Hugh Acheson

Hugh Acheson wishes he had enjoyed one of the show's greatest meals with Charlize Theron and Eric Ripert.

on Jan 19, 20120

So Beverly’s dish would have won “by a mile” if she hadn’t been floating above the crowds in a euphoric daze, which puts a footnote next to Lindsay's win, much like the Montreal Expos best record in baseball in 1994-1995. Lindsay takes the news with her new cloudy disposition. She’s tired, people. They all are. It’s been a long road this far and as much as they all want to finish this with a win, they all also want a nap. 

Charlize Theron is the Queen of this quasi-medieval honky tonk and you really couldn’t ask for someone to get more into it. She’s great. It is utterly unfair that I am not there. Heads will roll. 

The contestants must cook food cooked in a style worthy of an evil queen -- macabre and over the top. If Chris Jones had a gastronomic wet dream this would be it. He wants to capture this like a lobster on a conveyor belt, which proved to be more elusive than you would believe. 

Beverly is running into Whole Foods like the women chefs are trying to kill her, and this may well be the case. She begins to pop up like a Korean gnome around Whole Foods scaring the other chefs. The girl is an odd bird. 

Cooking has begun. Macabre is the theme of the night. I love lamb heart, so I’m excited for Sarah’s dish. She is really, really skilled. I have not had black chicken ever, so Grayson’s dish is beyond my experience. Chris Jones is doing the crazy apple thing. Paul Q. is making something without cocoa nibs. Fast forward to the feast. 

Tartare from Ed. Tom is looking quite serious, but he’s really happy to have the lovely Charlize there. Eric loves it. The sauce interplay is loved. Tom gets the line of the night, “When you put good and evil together you get a politician.”

30 comments
Viewer
Viewer

Your detailed commentary is hilarious! It is so hard to stifle my laughter.

Like your honesty and straight comments on all the dishes. Even on the finale when you respectfully disagreed with Gail, you did it with class.

Can you please give Beverly some pointers on how to deal with bullies? Beverly is a class act and stays true to herself despite the antagonism.

Always enjoy watching you on the show and reading your comments. Still remember the very "cool" Batman looking short ads for Top Chef Masters.

All the best!

MiracleMommy
MiracleMommy

Ever wonder if Bev had won immunity, who would have gone home? Probably Sarah for undercooked risotto. It would have been fun to see because Lindsey would likely do an about face. Bev should get a mulligan!

Meganamous
Meganamous

Is this Top Chef, or Top Complainer?? Heather, Linsay, and Sarah need to let the cooking do the talking and not their big mouths. Beverly has never gloated over a win or blamed her fellow contestants for a loss. She is true class and has proven to be an amazing chef and fierce competitor throughout the competition.

energizerb
energizerb

Your commentary as always is so witty! Here's an observation concerning Beverly and her "underdog, cry me a river, I'm so sweet" persona. Has anyone ever considered that she is passive agressive, either by strategy or personality? Notice the body blocks in Whole Foods, the grabbing all the stuff, burners, counter space in the kitchens? She accidentally overcooks someone else's dish, runs out of time trying to "help" someone else's prep? And, I got a little tired of short ribs. She was the mean girl in a stealth way. I think some of the other cheftestants had her number and chose not to belly ache about it.

Sarah, bad risotto over and over? I learned how to cook it in Italy too. There's a difference between al dente and undercooked. Figure it out. Oh wait a minute, how many times do you have to be TOLD? The only reason the arancini was right is you had to cook it twice!

Hoping that "let it all hang out" Grayson is in the final, as well as Paul. Neither has any malice toward the others and have cooked some really interesting dishes.

Sunana Batra
Sunana Batra

Hugh, To be talented is a state of being. There are some, a few, who have no choice. Like others into greatness, they are born into talent, and whether they want it or not, they walk among us shiny and glimmering. This is how I see Beverly. She may be meek, I may want to strangle her myself for never standing up for herself, or only doing so silently in her closet, but her talent as a chef and her insight about what makes a dish flavorful shines through every time. Clearly we haven't seen the last of her, and to all the haters, sarah, lindsey, the other, original mean girl whose name i can't remember, the fat one, I look forward to beverly leaving all of them in her dust, altho she may be bested by Paul in the end, IMO.

PamInTexas
PamInTexas

Not sad to see Bev go. She is a sneaky little snake. Pegged Paul as my fave from the first epeisode. Hope he continues to rock it.

And, Hugh... YOU are our snarky snake. Love your twisted takes on the actions in your blogs. One of the best parts of the Top Chef experience is your blog after the show!!

30307
30307

Bev — despite all of her eccentricities — has proven to be a consistently great chef. The other women (Heather, Sarah & Lindsey) are sad and disgusting mean girls and I hope they get theirs soon!!!!

Suzette.
Suzette.

Sara and Lindsey are the new Heather.

katie c.
katie c.

i thoroughly enjoy reading your blogs. they are often/always laden with entertaining analogies, similes, metaphors, imagery, etc. that i find quite amusing, humorous, and spot-on! i'm going to guess you were either an English major or just exceeded in that class. keep up the great work :)

Ravens Girl
Ravens Girl

Hugh! Your blog is hilarious. I wasn't sure about you being a judge but I think you are great. I've missed you and I hope you are back soon!

gamine7
gamine7

Lil' Bev,just cute as a button,and that Sarah,good lord...always whining every week, it makes her dishes get lost to me completely by the tone she sets...well onto another week. Love you Hugh, you're a riot and easy on the eyes too. XX

Jeanine66
Jeanine66

I was sorry to see Bev go,I was looking forward to her FINALLY putting someone (Sara or Lindsay) in their place. That being said, this is the first episode of Top Chef where there was universal pleasure over every, single dish. Good for them. It was the best episode of a sad/ mean girls season.

Gerry in CT
Gerry in CT

Love, love, love the blog recaps! You are a wickedly funny writer, and my favorite TC blogger ever. Do you have a blog on your own as well? Thanks for the VERY astute observations on the cheftestants.

Real TX Housewife
Real TX Housewife

Great blog, as usual. I was glad that Paul won--I'm rooting for him or Sarah right now. I did feel bad for Beverly, b/c she was so close to winning immunity and her dish was apparently well-liked. BTW, I saw you on the live aftershow and thought Andy Cohen's obsession with your "hughnibrow" quite tiresome. I thought you handled that like a trooper.

j-son
j-son

Another pitch-perfect HughBlog. GREAT writing and insight as always.

This was probably my all-time ever favorite episode of TC, and I've seen them all. Say what you will, but I absolutely adore Beverly and her zany antics.

She's one of those folks who are always slightly out of phase with the reality that the majority of us experience, and I freaking love her for it.

The level of creativity and aesthetic presentation was just off the charts and this will be remembered as a classic TC episode.

GREAT SHOW!!

PS: As an average-looking fellow who has been somehow supernaturally blessed to be married to an absolutely stunningly gorgeous woman who turns heads pretty much everywhere we go, I'm rather desensitized to female beauty. That said, seeing Padma and Charlize sitting next to each other even caused my wife to say, "wow...that is a whole lot of gorgeous at that table!!"

Team Love (Hugh)
Team Love (Hugh)

Wearing my I Heart Hugh t-shirt proudly on casual Friday. I wish you had been at that table too...how do they choose which episodes which judge will be involved with?

No comment about Ed drooling over Charlene at the judges' table?! SO happy Paul won - he is my fav. Sara may be talented, but she's channeling Heather so I'd rather she be on her way. Bev wasn't my fav, but its nice to root for the underdog, although she must be an amazing chef.

Can't wait until next week - hope you're there

Dabney
Dabney

Love your blogs! Yes, the chefs are tired and that brings out the worst in people, but Lindsay and Sarah are just plain mean spirited and sleep won't cure that personality flaw.

outback11367
outback11367

lest we forget, it was lindsey who committed that fatal mistake of firing the steaks during the episode where whitney got the boot. it is sooo strange that she kept mum abt it and her evil cohorts kept silent too (sarah and heather). she shouldve gotten the boot by then. what has she won? a quickfire for cooking crappy sausage with crackers? and this latest quickfire (unfortunately with immunity) by default as hers wasnt clearly the best dish? and lets not even talk abt her dish during the elimination. as she herself said this was something she HAS BEEN cooking under michelle bernstein. hello? any imagination please. and sarah. please she talks abt beverly cooking only asian and yet all she cooks is italian and still gets a pass for undercooking risotto. this judging is so inconsistent.

Maracuja
Maracuja

Highlight of my week is reading this blog.

Frog song: "Franco-American relations would suffer." pure genius.

I missed the amarone risotto the last time I was in SLC airport too...

Lindsay is painful to watch though. Can't imagine spending more than 2 minutes around her. Seems like in other seasons we had more chill personalities; need some Spike Mendelssohn in the house to take names and make some jokes

Chef DD
Chef DD

Loved you on the Masters and love your blog!! Witty yet descriptive!

zild
zild

best top chef blogger since bourdain.

Pizza lover
Pizza lover

Like Top Chef. This season seems a little flat. Compared to previous seasons, Paul is the only chef on the level of previous contestants. The conspiracist in me thinks this last episode was overloaded with superlatives. On the flip side, TV ratings are better than ever with it being the 4th best cable show on Wednesday. I think this season has less interesting chefs, but viewers disagree.

Carol S.
Carol S.

Now that Beverly has seen the cheftestant commentary cut into the episode no doubt she is just KICKING HERSELF that she did not think to do as Ed suggested & fling the rice crispies up in the air at the last second & hope some landed on the plates. The difference between winning & losing. : > I wanted to see still photographs of the dishes, b/c they were served so fast. This theme challenge rocked & really brought out the best in the cheftestants. Favorite line of Hughnibrow's blog, "They're tired, people", with which I stop typing & sit back down in my seat in the peanut gallery.

rocksmom47
rocksmom47

Hugh, you're a fun guy with a refreshing take on life. It was great to see you with Andy the other night. Hope we keep seeing your pretty mug on Bravo!

Lori66
Lori66

I can't wait until Sara and Lindsey see Bev has been resurrected from the miry pit of those sent packing. Moohhhahahahaha

Lexistential
Lexistential

Your blogs are hilarious. Please keep writing them.

juliaxxx
juliaxxx

You make an excuse for LIndsay being unpleasant because she's "tired". Ed on the otherhand was up all night and you didn't give him any slack when he complained about Sara going to hospital..Interesting.

Nursecarolyn
Nursecarolyn

No buddy, it's your blog that's killa! I'll bet your food rocks too. This weeks challenge gave me a fatty headache. If it wasn't for the great Ripert, I might have just tuned OUT. I'm still rooting for Paul, or Grayson, both have the chops to make the final.