Michael Laiskonis


Top Chef Just Desserts Episode 6: All Rise for Guest Judge Michael Laiskonis

This week, Top Chef Just Desserts is a real treat because our own resident expert, Le Bernardin Executive Pastry Chef Michael Laiskonis, acts as a guest judge. ZOMG! There you are! You look very friendly and quite dashing in your suit, but…the competitors called you “VERY scary” and “intimidating.” What do you think of the [...]

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 [...]

Top Chef Just Desserts Episode 4: Sell Crazy Someplace Else…

We’re all stocked up. Literally. I mean, I have to say, that I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy TCJD as much as its savory predecessor, but this sweet show is really rich with drama. And every crazy thing that I thought would happen this episode, actually didn’t, but even crazier things did! To hold our collective [...]

Top Chef Just Desserts Episode 3: Half-Baked Sale

The situation on TCJD gets stickier and stickier every week, due to the increasing pressure and clashing personalities of the pastry pros. Thankfully, renowned pastry chef Michael Laiskonis is back to help us navigate what went right and wrong with everything from this week’s wedding cakes to one cheftestant’s dry cupcakes. My first question tonight [...]

Top Chef Just Desserts Episode 1: 20 Questions with Pastry Chef Michael Laiskonis

Bravo’s fun Top Chef: Just Desserts premiered last week — and it’s back again tonight. The lovechild of Top Chef and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, even the show’s initial ep tested my knowledge of all things sweet. Despite my culinary school training, it turns out that I don’t know a whole heck of [...]

Molecular Gastronomy Goes Mainstream in Manhattan

Wylie Dufresne has been playing with his food à la Dr. Frankenstein for years, and while not all restaurants embrace his methods, many elements of his brand of molecular gastronomy have seeped into mainstream dining in the Big Apple. The New York Post reports on Dufresne, chef-owner of wd-50, Dave Arnold, resident mad scientist at [...]