'Top Chef: Just Desserts' recap: Haute Messes

Some words and phrases can strike fear in the heart of any Top Chef contestant. Think restaurant wars, Toby Young and the almighty souffle.

Yes, although it may look all sweet and gooey, the temperamental souffle is, to those who attempt to make it, the spawn of the pastry devil himself. It takes serious skill to pull one off perfectly; my own efforts in this arena turned out to be an utter, utter disaster -- egg-white peaks didn't form, texture resembled meatloaf -- but it's not only amateurs who've been slayed by the souffle. You may remember Carla's cheese variation that never made it to the table in the season five finale of Top Chef, or season 4's Eric who created one to confusing effect using pepperjack cheese.

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