Airdate: Nov. 3, 2010
Episode Synopsis: The five remaining chefs (Danielle, Yigit, Morgan, Eric, and Zac) are tasked with the creation of desserts for a party hosted by Dana Cowin.
Guest Judge: Shinmin Li (renowned cake decorator)
The Play-by-Play Breakdown
Intro and House Drama: Everyone is feeling emotional after Heather, part of Team Diva, was sent home last episode. Danielle is the last woman standing and kind of freaked out, and Yigit is missing Heather the morning after her elimination.
Quickfire Challenge: Create an edible bouquet in 3 hours
Danielle: Candied orange zest roses with marshmallow hydrangeas
Yigit: Cocoa butter flowers with luster dust (He also attempted to make an edible vase out of isomalt, but he broke one and Morgan accidentally broke the other)
Morgan: Chocolate flowers with pulled sugar bows
Eric: Mega-cupcake with buttercream and gumpaste flowers
Zac: Chocolate flowers with disco dust
Shinmin votes Zac, Eric, and Danielle into the bottom three, and gives high marks to Morgan and Yigit, with the win going to Morgan. Immunity is off the table, but he received $5,000.
Episode Challenge: Cater a party for Dana Cowin of Food & Wine magazine. Each chef must create a dessert that is inspired by a celebrity couple, and needs to include two separate tea party items: one dessert item for each celebrity duo. Chefs must create enough servings for 100 people.
Danielle opts for a dessert inspired by Conan O’Brian and Andy Richter.
Zac, predictably, goes for a dessert pairing inspired by Julie Andrews and Blake Edwards.
Morgan is inspired by the drama between Kim Kardashian and Reggie Bush, and wants to make a chocolate sacher torte.
Eric goes with Oprah and Steadman as his celeb couple.
Yigit takes inspiration between Madonna and Guy Ritchie.
The chefs come back from shopping and find that all the chocolate has been removed from the Top Chef pantry. Zac is one of the only chefs who hadn’t planned on using chocolate, and while everyone panics, he is able to work unaffected. Danielle is similarly unfazed.
Yigit feels like he was cheated out of a Quickfire win, and the lack of chocolate in the pantry is pushing him further into an angry, frustrated mood. Eric is also off his game due to the lack of chocolate
Danielle presents a cake and cookie combo. Conan’s dessert is strawberry layer cake with jalapeno, and Andy is represented with an oatmeal cookie with Kix and buttercream frosting. The judges worry her leavening is off, but praise her bravery.
Zac presents mascarpone cheesecake with a crunchy coating and topped with a spoonful of taragon sugar, and a pavlova with grapefruit curd. The diners love the crunch, and the judges call the cheesecake “the perfect bite”.
Yigit offers up a citrus yogurt cake and a brown butter sable with dulce de leche. The judges take note of his stained jacket, and find the cake bland.
Eric presents rosemary shortbread with apricot compote, and a pecan shortbread with caramel. The diners and judges find the dishes messy, but very tasty.
Morgan opts to make a “saintly” sacher torte that contains no chocolate. He also offers a citrus macaroon with a sweet buttercream center and sour fluid gel. Not all diners like the sour/bitterness in the macaroon, and the judges think his portion sizes are a little too generous.
Results: Zac is the winner, and Danielle and Morgan both receive high marks from the judges. Yigit and Eric are in the bottom, and Eric is sent home. Eric is sad, but feels like his time on the show has transformed him from a baker to a chef.
Next week: The preview shows drama in the kitchen, and seems to suggest that some special guests will be stopping by to stir things up next week.