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Sep 29, 2011 09:26 AM

Top Chef Just Desserts - the last 2 weeks (spoilers)

Since no one, including me, posted last week, this will cover both weeks.

Overall, I have to say that I preferred last year's challenges, They were more appropriate and not just bizarre to be bizarre. It seemed like even the judges found the "Beastie Boys Challenge" to be ridiculous. We've hardly been allowed to see what these contestants can actually do in terms of making great cakes and other pastries. Instead it's all about incorporating chicken and canned ravioli and pork & beans into a dessert. Come on, people! And by people, I mean the show's producers.

With this going on in TCJD, I can just imagine what will happen in TC Texas. Maybe they'll have to make an entree out of wedding cake...

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  1. Just read Hubert Keller's blog, and he thought the challenge was great. But then, he wasn't judging that one...

    1. I agree with you. This year's TCJD is kind of a snooze fest. I thoroughly enjoyed the Willy Wonka challenge but the other ones are so boring.

      I was rather appalled by the Beastie Boys challenge. I know chefs need to adapt but this one was a stretch.

      1. I loved the Beastie Boys challenge! Something different, waaay different. The Willy Wonka challenge was so predictable, more of just a re-creation and not forcing the chefs to be creative.

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        1. re: babette feasts

          I thought it was interesting, too. And, funny to hear contestants who didn't do well whine about their ingredients. Everyone had bad ingredients. It seemed the contestants who had the easiest ingredients did the poorest, though. Pizza, baked beans, ravioli, chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy all made the top. Alcohol made the bottom? While I have liked Katsie in the past, I wanted her to stop talking about how risky french fries dipped in sauce was. Risky is baked beans brownies or gravy foam on mashed potato cheesecake. Rebecca needed to go because her crying was getting annoying.

          1. re: chowser

            I just watched my recording of this episode. I cannot , cannot, cannot believe that Orlando wasn't on the bottom for using Nilla Wafers instead of baking his own cookies (and then he wouldn't even admit it).
            Katzie didn't do so well, but she did great in the last two challenges (I think her carrot cake was the only original idea in the Willy Wonka episode), so I don't understand why Sally keeps saying that she's just lucky. She seems very talented, even if it didn't show in this episode.

            1. re: mountaincachers

              Yes--using store bought cookies is a cop out in this challenge! And he did duck the question. Doesn't he realize there are cameras so whether he admits it or not, it doesn't matter?

              I agree about Katzie--I don't know why the others don't respect what she does when she is usually more creative. Sally's Willy Wonka challenge was terrible. But, I think Katzie has pegged herself as being the risky, creative one and this challenge wasn't the case.

        2. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

          I'm just going to watch the finale to see how it ends. I'm out until then.

          1. I don't understand why the Quick Fire winner often gets both money and immunity. Why not make the person choose? Maybe the top Quick Fire winner should get to choose money or immunity and the person in 2nd place would get the other. That would make the show marginally more interesting.

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            1. re: Jambie

              I like that idea. And maybe if they don't take it, let the money carry over to the following week.

              1. re: Jambie

                They've done that in Top Chef when Robin chose immunity over money and was widely criticized by the other contestants for not believing in herself. But, the second place person didn't get anything.

                1. re: chowser

                  I'm fairly certain that during that season Robin could have solved the debt crisis, drawn down the excess housing inventory, and reduced US unemployment to less than !% and she would have been criticized by those guys. While I didn't think she was in the same zip code as the Voltaggio bros., she sure did get a lot of flack from the lesser chefs. If she would have taken the money they would have accused her of not wanting to be there.

                  1. re: chowser

                    I think Robin chose immunity over the CHANCE to win money. She didn't turn down actual cash. I remember Kevin took cash instead of immunity.