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Top Chef Podcast – Just Desserts season 2, Ep. 2: Disharmonious desserts

Top Chef Podcast – Just Desserts season 2, Ep. 2: Disharmonious desserts
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During the newest episode ofTop Chef Just Desserts, there was plenty of drama but not much delivery — delivery of entertainment, that is.

When life gives you lemons, make dessert! The Quickfire welcomed famed cake artist Margaret Braun as guest judge. She challenged the pastry chef’testants to create a delicious and original dessert with lemon as the star ingredient. What we learned from this challenge: Chocolate and caramel aren’t the greatest flavor pairings with lemon. We also saw an infringement of Top Chef Rule #27 by Orlando: Don’t talk smack about the guest judges (the ones who are culinary professionals, that is) — they’re more experienced than the chef’testants and they deserve respect, plus it just looks tacky and unprofessional (and could come back to bite you in the ass later). Matthew ended up taking the win and immunity in the Elimination Challenge with his Lemon Vanilla Créme with Mint Purée and Hazelnut Sable.

For the Elimination, the chefs had to team up in trios to build towering cakes for an event at the Walt Disney Philharmonic in L.A. The rules: each team member had to create a layer for the cake that represented them (in flavor?) and they all had to make it look purty on the outside. Not an easy task when one has to present their creations in the hot sun and/or the person decorating it doesn’t know what they’re doing.

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Tonight’s Top Chef Just Desserts preview: New faces and fairy tale sweets (videos)

Tonight’s Top Chef Just Desserts preview: New faces and fairy tale sweets (videos)
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Another sweet installment of Top Chef Just Desserts premieres tonight on Bravo, welcoming 14 new pastry chef’testants and some familiar faces as Gail Simmons, Johnny Iuzzini, Hubert Keller and Dannielle Whatsherface (Kyrillos) return to the judges table.

Like last season, one chef will be eliminated each week (unless we have another surprise double elimination or someone gets carted off to the loony bin again) until one chef remains to claim the title. The winning chef will receive $100,000 furnished by KitchenAid, a feature in Food & Wine magazine and a showcase at the Annual Food & Wine Cayman Cookout.

Celebrity guest judges this season to include Beastie Boys’ Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz, the cast of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, renowned Pastry Chef Francois Payard, and acclaimed chef Cat Cora among others.

During tonight’s premiere episode, we meet these fresh new faces who are immediately thrown into their Quickfire Challenge (though the preview video below gives no clue as to what it is). For their Elimination Challenge, the chefs team up to create fairy tale inspired pastry creations and show pieces.

My favorite quotes from the preview videos (below):
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Top Chef Masters Podcast, Episode 4: “Magically Delicious”

Top Chef Masters Podcast, Episode 4: “Magically Delicious”

This week, we were again graced with the presence of Jeff Houck (The Stew), as well as the usual suspects: Taylor Eason, Stephen Hammill, and yours truly, Katie Machol.

Our cheftestants had to participate in another MacGyver-style (or MacGruber, as we like to think) elimination challenge: The One Armed Egg Challenge! (Not as dirty as it sounds, though Anita Lo used her teeth a lot.) We also finally get to see Doogie Howser (a.k.a.: Neil Patrick Harris) as a guest judge, along with Top Chef regular Gail Simmons, and a surprise visit from Tom Colicchio.

After much discussion and debate over the show and challenges presented, we asked ourselves this: Does Neil Patrick Harris’ love of magic make him less cool now?
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Top Chef Podcast, episode 2: “The Lost Supper”

Top Chef Podcast, episode 2: “The Lost Supper”

This week we discussed episode 2 of Top Chef Masters: The Lost Supper. Our special guest this week was Jeff Houck, food writer for The Tampa Tribune, who added a great dose of humor to the show and kept us in stitches.
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Top Chef Podcast: Top Chef Masters, episode 1

Top Chef Podcast: Top Chef Masters, episode 1


If you have been paying attention to all of the ads and the commercials on Bravo, you’ll already know that the Top Chef series is back (and we’re hoping you’ve watched). This time, there’s a twist: 24 well-known, seasoned chefs go head-to-head and compete in challenges just like they’ve put the contestants from past seasons through, all to win money for their charity of choice.

Top Chef Masters is a bit different than the original show, though. Instead of sticking all 24 of the “masters” in an apartment and make them eat, sleep, booze, and live together, four of them at a time compete in an episode. I was thoroughly surprised when I saw this – they didn’t mention that in the previews, but I can understand why this was done. (Do you really think these chefs are going to give up the reins of their uber popular restaurants and two months of their lives just for a TV show? Though I would liked to have seen a Hosea-Leah hookup scenario between, say, Roy Yamaguchi and Cindy Pawlcyn.)
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