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Top Chef: Just Desserts: Judges Reaction To Malika And Seth’s Departure.

October 07, 2010 12:30 PM by Lori Wilson


Two contestants went home last night from Top Chef: Just Desserts and not because they were eliminated at the Judge’s Table. In a surprising turn of events, Seth Caro’s panic attack led to his dismissal, while Malika Ameen opted to leave even though her dessert was loved by all the judges. Top Chef: Just Desserts judges Johnny Iuzzini and Gail Simmons weighed in on the dramatic twists.

The single mother from Chicago, Malika Ameen, who lost her restaurant, her father and her marriage before joining Top Chef: Just Desserts, left the competition because she didn’t feel the joy cooking in that environment. She felt good about leaving to be with her kids and to allow the other contestants who wanted to stay another chance to win it all.

Seth Caro, on the other hand, seemed to crack from the pressure and was deemed unable to continue by the producers after having a panic attack. We previously learned that the New York based chef’s mother was having some health problems, which may have leant to his seemingly  inability to cope with the stress of the competition.

In her blog on Bravo, when asked about the elimination challenge, judge Gail Simmons admitted Heather C.’s dessert was the weakest. She continued, “It would have been pretty easy to send Heather C. home again, but Malika just didn’t want to be there. When someone is that adamant about it, you can’t keep them around. I loved getting to know Malika. She’s a talented, kind and gentle person. I know that she was happy to get home to her boys. She’s an amazing mom, but she’s also an amazing pastry chef, and I hope she doesn’t lose sight of that. The pastry world is better because she’s in it.”

Regarding Seth Caro, judge Johnny Iuzzini stated in his Bravo blog, “I’m very sad to see Seth have to leave the show. He is tremendously talented, and I believe he would have shown us great technique and made really delicious food. Having been in a very similar situation a few years back when I lost my own mother, I sympathize and can relate to his emotional state. The best thing for Seth was to leave the show and to rejoin his family.”

Were you disappointed by either decision? Or were you glad to see Seth and Malika leave Top Chef: Just Desserts?

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