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I’m sure people will ask about Carlos versus Orlando, and really the execution, the fundamental operation of Carlos’ dish failed, whereas Orlando’s didn’t. Orlando’s was still a proper entremet. It still ate well and ate easily. It just missed the mark in its flavor. It didn’t fall apart. It didn’t fail as a dessert. It just failed in the specific expectations that he set up for us. And I think that’s the difference. Carlos’ actually did not work as an executed dessert, and you can’t really recover from that. I am devastated. I am a huge Carlos fan, if I’m allowed to say that. He is talented and smart, and he works so hard. He’s the pastry chef at a fantastic restaurant at The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas where I’ve eaten, but I’m going back in two weeks for the Food & Wine All-Star weekend event. The good news for me is that I get to see Carlos! I hope he makes me a banana dessert. On his terms.
Bravotv.com: It’s just unfortunate because he made those macarons in the Wonka episode. GS: I know, but this is how the show goes. Every challenge is new and every time if you’re not on your game and you don’t think things through then you run the risk of being eliminated. Someone has to go home every episode, that’s how the game is played. Trust me if I could keep these five with me -- plus a couple more -- I would, forever! But then we would not have a winner and then, well, there would be no point to the show.
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.