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According to the purists, the best wrestling match ever, and I mean real professional wrestling (not that Olympic stuff), was “Nature Boy” Ric Flair vs Ricky, “the Dragon” Steamboat in 1989, to settle the NWA title. Long story short, Flair won and then got a beat down from his arch nemesis while walking to the locker room after the match. The essence of the bout was clear: two leotarded men faced off in the ring and one took more chances to win that title. Seize the day and all that.
In our culinary cage match this evening we have the very classic Kerry (Curtis uses the line “classical trained, maestro of modern American cuisine”!!! Wowza.) versus the season favorite Chris “the Spirited Savant” Cosentino. Somebody was on happy drugs when they wrote Curtis’ lines. No exploding cage match here, just a simple four-course dinner for a bunch of sanctimonious paid yelpers. I think you call them dining critics.
We get the standard prideful moments for Kerry and Chris for getting this far. They look tired but these armies of one will be armies of two. Enter sous chefs, Manfred for Chris and Nick for Kerry. Let the games begin.
The challenge has the sentimentality thing entwined in it, which is not my thing. The courses have to relate to letters: a love letter, a letter of apology, a thank-you letter and a letter to yourself. The latter is the one that confuses me. Do people often write themselves letters of positive affirmation to themselves?
You are rocking a good hair day today. I want you to put this moment in a snuggly. Keep on keeping on.
P.S. Your fly is open.”
Hugh, your blogs were hilarious and insightful. They are the only ones worth reading (sorry, Curtis, your comments are often so vacuous...)
IMHO, Too bad Kerry didn't win. Since when does "startling" food trump "delicious" food? He's one of the few qualified classically trained chefs I've seen on this show in a long time. I'm tired of the intellectualizing of food. Delicious and beautiful to look at always win, in my book.
Mr. Acheson your blog has been a pleasure to read all season. As usual, you entertain and educate. My "quick read" turned into Google searches, web articles on chefs and critics, and a Cajun/Creole cookbook now in my Amazon wish list. Thank you for being a thoughtful blogger; replying to questions and reflecting on what posters say (even when they sometimes seem a little too sensitive to your humor). Looking forward see you Nov 7 on Top Chef and can't wait til your next blog!
MZDLO75 I think he's serious and professional.. and likable. He certainly didn't pander to the camera in an idiotic and phony way like Lorena did.