Wednesday, October 20, 2010

You're Either In or You're Out

I like this show. I like this show for a lot of reasons. One is the challenges. I don't know much about the world of pastry chefs but now I know there's a thing called modeling chocolate, that there's a chocolate convention every year and that making edible couture is old hat to some of these chefs.
edible couture

I don't think this challenge is out of line for this show. Making edible dresses does seem a bit silly, erotic almost bordering on cannibalistic but for a Bravo reality show it's pretty tame. It's also a good skills and knowledge challenge. Obviously chocolate work is what they are looking for and your skills at petit fours.
The last reason I really like this show is how at ease Gail Simmons is at her role as hostess. When they rolled this table of shoes out...

lottashoes

...and Team Diva went crazy...

shoefreaks


...it wasn't just because they love shoes but because they ask Gail to model what shoes she's wearing every morning.

gail's shoes

She obviously plays along and why not. She's having fun and it shows.

So it's a tough challenge and not much time to make mistakes. I would have thought the ladies of the group would have had a much stronger showing but none of them really impressed with their offerings. Zac and Yigit performed exactly as expected and poor Eric I think was lucky to have something on his dress form. The biggest surprise was Morgan, apparently a woman's shoe freak from way back.

little black chocolate dress

He's done early enough to stand around and fantasize about whatever woman he can get in and out of his dress. Still it's a beautiful simple piece and I love the way the chocolate discs look like actual large sequins.

However my personal favorite was Yigit's white chocolate dress. I loved that he used white with splashes of color to continue the color from the shoes he chose.

Morgan wins the challenge and $20,000. As beautiful as Yigit and Morgan's dresses were, Heather, Eric and Danielle's dresses were a disaster.


Eric's I understand. Just not his challenge and he's lucky the other two standing up there with him were just so off the mark. Yes, in theory, you can eat Heather and Morgan's dresses, ideally if you were a goat but this is still a pastry contest. Danielle's dress from a distance looks like a bad version of the meat dress Lady Gaga wore not long ago. Except Danielle's added a what looks like a tube of intestines as a necklace.

Yet as bad as that was, poor Heather is auffed yet again only to re-enter the condo of shame and Zac is left to brood at being beat in the edible couture challenge by a straight guy from Texas. Oh the shame...

10 comments:

intuitive eggplant said...

I’m liking the show too. As with regular Top Chef, even when the challenges have the potential to be hokey, it doesn’t matter when they spur contestants to come up with great stuff. I don’t know a lot about the pastry world either, but there sure seems to be a lot of talent in this group. And Gail. I am so loving Gail as host. She’s knowledgeable, articulate, sassy and fair all rolled into one. She beats Katie Lee Joel, Kelly Choi and Padma clean out of the water.

Making Space said...

I really liked Morgan's entry, and I certainly appreciate his enthusiasm for women. Ha. I just wasn't clear about why he had to be so - I don't know - "this sets me apart from anyone who's not straight" about it. Or am I reading that wrong? This just hardly seems the political climate in which a contestant needs to be distancing himself in the way he did... or I may be doing my usual overthinking and making too much of it. Bleah. But yeah, that dress rocked. I'd wear it.

Dani said...

I love Yigit's dress the best!

Dani said...

He's such a cutie too!

Buzz Kill said...

When they announced the challenge I thought, "Great, we'll see edible dresses on hot models." Although Zach did offer to put his dress on Gail (I'd have paid cash money to see that) I was very dissapointed.

I can see using a vegetable as an accessory but to use all vegetables in a pastry competition made no sense. So it wasn'r surprising to see Heather go home again. And Danielle is not right in the head and not long for this competition. I like the intestine necklace - very Halloweeny.

Big Shamu said...

Eggy I totally agree with you on Gail but to be fair, she's had a lot of exposure of what not to do as hostess.

MS, while you may be overthinking, Morgan is definitly oversharing that he's not gay. We know Morgan, you're straight and horny. And a bit dismissive of women in roles other than an object for you to oogle.

It was a cute dress wasn't it Dani?

Sorry Buzz, no hot model action but there's always Project Runway. I was wondering if anyone actually tasted the dresses (what a bizarre question to type), I mean, they were supposed to be edible? Did anyone eat them?

Dani said...

Yeah, I wanna know that too.

moi said...

Some awesome shoes notwithstanding, I found this to be a silly challenge, as I find all these kinds of form over function-type contests. If the point isn't to EAT something, why bother, is just my humble opinion. Plus, there's something obscene and distasteful about all that waste . . .

But, yeah, Morgan and Yigit's dresses were cool.

How the ladies bungled so badly, I'll never know, but I would have sent BOTH those veggie gals home.

Denise said...

This is such a dumb contest. I'm a fan of Top Chef on Bravo - but puh-leeeez! You're kidding me, right?

I think it's silly and unappetizing when people try to make food look like something it's not. For the same reason I'm not to geeked up on the Halloween food that looks like ghosts and bloodshot eyeballs, etc. This honestly falls into pretty much the same category to me. Sheesh!

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Making Space said...

Um, now I want to eat the dress... ohdear....

Must watch latest episode to see who's goin' nuts this week.