Hugh Acheson

Hugh Acheson recognizes the roller derby challenges obvious, er, challenges.

on Dec 26, 20120

They cook. It’s a pretty confining kiosk kitchen to work in. Brooke and Tesar are cooking well together, and we get to see the softer side of Jimmy Sears (Google that too). Josh says the never-to-be-repeated term, “hefty muffstaches.” Kristen is reminding Stefan that he is old. Pound for pound, they are all getting it done pretty efficiently. 

The real hurdle in this was coming up with a dish reflective of the skater’s name. Not easy doing tempura in a tiny fryer in a cold (it was pretty chilly that day) roller rink warehouse. Nor is it a given that teriyaki anywhere will be anything but boring, humdrum teriyaki. Sometimes it’s hard to win a hand when dealt cards like that.  

John and Brooke have made “fun in a bowl” and that is Thai Beef with Lobster Jasmine Rice & Thai Slaw. It was a great dish with layered flavors and spice. I love coconut milk and lime jousting with the richness of beef and lobster. It really rocked for roller rink food. 

Bart and Josie put up a Teriyaki Steak with Forbidden Rice, Beet Bllod and Green Papaya Salad. It was just a very strange dish with nothing really working together, and then it was all under the sticky spell of teriyaki sauce. Just not thought-through food. 

Lizzie and Micah put up what could have been an easy loser, but was a total winner. I really had my doubts, but the pepper was impeccably fried and just had great flavor. Plus, I have a soft spot for stuffed peppers, mostly jalapenos. 

Stefan and Kristen have made the most vile-sounding idea, which I am giving Stefan credit for: “Chicken Inside-Out.” The chicken eats corn, so there you have the corn puree. The chicken has liver. Then, the chicken has an egg inside her. Corn Puree with Chicken Liver and Fried Egg. It was fine. The corn puree was good, but the whole thing was just odd. As Tom said, it would have been nice to have some actual chicken on there. Sometimes dishes like this work (Paul’s bloody hand dish from last season), and sometimes they fail miserably. This one was in the middle between those extremes. 

29 comments
motherhubbard
motherhubbard

I checked out the menu at Belga Café today and think I need to set aside some time to check it out. Looks wonderful, and as someone who usually suffers through oversalted food, Bart's so-called underseasoning might be just what I'm looking for.

reggiedog
reggiedog

So going to miss smart Bart. He was goofy and embraced it. Watching will be far less fun. Do have one question though, I really have to wonder about the apparent 'lack' of seasoning comments this year. Since we don't eat the food don't know if there is no Salt & Pepper (or other herbs?) or just not enough. I'm from the US & lived in Canada for 3 years. Every time I cameo home I found everything everywhere was over salted. I hope Tom & the other judges palates haven t gotten used to that. By example making a beautiful steak does require S & P but how much I'm sure varies from person to person. Maybes it'd be fun to have a quick fire with Salt 'N Pepa and have it about seasoning?

tervito
tervito

First of all, I would like to thank Top Chef for bringing cooking back to the show! And for mostly sidelining the bad behavior. I do believe that Top Chef Texas will long be remembered as the lowest point in the show's history (even if the eventual winner was one of the best ever). And now wackadoodle calls (so far) at judgment table. And it's great to have Stefan back -- I love his upfront personality and he's very sexy. 

tommy1
tommy1

You are such a jerk, nobody cares what you think and why they have you on the show at all is beyond my comprehension!!!

 

tehbyco
tehbyco

Josie "may be getting on some people's nerves?" I'd have left her in that mud acre; planted there like the tree she is. She should make a new sweatband with the word "Bark" on it.

 

Curse of curses: "I've made [destined-to-fail-dish] hundreds of times.

 

Word to the chefs [belated]: do not stand next to Josie when it's time to pick teams if you want to avoid being on the same team as her. Restaurant Wars are coming.

 

 

bernie_b
bernie_b

Hugh, I wish you would make a Top Chef video on how to properly prepare grits.

shysharon
shysharon

Questions:

Is Stefan Finnish or Finnicky?

How is Micah a Pastor's son and Kosher? Did I mis something? I get his mother may Jewish, but kosher marrying a Pastor? And staying Kosher? That's new!

Did Josie say boring isn't namecalling?

Really, you weren't watching Padma? Even I was watching Padma!

CyndiN
CyndiN

Please please, to whoever is responsible for the Top Chef blogs, please stop giving away the person who goes home in the title.  This has happened at least twice this season so far.  My shows are on the DVR and I don't always watch them the same day they air.  The blogs come through on my RSS feed and it's no fun to find out the conclusion before I get to watch the episode.  It's called a spoiler for a reason!  Spoilers don't belong in the title!  Thank you.

jerseygirl_aatrh
jerseygirl_aatrh

Bart was the right choice to send home, but it would have been nice not to have to hear Josie yammering on and on anymore.  

 

Come on, getting drunk and being confrontational? Does Josie think she signed up for an MTV reality show?  Her constant need to draw attention to herself has annoyed me to no end and last nights drunk temper tantrum in the house was the last straw.  I look forward to the day she is booted off the show.  That way the viewers can hate on proper villains like Tesar and Stefan.   

 

 

 

motherhubbard
motherhubbard

Hugh—

No thanks to Finland for Jan Sibelius? Amazing composer and likely Finland's biggest claim to fame, although Stefan might feel otherwise.

Grandmastephanie
Grandmastephanie

Wow Teemu Selanne, he is way to good to be in the same sentence and Stefan.

domynoe
domynoe

Every season the house picks someone to trash on, and it's almost always the most gregarious of the group. Get over it guys. She's outgoing and energetic. And she's right, you all were boring at the game.

dput29
dput29

"This kind of behavior only makes Stefan stronger",  haha, perfect.

 

motherhubbard
motherhubbard

I fell asleep right after John and Brooke were announced as the winners and didn't see who got PYKAG'd, but I was sure it would be Josie. However, I'm not surprised Bart got the axe, much as I like him.

 

Back in season 2, I actually liked Josie. Guess she wasn't around long enough to show all the unpleasant flaws in her personality. I now find myself begging the TV to show me her elimination already.

Vic2012
Vic2012

Wondered from the beginning why Josie was chosen to come back, maybe it was because she was one of the few willing? Can't imagine her winning a hidden cookoff between willing participants. I can totally see that with CJ and Stefan, not Josie. They could have done better. She wasn't that bad until Josh and Co. pointed out her obnoxious laugh, now everytime I hear it I am annoyed, thanks a lot Josh.

Even though CJ came across as overconfident and that was kind of irksome, and Carla was just crazy,  I am totally done with Josie. Pretty sure she hasn't won anything, can't remember her winning anything in her original season, ready for her to go.

TondalayoSchwartz
TondalayoSchwartz

I didn't have a chance to watch the show, and since I don't mind spoilers, and do enjoy a bit of snark after lights out, I'm here.  Were the final teams on the bottom Sheldon and Josh against Bart and Josie?  Alas, I am sorry Bart had to tilt against the CJ windmill.  

I promise to watch this episode tomorrow on the DVR.  And then I'm going to look for a mall with tempura Snickers.  

PaulainVA
PaulainVA

Really fun episode.  I feel exactly the same about Bart.  I think he is a lot better chef than he showed at the roller rink.  Josh is really starting to grate.  If he and Josie don't go home soon, it's gonna be a long competition.

cutetay7
cutetay7

They think that yelling at a roller derby match is obnoxious? Why? If they were watching football I bet they would yell for their team. Those douche bags were out of line for getting angry be causing Josie was yelling at a sporting event

pxanon
pxanon

 @tommy1 OMG, I love Hugh! I love all the judges, to be honest, but Hugh is my favorite. Having worked in restaurants for the past decade, I'm a fan of the show knowing the sort of background that isn't truly exposed on the show--how restaurants actually work which can't be replicated in these crazy challenges, not even the regular "make a restaurant for us" challenge, because, you know, pop-ups assembled in a day don't count--and Hugh feels like the person that best represents the real-life / real-world aspect of how restaurants work. He has the sort of cynicism that comes with dealing with the craziness of hectic restaurant work and just generally unbalanced people (who would want to work in a kitchen--all those hours with little reward?!? CRAZIES), and he says the things that I'm often thinking about these people. Maybe I'll move to ATL and get a job at his place. I'm more than qualified, Hugh. (I'm FOH, though)

 

:)

motherhubbard
motherhubbard

 @tommy1 I would thank you not to speak for all of us. That's the true mark of a jerk.

PaulainVA
PaulainVA

 @shysharon

 There are Christian sects that also consider some foods "unclean", based on interpretation of New Testament text.  It's not just a "jewish thing".  Shellfish are scavengers, like alligators, hyenas, buzzards, catfish, and many other animals that can safely ingest bacteria dangerous to man.  I have read of lobster and shrimp removing cholera from saltwater ponds.

americancurse
americancurse

 @motherhubbard I think the aforementioned Teemu Selanne is Finland's biggest claim to fame. Either him or Linus Torvalds. 

ATLFoodie
ATLFoodie

Disagree.  When she put on the eyeblack, she had a game plan to be the center of attention - no matter what.  So what if the other chefs were boring, there was no excuse for her acting like an idiot at game.  

 

She should have ignored them and just had fun. But, unfortunately, that's not her way.   

motherhubbard
motherhubbard

 @Vic2012 I think there was a certain feeling that Josie never got a proper chance in season 2 since she was taken down in a double elimination with her teammate—and it was only a double elimination—in the Social challenge—because things got so fouled up in the previous challenge—Camp Glucose—that no one was eliminated.

 

However, she's now proved—to me, anyway—that she's simply not Top Chef material.

motherhubbard
motherhubbard

 @Vic2012 She did win the dumpling Quickfire, which saved her when she screwed up the turkey.

Vic2012
Vic2012

 @cutetay7  I've gone to many, many sporting events, and while there is nothing wrong with passionate fans, every now and then, there is that one person that is hooting and hollering in the most obnoxious way imaginable, and I just want to knock them out. Josie fit that description at the game.

shysharon
shysharon

 @PaulainVA I understand all that, but Christians don't call it Kosher, Jews do.

Vic2012
Vic2012

you're right, she did win the dumpling QF, which sparked the QF debate about whether or not immunity should just be cut out  completely since she cooked the challenge losing dish for her team and should have definitely been sent home.  @motherhubbard