First, let me just say that Willy Wonka is one of my favorite movies of all time! (The original, not the creepy Johnny Depp version). I was so excited when I learned the cheftestants would be recreating the chocolate factory. Not only that, but the stars of the film were there too! Charlie Bucket, Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregard, and Mike Teevee all came out to inspire and taste the creations. They should have said something about Augustus Gloop, because I started to think he really drowned in that chocolate river! Fortunately, Google and Wikipedia set me straight. Apparently Gloop is far too busy as a tax attorney in Munich to make a Top Chef appearance. Whew!
On to last night’s episode…
Rebecca looks like a toddler. Last night she was sporting pig tails adorned with little pink bows. Between that, her hot pink cast, and that little waddle she has going on anyway, I have a hard time taking her seriously. The chefs receive a note from Gail telling them they are going to the movies. I started laughing when a paranoid (and super cute) Matthew says he picked his movie snacks thinking he might have to use them in a Quick Fire challenge. I WISH we could have seen what on earth he does with popcorn, gummy bears, and soda! That would be some serious MacGyver-ing!
Everyone is excited to watch Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, their favorite movie. Some even said it inspired them to become pastry chefs. Awww. When the chefs find out the original cast has been sitting with them the whole time, the best reaction is Orlando, who was unwittingly seated next to Veruca Salt during the movie, reciting her lines. Violet Beauregard should have stuck to gum, because it sounds like she’s been smoking 2 packs a day for the last 40 years!
The chefs get to work, and Orlando is super excited because he gets an unlimited amount of chocolate to work with. I don’t know why I found that amusing. I was delighted by Carlos this episode, who not only brought my beloved snozzberry edible wallpaper to life, he also combined peanut butter and macaroons in the same dessert (angels singing!) If you know me, that’s just about heaven right there. Be on the lookout for a future post where I totally copy him.
Again, Craig has no idea what he is doing. How did he get on this show? Sometimes I think I’m better in the kitchen than Craig. Craig decides to make the giant gummy bear from the movie, and it keeps falling apart.
Johnny comes in to check on the action and he is all smiles. I’ve never seen Johnny smile so much! I love it. He’s actually quite attractive when he’s being nice. Melissa is all smiley and giggly around Johnny, and it is so refreshing to see her not scowling. However, Johnny drops a bomb in the kitchen: Two chefs are being sent home after the challenge. Everyone freaks out a little and Melissa goes back to her frown. Right before she makes some ugly green donuts on a plastic home depot pipe. In the end, Melissa and Craig go home, but not before Sally is warned that her “Oompah Loompah droppings” definitely did not cut it. I am looking forward to seeing what Sally can accomplish when she is not busy helping Craig, her protégé. Good decisions, judges!
Next week: Something with a waterpark and funnel cake
For today’s Just Desserts-inspired recipe:
2 cups frozen strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and cherries
2 tablespoons Kelapo Coconut Oil
Put all ingredients in a very powerful blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
– AM & JR