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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: A hot mess of cakes (videos)

Tonight’s Top Chef Just Desserts preview: A hot mess of cakes (videos)
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On tonight’s episode of Top Chef Just Desserts, it looks like a hot mess of cakes.

The chefs must team up again this week to make towering cakes with a musical theme. The preview videos don’t reveal if this is for the Quickfire or the Elimination challenge, but regardless, it looks to be challenging enough as they have to display their cakes outside in the hot sun…and watch as they all slowly fall apart (the cakes, that is).

The preview videos were a bit ‘meh’ this week — they definitely could have used a dose of bitchery by sassy Orlando throwin’ some shade or another shot of the inexperienced Craig freaking out. Yes, I know I complained to high heaven during last season that the show was on drama overload and had too many mental breakdowns, but isn’t that what we’ve all come to expect from the show to a certain degree? Bravo knows that drama and bitchery make for “good” TV (and by “good” I mean, gets decent ratings due to the onscreen drama).

The only decent quote from the preview videos (below):
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Top Chef Podcast – Just Desserts season 2, Ep. 1: Soda shop sweets and fairy-tale treats

Top Chef Podcast – Just Desserts season 2, Ep. 1: Soda shop sweets and fairy-tale treats
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Top Chef Just Desserts is back with a vengeance this season with a new cast, new challenges and a new hairdo for Johnny (a more deflated-looking version than his former bouffant). But one thing for sure that hasn’t changed: the bitchery! (Yes, I made that word up. Deal.)

We could already see some of the strong personalities come out in episode one, like the very forthright Orlando Santos whose shop is named “Orlando’s Chocolate Treats” (I swear these jokes write themselves), Sally Camacho who is the head pastry chef of WP24 (a Wolfgang Puck Restaurant) at the Ritz Carlton in L.A., and Chris Hanmer, the youngest American to win the title of World Pastry Champion (in ’04). And then there were those who left us scratching our heads, asking, “How did they get on this show?” (*cough* Craig *cough*)

Of course, the chefs were thrown right into the first Quickfire challenge right after their little meet-and-greet. The chefs had to pair up to create a “modern soda fountain treat” at a Soda Jerks ice cream shop. Some looked avant-garde and chic, while others’ desserts just looked — as James Oseland would snootily quip — too “pedestrian”.

We also learned a new term this episode, “NFG” which stands for “non-functional garnish.” It’s something I have been very vocal about in past seasons of Top Chef and basically means, “if you can’t eat it, then get it the heck off of that plate!”
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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 Just Desserts returns August 24th!

Top Chef Just Desserts returns August 24th!

Yes, they’ve decided to make another installment of what has to be the craziest season (in every sense of the word) that the Top Chef franchise has ever seen.

Top Chef Just Desserts will premiere on Wednesday, August 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo, bringing 14 new pastry chef contestants to duke it out — culinarily speaking.

Famed pastry chef and Johnny Bravo look-alike Johnny Iuzzini will return as head judge and Gail Simmons, judge on regular Top Chef, will play host once again. Critically acclaimed chef, Top Chef Masters finalist and superstar DJ Hubert Keller will also be on the judges’ panel along with that blonde chick from last season, Dannielle Kyrillos, whose name we could never remember (let alone pronounce).

Special guests to include Beastie Boys’ Adam “Ad Rock” Horovitz, The Cast of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (the original film), Renowned Pastry Chef Francois Payard, Acclaimed Chef Cat Cora and the “Hughnibrow” himself, Chef Hugh Acheson, among others.

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Appetizing Top Chef updates: Second helpings of Top Chef Masters and new spinoff will be ‘Just Desserts’

Appetizing Top Chef updates: Second helpings of Top Chef Masters and new spinoff will be ‘Just Desserts’

top-chef-logoLike me, most of you Top Chef fans probably get a little anxious by this time of the week – it’s been how many days since the last episode?! Well, I’m here to give you a Top Chef fix to help you get through the next few days. Since the Restaurant Wars episode aired last Wednesday, I have come across some very exciting news about future seasons and a few stupidly entertaining videos from the current season.
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