Bravotv.com: Which chef do you think had the best inspiration, or stuck to his/her story best?
GS: Yigit’s story was inspired by the journey of falling in love. Morgan’s was based on the idea of primary colors and light. Danielle’s was updating nostalgic recipes and flavors that she loves and making them her own. I think Yigit certainly had the strongest sense of his theme, and it really carried through. It was open enough that it gave him freedom to interpret it without too many constraints, but it still had a thread that made sense from beginning to end. It started as something light, new and fresh, and it progressed with intensity to that final moment of intensity and sheer bliss.
Bravotv.com: Seeing the chefs work with their celebrity sous-chefs, did any of the relationships surprise you. It didn’t seem like Morgan and Chef Fleming really gelled:
GS: They all had very different relationships, which I thought was very cool. Sherry Yard’s sort of wacky and has this silliness to her that makes it hard to not get along with her. She’s so quirky and so fun. I loved that her and Yigit were literally dancing around the kitchen together and really seemed to meld. And I’m sure that helped motivate him, because he wasn’t feeling great going into the finale. I think it really made a difference and that’s the luck of the draw; that’s part of the game. Elizabeth was really impressed by Danielle and Danielle’s creativity and vision, and I think they too had a really strong rapport, which was nice to see. I know Danielle was excited to work with Elizabeth, for sure. What’s interesting about Claudia Fleming is that she probably has had the most extensive experience, but the beauty of Claudia’s desserts has always been her classic simplicity and her ability to bring out flavor within it. Although she’s innovative and revolutionary in a lot of ways, especially when she was at Gramercy Tavern with her dessert presentation, she was never one for tricks. It wasn’t about being trendy. So I think that’s where the relationship with her and Morgan sort of differed. He wanted to use all these modern techniques, that she just wasn’t that familiar with or comfortable with them. So that’s the first thing. The second is about chemistry. Just as making dessert is all about chemistry, so are relationships in the kitchen, and it was obvious that, as much as she tried to help the best she could, they didn’t share the same kind of outlook about pastry. They didn’t have the same aesthetic, and I think they also just didn’t necessarily see eye-to-eye on how things should be done.
Bravotv.com: Did anyone really surprise you in terms of what they presented?
GS: You know, in some ways I think Danielle surprised us the most, in terms of coming the furthest from that first day. She had a lot of trouble focusing at the beginning and showing us who she was as a pastry chef. I think by the end she really proved herself, which was really impressive to us. She finally was able to hone in on each dessert and make them much cleaner than we’ve ever seen her work before. You saw that in last week’s challenge with her cake as well. She finally was able to quiet the noise around her and just focus on her desserts and in her own personality that came through so strongly in them. That said, all three of them gave us moments of total deliciousness. And we tasted flavors and saw execution of technique from all three of them that we had never known they could do, or had never seen from them before, which was really quite amazing.
hi Gail, just a quick comment on the new top chef desserts first, if you are to compete with the other two hostesses of top chef you need to move up to their quality of work, personality and general outlook. You still look like you are second chair on your own show!!! Secondly your contestant this year were laughable, could you choose better quality chefs to compete so that the title top chef just desserts could carry some weight.
I wouldn't mind if the show was cancelled after the first season or they got a complete makeover on the judges panel.
Morgan deserved to win. He was the most talented and professional Chef in this competion. Many of the other chefs were extremely unprofessional and childish, as well as really mean spirited. I was very dissapointed with the final decision.
I enjoyed Top Chef Just Deserts but....I was very dissapointed in the quality of most of the participants presentations. Morgan seemed the most posed in that area, but quite a few weeks the presentation was terrible, and rarely was it mentioned at JT. I hope that next season, will there be one?, the chefs are told more truthfully that their food looks less than it should. I think the Judges just tread way too lightly on that aspect. I wouldn't have purchased alot of that food just because of it's looks. The terrible angel dusted cake is a good example. I don't remember anyone, except guests, saying it looked awful. These chefs can't grow if no one is straight with them, and I think they want the feedback...
I have watched all Top Chefs since season one with Harold as the winner. I have a major sweet tooth so I watched Just Desserts with great anticipation. Congrats to Yigit! He was my favorite from the first episode. Loved the way he and Sherry Yard interacted! Loved Gail's note to each of the contestants. There have been alot of negative comments about Team Diva. Yes, Yigit was part of Team Diva but he did not partake in the numerous negative comments that were mostly made by Heather and Zac. Viewers need to also remember that editing is a major factor is how the contestants are portrayed. The producers chose to emphasize that aspect. As they also chose to emphasize Morgan's negative comments about his fellow contestants. I agree that they should show less drama and more cooking.There were reactions about how Morgan won the most challenges and how he should have won based on number of challenge/quick fire wins. If this were the case, Ilan would not have won Season 2. Stephanie would not have won season 4, Richard would have. Stefan would have won season 5 instead of Hosea. That's the way it is.
I noticed that too. It is sexist for her to say that though I can well imagine Morgan being a total jerk. In retrospect, it was probably not a good idea for the old guards to be sous-chefs in the contest. The depth and breadth of the techniques of the field are just changing too fast.
My family and I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the Top Chefs seasons and were thrilled with Top Chef Just Desserts - some of our favorite programming on Bravo. We have a suggestion for a challenge for next season, which would enhance everyone's pleasure with your show : a challenge to the chefs to create the most delicious and beautiful dessert they can not using sugar, including artificial sweeteners. Many of your watchers probably cannot eat sugar and would find this entertaining and a learning experience. It could even be extended to use of no sweeteners of any kind, including honey and maple syrup, but not necessarily. You could even bring in a maple syrup or honey producer in the region as a judge, or Sam from Top Chef, (if I am remembering the name correctly,) a chef with diabetes. Thank you!
I agree with this. They should be obligated to make the overall consistency a significant factor in the final decision. Vigit was a mess all season - up and down up and down. Some very huge blunders. Morgan was extremely strong from start to finish, and on the final night he was forced to work with one sous-chef that did not understand his contemporary techniques and one who had no desire to see him win whatsoever.
I didn't think Morgan was arrogant, maybe just self-confident.
Personally, I didn't find Morgan homophobic in the least. I think he just found all the team diva BS attitude insufferable – imagine being cooped up for such a longf time in the same apartment with jerks like Zach and Heather H and Vigit, with their infantile behaviour and nastiness. I had the sense that Morgan was just on the defence because all of the less talented team diva chefs and others were gunning for him because he was clearly the best chef.
I was really disappointed that he didn't win because he was without a doubt the strongest chef overall. It's a miracle that Vigit even made it to the finale considering how many major failures he had along the way -- overall consistency should be a major factor in the decision, not just the performance in the finale, where Morgan was possibly let down in a big way by both sous-chefs, particularly Heather H. who may made intentional efforts to sabotage him or at least not gone out of her way to help him win.
*yawn* It's over? I said I'd stop watching a number of episodes ago & I did. I did still come here to read the Blogs. For gawd's sake - IF there is a season 2, concentrate on the desserts, NOT the friggin' drama and boorish behavior. Maybe I'll give it a go. Of course, it's just easier to read the Blogs to see who stayed or went.
I have been a Morgan fan and I think he should have one. I like Yigit as well but I do not think he is as polished as Morgan.
If I had to hire a pastry chef, it would be Morgan probably followed by Heather H.
Morgan's abilities and skill were always top of the line,no unfinished challenges there,either.Although I enjoyed Yigit and am amazed by so many of his creations,I'm still a little flummoxed at his being chosen Top Chef.All in all,it was a fun season and Gail did a great job of hosting/judging with empathy,class,and professionalism.Hope to see a season #2..happily,without Heather H.-type meanness.
If you're looking for the "top chef" everything during the competition should be taken into consideration. The show is not called "top chef - FOR THE DAY". Morgan dominated the competition and Team Diva was rude toward him at every turn, probably because he consistently beat them. I'm not saying Morgan was an angel but they clearly ganged up on him...
Hello Gail! I am a fan of yours! Congratulations for a successful show. It went well. Morgan is definitely my favorite. I am from the Philippines and I saw the consistency of his work from beginning to the end and he's not mean at all. Heather H was great at first but talking bad things behind Morgan's back is certainly not professional and childish. I won't work with someone like that. It's a competition and like what everyone else said, they (Team Diva) are acting like High School students. I want someone who's upfront. I LOVE desserts and Morgan is someone I would hire. Good for you Morgan,even if you did not win. Team Diva, good for you as well, you just showed to the public your true colors and work ethics :-)
If some of you think that Morgan is mean, watch the whole season and all episodes, sometimes it can affect you when people around you are so bitter and jealous of you. There is an end, Morgan had to stand up for himself. Imagine accusing him of being a thief? I watched everything and Team Diva started the whole thing.What an uneducated behavior.
And if you have a season 2, hope you have the same set of judges. Johnny is so cute and Huber is such a master and gives incredible feedback that everyone can learn from.
Love Love Yigit! I agree with the final choice for TC-JD!!!! Now where can we find this chef's creations??? Gail, love you as a judge.
I like what Yigit prepared, however I was definitely more in favor of Morgan who seemed to have a better menu and has been very strong all along or Daniele who I was SO happy about her performance. She did an amazing job and actually she's the one I would have loved to win, including fan favorite. Well I hope her business picks up and it ends up being worth it participating in the show. Also, when is top chef coming to San Diego, I would love to be an invited guest of some restaurant wars episode ;)
Yigit won and stayed in the competition week after week because he charmed the judges. If the judges had not been told who'd prepared the desserts, Danielle or Morgan would have won the finale.
There was much to appreciate in this show, but also much I didn't like. I especially liked Danielle and don't feel she was an underdog, though she was cast that way by the sexist fellas (Yigit, Zach and Morgan). She did great!
I wouldn't watch the series again. I hated watching the crazy, screaming chef who ultimately quit. I hated the guys fawning over Gail's shoes (inappropriate and sexist).
I hated listening to Zach, an immature egomaniac with an obnoxious overestimation of his skill. Yigit was also vain, rude and gross ("I almost creamed myself.") Diva Heather was mean to the other women.
Yuck. This was not fun to watch and not entertaining.
I also hated seeing people who were booted out brought back for the finale. Why should they get a chance to ruin the finalists' desserts? Why not let the finalist stand on their own? This was annoying.
For a show on desserts, why couldn't you find more contestants who were sweet?
Gail, thanks for you gracious hosting of such a great competition. I'm looking forward to more seasons of TC:JD.
I'm really surprised at the "Morgan was robbed" theme among the posters. It seemed pretty clear that all three finalists make wonderful desserts. And having won the most lead-up challenges doesn't influence the final win--I know there are fans who disagree with that, on this show as well as TC, but that's the way the competitions have always been laid out. You're judged on what you did today.
But most importantly--none of us in the audience tasted the food. It strikes me as useless for us to try to outguess the judges' assessments of the desserts, when we're tasting them in person. On looks alone, any of the three could have won.
Just for the record, it is very common to butter and sugar the inside of souffle dishes. I have worked with Heather H. and while she is a task master, she knows her stuff and I don't believe she would do something like that to sabotage Morgan.
Also, no one had to try to make Morgan the evil one, he did that all by himself. I'm glad that Yigit won and I think he deserved it.
I agree with you on the snarky comments, from so many of the contestants. I do understand, though, that they were exhausted and going through a very tense process, so tempers were bound to flare.
I don't think this process was unfair to Morgan. Everyone drew names from a hat. Morgan himself credited Heather with helping to present the fallen souffles in the best possible light. The didn't fall because she sugared the rings; they fell because they didn't have enough time in the oven. Morgan chose to make souffles, which are a super risky choice given that they have to be cooked to order and he had to put so many out at the same time.
ironically, at the start of the season, I thought Morgan was gay and Yigit was not. (It doesn't matter to me one way or another.) As it turns out; Yigit proved to be a gentleman and Morgan did not. I'm curious if there will be a reunion?
Although I liked Yit and believe he's talented, I think Morgan should have won because he consistently performed at a high level of skill AND he kept setting the bar higher for himself with beautiful, professional results. Danielle clearly played it safe for most of the challenges and Yit let it down on a few notches on some later challenges. During the finale, I wish the judges would consider the performance overall (like on Chopped) from beginning to end and not just the last challenge. Also, I think it is unfair how the judges pick apart the tiniest details for some of the chefs (like Morgan) and yet let other Chefs slide on big ones, like failing to complete a challenge (Danielle and Yit). I'm glad the audience doesn't get to help pick the winner though, because many viewers get caught up in the drama and not the actual talent displayed.
I think that Gail's kindness and good nature set a standard for Bravo's shows in general -but Morgan's homophobic remarks would not be tolerated if they had been racial or anti-Semitic. Why did Bravo allow him to continue after his gay slurs?
I dont understand how the person who won the most challenges didnt win the finale. Yigit failed a few challenges so how do you conclude that he is the winner. It makes no sense to go thru the process if you are just going to pick on who is the most likable and not the best chef
I was not surprised that Morgan, although being the most talented of the Chefs was voted off. Bravo made it too predictable what with the emphasis on Morgans bad attitude compared to Yigits "innocent" sweet personality and let's throw in a talent-less Danielle to keep some people guessing. Yes, Morgan could use better social skills but he's a damn good pastry chef and deserved the win. As talented as Yigit may be, he might want to thank Heather for sabotaging Morgans souffles! I didn't believe for one minute that she would help Morgan win against her own friend. I'm not a fan of Morgans arrogance but I disliked team divas whiny complaints and elitist behavior even more. Stop using Morgan as an excuse for your own limitations. With that said, hopefully next season won't be as disappointing.
Sincerely Morgan should have won, there is no doubt about it. I can not believe the judges final decision, very very disappointing. Morgan clearly demonstrated throughout the competition to be a superior chef, reason why he won the most challenges. Totally disagree with Top Chef Just Desserts final decision.
We so enjoyed the finale we watched it twice. It was great to see the ups and downs that many chefs faced. Seth's meltdown made Kelly of (NYRHW) at Scary Island look sane And frankly, we really believe that Morgan deserved to loose with his childish bullying and horrible attitude. Part of the show are the follow up future shows. Surely Morgan will get another appearance, but his nasty, foul energy is not a winner made. I am glad that Top Chef may have decided that representing their brand is worthy of choosing champions that embody all elements of a winner, including kindness and respect. Morgan was a bad sport in our eyes. Good job to Gail on hosting, she was a natural.
Once again I am totally confused by these competitions. I still don't understand how the judges come to their decisions. I may give up on this series all together. Do they even review what they said on previous episodes? Week after week they love someone and praise them but it all comes tumbling down the next. Yigit shouldn't have made it to the final. Period. Morgan was robbed. I think most people know that genius and arrogance go hand in hand. Again, totally confused how someone wins by drawing a great sous chef. Seriously, these competitions are so formulaic at this point. Talent isn't rewarded in a cumulative manner, it's yours if you only get the cute and quirky chef to steal it for you.
-Giving up on Top Chef-
I've often wondered when in lovely restaurants, why is the pastry chef separate?
No more. What a wonderful crew of dedicated persons fill the ranks of those who wish to bring us lovely deserts, works of art, and sheer delight when the meal concludes.
Thank you for helming this venue.
You think Morgan was a misogynist because he disliked Heather H? She was one of the most unlikable characters I have ever seen on Reality TV!!! Can you imagine what the show would have been like if everyone were like Zach? Thank goodness there was a mix of people, or the show would have been doomed.
Great season and very satisfying finale. Morgan just confirmed what a homophobic bigot he is. Whenever something went wrong he blamed others and never took responsibility.
Hope there's a season 2 and I'd like to suggest a challenge. How about having the chefs make a dessert that would be good for a diabetic to eat. They'd have to use sugar substitutes.
Even though I think Yigit's win was totally deserved, Danielle should feel very proud of what she presented during the finale. I think she was finally able to show her abilities as a pastry chef with more coherence than ever, but nevertheless, always true to her style. You go Danielle, well played! Hope that everything goes on fantastic with her online business. I was browsing it yesterday after the finale, and all her desserts there looked yummy.
hooray for you and hubert keller as judges. please get rid of the daily candy lady. (her profound statements-"this is the LAST taste we will have of their food" did not add any value).
Funny how many complain about Morgan's choice of words, yet nobody says a thing about a comment like "typical male pastry chef."
Gail, I hope you read the comments to your blog because I want to be one of the ones to tell you how fabulous I thought you were as host. No offense to Padma, who is great on Top Chef, but I felt like you brought a very sincere sense of empathy to the contestants-- something that you rarely see on any reality show. You were professional and composed, but also very kind, and it was nice to see. Great, great job! I look forward to another season, which hopefully will find you relishing once again in the host role.
This outcome was as satisfying as Yigit's strawberry course. It's nice that Danielle got to show her better side in the last 2 eps. Mighty timely, too. It's unfortunate that better chefs were not given the 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th chance afforded the ditzy dame. They flubbed something once and were given the gate. Whereas, Danielle made it all the way to the finale on very little talent. Morgan's mouth should have been sewn shut during kitchen prep. All he did was curse, mock, ridicule, and bully the rest of 'em. Of course that doesn't show up on the plate, or does it? Attitude can be key in some instances. And Morgan's attitude reflected him to be a chauvinistic, homophobic, cynical brute. Congrats to Yigit. You are the Anti-MorganZA!
Morgan should have won..I don't see the fairness in it all. He is the best chief ....It's all about T.V...ratings.
Morgan should have won..I don't see the fairness in it all. He is the best chief ....It's all about T.V...ratings.