Yorker Nikki Bidun, 11, and Atlanta’s Londyn Green, 12, will be food fighting for the honor and cash. And they might not realize it, but they are also beating down a common culinary misconception. Less than 7 percent of US restaurants are led by female chefs — but more than half the students at the Culinary Institute of America are now women. Yes, these gals are on trend to change things. Upper West Sider Bidun, who auditioned but didn’t make the cut for the series’ debut season last year, identifies strongly ...