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Who’s watching “Top Chef Masters?” Because we still have a dog in this race

Credit: Bravo TV

Credit: Bravo TV

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.

Um…?

“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….

41 comments Add your comment

Steph

April 21st, 2011
12:58 pm

No way. “masters” is ok, but not even close to top chef. Team Blais!

VickiF

April 21st, 2011
1:13 pm

Better hope the health inspectors don’t come by when the crickets are being prepped.

DebDoes

April 21st, 2011
1:18 pm

Not so much this time around…and the bug thing made me want to hurl. I thought they were ‘digging deep’ for this one. uhhummm. Now, what we need is more of Blais and Kevin Gillespie! They need their own cooking show….

Steve

April 21st, 2011
1:36 pm

If only they could figure out a way to eliminate Curtis Stone. That guy is terrible.

Steph

April 21st, 2011
1:39 pm

I love Curtis Stone! I like Tom Collichio also… :o )

Lisa

April 21st, 2011
1:44 pm

I like Top Chef Masters. These are chef’s who have made their reputations and are doing a challenge. I enjoy watching them compete. I like Curtis too because he is a chef and adds to the commentary. I didn’t like the week with Kellis; I had the sense she didn’t really know what she was talking about.

kevin

April 21st, 2011
1:45 pm

I once ate live crickets in a silly contest. The jumping around in my mouth was certainly wierd, but the crickets themselves actually tasted alright.

Go Hugh!

mike

April 21st, 2011
1:56 pm

Talk about a unibrow….Oh my

FoodFan

April 21st, 2011
2:28 pm

Masters doesn’t hold a candle to the regular Top Chef. The difference is that all these chefs are accomplished & successful, most have 3-4 restaurants already & enough of the celebrity cookbooks/tours/demonstrations that go along with that. They play for fun & for charity.

Meanwhile, the regular top chef are more of the real working people who are looking for their big break. Sous chefs, young chefs starting up, or someone on the brink that just needs that final push that Top Chef can provide. Most of them struggle for money and work on a chef’s salary so winning $10K is a huge deal. There’s more competitition among themselves vs. all the lovey-dovey support for each other Top Chef Masters has.

FoodFan

April 21st, 2011
2:31 pm

Whoops, should have clicked on Ozersky’s link before writing that. Yeah, what he said.

BBB

April 21st, 2011
2:37 pm

Someone please tell that man to wax that unibrow. It is disturbing to watch!

Whatever

April 21st, 2011
2:45 pm

John Kessler – seriously? What this a half-baked effort at reporting? You stated: “The third episode aired last night…” So, the episode had already run and when you talked with him you didn’t know what he won with. THAT MEANT YOU HADN’T WATCHED THE SHOW!!!

Seriously! You’re doing an interview with the man and you couldn’t bother to watch the show before doing it? Whatever.

Top Chef watcher

April 21st, 2011
2:47 pm

the guy needs to lose the uni brow… kind of hard to focus when he has the Frida action going…

Denise

April 21st, 2011
3:01 pm

I prefer the way they did Masters the last 2 seasons. This format is too much like “regular” Top Chef and we just spent what seemed like 5 months on All-Stars (Team Blais!). This is just like a repeat of All-Stars, just with bigger stars. Don’t like it.

John Kessler

April 21st, 2011
3:16 pm

Whatever – You are correct, sir!

Rodney

April 21st, 2011
3:23 pm

Meh – I watch it, but I have to say I’m a little bored already. And for the record, I really dislike that Naomi Pomeroy. From episode 1 I disliked her. Maybe it’s editing on the part of Bravo, but I don’t think so.

Kim

April 21st, 2011
3:43 pm

With Hugh back, I’m more invested. Especially cause he’s getting a favorable edit, and the others seem to like/respect him, which is cool. But yeah, the Time article kinda nails it…

Joe for 3

April 21st, 2011
3:58 pm

My exact thoughts, FoodFan.

Debbie

April 21st, 2011
4:56 pm

Comments about his eyebrows??? Seriously??? Grow up, people! Hugh Acheson is one of the best chefs in the southeast. It’s all about the food!!

Grumpy Granny

April 21st, 2011
7:17 pm

If that little whiney-butt, Marcell, can get his own show, then I can get one of my own! I love watching all of the Top Chef shows. I prefer the original, but have enjoyed the follow-ups.

Grumpy Granny

April 21st, 2011
7:18 pm

WHAT ‘eyebrows’? I only see one large one! ;-)

Kat

April 21st, 2011
8:27 pm

Glenn

April 21st, 2011
10:24 pm

I find the chefs in Top Chef Masters acting like a bunch of “prima donnas” as compared to most of the Top Chef Cheftestants (sorry Stefan, Mike I., and a few others), and it’s a lot less enjoyable, particularly this season.

Mary Sue

April 21st, 2011
11:38 pm

I wish you the best, Hugh. Make Georgia proud.

Carla

April 22nd, 2011
6:22 am

I love top chef and it’s spin offs. I like Curtis but I’ll admit I miss Tom and Padma and the usual set of rotating judges. So far I don’t have a favorite and I’ll say the Masters edition is not as much “MUST SEE” tv as top chef and allstars was. I really wish Bravo would show the new episodes at a decent hour and not make us wait until 10. And final thought…I enjoy Hugh and am totally rooting for him..but I have to agree..the unibrow is a major distraction. It is all I can focus on when he is on camera. Poor guy..someone PLEASE help Hugh! Oh..side note…found myself watching Marcel’s show and …gulp…I can’t believe I’m gonna say this…I actually like it.

Carla Roqs

April 22nd, 2011
9:20 am

@carla–oh nooooo, grin. um, John–not liking the judges, no faves among the contestants yet, except maybe the guy with the pretty shoes. am totally ready for hugh atcheson to be eliminated again. think he is going to be the one i love to hate this season. watching show because i am a foodie geek. btw, hit flipburger when i was home last week. the lamburger as a lettuce wrap was great. my friends ordered the krispy kreme shake and the nutella marshmlo shake, but they thought the burgers were too small.

Carla Roqs

April 22nd, 2011
9:26 am

oops, acheson?

Carla

April 22nd, 2011
10:04 am

@carla r….LOL!!!!!!! I like the dude with the shoes too and I kinda like sarah?

Carla Roqs

April 22nd, 2011
10:46 am

which one is she? the take charge one? if so, i do too, she seems sharp. they just all seem so b-o-r-i-n-g…

Dunwoody Don

April 22nd, 2011
12:55 pm

We’re not watching any more episodes because [a] we think it’s dumb to require a master chef to re-interpret a specific classic dish, but not provide him with kitchen space to accomplish the task; [b] bugs; and [c] unibrow.

Alicia

April 22nd, 2011
3:40 pm

I’m a former resident of Athens and a big fan of most things Georgia so I am definitely rooting for Hugh! His reentry into the competition after being sent home waaaay too soon for my liking has reinvigorated my interest in the show. Yes, I agree the format is lacking, but it is just so wonderful to be able to get behind a chef and really cheer him on.

The Maxx

April 22nd, 2011
6:45 pm

The previous two seasons of masters were more fun with an entirely different caliber of chef professionally as well as having more palatable personas. I think the change in format really limited the quality of the pool of contestants. Most of the Chefs completely turn me off on visiting any of there establishments and I find myself not having anyone this season I feel like I want to root for. Oh and if we’re talking about best chefs in the Southeast Kevin Gillespie is ahead of Hugh on that list by a country mile.

The Maxx

April 22nd, 2011
6:50 pm

Big fan of Georgia? Then how does a Canadian (Hugh was born and raised in Ottawa) who can’t fix Shrimp and Grits properly figure into that?

Scarab

April 24th, 2011
10:24 pm

Chef Acheson was the first chef the judges let go this season of Masters. And that happened a few episodes ago.

Scarab

April 24th, 2011
10:25 pm

Oh wait…quick read caused me to miss a line in the story: he’s back! Ok…hmmm…now I might have to start watching again. But Masters is so boring compared to the regular Top Chef.

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Carla Roqs

April 25th, 2011
9:56 am

ummm scarab? he’s baaaaaack. and that happened this episode.

jim

April 25th, 2011
3:14 pm

I’ve read reviews with Acheson in a few publications and found his attitude to be holier the thou.
After watching him on this show, all I can say is, what a prick!

jim

April 25th, 2011
3:15 pm

‘THAN thou’

Carla Roqs

April 28th, 2011
1:41 pm

johhhn, you know we wanna keep complaining about this show! where is the love? last night was a great night for you to have torn them to shreds!!