Bravotv.com: So we have Francois Payard as a guest judge.
Gail Simmons: I’ve known Francois for a long time. He really is one of the greatest pastry chefs in this country. He’s obviously from France, but he has been working his magic in America for many, many years. He was the original pastry chef for Daniel, and then together, they spun off Payard Patisserie. Eventually, Francois opened a whole bunch of new pastry outlets of his own -- in Vegas and New York. He’s so knowledgeable and always really fun to have on the show.
Bravotv.com: The chefs had to create pies. What are you looking for in a good pie?
GS: I think that Francois said it very well: the crust really makes or breaks a pie. If you don’t have the crust, then all is lost. It needs to be flaky and light and golden and buttery, but you also want the filling and the crust to be in balance with regard to each other. Traditionally, pies can be either cream or fruit-based. Most pies have a top crust, as opposed to a tart that’s sort of open-faced. You want the flavor inside to really stand out too. Ultimately, the dough should be a delicious, flaky vehicle for a great filling.
Bravotv.com: And the chefs also had the added element of only being able to use one hand…
GS: It was cruel and unusual punishment, I have to admit. But, it made for some great television. We knew that they were capable of it, and I have to say, all things considered, they all did it well. It was hilarious to watch, and not a single person didn’t finish their pie.
I still think Orlando should have gone home. If they could disqualify Matthew in the quick fire round for touching the pastry with his second hand - then Orlando should have been eliminated for missing the whole point of the challenge. Bring the taste of the carnival on a plate- and all the judges admitted that his dessert fell far short of the mark.
If I may say this Gail without getting anyone overly upset here but Top Chef Just Desserts was supposed to be your show. Meaning your baby, you were head just ect. But to be honest after watching one season and over half of a second season it seems to me that this is more Johnny Iuzzini's show then it is Gails, I don't know i just feel that Johnny has more say and clout with the chefs and at the judges table then you do Gail. I kinda feel maybe Johnny should step back and let you run the show the way you would want it and let you be more then head jusdge but that is just how i feel at any rate if I have overstepped my bounds on what I have said here I apologize.
I'm surprised that Orlando didn't go home as well but on a more general note, I'm finding this entire season is leaving me just "blah".
Don't get me wrong - I like the cheftestants - I like the comraderie and don't miss the "drama" brought by Team Diva last season - but the challenges this season aren't as exciting as last year.
It's certainly been getting better in recent episodes (Sabotage for one)- but by now, the "pudding has already set" (if you pardon the pun).
Why were the majority of challenges team challenges? With the exception of Willie Wonka (which is obviously a sentimental challenge), most of them didn't seem that "top chef worthy". I know if I look back at each episode, one could argue that each person had to do an individual item but they don't feel that way.
My wife and I weren't sure if we would like Just Desserts because we aren't "dessert" people - but the first season had us hooked. Top Chef creates our "TV dinner" night. The second season of Just Desserts just isn't doing it.
To Mordaki987 's point, Gail is the "host", not the head judge. You don't see Padma overtaking Tom during the regular show. Now Gail has far more experience and "judging" than Padma has, but her role on the show is as Host.
Gail's explanation falls short of justifying the elimination of Carlos vs. Orlando. If you read between the lines, it's clear that Johnny wanted to keep Carlos and Gail did not.
Carlos has consistently shown far more talent than Orlando, and that episode was no exception. It just sounds like Gail was mad because she got a stain on her dress from Carlos's dessert and that was the end of him.
Now i know i will never watch this show again, how can a chef who did not make his own pastry go on, and a chef that made all of his desserts go home. store made pastry not go home. SAD SAD SAD.