Worst Cooks In America, If you see Chet Pourciau on television Sunday night, you might think you have turned on the wrong channel. But no. The New Orleans-based interior designer who has his own local TV and radio shows is a contestant on the new season of “Worst Cooks in America.”
Chef Anne Burrell and Chet Pourciau on “Worst Cooks in America.” The Food Network
The Food Network show airs at 8 p.m. CST.
“I can set the perfect table for you, but (cooking) just wasn’t my thing,” Pourciau said. Cooking stressed him out.
“I like things that are perfectly defined, instead of a pinch of this and more of that,” he said, noting his partner is such a good cook he should be a chef. Pourciau cleans after he cooks.
A friend recommended he send in an audition tape to Worst Cooks. On the tape, “I nearly caught the kitchen on fire,” Pourciau said. “It was pretty funny.”
The show sets up new-cook teams under celebrity chefs Bobby Flay and Anne Burrell. In a telephone interview, Burrell said that Pourciau was on Team Bobby.
The cast members in general were “lovable losers … They were really pretty bad getting started. Then they dig deep and make the transformation. Every season, it’s so delightful to see them do that,” Burrell said.
Lack of culinary education plagues the country because now there are generations of mothers who work outside the home and don’t cook or teach their children to cook, and schools no longer teach home ec, Burrell said. With cookbooks, the Internet and cooking schools all around, there are infinite resources for beginners, but, like any skill or project, the would-be cook has to want to learn.