'Top Chef Just Desserts' Recap: The Chefs Get Judgy

Top Chef Just DessertsOn tonight's episode of Top Chef Just Desserts, two chefs were canned. The first was sent home in a quickfire challenge in which their fates were dependent on donuts. Each chef was asked to create an interesting donut, and the one least liked by the judges, including guest Mark Israel of Donut Plant, was sent home.

While all of the donuts looked pretty amazing to me, it was too much glaze that sunk Megan Ketover. The percentage of glaze to the donut was too much, and the judges had trouble even getting it off the plate. So it was one down via a donut death, then on to the elimination challenge, which was all about chocolate.


Broken into two teams, the chefs were asked to create chocolate showpieces and then individual plated desserts. The kicker -- they were going to judge each other on their work.

The showpieces were amazing, tall, intricate works of chocolate art. The judging sessions, however, were the most entertaining, and you could see who was out for blood. Not that we had any doubts before, but Orlando Santos isn't very ... sweet. He trashed each opponent's work with relish and in great detail. There was absolutely no sugar-coating with him, and I just wonder if that might not come back to bite him in the end. I sort of hope it does, because I find him pretty pompous and annoying, even if he does cook up some delicious-looking stuff.

Chris Hanmer offered a few harsh words here and there, but nowhere close to Orlando. The other chefs were largely respectful and appreciative of their opponents' work.

In the end, it was Katzie Guy-Hamilton who was sent home for her dessert that the judges felt was too big and. ultimately, just too sweet. I was surprised and a little disappointed to see her go, as she definitely was the most likable in the bunch of those remaining, and she showed some real creativity in past weeks.

Now there are five chefs remaining, and I'm torn as to who I think will win and who I want to win. If I was betting, I'd go with Sally Camacho, but I wouldn't feel very confident doing so. I think it's still any chef's game at this point.

What did you think of Orlando judging the other chefs' work so harshly? Who do you think will win?

Image via Bravo

Read More >