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Top Chef: Just Desserts

Just read about this on my AOL food board....it looks like a third show will become part of the franchise....pastry chefs will go against each other in making desserts!


No judges or host yet, but they'll be deciding very soon. I think this *could* be interesting, but not as interesting as the regular TC or TCM. But we'll see!

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  1. right on. they picked up a second season of TCM too - hooray! more TC is always a good thing :)

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      Yup, there's another TCM2 thread going. I'm just hoping our boyfriend shows up on this season, ghg. ;-)

    2. I hope this doesn't de-evolve into the FN Challenge show.

      1. What's next, Top Chef: Let Them Eat Cake or Top Chef: vs. City ?

        I realize I am not a dessert person, but I have no interest in watching chef's make dessert. Its why I tune out of Chopped during the last round, then come back at the end to see who won.

        1. I can't remember if I saw the link here at Chowhound or somewhere else but another board was discussing this and some folks on the board were laughing saying, that next it was going to be Top Chef: Special Victims Unit…

          One post, a poster named Biggles wrote:
          In the Culinary Justice System… custard based offenses are considered especially delicious. In New York City the dedicated detectives who investigate these viscous felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victuals Unit. These are their stories... dunDUN

          I laughed and laughed (I'm also a L&O fan). Of course, I'll be watching!

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          1. re: Ima Wurdibitsch

            I think that was on the TCM2 thread - but I didn't see Biggles' response - very well done! LOL

          2. I'm so excited about this! I'm obsessed with Top Chef, but I'm not really much of a cook myself. I adore making desserts, so for me, this would be just about heaven. I hope Gale Gand is involved with judging. I always loved her Sweet Dreams show on FN.

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            1. re: sharonlouk

              ...and if you've never experienced Gale's desserts in person, it's almost worth a trip to Chicago just to go to Tru for dessert! Plus she's a really lovely person. ;)

            2. Imho, there is room for a quality dessert show on TV. I haven't really enjoyed any of the ones that are on TVFN.

              Altho these days I'm more likely to choose cheese for dessert, I started my professional life as a pastry chef, and I'm always looking for inspiration for a new dessert. ;) So many people are SO pleased by dessert.

              1. That sounds interesting... it takes just as much skill to prepare desserts as it does to cook meat etc - just look at how afraid the contestants on regular chef always are when you breathe the word 'dessert' in their direction!

                1. I am tryiong but the idea of desserts just don't thrill me. I just don't have that much of a sweet tooth. I appreciate the hard work and techniques mind you, but the idea of an entire TC show of dessert is not to my liking.

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                  1. re: Phaedrus

                    While I have a sweet tooth, I don't bake as often as I used to. I'm going to give this version of TC a chance, just to see what happens (using the Bravo tag line). While I don't expect it to be like TC or TCM, it could be enjoyable as well.

                    1. re: Phaedrus

                      I understand what you're saying, and I have a sweet tooth. I could never watch those dessert shows on Food Network. I even had problems watching Dessert Circus with Jacques Torres. I like dessert because it's a small thing I have about 1-2 times a week. It's a treat. Somehow seeing an entire show about desserts makes me kind of nauseous.

                      But like Linda, I'll give it a go just because it's tide me over until TC and TCM come back.

                    2. Before regular Top Chef, I used to stick to a few things I knew how to make or I'd use a recipe. Sure, sometimes I'd modify the recipe a bit or make some substitutions but Top Chef inspired me to challenge myself. Even with a nearly bare cupboard and refrigerator, I can usually whip something up that's pretty tasty.

                      I think what happened is I started thinking less about what the rules (recipes) are and more about what things taste good together. In retrospect, that seems fairly simple and obvious but I wasn't doing it. I'm looking forward to getting some more inspiration with desserts. My friends consider me a very good cook but they call my ex (and now kind of roommate - odd situation) the MasterBaker. I'd like to give him a challenge for the title... although we might need to feminize it a bit.

                      1. I really like the idea of Just Desserts, and I think if done correctly it could challenge TC. Desserts are more of a science than they are skill, therefore I think the show could be more dramatic. A dessert could not set or rise, we all know how unreliable GE appliances are on the show, a candy could be overcooked or undercooked, and I think a dessert gone wrong could be harder to fix for the judges. I know I'll be watching, and also hoping for an appearance by Gale Gand....come to think of it she would make a fantastic judge/host a la Tom.

                        1. I think it would be fun to watch. Think of the challenge preparing desserts would offer, especially with out the recipe. As long as you have a basic idea of how flavors go together, you can be a pretty successful cook. However we all know baking requires much more precision in measuring and ratios. (and time, which we know there isn't much of in reg Top Chef)

                          1. I like Top Chef and I like the idea of a dessert show, but I'd prefer a show in which regular people competed (those who are not chefs) because it would be interesting to see what they pull out of the hat. I don't watch any of the cake competitions on FN and hardly watch Ace of Cakes; can't get into it.