Gail Simmons

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

on Oct 12, 20110



Bravotv.com: And then we have our bottom. I feel like fans are going to be very upset that Carlos going home.

GS: First of all, there was Chris. I think it’s clear that Chris just took on too much, and his texture was not there. It just felt too fussy and little bit unrelatable. We wanted it to be refined and elevated, but there is a fine line between that and losing your audience, cause it still should be fun and feel like a carnival – and his dessert didn’t. Specifically his agar bar was just way too thick, way too tart, solidified, gelatinous, and it just didn’t have a pleasurable texture. It just didn’t really go with where we were. It was inappropriate.


Orlando’s dish wasn’t perfect, the layers were a little off, but most of all it didn’t taste or feel like it was reminiscent of a carnival at all. He claimed that it was based on or inspired by caramel apple. We could barely taste the apple because the chocolate overpowered it. And if you’re going to say caramel apple, then I want caramel and I want apple. Because apple, in and of itself, is not a carnival treat.


So then there’s Carlos. My heart just sank for him because he had such a great idea. It looked so fun; I was so excited about it. The churros were beautifully golden, sugared, thin, perfect strips. He had his handmade soda. And he had his little slider. The whole thing was done so well -- when you looked at it. But when you bite into it, it just fell apart. I mean, the bun, that angel food cake just disintegrated into your hand because of the humidity and because of the fact that angel food cake, by definition, is super light. It’s just egg whites and sugar basically. He had such dense chocolate and sauce and that mango pate de fruits to make the cheese, that there was too much inside the burger. When you squished it with your hands and teeth to take a bite, the whole thing did not work. Also, his churros were cold because it took so long to do all of this work. He aimed so high. That’s a risk you take: you want to reach and you want to stretch, but you then run the risk that you’re “biting off more than you can chew.”

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.