The contestants are all at their stations feverishly icing, frothing, frying, and sprinkling when the doors to the dining room are opened and the guests start pouring in like hot fudge on a sundae. Morgan meets the judges first. Today they include the not-a-typo Dannielle from Daily Candy, Judge Johnny, and Jacques Torres, but you can call him Mr. Chocolate, you know, because you have to. Morgan serves them his fried pies and I want it now! Now! Heather C. and her mysteriously bandaged forehead offers bittersweet chocolate torte with a mini whoopie pie and now I want that. Jacques Torres has never had a whoopie pie before but still has the firmly held belief that Heather is doing it wrong. Baker Eric has an ancho cinnamon brownie and the other Heather has a dark chocolate mousse with grand marnier, and Zac is dusting his brownie sundae with disco glitter, which manages to make the brownie look completely gay, which I did not know was possible. The judges are impressed with Zac's wild and crazy glittery brownie sundae, but not so much with Eric's not at all decadent brownie. NOTE: NEEDS MORE GLITTER!
Tania is in tears over the texture of her mousse, which she denounces to the judges before they even take a bite. The judges don't like Danielle's freeform chocolate tart because it involves actual work to eat, which I think is clever because you can burn the calories while you eat them. It's like attaching a box of Krispy Kremes to the treadmill. The judges finally taste Tania's pastry mousse and instead of yearning for dessert carrots they just taste disappointment. Seth has a madras curry and chocolate palette and shattered raspberries. Yigit made a flourless chocolate genoise and a custardless ice cream, which apparently lacks custard, much to the consternation of the judges. Seth's palette (which is pronounced puh-LET, puh-lease) wows the tastebuds of the panel. But wait! There's more! Tim has made an all-chocolate tower of pleasure that is causing a ruckus of oohs and ahhs. Malika (the not gay divorcee) has managed to finish her dessert, which is a bittersweet (naturally) chocolate layer cake with braised cherries and nougatine. Last but not least Ericka has a chocolate banana crunch bar that excites Dannielle. Tim's cake is dense but tastes like chocolate, as does Malika's chocolate dessert. Gail heads to the vomitorium and we head into Judges' Table.
The chefs take their first turn in the Stew Room, but can't seem to locate the beer stash. Gail calls in Zac, Heather H., and Seth. Since this is the first time through this process, no one is quite sure what to make of it. Morgan, for example, knows as a god given fact that his dessert was better than any of those people. And he's from Texas! He knows stuff. Seth's curry chocolate raspberry brownie wowed Dannielle, who can't believe people eat chocolate and curry for dessert! Even though people have been doing it for years and she is supposed to be a trend spotter. Whatever. Heather wins! She is ecstatic, but with victory comes the heavy burden of naming the losers. Today the judges want the heads of Danielle, Tania, and Morgan. Yes, THAT Morgan.