If you've been watching "Top Chef Masters," you recently saw Chef Hugh Acheson voted off. Actually, it was the second time this season he got the boot. In a strange turn of events, one of the other chefs dropped out of the competition and Chef Hugh returned to redeem himself from the mortal sin of oversalting. He was doing pretty well until he committed another whopper in "chefdom" -- a broken mayonnaise. Although Chef Hugh disputed the criticism, he was given the "pack your knives and go" directive.
It's too bad the chef never got to make Frogmore Stew or the pumpkin dessert that Son of Hubmeister and I fought over at his Athens, Ga., restaurant.
I warmed to Acheson as I watched this season unfold and he revealed with each episode more of his quirky personality. His dry sense of humor brought some levity to an otherwise boring group of chefs. His recent sarcastic exchanges with the scientist on the science education challenge were especially entertaining.
If you read my post about his award-winning restaurant, Five & Ten (http://foodandloathingintampabay.blogspot.com/2010/10/eating-up-athens-five-ten.html), you'll now understand that placing that Chaines des Rotisseurs membership certificate near a toilet doesn't seem that out of character. I suspected an off-the-wall sense of humor. Sorry to see him go.
Here's a link to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution interview with him about the show: http://blogs.ajc.com/food-and-more/2011/06/08/catching-up-with-hugh-acheson/ If you read the comments section, you'll see that not everyone shares my humble opinion. What do you think?