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The Sugar Hooker falls in and out of love with a reality TV star on Top Chef: Just Desserts

The Sugar Hooker falls in and out of love with a reality TV star on Top Chef: Just Desserts

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Raspberry, panna cotta and linzer crust Courtesy of Bravo.com
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No need to be concerned about Rebecca Masson's injury: Our Houston contestant is still whipping, chopping and baking up delicacies in the Top Chef: Just Desserts kitchen.

This week's episode of Top Chef Just Desserts threw a couple of surprise cameo appearances at Masson — aka the Sugar Hooker. First up, Hugh Acheson from Top Chef Masters to judge the quickfire challenge.

"I am over-the-moon excited," Masson said during a video diary. "He's so cute!"

Chef contestants were challenged to create a diminutive dessert to inspire a new flavor of Extra ® Dessert Delights chewing gum (one of the show's sponsors). Masson's raspberry, panna cotta and linzer crust dessert, though pretty and petite, failed to impress Acheson's taste buds. He found fault with the overabundance of flavors and placed her dish at the bottom of the list, despite her earlier admission of admiration. (She told him, "You're one of my favorites on the Masters!")

The second challenge brought another cameo: Lisa Vanderpump from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, who asked the chefs to create a tablescape and six desserts to celebrate the second anniversary of her restaurant, Villa Blanca.

"Lisa's one of my favorite characters — she's actually really beautiful in person," said Masson, who apparently watches a lot of reality television. "Like, she's pretty on TV, but she's stunning in person."

For this challenge, the chefs split into two teams. Masson created chocolate beet cake with cream cheese and orange sauce, as well as a rhubarb rose crisp with crème fraiche sherbet. The latter was meant to mimic a dessert crumble that Vanderpump liked to make for her daughter, Pandora — and turned out to be the group's favorite of the evening.

Masson's culinary skills couldn't save her whole team though. The judges reprimanded them for sloppy decorations and a couple of sub-par dishes, and ultimately let one of her teammates go. By the end of the episode, Masson had changed her mind about one thing.

"That Hugh guy? Yeah, he's not my favorite anymore," Masson said.

The jury is still out on whether it was his sharp tongue or his unibrow that did the trick.