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Thursday, September 23, 2010

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

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Elizabeth Falkner gets gooey at last year's BlogHer food conference. - STEPHANIE IM/LICK MY SPOON
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  • Elizabeth Falkner gets gooey at last year's BlogHer food conference.
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 Penny Candy." Sour Patch Kids, Lemon Drops, and Runts, oh my! I'll take you to the candy shop, I'll let you lick the lollipop ― and now you have one hour to make a dessert masterpiece.

Our picks for the most hated: Danielle and Seth, who both made scenes.

Dexter Seth ended up in tears. "Red Hots are for my mommy," he exclaimed, and seemed overwhelmed when his passion-fruit sorbet didn't set. His outburst was so over the top, Elizabeth had no choice but to offer this "man" a hug. Candy definitely brought out the child in him. The winner? Danielle, for her Worms in Dirt (chocolate mousse with lemon gummies, malt balls, and lemon soda).

click to enlarge Seth Caro. - BRAVO TV
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  • Seth Caro.
We almost died when we learned the Elimination Challenge with these "children" would take place at Mark Peel's Tar Pit, where a big controversy arose with Peel's own children a few months back. Check out the LAist post, with its 112 comments pitting mom bloggers against food bloggers. Anyway, this time around the contestants were forced to act more like adults since it was a cocktail challenge, 21 and over behavior please. Pretty please with cherries on top.

No such luck: Seth was sticking orange juice in his nose in search of grapefruit juice, because, as he pointed out, if he couldn't make a Greyhound he couldn't do anything. He then yelled about his mother's medical bills. Meanwhile, S.F. cutiepie Yigit intervened and stopped lunatic Seth from taking his anger out on a fellow contestant. Seth is turning out to be less like tighty-whitey Marky Mark and more like Mark Wahlberg in Fear. Hello loose cannon!

Seth later apologized and asked if there was anything he could do. Yoda's Yigit's response: "At this point, distance would be greatly appreciated." That may be the best thing we've ever heard in confrontation management. That's totally our new line in dealing with crazies.

Seth's crazy train chugged on, as he frantically searched for help. He was very near a tray of a competitor's chocolate when it fell to the floor (of course, he had nothing to do with it). Later, after a cursing tirade, he told everybody they could suck it.

The challenge winner was self-proclaimed sassy mama Erika and her Margarita Bombe with lime cookie, tequila mousse, and Grand Marnier crème brulée. Though Seth is a total loser, the person headed home was San Francisco's favorite Snow Queen, Tim Nugent.

Alright, we admit we're already a Just Desserts addict. Nothing could stop us from tuning in next week to see if Seth finally implodes. We'd tell him to save the drama for his mama, but, as he already made clear, Red Hots are for mommy.

Read more from Carina Ost at Mission Fruition. Follow SFoodie at @sfoodie.

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