Hugh Acheson

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

on Oct 30, 20130

Last week saw Travis squeak through a Judges' Table at the expense of Janine, who made Hanoi-d shrimp. Given her accent the little creatures thought they were destined for the "barbie." The poor little crustaceans never saw it coming when the merciless Aussie fried all thoughts of tenderness out of them. Alas, there is some redemption to be had and Janine has emerged victorious in the first Last Chance Kitchen, which you can watch HERE.

There are lots of tears in the Stew Room. “I feel like we failed her,” says Sara, momentarily forgetting that this is a competition where one chef will take home a big check. None of this fazes Travis, who has planned much, much bigger life events to happen during his 15 minutes of fame: Travis is proclaiming to the world beyond his friends and his mother that he is gay. During a commercial break, the many variations of “It Gets Better” speeches that have become the soundtrack to their suburban home are finally making sense to his father, the one person that Travis has not told this important news to. Hopefully his pops responds with a hearty, “Big deal. All good. Love you no matter what.” 

Did you know that the first commercial use for aluminum foil was Life Savers? This is what the Wikipedia told me. The chefs walk in for the Quickfire and everything is wrapped in Reynolds Wrap, and Carlos is wondering who would do such a thing. We are reminded of the past season where they did a similar experiment and even John Tesar was fooled by the pineapple wrapped in foil thing. “Pineapple! Oh, Jesus.” Really John?

Padma and Gail have brought their moms. Awwwww. The chefs get split down to groups allied to Gail and groups pro-Padma, and then the moms are tasked with speed shopping for all the ingredients and tools. Nobody grabs the foil-wrapped Hosea in the corner. 

The chefs are unpacking the foil mess and making swans. There are a lot of different things on the tables, and there seems to be a conspiracy to give Nina’s group all of the ingredients that no one can find a home for. Her soup is about to become a halfway house for wayward ingredients. 

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.