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Feb 6, 2014 12:09 PM

Hugh Acheson - Top Chef

In the beginning on Top Chef Masters - I just didn't like him.

When he started doing judging on Top Chef, I really found him hard to watch on screen. He annoyed me.

I have only watched a handful of this years season. I found myself checking in here and on TC website. And I started reading his writing, and his readin and writin' is rythmic.

So for me, I guess the third time is the charm. What never came thru on camera, came thru in his prose. He's dry and funny and quick and sharp and brutally honest while remaining kind and aware the power of the pen.

And you?

I like him - a lot.

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  1. I am a total fan.

    I enjoyed him at first on top chef masters, just because, he always had a quip at the ready but did also hunker down and work, he was not a slacker.

    Now, his TC blogs have completely converted me. I agree the combination of being brutally honest and yet still kind - winning.

    If you can, listen to Alton Brown's podcast with him. He talks about cooking, being a dad and how the heck he got involved in Top Chef.

    1. I liked him on TC Masters and then more when he started regularly judging. He's got a dryness I really find funny. But it's really his writing that made me fall totally for his Canadian/Southern Unibrow fabulousness. The dude can write. I rarely follow Twitter or anyone on it, but his Twitter feed can also be really entertaining.

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      1. re: lsmutko

        I follow him on twitter too and am often very amused.

      2. I didn't really have an opinion of him on TCM until the culinary science fair, and his general attitude turned me off (although he did have one of the more difficult scientists to work with). But his recaps and his appearances as a judge on TC totally turned me into a Hughpie. (Hey, I figure if my tween cousin can be a "Belieber," I can be a Hughpie.) I have friends and family in Atlanta, and am just looking for a good time to plan a visit so I can actually eat his food.

          1. re: seamunky

            That cranked up my Hughcrush a notch, even though the unibrow doesn't bother me.

          2. He and a few other chefs did some funny work for Food and Wine a month or two ago.


            His comic timing is pretty good for a chef.

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              1. re: ennuisans

                Thanks, ennulsans. Looks like a promo for something coming in February 2014.

                Here's another link where participates in a contest for Delta to pick an executive chef for its airline food, or at least another chef to work on recipes. It's called Cabin Pressure Cookoff.


                1. re: nemo

                  I just saw that on a Delta flight today! To bad he goes home first, but handles it with aplomb.

                2. re: ennuisans

                  That was great. He's one of the most interesting chefs that I follow on Twitter.