November 11, 2010 04:00 PM by Lori Wilson
Top Chef: Just Desserts‘ Johnny Iuzzini and Dannielle Kyrillos felt last night’s anniversary cake challenge for Ben and Sylvia Weinstock was all about knowing your audience and it was pretty clear that Zac didnâ€™t take that into consideration, so we was sent packing.
In his blog, Johnny Iuzzini offered up what he would have created for the adorable couple, “I probably would have gone in a different direction as far as the shape. A stacked tiered cake is a wedding cake, but not necessarily an anniversary cake. Then I would have tried to incorporate as many of the design details as I could without making the cake kitchy or gaudy. I would include the elements from their story that were most significant to them. The biggest detail is flavor, as is everything food-related. They were very clear in what they liked individually. As a couple, they are individuals that live in harmony together and I would find a way to tie their two flavor preferences together in a similar way, so they complement each other rather then contrast each other.”
As far as Danielle winning despite her choosing a ‘battleship gray’ color for the frosting, Dannielle blogged, “A lot of people wanted to count Danielle out, but she was onto something when she said to Johnny as he made his rounds in the kitchen, ‘Sylvia likes simple things.’” She added, “The judges, and Sylvia, made it clear her cakeâ€™s texture and flavors sailed past the others.”
Judge Danielle also commented on chef Danielle’s truffles: “I worried that Gail and Chef Payard would think they werenâ€™t refined enough, that they were too rough around the edges. I mean, he has such exacting standards, that nothing was going to get past him. (Not to mention Godivaâ€™s.) To my mind, his love of the roughness, and the flavors, confirmed that she hit the mark.”
When it comes to Yigit, who seems to be unraveling a bit, Johnny mused, “He needs to really evaluate how much time he has in each challenge and work within those limits. Yigit has a lot of technique and skill, and is always trying to go above and beyond but has come up short a number of times. He needs to focus and choose his path wisely, trust his gut, and cook from his heart if he wants to get back on top and stay there.”
As for those left standing, Johnny speculated, “I think the three finalists definitely worked hard and all deserve to be there. Yigit and Morgan have both been a force to be reckoned with the whole time and have set the pace. Danielle is the biggest surprise for me — she has been in the middle and bottom most of the competition, and has almost gone home numerous times. But as the rules go, each challenge is a clean slate and no points are carried over, so it is always any man’s or woman’s game.”
Do you agree with Zac being sent home? Who do you want to be named the winner of Top Chef: Just Desserts next week?
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