Hugh Acheson

Hugh Acheson would have been more intimidated by the Quickfire Challenge than the cheftestants seemed.

on Oct 9, 20130

GREEN TEAM/Work Site #2: Shirley, Stephanie, Sara, and Louis

Stephanie: Crispy Chickpea with Watercress and Radish Salad

Sara: Tuna Burger with Sprouts, Avocado, and Watermelon Rind Pickles

Shirley: Spiced Grilled Lamb Salad with Cucumber and Asian Pear

Louis: helped, made the watermelon amuse

 

RED TEAM/Work Site #1: Justin, Bene, Janine, Michael, and Nina 

Janine: Green Gazpacho with Pickled Shrimp

Justin: Lobster and Crab Fritters with Corn Puree and Bacon Jam

Nina and Bene: Jerk Chicken Sandwich with Mango and Crispy Plantains

Michael: Ricotta with Burnt Honey, Stone Fruit, and Toasted Coconut

Jason is banking on his hair to make up for a flaccid handroll. From the point that Tom tastes the handroll, I want you to take a shot of bourbon every time the term “handroll” is uttered. You should not drive after this exercise. Actually you should probably not do this cause you will be admitted to the hospital. It’s said about 50 times.

Some innuendo is said about the Aussie girl being good with her hands. By her. Argh. I need a mental shower. 

Tops are Yellow and Green. Together they make poop brown, but separate they are beautiful things. Yellow pulls it out though. The judges loved everything the team made. Spicer announces the winner, and Carrie wins for the gutsy move of making empanada dough on a truck. 

Bottoms are Red and Blue. Blue is pulled out to the firing line. Bene sighs a sigh of relief, but no one hears. 

Patty, Jason, Nick, and Bret let the judges know about the economics of a table of free food: Bret’s logic is that if a ton of stuff remains, that’s cause they loved it. Whaaaaat? Dr. Tom, PhD and Dr. Padma, PhD school Bret. 

At the end of this day, Jason goes home for a handroll disaster. Should have, would have, could have. 

Onwards. 

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10 comments
hoottoon
hoottoon

Still cannot find the recipe for the empanadas, only the gumbo.  When  are the recipes going to be posted?

Cuzican
Cuzican

Love reading your blogs! Welcome back ;-)

Kpops
Kpops

Great blog Hugh!  Made me laugh out loud multiple times!

 

momacat
momacat

Thanks to Hugh for sticking Jason w/ mental pins.  I sure hope the arrogant, disrespecting SOB felt the pain!

rustyMLS
rustyMLS

I am bitter...BITTER, I SAY...that Jason is gone so soon. His attitude, excoriated by Hugh's wit--the jokes just write themselves. We lost a whole season of Casanova digs. And we didn't get to see him do the obligatory just-out-of-bed push-ups. ;-)

skspete
skspete

I loved this episode (and not just because Ms. Chase looked JUST like my grandma... but I digress...). I was totally thrown off by the fact that so few chefs knew that you start a gumbo with a good roux... I'm a city girl and I knew that!

motherhubbard
motherhubbard

Even Hosea Rosenberg, in season 5, brushed up on NOLA cuisine before coming to the city for the finale. I wasn't crazy about him or his ultimate win, but at least he had the smarts to learn about making a traditional dark roux, among other things.

Mielegirl
Mielegirl

So true, motherhubbard.  It's like contestants going on the Amazing Race and not knowing how to swim.

Glad Jason is gone, he wasn't adding anything but ego to the show.  Can't wait to get down to fewer chefs so we can see what they are really all about!  Love that the show is in New Orleans this season!

motherhubbard
motherhubbard

Again, I'm shocked by the number of chefs who knew they were coming to NOLA and didn't bone up on the iconic cuisine. "I've never cooked gumbo." Really? And you came to N'awlins without thinking to research this? How do you feel about beignets? Jambalaya? Po' boys? Mufaletta? Red beans and rice?

 

There is no excuse for such ignorance.

reba1234
reba1234

It was just a disaster of beets and no grip what gumbo is.......I loved the one carrie did just because all the ingredients sounded and looked so tasty,  very surprised that the home boy took least of the tasty Gumbo.....r u kidding me?  But all in all quick fires throw everyone's mind into a whirl and the sharp and confident chefs know what they are doing.  As the food truck challenge shows again the ones that know what they are doing and not placing all their hopes on the beach boy look.......LOL