November 18th, 2010
01:30 PM ET
We haven’t been recapping this first season of “Top Chef: Just Desserts” but we wanted to whet your appetite (yup, I went there) for “Top Chef All-Stars,” which premieres in two weeks. So, just this once, you can have your dessert before the main course.
Normal spoiler rules apply, so if you haven’t seen last night’s finale yet, stop reading and go watch. We’ll wait.
IT’S YIGIT! The 29-year-old took home the title and I’m honestly a little surprised. Not because Yigit hasn’t proven himself to be an incredible chef - I pegged him as a top contestant early on. But he’s stumbled so much in the episodes leading up to the finale that I was convinced he couldn’t get himself together again.
Plus, look at his competition, each of whom had a compelling storyline. You’ve got Morgan, who has pretty much dominated this season, despite being an insufferable jerk on more than a few occasions. If he had won, it would have seemed like a foregone conclusion. Then there’s Danielle, who I thought would get bounced early on. But she’s made a strong push to the finish line and would have been a great “underdog comes through” story.
With Yigit’s win, we get a feel-good victory for someone who genuinely seems like a good guy. Plus, he’s set a couple milestones. Originally from Turkey, he’s the first foreign-born "Top Chef" winner. And he’s the franchise’s first gay winner, something that he said was important to him a few episodes ago.
What’s that? I’ve written five paragraphs and haven’t mentioned the food? You’re right; my bad. The challenge was simple: Make the most amazing four-course dessert tasting of your life. Let’s hit the highlights.
Yigit: The judges melted over his sorbets and ice cream, and pined for his muscovado-braised pineapple and coconut cake.
Morgan: His black pepper baumkuchen might have been the single best dessert of the evening, but a flawed soufflé couldn’t stand up to the test and might have done him in.
Danielle: Her baked Alaska was a thing of beauty (honestly, if it was served to me, I might just stare at it instead of eating it), and the judges went nuts over her pudding cake with pistachio ice cream.
For all the drama that we’ve had to put up with this season (and there’s been some DRAMA; I’m looking at you, Seth), last night’s finale really felt like a celebration of these three chefs, how far they’ve come and how incredibly skilled they are.
So, did you find this first season of "Top Chef: Just Desserts" deliciously entertaining? Are you ready to dig in to "Top Chef All-Stars"? Share your thoughts below.
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