Amos Hayon, pastry chef at Lola in Great Neck, was triumphant in last night’s episode of “Sweet Genius” on Food Network, taking home the $10,000 prize. (Read more about the show here.) How much fun it was to see one Israeli-born pastry chef (host-judge-villain Ron Ben-Israel) meet his match with a younger Israeli-born pastry chef (Hayon).
''Sweet Genius” is modeled on the network’s “Chopped” — four contestants are winnowed down to one over the course of three challenges. For each challenge, the contestants must employ two mystery ingredients and produce a dessert inspired by a theme.
I was a little nervous when, for the first challenge (mystery ingredients: salt and vinegar potato chips and Brie; inspiration: high heels), Hayon put a whole lot of frozen stuff, plus a slice of Brie, in a jar and topped it with cotton candy in an attempt to convey the idea of “drag queen.” But he stayed in the competition and vanquished the three other contestants with, finally, a chocolate dessert inspired by a masquerade mask that had to include candied apple and wheatgrass. Let’s hope that doesn’t show up at Lola any time soon.
If you missed last night’s episode it will be rebroadcast on Oct. 6 at 11 p.m., Oct. 7 at 2 a.m., Oct. 9 at 5 and 11 p.m., and Oct. 11 at 2 p.m.
Pictured above: Amos Hayon, pastry chef at Lola in Great Neck