Top Chef: Just Desserts Episodes

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Top Chef: Just Desserts Episode: "Cocktail With a Twist"

Season 1, Episode 2
Episode Synopsis: The 11 still-standing dessert culinarians must whip up sweet delectables from cocktails, but one chef's actions sour the others. Pastry chef Elizabeth Falkner is the guest judge.
Original Air Date: Sep 22, 2010

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Season 1, Episode 2
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Length: 55:04
Aired: 9/22/2010
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Top Chef: Just Desserts Recap: "Cocktail with a Twist" Season 1, Episode 2

In the second episode of Top Chef: Just Desserts, Morgan and Seth have bonded over their heterosexuality. You'll remember Seth as the chef who won last week's Quickfire and distinguishes himself with the use of savory flavors in his desserts. Morgan made that fried chocolate pie that landed him in the bottom three.

Top Chef: Just Desserts Recap: Pastry-making is crazy-making

Tim is the "go-to" mama. So far, we know that means he makes the coffee, is older, and likes to play the motherly role. Last week, he identified himself as "the snow queen." Speaking of moms, Seth's has been going through physical surgeries and he wants to win the title of Top Chef for her.

To the Quickfire! Welcome Elizabeth Falkner, Top Chef Masters also-ran and spiky-haired pastry chef extraordinaire. She wants them to make a penny candy masterpiece. Hmmm. This is the equivalent of the vending machine challenge in Top Chef original recipe. (I'll say right now that I'm OK with sour patch kids and the occasional red vines. Jawbreakers? Atomic Fireballs? Pointless. Disagree with me? Let's duke it out in the comments.)

But, oh, hey, I'm see some high-end penny candy. Maybe this won't be so bad.

Zac reveals he became a pastry chef because he was denied candy by his evil vegan mother. I hear that. Danielle's going to make worms in dirt, which I've had: it's chocolate and gummy worms. Seth, who is dedicating his Atomic Fireball dessert to his mom, is doing something with liquid nitrogen, but fails to freeze up his sorbet properly. It's soup, and Seth starts to cry.

Yigit, whose name rules, made strawberries and cream infused with licorice. Heather made a fancy panna cotta, using passion fruit candy. Tim, made some sort of orange-flavored wonder. Morgan made sable with ganache with a lollipop. Malika made a lemon drop and strawberry-flavored parfait with pop rocks. (Pop rocks! I'm in!) Other Heather, as she shall hence be known, made a financier with strawberries, and ... wait a minute, I see no candy on her plate. She hates candy! She refused to use it! Ha! Zac made a ho-ho with a red-hot cream cheese filling with hot tamale whip cream. Eric made malted chocolate pudding with a malt ball cookie. Erika, made a sour lemon gelee and cookie with lots of Pop Rocks.

And then there's Seth, who is a blubbering mess when the judges arrive. He made a Whopper chiffon cake with red hot coconut jam and passion fruit vanilla sorbet-turned-soup. No one seems to know that he's crying because he dedicated the dessert to his mom. Morgan tries to comfort his new friend by telling him, "You're a bad-ass chef." Even Falkner gives him a hug. Malika tells the camera that he needs to pull it together.

Falkner's least favorites were Other Heather, who didn't use candy, Eric and Seth. Heather H., Danielle, and Zac were on top. Zac is very happy his cake was called out. Danielle's fancy worms in dirt wins.

Elimination Challenge Time! Mark Peel welcomes them to his high-end bar, The Tar Pit. (For shame, I still need to visit.) The chefs need to create a dessert inspired by a cocktail. I can get behind that. They go shopping in Peels' bar, one by one. When it's Seth's turn, his interviews for the camera are done using green screen — curious! (Did anyone else notice that?) He's also sticking spouts up his nose to sniff the liquids. Peel, I hope you sterilized after this. Seth is breaking down. And there's that green screen again! Does he go home tonight? His fellow contestants have had it with him.

During cook time, Heather H. mentions that these guys aren't using recipes. Eric is making something with bourbon and pineapple, and fears that he isn't being complicated enough. Seth's doing something gimlet-like. Tim doesn't have enough basil for his dish — and decides to use both leaves and stems. Usually, stems aren't use for anything. Head judge Johnny, who we'll call Johnny Burns, notices that he's baking his custard with alcohol, and the chemistry of that might not work. Set is describing something that I can't remotely imagine, so we'll get to that later. Erika's doing a margarita bomb, which sounds interesting to this margarita lover.

The rest of cook time is devoted to the contestants bitching about Seth. Yigit thinks he's taken on too much. In the house, a calm Seth apologizes to everyone.

Oops, Erika is one dessert short — so everyone gets half a dessert! Crisis averted. Maybe. She also thinks her margarita bomb might be too salty. Peel thinks it's bland until the salt. So it works.

As for the rest, in short order: Johnny is confused by Danielle's sabayon. Gail likes Eric's unfussy cake.

Yigit thinks his plate of panna cotta with basil ice cream are ugly. Elizabeth thinks it's fun looking, but Johnny notes the ice cream is melting. / Hubert Keller makes his debut, and he digs Morgan's coke and whiskey cake. Heather's gingerbread with rum sauce isn't pleasing anyone.

Seth is freaking out, so Zac takes pity and helps. He's inspired to help others, but he's just stressing everyone else out. His blueberry gimlet cake is lackluster for being gin-free, according to Johnny. Malika did a mojito cake, and it's deemed unimpressive and two sweet. Heather H. did a White Russian stack and Hubert says it's way too complicated.

More Seth-related disaster: He knocks over Zac's judges plates. Seth, I fear, may cut someone. Zac fails to complete one Benedictine Bombe, and it goes to Gail. Not to worry, they don't hate it. Tim's Plantation-inspired pudding and granita doesn't please. Johnny says he's tired of Tim's bowls. Heh.

Judgment time! In the stew room, Seth is still intense and antsy. A dangerous combination. Seth decides his temporary kindness has caused him to self-destruct as a chef, and so everyone else can "suck it." Gail calls in Erika, Yigit and Eric. Erika's half-a-dessert wins!

Bottom three: Malika, Seth and Tim. Could the green screen have really given it away? Johnny says Tim's dessert became a soupy mess, but that he has the sharpest palette. Seth says he also thought his dessert was overly done and not up to snuff. Johnny says he's a smart guy, but he needs to edit. Malika also says she knows her dessert didn't work; she wanted something airy and tart in the middle. Johnny scolds her for her time mismanagement.

So who goes home? Tim. He's shocked to leave this early. So are the other chefs who, no doubt, were hoping Seth was leaving. I still think he could be a contender.

What do you guys think of Seth? Are the other chefs being harsh? Or is he just a handful?

 

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In the second episode of Top Chef: Just Desserts, Morgan and Seth have bonded over their heterosexuality. You'll remember Seth as the chef who won last week's Quickfire and distinguishes himself with the use of savory flavors in his desserts. Morgan made that fried chocolate pie that landed him in the bottom three.

Tim is the "go-to" mama. So far, we know that means he makes the coffee, is older, and likes to play the motherly role. Last week, he identified himself as "the snow queen." Speaking of moms, Seth's has been going through physical surgeries and he wants to win the title of Top Chef for her.

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Premiered: September 15, 2010, on Bravo
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Premise: Pastry chefs compete in dessert-preparation challenges in this 'Top Chef' spin-off. Each episode features two challenges---a quick-fire heat that tests basic abilities and an elimination round that assesses versatility and innovative prowess. The winner earns $100,000.

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