Hugh Acheson

Hugh Acheson explains why the mentor challenge was so important.

on Sep 19, 20120

Lorena and Francis have made similar dishes of swiss chard and chicken and cream that are deemed good, but both are inherently sauces more than dishes. When the pasta water don’t boil there will be no pasta. Though Curtis likes the duo of dishes, it’s not a concept that will end up as a Savory Mexican Smoothie© flavor at Taco Bell. Essentially, Lorena and Francis have created identical twins that wear different colored sweaters, like Ronde and Tiki Barber.

Let’s remember that Kerry is not the greatest communicator. And Ruth is a good talker but probably not the best listener (in her defense, I am also kind of like that… working on listening). Can I haz sautéed chicken with chard… again? The plates look very different, and though they taste pretty spot-on, they are not going to win this thing with the real variance. Curtis thinks that Ruth’s chicken is better. Kerry laughs his “I am so angry” laugh. This is about getting the plates as close to identical as possible, and Kerry and Ruth have created fraternal twins, one of whom is a professional chef while the other is a frustrated beat poet with a penchant for cookery.  

Winner winner prawn dinner. Cash to the Fox Foundation. My inner bookie is thinking that unless Chris falls down on his head, he will emerge victorious in this whole season.

Cooking school challenge? I like it. Being a chef is so much more than just cooking. I put it like this: our job is to inspire people to love the work, love the repetition, love the menial task, love the endless learning. Cooking is rarely about the limelight and the accolades; you need to love to cook to be in this business. Inspiring, teaching, demanding, lauding and challenging people is the hallmark of a great chef. 

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I'm with you, Hugh, I loved this elimination challenge.  It was so interesting to see the chefs' different mentoring styles.  While watching, I really thought Kerry was doing the "in it for myself" thing, but in the end, he did win.  And his students seemed to feel like they really learned a great deal.  So I revised my opinion.  I really admired Chris' style, though, and would have liked him to be my mentor.  He really took the teaching element seriously.  Lorena did very well, too.

  She seemed very patient with her students and seemed to enjoy teaching.

 

Loved the quickfire, too.  So fun to see the critics as the "mystery cookers."  One of the most enjoyable episodes this season!