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Hello my little mille-feuilles! First of all, thank you to "MaggieSC1" for her lone comment last week. That PB & J pie you mentioned sounds out of this world. I love peanut butter. Keep the comments coming!
I have some cupcakes to bake for a dinner party this Friday, so let me get right to it! In this week's Quickfire, the chefs had to create savory desserts. I was waiting for this challenge, and I don't think it dissapointed. I was kind of shocked to hear so many chefs say they never bake with savory items. The chefs had to cook for Eric Ripert's Executive pastry Chef at Le Bernardin, Chef Michael Laiskonis, who I thought kind of resembled Willem Dafoe. Did anyone else notice that or is it just me? Anyway, Zac's beet cake wins, and he negotiates with Gail for money instead of immunity. I wonder how high Gail was allowed to go -- I'm going to assume she and Dawn were happy Zac settled for $5K! I personally would've gone for Yigit's dessert. Foi and bacon? Yes please. Speaking of bacon in sweet dishes, I attended the Bacon & Blues event hosted by Todd English as part of the NYC Wine & Food Festival recently and South Houston, a restaurant I'd actually hever heard of, stole my heart ... and my stomach with their bacon waffles and bacon brittle. I'll have to check it out for brunch soon. Anyone ever been there?
In the Elimination Challenge, the chefs had to create black and white desserts for the L.A. Times' 128th anniversary. The only black and white dessert that immediately came to mind was of course anything by Hostess or Little Debbie and the Domino dessert at Calle Ocho (try it -- you won't be sorry). Let's break down each dish: The adorable Eric impressed with his improved plating skills, and he was just so proud of himself that I almost cried. Zac made his signature dish, the fried whoopie pie, which I've had at Flex Mussels, and always recommend to friends dining there. Heather H. remained obstinate and created a dish that didn't quite meet the color requirements. Also, there was a bit of a a tiff over some white chocolate crispy treats that Team Go-Diva seems to think Morgan stole. I don't want to start something, but wasn't it Yigit that hid the bacon from everyone but his friends during the Quickfire? Mm-hmm. Yigit is obviously one of my favesies, but I'd like to think Morgan wouldn't just steal someone's food. (Maybe he stole Ed Cotton's pea puree too?!) Luckily for Heather H., her dish tasted better than Erika's. I understand Erika's defensiveness about her ice cream, but all of the judges said it didn't taste good. I did find remarks to Dannielle hilarious, and I don't know why. Dannielle is the sweetest person ever, so having someone so bitter towards her was kind of amusing. Although Danielle got slammed for her "128" dessert because the petits fours didn't form a cohesive dish, I thought her idea was a lot of fun, and the negativity towards it actually surprised me. Also, Danielle is HILARIOUS. I know that the other chefs have said she's like a cartoon, but she, like, really, really is. Her expressions and voices are priceless. Did you listen to her try to describe her dessert to the guests? Amazing.
Wisit! Thank you it was driving me nuts - I kept thinking "Why does he look so familiar? Where have I seen him before?!?!" Ok back to the show: now I'm no foodie so correct me if I'm wrong here, but is there some reason none of the chefs use red+blue+yellow food coloring = black? Is it possible to be done with fruit or savory items? It drives me NUTS how the judges get all riled up when a chef doesn't follow a challenge yet they hardly seem to eliminate anyone who doesn't follow a challenge. (Hello there, Seth!) I'm sorry to see Erica go, especially when you heard party goers remark how good the ice cream was and yet we have Danielle who makes meringue that "has no taste!"
Thank you Monica. I love your blog. I think Morgan DID steal Ed's pea puree. Heather H. needs to get the stick out of her you know what. Her dislike of Morgan distracts her focus from the challenges.
OMG - I did see the glimpse of Wisit at the party last night and it was bugging me all night because I recognized him but couldn't remember from what or his name or the show. Thank you, thank you for clearing that up. I loved him on Top Design. He's such a goof!
Aw, shucks - I'm so tickled you mentioned my pie in your blog! I'm making all kinds of Danielle-style happy faces. I like Danielle - she's got a great sense of humor, which is sadly lacking in some of her competitors. Morgan has to be the odds-on favorite to win t all (I hope I didn;t just jinx him), though Yigit's a strong candidate as well.
I'm not quite getting the Danielle as a "sweet person" thing. On TV, she comes off as snotty, bitter, and unwilling to learn or take criticism. It's very unfortunate that she, who's constantly been on the bottom didn't leave over Erika, who's been winning and making some memorable (the queen of cakes asked for her recipe!) desserts. Not only that, but Danielle's dessert looked awful, and Heather didn't even follow the challenge! Go Zac, Baker, and Morgan!
Besides this episode really making me long for a Ding Dong...
Can we assume that Dawn (in its eagerness to get product-placed) inserted itself into Erika's ice cream and sabotaged her?
Heather must be much more entertaining than she appears on this show. I mean, her best friends are Zac and Yigit. There must be a sense of humor in her somewhere.
I just love Morgan! This week's $100 question was about Morgan's arrogant attitude and I was really surprised by the answer most people voted for. I think he is arrogant, but that arrogance isn't necessarily a bad thing. Morgan does have a good bit of arrogant aspects in his personality, but that's much better to have than the bitterness of Heather or the defeatest attitude of Danielle. I actually think his arrogance proves his innocence in Heather's missing treats. An arrogant person wouldn't need to sabotage to win, he'd assume it's in the bag. Some people seemed surprised by Danielle’s “no taste” meringue giving her a pass to stay this week over Erica’s bad tasting dessert. I agree with the judges and when you think about it, you will too. Would you rather eat something that has “no taste” or something that “tastes like eating soap”. I completely agree with ImStillToni that the judges seem to constantly berate the contestants who don't follow the rules and yet they're not the ones eliminated.... I think this is a bit odd, but it tells me that they do really take taste into account when determining the winners. As a viewer who can't taste the desserts, I actually like the fact that the judges are basing the decisions largely on taste. (I'm assuming.) I actually think they should continue to berate the rule breakers because, in the end, I think that may just be what makes or breaks the winning as it gets more intense. As a final note, while listening to the judges talk about how a few of the desserts past have needed more of an acidity to cut the sweetness, I begin to wonder just what Heather's desserts actually taste like. If you are what you eat, I'd imagine Heather uses a whole lot of acidity in her desserts.
You find gawky, annoying Danielle hilarious? Must be something lost in the editing. I heard her talking to the guests and thought she came off as an idiot. Her "dessert" really looked like a 10 year old made it - very, very amateurish. Zac is like helium and simple adorable. However, he did not present a black and white dessert at all. It was beige and unappealing. Yet, he scooted through, unscathed by that. Meanwhile, Erika and Heather got holy heck for the same kind of offence. Why can the rules of a challenge be bent or broken by some and not by others? Just askin'...
OMG that is so correct all of the guest did say her ice cream was good. (Erika) So what the judges must of tasted was their own lies... (No integrity and favoritism)I thought this was a professional dessert show. I did not know this show would turn out to be the Insane Pastry Chef show. It seems that Erika was to nice and talented for this show.
will never understand how Morgans makes threats and you all reward him every time. I also feel that if you cheat you should be eliminated. Danielle may be nice but all she does is make excuses for her lack of talent. *Well Oh that's what you all want someone like her to win it all. Makes me wonder what the heck they do when they at work. This show is a disgrace to the pastry world. Eric, and Zac are the only chef left on the show that don't seem to need a mental evaluation.
**This show should of been about Baking....The consumer would of loved it all the same!!
I too am a MORGAN lover. He deserves to win this whole contest. His "little black dress" was to die for. I personally, think his arrogance is just his self-confidence. And he has a great sense of humor. LOVE HIM! WANT HIM TO WIN!!!!!
Glad this season is done. I think Gail and Johnny are adorable, but your contestants seemed to all come from nasty town. Morgan seems like a bitter, homophobic jerk(suffering from being on the closet) and few of the chefs seemed likeable or even sane. This is always my complaint with TC--- MORE COOKING__LESS DRAMA. Why didn't we get to see any of them actually make something? If you have a season 2, I hope you find some contestants that can behave like professionals and we get to see them work at their craft-- rather than bitch and moan.