I too sympathized with Seth. All people have different personalities and he seems that he doesn't really know how to cope with the stress/sadness of his mother's situation. Hopefully he can pull it together because he seems like a really good pastry chef. Besides the fact that when I watch this show I want to eat chocolate at 9 PM (lol), I am really liking this show so far!
I do agree that this elimination seemed very producer-driven which is always annoying. Seth 's drama is detracting from the show not enhancing it.
Did I miss it, or, like, does the senior editor not have a name? I initially thought it was Andy (before I glimpsed the twit pic) since she seems to have cloned Andy-speak, so to speak. And, as she's the web editor, I know this post isn't going to make it. Anyhow, great show and why isn't Gail blogging? - she really knows her stuff - and she even tasted everything...just sayin'. Oh Seth, crazy-silly-funny Seth, I have to say, I haven't been that (insert appropriate word(s) here): shocked-surprised-startled-blindsided and kind of turned on in a sick way by Morgan - but we'll get to that in another post...continuing original thought here: since Theresa flipped the table, Kelly had a breakthrough, Lisa wanted to flip Kim over the sofa, and the Countess sang!
I think Seth indeed needs professional help. His behavior was very unprofessional and uncalled for. He should not have called his mother. After he spoke with his mother, that's when he started to get an emotional breakdown. Everybody have problems and issues that they are going through. The judges should have eliminated him. I don't sympathize with people like that making an embarrassment out of themselves. He should have use that emotion and put it in his food. I am sorry I am not rooting for Seth.
I'm surprized that Seth was not asked to leave just based on his erratic and irrational behavior. Don't come on to a television show if a family member is so ill you are driven to fits of rage or bottomless dispair. I want to be entertained not disturbed by this emotional mess.
One big uncomfortable hour. I really like Gail and wanted to spend an hour with her smile and some great desserts, instead I tolerated an hour of mental illness. If the producers are going for crazy, give Seth his own show, but I'm not watching another minute.
I can't tell you how disappointed I was to see Tim go in your favor of leaving Seth another week. It was painful to watch him. I agree with the other contestant - Seth has no idea what burdens everyone else is carrying and the others seemed to adjust to the challenges in a reasonable and mature way. Tim was a great contestant and may be lacking in some of the panache of plating, but was credited several times over in his ability to create beautiful flavors. Seth...not so much. And Seth's acknowledgement that he can't guarantee he won't have similar breakdowns in the future was reason enough to give Tim the edge. If there will be opportunities to bring back past contestants, I hope you will revisit Tim. Though you may believe he doesn't have what it takes to make it to the finish line (though who knows!), he was a great addition to the group and deserved to stay with his flavors before an unstable person who doesn't have a grasp of reality and quite literally could cause injury to someone else as he races around the kitchen like a chicken with his head cut off. Please don't make this about the ratings...I've been so looking forward to this show, but it's not going to be for me if it can't realistically be about the talents of the contestants - and I would guess that would atleast in some small part take into consideration how they would contribute as a potential "employee" - especially when reviewing two potential losing contestants.
Seth was acting like a spoiled child - temper tantrums and all - He made it very difficult to watch this week's show - when my child acts out, he gets sent for a time out - Maybe it's time for Seth's permanent time out from Just Desserts.
I don't know many thirty-three year olds who call their Mother, "Mommy". Is the joke on us? Is Seth pushing the boundaries of acceptable behavior on reality television? I am not sure, but his behavior seems almost to resemble that of Sasha Cohen in Borat or Brunno. Regardless, his desert looked disgusting and he should have been sent home for his behavior.
I really like Gail she is great on Top Chef and on Top Chef Just Desserts. I like these shows because of the cooking and creativity of what the chefs make. I hate the drama though...I know they put it in for Tv ratings but I rather see less of that drama. Gail keep up the great work.
I was really looking forward to this show, especially after the most recent season of TC. It was really disturbing to see how Seth's behavior just spiraled out of control as the episode went on. The show became all about Seth instead of the awesome desserts and the other chefs. I had a hard time watching and it doesn't seem fair to the other contestants to have to work in that type of atmosphere. He seems to have manic mood swings and it reminds me of someone who is bipolar. If someone had a breakdown like that in my work place, he or she would be escorted out or an ambulance would be called. Hopefully he'll either get it under control or he'll leave the show before he is a complete distraction to both the other contestants and the viewers. Please, keep all the TC shows about the food and not the drama. Otherwise, some of the pastry chefs were fun and the desserts were mouth watering!
Definitely think Seth needs some professional attention. He does have alot going on--his behavior and his interpretation of the reactions of his peers seem like a definite cry for help. I didn't feel uncomfortable watching this--people really do have issues. Competition and pressure bring out these emotions--that is part of the reason Top Chef is interesting.
It's too bad that all the contestants' behavior is not taken into account when they are eliminated. If it were, then Seth would have surely gone home last night. As Tom C. has said on numerous occasions and in his blogs, the contestants are judged solely on their food and not on anything else, including their behavior (good or bad). If I were a judge and had witnessed how embarrassing and disrespectful Seth's vile behavior was at The Tar Pit, I would have been hard pressed not to send him home at judging. I think it speaks volumes for the show's integrity that they didn't send him home. To me that shows that they do indeed judge on the taste and quality of the dessert versus how unpalatable a contestant is.
Dessert conjures up sweet visions of fun and fancy...witnessing Seth's behavioral breakdown was NOT! Drama does not always make for good television rather, it was just painful!
Being a Pastry Chef myself I was looking forward to this show. Now watching this show I am embarassed to say that I am a pastry chef. Note to the general public, not all pastry chefs are overly dramatic cry babies with no focus. We do not all weep into our failed ice cream base about our Mommies. I realize that the season has only just begun but I am missing strength and certianty from these chefs. Show your chops chefs! Give me a reason to take you seriously and keep watching! I have respect for many of the chefs from Top Chef and truely enjoy the show because of the pure compitition from seemingly genuine people. Please don't jump the shark and turn the Top Chef franchise into an overly dramatic reality show like much of the other trash on tv.
you said exactly what I wanted to say. I'm so sick of all this drama on tv! If this is what they are going to focus on I won't make it to the end. Also, it makes for an uncomfortable working/competitive environment for the other chefs. I would have put Seth out last night and let the challenge continue
Seth is detracting from the show. This is a bad melodrama. Seriously, who needs to watch this irritating therapy session gone horribly wrong! I'll pass!!!
I used the FF on my DVR to avoid Seth's immature meltdowns. We all have issues to deal with. Give him a pacifier and his blankie and send him home.
Big Mama went home. =( Mama's boy stayed. =( Zac won my heart with his attitude tonight. =) Need more of Chef Hubert! =) I have developed serious girl crushes on Gail and Falkner! =)
The show has great potential, but Seth needs to go home to Mommy...he is distracting the serious chefs as well as the viewers. If I wanted this kind of drama, I'd watch MTV's reality shows. I am watching Top Chef: Just Desserts to see great desserts prepared by professionals, not a mama's boy behaving badly.
As an avid Bravo watcher, I felt the need to voice my opinion for the AWFUL segment that producers chose to focus on where Seth breaks down. First, get a grip. "These red hots are for my mommy"???? Your mom is still alive, be grateful. Second, why did that have to be the focus of the QuickFire? Some people are actually interested in the food aspect, not the dumb drama aspect.
Really enjoy watching Top Chef and Top Chef: Just Desert, but PLEASE PLEASE PLEEEEEASE CUT OUT THE DRAMA - it's just pathetic! I end up fast forwarding through majority of Top Chef and now, Top Chef: Just Deserts because we (my entire family) cannot stomach the drama.
It's okay to have a little drama, but bing Top Chef back from the depths of "reality t.v." and start focusing on what the show is actually about - talented chefs and cooking! And, please start doing the same with TC:JD.
I agree with your remarks. You truly never know how the stress of a loved one being seriously ill can affect you and cause a reaction that is totally unexpected. I remember the many times I would be driving home from work when my mother was ill, with tears rolling down my face, simply because of the stress. Unless you have gone thru it, you don't know how hard it can be.
The same degree to which Seth made his fellow contestants uncomfortable, I believe he also made a lot of viewers uncomfortable. I'm all for entertainment, but this was just embarrassing and lead me to believe Seth is emotionally too unstable to be part of THIS reality show. Maybe something like WifeSwap (or in his case, MommySwap) would be more suited. There they aim to pull out all the awful stops and hold nothing back. But pastry chefs? Come on.
I'm glad that the general consensus of the public is to have less drama and more focus on the food. I completely agree. If they continue to focus on the childish drama, I will have to stop watching like I have done with the Housewives franchise. I'm tired of watching negativity. I fast forwarded through Seth's tandrums.. it was completely uncomfortable to watch and I was hoping that he would go home. Congrats to Erika on her win.
I love top chef and the judges but I am really loving top chef just desserts. it is the best. and i say keep the drama coming. top chef cut out too much of the drama and i want to see those huge personalitys of the contestants come alive . please continue down the sweet path you appear to be taking. let's see seth and zach and the rest compete to their hearts content. bake on!
Please stop the drama or I will stop watching. I watch Top Chef for the food and the talent. If they can't cope, go home, especially this early in the competition. You should screen the contestants more carefully. This show is not about DRAMA. So far this Top Chef franchise has been the most unprofessional group I have ever seen on Top Chef. Focus on the food.
yet you watch the hell out of it. This is reality tv. would you like them to make it less real for you? I doubt it. We want people to freak out, cry, practically kill themselves, fold completely under the pressure and show off an incredible talent all at the same time. thats the show. At least Seth added some spice to the lot and gave us all something to talk about.