I Hate Jill Zarin Top Chef Just Desserts Nov 11, 2010
Just four chef’s left and with the exception of Zac and Yigit they don’t like or respect each other too much. This episode had a whole lot of Danielle interviews complaining about Morgan, you can’t really blame her, he does seem to be an arrogant bastard. Morgan has no love for any of his peers so it’s a safe bet he won’t be buying a round of drinks for them with his thousands of dollars in winnings. Morgan describes Zac as a selfish little brat and threatens to take all of his shit and throw it in the garbage. Wow! Zac tells us that Danielle can’t cook and she looks like Marilyn Manson. Not quite the love-fest we sometimes see on Top Chef.
Yigit has a decent shot at the title but something always seems to go wrong leaving him just short of the winning dish. Last week his sculpture made of sugar shattered and this week another catastrophe leaves Yigit just shy of the prize once again.
The Quick Fire Challenge allowed us to learn a little bit about each of the four remaining contestants, with a room full of Godiva chocolates, the contestants are instructed to create four of their own version of chocolates inspired by four significant events in their lives, the final one being the one golden moment in their life.
The winning chef will be awarded their very own signature chocolate sold at Godiva stores nationwide, two hours later there are cute little boxes with four different chocolates in front of each chef, well, except for the perpetual victim, Yigit, he has just three.
Yigit describes his golden moment as the day he met his man and Bravo provides a photo of the two of them happily posing for the camera, they look eerily alike. With only three of four complete, the judge immediately writes him off as one of the bottom two without any feedback on his treats.
Danielle talks about her father when describing the baseball shaped candy but her golden moment is when she started her own business and Gail seems happy to have learned a bit more about Danielle. Chef and Judge Francois seemed happy with her chocolates.
Zac’s golden moment was his folks and their 35th wedding anniversary but he fell into the bottom just ahead of Yigit because he at least did have 4 offerings.
Overdramatic Morgan describes one of his chocolates as inspired by his experience on Top Chef Just Desserts and goes on about how it is crushing his soul? What? If winning all that cash is the price for your soul, it explains why he’s such a jerk and he should probably just throw in the towel now and go home. The judges
are impressed, not by his overdramatic speech about his soul being crushed by Bravo, but by his chocolate inspired by the birth of his son and he wins the challenge. One of his creations will be sold in Godiva Chocolate stores nationwide, and Morgan gets no royalties from that, sounds like a great prize! I’ll bet they are selling like hotcakes.
The fact that Morgan shows little to no emotion and doesn’t seem to get excited or even the least bit happy about his win is really starting to grate on the other chef’s nerves. That just seems to be his lackluster personality, he seems like a deputy downer all the time not even a little smile for the Quick Fire win.
An elderly gentleman enters the Top Chef kitchens and describes how he met his wife over 60 years ago and instructs the chefs that they will be creating an Anniversary cake to celebrate his 61 years of wedded bliss. The fact that his lovely bride was absent should have been their first clue that she was someone that they were familiar with, alas they’re all shocked when Sylvia Weinstock arrives to join her husband and provide the chef’s with a bit of personal information so that they can become inspired. The
couple met on a beach, spent time with a grand piano (don’t ask) and have three daughters and six grandchildren. Now get to work chefs….
Danielle decides that she is going to have grey icing to mimic Sylvia’s dress color, I guess she never saw Steel Magnolia’s because everyone knows that grey icing is reserved for Armadillo shaped grooms cakes. In the end, however, the design elements that she added like piano keys and pink flowers along with her inventive flavors give her tonight’s win and $15,000 in her pocket.
Yigit’s cake was beautiful but as soon as he cut into it he realized that there was a problem with the texture and he seemed disappointed in himself as he put a mess on a plate to present to the judges. The details that he incorporated into his design beautifully represented the happy couple but alas, taste is necessary to take the win and Yigit has been slowly falling apart at the seams since his beloved Heather was eliminated.
Morgan had the winning presentation by adding a sculptured grand piano to the top of the cake, the judges agreed his was the best designed, they seemed to enjoy the texture and flavors as well but 2nd place is never enough, is it Morgan?
Zac must have been channeling Walt Disney as he created this over-the-top wedding cake straight out of fantasy land and Sylvia is not impressed, she describes it as “not elegant enough”. Besides being wildly childlike, the judges don’t care for the flavors and Zac has prepared his final confectionary for the season.
Judges table was a bit strange tonight, as the judges allowed Zac to complain that Morgan isn’t excited enough to be there and seemed to suggest to the judges that choosing the next chef to go home should be based on who wants to be there the most and who smiles the prettiest. It seemed as though Zac just became desperate when he realized he was most likely to be eliminated and was grasping for anything that could save him. If we’ve learned anything from years of watching Top Chef, we know that the judges could not care less about attitudes, behavior or whether or not there is smiling going on.
Chef Tom Colicchio, had he been there, would have shut Zac down for even daring to describe Morgan’s robot-like reactions to his many wins. It makes you wonder if maybe this type of back-biting and criticism of their fellow chef’s goes on at judges table often but ends up on the editors cutting room floor.
It was a shame that Zac went out like that, he couldn’t really go on the attack for Morgan’s dishes as he is clearly a talented chef so he went after his stone like demeanor. As Morgan said, that is just who he is and he can’t pretend to jump up and down like a little girl when he wins, but I’ll bet he’s smiling on the inside. Zac had to know that his complaints about Morgan’s reactions weren’t going to sway the judges so it would have been smarter to defend your dish rather than go after another chef and leave on such a poor note.
And so we’re down to three and I still don’t think that Danielle deserves a spot in the top three, but there she is standing in a spot that should have been held by Erica or Heather. Heather was a cold hearted bitch, much like Morgan but she seemed to be infinitely more talented than Danielle and Erica seemed to have it all, talent and a Zac approved smile.
Danielle, Yigit and Morgan will battle it out next week for the win. It may be a bit early to talk about another season and I haven’t heard any ratings results from this version of Top Chef but it seems to be a more relaxed version of Top Chef and I really like Gail Simmons in Padma’s role on the show.
Head Judge Johnny Iuzzini just tries too hard and is completely
forgettable, maybe a change is needed there but I’d watch the series again if Bravo chooses to renew it for another season.
Who’s going to win it all? My personal guess at this point is Morgan, although I’d much prefer if Yigit got it together and stopped making excuses for his blunders and take the win.
And now, Wall St Lady has given us her story of her experience with The Real Housewives Of New York, Simon VanKempen, fabulous husband of Alex McCord.
When I first spoke w/Simon on the phone for 45min. (I called
about Lynn’s radio show) I was delighted that when I said I was Wall St. Lady he knew who I was. He had just read my post about Jill living “under” the 59th St Bridge. He said he often reads Lynn’s blog but usually just searches it using certain key words!
Simon said he would love to advertise & be on Lynn’s radio show but not until later when they stop filming. Alex was running out to film but he put her on the speaker phone to say hello.
Simon told me something I want to share. He said reality TV is just that, real life and you don’t get to separate your on and off camera life.
I asked if he was “mobbed” by fans. He said not so much in NYC but a little when they travel.
Simon told me that when the show was cast Alex got a part on a show about NY Mothers w/kids. Bravo changed the title just after they completed filming.
They did not sign up to be, aspire to, or pretend to be socialites. They had a contract so they decided to go w/the flow.
Alex is a trained actress and so was used to being directed and they naively fell into some traps. She may have made some statements or looked in the paper too hard to find her picture but she was attempting to fit the story line, trusted the producers and hoped they knew best.
They were hurt that these facts never came out. He said Bravo knew their house wasn’t finished & it had fit perfectly w/the Mom story line.
Simon said the only set up ever for filming was his appearance for the girls night at Jill’s. This was done at the very last min.& he was told he must accompany Alex.
He said they had recently filmed at the restaurant across from Jill’s building: Guastavinos, named for the chef. The city spent $30mil to renovate it& it has the actual walls as the structure
under the 59th St. Bridge. Under the bridge was once an open air market. The ceilings are 4 floors high and are made of stone. It is very cool & I like to go there especially since it is 4 blocks away. Sorry for the digression.
Simon is such a gentleman. He is also extremely charming & w/his ozzie accent u can’t help but love him. Simon is exactly what we already know on TV. No pretensions.
Wall St Lady
Wall St Lady also met Alex and Simon shortly after their
lengthy phone conversation. You can view
the photo of that meeting here: http://wp.me/PVOhN-95
Over the summer Alex and Simon visited Chicago as part of their book tour and I was lucky enough to meet with them as well, you can read in detail all about that evening here: http://wp.me/pVOhN-1x
My experience with this lovely couple was much the same as Wall St Lady’s, they are down to earth and lovely people. There is no fake nonsense, they don’t hide who they are or what they’re all about. They love each other and are great parents. While I met them in a group setting, Wall St Lady was lucky enough to have more one on one time with them, met their children who I’m told were extremely well-behaved and she even toured their amazing home.
I admit I’ve been lax on my “I Hate Jill Zarin” duties and many of you may have already heard about and discussed the $15,000 Jill Zarin earned for speaking at The University of South Florida. The link provided her includes an email from Director of the Center for Student Involvement at the school and explains the relationship between Jill Zarin and Charlie Crist.
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Until Next Time…..