Hugh Acheson

Hugh ponders the finale's classic chef vs. bravado chef and admits which dishes he wishes he could have made.

on Sep 26, 20120

Prep. Kerry has the lead and seems in good shape. Chris finally shows up and is bragging on his purchases. He begins to make morcilla, or blood sausage. It can be a tricky thing, that morcilla, and we later see those links bursting at the seams. Can’t rush the sausage. Curtis drops by and sings “The Letter.” Have you all ever seen Joe Cocker do that song? Truly killer. Leon Russell is stoned to the gills but rockin out in his own special way and Joe is positively losing it. Amazeballs. I think I account for at least ¼ of those YouTube views. Cmon, it’s an Alex Chilton song. Enjoy.

Pack up prep and get some dinner but the surprise is that Curtis has invited the chefs to the suite life. The Cosmopolitan never hooked me up in that one, but their regular suites are purely amazing so no matter. One fine hotel.

This is like dinner with the blond bombshell is like an homage to Curtis’ original show where he picks up the ladies at the grocery store and shows them how to butter their toast. To make it more authentic I am going to dress up like Marco Pierre White and scream at him from across the suite. Google that my peeps. There is nothing like a crazed, screaming, British chef to lighten up a dinner party, just ask that other British chef, whose name rhymes with Gordon Ramsey. He’s built an Empire on it.

Fish, foie, and that’s it. The shortest tasting menu ever. Everyone seems happy though.

Dinner time for realz.

Chris’s menu:
Beef Heart Tartare, Foie Gras, and Puffed Beef Tendon
Scallop, Pancetta Piana and Sea Urchin
Trippa Napolitana
Blood Sausage, Poached Oysters, and Egg

Kerry’s menu:
Scallop and Spot Prawn "Koren Jjigae"
Flan of Sugar Snap Peas with Prosciutto, Morels, and Chervil
Branzino with Clam Ragout and Mustard Greens
Dry Aged "Cote de Boeuf," Short Ribs with Swiss Chard and Fennel Gratin

6 comments
hilbert
hilbert

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.

TCMfan
TCMfan

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
MZDLO75

Kerry, just doesn't appear as a likeable person.  

shysharon
shysharon

I don't think there's any love lost between the 2, after seeing them last night on WWHL!

coreslogic
coreslogic

Thanks for the must-read blog all through the season.

 

I'll watch Top Chef just because you are one of the judge.  The show is going downhill.

hilbert
hilbert

 @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.