Top Chef: Just Desserts

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  • Season 1 Episode 10: Finale

  • Final Challenge

    The final three pastry chefs have to face off in a four-star four-course sweet and savory dessert challenge for the title of "Top Chef: Just Desserts.

    Winner: Yigit Pura
    Winning Courses:
    * First Course: Cucumber Lime Sorbet with Straus Yogurt Caviar Pearls
    * Second Course: Strawberry Sorbet and Lemongrass Ginger Ice Cream with Berry Meringue and Consommé
    * Third Course: Muscovado Braised Pineapple and Coconut Cake, Coconut Lime Soup with Tapioca Pearls
    * Fourth Course: Hazelnut Dacquoise, Milk Jam and Salted Caramel Ice Cream Runner Ups: Morgan, Danielle

  • Season 1 Episode 9: Ben and Sylvia's 61st

  • Elimination Challenge

    The pastry chefs have to create an anniversary cake for Sylvia Weinstock and her husband, Ben's 61st anniversary.
    Winner: Danielle Keene
    Winning Dessert: Chocolate Cake with Sour Cherry Compote and Greek Yogurt Ice Cream
    Prize: $15.000
    In: Yigit, Morgan
    Eliminated: Zac
    Eliminated: Eric

  • Quickfire Challenge

    The pastry chefs have to create a box of four truffles using Godiva chocolate that tell their life story.
    Winner: Morgan Wilson
    Winning Dessert: Passion Fruit and Milk Chocolate Bonbon, Açaí Rose Water Jelly on Top of a Bittersweet Ganache, Mendiant with Rocher Filling, Green Tea and White Chocolate Butter Ganache
    Top Two: Morgan, Danielle
    Bottom Two: Yigit, Zac

  • Season 1 Episode 8: Celebritea Party

  • Elimination Challenge

    The pastry chefs have to create a duo of tea party desserts inspired by a celebrity couple for Food & Wine magazine's "Celebritea" Party, but all the chocolate has been removed from the kitchen.
    Winner: Zac Young
    Winning Dessert: Pink Pavlova with Grapefruit Curd and Meringue, Mascarpone Cheesecake with Cap'n Crunch and Tarragon Sugar Inspired by: Julie Andrews and Blake Edwards
    Top Three: Zac, Morgan, Danielle
    Bottom Two: Eric, Yigit
    Eliminated: Eric

  • Quickfire Challenge

    The pastry chefs have to create an edible bouquet.
    Winner: Morgan Wilson
    Winning Dessert: Chocolate Flowers with Pulled Sugar Bow
    Top Two: Morgan, Yigit
    Prize: $5.000
    Bottom Three: Danielle, Eric, Zac

  • Season 1 Episode 7: Dessert Wars

  • Elimination Challenge
    The same teams as in the quickfire challenge have to create the ultimate Dessert Shop. Each pastry chef has to create three desserts, where one must be a bread item.
    Winning Team: Whisk Me Away with Morgan, Eric, Danielle
    Winning Desserts:
    Morgan -- Pretzel Stick with Two Mustards; Chocolate Mousse Cake with a Crème Brûlée Center; Fried Lemon Pie and Salted Caramel Ice Cream
    Danielle -- Pistachio Shortcake with Lemon Cream and Strawberries; Coffee Cream Pie with Hazelnut Brittle; Gingerale Float with Raspberry and Tangerine-Lime Sorbet
    Eric -- Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie; Vanilla Malted Cake with Chocolate Mousse; Banana Loaf with Brown Butter and Tangerine Icing
    Prize: $30.000 for the winning team
    Loosing Team: Pastry Playland with Zac, Yigit, Heather H.
    Eliminated: Heather H.

  • Quickfire Challenge
    The pastry chefs are divided into two teams and they have to compete in a mise en place relay race. First they have to form twelve perfect tart shells, second they must pipe eight butter cream roses, third they have to separate and whisk six egg whites to peaks firm enough that the bowl could be held overhead for 10 seconds without the whites falling out, and finally they have jointly to roll out a strudel dough the length of the table without holes in it and then roll it to a perfect strudel.
    Winning Team: (Red Team) Yigit, Zac, Heather H.
    Prize: $3.000 for each member
    Loosing Team: (Black Team) Danielle, Eric, Morgan

  • Season 1 Episode 6: Black and White

  • Elimination Challenge
    The pastry chefs are invited to the 128th anniversary of Los Angeles Times. In this black and white party all the desserts have to be black and white too.
    Winner: Yigit Pura
    Winning Dessert: Chocolate Cake with White Chocolate Mousse, Berry Compote & Almond Milk Ice Cream
    Top Four: Zac, Yigit, Morgan, Eric
    Bottom Three: Heather C., Erika, Danielle
    Eliminated: Erika

  • Quickfire Challenge
    The pastry chefs have to create a savory dessert using just one pot.
    Winner: Zac Young
    Winning Dessert: Steamed Beet Cake with a sweet Goat Cheese Cream & Lemon Thyme Gremolata
    Top Three: Morgan, Yigit, Zac
    Prize: Immunity for Elimination Challenge
    Bottom Three: Danielle, Eric, Heather H.
    After winning the quickfire challenge Zac was asked by Gail Simmons to trade in his immunity for $1.000. He did only accept, when the trade-in prize was raised to $5.000.

  • Season 1 Episode 5: Edible Fashion

  • Elimination Challenge
    In conjunction with LA Fashion Weeks, the pastry chefs have to design a garment made from edible dessert elements. The garment should match a pair of women shoes selected by each contestant. Additionaly they have to make two couture petit fours as accessories to go along with the look.

    Winner: Morgan Wilson
    Winning Dress: A mini black dress made of small black chocolate disks & Spiced Raspberry "Ruby Ring" Bonbon & Red Hot Cinnamon Macaron "Earring"
    Top Three: Yigit, Morgan, Zac
    Prize: $20.000 for the winner
    Bottom Three: Heather C., Eric, Danielle
    Eliminated: Heather C.

  • Quickfire Challenge
    In this challenge the pastry chefs have to create a soufflé dessert.

    Winner: Yigit Pura
    Winning Soufflé: Chocolate Soufflé with Passion Fruit & Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
    Top Three: Yigit, Morgan, Danielle
    Bottom Three: Erika, Zac, Heather H.

  • Season 1 Episode 4: Lucent Dossier

  • In/Out
    After Gail Simmons had announced the Quickfire Challenge Seth Caro had an anxiety attack and was eliminated due to health problems.
    Heather C., who was eliminated in episode three was brought back to the competition.
    Malika, who had an actually highly praised dessert in the elimination challenge, choose to withdraw from the competition, with the reason that she did not enjoy cooking in a competitive environment.

  • Elimination Challenge
    The pastry chefs are divided into three teams and have to create en architectural showpiece, a flaming dessert and one dessert from each chef inspired by Lucent Dossier Experience.

    Winning Team: Team Exotic
    Flaming Dessert: Almond Cream with Spiced Cherry Flambé
    Winner: Morgan Wilson
    Winning Dessert: Mango Panna Cotta
    Top Three: Morgan, Heather H., Eric
    Eliminated: Malika

  • Quickfire Challenge
    In this challenge the pastry chefs have to create an ultimate Ice Cream Sunday.

    Winner: Morgan Wilson
    Winning Ice Cream Sundae: "Sunday Snack" Oreo Mint Chocolate Chip & Ice Cream Sandwich with Chocolate Milk
    Prize: Immunity in the elimination challenge
    Top Three: Zac, Yigit, Morgan
    Bottom Three: Erika, Eric, Danielle

  • Season 1 Episode 3: Glee Club

  • Gail Simmons announced, that Top Chef producers will multiply the amount raised in the bake sale by ten for the school trips of both teams and will add another $5000 for the school itself.

  • Elimination Challenge
    The pastry chefs are divided into two teams and have to raise money in a school bake sale. The team, who raises more money wins the challenge.

    Winning Team: Pep Squad
    Winner: Eric Wolitzky
    Winning Dessert: Peanut Butter Krispy Bars
    Top Three: Erika, Eric, Malika
    Prize: $5.000 for the winning team
    Loosing Team: Glee Club, Danielle, Heather C., Yigit, Zac, Seth
    Eliminated: Heather C.

  • Quickfire Challenge
    In this challenge the pastry chefs have to create a beautiful and flavorful wedding cake in just 1 1/2 hours.

    Winner:Erika Davis
    Winning Wedding Cake: Mocha Explosion with Kahlua Buttercream
    Prize: Immunity in the elimination challenge
    Top Three: Heather H., Erika, Morgan
    Bottom Three: Seth, Eric, Malika

  • Season 1 Episode 2: Cocktail With A Twist

  • Elimination Challenge
    The pastry chefs are going to The Tar Pit, a high-end bar in Los Angeles, where they have to grab their ingredients from behind the bar, for a dessert dish inspired by a cocktail.
    Winner: Erika Davis
    Winning Dessert: Margarita Bombe with a Lime Cookie, Tequila Mousse & Grand Marnier Crème Brûulée
    Top Three: Erika, Eric, Yigit
    Bottom Three: Malika, Tim, Seth
    Eliminated: Tim

  • Quickfire Challenge
    In this challenge the pastry chefs have to create a dish, that celebrates penny candy using premanufactured candies.

    Winner:Danielle Keene
    Winning Dessert: "Worms in Dirt" - Chocolate Mousse with Lemon Gummies, Malt Balls Prize: Immunity in the elimination challenge
    Top Three: Heather H., Danielle, Zac
    Bottom Three: Heather C., Erik, Seth

  • Season 1 Episode 1: Mr. Chocolate

  • Elimination Challenge
    The pastry chefs have to create the most luxurious chocolate dessert imaginable for a group of fifty chocolate lovers including guest judge Jacques Torres.
    Winner: Heather Hurlbert
    Winning Dessert: Dark Chocolate Mousse Torte with Chocolate Grand Marnier Sauce
    Top Three: Heather H., Seth, Zac
    Bottom Three: Danielle, Morgan, Tania
    Eliminated: Tania

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