October 05, 2011 08:36 PM by Lori Wilson
Seven chefs remain in week seven of Top Chef: Just Desserts, but after a twist at the Quick Fire, only six head into the elimination challenge. Keep reading to find out who is eliminated from the Bravo reality show and who lives on for another week.
The Quick Fire
Top Chef: Just Desserts judge Gail Simmons introduces Mark Israel of Doughnut Plant, who will guest judge the Quick Fire. They announce that the chef who makes the most delicious donut will receive $10,000, but no immunity. Johnny Iuzzini appears to tell the chefs the one who serves up the least favorite donut will be eliminated. After two hours, Katzie makes a ganache, but Johnny points out it was plated like a dessert, not a donut. However, Mark likes the surprise in the middle. Carlos makes bomoblinis, which seems to go over well with the judges. Orlando makes a spicy banana beignet, but Mark doesn’t taste the spices. Megan makes a glazed donut, which sticks to the plate. Chris creates a citrus churro with a raspberry jam and Sally makes an espresso glazed donut stick you can dip in coffee. Finally, Mathew whips up a ginger beignet, which Johnny calls dry. Ultimately, Mark likes Sally’s and Carlos’ donuts the best, but Carlos edges Sally out for the win. The judges’ least favorites are Megan’s, Orlando’s and Matthew’s. Megan is told to pack up her tools.
The Elimination Challenge
The remaining six chefs are divided into two teams and are tasked with making chocolate desserts to present to each other. The teams consists of Sally, Carlos and Orlando, as well as Matthew, Chris and Katzie. Each team must make a showpiece, as well as individual dishes. Orlando and Chris happily take on the former task for their respective teams.
During the service, Johnny, Gail, Dannielle Kyrillos and guest judge Wylie Dufresne of WD-50 walk into the showroom. Each team’s showpiece is revealed. Orlando explains that they wanted to reflect the history of chocolate, while Chris explains they used contemporary, difficult techniques.
Orlando, Sally and Carlos sit down with the judges to taste test Chris’ chocolate brioche, Matthew’s chocolate tart and Katzie’s Boca Negra. As the cheftestants give the judges their critiques on their competitors’ desserts, Orlando is quite detailed in his judgments. Next, Matthew, Chris and Katzie judge Orlando’s chocolate crunch puff pastry with chocolate mouse, Sally’s manjari caramel mouse and Carlos’ caramelized crèmeux with peanut butter mousse and caramelized banana. Chris is harsh on his judgments, but Katzie and Matthew remain more neutral.
The Judges’ Table
Both teams face the judges and are praised for their showpieces. However, the judges agree that Carlos, Orlando and Sally gave them a more cohesive experience overall. They are the winners. As the judges’ least favorite team, Chris is told the texture of his dessert was off and strange; Katzie’s cake is called too big on the plate and her ingredients were disproportionate; and Matthew is told he was too basic and there wasn’t enough nuance in his too sweet tart. In the end, it’s Katzie’s dessert that doesn’t measure up. She packs her tools and goes home.
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