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Top Chef: Just Desserts 2 – Ep 10 – Stop! Hammer Time!

Elimination Challenge –

The chef’s inspiration for the plated dish:
Macho made hers for her mom and sister – using their favorite ingredients (coffee and Cashews). Matt made his look like a playground for his kids. Hammer made a dish that he made when he was newly-dating his now wife when she realized how much the kitchen meant to him.

Macho wanted femininity in her showpiece, so she had a man make it, of course. Matt used something called “speculoos” in his bon bon, which is like a peanut butter. Macho mismeasured her entremet and had to re-do it. That loss of time helped contribute to her reliance on Orlando, and her later failure to complete her plated dish properly.

Other tasters – Jordan Kahn of Red Medicine, Hasty Torres or Madame Chocolat, Valerie Gordon of the conveniently named Valerie Confections, Jacquy Pfeiffer of Kings of Pastry, Ludo Lefebvre of Ludobites, the three MOFs, Dann, Théoden, Gail, Elvis, the 2009 World Champion Yankees, the cast of Glee, 14 random contest winners, my fourth grade teacher (Mrs. Kudler!), and all the children of the world joining hands and sing in the spirit of peace and harmony.

Matt – His showpiece is part chocolate/part sugar, and is not as tall as the other two. It has a curved top in sugar, and is very colorful, but it looks weak. His dishes:

Entremet – Hazelnut Dacquois, Passion Fruit Gelee, Milk Jam and Whipped Jivara – Gail liked the interesting texture.

Bread – Focaccia with Olive Oil, Fresh Thyme and Malden Salt – Dann liked the family-style of it. She called it simple and rustic, and especially liked the crunch of the salt and pepper.

Bon Bon – Key Lime Ganache and Speculoos – Gail is happy to learn a new word, and she and Dann love the flavors.

Plated – Dark Chocolate Cake, Raspberry Mousse, Peach Streusel and Milk Ice Cream The plate looks deconstructed, and Matt describes it like a cookie, even if it doesn’t look or taste like it.