Thursday, September 15, 2011

Reactions to Top Chef Just Desserts 3 Episode 4

Rather than having a Quickfire this week, the pastrycheftestants take a trip to the movies to see the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Unbeknownst to them, some of their fellow audience members once starred in the film: Julie Dawn Cole (Veruca Salt); Paris Themmen (Mike Teevee); Denise Nickerson (Violet Beauregarde); and Peter Ostrum (Charlie Bucket). Gail introduces them after the film and presents the Elimination Challenge: to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Willy Wonka movie, the chefs must recreate the chocolate factory, working as one team.

Immediately, the pastrycheftestants set to planning. Chris thinks that it's a good idea for there to be two groups - a creative team responsible for design and planning and a production team responsible for cranking out desserts. While the chefs seem to fall in line with the idea at first, once Johnny comes in to tell them that this week is a double elimination, it's every man for himself.

The end result of their labors is quite wonderful. Bravo/Magical Elves produced a set reminiscent of the interior of the chocolate factory, which the pastrycheftestants filled with waterfalls, pumpkin patches, and edible flowers.

Joining Hubert Keller, Gail, and Johnny for tasting are the four former Wonka stars, a gaggle of children and their parents, and wedding cake guru, Ron Ben-Israel, who is also the guest judge for the episode.

Later, when everyone has come down from their sugar high, Gail calls out Craig, Sally, Katzie, Melissa, Carlos, Matthew, and Megan, who are the top and bottom for this contest. Matthew, Katzie, and Carlos really paid attention to creating special, magical, desserts. Katzie's "carrot patch" full of carrot cake was charming, as was her bee hive/honey dispenser, and good enough to get her the win.

Craig, Sally, Melissa, and Megan didn't fare as well. Both of Megan's desserts were failures and it looked like she would be going home until Carlos stepped in gallantly to say that she had been so busy helping everyone else. Melissa didn't have a savior for her hard green donuts, nor did Craig have any excuses for his flavorless pate a fruit gummy bears, and both were given the boot.

Did you watch this week? What did you think? Please leave a comment!

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Kristine said...

I think the right chefs went home. I was extremely happy Megan didn't go. She's my pick, but also, is she not the sweetest cheftestant they have ever had?