Hugh Acheson

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

on Jun 20, 20120

Onto the rice fields, where the chefs will have to plant rice in the muddy mass that rice thrives in. Jenna’s adrenaline is pumping like crazy. Nookie and John arrive first and take the shortcut, with Nookie falling into the rabbit hole and finding Wonderland. John has a nice chat with a scarecrow, and briefly considers swapping Nookie for the scarecrow, it being a much faster runner than the Nookie. 

Suddenly there is a lot of chatter about Jenna’s ankles. She and Nookie sound like an old couple running through an airport late for a flight: ”My ankles are killing me. I’m tired. Can we get a cheeseburger? Did you forget my foot cream?”

Jenna and Avery arrive last and they do look cranky. Avery is holding her tongue, but you can see that she is all boiling on the inside. Slayer’s "War Ensemble" is playing loudly in her head.  

Sport the war, war support 

The sport is war, total war 

When victory's a massacre 

The final swing is not a drill 

It's how many people I can kill

I am thinking happy thoughts about kittens and yarn and John.

Street cart food time and Nookie and John get double the budget and also get to sell two items. The losers, Avery and Jenna, get no heat to work with. 

In passing through the market, we see the strange fish tank that you dip your feet in. Elves, you missed a moment here to get Jenna’s ankles back on track. Avery has a tub of tiny poisonous eels all ready for Jenna. 

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.