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Dining, SFoodie Top Chef: Just Desserts Season Two -- New Fairies and Vicious Tales

Top Chef: Just Desserts Season Two -- New Fairies and Vicious Tales

We have been so accustomed to the endless cycle of Top Chef that when the last finale night didn't butt up against the premiere of a new season, we were taken aback. Despite being well versed on the fact that…
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Dining, SFoodie The Top 10 Moments in Food TV in 2010

The Top 10 Moments in Food TV in 2010

Sad, but 2010 was a dismal year for television. The Jersey Shore kids came back for a second season with a new communal smush room in the same year we lost Lost, 24, and Ugly Betty. But the world of…
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Dining, SFoodie <em>Top Chef</em> Yigit Pura Wants to Open S.F. Dessert Shop with Winnings

Top Chef Yigit Pura Wants to Open S.F. Dessert Shop with Winnings

Our moment with San Francisco's Yigit Pura, winner of Top Chef: Just Desserts, got stretched out a bit longer. We grabbed a phone this morning to ask the Taste Catering pastry chef all our sugar-torching questions. SFoodie: We saw you…
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Dining, SFoodie My Moment with Yigit: The View from <em>Top Chef</em>'s Victory Bash

My Moment with Yigit: The View from Top Chef's Victory Bash

Since Episode 1 of Top Chef: Just Desserts, I've been rooting for San Francisco cutie-pie cheftestant Yigit Pura. We admit it: The boy's rosy cheeks, dimples, well-thought-out desserts, and overall sweetness make me gush. So last night after the SF…
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Dining, SFoodie It's Yigit! S.F. Pastry Chef Wins <em>Top Chef: Just Desserts</em>

It's Yigit! S.F. Pastry Chef Wins Top Chef: Just Desserts

The final challenge in last night's Top Chef: Just Desserts finale was to create a progressive four-course dessert tasting. The twist arrived with plates of desserts prepared by three top pastry chefs: Sherry Yard, Elizabeth Falkner, and Claudia Fleming. They…
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Dining, SFoodie <em>Top Chef: Just Desserts</em>, Week 9: Disco Dust Bites the Dust

Top Chef: Just Desserts, Week 9: Disco Dust Bites the Dust

Last night's Top Chef: Just Desserts was like a box of chocolates: We never knew what we were going to get. The show's down to the final four chefs, and the competition was stiff, so the contestants' attitudes and bonbons…
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Dining, SFoodie <em>Top Chef: Just Desserts</em>, Week 8: Mary Poppins Kicks Ass on Oprah

Top Chef: Just Desserts, Week 8: Mary Poppins Kicks Ass on Oprah

Last night's Top Chef: Just Desserts wasn't all flowers and tea parties, though it appeared to be. The Quickfire Challenge was to create an edible bouquet, with guest judge Shinmin Li of shuttered I Dream of Cake in North Beach.…
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Dining, SFoodie <em>Top Chef: Just Desserts</em>, Week 7: Edge-Of-Your-Seat Excitement Minus the Balls

Top Chef: Just Desserts, Week 7: Edge-Of-Your-Seat Excitement Minus the Balls

Everybody knows the Giants aced Game 1 of the World Series, but in last night's other competition news, Dessert Wars were on. Top Chef: Just Desserts rolled out a collection of challenge favorites, beginning with the Pastry Relay Race for…
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Dining, SFoodie <em>Top Chef: Just Desserts</em>, Week 6: Dawn of the Divas

Top Chef: Just Desserts, Week 6: Dawn of the Divas

Last night's Top Chef: Just Desserts just wasn't as sweet as usual. First, there was the Quickfire Challenge: Make a savory dessert. Zac was unsure if he could do this since he doesn't cook/eat real food, only potato chips and…
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'It Gets Better': Top Chef Just Desserts' Yigit Pura Recalls Bullying

We've been watching Top Chef Just Desserts religiously, and since Episode 1 we've been crushing hard on local pastry chef Yigit Pura. He's young, adorable, has an accent, and can bake, cream, and melt the most hardened among us.…
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Dining, SFoodie <em>Top Chef: Just Desserts</em>, Week 4: Separating the Nuts from the Cherries

Top Chef: Just Desserts, Week 4: Separating the Nuts from the Cherries

Last night's Top Chef: Just Desserts might have aired on a Wednesday but it felt just like sundae, as contestants were kicked off the top for being too nutty. It all began with guest judge Gale Gand, executive pastry chef…
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Dining, SFoodie <em>Top Chef: Just Desserts</em>, Week 3: It Was <em>Glee</em> All Over Again, Minus the Britney Crazy

Top Chef: Just Desserts, Week 3: It Was Glee All Over Again, Minus the Britney Crazy

Was the Britney Spears Glee episode this week not sweet enough for you? Top Chef: Just Desserts tried to carry out the same overhyped (school) spirit on last night's episode. Unfortunately, both Glee and Top Chef were misses compared to…
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Dining, SFoodie <em>Top Chef </em> Season 7 Was Boring. The Reunion Show? A Snoozer

Top Chef Season 7 Was Boring. The Reunion Show? A Snoozer

Top Chef Season 7 wrapped up last week, and this week, Bravo aired the reunion show. It was a fairly boring season, and sadly, the reunion didn't bring any more excitement. A reunion is only as good as its family,…
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Dining, SFoodie <em>Top Chef: Just Desserts</em>, Week 2: Elizabeth Falkner Takes Us to the Candy Shop

Top Chef: Just Desserts, Week 2: Elizabeth Falkner Takes Us to the Candy Shop

What plain ole Top Chef lacks in excitement, cuties, and villains, Top Chef: Just Desserts serves up with a vengeance. This week, San Francisco's very own Elizabeth Falkner was the judge for a Quickfire Challenge called "Creating a Dessert Celebrating…
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Dining, SFoodie <em>Top Chef: Just Desserts</em>, Episode 1: The Good, the Bad, and the Bitchy

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

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…
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