Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Fort Worth chef Lina Biancamano first to be eliminated from Top Chef Just Desserts 2
No local gal to root for.
Fort Worth pastry chef Lina Biancamano, former pastry chef at Stephan Pyles, was the first contestant to be kicked off the new/second season of Top Chef Just Desserts, which premiered on Wednesday night.
Biancamano was on the bottom teams in both competitions: the initial quick-fire competition and the elimination challenge.
The quick-fire was at a soda shop off the Santa Monica Pier, while the elimination challenge called on the contestants to connect their pastries to a specifically designated fairy tale such as Little Red Riding Hood or Jack & the Beanstalk.
The show telegraphed her demise quickly, showing her difficulty interacting with her partner Craig during the quickfire. During the elimination challenge, she had disagreements with her teammate Melissa, a chef from Haiti.
The judges said that Lina's team desserts didn't connect sufficiently to their fairy tale, and that the showpiece didn't show enough technical skills.
"Lina wanted to make their showpiece out of cake, and it turned out to be a bad call," the judges said.
On her departure, Lina said she got thrown under the bus, that she was very dedicated and very talented, "and I didn't have enough time to show that side of me."