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Top Chef: Just Desserts: Dishing The Finale

November 18, 2010 02:00 PM by Lori Wilson


Season one of Top Chef: Just Desserts came to a close last night with Yigit taking home the $100,000 prize and bragging rights. As per usual, the judges took to their blogs on Bravo to share their thoughts on the episode. To find out why Top Chef: Just Desserts judges Gail Simmons and Dannielle Kyrillos chose Yigit as the winner, and what Yigit himself thought about claiming the victory, keep on reading.

Of choosing Yigit as the first ever Top Chef: Just Desserts winner, Gail Simmons said, “In the end, when we looked at his menu as a whole, we found it the most cohesive, and it’s progression made the most sense to us on a macro level. On the micro level, the range he showed us as well as the attention to detail he showed in each dessert really stood out and was so memorable. The diversity and scope of all his desserts was so memorable, to go from that refreshing cucumber dill yogurt soup, through that beautifully bright, strawberry, deconstructed vacharin with meringue kisses, into the deeply caramelized pineapple and muscovado dessert and finally into milk jam, caramel, and chocolate — it was divine! There was so much experience that carried through, and there really were few flaws overall. His menu truly satisfied us, from beginning to end.”

Dannielle Kyrillos concurred, “Yigit’s tasting was the most cohesive.” She also added, “Yigit used the date metaphor in explaining his dishes and his thinking behind them, but it was the flavors and textures he unfolded across four plates that charmed our pants off.”

As for the winner, in his exit interview on Bravo, Yigit expressed, “I feel really proud of the fact that I stick to my core and that you can be a decent person to survive through tough times. You don’t need to be a jackass and be rude to people and that’s a good feeling. There is a small satisfaction in the fact that I won over Morgan, but as I told him afterwards, he was kind of key in me winning today because he is a very talented chef and I knew he was going to be bringing all of his knowledge and that combined with the letter I got from Gail, it truly really focused me to believe in myself, put all myself out there and keep it refined. I owe it to Gail for this. So thank you.”

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