Why Top Chef: Just Desserts Was A Bittersweet Pill: Producers on the Problem with Pastry

Contestants on Top Chef have forever been plagued by the dessert course. Somehow, it never works out quite right. Timing was off. Chocolate didn't set. Sorbet didn't freeze fast enough. Why not do a show about chefs who specialize in that kind of confectionery magic? Why not honor the skill it takes to whip up a meal's grand finale? What could go wrong?

"Delightful desserts, a delightful cast, we thought it was going to be all laughs and fun, fancy-free all day long," Dan Cutforth, executive producer of the Top Chef franchise, said. Only it was the opposite that came true: "It turned into this crazy war zone."

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