Dannielle Kyrillos

Dannielle comments on this week's fantastic and fiery challenge (and Zac's chocolate bust).

on Oct 6, 20100

Hi, everybody! Hope you all are feeling fantastic and had a less dramatic week than tonight's episode. My goodness gracious -- that was a lot to process.

Before we dig into it, I have to thank you for all the great bake sale feedback and ideas. I really love hearing from you and hope you will continue to share so many smart, opinionated thoughts. It makes being part of such a fun show even more awesome, if that's even possible, and I want you to know how much I appreciate it.

Ok, where to begin? From my perspective, it might make most sense to begin at the end. Obviously, it was Hubert's turn at judge's table this week, so watching tonight's episode was the first time I saw with my own eyes all that had happened. When either of us is not on duty, we're not on the set. So imagine when I returned to the set a day or two after this whirlwind of events for the next episode and was quickly and matter-of-factly briefed on what I'd missed. I remember thinking, "What the what?!" How is it in any way possible that Seth left, Heather C. came back, and Malika volunteered to be eliminated? Oh, and swords and flames were swallowed, and Zac made a chocolate mold of his face.

A lot of you have commented that there has been too much drama among the contestants for your taste. The good news is, while tonight was certainly over the top in many ways, it was almost the upheaval that had to happen before we could move forward on our mission to determine which chef really is the top. Tonight's creations were the most elaborate so far, structurally and flavor-wise, and the chefs who remain are up to testing and pushing themselves even further. Gail warned the gang that this elimination challenge would test the limits of imagination, creativity and teamwork, and that will only continue.

9 comments
CLouise
CLouise

Totally off subject but where did you get the cute turquoise dress you wore on the bake sale episode? Would love to buy it.

Thanks!

Tangerines
Tangerines

I think desserts are fun and I love the idea of making a show piece.

Your guests appreciate your efforts and it adds a nice touch to your gathering.

In the past, I use to make flaming desserts and my guests(especially the children) loved the flames. I cannot imagine telling them that I already fired the dessert earlier in the evening. They would have thought I lost my mind. Actually, I would have had to flame the dish over again.

The show is entertaining in spite of all the drama but this is the first show and your team will have more choices next season. Some of the drama is fun but I also think they are exhausted. The women look pretty beaten down while the men look much stronger. I truly under estimated how hard these people have to work to execute a dish.

EileenCG
EileenCG

I didn't see the point of the showpieces as they did not seem to have any bearing on the judging, except that one had to be made.

Many of these chefs seem immature and it's tedious watching the sulking, self-pitying, poor sportsmanship of those who blame others because of their mistakes or because they don't like the judges' decisions.

Why did you ever ask Heather back, a real drag to watch in every way, when Tim would have been such a better choice. Not only was he a pleasure to watch, the judges appreciated his flavor combinations.

I love Top Chef, but TC Desserts needs to screen the emotional fitness of contestants as well as their dessert skills. Too many nuts in this dessert show.

JudyChulaVista
JudyChulaVista

Ms. Kyrillos, thank you for your blog. The other judges just phone it in, which is surpising coming for Ms. Simmons. I echo some of the other posts, this show has too many immature contestants and is not much fun to watch. Good luck to you all and, if it's picked up next season, I give it another try.

Topchefer
Topchefer

I am assuming because that is what pastry chefs do.

Sid Rich
Sid Rich

Wow! I thought that if Seth left the level of drama would decline. Guess not. What I love about Top Chef is watching the chefs create great food under crazy circumstances, and I have learned a lot about what great chefs do by watching the show. I'm learning a little about what pastry chefs do, but mostly I'm learning that they are divas who are really hard to work with. There is a reason that I watch Top Chef but not The Real Housewives. They all need to take a deep breath and focus on the food.

Topchefer
Topchefer

According to what we were shown, I don't think Morgan behaved badly. Heather seemed to be really annoyed that she didn't win, but she took on the show piece all on her own initiative. That was her decision, she needs to live with it. I am sorry to see Malika leave, but she seemed to really have decided that this wasn't the place for her. More power to her, she should not feel obligated to stay if she doesn't want to. She probably felt like she was living in a crazy house. Keep up the good work, I look forward to each new episode. And for those of you who complain about to much drama, it is Bravo, after all. PBS and Food Network are still there for you all.

maureen leibovitz
maureen leibovitz

Why can't you do "just desserts". Your going down a path of crazy centerpieces. etc. We home cooks where hoping you would stick to get desserts without all the balls flames etc.

Koanbred
Koanbred

The show had a few totally unexpected twists and turns, but overall I think that the main hurdle of culinary distraction has been traversed. Now that Seth is gone, the chefs can truly focus upon the desserts. Malika turned out to be such a dissapointment, I was really looking forward to her turning out some delectable sweets.

I fear that Heather H is going to become a female version of Seth. Heather C lacks the confidence to be there competing on that level. You guys should have brought Tim back. He had mad skills!

Anyway I'm glad that you and Gail are on the show. You girls are truly beautiful!

Love, Koanbred