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Top Chef: Just Desserts S1 Episode 2

I haven't seen anyone post a recap of this episode? Sorry, I don't have the patience to do it, so will cut to the chase and go straight to the drama...

WTH with Seth??? In another thread, I had mentioned I had pegged the quiet potential pyscho... well Seth was in that category but I honestly didn't think he would snap/break down until further in the competition.

I just couldn't believe this 34yr old man wailed "The red hots are for my mommy" on national TV. He was acting and sounding like a 3 or 4 yr old, not a 34yr old! His behavior was really erratic during this entire episode and I was seriously starting to wonder if he has ADHD or is possibly bipolar.

I wanted drama, but good drama that comes out through competitive cooking. Not this type of drama where I'm questioning the emotional stability of a contestant. And this is only week 2!

If any contestant, not just Seth, is not mentally or emotionally strong enough for this competition, I would hope that the producers quickly see that and remove that person, rather than keeping them to try and prolong the drama and/or generate ratings.

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  1. I was surprised not to see any earlier posts on this. That was so bizarre, creepy, and even scary--it was not hard to imagine him becoming violent like some wounded animal.

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    1. re: skoolpsyk

      Super embarrasing. Seth was ridiculous. I think he's effectively ruined any chances he might have of attaining additional opportunties when the show concludes. Because, seriously, who would want to work with that emotional nutjob?

      1. re: attran99

        I don't know if it will ruin opportunities for him, but I wonder what's happening in his life right now. It must have been tough enough on him during the recording of the show and then anticipating the nationwide telecast of the show and now it's happening. Mayber he is just fine with it if he ended up winning 100K and the title of Top Chef Just Desserts.

        1. re: John E.

          the previews for episode 4 show him acting quite strangely again and then show someone being treated by EMTs. wonder if the two are connected... tune in to see! ;)

          1. re: jujuthomas

            I saw that too and the person on the ground was of similar build and size to Seth. I also saw a group photo on some web page (I don't remember where) of the TC Just Desserts chefs that must have been taken after Seth was possibly removed by EMTs because he was missing.

            1. re: John E.

              hmmm, hmm, hmm! the plot thickens! ;)

              1. re: jujuthomas

                I just watched the end of episode 3. Just before they threw off the peanut butter cookie baker (Heather "Bangs") there was a promo for the show, something about voting online or something. Anyway, the photo I saw of the 11 contestants minus Seth was a still shot taken from that promo so Bravo themselves are showing that he's no longer in the picture.

    2. The emotional outburst just seemed so contrived. He crumbled like an apple pie crust.

      Here's a good recap:

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      1. re: GraydonCarter

        Here's another with a great Seth picture caption. It's a little creepy in its Gail-centricity but the caption makes up for that (oogie) flaw. http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/bell...

        1. re: MplsM ary

          OMG, that is too funny! Esp the photo of Seth and the accompanying caption. Man-baby is totally spot on description of him!

      2. I wanted drama, but good drama that comes out through competitive cooking. Not this type of drama where I'm questioning the emotional stability of a contestant. And this is only week 2!
        I agree. JD has the ability to be full of drama because baking is a science and so many more things can go wrong in the allotted time. Last week I questioned the emotional stability of Morgan, Seth's roommate, and now it seems like either I totally missed the boat on this one or there is more than one resident nutcase. Last week I thought Seth might be a contender to go all the way to the finals, but now I would be surprised if he lasts through the next episode.

        I cannot even think of "The red hots are for my mommy" without laughing. I also feel sorry for all of the other contestants. Seth had two outbursts, and both were in front of respected chefs. If I were them I woudl feel embarrased and humiliated that another contestant acted that way, it was completely unacceptable.

        Getting back to the food. I liked this challenge and I thought the chefs did a good job. There were many offerings that I really wanted to try....Margarita inspired one, and Zac's, I also wanted to try Zac's QF as well.

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        1. re: lizzy

          Maybe soon we'll see Bravo selling "Red Hots are for my mommy" t-shirts!

        2. I thought even Gail looked uncomfortable when Seth was freaking out & yelling after they gathered their supplies from behind the bar.....and yes, if you're treating the other contesting horribly, it IS for them to say that to you.....

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          1. re: jenscats5

            I agree and Yigit (5 yrs younger than Seth) is my hero for telling Seth AKA man-baby off at the Tar Pit. It seems like Seth likes to lash out at the female chefs - he appeared to be yelling at Heather H at the Tar Pit and he was definitely lashing out at Heather C in the stew room. As a female, I would be very worried for my safety having to share accommodations with him. He is so random and unstable that I can see him having a complete meltdown because someone moved his dessert and then physically trying to assault them, (probably with a spatula because he's a man-baby).

          2. Keep in mind that these shows always have to have some major drama to "keep it interesting". After all, we couldn't possibly be statisfied strictly with cooking and baking skills and creativity, right?...

            Who knows if Seth was encouraged to play up the bi-polar psycho routine. Obviously, the Bravo folks do. If he goes too far, we could possibly see him booted out, but I doubt it. Again, the drama factor sells, in their eyes.

            While watching this show, I could envision Seth's mother having to deal with friends' and family's reactions. I feel for her.

            Bravo (pardon the expression) to Yigit for telling Seth that he's not the only one with problems, but that the others put it behind them and focus on their work.

            1. Seth's mommy-drama could well be contrived, but that racing around the kitchen is probably him all the way.

              I'm hoping another contestant sticks their foot out while he's running...have a nice trip, Seth!

              Of course we don't want him to get injured, just to SLOW DOWN. Didn't Mommy tell him not to run in the kitchen?

              As to Seth claiming to be straight, well, denial ain't just a river in Egypt.

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              1. re: coney with everything

                ITA! I just watched the first 2 episodes last night and the running he does is INSANE! He's a total mess. can't wait to see what happened last night! :)

              2. Okay so I thought there would be more comments on this thread. Seth will ruin the show me. Some cattiness is to be expected and makes things interesting, but Seth is just one implosion/explosion after another. So they don't have you cocktail stuff behind the bar.. come up with another drink. Things are going to fall apart and if you can't handle it (and I don't mean crying about it but more so taking it out on other people) than you don't need to be there. I feel like he has only child syndrome (no offense to you only children out there). LIke maybe he's never had to share with others or had to learn that he isn't the best of everything. I mean Ep 1 he did well and he held himself together, but Ep2 he was a mess and a half. It's okay if you are pissed at yourself, but don't sit there and refuse to listen to everyone else and then act overly eager to help people and make up for it... It just comes off as fake. Not to be sexist, but I think at some point they should have a mens vs. womens section. Just to see who can play nice with each other and turn out things the smoothest.

                To close out my rambling.. you see plenty of chefs who have a family and are missing their family which usually when they show that episode it is That chefs Kiss of Death.. but they manage. I understand his mom is sick and in the hospital.. was that not the case before entering? Did he not realize that this was going to be really in your face.. I mean top chef has been on for a while.. lets get a clue..

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                1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                  Seth does just bring out the inner psychiatrist in all of us, no? I find him hard to watch because I recognize some behaviors in my *young* boys, and pray I won't be that mommy on a reality show in 20 years. Yikes! (Note to kids: I don't care much for red hots...)

                  1. re: momjamin

                    Hey! That's my DAY job, and SO not what I want in entertainment. Glad I missed it!

                2. From MplsMary's link:
                  "Seth runs out of nitrogen for his passion fruit sundae. This sends him into meltdown mode where he throws utensils, starts crying, and crawls under the counter to hide and suck his man-baby thumb. Seriously? As the other chefs sport their WTF looks, Elizabeth Falkner comes over to console Seth and drag him back to Sanity Island. He then howls, "The Red Hots are for my mommy!" Guess Sanity Island's a lot farther away for Seth than Elizabeth knows."

                  I think this may be the FIRST TIME IN TOP CHEF HISTORY that a cheftestant has collapsed on the floor, consumed by psychosis ...

                  Cant wait till Wed.

                  1. So our DVR blipped and recorded the first 10 minutes, just before the breakdown, and started again into the EC when they were making the drinks. What happened (I've seen a small part on Hulu but couldn't find more) and who won the QF with which dessert? What did they say about Seth's red hot dessert? I need LindaWhit's recap!

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                      1. re: Sarah

                        That's funny--thanks. I've checked other sites but forgot that one. Love this:

                        "Seth who is losing his shit again, curled up in a ball in tears, and is muttering things like, "The Red Hots are for my mommy!" while everyone stares awkwardly, because these are not things that should come out of a grown man's mouth on national television."

                    1. Seth is the first person on TC that is so annoying to watch that I am seriously considering not even watching the show. There are others I can't stand (Spike, Dale, Marcel) but none of them annoy me so much that I would change the channel. Seth is Top Disaster.

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                      1. re: cigarmedic4

                        Not a fan of the drama but I like this show more than I thought I was going to. I like the competitions. Check out this movie (being called The Culinary Hurt Locker):

                        Trailer: KINGS OF PASTRY [HQ]
                        by First Run Features (videos)
                        Filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus have captured an epic, never-before-filmed test of France’s finest artisans- the prestigious Meilleurs Ouvriers de France competition. The film captures the high-stakes drama of the competition – passion, sacrifice, disappointment, and joy – in the quest to become one of the Kings of Pastry.


                        1. re: californiabeerandpizza

                          Saw this movie and met the directors and the chef when they came to our local documentary film festival. It actually opened the show. I hope though that this is a rough comparison between the two events. One is Top Chef Just Desserts where you have to make a cupcake and the other is a premiere competition making really REALLY creative artistic culinary designs.

                          On a similar page, if you ever watch the somewhat dumb cake competitions on Food Network when they pair a chef up with a local or with someone they've not worked with before.. they become pretty tense and unhappy about it.

                          1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                            No comparison intended, thought the Just Dessert watchers might find it interesting.

                        2. re: cigarmedic4

                          While I get what some are saying and as I have personally practically begged for less drama on Top Chef, somehow this whackado, over the top craziness in pretty pastels is like a bizarro world Top Chef and I admit I’m hooked. Jeesh, mix a metaphor, whydoncha?

                          I can hardly wait for tonight’s episode when a judge (who I’m sure is somebody I should recognize but don’t), says, “Wow, you can almost taste the resentment in her cookie.” I heard this a few days ago and I’ve been mulling over what kind of cookie could possibly be resentment filled… Snicker-too-much-doodle? Short-temper-bread? Chocolate-chip-on-your-shoulder cookie? My DVR is set.

                            1. re: MplsM ary

                              Too funny. She must be the cookie whisperer.

                                1. re: MplsM ary

                                  Peanut assault and buttery cookie?

                                  1. re: momjamin

                                    Nice... Maybe Seth will make his rendition of Thin (Skin) Mints?

                                    1. re: ribeye621

                                      Hee hee. And don't forget Oatmeal ScoRtchies.

                                      But I think Ginger Snaps have the most potential for resentment-filled.

                              1. I have some restaurant experience and don't quite recall pastry chefs being such primadonnas. Am I wrong? I really enjoy TC, even when Hosea won, but TCJD is just so over the top. I refuse to reward bad behavior by tuning in and making celebrities out of guys like Seth. These contestants are just so darn unlikeable. I deleted my series recording after Episode 1.

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                                1. re: jindomommy

                                  Doesn’t it seem that ALL of these contestants are wound a little tight? They may not be thrashing on the floor, but they all seem a touch more nervous than the savory TC competitors.

                                  1. re: StewieBoy

                                    I don't think nervous is the word I'd used.. emotionally fragile (be it crying or anger) is better. Maybe they make so many sweet items to hide all the bitterness in their life.. (j/k)

                                    1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                                      I'm with Heather H on this--it's cake, why cry over cake?