Hugh Acheson

Hugh explains Carlos' problems with cutting fish and chides the woman who was allergic to seafood and came to this party.

on Jan 20

Happy 2014, people! I hope you all got to eat some Hoppin’ John and some tasty collards with your loved ones. After a week off I feel like I need to get us back up to speed.

Justin has gone back to his little grocery store and his growing family. He did well to get this far in the competition, and I am very happy for him. More so there is a city that is still cheering him on, no matter what. That New Orleans; what a town. I hope Justin is smiling under that beard. He should be.

Phone calls from home start this episode. Stephanie's boyfriend has been tasked with getting her a fishing pole, and he has not followed through. She found him while looking around her kitchen. He was on the line and not playing hard to get. He even stuck with her after she got booted from last year’s first episode, which brings up a good relationship advisement: if someone leaves you after you fizzle out on reality television, they were not the person for you.

On to Captain Grumpypants, I mean Nick. He is sporting a yellow handkerchief in his back right pocket, which, golly, I just looked up the meaning of that and I hope this is just some oversight on his part. In some circles it means a love of watersports. I never saw that coming. But goddamn, he will retain his integrity, as opposed to that Carlos fellow, that no good, stealin', fish stinkin', knife stainin', guy in the bunk below him. I love that they are sleeping in bunkbeds, as this is the best way to whittle them down to tears, anger and utter hopelessness.

Nicholas really is the grumpiest gentleman at this stage of the season. It kind of is the next stage of his reality television personality arc. He has gone from utter chutzpah, to tears, to grumpy, to "doing pretty good so far." In his mind he is building a nice cabin out in the woods with a special writing room. He is starting a series of books entitled, The Most Serious Cook in the Room.

14 comments
Cjwake30
Cjwake30

I love how you act as though Carlos has been of victim and a target for Nick you have this completely backwards Hugh! Carlos accused Nick of stealing and expects Nick to help him out when this is a competition. Sorry you have such negative things to say I think Nick is a great chef and hope he continues to advance.

itsonlyashow
itsonlyashow

Lol, your blog is so right on the mark!  Nicholas is such a downer--the only time he cracks a smile is when Carlos gets slammed (yes, I know editing has something to with it too).  I'm finding myself wishing he would go next.  It's not the same as Stephanie's low-key personality; she at least has a sense of humor.  And it did appear to me that Padma herself didn't know what "etouffee" really was until that episode. Kudos to Shirley for using rice and winning the quick-fire.

alphonse
alphonse

Carrie was doing so well everyweek, now two weeks in a row her creativity has stopped. It seems she has quit and

after making only broccoli last week I thought would rebound in a great way. Alas, quit she did. Baffling.

alphonse
alphonse

It's great that you blog everyweek Hugh, but disappointing that you are the only one. Why hasn't Tom, Gale, and

the others blogged ever week? It seems to me that should be part of their jobs. It would be nice to get their imput and

opions on each weeks challenges. Very dissapointing and a bad job.

Oudi_99
Oudi_99

I noticed that you always talk bad about Nickolas even if he won or did a great job in a challenge. Regarding being grumpy everybody has their own ups and downs, so what?!  I'm happy for Stephanie she deserved to win!

TheKwan
TheKwan

I was disappointed that Carlos wasn't sent packing.  In one clip, he says Nicholas should stop thinking about himself, and start thinking about other people.  Duh, dude, it's a competition.  I am  not a chef, but seems to me that being a professional implies you should be prepared with a sufficiently sharp knife for your tasks, right? Because of Nicholas' demeanor, saving Shirley the other week when she fell, and helping Stephanie taste her food, I find myself rooting more for Nicholas to get to the top 3. Other observations: Only Padma and Mick Jagger can pull off striped pants, in my opinion.  Actually, Hugh Acheson probably can, too. Padma never looks sweaty, ponytail or not. Need more Hugh one-liners. Chef Besh seems so nice, and I can't picture him saying anything negative, or if he does, it hurts him a little bit.

shysharon
shysharon

did someone tell you to quit stealing the show? You're so cute sweet polite quiet now, you used to crack me up!

Anne184
Anne184

Hey, quit giving Nicholas crap. Love the guy. He's always so anxiety ridden. Love Stephanie, too. She's also anxiety ridden but in a hilarious way. Glad she got a win even if she did want to 'puke'. From happiness I presume. That's what I love about Stephanie, she's always talking about vomiting. On a cooking show. She's great.

Lobos14
Lobos14

Love the snark Hugh! Great to see Stephanie win and Brian join her on the top. I do wish the show would cool it with all the overblown Nick v Carlos drama though. It makes Nick look more than just grumpy (your too kind lol), Carlos look clueless and it's starting to distract from the food. Both men have made some great dishes - let's focus on that. 

SwimCards
SwimCards

As a NOLA native, I'm struggling with some of these dishes. That's not étouffée! (And I still can't get over coconut milk in gumbo!)

JLN1925
JLN1925

I really think Carlos should have gone home, he hardly had any fish in his dish. At least with Carrie's you could taste the fish, whereas Carlo's was a homage to peaches! BTW, Hugh, I have a huge crush on you (don't tell your wife). LOL

berkowit28
berkowit28

When Padma asked him "But what have you smothered?", Carlos asked in response "What does smothered mean?" To which she told him: "Etouffée means smothered". Well, OK, but he doesn't know what etouffée means either. That's the problem. He doesn't know French, and his English isn't so hot either. It was rather dumb of him not to ask before cooking rather than after, but why won't she explain to him what smothered means? It's not that hard.

lkbrose
lkbrose

 @berkowit28 I assume it was the editing.  Or maybe Padma was being a jerk.  She should've explained Etouffee at the beginning of the challenge.

PaulainVA
PaulainVA

 @berkowit28 I kind of felt for Carlos, in that he was struggling with a language  not his own.  However, he knew he was competing in New Orleans and should have done his homework.