Hugh Acheson

Hugh Acheson comments on the mayhem that is creating a restaurant in a day.

on Aug 21, 20130

Blue Team gets called first, and they are tops. David excelled in the front, and the team delivered a good product, despite the chaos that Sang was trying to create in the back of the house. Burke’s panna cotta, though a touch heavy on the spices, was still loved. The salmon by Keane was revered, and it exemplified L.A. well. Sue’s salad had an AOC feel and brought that California cuisine thing. Sang’s beef and broccoli may be the only dish ever that was made better by his service bitterness…. Usually, you can taste that in the food. Go big blue. Sang wins the money, too. $10,000 for the Worldwide Orphan Foundation.

Team Red, maybe Orange -- I can’t tell -- is the team in Loserville and having to explain themselves. They had sous chefs and everything. Jennifer’s soup was too thick with the tahini being too omnipresent, and the salad was busy blend. Jennifer is taking the criticism well, though, and nodding a lot. Neal is accused of having made a NY steak in an L.A. challenge, and not really bringing much pizzazz to the plate. Lynn’s brownie is judged to be too decadent. Bryan’s salmon is judged to be a winner, and Bryan has no idea why he’s saddled with these chefs. Can’t we just have a challenge of Bryan v. World? He’d probably win. 

So, Neal, has immunity, and Bryan ain’t going home so it’s between Jennifer and Lynn. Team Red-Orange is buffering themselves with wine for the impending firing squad. They talk about David Burke’s shoes to change the topic. 

Lynn goes back to her Ontario. She waves them farewell. 

Watch Battle of the Sous Chefs on Bravotv.com, and also follow me on Twitter (@hughacheson) where I talk about my bunions and onions. 

4 comments
motherhubbard
motherhubbard

I get the impression the others are dismissive of Bryan because he came out of regular Top Chef, so they consider themselves established and think of him as the new boy. Someone needs to have reminded the others that Bryan is a seasoned restaurateur with a solid stable of successful eateries.

shysharon
shysharon

I'm a little bummed about Lynn....I didn't see any wow plates from her....maybe this just isn't her thang....competing. I know she puts out some wonderful meals on Pitchin' In, but she's not competing with anyone...she's a delight. personality plus and seems very sweet and kind.

 

We'll miss you, Lynn!

Maya_Pendragon
Maya_Pendragon

Ooh yes! Please do let us have a challenge of Bryan vs the World. 

PaulainVA
PaulainVA

I, too, hate too much phone time, & texts even worse.  David Burke is a joy to watch; whether cooking, managing or coaching his peers.  He has coached some of these masters in competition; even when they may not realize what he is doing.   No wonder he is so successful.  It was also telling that while Sang was happy to curse and berate everyone within earshot; when David heard there was a beef and came back to ask "what's up?", Sang had nothing to say.  Always a bully, until presented with someone clearly above your level.  I am a tad disappointed to see several judges dismiss this management quality, as 'whatever it takes' to get a great meal to their table is ok with them.  Restaurant Wars always seems to bring out the real deal - good and bad.