Hugh Acheson

Hugh Acheson is ready to take on both Dana Cowin and Tom Colicchio.

on Oct 14, 20130

The above quote was uttered by Cobra Commander (from G.I. Joe). This has nothing to do with anything. 

There is wallpaper at Commander’s Palace that is pictures of birds. It’s beautiful, but to make it even more stunning there are also stuffed birds mounted to the walls that make the wallpaper look 3D. This is a strange thing to try to understand when you are three drinks into a fancy meal. Do not go to Commander’s Palace on acid. The birds would be way too much to deal with. 

Commander’s is an icon. From K-Paul to Emeril, Jamie Shannon to Tory McPhail, the chefs parade through that kitchen has been nothing short of amazing. I took my family for a birthday dinner there, and we had such an amazing time. It’s service beyond compare with food to match. Oh, and the wine list is killa. It is a seminal place. You should go.  

Stew Room time. Light blue apron Bret, who we have not seen much of yet this season, wanted a “group leader” to guide the previous challenge. He says “group leader,” and I think of Star Wars. I have no idea why. Nick gets his panties in a wad at Bret, and shows his first emotions. He is in a bit of a mood cause his friend and colleague from Philly, Jason, was shunted off. Surfer boy is gone. Long live surfer boy. 

Louis calls his son to brush up on family time. He laments his place in the industry, pointing out that by this point in time he had planned to have his own spot and be higher up the ladder, but his life diverted to having a family and whatnot. Being a father with a loving family is much more of a life achievement than owning your own place. Trust me, Louis, you’re gonna do great in this world. Just keep doing what you are doing and season your fish well. 

To the Quickfire we go, and for this one we will have Dana Cowin and Emeril tag along with Padma to analyze food trendz, or more specifically Dana’s least favorite bandwagons of the last five years. Evidently, if you want to win Best New Chef don’t make Dana Cowin a kale salad with a smoked egg and bacon. Carrie doesn’t want to pull the wool over Dana’s eyes but is knitting a hostage hood just in case. She looks like a knitter. 

To clarify, Dana is tired of everything having an egg on top of it. She is so over smoked food in general. She finds bacon’s starring role needs to be cut. And kale is her greenemy (green+enemy). 

7 comments
artfulhome
artfulhome

Great post, as always. You have become my favorite judge on TC, in no small part because of your crazy great blogging. Thanks!!

loladanger
loladanger

Hugh, you entertain the heck out of me.

alphonse
alphonse

Hugh love your blog. Always insightful and funny. It seems like a bunch of Cheftestants are overmatch, and don't really belong here. It seems like a weak year. Once they are weeded out, the cream will rise to the top. Can't really tell yet who is above all the rest. 

 

Sherridan
Sherridan

You sure can write. I love reading your blogs and always want more.

 

I wasn't so sure when "I met you the first time" on Masters but "Hugh" have won me over.

 

I would love to go to Commander's Palace. Heck, I want to go to New Orleans.

 

And Surfer Boy didn't bother me. In fact I really like this entire group this year. Nina seems scary good so far.

Mielegirl
Mielegirl

What a great challenge!  I want to go to Commander's Palace now and try that veal chop!  It looked wonderful.

Great blog.

jrichview@hotmail.com
jrichview@hotmail.com

Hugh, well said about Bret. Sometimes I think you are a little hard on the chefs when you judge, but in this episode you clearly appreciated the stunning difficulty of that challenge.  At least it seemed that difficult to me.  Maybe a trained/experienced professional chef would have the skills to pull that task off, but add in the time limits and having to jockey for position in the kitchen with all the competitors....just seemed crazy hard.

 

Carlos knew he overdid the heat, but commented that he had no way to go back and fix it. I was puzzled.  Can't he recognize then back off the heat, thus only ruining the first portions?  It's hard to tell when you can't taste/smell the food, but I have a good feeling about that chef.  Maybe it's just that he reminds me of Benicio Del Toro, but I'm glad he didn't go home.

greysalton
greysalton

Michael seems to want more than his  fifteen minutes of fame. He is getting boring. Loved the show, the food at Commanders looks awesome.