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Thursday, November 11, 2010

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

Posted By on Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 10:25 AM

click to enlarge This isn't Zac's caketastrophe. Exactly. - LISACERICOLA/FLICKR
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  • This isn't Zac's caketastrophe. Exactly.

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 had to be just as hardened. The Quickfire Challenge was called Life is Like a Box of Godiva Chocolates.

The cheftestants were forced to tell their life story in a box of chocolates. Yigit included a bonbon with almond and honey to represent the filling in the croissant he shared with his boyfriend when they met in Dolores Park. Not everyone's chocolate box was quite as sweet. Morgan had a bittersweet ganache under açai rose-water jelly to represent his failed marriage and he had a "soul crushing" mendiant to represent his time on Top Chef. But alas, box of chocolate surprises -- Yigit was short a bonbon, and it was Morgan who took this challenge. Hmmm, it also just so happens the guest judge François Payard was his former boss.

The Elimination Challenge was to create an anniversary cake for the sweetest elderly couple celebrating their 61st year of marriage. At first we only met the husband, but the surprise in this challenge was the wife. The mystery Mrs. Turned out to be Sylvia Weinstock. Yes, the Sylvia who was a judge in the third episode, also known as the Cake Queen.

After learning their lovely love stories -- which included everything from their first smooching under a grand piano, the yellow bikini Sylvia wore, and her lemony tastes versus her husband's chocolate side -- the chefs went to work. This challenge had surprises galore. Danielle made a battleship-gray cake and won. What? We agree with Zac's summation of Danielle: "You look like Marilyn Manson, please go home." Seriously, if we have to endure another one of her Morgan impressions we will pipe buttercream in our eyes.

The big mystery was who would be going home, making it just shy of the finale? The answer was the least shy contestant, Just Zac! When he saw the cake wasn't going to meet the Sylvia standard he just decided to Zac-ify it! He brought out the gold disco dust and went nuts. In the end, even Zac described it as a caketastrophe.

Game on! Here's the Top Three:

• Morgan: Ole Straighty who went out of his way (again) to say this as a dig to Zac: "It's not part of my character to jump up and down and flail and sing show tunes."

• Danielle: Megan Fox gone bad, with no elegance in her cooking, a face that doesn't quit contorting, and who's always the literalist when it comes to creativity.

• Yigit: Our golden child, the guy that over-conceptualizes, gets teary over love stories, and has what it takes to be the Top Chef.

Yigit made note of the fact that we've never had a gay chef or a chef from San Francisco as a Top Chef winner before, so we want this badly. Pretty please with a cherry and gold disco dust on top?

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

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