Hugh Acheson

Hugh marvels at Nick's illness and recovery... from a safe distance.

on Nov 13, 20130

Green Team: Carrie, Nina, Stephanie, Carlos

Stephanie: Fried Baby Artichoke, Preserved Lemon, and Anchovy Aioli

Fancy. People like 'em. Even Tom likes 'em. 

Nina: Semolina Gnocchetti with Sausage

“Fancy Hamburger Helper. That sounds like an insult, but I like Hamburger Helper.” ‘Nuf said, cause they loved it. 

Carrie and Carlos: Summer Tiramisu with Nectarines, Pistachios, and Cheese

Trifle-esque. They love it, except Sue who can’t get over that it is not tiramisu.

 

Gray Team: Travis, Brian, Patty, Nick

Brian and Travis: Togarashi Fried Chicken with Bee Pollen and Ponzu

It’s a “chefs' potluck,” so bee pollen, check. Togarashi, check. Ponzu, check. Chicken is loved. 

Patty: Tomato Watermelon Salad, Szechuan Pepper, and Goat Cheese Espuma

Needed some spice. 

Nicholas: Barramundi and Red Drum Fricassee, Zucchini, Truffle, and Yuzu Kosho

Fish is bland. 

Travis and Brian: Caramel BBQ Ribs, Dehydrated Potatoes, Peanut Gremolata

No likey the rub. 

Everyone seems to have done quite well. No team really seems to have flopped. 

Gray is the bottom and they get called to the gallows. Patty underseasoned the salad and forgot the chili threads, Nicholas overcooked the fish, and Travis made weird ribs.

Green Team gets on top. They defined tiramisu is the only negative. Stephanie wins with her artichoke dish. She lets her hair down. Most improved indeed. 

Patty goes home. No luck in potluck. Teary-eyed, she leaves the stage. Keep your head high. Godspeed, Patty. 

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9 comments
katimaxr
katimaxr

Love Hugh's writing style! Very entertaining commentary on a fairly average episode.

delusional
delusional

Hugh,

I have love your blogs for the past years but don't often comment.  Enjoying your input on each episode and the wit always keeps me interested.  Keep on blogging and do that thing you do.  Also Kudos on your SNAP awareness.  As a personal chef in Fl, I also want everyone to be able to have good, healthy food even though a few bad apples get through.  I have seen many more success stories with the SNAP than failures so please everyone encourage your politicians to get on board.

If anyone doesn't appreciate your blogs, I call them jealous of your good looks, wit, talent and amazing feat of being shorter than Curtis.   Thanks,

ccdiva
ccdiva

The "Quick Fire Challenge" was a joke.  The winner won because the skin on the fish was nice crispy.  He admitted to the judge that the fish was already skin down when he landed on that spot.  

 

Dumb challenge, hope never to see it again.

robbiem
robbiem

Save us from this guy (Hugh).  Annoying in his confidence that he is witty (nothing more annoying than someone who is not funny and thinks he is), nasty in his comments about the chefs, and an all-around know-it-all.  He is the second worst judge ever on Top Chef--second only to that Toby guy who lasted one season for a good reason.  

travelinggirl
travelinggirl

Agree with you on the SNAPS. Verrrrry tired of the color-coded apron "team" challenges this season! Maybe they could have spiced things up by changing up the colors to red, gold and green and havong Kermit play Karma Chameleon as they cooked! ;-p

PaulainVA
PaulainVA

And the Captain Vietnam jokes continue!  Travis seems like a very nice guy, but he has an excuse for everything.  For an expert on Vietnamese food, he seems a little clueless sometimes.  Stephanie's artichokes were the dish I most wanted to actually taste.

prunesoup
prunesoup

 @robbiem you can be mostly saved from this guy if you stop visiting his blogs.  It seems as though you came here on purpose

PaulainVA
PaulainVA

 @robbiem Come on, Hugh's not nasty, just very, very dry!  It's called sarcasm; and he is very funny.  If you've ever watched the challenges where he interacts with the cheftestants you can see how much Hugh enjoys them.  His humor reminds me of my younger brother.

nobule
nobule

 @PaulainVA  @robbiem  I like Hugh's presence on the show as well.  He is very fair and refreshing in how he makes light jokes about everyone. The cheftestants (and judges) are often in a grim competitive mood so we need people like him to help lighten them up.  

 

Obviously he isn't always welcome when the mood is appropriately heavy, but he brings a lot to the table with his ability to see through the delusions, biases, and personalities of cheftestants and judges and make fun of them.