Hugh Acheson

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

on Oct 30, 20130

You know how you are supposed to eat spa food cause it’s good for you but no one wants to actually eat the stuff? This was that to the nth degree. Just a strange choice to make. Brian’s espuma was kind of flat, where usually they are aerated to a foam. Bene’s salad, though he will later plead that he seasoned it, was really drastically underseasoned. Tomatoes just don’t shine without some salt. 

Orange Team - Nina: Gnocchetti with kale pesto and squash

Orange Team - Michael: Arancini thing.

This is one of those times when the Sesame Street song, “One of These Things is not Like the Other” gets stuck in my head. Nina’s was amazing. Smart, executed perfectly. Michael’s was not great. Blah. Boring. Sweet tomato sauce. 

Red Team - Travis: Vegetable Ceviche

Red Team - Carlos: Goat cheese fondue with fried zucchini

Slutty Santa has come through. Really refreshing. Hot though. Good hot. Carlos is killing it too. 

Blue Team - Louis:  Braised Quinoa thumb thing

Blue Team - Shirley: Hand cut noodles, pickled daikon

I understand that Lea Michele is vegan, but this Quinoa thing has got to end. Now, it was a better rendition than Brian’s quinoa things but still. Shirley’s was pretty good but also kind of something you would find at the buffet at the health food store. 

Grey Team - Justin: Beet pasta with green tomatoes

Grey Team - Sara: Arancini. New profile. Mo-rockin’.

Pasta was strange. Not horrible but kind of weird. Arancini was fine. If I see another ball of fried rice, then I am outta here. 

Stew room starts with Carlos praying, because at this point it can’t hurt, can it? Then the chefs get to watch us weigh in on what just happened. Reactions are mixed because the food was mixed. 

Tops are Nicholas and Patty and also Travis and Carlos. In this challenge though Red reigned supreme. Carlos and Travis worked it and won. Carlos thinks he really now has a shot with Lea. He can still dream. You can never take that away from him. 

Bottoms are Orange, Michael and Nina, and also Green, Brian and Bene. It’s hard to lose as a team. Lea did not want spa cuisine. She wanted party food, and no party starts with quinoa, at least none I really yearn to attend. 

Michael leaves the show with some uncomfortable hugging. He feigns shooting himself on re-entering the kitchen, and there is an odd quiet to the crowd. 

Be well, Michael. You are a live wire. 

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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.



 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.



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.


 @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.