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Top Chef: Just Desserts – Ep 5 – How Can You Go Wrong With Funnel Cake?


Katzie – Caramel Cove – Brown Butter and Caramelized Banana Curd, Ganache with Dark Chocolate. Hey, where did they get the time to make personalized wrappers? Anyway, Gail commented on the amount of banana in there, and Ong’s was a bit liquid.

Carlos – “Choconana” – Peanut Butter Crisp with Fudge Cake, Banana Pudding and Chocolate Pop Rocks – Pop Rocks? Wow. Just don’t add soda, we don’t want a reality show casualty.

Macho – “Who’s it?” – Peanut Butter, Chocolate, Black Forbidden Rice, Cocoa Nibs and Milk Chocolate Ganache – Ong likes it a lot.

Matt – “M Pastry Bar”: Hazelnut Feuilletine Praline with Orange Vanilla Chocolate Crème Anglaise – It was unfinished. That is all.

Orlando – “Berry Blast”: Mixed Berry Port Jam, Chocolate Ganache, and Chocolate – Again, Orlando is confident and again, he winds up getting critique. Gail found the jam too liquidy.

Hammer – “Lil’ Darling”: Banana Caramel, Cinnamon White Chocolate Ganache with Corn Flakes – He gets the ole “interesting” line.

Rockman – “Royal Chocolate Bar:” Earl Grey Tea with Bitter Orange Caramel – Ong seems to enjoy it.

Megan – “Ginger Buckeye Blast”: Peanuts, Peanut Butter, Butter Caramel, Ginger, and Feuilletine – She makes this to honor her home state of Ohio and manages to pull off something “snappy and sophisticated.”

Rebecca – “Fruit on the Bottom” : Granola with Vanilla Panna Cotta, Orange Marmalade, and White Chocolate – The panna cotta gets rave reviews.

Bottom Two – Matt for time, and Katzie for too melty.

Top Two – Macho for superior ingredients, and Rebecca for some darn good panna cotta.

Macho gets the win, and immunity. When the chefs get divided into teams of three, she vows to make sure that her partners – Carlos and Rockman – not be eliminated due to her immunity. That plan failed pretty miserably.

Elimination – The chefs draw popsicles (heh) and the matching colors get teamed up, and get a cool frosty treat as a result. The team of Katzie/Rebecca/Megan elects to do simple fair-friendly treats, while Matt/Orlando/Hammer goes for refined. Uh oh. Gail, Elvis, Dann and Ong are the judges.

Orlando – Chocolate Vanilla Root Beer Surprise Ong suggested fruits, I think, that was hard to follow. Orlando wanted it to be less heavy and traditional, but Elvis said he should not have called it a root beer float.

Hammer – Passion Mixer with Ginger Fizz and Cilantro Infusion – He built a drink luge out of ice blocks. Cool. Of course, he also made it too sugary, thus leaving a thick coating in the back of your throat. I will not make any jokes here. But I really want to.

Matt – Strawberry Shortcake with Sautéed Strawberries – He leaves the judges waiting for a long time, prompting poor Orlando to have to make small talk. The hot strawberries were a bat idea on a hot California day.

Katzie – Baked Alaska with Spumoni Twist This team sprayed lavender mist on the customers – a good idea. Dipped in toasted meringue. Dann squealed. Literally. Elvis loves the acidity of the sorbet, and Ong likes how it melts in your mouth. Some random guy finds it to be his favorite thing ever. This is the mark of a sad life.

Rebecca – Lemon Snickerdoodle Ice Cream Sandwiches Dann thought it was nostalgic and got super excited over the wax paper wrapper. Elvis was happy the ice cream was firm given the heat.

Megan – Strawberry Soda Float with White Peach and Basil Sorbet – Elvis doesn’t think basil was a kid flavor, but it was mild and floral. Gail thought it was a bit too sweet, and had some third layer of sticky sweetness, which was just a little bit thought provoking, I must say.

Macho – Berry Smoothie with White Chocolate Rice Krispies – Dann likes the krispies, while Elvis wanted more fruit, rather than chocolate.

Carlos – Cap’n Crunch Ice Pop dipped in White Chocolate and Fruity Pebbles and more Pop Rocks – Ong likes the idea, but it is not refreshing. Elvis thinks it was dipped in white chocolate, with sweet ice cream and sweet cereal. Sweet, on sweet, on sweet.

Rockman – Funnel Cake with Coconut Sorbet and Pineapple Jam – We see her saving a cake for the judges, which is really the crux of the problem. Dann’s pops out of her plate, and it is way too crispy. Elvis suggests she should have served it immediately.


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