Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Top Chef Just Desserts finale: Out with a whimper
Season finale not so rewarding for hometown fans.
Episode 10 of Top Chef: Just Desserts was the finale, and a lackluster one it was at that. Adding insult to injury, the hometown guy, Morgan Wilson, pastry chef at the Ritz-Carlton in Dallas, did not win, with the prize instead going to the most whiny contestant of all.
There was no Quick-Fire battle. The single challenge was to make a four-course dessert tasting. On Day One, the contestants were helped by three renowned pastry chefs; on Day Two, they were helped by former contestants who'd been bumped off the show previously. Morgan's theme was primary colors; Yigit treated the tasting as if it were a date; Danielle just made dishes she liked. Yigit won.
PegNews staffers TG and Shannon wrap it all up.
SS: Totally. I called it, though. They thought Morgan was too technical and not creative enough and Danielle was creative, but not technical enough. Yigit split the difference.
TG: Didn’t feel much suspense at the end.
SS: During the tasting, I thought for a bit that Danielle was going to win. They were gushing.
TG: It WAS nice to see her do well in the first two courses. But she knocked herself out with that pudding cake. Bleh.
SS: Totally. She said it was something everyone liked.
TG: And then Morgan's downfall ... the soufflé. Souffles are a pastry chef thing but ... so risky.
SS: You think it had to do with Heather sugaring the molds?
TG: That's what they were trying to imply. The way the show framed the interaction between Morgan and Heather seemed manipulative. I know the show frames things but it seemed more obvious in this episode. Also heard a few dubbed-in comments from Gail.
SS: It sounded off. Like, forced transitions. ‘And what about your cake?’
TG: And they dragged back the pointless Daily Candy person. I guess she was an "official judge"?
SS: She and Keller were alternates. I wish they'd just kept one.
TG: Do you fancy yogurt um whatevers?
SS: "Caviar" -- no. And I thought the "tasting" dishes were, um, gratuitous. The challenge wasn't exciting. And winner seemed like an eeny-meeny-miney-mo choice.
TG: Well, it’s nice Morgan won so much money along the way. And that Daniele won $15K last week. Everyone's a winner! Blah.