Top Chef: Just Desserts

2010, TV Show


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Question: To say that I loved the season finale of Fringe would be an understatement. It was amazing! And I know I will be thinking about it all summer long, so I applaud the fantastic writers of this show. What did you think? — Rachel

Matt Roush: I thought what most of the readers of this column probably imagine I thought: Wow! As an hour of emotionally engaging and suspensefully perplexing entertainment, I thought it was a terrific way to end the show's very best season to date. (And so, it seems, did those who've weighed in so far in my mailbox.) Time paradox storylines are always tricky, and risk ...
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New Critics, New Host, New Format: Producers Dish on Spicing Up Season 3 of Top Chef Masters

Top Chef Masters, Curtis Stone, Ruth Reichl and James Oseland

It's hotter in the kitchen this time around on Top Chef Masters.

In Wednesday's third season premiere, three of the 12 master cheftestants will fail to complete their Quickfire dishes (failures made all the more painful because the chefs are paired off in head-to-head combat). The group is then immediately hit with a round of Restaurant Wars.

Bringing out the contestants' competitive edge is just part of an overall revamp to the Top Chef spin-off, which arrives following viewership declines between the first and second seasons (2.2 million viewers vs. 1.6 million). Gone are host Kelly Choi, critics Gael Greene and Jay Rayner, the five-star rating scale and the tournament-style elimination. The masters are still playing for charity but, by design, they'll feel more... read more

Bravo Picks Up 11 New Shows with Plenty of Familiar Faces

Chris March and Tabatha Coffey

Bravo has picked up 11 new series, including shows featuring Chris March, Brad Goreski, Jeff Lewis and Tabatha Coffey.

In addition, Million Dollar Listing will get a New York spin-off, and hit staples The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Bethenny Ever After, The Real Housewives of Atlanta and Tabatha's Salon Takeover are all renewed. Top Chef and Top Chef: Just Desserts were ...
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Bravo Whips Up Second Season of Top Chef: Just Desserts

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Bravo has picked up a second season of Top Chef spinoff Just Desserts.

The network announced the renewal Thursday, along with a nationwide casting call for both... read more

Glee, The Kids Are All Right, Modern Family Among GLAAD Media Award Nominees


Fresh off their Golden Globe victories, Glee and The Kids Are All Right are among the nominees for the 22nd GLAAD Media Awards.

Check out our full Golden Globes coverage

Glee, which won the Globe for best comedy series this week, received a nod for ... read more

Watercooler: Top Chef All-Stars Shines

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With the uneven Just Desserts spin-off just a falling soufflé of a memory, the cooking competition got back on the front burner last night with its much-hyped All-Stars edition. Jammed with vets from seasons past, most awesome and only a few awful (Stephen from season 1, you remain a supercilious hobbit), it's clear that a real food fight is on...and on fire.

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Matt's TV Week in Review

Gwyneth Paltrow

From the you-can't-make-these-things-up department: So there's a guy in Wisconsin who shot his TV after getting all riled up watching Bristol "The Dancing Dead" Palin on Dancing With the Stars this week. And that's before she made the finals, booting a visibly distraught (and much more talented) Brandy. Before you start going "I know how he feels," a moment of silence for the poor TV. Why do the innocent always have to suffer?... read more

Top Chef: Just Desserts' Yigit: It's Very Possible That Cheftestants Were Sabotaged

Top Chef Just Desserts

After a season of high-intensity challenges and clashing personalities, the final three Top Chef: Just Desserts contestants —Yigit, Morgan and Danielle — gave their best effort to impress judges palettes by telling a story through dessert. Morgan's concept centered on light and primary colors, while Danielle played off the idea of nostalgic favorites with a twist. But it was Yigit's sweet journey about falling in love that landed him the win.

Why Top Chef: Just Desserts was a bittersweet pill: Producers on the problem with pastry caught up with the pastry chef to find whether or not he knew he was going to win, what he thought about all the sabotage accusations, and why he think the stress of the show really got so some of the contestants. Plus: Guess who he's rooting for on Top Chef All-stars. ...

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Why Top Chef: Just Desserts Was A Bittersweet Pill: Producers on the Problem with Pastry

Top Chef Just Desserts

Contestants on Top Chef have forever been plagued by the dessert course. Somehow, it never works out quite right. Timing was off. Chocolate didn't set. Sorbet didn't freeze fast enough. Why not do a show about chefs who specialize in that kind of confectionary magic? Why not honor the skill it takes to whip up a meal's grand finale? What could go wrong?

And thus, Top Chef: Just Desserts was born.

"Delightful desserts, a delightful cast, we thought it was going to be all laughs and fun, fancy-free all day long," Dan Cutforth, executive producer of the Top Chef franchise, said. Only it was the opposite that came true: "It turned into this crazy war zone."

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Tonight's TV Hot List: Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010


Survivor: Nicaragua
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The 10 remaining castaways have endured a lot thus far on their quest to win $1 million. They've put up with NaOnka's annoying rants and her food thefts, contentious bickering between Marty and Jane, and existing on little food and less sleep. But all of that pales in comparison with what the players discover tonight and must figure out how to endure. They return to the Libertad camp and find it in ashes following a devastating fire. Benry sums it all up well: "This is a day from hell." — Tim Holland

Read on for previews of Human Target, Better with You, Circus, South Park, Top Chef: Just Desserts and 25 Years of Sexy: People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive!. read more

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Premiered: September 15, 2010, on Bravo
Rating: TV-14
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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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