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Hey, everybody! How’s it going? Just awesome, I hope! I’ve turned my baking affections from apples to pumpkins these past few weeks, which has brought back so many happy autumn memories. Just the smell of pumpkin makes me think of some of my life’s “golden moments,” so I was especially excited to see the chefs reveal theirs through their truffle creations in this week’s Quickfire.
First, I have to ask: did you, like I did, find the great François Payard delightfully terrifying? He is such a legend, such a wizard, and has such a presence, that he doesn’t need to say much to strike fear (not terror, just a jangly nerve sensation) into anyone. I hadn’t realized that Morgan used to work for him, and so was understandably especially nervous, and Zac pretty much summed it up with, “I am scared out of my pants to cook for this man.” Luckily he managed to keep them on. (A quick aside—Chef Payard just opened a new bakery here in New York, FPB (François Payard Bakery) on Houston St. near my office, and of course it is a wonderland of baked goodness, both sweet and savory. A big window into the kitchen lets you watch the chefs at work, which is hypnotizing. Definitely check it out when you’re in town.)
I liked getting to know a little more about the chefs’ lives outside the kitchen, and I think the way in which they translated these personal memories into confections also told us a lot. I was glad they showed Yigit mumbling to himself, going through his mental checklist, something I think we all do in high pressure situations. Or maybe it just made me feel better about talking to myself, like I am right now as I write this!
What an episode of surprises. Yigit started the Quickfire saying that he was confident he could handle it because of his experience doing bonbon service for each table when he worked at Daniel, but then he came up short when his strawberry truffles broke as he unmolded them. And then, Danielle. I will admit, when I saw the bumpiness of some of Danielle’s truffles, I worried that Gail and Chef Payard would think they weren’t refined enough, that they were too rough around the edges. I mean, he has such exacting standards, that nothing was going to get past him. (Not to mention Godiva’s.) To my mind, his love of the roughness, and the flavors, confirmed that she hit the mark.
I sure wish I had gotten and e-mail from Godiva advertising Danielle's chocolates this morning. I'd be there today buying a box! Morgan's chocolates don't appeal to me.
So glad Zack was ousted for his obvious cake-wreck! He knew his cake was a catastrophe but had to throw Morgan under the bus in a last-attempt effort to justify his short comings -- so glad one more of the "junior high" bunch is gone.
Morgan has consistently make great dessert -- the others are so jealous and should concentrate on their own cooking instead of obsessing over Morgan.
I am rooting for Danielle because, even though she has been at the bottom several times, she has always been true to herself in her desserts. In doing so maybe she has not pleased everyone, but she has dared remaining faithful to her own style, no matter what. And she may be the underdog at this show but, after all, the game is not over until it is over.
Zac is laughable, saying Danielle is not true to her style. That is what makes her truly remarkable. She is fearless, an adventurer. She has versatility. Has he not heard of that characteristic!?!?! Zac is mundane & messy. I was truly sorry for Sylvia to have to endure that insulting Kindergarten mess. Zac had to nerve to include in the Weinstock's memorable anniversary party. Zac should have been barred from entering the room with his garbage dump cake!