Dannielle Kyrillos

Dannielle Kyrillos explains what desserts worked and which didn't in a water park atmosphere.

on Sep 21, 2011


Sweet greetings, friends!! Hope everyone is fantastic, and that you were transported back to the sultry days of summer by our waterpark adventures.

Oh, before I forget, regarding last week’s Wonka episode, thank you for all your comments, but thanks especially for admitting that watching made you a little teary-eyed, too — you made me feel a lot less sappy for having cried. It always feels good to hear that you had a powerful reaction and were as into it as we were.

Now back to Raging Waters.  Did you know that this crazy-fun water world in San Dimas, California, is legendary? It’s not only gigantic and full of more slides and pools than you can even believe, it is supposedly where the "Waterloo" scene in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure— Napoleon is sopping wet! — takes place. Even exiled historical figures can’t help but have fun there. (San Dimas High School football rules!)

So first, the Quickfire. Creating a brand new candy bar sounds relatively simple and straightforward at first, but it is truly an enormous undertaking. As Amanda explained, chocolate is very labor- and time-intensive. You have to temper it, mold it, make sure it sets correctly…a big project for a two-hour window, not leaving any room for experimentation.

In the kitchen there was plenty of personal intrigue. We see Katzie on a high after her big Wonka win, even though the others are driven slightly bonkers by her manic energy; Orlando claiming he’s good at making people cry but then rushing to help Rebecca when she really needs it; and then Katzie sort of dinging Sally for “catering” to Pichet by using flavors he likes. Huh?!? We all know that understanding your audience and catering to it is not only the name of this game, but pretty much any game in life, right?

Poor Matthew’s efforts get messy because of the very thing with which he was trying to differentiate himself, the shape of his candy bar, but at least no one called it a “mess on a stick,” which Pichet did Katzie’s rather flaccid results.  Ouch.