Top Chef

Season 3 Episode 4

Cooking by Numbers

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jul 11, 2007 on Bravo



  • Notes

    • In her exit interview at Bravo's website, Camille says she made three mistakes in making her pineapple upside-down cake. First, she over mixed it, second, she let it rest too long before baking, and third, she added too many whipped eggs whites to try to fix the second problem. Over mixing gives a batter or dough a tougher consistency; batters should be allowed to sit to let the baking powder add airiness, but wait too long and the batter will collapse back on itself. Adding whipped egg whites will give back some airiness and structure, but too much will make the final product hard like a meringue.