You already know the sweet news -- tonight is the Season 2 Top Chef: Just Desserts finale. But who's going to get their own just desserts with a win? Cheftestants Sally, Chris, and Matthew are all vying for it.
Gail Simmons is clearly stoked for the showdown. In last week's blog she enthused, "I'm so excited for everyone to see it. It's different than any finale we've done before on Top Chef. Period." That's a pretty hefty endorsement.
One of the compelling factors -- how evenly the Final Three are matched. Check it out:
Sally's performance dipped in the middle of competition, but she came back strong last week with her (only!) Elimination Challenge win -- a sweet version of a Cuban sandwich that blew the judges away. She's had high rankings in four other Eliminations, two middle-of-the-pack slots, and two low rankings. With wins or places high in 5 out of 9 episodes, the petite pastry pixie is a force to be reckoned with.
Chris, meanwhile, won three Eliminations –- a third of the entire season -- and placed well in another two. Like Sally, he has two middle-of-the-pack and two low rankings, which means he has performed just slightly better than Sally. But it's worth pointing out that his Elimination wins were all at the beginning of the season. Has he been slipping, or has he really been saving his strength for tonight?
Matthew on the other hand has the winningest record of the trio of finalists, with four Elimination Challenge wins and one high ranking. Just like Sally and Chris, he has two middle and two low rankings. Matthew's wins have been fairly evenly spaced over the competition, though like Sally and Chris, he dipped in the middle, and was in jeopardy at Judges' Table last week after his "manicotti" left the judges lukewarm.
The episode will be based on pastry's World Series, the ultra-high-stakes Meilleurs Ouvriers de France competition. Can't wait until tonight? Sneak a peek at the impressive guest judges stopping by for the finale.
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