Gail Simmons

Gail Simmons explains why Carlos' dessert was ultimately less successful than Orlando's.

on Oct 12, 20110

Bravotv.com: Matthew was out of contention for the win, and it looked like you didn’t even try his pie. Did you?

GS: We definitely did. But they just didn’t show it as he had to be on the bottom either way. It was too bad, because he made a good pie.


Bravotv.com: Sally thought she was playing to Francois’ taste with the kind of tart taste she tried to achieve, but he didn’t necessarily care for hers. . .

GS: I think she just went overboard. She wanted to play to tartness, which I agree is a great attribute in a pie. You don’t want any dessert to be too sweet. Remember, as Johnny Iuzzini loves to tell me, “Sugar is not a flavor.” You always want a dessert to have acid and have balance, you don’t want it to just be like a bomb of sweetness in your mouth. She was playing to that, so she used strawberries and plums, which are very tart fruits, a great idea, but it still needs to be balanced. It can’t make your mouth pucker. There still needs to be enough sugar with it. It wasn’t that her pie didn’t taste good, it just didn’t taste like light, juicy fruit -- it tasted a little bit too sour.


Bravotv.com: So Carlos’ was the right balance, because he had the lemon and raspberry, which could have been too tart.
GS: I liked both Orlando and Carlos’ pies very much. The berry pie that Orlando made actually was my favorite -- just because I love a mixed berry pie. I think it’s a Canadian thing -- we call it “bumble pie.” That’s was personally my favorite pie, and he did it really well. But Francois chose the winner on this one. Carlos’ pie had a little more professional pastry chef flair. He added a few elements that were really impressive, like the way he piped. The way that Orlando piped his meringue was with a special tip, in simple circles. But Carlo actually used a special technique with his piping tip to make it look that way. He just did a great job, and it showed a lot of skill, all with one hand tied behind his back.

8 comments
Craig B
Craig B

I'm lost with regards to the purpose of your "Challenges" when a contestant can simply choose not to participate and make whatever they want. Then have judges argue that what they made was good so they should stay.

This has been on going through both seasons.

kathieViewer
kathieViewer

Orlandos dish just didn't look pretty. I don't know how it tasted, but he should have gone home.

SH1954
SH1954

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.

DarrenB
DarrenB

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.

Andrew
Andrew

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.

isightmight
isightmight

Carlos should have stayed, it was a true injustice.

Mordaki987
Mordaki987

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.

swati
swati

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.