Some immediate observations from episode two:
1) Trying to prepare a plated dessert in the same kitchen as the Tasmanian Devil would be difficult.
2) Elizabeth Falkner has the patience of a saint and just might have the nicest disposition of anyone that has ever been on Top Chef.
3) There seems to be alot of crying for a show about pastries.
Anywho- the guest judge this week is pastry chef Elizabeth Faulkner from Orson in San Francisco, CA (and formerly of Citizen Cake which is closed but the website says is reopening soon). We also meet Hubert Keller for the first time and Danielle Kyrillos had the night off.
In the opening minutes we learn that Seth’s mom has some type of serious medical condition and he is very worried about her and has dedicated his appearance on the show to her. [warning episode 2 spoilers coming up after the jump]
Quickfire Challenge: Danielle wins the quickfire. The goal was to make a “penny candy masterpiece”. Zac and Healther H also get kudos from the judges but Danielle walked away with immunity for her “worms in dirt” inspired creation.
Elimination challenge: For the elimination challenge the chefs had to create a dessert inspired by a cocktail and went to the TarPit in LA to meet chef Mark Peel and pick their ingredients from behind his bar. Poor Tim had to pick last and there weren’t many ingredients left.
Zac quote update: “Suck it bitches, you can do a cake” – complaining that everyone was doing mousses rather than fully baked cakes. “[Like someone shoved ] a flaming hot poker up his ass” – referring to Seth running around the kitchen. “This is revenge against my vegan mother” – I guess he was using a lot of butter or dairy. And finally referring to Elizabeth Faulkner “You just want to be her”. – After this episode I want to be her too .
New York Cheftestant update:
Eric After admitting that this was his first time serving a plated dessert he made a strong showing with his Pineapple Bourbon Upside Down Cake and made the final three. Hubert really liked his dish and Gail said she liked his the best. Eric quote “I’m a baker and I want to rise to the top – duh.”
Zac He didn’t make the top three but came very close to winning the Quickfire with his whimsical Chocolate and Sour Cream Ho Ho with Red Hot Cream Cheese Filling ( it had about 10 other components too). In addition to being a talented pastry chef Zac seems to be enjoying himself the most out of all the contestants this season. He was even seen dancing behind the bar before the elimination challenge.
Seth – Somewhere inside of Seth Caro is a talented pastry chef. If his character were fictional and I was giving feedback to the writer, I would say that his character needs to be made more sympathetic. Despite mentioning his sick mother at least 5 times in the first 30 minutes of the show it was hard to feel any sympathy for him. He had a serious meltdown during the quickfire challenge and both Elizabeth Falkner and Morgan (?) tried to comfort him. Will he be able to recover and show his skills?
Erika, Yigit and Eric. – Erica wins it with her beautiful looking: Margarita Bombe with a Lime Cookie, Tequila Mousse and Grand Marnier Créme Brulee (for photos of the desserts of episode 2 go here)
Yigit – Had a really coloful and cool looking dessert: Campari and Blood Orange Agar Agar with Citrus Vanilla Panna Cotta and Basil Ice Cream
Eric – Pineapple Bourbon Upside Down Cake - Hubert really liked Eric’s dessert and Gail liked his the best
In the stew room Seth put cake rings and other props on his head much to the amusement of the other contestants.
Malika, Seth and Tim
Tim Nugent goes home due to his “soupy, bowl-based dessert”.
Other notes: As I alluded to earlier, Elizabeth Falkner showed that she is all class. She was so thoughtful and eloquent in her comments to both the winners and the losers. Even when she didn’t like a dessert she said it in such a nice way that you couldn’t help but think she had to have been right.
For a recap of episode one go here.
More Top Chef: Just Desserts coverage on DessertBuzz:
Go here for an interview with contestant Eric Wolitzky from New York’s Baked bakery.
Go here for the DessertBuzz Top Chef: Just Desserts preview page.
Go here for a look at Johnny Iuzzini.
Go here for a closer look at Judge Danielle Kyrillos.
Official Bravo Bios for the judges: Johnny Iuzzuni – Executive Pastry Chef Jean Georges, Hubert Keller – Owner/Chef Fleur De Lys, Gail Simmons- Food and Wine Magazine, Dannielle Kyrillos – Daily Candy