I was watching Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend today. In the third episode, the theme of the competition was pastry, and the key ingredient they had to use was milk.
This site's pastry tag says that "pastry dough is made of fat, flour and a thin liquid. It is typically light and flaky with a tender inside." Wikipedia defines pastry as "baked food made with a dough of flour, water and shortening." That is what I have always understood by the word "pastry".
However, in the episode, only three of the ten dishes had any dough at all. One of those dishes was pasta and another involved an ice cream cone, neither of which I think are really pastry. Mostly they were making custards and ice cream and the like. There were a couple dishes where the judges said, "we're not sure if this quite meets the pastry criteria", but for several of the dishes they all seemed to agree that they were eating "pastry", even when there was no dough involved. For one of the dishes, the chef said, "I have made three pastries", where one of the "pastries" was a caramel candy and another was milkshake.
It seemed pretty clear that they meant something very different by "pastry" than the definitions I'm familiar with. But then again, I think of pastry in the context of baking, and this was a cooking show, not a baking show.
Is there another definition of "pastry" in use in the cooking world that I'm unaware of?