The chefs rush back to the kitchen to prepare their plated "special" desserts. Sally serves a white chocolate espresso mousse stuffed inside a chocolate sphere that kind of looks like it was swiped from the set of Phantasm, but in a good chocolatey way. She served her sphere with a chocolate
cremeux pudding, cashew noguatine and white coffee ice cream. It is dedicated to her mother and sister because she only has a career to come home to at night and Top Chef likes us to be aware that we can't have it all unless you're a guy with a very understanding and supportive wife who chooses to compete on a reality show instead of staying home with his sick newborn.
Matthew's dessert is complicated and he is sweating as the waiters come in to take the dessert plates out. Matthew cleans himself up and heads out to present his plated dessert to the maddening mob of culinary professionals. His dessert was inspired by his wife and daughter and is meant to look like a playground. There is a dark chocolate flourless cake, a raspberry mousse, pecan streusel, and milk ice cream strewn about the plate playfully. In theory the judges like the play between milk and cookies, but it leaves the judges craving a chocolate chip cookie, which is clearly the worst thing that could ever happen ever.
Chris hits the kitchen running to get all his components on the plate. His lack of speed won't be the thing holding him back from winning this competition. Chris' plated dessert has an almond cake with a banana caramel and banana ice cream and mango sauce and, dude, you're not serving desserts for Mookie the Monkey's first birthday party at the local zoo. Then he explains to the judges that he made this dessert at a previous competition and his wife loved it even though they were just dating. And girls would never ever lie to a guy they were dating. Snerk. Anyway neither the judges nor I see the connection between the dessert, his family, and can't figure out why he didn't mention the pre-surgery baby, because, seriously, tell the tear-jerking back story whenever humanly possible and especially right before judgement.