I Hate Jill Zarin Top Chef Just Desserts Nov 4, 2010
We’re down to just five contestants, and I still don’t think these were the best five that deserved to be there, but this is what we have.
Morgan is talented but he’s such a moron, he’s impossible to like. I like Eric but sometimes you just want to shake him and tell him “Be a Man!”. Danielle has slipped by just lucky there was always someone who did just a little bit worse than she did. Yigit is probably the most talented one there with Zac a close second.
The Quick Fire Challenge this week was a long three-hour contest to create a flower show-piece out of confections. I was much more disappointed than the judges were, I was expecting these large elaborate beautiful creations but the overall offering was dismal at best.
Yigit had made a tall piece that broke before he could present it, blaming Morgan but not showing the viewers exactly what happened, Yigit still made it to the top two. Eric decorated a cupcake and placed it in a flower vase. Zac made chocolate squares coming out of a gaudy glass vase and should have been sent home for that alone. Morgan’s was probably the most elaborate but
still did not impress me all that much, it was some flowers with a few tall pieces of pulled sugar protruding from the flowers.
Danielle is the most annoying chef, she claimed in an earlier episode that she doesn’t work with chocolate, tonight she claimed not to work with sugar flowers, what exactly does she work with? Danielle made flowers out of fruit and cookies but failed to decorate the back side of her creation and fell into the bottom.
Morgan’s passable arrangement won him $5,000 in the Quick
The elimination challenge was to prepare goodies for a tea party. They are instructed that they will prepare 100 portions of two different desserts using a famous couple as their inspiration. The chef’s shop as always but are then surprised to find no chocolate whatsoever in the Top Chef kitchens.
I felt this was extremely unfair to reveal this information after the planning and shopping had taken place, as the chef’s who planned to use chocolate were at an extreme unfair disadvantage. If you just happened to plan something that didn’t include chocolate, you were good to go. The results were three chef’s having to completely change up their plan and two were unaffected. This was completely
ridiculous, there is no reason why they couldn’t have been told about the ban on chocolate before they planned and shopped.
Morgan, Yigit and Eric had all planned to use chocolate while Zac giggling like a school girl (as Morgan described him) had no
intention of using chocolate anyway. Danielle doesn’t work with chocolate so she remained silent and kept working.
Danielle’s famous couple was Conan O’Brian and Andy Richter of late night TV fame, Zac chose Julie Andrews and Blake Edwards. Morgan who claims to have known nothing about celebrities chose a couple from the cover of a gossip magazine, Kim Kardashian and Reggie Bush. Eric chose Oprah and Steadman (maybe Gail would have been more appropriate). Finally Yigit chose Madonna and Guy Ritchie, odd choices all around but off they went to prepare their goodies.
Have I mentioned how unfair I thought this challenge was? Throwing a curve at the chef’s is all well and good and makes it more interesting but when the curve only affects a portion of the contestants with producers having no way of knowing who it will hurt and who it could even help, it is just frustrating for viewers. If left to prepare what they originally planned on preparing, the outcome may have been completely different.
I was surprised to hear Yigit talking about being thrown off by Heather’s elimination the previous week, I understand that he became close to her but he had to know that people would be going home each week. He seemed like a defeated child who just lost his soccer game, I just wish these pastry chef’s would man up and rather than hanging their head, focus and pledge to do better in the next challenge.
Head Judge Johnny Iuzzini is trying too hard to be Tom Colicchio, Tom is tough but never cruel, he’s honest but doesn’t make a fool of
the contestants. He may throw out some zingers and make some jokes but Johnny can’t pull it off, he just sounds mean. Johnny telling Yigit that he was “angry” with him for his desserts tonight was ridiculous. Angry? Really? Get over yourself! Yigit stood in front of those judges with his head hanging clearly disappointed in himself, a good kick was exactly what he didn’t need, Johnny.
Eric’s elimination was probably not a big surprise, he had very little confidence throughout the competition and was close to being sent
home a few other times. I don’t think it was a coincidence that the bottom two both originally planned on preparing chocolate treats and were forced to change up their menu after planning and shopping.
I was really enjoying this show up until the last few episodes, it seems as though they’re determined to keep a woman in the competition but their choice of Danielle over Erica or Heather was a poor one. Danielle was pegged from the very beginning as one who refused to conform to the competition instructions, claiming
to not work with chocolate or with sugar flowers, they’d have been better keeping a more well rounded female pastry chef with more refined skills, such as Heather or Erica.
I think the three remaining men are all strong and will do well, hopefully next week will be Danielle’s turn to go home. Morgan is just an ass but has been at the top of almost all of the challenges. Zac has the confidence and personality to take this whole competition while Yigit had it, he seems to have had the plug pulled out of him and he’s lost his spark.
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