Dannielle Kyrillos

Dannielle Kyrillos explains what a big deal it was for the chefs to cook for Sylvia and Ben's party.

on Nov 10, 2010

And onto the "Surprise, it’s Sylvia" scenario! When she was our guest judge in the bake sale episode, I think I told you how much fun we had talking for hours with her about her life, love, and advice for happy relationships. I remember thinking, “Wow, 61 years of marriage. That is a triumph.” She told me that throughout all 61 years, every evening, she fixes her husband (and herself) a drink, and they sit and talk about what happened that day. No matter what, they make a point of it. 

For the chefs to be invited to bake an anniversary cake for her and Ben was a really big deal. This turned out to be a huge lesson in knowing your audience. A lot of people wanted to count Danielle out, but she was onto something when she said to Johnny as he made his rounds in the kitchen,“Sylvia likes simple things.” And she does. Doing something simple really, really well will almost always trump overcomplicating something, whether it’s a cake, a restaurant dish, or a dress. This is especially true when that something is a very intimate creation that’s supposed to celebrate two people’s six decades of love. 

Zac knew he put too much of Zac in his “cake-wreck,” but also knew there was no going back once he realized his initial vision wasn’t going to work. While Danielle’s battleship gray wasn’t the most festive color choice, the judges, and Sylvia, made it clear her cake’s texture and flavors sailed past the others. 

I still can’t believe that next week, we will decide who is Top Chef: Just Desserts. I get goosebumps just thinking about it.  Who do you want to win? Who do you think will win? See you on Wednesday!!

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