Hugh Acheson

Hugh Acheson echoes Beverly Kim's comments about karma.

on Dec 20, 20110

Tops: Ed, Beverly, and Sarah. Ed is so genuine and fun. Beverly is relieved. Sarah needs to drink some water as she has cried a lot in the last few days. All of them rocked this episode. Sarah wins. Well=deserved. She is a smart cook, who shines through with a perfect happy personality to run a happy kitchen. You want a great chef? She’s right there. 

Heather goes home to work on her tenderness. Karma Police. This is what you get when you mess with Bigfoot. 

 

52 comments
voiceforce trish
voiceforce trish

I've seen the BIGFOOT Challenge three times now, and everytime I hear Patti LaBelle say, "IT'S BIGFOOT" I LMAO! I love you Hugh! As for Heather, hopefully she will eat bigfoot and hide.

erinnyc
erinnyc

@GingerSnap101

The major flaw in your argument is that Heather and Beverly are equals in the competition. Bev is not Heather's underling, even though Heather treated Bev as if she were. And now, with Heather's departure from the competition coming before Beverly's, we see that Beverly is actually superior to Heather. Heather never had the stature as a chef to dictate to Beverly what she should do, or how she should do anything. The two chef-testants entered the competition as equals, but one of them found a weakness in the other and, perhaps reflexively, pounced upon that weakness. Heather acted as a bully and will be seen as such, even if her actions weren't intended to bully Beverly.

GingerSnap101
GingerSnap101

So here is the problem with labeling Heather a bully. It's assuming that she is wrong in her assessment of Beverly. I'm reading Ruhlman's "The Making of a Chef" and what Heather was doing is directing Beverly to be more organized. It's what executive chefs do. Heather is used to running a kitchen, and Beverly is a hot mess when comes to organizational skills. It's the thing that Ruhlman talked a lot about in his book: Mis en place.

Let's add on to that tonight's episode with the Bourbon flaming 2 feet in the air. Beverly is clumsy and that kind of thoughtlessness could result in disaster. She strikes me as someone who is unsafe in the kitchen.

Viewer
Viewer

I love the comic spin Chef Acheson puts on everything. Very witty bogs and am enjoying them immensely.

On a serious note, Ms.Bully Heather Terhune, has denied to TV Guide that she is a Bully....it is not a surprise that Heather Terhune has no concept of self awareness. I am a firm believer in that food should be prepared with love and care as it is the fuel for everyone's body and soul. (yes sounds corny but I believe it makes a difference when food is prepared with love) Eating food made by a BULLY and a Culturally Biased Ignorant Chef does not seem appetizing to me and rather poisonous. Kimpton (very highly respected boutique hotel company) and Sable should seriously consider not exposing their clients to such food. Heather Terhune's unprofessional, racial, immature, insecure, and in-denial behavior should be brought to light on a larger scale since Bullying in this country is a major problem. I wish Bravo can address this further...may be during the Reunion Show....and let the world know that Bullying is not tolerated in any industry.

Carol147
Carol147

"white people food"? I think I laughed for several minutes after reading that. Great blog; will look for Hugh's book. Now I'm off to Yelp to go read reviews for a certain Chicago restaurant. : ). As a Fort Worth native I never considered the town to be a honky-Tonk sort of town, but the Stockyards area, where Tim Love's restaurant is rustic. Fort Worth will never be as cool or weird as Austin. Sigh.

TheresaLynn
TheresaLynn

Your blog has become my must read and is almost trumping the show for me this season. Love,love, love your wit! You've even made my overly cynical-snarky son smile and tolerate my TC obsession a little better this season. Bravo Chef Hugh!

Being next door to Kentucky (across the river in Missouri) I also have to say GO TEAM ED!

Monica
Monica

Your blog is hilarious! Even my 19-yr-old sarcastic college student son is getting into it. Love that you can call Padma hot without sounding like a creeper. She IS hot! Love how you poke fun at all the personalities, both cheftestant and hosts. I laugh out loud reading this thing each week.

colormekisses
colormekisses

This is a funny blog! I couldn't believe how rude Heather was, this blog made me laugh about it though. ha ha

FJC from Texas
FJC from Texas

Hugh!!! I love, Love, LOVE your blog!! Look forward to reading it! Thanks for keeping it upbeat & REAL!! And by the way, LOVED the mention of our Texas Favorite: Whataburger!! :) As far as Heather/Beverly drama: Shame on Heather for her behaviour--and on national TV to boot! I, along with MILLIONS of other viewers shouted "YES!!!!!" when she was told to "pack her knives and GOOOOOOO"! What a GREAT win for TEAM BEV--top tier AND Heather gets packin'!! Classic!

KrisH
KrisH

Funny blogs!

Tiff + Bravo = utopia
Tiff + Bravo = utopia

wow your blog is the perfect combo of wit, sarcasm and substance. You touch on everything that I was thinking about while watching this episode. Can't wait to hear what heather has to say on the reunion. No doubt she'll be uber apologetic. Keep blogging Chef Hugh it's the only one I've ever read!

C. Jones
C. Jones

I love you Chef Hugh! I will read only your blogs from now on!

cookingwithdee
cookingwithdee

No, I'm not gonna kiss your grits. My mother got a subscription to Gourmet when I was 19 and graduated from Campbell's cream of celery or mushroom soup to cheese souffle and salad, after which my father said "that was good, where's dinner?" That was a divorce in the making, sadly it took another 15 years. So for my tribute meal I'd make sassy individual cheese souffles, a riff on Chasen's beet and endive salad we had the week they closed after being the only Buffalo Bills fans at a Raiders' game in South LA. Perhaps add a popover, as Mom loved to cook Prime Rib, roasted potatoes and then make Yorkshire pudding. I'd add some chives to the batter. That's my riff.

Viewer100000
Viewer100000

Hugh, I. Love. Your. Blogs. Absolutely, delightfully, fun to read.

Sidney19
Sidney19

Hugh I totally love your toungh & cheek writing & rapier WIT!!! You should pen a book. I would buy it, don't know why you're compared to Tony Bourdain. Can he even cook anymore? Your style of writing is wry, full of wit & not filthy words.

cheers!!

When can top chef cater my partay
When can top chef cater my partay

Flippin fantastic post.

While watching the episode, the tune going through my mind was "Ding dong, the witch is dead," but "Karma Police" takes me back to the 90s, high school drama queens and appropriately suits the departure of our top bully.

I wonder if yelp reviews of Heather's restaurant now include comments on the need to spice up her cuisine with some Asian favors? Like bacon, sriracha goes with (almost) anything too. ;)

Robin Bobin
Robin Bobin

Hugh, your blog is great and very funny. But, even better than that is the fact that you are SO HOT!!

Cambridge
Cambridge

The "Slingblade" comment killed me.

robsart
robsart

best new wrinkle in top chef this year is this blog. HA you are hilarious

ALAN
ALAN

Forever tell the truth or shame the devil HUGH :)

Roy L
Roy L

Ding, Dong the witch is dead...so long Heather, don't let the door hit you on the way out you bully. Hugh, I am pleasantly surprised at your witty and very entertaining blog. Keep up the good work.

lisa jayasekera
lisa jayasekera

dear mr. acheson

please please please write book of personal musings...deeply appreciating the inane and senseless humor with vigor!

NicoleA
NicoleA

Best new judge ever. Probably. Maybe. Yes.

Nashville
Nashville

Bravo should've had "Karma Police" playing as the soundtrack to Heather's departure. That would've been awesome.

LovemySpice
LovemySpice

Thank goodness for your blog this season! Today is a cold, rainy day in Kentucky, but you managed to make me laugh. Bravo should have you blog on any food related show they have. Maybe even non-food related shows. I'd love to see what you would have to say about the Housewives! But, you'd actually have to watch them, which could actually be a reality show in itself. 'Chef Hugh Watches...'. I'm getting on the phone to Andy Cohen right away! Also, go Ed. Love to see a Kentuckian on Top Chef.

AmyLConner
AmyLConner

Bravo(no pun intended) on another great blog! Funny,spot on, and keeps the reader wanting more! And we Kentuckians love Ed too!

FierceGoddess
FierceGoddess

I absolutely adore Hugh Acheson. And I keep cringing as I keep reading how Acheson is almost Bourdain. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Hugh is fresh, genuine, and an unmitigated delight, whereas Anthony Bourdain couldn't give a rat's behind if he were thought of as a delight, and would probably prefer not to be, actually.

Don't get me wrong. I really like -- and have always liked -- Bourdain, but at times he can be ornery and harsh just for his image's sake. Bourdain can be wordy and redundant and even factually incorrect; I have been known to yell at him on TV in my more irritable moments, when I find his his rough edges and cliche biases a bit too much to handle in his over-reaching moments. That said, his attitude is GOLD. That's where it's at with Anthony. With me.

Acheson's wit, on the other hand, is RAPIER sharp, and he delivers it with the economy worthy of a poet. He is Hart Crane to Bourdain's Edgar Lee Masters. In a short, simple sentence (and sometimes not even that, just a fragment) Hugh Acheson can allude to 5 different things with some depth to them. Anthony's audience is a petulant teen boy on a dirt bike. Hugh's audience is a polymath adult who grew up to be an armchair chef, who doesn't suffer fools nor silly prejudices. This is where's it's at for me, I just realized, with my darling Hugh. HE DOES NOT DUMB STUFF DOWN. OMG I totally respect him right back!!! Oh, and he can cook circles around Bourdain.

Please ... no mistake here. This isn't a jab at Anthony Bourdain. This is a CRY OF THE HEART to everyone to please stop that thing with Acheson / Bourdain that is dropping all over the net. It is simply unfair to BOTH of them. And it's extremely irritating to ME. That is a matter of great concern. In my world. Y'all.

Viewer
Viewer

This is the best blog ever! I have not stopped laughing! The white people food comment made me squirt soda everywhere!

Birdy Brown
Birdy Brown

Oh sweet Jebus... your blog is awesome!

LisaR
LisaR

Please, Hugh... You need to pen a children's book. I think it would be bigger than Harry Potter! They could even make a culinary theme park too. Love, Love, Love this season of Top Chef, and especially this Blog!!!

wh
wh

Hugh, it's official. I love reading your witty blogs more than I love watching the show (and I love the show)! Bravo and keep 'em coming!! (no pun intended...)

Subhadeep
Subhadeep

In response to "juliaxxx" waiting to see what and how Heather responds I am guessing 2 scenarios:

A) She stays stubborn and defends her stand AND I personally feel that is what she really feels

B) Tones down and maybe even apologizes BUT is that real? Or has this experience hurt her where it really hurts? I mean, has her customers, colleagues, boss, etc. giving her back and she realizes she is hurting professionally and therefore apologizes BUT in reality she is not.

shameonyou
shameonyou

Hugh, you are not only a genius with the knife, but pen...er keyboard as well! I love your hilarious blog and truthful observations.

ATXLovesPQui
ATXLovesPQui

Tom's comment to Heather about Bev's use of the pressure cooker was well played.

Also, it was Tom who said he would go to dinner at Patti's house "with bells on," not Emeril.

Pickle8182
Pickle8182

I know, I was waiting to hear what Sarah won too. Glad I wasn't the only one who noticed it wasn't mentioned. And I'm sorry, but Nyesha is pretty bad too. Looks down her knows at everyone.

KYFoodie
KYFoodie

The best thing about this season, other than the inclusion of our Kentucky Chef Ed Lee, is your blog. It's hilarious. Thanks.

karendg
karendg

There is no doubt you are a wonderful chef. However, you are also a marvelous writer. Your style demonstrates humor filled with informative narrative. Love love love watching you on the show and reading your blog. Bourdain has a chef hot on his trail in cooking and writing department.

Subhadeep
Subhadeep

So what was the prize for elimination challenge? I thought elimination challenge winner always won something pretty big. Did not see any award for Sarah for winning this episode.

Stacyh2
Stacyh2

I love to read Hugh’s blogs – they are hysterical and right on point!

juliaxxx
juliaxxx

I'm glad Ed, Beverly and Sara were on top they are all kind and nice people who also create really great dishes. I'm looking forward to the reunion and see if Heather recognizes how harsh she was towards Beverly and the other chefs in general.

Madison57
Madison57

Hugh, your blogs bring me such joy! Your ability to articulate is far beyond what an author's agent could believe. I have MS and I so want to eat at you and Tom's restaurants. This is not a plea, I can do it and I shall. Happy Holidays to you and your loverly family! Blessings

otterberry
otterberry

I'd introduce your eyebrows but I see they've already met.

ELI
ELI

SOOOO GLAD HEATHER IS GONE, POETIC JUSTICE WOULD HAVE BEEN FOR BEV TO WIN THE COMPETITION THAT DEFEATED HER BULLY... GREAT GOING NYESHA.

rosebudpetal
rosebudpetal

I love your blog today. I was laughing so much. Thanks for the relief especially at the end of a very tiring day. This episode was a perfect example of Karma!!!

SerenitySky
SerenitySky

I just love you, Hugh! I look forward to your blog only a teensy weensy bit less than I look forward to the actual show!

Annie o
Annie o

You are a pleasure to read! Your observations are spot on! Love The karma--what goes around comes around--so long Heather!

BravoBully
BravoBully

Haha! Right on Mr. Acheson. Too true!

doktarr
doktarr

Best... blog... ever.

I queued up the Radiohead the first time you said it...

dereni
dereni

i am living for your blogs this season, hugh. you really spice up some otherwise bland personalities. my boyfriend is getting tired of me from reading your blog to him. i'm pretty sure he's jealous. keep on keeping on! can't wait for next week :) but what will we do without any boring white people food to relate to on the show?

pjp898
pjp898

KARMA! Heather got her wish - she went home because SHE & SHE ALONE screwed up. Once again, well stated Hugh!