Gail Simmons

Gail Simmons gives a behind-the-scenes explanation for the overwhelming use of banana in the chefs' Quickfire dishes.  

on Sep 22, 20110

Bravotv.com: This week we have Pichet Ong as a guest judge. How was it working with him?
Gail Simmons: Pichet is a fantastic pastry chef. He's a lot of fun, and really, really creative. He's worked at some of the greatest restaurants in New York -- Jean Georges, Payard; he was the opening pastry chef at Spice Market. His desserts are beautiful.


Bravotv.com: For the Quickfire, the chefs had the opportunity to make their own candy bars. What do you like in a candy bar?
GS: I love texture in a candy bar, and I also like flavors that complement the chocolate. My preference is dark chocolate, but I am open. I always want there to be a contrast of textures, so you break through that outer shell and there's something gooey and something crunchy. That way when you eat it all together it's a complete candy bar experience. You don't want it too liquidy and you don't want it too sweet. You need counterpoints so that you're not just getting all sugar and cocoa butter.

5 comments
Iris Rahubka
Iris Rahubka

I look forward each week to viewing the show. However, I'm beginning to get annoyed at all the eye-rolling Sally does. It's childish. Something I expect from my children. She may be a good "chef" but not a good competitor. Wasn't there someone from last year that had the same behavior? Can't remember her name - she didn't win.

PAT BALLANTINIE
PAT BALLANTINIE

not sure what the judges were smokeing, but the funnel cake amanda made was a great twist on the normal. i tasted it at the water park and thought it was very good

rcakmon
rcakmon

Orlando is Eddie Haskell from Leave it to Beaver...very two faced! He's all smiles and polite to the judges and when Johnny comes in the kitchen. But behind the scenes he's rude and his comments about the other chefs show his true side. I was a little surprised he helped Rebecca. At least now we know he's not all bad!

Annabelle5976
Annabelle5976

I have to tell you that after watching the last season of Top Chef Just Desserts, I wasn't sure I wanted to watch this season. It was a pleasant surprise to find that this season is filled with very professional chefs. Thanks for the great show!

Elizabeth Anna
Elizabeth Anna

I am very surprised and disappointed at the outcome. Even after your explanation, it sounds wrong. I have no particular favorite or least favorite, but if you read your remarks and listen to the show you would have to believe that one of the other two at the bottom should have gone home. There is a mistake here on some level.