Top Chef Just Desserts â€œCocktail with a Twistâ€
What the heck is happening here? When did Seth turn into a psychopath? He is all over the place and he decides to blame his mother for that spectacular breakdown? Because, in essence, thatâ€™s what heâ€™s doing. He wanted to do something to honor his mom in the quickfire and he runs out of time. What is with the crying? Both Elizabeth and Morgan try to calm him down and they canâ€™t. And then it just goes downhill from there. Zac screws himself in helping Seth and Seth gets booed for some very rude comment. Even though Seth did extremely well last week I would have liked to see him go home this week. I donâ€™t care how talented he is. No one should have to put up with that kind of behavior.
Quickfire Challenge: They are asked to create a dish celebrating penny candy. They have an hour. The guest judge is acclaimed pastry chef and Top Chef Master participant Elizabeth Falkner. She owns Citizen Cake and Orson.
Yigit: â€œStrawberries & Creamâ€ with Red Licorice & Citrus
Heather: Vanilla Panna Cotta with Passion Fruit Gelee
Tim: Orange & Pistachio Parfait with Mascarpone & Cream
Morgan: Chick-O-Stick Sable with Malted Milk Ganache & Repulled Banana Lollipop
Malika: Lemon Drop & Strawberry Parfait with Yuzu Cream
Heather C: Browned Butter Almond Financier with Strawberry & Balsamic Vinegar (she didnâ€™t use any of the candy)
Zac: Chocolate & Sour Cream Ho Ho with Red Hot Cream Cheese Filling
Eric: Malted Chocolate Pudding & Malt Ball Cookie
Erika: Strawberry Pop Rocks with Lemon Drop Cookie & Sour Lemon Gelee
Danielle: â€œWorms in Dirtâ€ â€“ Chocolate Mousse with Lemon Gummies, Malt Balls & Lemon Soda
Seth: Whopper Chiffon Cake with Red Hot Coconut Jam & Passion Fruit Vanilla Sorbet
Bottom: Heather C., Eric, and Seth
Top: Heather H., Danielle, and Zac.
Winner: Danielle. Sheâ€™s got immunity.
Elimination Challenge: James Beard and Top Chef Master veteran Mark Peel owns The Tar Pit, which is where theyâ€™re going for their next challenge. Iâ€™ve loved him the two times heâ€™s been on Top Chef Masters. I really like him.
They have to create a dish inspired by a great cocktail and theyâ€™re going behind the bar to shop for their ingredients. Theyâ€™ll have 2 minutes each to â€œshopâ€ then 3 hours in the Top Chef kitchen. Theyâ€™ll have to impress 25 barflys plus the judges. They donâ€™t all â€œshopâ€ at the same time.
Seth is a spaz in the kitchen and the other chefs are dumbfounded. So many people donâ€™t understand whatâ€™s going on him. They want him to act more professional. Seth thinks people are against him. Well, I would be. I really like that Morgan calls him an ass.
The next day they have one hour at The Tar Pit to plate 30 desserts. The kitchen is small. 3 chefs will go at a time.
This weekâ€™s judges: Johnny, Elizabeth, Hubert Keller, Mark Peel, and Daphne Brogdon (Markâ€™s business partner & wife).
Erika: Margarita Bombe with a Lime Cookie, Tequila Mousse & Grand Marnier CrÃ¨me Brulee
Danielle: Lime & Lemon Curd Tart, Toasted Coconut with Rum Sabayon
Eric: Pineapple Bourbon Upside Down Cake
They like the subtlety of Erikaâ€™s dessert. Erika embraced her cocktail flavor.
Johnny doesnâ€™t think Danielleâ€™s resembles a cocktail at all. Hubert feels like it misses but itâ€™s a good dessert. Good texture.
Ericâ€™s is visually simple and has the most flavor. Elizabeth says she got a lot of bourbon flavor so itâ€™s like a cocktail.
Yigit: Campari & Blood Orange Agar Agar with Citrus Vanilla Panna Cotta & Basil Ice Cream
Morgan: Cola Spiced Whisky Cake with Coke Fluid Gel
Heather C.: Gingerbread Cake with Rum Caramel Sauce
Yigitâ€™s looks like a fun dessert. Johnny wanted him to think a bit more about the plating because the ice cream is melting.
Hubert likes Morganâ€™s gelee. It pops in the mouth.
Heather Câ€™s doesnâ€™t come together. Elizabeth didnâ€™t taste any lime.
Seth: Blueberry Gimlet Cake with Lemon & Lime Juice, Juniper Soda
Malika: Blood Orange & Blackberry Mojito Cake with White Chocolate Mousse
Heather H.: White Russian Stack
Malikaâ€™s is the least successful for Elizabeth. Hubert said it reminds him of a sugary dessert that if you eat the whole thing you pass out. Gail thinks it was heavy handed.
Hubert says thereâ€™s too much going on with Heatherâ€™s. Johnny says less components would have been better.
Johnny needs more gin in Sethâ€™s. Elizabeth says blue in the pastry world is usually a faux pas.
Zac: Benedictine Bombe â€“ Dark Chocolate Malt Cake with Benedictine Cremeux
Tim: Basil Pudding with Orange, Kumquat & Lime Granita
Johnny says Zac really grabbed the bull by the horns. Elizabeth isnâ€™t getting the full effect of the cocktail.
Johnny wants Tim to get away from the comfort of a bowl. Elizabeth calls it a mess. Mark likes the flavors but agrees itâ€™s messy.
Gail asks to see Erika, Yigit, and Eric.
Seth thinks people are very hard on him but heâ€™s not letting people finish speaking their thoughts before interrupts. He says he made himself vulnerable in front of them and theyâ€™re taking advantage. He tells them to all suck it and says heâ€™s going to win it all. They boo him. Argh. What a spoiled brat baby. Booooo.
Erika. Her favorite drink is a margarita so she wanted to keep it simple. Johnny says it was well plated, well balanced. Gail says the tequila sauce was beautiful.
Eric. Hubert says it was well executed. The carmelization on the pineapple stood out. Elizabeth wants him to think about the aesthetic.
Yigit. He wanted to compare something with campari. Gail says they were impressed. Elizabeth thought it was a beautiful, colorful interpretation. Liked how cold it was. Hubert liked the consistency and creaminess.
Winner: Erika. Yay! How excitws for her. She feels good about her win.
Bottom 3: Malika, Tim, and Seth
Tim. The end result was how he envisioned it. Johnny says it became a soupy mess. His flavors are almost always spot on he just has trouble putting it together.
Seth. He knows he made too many components. Hubert says heâ€™s being too harsh on himself. Johnny thinks Sethâ€™s trying to do too much, too fast. Seth canâ€™t promise he wonâ€™t have another breakdown.
Malika. Hubert says it went wrong in portion size; it was too big. Johnny asks why this is the 2nd time sheâ€™s had timing issues in the kitchen.
Iâ€™m sad to see go-to mama Tim leave. But even though the judges think his flavors are spot on. Tim is also surprised heâ€™s leaving but says he isnâ€™t going to change his style. I guess theyâ€™re willing to give Seth and Malika another chance.
Morgan says he and Seth are the only heterosexual males in the house. Hmmmm. I believe Morgan is the only straight guy in that house.
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