New Orleans interior designer Chet Pourciau has sautéed his way into the final four on Food Network’s “Worst Cooks in America.”
In the show’s March 3 episode, Pourciau, who says he’s always been better at setting a table than putting food on it, won the main dish challenge: creating a signature burger.
In 45 minutes, Pourciau grilled up a burger reflecting on home; it featured muffaletta toppings. Coach and chef Bobby Flay was pleased.
Teammate Alex Stein, an LSU graduate who lives in Los Angeles, didn’t fare as well on the challenge, igniting a grease fire in the kitchen early on.
Of Stein’s spicy burger with a Texas twist, Flay said, “It’s too much. Your flavors are starting to get muddled.”
Flay also said he wasn’t sure how teachable Stein was.
“Alex is like a maniac in the kitchen today. It makes me nervous just watching him,” Flay also said.
With that, Stein was eliminated.
Meanwhile, Pourciau advanced to the semi-finals at the end of March 17’s show. In this episode, the cooks had to prepare food for 30 bikers at the East River Bar in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Pourciau’s prep time ran out, and he was only able to finish 20 grilled new potatoes topped with mushrooms and cheese, when Flay had asked for 30.
“Ultimately, you want to have enough food to feed everyone. So that’s something to think about,” Flay said.
“Worst Cooks in America” airs at 8 p.m. Sunday (cable Channel 53).
Still on ‘Star’
As of presstime Friday, Amber Perley, an LSU graduate who lives in Austin, Texas, was still going strong on NBC’s fashion competition series “Fashion Star.”
The show airs at 7 p.m. Fridays. Each week, contestants are given a challenge to design clothing with a certain look, feel and function. Mentors Nicole Richie, Jessica Simpson and John Varvatos offer input as the designers progress with their creations, shop for materials and oversee the production of their garments.
In a fashion show, the contestants display their work to buyers for Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue and Express. One contestant is eliminated each episode. The winner’s multimillion-dollar prize will be launching his or her original collection at the three fashion retailers. Perley, who already has her own line of clothing, Pearl Southern Couture, has wowed the buyers so far, with Express offering $175,000 and $60,000, respectively, for her creations on those show. Her coach is Varvatos.
From the ‘Runway’
Matthew Arthur, of New Orleans, survived five weeks on Season 11 of Lifetime’s “Project Runway,” but was eliminated Feb. 21 in an episode titled “A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock ‘N Roll.”
In the episode the designers created concert and red carpet looks for country star Miranda Lambert.
A 2005 Southeastern Louisiana University graduate in communications, Arthur stumbled into the fashion world by chance. “I had never made an article of clothing,” Arthur said, “but I got asked to do menswear for a benefit show. I received some great feedback and caught the bug. It’s been research and practicing my craft ever since.”
Arthur attributes his experiences at Southeastern with helping him prepare for the real world.
“I discovered myself there. As one grows and develops, identity sort of becomes this evolving concept,” Arthur said. “As cliché as it may sound, I realized the most about myself during my time at Southeastern. Also, my work is usually based on social observation, and I can honestly say that my string of theater and writing classes definitely shaped the way I filter the world.”
Arthur works as a salon/retail manager for Neill Corp. in New Orleans and also designs his own brand of clothing. He finds his work challenging. “I find the best way to continue to grow as an artist or in any field is to continue to challenge yourself, take risks and push boundaries,” Arthur said. “The process can be difficult, but the results come with such value.”
“Project Runway,” which airs at 8 p.m. Thursdays, is now casting for Season 12.
Potential contestants must apply by April 8 at http://www.bmpcasting.com/casting/pr or by emailing email@example.com. The casting agency says the financial cap to qualify for the show has been raised, and designers who were not eligible to apply in years past may be eligible now. The prize is $100,000 to launch or expand the winner’s fashion line.
Worth a look
GO COAST LOUISIANA:10:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, 8:30 p.m. March 31, and 12:30 a.m. April 1, WLPB, Channel 27 (cable Channel 12), except for April 1 episode which will air on LPB2 (cable Channel 122).
The show’s focus will be Vermilion Parish, visiting the Great Omelette Celebration in Abbeville, witnessing the return of the endangered whooping crane, and, at the Acadian Museum, discovering the history of the Cajuns arrival in Louisiana and the hardships they endured.
Music and food of the area also are featured.
KIND HEARTED WOMAN: 9 p.m. April 1 and 2, WLPB, Channel 27 (cable Channel 12). In this special, two-part installment of “Frontline,” viewers meet Robin Charboneau, a young Oglala Sioux woman who is determined to make a better life for herself and her children while healing from the wounds of sexual abuse she suffered as a child, and alcoholism as an adult.
A custody battle with her ex-husband, and the discovery that he had sexually abused their daughter, Darian, also figures in Charboneau’s compelling story.
CHEF JOHN BESH’S FAMILY TABLE: 9:30 a.m. April 6, WYES, Channel 12 (New Orleans). From his home, the well-known Louisiana chef will shares recipes from his last book, “My Family Table: A Passionate Plea for Home Cooking.” Besh will stress that by planning ahead and thinking smart, viewers can have delicious meals on their own family tables every day.
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