Top Chef: Just Desserts

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  • Season 2 Episode 10: Finale

  • Finale Challenge


    The final three pastry chefs have to create a display table, which contains a showpiece, an entremet cake, bonbons, a bread element, a plated dessert inspired by a special person in their life.


    Winner: Chris
    Winning Display Table:
    Showpiece - Made from chocolate looking like industrial beams decorated with other elements of the display table
    Bonbon - Coffee Infused Ganache, Caramel in shape of a coffee bean
    Bread - Brioche with Bacon Maple Butter
    Entremet - Chocolate Mousse, Vanilla Crémeux, Raspberry Jam
    Plated Dessert - Almond Cake, Banana Caramel, Banana Ice Cream, Mango Sauce
    Prize: $100.000.- furnished by Kitchen Aid
    A feature in Food&Wine Magazine
    A showcase at the annual Cayman cookout
    Runner-Up: Sally, Matthew

  • Quickfire Challenge


    There was no quickfire challenge in this episode.


  • Season 2 Episode 9: Dessert in Disguise

  • Elimination Challenge


    The last four pastry chefs have to create a dessert in disguise, which will represent a savory dish of international cuisine they have chosen.


    Winner: Sally
    Winning Desert:Cuba - Cuban Sandwich with Potato Salad & Plantain Chips - Cream Cheese Mousse, Passion Fruit Mustard and Strawberry Caramel
    Top Two:
    Sally, Chris
    Bottom Two:
    Orlando, Matthew
    Other Desserts in Disguise:
    Matthew - Italy - Manicotti - Crème Fraiche Cake with Mascarpone-Ricotta Mousse, Strawberry Sauce & Basil Gelée
    Chris - France - Beef Wellington - Chocolate Mousse, Raspberry Jam & Salted Caramel
    Orlando - Spain - Paella - Coconut Saffron Rice, Compressed Plums & Roasted Beets
    Eliminated: Orlando

  • Quickfire Challenge


    There was no quickfire challenge in this episode.

  • Season 2 Episode 8: Step Right Up

  • Elimination Challenge


    In the elimination challenge the pastry chefs have to create an elegant and refined dessert, which has to embrace a carnival theme.


    Winner: Matthew
    Winning Desert: Fried Caramel Apple Pie, Apple Carpaccio & Vanilla Ice Cream
    Top Two: Sally, Matthew
    Bottom Three: Chris, Carlos, Orlando
    Eliminated: Carlos

  • Quickfire Challenge


    The pastry chefs have to cook the perfect pie. The twist is, that they have to do it only with one hand.


    Winner: Carlos
    Winning Desert: Raspberry Lemon Meringue Pie
    Prize: $ 5.000.-
    Top Two: Orlando, Carlos
    Bottom Two: Sally, Chris
    Disqualified: Matthew for using his left hand for a second

  • Season 2 Episode 7: Death by Chocolate

  • Elimination Challenge


    In the elimination challenge the pastry chefs are divided into two teams of three. Each team has to present a chocolate showpiece and each of the contestants has to serve a chocolate dessert.


    Winning Team: Blue Team with Orlando, Sally and Carlos
    Winning Team's Desserts:
    Carlos - "The Pepe" Caramelized Crémeux, Milk Chocolate Mousse, Peanut Butter Mousse, and Caramelized Banana
    Sally - Manjari Caramel Mousse, Spiced Caramel Cream with Passion Fruit Gelée
    Orlando - Chocolate Fondant, Milk Chocolate Mousse, and Roasted Cocoa Nib Sorbet
    Bottom Team: Red Team with Chris, Matthew and Katzie
    Eliminated: Katzie

  • Quickfire Challenge


    The pastry chefs have to create the perfect doughnut and serve it up with a cup of coffee.


    Winner: Carlos
    Winning Doughnut:Orange and Lemon Zest Bombolinis with Passion Fruit Cream
    Prize: $ 10.000
    Top Two: Carlos, Sally
    Bottom Three: Matthew, Megan, Orlando
    Eliminated: Megan

  • Season 2 Episode 6: Sabotage

  • Elimination Challenge


    In the elimination challenge the pastry chefs have to create a dessert from unconventional savory food items mentioned in the hits of "Beastie Boys". Each chef has to choose two items to incorporate in his dessert, while another item will be chosen by a competitor.


    Winner: Matthew
    Winning Desert: Cornbread & Mash Potato Cheesecake, Whiskey Caramel & Gravy Foam
    Top Three: Matthew, Chris, Sally
    Bottom Three:
    Rebecca, Katzie, Megan
    Eliminated:
    Rebecca

  • Quickfire Challenge


    The pastry chefs have to create a dessert from a root vegetable.
    Winner: Sally
    Winning Desert:Mango Pudding with Turmeric & Curried Popcorn
    Prize:The winner will receive immunity in the elimination challenge and $5.000.
    Top Two: Sally, Matthew
    Bottom Two:
    Rebecca, Carlos

  • Season 2 Episode 5: Make A Splash

  • Elimination Challenge


    In the elimination challenge the pastry chefs have to create a frozen and refreshing dessert to be served in a water park.
    Winning Team: Green Team - Katzie, Rebecca, Megan
    Winner: Katzie
    Winning Dessert: Baked Alaska with Spumoni Twist
    Bottom Three: Carlos, Orlando, Amanda
    Eliminated: Amanda

  • Quickfire Challenge


    The pastry chefs have to create an entirely new original candy bar.


    Winner: Sally
    Winning Candy Bar: "Who's It?" - Peanut Butter, Chocolate, Black Forbidden Rice, Cocoa Nibs & Milk Chocolate Ganache
    Prize: The winner will receive immunity in the elimination challenge.
    Top Two: Rebecca, Sally
    Bottom Two:
    Katzie, Matthew

  • Season 2 Episode 4: Pure Imagination

  • Elimination Challenge
    For the 40th anniversary of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory the pastry chefs have to create a room of pure imagination where everything in the room has to be edible.
    Top Three: Carlos, Katzie and Matthew
    Winner: Katzie
    Winning Deserts: Carrot Patch and Beehive
    Bottom Four: Megan, Melissa, Craig and Sally
    Eliminated: Craig and Melissa

  • Quickfire Challenge
    Due to the long preparation time of the elimination challenge there was no quickfire challenge in this episode.

  • Season 2 Episode 3: Villa Rosa

  • Elimination Challenge
    Two teams of six pastry chefs have to create a dessert table for The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, Lisa Vanderpump, who is planning the second anniversary party of restaurant Villa Blanca.
    Winning Team: Amanda's Team - Amanda, Carlos, Chris, Katzie, Megan, Melissa
    Winning Desert Plate:
    Amanda - Cava Gelée with Buttermilk Foam, Hibiscus and Raspberry
    Carlos - Guava Pâte de Fruit, Fromage Blanc and Phyllo Cigar
    Katzie - Macaron with Mascarpone, Strawberry Jam and Mint
    Melissa - White Chocolate Crémeux, Rose Gelée, Rhubarb Foam
    Megan - Pink Velvet Cake with Chocolate Mousse, Cherries and Cream Cheese Sorbet
    Chris - Strawberry Streusel with Almond Cream and Rose Vanilla Ice Cream
    Bottom Team: Craig's Team - Craig, Orlando, Sally, Matthew, Nelson, Rebecca with Sally, Orlando and Nelson as bottom three
    Eliminated: Nelson Paz

  • Quickfire Challenge
    The chefs have to create a dessert to inspire a new flavor of Extra Delights Dessert chewing gum.
    Winner: Craig
    Winning Desert:Lemon Mascarpone Pancakes with Cream & Strawberries
    Prize:The winner will receive immunity in the elimination challenge. The desert will be placed in a consumer vote to become the new flavor of Extra Dessert Delights Gum. The creator will receive a cash prize of $ 25.000.-
    Top Three: Craig, Nelson, Carlos
    Bottom Three: Matthew, Rebecca, Melissa

  • Season 2 Episode 2: Sweet Symphony

  • Elimination Challenge
    Divided into four teams the pastry chefs have to create a cake celebrating the Walt Disney Concert Hall's Opening Night. Each chef will be responsible for one tier of their teams' cake.
    Winning Team: Red Team - Matthew, Chris, Megan, Melissa
    Winning Cake:
    Matthew - Lemon Pound Cake, Almond Dacquoise, Créme Fraiche Mousse & Strawberry Jam
    Megan - Yellow Butter Cake with Honey Caramel Cream, Red Fruit Preserves & Mocha Praline Feuilletine
    Chris - Chocolate Sponge Cake with Praline Jam & Vanilla Crémeux
    Melissa - Cardamom Sponge Cake with Ginger Cream & Strawberry Jam
    Top Two Teams: Red Team, Green Team with Carlos, Sally, Rebecca
    Bottom Two Teams: Black Team with Orlando, Nelson, Craig and Blue Team with Amanda, Katzie, Vanarin
    Eliminated: Vanarin Kuch from Blue Team

  • Quickfire Challenge
    In 45 minutes the pastry chefs will have to create an original lemon dessert.
    Winner: Matthew
    Winning Dessert: Lemon Vanilla Creme with Mint Purée & Hazelnut Sable
    Prize: The winner will receive immunity in the elimination challenge.
    Top Three : Matthew, Katzie, Carlos
    Bottom Three: Nelson, Orlando, Amanda

  • Season 2 Episode 1: Showpiece

  • Elimination Challenge


    Divided into four teams the pastry chefs have to create a plated dessert and a showpiece based on a classic fairy tale for a fairy tale costume gala.
    The teams are
    Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Nelson, Orlando, Sally & Rebecca
    Hansel and Gretel: Melissa, Lina & Vanarin
    Jack and the Beanstalk: Craig, Katzie & Megan
    Little Red Riding Hood: Amanda, Carlos, Chris & Matthew
    Winning Team:Little Red Riding Hood
    Winning dessert:Rose Scented Bomboloni, Coconut Tapioca, and Red Berry Gélee
    Top two teams: Little Red Riding Hood,Goldilocks and the Three Bears
    Bottom two teams: Hansel and Gretel,Jack and the Beanstalk
    Eliminated: Lina of Hansel and Gretel

  • Quickfire Challenge


    The pastry chefs in groups of two have to give a modern flair to a classic soda shop dessert.
    Winner: Amanda & Nelson
    Winning Dessert:Chocolate Sponge Cake, Pickled Cherries, and Pistachios
    Prize: Both members of the team will receive immunity in the elimination challenge
    Top two teams: Amanda&Nelson, Carlos&Rebecca
    Bottom two teams: Megan&Orlando, Lina&craig

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