Fourteen pastry chefs will see if they have what it takes to outbake, outblend, and outbrulée the competition, where the main focus is the Achilles heel of most chefs: desserts. Gail Simmons returns as the host of this highly competitive series showcasing the best of the best in the world of pastry arts. Once again joining the judges' panel as head judge is Johnny Iuzzini, one of the country’s most celebrated and innovative pastry chefs and executive pastry chef at Restaurant Jean Georges. Also serving as regular judges for the series are Hubert Keller, critically acclaimed chef as well as guest judge on "Top Chef" and finalist on "Top Chef Masters," and Dannielle Kyrillos, entertaining expert and contributing editor of Food Republic.
Fourteen top pastry chefs come together for Season 2 to determine who is the sweetest chef of all. For their first elimination challenge, the chefs need to bring out their A-game when they're tasked with creating a showpiece based on a popular fairytale story.
To celebrate the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the chefs must work in teams to create a cake experience in three movements to be served to the symphony members and patrons after their performance.
The 12 chef'testants must channel their inner diva and create the ultimate "dessert-scape" spread for "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Lisa Vanderpump, who is throwing a lavish party.
It's the 40th anniversary of the original screen adaptation of "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," and to celebrate, the chefs will work as one team to create a Pure Imagination Room, where everything has to be edible.
The chefs must create their own candy bars, then beat the heat by making frozen treats suitable for cooling off on a hot summer day. To win this challenge, they must also brand their treat and create their own uniforms for a complete experience for the patrons at the water slide park.
The remaining pastry chefs will be given a "License to Ill" as they raid the first ever "Top Chef Beastie Boys Pantry." They must use the ingredients, named after the band's popular songs, to create a Beastie Boys-inspired dessert appropriate for a street art event.
Time to make the donuts! The chefs select perfect pairings of coffee and donuts, then compete in an elimination challenge that will result in death ... by chocolate. The chef'testants must create a chocolate showpiece under a veil of secrecy.
This week's elimination challenge has the remaining chefs clowning around at the Top Chef Carnival, where they have to upgrade classic carnival cuisine into something suitable for a fine dining audience.
Don't judge a book by its cover in this week's penultimate episode. The chefs must create a dessert that tastes like one, but doesn't look the way it tastes.
It all comes down to this: The final three chefs will compete in a Top Chef version of the prestigious Meilleurs Ouvriers de France competition, equivalent to the World Series in the pastry world. Only one can take the title of Top Chef Just Desserts.