I was unbelievably stoked for last night’s lineup on Bravo – Top Chef finale followed by the premier of Top Chef Just Desserts!! It was the best motivation to get me through last nights grueling yoga practice. 🙂

Anyways – the ending of Top Chef worked out JUST as I’d hoped! I was super excited to see Kevin win… I thought he’d kinda been the dark horse through out the entire competition. All of a sudden he was in the finale, and I didn’t really understand why. I gotta admit though, he did an AMAZING job and squarely beat Ed & Angelo!! Angelo’s cockiness had been bugging me ALL season, and then Ed all of a sudden turned into a major d-bag in the first part of the finale. I absolutely love the fact that Kevin showed up both of those two, and did it with style and elegance. Congratulations Kevin!!

Plating up something delicious!

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My favorite part of the episode was when Padma announced that he was the winner. Kevin just looked straight at Tom Colicchio and said “Are you serious??”


The 'Just Desserts' Judges: Head Judge, Johnny Iuzzini; Host, Gail Simmons; Judge, Hubert Keller; Judge, Dannielle Kyrillos

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Top Chef Just Desserts was interesting to say the least. I thought the amount of bitchiness between the Cheftestants was excessive, but its a new show and they have to make their marks. The Quickfire Challenge seemed easy enough: create a dessert that exemplifies you as a pastry chef. Aaaalmost too good to be true, right?

Right. 🙂 The real challenge came when Gail and Johnny walked in 10 minutes into the challenge and said, “Oh wait… Your signature dish needs to be interpreted as a cupcake.”

Well there were some doozies in this bunch, but overall I was really surprised by how many pastry chefs were uncomfortable with making cupcakes! I mean, they’re not that difficult and anyone who has a pastry background should at least have an idea of what ratios they need to pull it together. Combine that with the fact that cupcakes have been the trending dessert for the last 5 years… I feel like the Cheftestants should have seen that coming a mile away! But then again… I tend to bake cupcakes every other week, so maybe I’m just being hard on them.

The Elimination Challenge was to create the most ‘decadent’ chocolate dessert to impress guest judge Jacques Torres, AKA, Mr. Chocolate. Most of the desserts looked beautiful, but my impression was that they didn’t look that decadent. Obviously taste is different than looks, but I just wasn’t totally wowed by any of them. I do agree that Heather deserved to win, and I’m surprised that Zak made it to the top even though he blew Disco Dust straight on to his dishes in FRONT of the judges!!! Thats right ladies & gents… he blew all over his food just like he would blow out candles on a birthday cake!

Well, that’s a little extreme, but still… WHO DOES THAT?!?!!!!

Heather's winning dessert!

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All in all I was pleased with the show. I think they have talented Judges, and Johnny provides a lot of no-nonsense/ raw whimsy that is refreshing to see. It’ll be interesting to see where the show goes, and the types of challenges that they can come up with. This spin-off has some huge shoes to fill considering it bears the same name as the Emmy award-winning show, but pastry chefs are talented artists. I’m looking forward to next week. 🙂

Viva la dessert!!