Bravotv.com: Have you ever tasted Shinmin’s desserts? What is her reputation in the cake industry?
Shinmin Li is known as a true artist, and has a reputation throughout the cake world for precision, perfection, and brilliance. She works magic with her ingredients and like a sorceress, conjures them into stunning pieces you cannot believe are actually delicious cakes. I drool over her website, www.IDreamofCake.com, and marvel at the jade Buddha toasted almond cake, chocolate reproduction of a famous painting, and sugarwork shoes. Unbelievable stuff.
Bravotv.com: Why didn't anyone taste the edible bouquets?
The edible bouquet Quickfire was actually more about creating a visual masterpiece, a showpiece to delight guests as decoration at a wedding or party. Yes, the bouquets needed to be edible, but they were more a feast for the eyes. This tested the chefs’ ability as visual artists, which is a skill they’re often called upon to use for events.
Bravotv.com: Zac has soo many great one-liners. Is there one in particular that you remember?
Who can pick just one Zac-ism?? Would it be his description of Shinmin, “She may be pretty but that girl breathes fire!” Or, how about, “A flower blossoms at the disco!” I think maybe this week it was when he poured a gallon of melted butter into something and cooed, “Just a little bit of butter. Just a liiitle butter.”
Bravotv.com: Which arrangement would you have chosen to give to your husband?
I would have picked Yigit’s tropical roses and leaves. They were mysterious, romantic, and otherworldly. A lot of my husband’s favorite treasures are imperfect but character-filled pieces from our travels, and the exoticism and personality of Yigit’s piece would fit right in.
Bravotv.com: What went through your mind when Morgan accidentally broke Yigit’s sugar vase?
Some of Morgan’s comments throughout the season have driven me crazy, but I think in the case of the vase he actually felt terrible, and it was a total accident. I admired the way Yigit handled it, focusing on moving forward with his work rather than yelling, and I felt awful he had to do without the delicate, almost creature-like vases he’d envisioned.
Bravotv.com: What celebrity couple would YOU have picked? What dessert would you create?
I just watched, probably for at least the 34th time It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, so I am inspired to go with Charlie Brown and Lucy Van Pelt. Sure, they never actually got it together as a traditional couple, but come on, they’re eight, and they clearly love each other. What do you think all that football business is about? We only tease the boys we like.
So since Lucy is such a pain in the tush, I’d make mini-mini lemon meringue tartlets. They would be bite-sized, delicate, and ladylike enough for a tea party, but as tart as Lucy’s attitude, round, with light and flaky crusts (an homage to her flaky football-holding ways?) Our man Charlie Brown is always a little blue, and blueberries and lemon are a delicious combination, especially appropriate at a tea party, and I’d want my treats to complement each other perfectly. So for him I’d do a version of a honeyed yogurt and blueberry bar with a crumbly ginger crust I learned in Food & Wine magazine, in a shameless attempt to kiss up to Dana Cowin!
I get that Morgan is heterosexual. I think we *all* get that Morgan is heterosexual. I would like him a lot more if he would stop trying to prove it in so many ways and just accept that everyone else accepts it. Cut the posturing, the borderline homophobia, and the almost constantly nasty asides and implied simmering rage, and he might almost be likable.
There's nothing wrong with Morgan. Take a person in any professional situation, who's good at what they do, and continues to have the drive to improve, and you have somebody like Morgan. It's why he's so good at what he does. Besides, we could all reverse your sterotypes and apply them to Zac as well.
That being said, Eric has to be one of the most stand up guys I have ever seen in my life. Why don't those personalities rub off on people as much as the nasty, hatefull, ones do? The world could learn from him.
And, for the love of God, Danielle needs to go home! She's not "quirky", she's annoyingly childish. I watch her and think to myself, "My God, that's a grown woman". It didn't look as if anybody (judges or guests) liked her desserts in this episode (or any other episode for that matter), yet she was still in the top three. And, her Quickfire show piece was talentless. Why is this woman still on the show?
For the sanity of the viewers please explain how does one not complete the challenge (make/serve fewer than the required portions) make equally unacceptable desserts, and still win? Viewers try to believe in the integrity of the show, but when we watch what TC:JD presents then hear the outcome, it undermines credibility. Either the editing was poor or the judging was biased --I'm starting to lean toward the latter. It's hard to believe you guys don't have favorites.
As for reader criticism of Morgan's alpha-male antics, I say let him be Morgan. How much outcry would there be if someone demanded Zac "dude-up?" It would be unacceptable. Likewise, if Morgan is a tool that happens to be fantastic at pulling sugar (that just sounds wrong), then let him crush beer cans on his head and bake his heart out without all the judgement. Goose and gander, remember?
For me, the standout moment of this episode didn't revolve around the actions leading up to the quick fire or elimination events but rather, Eric's recognition that he was worthy of the chef title.
Hope he wins fans' favorite.
I would be remiss If I did not say that the one thing that caused me pause for thought regarding in regards to Yigit's failure to complete his plating...this should of been the deal breaker IMO, and sent home irregardless of his dish having a little more interest, flavor & inovation. Overall, I quite enjoy this little spin off of Top Chef...and am curious as heck to see what will be involved in the finale :)
I couldn't agree more with another poster. Morgan is just doing a bit too much posturing for my taste. Yes, Morgan, we get it, you like women. Personally, I think he knocked the vase down on purpose. Or the producers suggested he do so since the cameras were miraculously there when it happened. I hope Yigit wins the whole shebang.