Hugh Acheson

Hugh imagines Justin as a child training for this exact scenario and distracting Travis with eagles.

on Dec 5, 20130

We open with Carlos making his famous sealable plastic bag salad with positive affirmations. It is good for all occasions.

Restaurant Wars is meant to show you the very condensed version of opening a restaurant. Everything goes wrong when you open a restaurant. It just is a clusterfuck beyond compare. But in 42 minutes of television we bring you a very annotated version of that stress. They will break into two teams, shop and conceive a menu, they will build a kitchen and design the dining room, and they will nominate a GM and Exec Chef to fulfill the typical leadership roles of a restaurant. Usually you find the micromanagers with palpable egos running for the leadership positions, or sometimes it's just people vying for the Exec Chef role because that's what they feel most comfortable doing. This is a tale of the latter.

"What is going on right now?" You, dear chefs, are getting Chang'd. David walks in and war is declared.

The chefs schism into two groups, purple team naming theirs "Fin" and green team dubbing their concept "Found." Did the names have to begin with the letter F? How about fool, flounder, fossil, fester or fingerfud? I am also having a hard time diagnosing the meanings for the names. Travis says something about fin meaning dorsal fin, which is like explaining the your restaurant called Grass with, "You know, like wheatgrass." Sometimes I don't attempt to understand Travis, I just say, "Look at the eagle," point at nothing and walk away.

Sara is in favor of the wide spectrum idea of "Modern American" and none of them are pastry chefs.

Travis on the other team is proud to take the mantle of front of the house. He is awesome out there the entire night because they have not made their restaurant a Vietnamese concept that he would have to over-explain. Justin is the exec chef and he is coming prepared, what with his training regimen and all. He also drops Billy Reid's name in the design ideas. C'mon people, we are not on that type of budget.

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methinks
methinks

Sara is a really peace of work. Wouldn't want to work with her, for her, or over her. Not a trustworthy, responsible, accountable individual.


motherhubbard
motherhubbard

The real problem with Restaurant Wars is that in a real restaurant setup, there is a fixed hierarchy, whereas on Top Chef, everyone is jockeying for the top position no matter what role they've selected or been assigned on the team. In fact, this is the problem with almost every team challenge on almost every competition show: People who are competing with one another are forced into working together as a unit.

shysharon
shysharon

Those bottom 2 BOTH drove me crazy!

elizann
elizann

i will say, as solid as nick seemed, travis managed to ace both front of house and dessert--typically the things that people totally fail at. i almost think he should have won just for that. but, i don't like him, so i feel great about nick winning instead.

also, sara really reminded me of jamie, from several seasons ago, with her resistance and snark at judges' table. bad form.

drdavidgalloway
drdavidgalloway

Hugh, I always enjoy your commentary. RW is always the toughest, and a bit unrealistic in terms of time constraints. Just doesn't seem fair. Personally, I had been waiting for Sara to go. Why don't I like her? Perhaps attitude. Good show from my favorite place to visit. Love me some Athens as well. Going to a class with Virginia next week at CW. Best Christmas present I got was your book signed, when my daughter, a student at UGA, got up, hungover, and got you to sign it at the Farmers Market. Love the book. I have a gift card to cash in at Empire. When can we expect you?

mbb
mbb

Thought Justin would go ... A poorly made dish and a poorly run kitchen???? As a viewer is seems like some are saved for reasons unrelated to the particular episode ... on past cooking skill. In a superficial comment will not miss the I Love Lucy hairdos.

sally.brown.1213
sally.brown.1213

This is my favorite Bravo show and the first time I have posted. Finally the one person this season that has grated every nerve I own, (Rosie the Riveter) Sara went home. Watching talented chefs makes for an enjoyable hour for me yet each season there seems to be one chef that would test the patience of Job. Now I can enjoy the rest of the episodes. Thank you for the humorous recap.

TChefAddict2012
TChefAddict2012

Travis did a great job in the front of the house but I heard someone say it was the best ever on TC.  Your memories must be very short b/c NO one worked the front of the house in any Restaurant Wars with as much panache and skill as Fabio Viviani!  NO one.

missvogue3
missvogue3

 @drdavidgalloway It's like Sara threw in the towel. She has a lot of experience and didn't care about front of the house.

citymad86
citymad86

 @TChefAddict2012 Absolutely agree with you!!! I actually logged in just to make sure I comment on Padma's words, that Travis gave  "the best front of the house job of all seasons". Fabio got a credit for RW customer service for another 10 seasons ahead! God job, Travis, but Fabio is the BEST!!!