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Air kisses seem like the most appropriate salutation in light of this week’s Real Housewife and Beverly Hills-themed episode, but me, I generally prefer something more robust. So, ahoy, SweeTarts, and a heartfelt welcome to Week Three of Top Chef: Just Desserts!
I’m not gonna lie: watching this episode, maybe especially because I wasn’t there for the back-story, I found myself asking a lot of questions. Yes, I shouted them out loud at the TV, as if Johnny, Gail, or Hubert would hear me and take a break from the cacophony of the competition to offer clarity. (I was hoping it would be Hubert who answered, of course, because everything he says makes perfect sense.) Since somehow that didn’t happen, and I think a lot of us are wondering about the same things, I thought it would be helpful for me to share these puzzles and see if the answers reveal themselves. And if there’s something on your mind I didn’t cover, please leave a comment, and we’ll discuss.
Is Hugh Acheson as mean as some of the contestants think he is? While I’ve never met him in the flesh, Hugh is a great Southern (but Canadian!) talent and is known for his dry but wickedly funny sense of humor. And for his underlying good nature. I think sometimes that type of wittiness can be mistaken as harsher or sharper than the person intended.
Should pancakes be turned into a gum flavor? You know, when I go in for gum, it’s strictly the mint variety, or maybe cinnamon once in a blue moon if I’m feeling frisky, so I’m not as into all the modern advances in the gum sciences as so many other people are. But, I think the Extra Dessert Delights Quickfire was a really fun and important one, because gum fanatics across the country are known to race to the store for the newest flavor — it’s like a cult. Immunity awaited the winner; and most importantly, 25 thousand smackaroos were at stake! Craig’s strawberry, lemon, and marscapone pancakes certainly seemed to hit the mark for straightforward simplicity, which seems most important in translating traditional desserts into other mediums. I’ve always liked coffee-flavored candies, so I can see how Melissa’s idea was not as weird for gum as some thought. Carlos seemed to be the only chef to consider a texture translating directly to the gum, which was smart. He should invent bursting-tapioca bubble gum and get a patent immediately!
Were those the most precious little doll-sized dessert vessels ever in the history of dessert or miniature living? Yes, yes they were.
Craig showed self-knowledge and good for him for not making someone else team captain. You only learn by doing. But I think he has to get over his self-defeating attitude. No one wants to hear that from their team leader. And why didn't he make an actual desert? That drink took what, 10 minutes to prepare?
I agree with your comments Danielle. Craig, well likeable enough, definitely should have been the one to go home. I wanted Nelson to stay because I saw his talent and his ingenuity with his creations. Craig's team definitely missed a major point by not creating a special treat for the most beautiful dog in the world, Giggy the Pom! Kudos to Amanda for listening so well to Ken and knowing that "people like that" are exacting and discriminating in their tastes and have many eccentricities that if you tap into the right way, you can't go wrong.
It's getting somewhat annoying the way the show seems to be cast strictly for ratings purposes. How in the world did Craig even get on the show, when he clearly is nowhere near the level of his competitors? I assume he was cast to be the "underdog" of the show and to have a whipping boy for the season. I honestly would hate to be the other potential contestants who were turned down to do the show. They must be watching and wondering.. what??? I would be curious to know the criteria used for contestant selection.
Late to the party, but Craig was not named team captain by winning the Quickfire. He named himself team captain and then almost immediately abdicated because he didn't know what he was doing.
Wanting to learn and try new things is a good trait to have in the real world, but in this situation he had immunity so if he failed, as he did, he was putting someone else at risk to pay for his failures. A truly self-aware person would have named one, or both, of the other two top performers in the QF to be team captains and accept that with his inexperience he would be a horrible leader.
Instead, Craig lives by the bromide that it's easier to ask for forgiveness than permission and moves full steam ahead into a brick wall which renders himself useless to his teammates but apologizes when it's too late to do anything that he, once again, overestimated his abilities.