Top Chef: Just Desserts (season 2)

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Top Chef: Just Desserts
Season 2
No. of contestants14
WinnerChris Hanmer
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes10
Release
Original network Bravo
Original releaseAugust 24 (2011-08-24) 
October 26, 2011 (2011-10-26)
Season chronology
 Previous
Season 1

The second season of Top Chef: Just Desserts was broadcast on Bravo. It featured 14 pastry chefs fighting to win the title of Top Chef.

Contents

Contestants

Names and hometowns below are from the Bravo website. [1] In the order eliminated:

NameAgeCurrent ResidenceHometownFinishPlace
Lina Biancamano37 Fort Worth, Texas Phoenix, Arizona Episode 114
Vanarin Kuch26 Houston, Texas Houston, Texas Episode 213
Nelson Paz33 Boston, Massachusetts Buenos Aires, Argentina Episode 312
Craig Poirier25 Las Vegas, Nevada Derry, New Hampshire Episode 411-10
Melissa Camacho30 New York, New York Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Amanda Rockman29 Chicago, Illinois Katy, Texas Episode 59
Rebecca Masson39 Houston, Texas Laramie, Wyoming Episode 68
Megan Ketover31 Cincinnati, Ohio Cincinnati, Ohio Episode 77
Katzie Guy-Hamilton24 New York, New York Worcester, Massachusetts 6
Carlos Enriquez33 Las Vegas, Nevada Los Angeles, California Episode 85
Orlando Santos32 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands Episode 94
Matthew Petersen32 Arlington, Virginia Dublin, Pennsylvania Episode 103-2(Runner-up and Fan Favorite)
Sally Camacho31 Los Angeles, California Los Angeles, California 3-2(Runner-up)
Chris Hanmer33 Las Vegas, Nevada Costa Mesa, California)1 (Winner)

Contestant Progress

Contestant123456789Finale
Quickfire
Winner(s)
Amanda
Nelson
MatthewCraigNone 1 SallySallyCarlos 1 Carlos 1 None 1 None
ChrisWINWINWINININ (-)HIGHLOWLOWHIGHWINNER
SallyHIGHHIGHLOWLOWIN (-)HIGHWINHIGHWINRUNNER-UP
MatthewWINWININ (-)HIGHIN (-)WINLOWWINLOW
OrlandoHIGHLOWLOWINLOWINWINLOWOUT
CarlosWINHIGHWINHIGHLOWINWINOUT
KatzieLOWLOWWINWINWINLOWOUT
MeganLOWWINWINLOWHIGHLOWOUT 2
RebeccaHIGHHIGHIN (-)INHIGHOUT
AmandaWINLOWWININOUT
MelissaLOWWINWINOUT
CraigLOWLOWLOW
NelsonHIGHLOWOUT
VanarinLOWOUT
LinaOUT

^Note 1 : The chefs did not receive immunity by winning the quickfire challenge.

^Note 2 : Megan was eliminated by placing last in the Quickfire Challenge.

  (WINNER) The chef won the season and was awarded the title Top Chef.
  (RUNNER-UP) The chef was a runner-up for the season.
  (WIN) The chef won that episode's Elimination Challenge.
  (HIGH) The chef was selected as one of the top entries in the Elimination Challenge, but did not win.
  (LOW) The chef was selected as one of the bottom entries in the Elimination Challenge, but was not eliminated.
  (OUT) The chef lost that week's Elimination Challenge and was out of the competition.
  (IN) The chef neither won nor lost that week's Elimination Challenge. They also were not up to be eliminated.
  [IN (+)] The chef won a pair or team challenge but was not chosen as one of the judges' favorites.
  [IN (-)] The chef lost a pair or team challenge but was not selected as one of the judges' least favorites.

Episodes

Each episode includes two challenges. The Quickfire Challenge is a short, simple challenge with a varying reward each week; in the initial episodes of the season, it usually guarantees the winner immunity from being sent home that week; however, in the latter stages, the Quickfire winner is given an advantage in the upcoming Elimination Challenge. It also has been made clear that Quickfire winners this season may receive other rewards, including cash prizes. The Elimination Challenge is a more complex challenge that determines who goes home. One or more judges join the show each week to evaluate both the Quickfire and Elimination challenges. Each week's elimination is announced in a segment called "Judges' Table."

Episode 1: Showpiece

  • Top: Carlos & Rebecca, Amanda & Nelson
  • Bottom: Megan & Orlando, Lina & Craig
    • WINNERS: Amanda & Nelson (Chocolate Sponge Cake, Pickled Cherries, Whipped Cream & Pistachios)

Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Nelson, Orlando, Sally & Rebecca
Hansel and Gretel: Melissa, Lina & Vanarin
Jack and the Beanstalk: Craig, Katzie & Megan
Little Red Riding Hood: Amanda, Carlos, Chris & Matthew

  • WINNERS: Little Red Riding Hood (Rose Scented Bomboloni, Coconut Tapioca & Red Berry Gélee; Blackout Sponge Cake, Cocoa Nib Nougatine, Poached Cherries & Micro Basil)
  • ELIMINATED: Lina of Hansel and Gretel (Chocolate Cloud, Milk Sherbet & Hibiscus Apple Seltzer)

Episode 2: Sweet Symphony

  • Top: Matthew, Katzie, Carlos
  • Bottom: Nelson, Orlando, Amanda
    • WINNER: Matthew (Lemon vanilla creme with mint puree and hazelnut sable)

Black Team: Orlando, Nelson, Craig
Green Team: Carlos, Sally, Rebecca
Blue Team: Amanda, Katzie, Vanarin
Red Team: Matthew, Chris, Megan, Melissa

  • WINNER: Red Team (Matthew: Lemon pound cake with almond dacquoise; Chris: Chocolate sponge cake with praline jam; Megan: Yellow butter cake with honey caramel cream, red fruit preserves and mocha; Melissa: Cardamom sponge cake with ginger cream and strawberry jam)
  • ELIMINATED: Vanarin of Blue Team (Yellow cake in smoked salted caramel with pistachio buttercream)

Episode 3: Villa Rosa

  • Top: Craig, Nelson, Carlos
  • Bottom: Rebecca, Melissa, Matthew
    • WINNER: Craig (Mascarpone pancakes with cream and amaretto strawberries)
  • WINNER: Team Amanda (Amanda: Cava gelee with buttermilk foam and a fizzy raspberry, Carlos: Guava pate de fruit, fromage blanc and phillo cigar, Chris: Almond strawberry tart with rosewater push pop, Katzie: French macaroon with homemade strawberry jam and mint sauce, Megan: Pink velvet cake with chocolate mousse, cherries, and cream cheese sorbet, Melissa: White chocolate brownie with rose gelee and rhubarb foam)
  • ELIMINATED: Nelson of Team Craig (Cotton candy-dipped passion fruit cheesecake lollipop)

Episode 4: Pure Imagination

  • WINNER: Katzie (Carrot Cake Patch and Honey Cake Beehive)
  • ELIMINATED: Craig (Giant Gummy Bears) and Melissa (Green Donuts and Whoopie Pie Daisies)

Episode 5: Make A Splash

  • Top: Sally, Rebecca
  • Bottom: Matthew, Katzie
    • WINNER: Sally ("Who's It?" Candy Bar: Milk Chocolate Ganache with Black Forbidden Rice, Cocoa Nibs & Ovaltine)

Blue team: Carlos, Sally, Amanda
Orange team: Matthew, Chris, Orlando
Green team: Rebecca, Katzie, Megan

  • WINNER: Katzie (Baked Alaska with spumoni twist)
  • ELIMINATED: Amanda (Funnel cake with coconut sorbet and pineapple jam)

Episode 6: Sabotage

  • Top: Sally, Matthew
  • Bottom: Rebecca, Carlos
    • WINNER: Sally (Mango pudding with turmeric and curried popcorn)
  • WINNER: Matthew (Cornbread & mashed potato cheesecake, whiskey caramel and gravy foam)
  • ELIMINATED: Rebecca (Falafal panna cotta with ham pecan cumin brittle and 40 oz. ice cream)

Episode 7: Death By Chocolate

  • Top: Sally, Carlos
  • Bottom: Megan, Matthew, Orlando
    • WINNER: Carlos (Orange and Lemon Zest Bombolines with Passion Fruit Cream)
    • ELIMINATED: Megan (Cake Doughnut with Honey Cardamom Glaze)

Blue Team: Orlando, Carlos, Sally
Red Team: Chris, Matthew, Katzie

  • WINNER: Blue Team (Orlando: Puff Pastry, Milk Chocolate Mousse and Mango Coulis; Carlos: Milk Chocolate Mousse, Peanut Butter Mousse and Caramelized Banana; Sally: Manjari Caramel Mousse, Passion Fruit Gelee and Pineapple Sauce)
  • ELIMINATED: Katzie (Boca Negra Cake with Jasmine and Passion Fruit Curd)

Episode 8: Step Right Up

  • Top: Orlando, Carlos
  • Bottom: Sally, Chris
    • WINNER: Carlos (Raspberry Lemon Meringue Pie)
  • WINNER: Matthew (Apple Pie as Fried Caramel Apple Pie, Apple Carpaccio and Vanilla Ice Cream)
  • ELIMINATED: Carlos (Burger and Fries as Sesame Angel Food Cake "Burger", Churro "Fries" and Strawberry Lemon Soda)

Episode 9: Dessert in Disguise

Chris: French
Orlando: Spanish
Matthew: Italian
Sally: Cuban

  • WINNER: Sally (Cuban Sandwich as Brioche, Cream Cheese Mousse and Strawberry Caramel Gel with "Potato Salad" (Pineapple, Banana and Asian Pear))
  • ELIMINATED: Orlando (Paella as Coconut & Saffron Rice, Tuile, Compressed Plums and Roasted Beets)

Episode 10: Finale

Chris (sous chefs Rebecca and Amanda)
Display piece: Chocolate with blown sugar flowers
Entremet cake: Chocolate mousse, vanilla cremeux and raspberry jam
Savory bread: Brioche with bacon maple butter
Bonbons: Coffee infused ganache with caramel
Plated dessert: Butter almond cake, banana caramel and banana tuile, banana ice cream and mango passion fruit sauce

Matthew (sous chefs Megan and Carlos)
Display piece: Red blown sugar
Entremet cake: Hazelnut Dacquois, passion fruit gelee, milk jam and whipped java cream
Savory bread: Focaccia with olive oil, fresh thyme and salt
Bonbons: Key lime ganache and speculoos
Plated dessert: Dark chocolate flourless cake, raspberry mousse, pecan streusel and milk ice cream

Sally (sous chefs Vanarin and Orlando)
Display piece: Chocolate with orange chocolate flowers
Entremet cake: Chocolate mousee, mango vanilla cream, caramel cremeux and almond petit fours
Savory bread: Parker house roll with bacon, onions and gruyere cheese
Bonbons: Salted caramel milk chocolate
Plated dessert: White chocolate espresso mousse, chocolate cremeux, cashew nougatine and white chocolate ice cream

  • TOP CHEF: Chris
  • RUNNERS-UP: Sally and Matthew

Ratings

US Ratings

#AirdateEpisodeViewers
(millions)
1August 24, 2011Showpiece1.127 [2]
2August 31, 2011Sweet Symphony1.098 [3]
3September 7, 2011Villa Rosa1.065 [4]
4September 14, 2011Pure Imagination1.076 [5]
5September 21, 2011Make A Splash0.942 [6]
6September 28, 2011Sabotage0.988 [7]
7October 5, 2011Death By Chocolate0.981 [8]
8October 12, 2011Step Right Up0.961 [9]
9October 19, 2011Dessert in Disguise1.033 [10]
10October 26, 2011Finale1.243 [11]

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