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So here we are, at the grande finale, as they say in France. This is where the culminated talents of our chefs are put under a microscope and the strongest overall performance by the most confident chef prevails and wins the competition! This is the final round, the final challenge, and finally, we will have a winner!
The challenge: to prove that they are the most complete pastry chef by creating a show-piece, an entremet cake, bonbons, a form of savory bread, and a dessert that focuses on a special person in their life!
Wow! So much to think about, so much pressure… and just after Johnny shared an emotional moment, expressing the joy he has knowing that he was able to present his mother with a home-made birthday cake he baked for her just before she passed away; and you could start to see tears well-up in the cheftestants' eyes. Suddenly, their frowns became overwhelmed with a surprised excitement. They were all astonished to see MOFs Jaques “Mr. Chocolate” Torres, Sebastian Cannon, co-founder of the French Pastry School in Chicago, and Stephane Treand, owner of The Art of Pastry, walk into the kitchen to help assist in their final challenge! Gail informs our competitors that our guest pastry legends would be sitting down as diners when all is complete to taste and help critique their final presentation. With their jaws dropping to the floor, they quickly scurried over to meet these pastry icons and without hesitation, and the competition began!
Sally confided in Sebastion Cannon and admitted that she was uncomfortable with the showpiece element of this competition. She went over her plan, which seemed well thought-out and moved forward with her ideas, determined to use assertive, exotic flavor combinations and the inspiration of her mother and sister, to win the hearts of the judges….
Matt told “Mr.Chocolate” that his wife and daughter would be the motive for his dessert presentation and he would try to impress his way into the winner’s circle by choosing to take risks and using combinations of items and ingredients he has not really worked with before, such as sugar as the base of his show-piece. Matt hoped to prove to the judges that he is not afraid to gamble, and to get out of his comfort zone and push himself to new-heights! A gutsy move, but would this come back to bite him in the sugar-bun, at the end of the challenge?
Chris went over his plan with Sebastian Cannon. Chris wanted to have a clean and well thought-out presentation, that connected his showpiece idea with the rest of his dessert. His theme: mechanical, industrial, and impressive. Would he impress enough?
Sally should have won, Bottom line. How can you say flavor wise Sally won and not give it to her? It is not called TOP SHOW PIECE..they have competition for that on Food Network. You admit Sally has the best flavors and bottom line for me, is flavor. You can't ding Sally for letting Orlando do the show piece work, as she said she used her people's strengths. If you have an assistant who can knock out a show piece you designed is it not just smart to use him? These shows infuriate me because lately it seems the Top Chef franchise is letting the producers pick the winners. Chris should have been gone more than once, and being a nice guy with a sick kid does not make you the best. Sally won that show..even more so she was gracious when she got robbed. Change the name of it to TOP BS>
Sally should've won. Isn't this show about flavors and presentation? While she did mess up the glaze of her plated dessert, she delivered the best desserts of the night, from the looks and sound of it.
Now, we have 12 male winners and 1 female winner for the Top Chef Franchise. (Top Chef, Top Chef Just Desserts, and Top Chef Masters. Sigh.
Not your fault: yours is the 1st blog in...Yet ANOTHER challenge with a showpiece? Really? How does Chris not win ANY challenges or quick fires,but wins TC:JD? This finale wasn't TC's finest hour for sure.