Hugh Acheson

Hugh Acheson loves hearing fellow chefs share their culinary stories.

on Feb 13, 20130

They wake up and talk about running, which is much easier than actually running. I find I talk about working out much more than I actually do it. Josh jokes that he signed up for the 5K but the season has evolved into a marathon. I saw Josh this past week and he looks like a new man with a super sweet and angelic baby girl in tow. Since that porcine-loving chef sat on that Juneau loveseat with the Mehenune, he has lost about 35 pounds.

In the episode at hand that cutie was still in the “on-the-way” stage, or at least for half of the episode she was… midway through, baby Georgia decided to make her debut. Sometimes TV just makes itself.  

Camry time to the highway helipad. Brooke has many fears but most of those fears pale in comparison to helicopters. Bravely, she’s going to face that fear as well. She straps into her seatbelt and clings onto Sheldon and Josh for dear life. They are her floaties. 

Golly, what a view. Unbelievable. Alaska really is bucket list material. 

Sheldon sees dogs and tundra and obviously wants to smoke a huge blunt. I think Sheldon has three degrees of separation from weed. I do not know the medicinal laws in Alaska but I would not recommend hampering advancement by getting a possession charge so close to the finale. 

They jump on the sleds pulled by some beautiful huskies and end up in front of Tom and Padma on a glacier. It’s a training camp for the Iditarod and the chefs will have to cook for the staff of the camp. They trudge through the snow and end up cooking in a tent. Halibut is happening for Brooke and Sheldon and obviously Josh is making breakfast, but he is concerned about time and scrambles the eggs instead of frying them. When problems arise, Josh scrambles. We saw that with the scallops on the big boat. 

21 comments
better
better

But, Brooke's got it made to win this easy ! Since shes anyway professionally a owner/ chef / & Etc.,...To review the next final shows nor is it Sheldon ?

natsilicious
natsilicious

" Yo, Elves, what is this Russian disco music in the background during Josh’s explanation?" - I thought the same thing.

 

Great episode. I'd rather this depth than last season's episode of survivor.

 

Hilarious account as usual from Hugh Acheson. I think he summed up the talent perfectly: Brooke with know plan seems to be at her best when Sheldon messes up.

 

They are both interesting to watch! I hope its Kristen that wins LCK.

AugustaGa
AugustaGa

This will get interesting with the chefs that will be coming back. I agree with what Hugh has indicated here that Brooke is good at making comfort food, I would question if she has the ability/experience to cut it in a full on cook out in the final

drdavidgalloway
drdavidgalloway

 

This is the first time I remember really liking all three of the final group. Each one is a great person and a great chef. I could not choose one that I wanted to lose, which is quite an accomplishment given some of the dregs from the past. Should be an interesting finale. Hugh you are always funny as hell and spot on. The chefs talking about their trajectory through life was inspiring. The young man who spoke of Emeril's role in saving his ass brought me to tears. Good television. Maybe the best season yet. Not tricky wacky stuff. Just cooking.

pk_sea
pk_sea

Sheldon and Jeramiah disappear for 10 minutes to evaluate their chronic problems.  Funny stuff.

chuckr
chuckr

As always, I enjoy your insight on the episode,  whether it is what you have written in the blog or what you say during the show.... you crack me up!

Holycrap
Holycrap

Love you Hugh...you crack me up!

jawmar
jawmar

Thanks Hugh, amusing as ever!

By the way, can you tell me when it became acceptable to eat off your knife in polite society?  If I see Padma licking food off of hers one more time I may have the vapors!  I've always been under the assumption it was a gross violation of etiquette.

better
better

Absolute truth she looks like a 'real-tripper ' she's in heaven, for may become a winner. To be gotten away onto vacation within snow team, or them too, for a camping adventure ! Summit in their future to become a winner in jackpot ! Try to let them act and as like an expedition group too !

JLN1925
JLN1925

Can someone tell me why there is a framed photo of Andy Cohen in Tom's walk in? It's hysterical.

Vic2012
Vic2012

Honestly I was done with Josh a few eps ago. Can always count on him to make a breakfast quickfire involving bacon, and then doing nothing in the elimination challenge. The one elimination he won was fried chicken, wasn't impressed at all. I like the guy, but he just shouldn't have lasted this long.

mum0672
mum0672

"Sheldon sees dogs and tundra and obviously wants to smoke a huge blunt."......hysterical!

motherhubbard
motherhubbard

 @drdavidgalloway Interesting. I started thinking my way through all the season finales, and tend to agree with you that this upcoming one is possibly the first without a "villain," or at least, a less viewer-friendly personality.

motherhubbard
motherhubbard

 @JLN1925 The photo of Andy Cohen has made an appearance in every episode this season. Kind of like Hitchcock appearing briefly in all his films, but not nearly as classy.

TChefAddict2012
TChefAddict2012

I agree.  And why would someone choose to be on Top Chef instead of seeing their child born?  Surely the timeframe was set beforehand-why not try out another season?  Saying "I wish I was there" and not meaning it b/c you'd rather be competing on a tv show is kinda lame.  He must have THE most understanding wife in the world.  But I still think it's a bit selfish.

AugustaGa
AugustaGa

I was assuming the chefs coming back would be Kristen, Sheldon and Brooke. I feel of the 3 they are playing Brooke as the favorite but from the food I have seen her cook I don't think she has the flair the other two bring to the table. I think it will be Kristen taking it by a narrow margin over Sheldon with Brooke last

AugustaGa
AugustaGa

I agree that there have been chefs that grate people the wrong way in the finals in the past, but not like the last season nor this season. Heather, Sara, John, and Josie all in the same kitchen would be pretty horrifying. I think the hope was that John would have made it to the final so that the good vs evil vibe still existed. I had watched plenty of Josie and John this season so I think I have had my fill of it.