Hugh Acheson

Hugh Acheson doesn't understand Bene and Brian's "spooky spa" concept.

on Oct 30, 20130

Carlos is finding maternal inspiration, pulling at our heartstrings as he is apt to do. He is the chef who seems to be garnering the most compassion from viewers, but that may change. He was a bit too nervous last episode, and America doesn’t like a softie who can’t make a decision. But we all are still cheering him on. Like aluminum foil, there is a shiny side and there is a matte side. If Carlos is our shiny, then the King of Krazy, Michael, is hands down the matte. Right now he is babbling on about something, but I have an all-time high resistance to him, so I don’t even hear him talk. It’s my form of television Darwinism. 

Michael and the Little Grocer, Justin, are cooking something en papillote, which means cooking in a sealed steam environment of parchment paper, which was a massive missed opportunity to get bonus points for cooking something in foil.  

As the challenge winds down, we have plates on the table, thanks to Alpha leader Sara. Let’s see what we got:

Sara and Stephanie: Lamb chops, fonduta, mushrooms. Corn. Stuff. Gail’s mama says the lamb is nicely cooked. 

Justin and Michael: Red Snapper en Papillote with Rice Pilaf. Sake to me. The two generations of ladies love it. 

Carrie, Louis, Shirley: Buratta, apples, balsamic sabayon. Nothing really to hear on the eating. Something about Carrie’s arm about to fall off. Looks pretty classic. And good. 

Carlos and Travis: Clams Poached with Fish Sauce and Coconut. Asian Mexican spice fest. After being on the firing line last episode, this may be a redemption dish for both of them.

Nick and Patty: Snapper and Branzino with Mustard Vinaigrette. Citrus explosion gets a “very nice.” Perhaps Patty has been purposefully losing to hide the fact that she is a shark. A shark trained by David Burke. 

Bene, Brian, and Nina: Soup. Beans, chiles, cherries, okra. Looks very strange. Too many ingredients. “Train wreck,” says Justin, and no one, and I mean no one, disagrees. 

The win goes to Team Padma. 10K is endowed to the scholarship fund called “Shoes for Bene.”

Lea Michele gleefully races in. Stephanie Cmar wants to hang with Lea. Well, duh, who wouldn’t want to do that? Just hang out and once in a while break into song? Bliss I tell you. 

Michael got laid once when he dressed up as a pregnant nun. Some people just say strange things to socially ostracize themselves from the pack. Michael is the poster child of those people.  

They break up into teams they really don’t want to be on, and they then talk to Lea Michelle about her vegan dream diet, which turns out not to be really vegan at all. She likes to branch out. Cheese is her favorite. Things that are a party in your mouth.  So teams of two and they are cooking a dish per team member, so if you are following me that’s two different dishes per team. If you are not following me, you should go get some coffee, take a break, and then loop back in when you can concentrate. Oh, and it’s a Halloween costume party. Think scary. 

Whole Foods run around. Some teams are happy and some are really not. Michael is making balls. Fried balls that will weigh Nina down. 

4 comments
greysalton
greysalton

 

I think Micheal would bring down any chef he is paired with in a team competition. He is always too busy saying weird things to listen to reason.  Nina tried to reel him in, but I don't think he would listen if Julia Child was his partner. Last week he didn't even cook a dish, so I consider that hiding. I am sure he is talented or he would not be  on Top Chef, but I can't say I'll miss him. I really like New Orleans as home base, my favorite city so far.

dsmathews1
dsmathews1

 @greysalton

 I don't think he was hiding. I just think he thought himself superior to everyone else there.  He was very condescending to the women, treating them like assistants, rather than equals.  I think that was his downfall.

DeeDee5304
DeeDee5304

 @greysalton

I can understand what you stating, but I think Nina was totally disrespectful to him with her comments. I think Nina is top three of the Top Chefs, but feel she looked down on Michael and constantly made personal offensive comments to him. If it was reversed many would have commented. I just thought if she would have rolled with the punches and tried to work as a team player things would have worked out better for Michael. There are definitely different personalities and not all will blend, but it is still a way you handle situations especially when on this type of show. Michael has a family and a profession and what she was saying was uncalled for in my opinion. Nina just didn't like him and any change the camera was on her she would come off nasty and distasteful when it came to him. I would think in this competitive show a person would like people around with a sense humor. Michael didn't seem to bother the other people with his personality.

motherhubbard
motherhubbard

 @greysalton I wonder whether Michael would have been quite as cocky had he been cast in a different season. I think as a New Orleans chef competing in his home base, he added a certain know-it-all sense of entitlement to an already inflated ego.