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Oct 14, 2010 07:58 AM

Top Chef Just Desserts S1 Ep 5

I guess I'll start and make it brief so that someone else can make a more indepth replay.

I'll state that this was the first episode that felt like true Top Chef episode. Compared to the previous episodes there was little drama from the contestants, but the elimination challenge to me was a bit of a stretch for an elimination challenge as that is such a niche of niches. The dresses were nice for the most part and some even looked better than the crap on Project Runway. I picked the correct top and bottom three or the night. As I said compared to other episodes, I think this one was pretty solid. I think it is funny that the two ladies who I can't stand both made veggie dresses.

What are your takes and opinions? I did not post winners or loser because I didn't see who got eliminated.

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  1. I agree. It was the first episode where I didn't feel like the producers were exploiting the mentally ill. I'm still somewhat taken aback by the egos in the room. That said I love Morgan's confidence in his dress and the comment about being alone for an extended amount of time helped his imagination go wild when designing the dress. However, for the elimination challenge...a chocolate dress...c'mon... That's where the playing field becomes really uneven considering they selected a cast of bakers and pastry chefs. I'm glad Eric did not go home. I'm a little over Team Diva.

    A few other observations. Did anyone else look at Sherry Yard and think oh jeez...she looks like The Good Witch Glenda from the Wizard of Oz. She was wearing a pink sparkly blouse and with her adorable face and hair, I thought she'd be the ultimate fairy godmother because she would always smell like cookies! Also, I'm really happy with the celebrity chefs we are seeing. I've been a big fan of Sherry and Gale. I can't wait (I hope) to see Nick Malgieri and Maida Heatter! N

    1. My favorite was Morgan's chocolate dress. I'd definitely wear that! And I loved the popcorn edge on Erika's dress. What a fun episode.

      1. My big gripe with this eps we saw nothing of the conception and making their petit fours.

        And Heather C and Danielle really needed to tie their vegetable dresses to their dessert. Maybe spicy herb or carrot cake. Or veggie made of fondant.

        It also crossed my mind, Heather C got eliminated 3 weeks in a row. She should have been eliminated last week, if it hadnt been for Malika quitting. I think that should be a record.

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        1. re: dach

          I agree about Heather C. If she'd really thought about it she could've incorporated carrots into her dress (not a veggie dress, just bits of carrot here and there) with a carrot cake petit four which could have been killer.

          I hated seeing Eric implode and it was right that they called him out on his cookie dress. If the baker can't make square cookies then there's something wrong. His petit fours must have saved him.

          I agree that this came off a little more Project Runway than Top Chef but it seems to me that this production crew is flailing about just as much as the contestants. They are trying to define the style of the show but the crazy stuff has them playing catch-up rather than letting them define the show in the editing room. They are finally finding their footing thanks in large part to Gail.

          1. re: dach

            It was irritating that the first we really heard about the petits fours was when they were judged. That should have been the real focus. They're just trying to hard to make it The Real Chefs of Dessert Land. I like drama fine, but let's see some real food prep.

          2. Part of the judging should have been eating the actual dresses.

            1. I'm a sucker for the editing and Morgan seemed pretty obnoxious and sexist. I'm leaning towards Yigit, even if he is part of the Divas. He has come off as catty as Zack and Heather H. I also like Eric and hope he does well. He might not have the fancy techniques but he always makes something that tastes good and, IMO, that's more important than appearance. If he was making cookies and couldn't get the ingredients right, why didn't he just leave things out that would affect it? Water and flour would have given him what he needed and it wasn't as if anyone would be eating the dress. I hope Danielle goes home next, though. Her gloating about Team Diva being in the bottom sounded like petty jealousy.