Quickfire – Edible bouquet creation. Five grand to the winner.
Morgan – Chocolate Flowers with Pulled Sugar Bow
Danielle – Candied Orange Zest Roses, Sugar Cookies and Marshmallow Hydrangeas.
Yigit – Tropical Roses and Leaves Made of Tempered Cocoa Butter and Luster Dust
Zac – Chocolate Disco Flowers and Leaves
Eric – Giant Cupcake with Gum Paste and Buttercream Flowers
Zac – His was messy and uninspired.
Eric – It needed more height and the piping flowers were messy.
Danielle – Too many contrasting textures and an unfinished back.
Morgan – By far the most professional one (one very impressive looking bow)
Yigit – Well balanced presentation, with personality.
Morgan wins and Yigit finds it to be a double blow to his ego.
Elimination Challenge – Cater Food & Wine Magazine’s Dana Cowin’s tea party. The theme is celebrity couples. Each chef must make two dishes for the tea party, where the portions are usually small and bite-sized.
Eric – Oprah and Stedman – Dumb choice as Stedman ain’t exactly a celebrity on his own. Made more confusing by his decision to make chocolate dishes to represent African-American people. Seems a bit easy, lazy and perhaps somewhat offensive.
Rosemary Shortbread with Apricot Compote for Stedman and Pecan Shortbread with Caramel for Oprah (more boisterous for Oprah.
Elvis said it was too big of a portion. Li thought the Oprah dish was too messy and the middle exploded. Elvis thought the compote was delicious. Li said the shortbread for Oprah crumbled in her mouth. The main critique for him is that it was a boring, uninspired dish. And as a baker, he should have more recipes at the ready, instead of making two shortbread dishes.
Zac – Julie Andrews and Blake Edwards Zac going cutting edge with his celebrities, cutting edge for 1965 perhaps. Stunning that Zac is a musical theater fan, isn’t it? As it turns out, he is very creative with this pairing and does a great job.
Mascarpone Cheesecake with Cap’N (Von Trapp) Crunch and Tarragon Sugar (on top) for Julie and Pink Pavlova with Grapefruit Curd and Meringue for Blake, the creator of the Pink Panther.
The judges all heap praise upon him, with Li calling the Julie dish a perfect bite. Dana is amazed she is eating something with Cap’N Crunch and loving it. Dann found it to be the perfect tea party treats, refined, elegant, not prissy or boring.
Danielle – Conan O’Brien and Andy Richter – She chose well, timely with Conan’s show coming soon and young and edgy. Also, out of the box thinking by choosing a non-romantic couple.
Strawberry Jalapeno Cake for Conan, and Oatmeal Cookie with Buttercream and Orange Blossom Water for Andy, in the shape of the show’s desk.
Li and Gail are taken a bit aback by the spiciness. Dann calls it an unpleasant bite. The Judges found the Andy plate to be very uneven although Elvis complemented the range of flavors. Danielle wound up in the Top Three, but she was really just third place. Dann did like how one was tall and one was not, and Elvis was happy to see her finally deliver on an idea.
Morgan – Reggie Bush and Kim Kardashian – He did a smart thing and sought inspiration from the magazine rack. Young couple, with a lot to work with. He did a great job in adjusting around the chocolate issue and creating a white “Saint” theme and bitter flavor for Kim’s lack of a ring.
Almond Sponge with Apricot Coulis and Citrus Buttercream for Reggie, and Bittersweet Citrus Macaroon for Kim. And, perhaps it’s just me, but the shape of the macaroon reminded me of a…well…trait of Kim’s.
Elvis thought the macaroon was overfilled, and the others all reacted to the clever, if somewhat unpleasant, bitterness. The sponge was unruly to eat with fingers, so Elvis began the trend of spoon eating. This is not traditional, but it was awfully delicious. Li was ready to lick the plate.