Bravotv.com: We start with the Godiva Quickfire Challenge. Francios Payard is the guest judge.
I am pretty certain that every chef on our cast was just waiting for the moment that Francois Payard showed up on set. Francois is a behemoth in the pastry universe. He was the original pastry chef at Daniel. He and Daniel Boulud were
partners for years, and he is chef/owner of Payard Patisserie which was a mainstay in New York for many years. He just opened a new one downtown. Francois Payard is sort of the last word in chocolate and classic French pastry, so he was the perfect judge for this challenge.
Bravotv.com: The chefs had to make truffles.
The Godiva Challenge was very emotional for all of our chefs, and I think there’s two reasons for it: First, we obviously asked them to dig a little deeper and give these chocolates significance from major milestones in their
lives. Second, it's the penultimate challenge of the season and this is the moment where it’s really sink or swim time. You need to muster everything inside you to get through these last few days. It’s always the hardest. And unlike regular Top Chef where they get a break and return for the finale renewed several months later, these chefs have been going straight, and they are tired. The dynamic between our pastry chefs creates a lot of tension -- it seems they do not like each other very much and they have to live and work together. They were all at their breaking points on this Quickfire Challenge
Bravotv.com: It does seem to be affecting Yigit rather strongly and one of his truffles doesn’t even work out. How'd the chefs do overall?
They all worked really hard to complete this challenge. It’s a really hard thing to do in two hours, especially from early conception to be able to think on your feet that quickly and also execute it all in such a short amount of time.They all did really well over all considering the pressure they were under. True, one of Yigit's truffles didn’t work out, which was a disappointment. It’s always about timing. It wasn’t because he was so frazzled. What he tried to do just didn’t set up properly. Although it would have been delicious if it had....
Morgan's advantage in this challenge is that he is super-fast. But he’s not just fast, he’s also precise, which is a killer combination in a pastry chef because you really need both. His chocolates were tempered beautifully. They showed a diverse range of flavors. They looked beautiful, especially that mendiant with the rocher filling, which I cannot wait to eat again now that it is released in Godiva stores nation-wide.
Bravotv.com: So for the Elimination Challenge we have this elderly man come in, and he puts in this request for an anniversary cake. Little do the chefs know that that’s Sylvia Weinstock’s husband. What was the reaction in the kitchen when they found what they had to do?
I think they were all thrilled! In all the different challenges we’ve given them, we haven’t actually told them to create an ornate cake from scratch. They did a wedding cake challenge for Sylvia in Episode 3, but we gave them the pre-made genoise (cake base), because we wanted them to focus on the decoration of the cake, and the exterior. So I think they were all waiting to be able to make a big cake like this. They knew it was coming. We gave it the twist of Sylvia and Ben's 61st anniversary when we heard their amazing story. I think it made us all melt, pun intended. I mean, just look at Ben. The man deserves an award for being the No. 1 cutest man alive. He and Sylvia are so perfectly paired. They are so in love. And his story was so sincere. This was the real deal. I think his energy and his story, gave our chefs the passion and enthusiasm they needed to get invigorated, get back into the challenge and get their heads back in the game.
You were right to send Zac home. His cake looked awful. I do not find blue frosting appetizing. The gray didn't bother me. Zac acted like a brat about Morgan. If you can't defend your work don't try to save yourself by attacking someone else.
I have to admit It put a smile on my face to see Danielle take the win this week. The personalities this season certainly have been colorful & sometimes catty...maybe at times some chefs did not act or react to their best. But I challenge any viewer to know exactly how they would work and interact given the parameters of this competiton. Certainly enjoyed watching Zac this season & wish him the best. I have enjoyed this little spin off of top chef...looking forward to next weeks episode.
I was very sorry to see Gail Simmons on the Joy Behar Show. I think it would be wise if tv hosts did not purposely alienate half their audience with their political opinions.
I am pretty much over the Top Chef franchise anyway, so doubt after this I will bother watching.
Morgan is the brat here! He says some vile things! Zac was my favorite chef and I am sad he didn't make into the finale. I hope Yigit will win. Morgan is talented but he is so arrogant. Turn OFF! I felt his remarks were ugly and homophobic and insulting. He doesn't deserve to win. Go Yigit!!!
I don't think you'll get too much flack for sending Zack home. He was a brat and his cake was hideous.
I have never felt happy when anyone gets sent home be it Top Chef or other television competitions. However, I did feel happy when Heather was out and now Zac. They were so mean and immature, their elimination was sweet indeed. Morgan is no gentlemen, but he is not a back stabbing sneak like those two. I hope Danielle takes home the prize.
Zac was just nasty in this episode. Unprofessional all the way around. Danielle's cake would have looked better if it were a much lighter shade of gray. It's not a color typically found in the food world but it can be a pretty backdrop on a cake with other accent colors. I'm looking forward to the finale. Really pulling for Morgan but, it's anyones game.
Yes, Zack did a less than perfect cake for the Weinstocks...but his reasoning at least made some sense. He knew he could not do a big elegant cake, so he went "Zack". Unfortunately, it just wasn't the place to do that. Maybe for a whimsical kid's party, but not for this anniversary. I think he had a good idea that he would be cut after this, so he wanted to get across his frustration at Morgan. Regardless...we as Mainers (aka Maine-iacs! ) are VERY VERY proud of our Zack! It's so nice to know someone BUT a "Bush" can help make us famous! Zack...and "McDreamy".... not bad....not bad at all.... Love you Zack!
The thing that makes me very sad about shows like this is that we don't get to see people in their best light. We see them when they are beyond tired and stressed. They say things that make them seem like very unkind people. I am sure Zac will regret the very unkind words he said about his fellow chef on his last night of competition. I am sure she was hurt when she heard them. Morgan also seemed very alone but determined..I thought it was strange that he was thought to be undeserving because he didn't show his joy of winning. I hope that hey all go on to have great careers,,but I also hope they look inside themselves and reclaim their humanity.
Zac's dismissal may have been correct, based on that truly awful cake. However, Danielle's grey cake looked bizarre too. You thought it looked modern and cool? Really? She won because she was the best of the worst. The main problem with her advancement, is that throughout the entire season, she hugged the bottom. Now, bam - at the end - she finally gets a win into the finale - mightly timely, if you ask me. That said, if she miraculously pulls ahead of the Morganza Monster, it would be just a fluke - not a true Top Chef. Oh, yeah - she'll be the Hosea of Just Desserts. I'm glad this fiasco of a contest is coming to a close. The 3 finalists have major personality flaws: Morgan is a homophobic, comtemptuous brute, Danielle is annoyingly strange and Yigit is presumptuously entitled. Not one of them is gracious or humble or kind hearted. Only Morgan has consistently created outstanding products (according to the judging), served with a side of a sob story about his son. Zac was the only contestant that was fun and upbeat. I don't even give a damn who the hell wins it because the final 3 are not that interesting.
I don't find Morgan arrogant or homophobic. He is consummate professional and very talented. He produces some beautiful finished work. He most definitely deserves to win.
I like the show- but often have a hard time watching it because Morgan is so immature, rude, homophobic, and arrogant. I am rooting for either Yigit, or Danielle to pull it out... either of them except for Morgan.
Morgan's thinly-veiled homophobia is decidedly unappetizing. Had he made similarly derogatory comments about an African American chef, I can't imagine those remarks would have gone unchallenged.
The tuffle quickfire challenge was a lot of fun to watch. Although the last episode was not Zac's finest hour in cooking or class, he did make the show a lot of fun. Best of luck Zac, even though you believe Daniella looks like Marilyn Manson, she makes a mean battleship gray anniversary cake.
Top Chef Just Desserts showed how crazy pastry chefs are! Crazy, but definitely brilliant, group of contestants. I'm glad there was Just Desserts to satisfy my sweet tooth while Top Chef was away.
There's always a few "dirty" contestants in the t.v. competition shows-whether it be by lack of cleanliness, or by playing dirty in the game. I love these shows, but I am so sick and tired of all the whiners who complain so loudly about their fellow competitor's behaviors just to cover up their own ignorance and cattiness. These people need to remember that they are on national television, and they are trying to represent themselves as professionals in their industry. Danielle clearly does not own a hairbrush OR a mirror, poor thing, because every single time we see her, she looks like something the cat dragged in the back door! Her stringy, greasy hair does not bode well for me, especially because she is supposedly a well-trained chef. One of the first rules of cooking, especially for others, is to be clean yourself, and she never looks clean! She looks just great in her bio photo here, but on the show, NEVER! I would NEVER eat anything she has prepared- because if she can't even wash and comb her hair for national television AND for the simple act of baking for others, how can we trust the food she prepares? Granted, it's a cooking competition, not a beauty pageant-BUT-first appearances can never be re-done, in ANY case! PLUS, she is constantly putting down Morgan for scowling all the time-are you kidding me, Danielle? You are the one that is always scowling, making garish, cartoonish faces for the camera every chance you get-EVEN when you are complaining about Morgan winning all the time!! Poor losers sure like to bash the better contestants, don't they? Childish!
I was very sad to see Zac go. I think he was very talented and very entertaining. Would love to see him have his own show on the Food Network or someplace else. I really wish Erika would have made it into the finals. She seemed like one of the most talented chefs there. Now, I'm rooting for Yigit. Danielle would be my next choice as I just do not think Morgan has the personality to be top-anything. He is extremely rude and unprofessional to the other contestants. Childish and immature, even though he's the eldest chef of the lot. His flavors may be great, but coming from such a sour person, I would never patronize any business of his.
Great show! All in all this has been a great show from the time that Seth left the show. To be fair, one can never see a contestants true nature as eidtors can do wonders with editing and make us think anything they want, but I'm pretty sure Seth was the real deal whacko and it was good to see him go. A lot of people are claiming Morgan to be a brut and a homophobe. A brut maybe...in the kitchen....but if he were a real homophobe I don't think he would allow Yigit to jump into his arms as he did in the background when seen leaving the judges table. Plus, when he talks about his son he is very sincere....hard to imagine someone like that could be awful. No...I have seen real homophobes before, and he is not one. He may not like the idea of homosexuality, but that doesn't make him a homophobe. He may toss a cheap shot around once in a while but that too, does not make him a homophobe. AND BESIDES....none of this has anything to do with the show!! What Morgan IS is a really terrific, creative chef and absolutely deserves to win, if he does. I feel that Yigit is also a terrific chef who is in the same caliber as Morgan. Danielle on the other hand?? Well....I think she got her one hit wonder with the Battleship Cake. Unless there is some serious implosion on Morgan's or Yigit's side....it is definitely for one of them to win the title TOP CHEF!!!
Daroger you have a right, right here to state what political point you would like. We will all happily read what you have to say. Gail Simmons is a classy lady and I am sure much smarter then I am. God Bless you Daroger!
I'm sitting here watching the Top Chef Just Dessert marathon. I just got done watching the 128th anniversary party for the LA Times show. I just don't understand the judges elimination. Danielle's plate was in my opinion as a viewer was just bland. While Erika's plate had that flair you look for in a professional chef's plate. Even the judges admitted that Danielle's plate needed a lot of work. The judges even said the flavors did not mix on her dessert. However Erika's plate had two flaws the ice cream was balnd and soapy. The other flaw was that there was a play on blackberry but no taste of blackberry. However they did say it had a good apeal. I also just got done making a dessert with blackberries and found that the flavor of the blackberry can be covered up by other flavors. Can someone please help me understand that elimination. Also what did happen to the missing ingrediant for Heather's dessert?
I think the difference between Danielle's and Morgan's personalities is Danielle seems to do it in more of a joking manner and Morgan just seems downright mean. jmo of course.
the cake was for someone else, not zac...when cooking for others, you cook for the audience not yourself
Oh my gosh! I'm watching today's re-runs getting ready for tonight's finale....Does anyone remember Seth's first breakdown in the kitchen-his sorbet didn't set and it was for his mother- and MORGAN was the first to go to his aid. I didn't remember this myself; altough I new I loved Morgan's preformance and drive. Watching Heather's excuses and ridiculous accusations (unfortuantely, Yigit took over when Heather left) was the dissappointment for me during this season. Heather couldn't win, so she always found a way to blame Morgan. Yigit couldn't win and he found a way to blame Morgan. By the way, I never heard Morgan blame anyone when he didn't win the quickfire or challenge!!
About the "sugar vase" Yigit was making. It was leaning at least 12-14 inches right near Morgan's work station. I think Morgan was focused on his project (as he should have been) and not focused on Yigit's imposing sugar tower. I believe he hit it by mistake. He owned up to it right away...then move on. (Yigit and Heather, stopcrying)
Morgan is a good pastry chef, so say the judges. I am Team Morgan!! all the way.
God Bless Seth, by the way. I hope he is doing better. No need to critisize someone who needs help ot times and even tries to get help. In the next episode I see him trying to explain to people that hel will do the best he can. Watching these episodes for the second time does add some insight. Seth is one of those esperiences.... Again, God Bless Seth.
Thankfully most of team Diva is gone. I loved when Heather called them team loser and went home. She was an awful person and awful competitor. Even better is that the "little girl" is gone. Zach was ridiculous. He couldn't give people what they wanted it was what he wanted. But at the end when he took a shot at Morgan for taking it safe and not jumping up and down was the perfect end to his bitchy career. Talk about someone who should be slapped. I watch alot of Top Chefs, and the deserts crew was the worst. Cheating, stealing, crying whining. Hopefully Morgan or Yigget (now diva free) win.
I miss Zac, he was such the show every where. I am not impressed by Morgan and safe is never good. Yigit is my favorite now, and i hope he learns restraint. They are right in one respect they are all winners. Please Zac remember you are really Great at what you do, and your personality is very electric. Thank you Zac.
I do so wish the contestants would realize that they're competing in front of an audience, just as in the real business world, they'll be "competing" to do their best, to win their customers attention, respect and affection so that those customers will make repeat visits. Therefore, I use these chefs to learn how to speak clearly. It's not a difficult task. Lean how to speak clearly so that others will be able to understand what has been spoken. Right now, many of the pastry chefs have a long, long way to go. If necessary, practice speaking in front of a mirror so as to eliminate the horrible facial expressions. But also learn to enunciate clearly. It's vitally important when describing one's offerings at the table of guests. Please heed this admonition.
I love watching the cooking shows and this is just as good; but the nastiness on this one is especially bad. I am really surprised they don't edit out the really bad foul lanquage. I really like Morgan to begin with, but I like him less and less with each show; his foul language and bad sportsmanship is just really sad; for that alone he should lose. He's a really dirty player. I truly hope Yigit wins. Someone commented Morgan was a consummate professional; if that is being professional - how terribly sad.
I am watching Top Chef Desserts finale. I just had to say this, I really hope Morgan does not win. His attitude is really terrible. He is really a hard person to root for. I think he does sabotage others on the show.
You're so right that it was not a surprising ending. Top Chef has lost all credibility. I have never seen such a blatant attempt at demonizing a contestant like what was done to Morgan. I think all his comments were in response to the nastiness of Team Diva, but that was never really shown. It was disgusting. And, of course Yigit was going to win. Between the way Johnny was so taken with him and how many 2nd chances he got and the way Morgan was portrayed as a "villian", there could have been no other conclusion. My goodness, this show didn't even try to hide the bias. The next time, try not to be so obvious and don't have a contestant who was chosen to help one of the finalists say that she hated him and hoped that he would lose!! I call foul and sabotage on that. It was unfair and prejudicial. If the show was on the up and up, she should have been disqualified. In my book, Morgan is the true winner and Top Chef Just Desserts is a loser and a disgrace.
Why is it that if you don't agree with the homosexual lifestyle your called a homophobe? Last I looked, I wasn't afraid of gay people. I feel that Bravo does a lot to push the agenda.