Hugh Acheson

Hugh Acheson points out some missed opportunities for both the chefs and the producers.

on Jun 20, 20120

 

We wake up in Italy, but soon we fly to Asia. Nicole is getting no love for being the immune one last time, a condition that really saved her skin. Her steak was not very good and Nick went home because of it. No one is very enthused about that. 

They are traveling to Thailand, and upon landing get their first challenge. 

Three teams of two match up, but despite the fact that they have been running non-stop in this whole series, there is no natural inclination to pair up with the person who would be fastest. I think John, Nicole, and Liz look the most light of foot. Nookie and Jenna look like they feel gravity’s pull more than the rest of the group. 

The loser will be “left out in the cold.” Winner gets some advantage. 

Nicole tells her driver that she is from America, something most of us keep to ourselves when traveling throughout Southeast Asia. I will sell you a Canadian flag for your backpack. Three for $10. 

Avery is really tired. 

They all find the coconuts and balance those nuts to the grinding area. Nookie loses his balance and becomes the “Goofy American” story for years in Thailand. Nookie’s cardio work is pale compared to the Midwestern fitness of John. 

Avery and Jenna find out that cheating by adding the coconut water to the mass wil quickly catch them up. This cheat does not help though, and somehow Jenna turns into a puritan for the rest of the show, railing against any form of cheating or unethical behavior, all of which are wrapped up in a heavy Red Sox uniform with Postal on the back.

8 comments
Sephigirl
Sephigirl

Hugh - even my love of your snarkiness won't keep me watching. But I *love* your little aside to Curtis. JEZ112 has it - we're foodies and this doesn't cater to our addiction for food TV. Or our travel bug really. Jenna's comment at the temple reminded me of a Star Trek Next Generation episode where Commander Worf, in trying to be polite, flatly states "Nice house. Good tea."

JEZ112
JEZ112

Love your snowball theory quote... My own is, "The older I get, the less I care how big my bathrooms are."  Anyway, for those who enjoy the game aspect of this show, it certainly full fills.... But I think more of those who tune in want to see excellent Chefs cook excellent food in a variety of exciting cultures and be rewarded for it.  If this show does not stop trying to be a game (Survivor-esk) and change the judging back to those who have no stake in winning, the show will fail.  We are foodies, not adrenoline junkies.

tervito
tervito like.author.displayName 1 Like

This show merely picks up where Top Chef Texas left off. It takes Ugly Americanism to a new level. Every time the contestants pile out of the airport in a new city and start running around screaming, "I am American! Cater to me!" I just cringe.

 

Of course the show's premise is to blame, so I predict it will die a quick death. The show is already tiresome, with many of the most fascinating destinations yet to come. i don't care who wins at this point.

 

I guess no one has pointed out that none of the food establishments came close to breaking even, though Avery and Jenna came closest. The "secret ingredient" at this city was sorta ridiculous -- really, twice the ingredients? How could anyone possibly have beaten those odds.

 

Nookie and John get added to my list of chefs whose restaurants I will avoid.

janiblick
janiblick

I Like the show, although I think it rewards mediocrity. It isn't the best chef who ends up with a pile of money it is the best game player. That really bothers me a lot. I agree with Hugh about Curtis's disdainful look at Nookie. The rules set up the situation and you can't blame Nookie for taking advantage of it. I actually have more respect for Nookie because he did not bother to deny adding water to the juice. He is just playing by the rules right?

JantinaH
JantinaH

Oh that Nookie.  What a crafty guy.  Brilliant!  BTW, always love your blog and I do read it first.

tomp
tomp

Hugh, you're awesome. I now have a reason to check out the website. Thank god Jenna is off. Annoying hypocritical people make my food taste bad.

TopFanOTopChef
TopFanOTopChef

Hugh!  I just discovered that you are blogging about this show.  Yay!  I love your snarky sarcasm!  You say what 99% of the viewers are thinking, but you manage to do it in a creative way that makes me laugh out loud.  The way you pepper your articles with allusions from pop culture and academic trivia and everything in between is genius.  Keep up the fabulous work.  Now that I know you are here, I will visit back often.

 

About the show:  Based on comments, it looks like some people are not fond of the format.  Well, everyone is entitled to their own opinion.  I like the show.  The promotions clearly say that it is a GAME.  It is not a cooking contest like Top Chef (my all-time favorite show).  It is a game that has food / drink / cooking / chef elements.  So I think it is fun.  And it does have some of the touches that I like about Top Chef - like the interviews with the contestants.  Plus, I have learned more than one thing each time I watch.  I love the travel element, too.  I even like that the contestants vote each other off - it just adds to the fact that the show is a game.  I am on the side of the fence that says nothing needs to change on this show.

girloftheworld
girloftheworld

I miss Nick he reminded me of a young you( Hugh).

I think the main difference between the cocnutwater and what Nookie did was Avery was not giving something for sale and expecting people to consume it. 

If I was traveling there was noone there I would have rather had on my side than Jenna.