Just Desserts


Top Chef Just Desserts Season 2, Episode 6: You gotta fight for your right to pastry!

This week, your faithful CDO is somewhere in Lake County, California, at a casino (Don’t ask!), but in my stead to cover Top Chef Just Desserts, we have talented writer and foodie Megan Murphy, who blogs about what’s on her plate at This Girl Can Eat. You can peep her full bio after the Q+A. She’s [...]

Top Chef Just Desserts Season 2, Episode 4: Laiskonis + the Chocolate Factory

Episode 4 of the newest season of Top Chef Just Desserts brought with it the promise of revisiting the sublime Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (and not the abomination that was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!) and biding adieu to two cheftestants. Le Bernardin‘s Executive Pastry Chef Michael Laiskonis shares his thoughts. Michael, I’m [...]

Top Chef Just Desserts Season 2, Episode 2: Michael Laiskonis Is Back from Bogota

As promised, Michael Laiskonis, Executive Pastry Chef at Le Bernardin, returns to share his insights on the second season of Top Chef: Just Desserts! Michael, you were traveling last week and barely made it back to NYC this week, due to Hurricane Irene. We’re glad you’re here safely. Did you enjoy any fortuitous culinary detours [...]

Top Chef Just Desserts: Chef Michael Laiskonis Looks Back and Ahead

Would Chef Laiskonis ever participate in Top Chef Just Desserts Masters? We’ll ask him next week! Le Bernardin‘s Executive Pastry Chef Michael Laiskonis will be joining OpenTable to report on the second season of Top Chef Just Desserts. He’s out of town for the premiere, but will be with us next week until the finale. [...]

Chefs Serving ‘Trash’; The Great Culinary School Debate; Ad Rock Gets His ‘Just Desserts’; Diners Still Have a Taste for Tasting Menus, Not Over-the-Top Entrees

* Should you go to culinary school to become a top chef? [Time] * No, you should not go to culinary school to become a top chef. [LA Times] * In fact, please don’t. [Eater] * Trash. It’s what’s for dinner. But, only if you think of carrot and cauliflower greens as trash. [The New [...]

Authentic Cuisine; Top Chef Just Desserts Season 2 Cast; Nordic Food Is Cool; In-Pool Dining and Brunch Are Hot; You Can Leave Your Hat on (Sometimes)

* Do you have five grand? I don’t have five grand! Neither did Farmer Ted in Sixteen Candles. Or anyone else, apparently. The table being auctioned off for charity for Top Chef Restaurant Wars didn’t receive a single bid. [Eater] * There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception. [...]

Top Chef Just Desserts Episode 5: Let’s Get Some Shoes…

We’re counting down the days until Le Bernardin’s Michael Laiskonis gets his turn at the judges’ table on Top Chef Just Desserts (next week!), but for now, he’s in the hot seat, dishing it out about all the sweet and not-so-sweet goings on in this week’s episode. So, we’re seeing some alliances have formed in [...]

Parting Shot: ‘Just Desserts’ Chef Malika Ameen Talks Cake, Control, and Cookies

On last week’s episode of Top Chef Just Desserts, Malika Ameen gracefully bowed out of the competition, leaving viewers’ mouths agape and leaving some of her fellow cheftestants counting their lucky stars. She shared some thoughts on her decision to leave and the experience as a whole. Malika, many viewers, such as I, are sad [...]

What’s Your Favorite Dessert? Dish It in Honor of “Top Chef: Just Desserts”

Wednesday, September 15th is Free Dessert Day — and the premiere of Top Chef: Just Desserts on Bravo! Book a reservation at a participating restaurant and you’ll receive a free dessert at the end of your meal. In honor of this sweet offer, we’re wondering what your favorite dessert is. Anything chocolate? Gelato? New York cheesecake? [...]