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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Top Chef: Just Desserts, Episode 1: The Good, the Bad, and the Bitchy

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Pretty boy swag: Taste Catering's Yigit Pura. - BRAVO TV
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  • Pretty boy swag: Taste Catering's Yigit Pura.
Following Kevin asking "I am?" seconds after being told he was Season 7's Top Chef last night, thereby restoring some reality-show dignity to New Jersey (it's taken a beating from the Housewives and Jersey Shore kids), something oh-so-sweet premiered. It was the unveiling of Bravo's Top Chef: Just Desserts, and as they say in the intro, it's not all bonbons and frosting.

The two contestants from San Francisco had the self-described Battle of the Queens relationship. Tim Nugent, from Scala's Bistro, is known as the Snow Queen (his food's frozen and he's gay). Then there's the adorable Yigit Pura of Taste Catering, who was down to business, explaining the need for OCD in pastry chefs through precision, detail, and calculations. He's one chef we definitely wouldn't mind obsessing over this season.

The first Quickfire Challenge seemed easy enough: You had to make your own signature dessert ... and then the twist ― it had to be a cupcake.

click to enlarge Okay, this isn't Seth Caro. Exactly.
  • Okay, this isn't Seth Caro. Exactly.
The winner of this challenge was this guy right here (the kind of guy with two thumbs pointing to himself), Seth. He plagued us all from the start of the show by stating he looks like Marky Mark and Dexter. We kept waiting for him to show up in his Calvins, or slice strawberries till they bled.

Speaking of celebrity lookalikes, Danielle Keene looks a hell of a lot like Megan Fox, but foxier because she can make you a cake. She is also a bit of a troublemaker, since, as she said, "Now I'm ready to throw up" after sampling her competitor's dish. She blamed all the chocolate. We blame Princess Bitch behavior.

For the Elimination Round, Mr. Chocolate himself, Jacques Torres, joined the cast of regular judges (Johnny Iuzzini, Hubert Keller, and Dannielle Kyrillos), for a chocolatastic challenge. The winner was Heather H., for her elegant, dark-chocolate mousse torte with chocolate Grand Marnier sauce. The loser heading home: Tania, and her grainy flourless chocolate torte.

It's too early to say where we stand on Just Desserts, though we know we like the voluptuous Gail Simmons holding our hand to explore the dark (chocolate) side of Top Chef.

Our predictions: Seth and Danielle will be the most hated. Zac will have the best lines of the season ― he's already said, "Making dessert is kind of like giving birth to a baby," and that he "can't do anything without a deep fryer and a little glitter."

We'll leave the winner predictions up to you. Who do you think will take the cake?

Read more from Carina Ost at Mission Fruition. Follow us on Twitter at @sfoodie.

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