12:31 pm April 21, 2011, by John Kessler
Who’s rooting for Hugh Acheson (left), the Athens-based chef who runs Midtown’s terrific Empire State South?
Acheson is currently a contender on “Top Chef Masters” — the Bravo TV spinoff of the popular franchise in which accomplished chefs compete for charities. After a salty scallop fiasco in the first episode, Acheson was asked to leave. But when another contestant dropped out, he came back.
The third episode aired last night and Acheson won his first challenge with….
“Fried crickets in carrot salad with carrot purée,” he told me by telephone.
“We were cooking with bugs. That was the challenge,” he explained.
Any chance we’ll see this winged yumminess on the menu at Empire State South?
“Oh, definitely,” he assured me.
Do you all like Masters as much as regular “Top Chef?” Josh Ozersky doesn’t….
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