Hugh Acheson

Hugh Acheson wraps up a pressure-filled season.

on Feb 29, 2012

Paul’s restaurant is named Qi. He has removed you. How selfish. Tom and Gail are joined by Cat Cora, looking all hottie in her new 'do, Marco Canora, chef at Hearth and Terroir(s), looking all sad cause he didn’t get picked, and Mark McEwen, the host of Top Chef Canada and pretty much the most famous chef in Canadia. 

This is the Qi menu:

1st: Chawanmushi, Steamed Egg Custard, Prawns and Pea Shoots   

2nd: Grilled Sea Bass with Clam Dashi, Pickled Radishes and Mushrooms        


3rd : Congee with Scrambled Eggs, Uni and Kale        


4th: Coconut Ice Cream with Puffed Wild Rice, Mangosteen & Thai Chili Foam               


Sarah’s restaurant, officially called Black & Blue, has been monikered Monte Verde for the purpose of this popup finale. Black & Blue is a big steakhouse usually filled with people who like making it rain. Looks the part. Nice people though.

Padma, Emeril, and I are joined at the table by guest diners David Myers, chef of Comme Ca (Vegas, Tokyo, and LA), and Bill Terlato from Terlato Wines International.