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Top Chef: Just Desserts 2 – Ep 2 – This One’s A Lemon


Quickfire Challenge: Create an Original Lemon Dessert

Rock – Caramel Crémeux, Café Dulce Confit Lemon Segments. She said lemon is not an easy thing to cook with. She took a chance with custard, but it was a bit off. Braun thought it was “interesting” and that’s always the kiss of death.

Carlos – Citrus Soup with Reverse Sphered Yogurt, Olive Oil Powder, Honey, and Thyme. He broke out his inner Blais by using liquid nitrogen. Braun thinks it looked a lot like a breakfast.

Hammer – Lemon Fondant Cake with Nitro Smashed Lemon Pieces, Nitro Smashed Lemon Pits, and Nitro Smashed Mint

Baby Hands – Lemon Sour Cream Pound Cake with French Meringue and Coconut Cream

Katzie – Lemon Crepe Ribbons with Egg Yolk and Butter Emulsion and Candied Fennel Seeds. Gail thought the dish was a load of fun.

Matt – Lemon Vanilla Créme with Mint Purée and Hazelnut Sable. Matt used hazelnuts because they complement lemon instead of drowning it out. Braun really liked it.

Megan – Warm Lemon Cake with Lemon Cream and Cherries

Melissa – Lemon Beignet with Thai Basil Sugar

La Paz – Lemon Pavlova with Mango Coulis. He explained his reasoning for this, but I have no clue what he said. What I do know, is that that he failed to plate his cream and his lemon candies. Ruh roh.

Orlando – Coconut Lemon Cream Cake, Lemon Curd, Lemon Fritters, and Chocolate. He is very allergic to lemons but baked it anyway.

Rebecca – Lemon Meringue Pie with Blueberries in Ginger and Lemon Syrup

Macho – Hazelnut Butter Cake with Lemon Segments Lemon Custard with Zest, Strawberries and Blueberries Tossed In Lemon and Sugar

Vanarin – Lemon Curd Semifreddo with Coconut Brown Butter Streusel and Blackberry Compote

Bottom Three – La Paz, Rock and Orlando. Paz put lemon and mango together which is too similar to each other, and Orlando made the apparently terrible decision to pair lemon and chocolate. Rock’s caramel and lemon pairing didn’t work.

Top Three – Matt, Katzie and Carlos. Matt’s was perfect and simple, Katzie’s bold and funny, and Carlos’ had a nice balance and nice hint of thyme. Matt wins the challenge and earns immunity.

Chefs then divide up in four teams – Matt is team captain, joined randomly by Orlando, Carlos and Rock. The draft picks go as follows:

Round 1 – Matt takes Hammer, Carlos takes Macho, Orlando takes La Paz and Rock takes Katzie.
Round 2 – Matt takes Megan, Carlos takes one-armed Rebecca, Orlando takes Baby Hands. He really did. Rock takes Vanarin. And Melissa is assigned to Matt. Orlando says he passed on her because she “drove the bus” over Lina. That’s the extra step from throwing under the bus. That’s just a push. Driving it means she took an active role in crushing her opponent.


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