Kerry has an ode to his family and Cape Cod. It’s a branzino with clam ragout and mustard greens. Chow Jane likes Kerry’s dish
John Curtas continues the trend of men as critics being complete douchebags when he rails against Chris’ egg dish but don’t you worry, Lam has is playing contrarian and gives Chris’ dish a resounding thumbs up as a retort to the douchebag’s comments. We like Francis. I like the egg dish. Gutsy.
Kerry’s final dish looked a lot like a dish I would think through (we are very similar in style) and then not pull off as well as I would have liked to. How’s that for honesty? I think he probably feels the same way. It’s good but maybe not a winner winner chicken dinner.
This is kind of a matter of classic chef vs. bravado chef, which is a very interesting idea and one that we see a lot in the bizness. I am in the middle. I think there is room for both on the spectrum of restaurants and chefs that are sheer awesomeness.
Guts prevailed. $141000 for MJFox Foundation. We have a winner. Both gents should be very proud of how far they got.
Great season. Fun. Great cooking. Good peeps.
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This is a good conversation and one important to our restaurant landscape.
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.