I Hate Jill Zarin Top Chef Just Desserts – The Finale Nov 18, 2010
The final three, Morgan, Danielle and Yigit. I don’t think anyone really expected Danielle to win it all, lets face it, she’s a bit flaky and Top Chef doesn’t do flaky very well. Her talking head interviews really make it seem as though she’s been drinking the cooking sherry or worse. This contest has always been between Yigit and Morgan.
Top Chef doesn’t really like the bad guy either and Morgan emerged all season as a real ass, his hot temper and his name calling made him one of the least favorite Top Chef contestants of all time. Morgan had absolutely no respect for his fellow chef’s but he did show another side of himself as he spoke with his son on the phone and even teared up.
The final challenge. Create a four course tasting menu for twelve diners in seven hours. They all seemed immediately relieved to finally be allowed some artistic freedom, there are no restrictions, they didn’t hide the chocolate or give them any special guidelines to follow, this was their dream assignment.
In Top Chef Finale style, the chef’s are given professional assistants, not just professionals but some of the top pastry chefs in the country were assigned to our final three. Elizabeth Faulkner, Claudia Fleming, and Sherry Yard are put to work by the finalists as they criticize each other one last time. Morgan doesn’t necessarily feel that Danielle is using her professional assistant to the fullest extent as anyone can shell pistachio nuts. At the same time Morgan seems to be providing a chemistry lesson to his helper.
Seven hours later the chef’s are done for day one and as they all explain their plans for their professional helpers the following day, predictably we learn that these famous pastry chef assistants will be replaced by former contestants and the pros will be diners rather than helpers.
The chefs chose their new assistants randomly with the dreaded cookie jar holding all of the names of those who’ve already packed their tools and gone. Morgan, in typical Morgan style tells us that he would punch Zac in the face if it wouldn’t get him eliminated from the contest. Luckily Zac’s name didn’t come out of that cookie jar in Morgan’s hand but rather Heather H was the lucky winner.
Surprisingly, no twist was thrown at these chef’s they were just allowed to create their best dishes. Down and dirty baking! The five former
losers contestants who are not chosen as helpers are added to the diners list and will be providing input to the judges on their favorite dishes.
Here is where I think the judging would be more fun if each of the tasting menus would be served to the judges blind, without them knowing who created each dish. Just a suggestion for next season Bravo.
Harmony reigns in the kitchen with the exception of Morgan who doesn’t seem to think that Heather can do anything right. According to Morgan, Heather prepares the souffle cups incorrectly using butter and sugar yet he lets it go, luckily for him as it turns out Heather was his savior later on in the competition.
The judges even give a few digs at one another as they enjoy the twelve desserts prepared by the chefs. Morgan has a serious issue with his souffle falling over on the plates and as he freaks out in the back of the kitchen, Heather, his assistant jumps in and cranks out the best ones to be served to the judges leaving the watery lumps of cake for the former contestants. Morgan is impressed that Heather can just push through and get it done.
The judges seemed to enjoy all of the desserts, we hear very few complaints or criticism of the final dishes. One diner notes that Danielle’s plating could be better and one dish was lacking salt. Morgan’s collapsed souffle’s don’t go unnoticed but another of his dishes was described as a masterpiece. Yigit’s food was called “brilliant” and “inspired”.
We don’t hear too much from the former contestants, they seem to be doing a lot of giggling and consuming alcohol.
Finally as the three finalists stand frozen and terrified in front of the judges, head judge Johnny pays them each one final compliment and Gail announces the winner…Yigit! Bravo’s first Top Chef Just Desserts winner. Congratulations Yigit!
I hope that if Bravo gives the green light to Season Two of Top Chef Just Desserts they make some changes to the crew as Head Judge Johnny is trying too hard to be Chef Tom, his counterpart on Top Chef and completely forgettable judge Dannielle Kyrillos added absolutely nothing to the show. Only Gail Simmons was a pleasant surprise. She was relaxed and pleasant, not trying to be Padma but actually became a much more enjoyable version of Padma. Great job Gail!
Real Housewives News:
As most of you have heard by now, everyone’s favorite Housewife Sonja Morgan has filed for bankruptcy. Many are already calling those of us who have been highly critical of Teresa Giudice of New Jersey hypocrites for not criticizing Sonja as well. I find these situations to be quite different and while it’s not the best news for Sonja, she wasn’t shown on-screen wildly spending money on her child or buying clothes, taking expensive vacations on-screen the way Teresa was shown.
Sonja Morgan is forever attending and hosting charity events and she is not a violent hood rat….just sayin’.
Sonja seemed to have run into trouble while still married and she had committed to investing in a movie. After divorcing, she had to back out of the committment as her bankroll changed substantially without access to an unlimited amount of funds through her husband. Now on a “fixed salary” in the form of support from her ex-husband, funding this film was no longer an option.
One of the major differences that I think will emerge between the bankruptcy of Sonja Morgan and that of Teresa Giudice is that Sonja isn’t screwing over hard-working contractors, suppliers and business owners. (that we know of) It seems as though the bankruptcy is mostly affecting some Hollywood producers and really, I can live with that. Obviously we don’t know the entire story, we don’t really know who will be affected by Sonja’s bankruptcy at this point but there are obvious differences between Sonja’s bankruptcy and Teresa’s.
As the details emerge, I’m sure we’ll have much more to discuss but I do find it interesting how Sonja’s story is mirroring Teresa’s and we seem to find ways to forgive Sonja for anything, including a driving while intoxicated charge, same as Joe Giudice and filing for bankruptcy just as the Giudice’s have done.
I also found it fascinating that the bankruptcy filing hit the news while Sonja was miles away in Morocco. Sonja must have a good PR person, I wonder if she’s paid them?
No word from Kelly since Monday, obviously the New York Housewives don’t have constant access to the internet while in Morocco but Jill managed to get a tweet off yesterday, here’s what she had to say:
@JillZarin: Missing my baby Ginger and family. Need to come home soon. Get ready for thanksgiving. I hate all the killed turkeys for one meal on one day. I’m eating veggies in protest!
Obviously Jill still has her priorities in order, her dog and then her family. Way to save the world Jill, eat those veggie’s!
@SimonVanKempen: Just had my final morning of school drop off sans @McCordAlex .Normality returns to our household later 2day & we’ve all missed her terribly
On an entirely different and personal note, I want to give a shout out and huge Thank you to Grace Charles (@GraceCharles on Twitter) for her unending support on Twitter and for her perseverance in ridding the Twitter world of some real trash. Thank you Grace, you truly fit your name!
I’ve received some unbelievable support on Twitter and on other sites around the internet. Thank you to all of you!
Until Next Time…