Hugh Acheson

Hugh Acheson weighs in on Stefan's sexist comments.

on Nov 21, 20120

The dumplings fling on by, with Bart making regal fried hair dumplings and Kristen making Nepalese momos. Tesar makes something unpronounceable that my kids keep repeating in a potty humor marathon: “Kroppkaka. Kroppkaka.” This word should not get into the hands of a third-grade class in the USA, as all cultural understanding will be lost and be replaced with fart jokes. Nudie or Gnudi dumpling from Brooke, named by Dana. Alas, Brooke has no wrapper. I have no filter. All good. Micah went all out and is very confident again. He is consistently confident. 

Josie wins with her Korean Mandu dumpling. I could eat that. Immunity is granted from the immediate further proceedings. 

Turkey day meal for charity. Gray team vs. Red Team. Emeril and Tom are going to be leading the teams and guiding them on their versions of the holiday spread. For Tom that means Italian fresh, and for Emeril that means Nawlins’ delights. Padma quotes Arnold and everyone is giddy. 

Carla tells about struggles with sexism in the kitchen and Stefan classily responds with, “That’s why I left Europe… European women.” He insinuates that Carla’s ex is a mafiaso, and naturally a national T.V. show is the most anonymous place to do this.

The judges help the teams out for a while cooking and planning, and then the teams pack up for the meal leaving their judges to dress in civilian garb to pass judgment. 

Gumbo, dressings, raviolis, whipped potatoes, spicy turkey, Bam powder, and desserts abound. Stefan is on a landgrab mission and doing his thing. He’s aggressive until you actually defend, and then he recoils.  

Josie’s turkey gets all burnt, up but it’s like a blackened turkey, pink and raw in the center. Yummy. Kuniko is running behind, and we hear about Tyler’s battle with alcoholism. In all seriousness, I wish him the best of luck and strength in that battle. It’s a malaise in our industry and has taken out many a great chef. I had a soft spot for him before cause he just speaks his mind, but now I find myself holding pompoms and cheering whenever he comes on-screen. 

Tom and Emeril come in and conduct a turkey inspection. Tom spits out the gumbo. Emeril does the spice dance. DO NOT TASTE CARLA’S SOUP. She’s a little defensive and tries to attack Stefan’s hairless head. 

13 comments
LouiseA
LouiseA

Up until last season I loved Top Chef. I cannot stand Stefan and couldn't wait for him to be off last season, now he's back. If he is not thrown off in the next week I'll be saying goodbye to the show. I can't imagine the producers would put up with someone prejudiced against people for their race, but apparently being rude and insulting to women is acceptable. I do not watch any show that appears to support discrimation, and I will stop watching this if Stefan continues. NOT FUNNY or ENTERTAINING!

sdal26
sdal26

One thing I have to say about Carla's comment of "being strong".  Quite the contrary, being strong is being the calm in the storm, respected, whose leadership and opinion is valued.  NOT a frantic chicken with its head cut off, yelling and screaming at everyone in its path.  Puh-lease.  And someone oh someone tell her to put up her freaking hair.  Does she think it looks cute?  Its disgusting.  If it doesn't fall in someone's food would be a miracle. 

matilda.andersson.984
matilda.andersson.984

Kroppkaka should be served with melted butter, maybe some cream and lingonberry jam. The lingonerry jam is a must. I'm not overly found of kroppkaka in the first place, but having it with béchamel sauce sounds horrible. Literally translated kroppkaka means bodycake...

singingscallops
singingscallops

The history of TC demonstrates that you should never allow the one with immunity to have the greater responsibility if the challenge involves a team.  For instance, if the challenge is Restaurant Wars, and such an individual is on your team, you make him or her front of house, definitely not head chef.  I had a strong feeling that team grey would fall as soon as Josie was allowed to cook the bird.  Had this team done a better job, Kuniko's neck may never have been exposed.

Sabayon
Sabayon

Hugh, I love your witty and insightful comments!

 

I am always confused by those posters who comment on food they haven't tasted!

 

Stephan has shown himself (in a past season and at his restaurant) to be a talented chef, but he seems to be continuing in his goal tof elevate offensive comments to an art form.

 

Doesn't Josie own an instant-read thermometer?

 

Carla may have mad skills, but who wouldn't get sensory overload from her constant chaotic verbal spewing in the kitchen?

 

Looking forward to the rest of the season.

grassrox
grassrox

Hugh, why is Stefan even on the freakin' show (. . .or Josie or the lurch for that matter) for another season?  I can't wrap my head around it.  My darling Kuniko, who clearly was a STRONG contender for the title this season, would most assuredly be coming back for another episode had the dynamic not been butchered by this injection of stale, now ex-losers.   Of course I can't say for certain that my favorite contestant since Nyesha Arrington would not have been eliminated regardless, but I can state with certainty that the dynamic changed. Therefore we know the draw of the quickfire would have been different, and the elimination challenge dishes, or the contestants preparation of them(or both) would have been different. 

 

Life's not fair, neither is Top Chef.

Pharmachick
Pharmachick

Wonderful blog (again) Mr. Acheson. I really enjoy your pithy and funny insights ... keep it up!

Vic2012
Vic2012

Bad ending to an otherwise good episode. This season has me worried in the sense that the judges will keep the pretenders around for too long just because of the drama, ala season 4. Carla won the challenge? Yeah right, the reason gray team lost was because of the turkey, the reason red team won was because of the turkey. If the turkeys were switched Carla's carrot soup wasn't going to save the day. CJ led the team to victory and made the winning main course, he is the winner.

 Kuniko helped everyone, especially John, and she goes home, while John rips her. Sad. This is why immunity needs to be completely cut, Chef Tom flat out said Josie deserved to go home, yet she is still on the show. Ominous start to season 10.

cindy.daft.3
cindy.daft.3

 @grassrox I agree with you wholeheartedly. I love top chef because I get to watch chefs I have never seen before showcase their talents. These three chefs have had their chance and they didn't make it to the end. Their storylines and dramas are distracting and irrelevant. Bad decision, producers. This season will not be as enjoyable as seasons past. Maybe you could stage an entire season with these contestants and call it "Top Chef Has Beens"

lkbrose
lkbrose

 @Vic2012 I totally agree. CJ's turkey and stuffing was awesome.  I want elimination to go away.  Josie lost for her team...

jeff.mabbutt.5
jeff.mabbutt.5

 @Vic2012 Judges have never kept anyone around for any reason other than the food. Everyone who has ever been invited to guest judge on the show and spoken of it afterward agrees that the judging is absolutely scrupulous about being about the food made that day and that's all.

motherhubbard
motherhubbard

 @lkbrose  @Vic2012 I'm thinking you mean "immunity" rather than "elimination." Or do you want to see 18 chefs all season long?

parker85
parker85

 @jeff.mabbutt.5  @Vic2012  in past seasons they have kept chefs around b/c of potential rather than the food or challenges. Think of Ken in the first episode of the entire show, Frank's elimination in season 2 (he was the "sacrificial lamb"), Howie in the first episode of season 3 (he didn't complete the challenge) and even Michael Voltagio  uring the infamous pancetta wrapped halibut episode where he probably should have gone home but was reprieved b/c everybody knew that he was the best chef that season and he was screwed by the electricity going out.