Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Hines Ward Is Still Cooking

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Hines Ward Is Still Cooking

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A particular joy in Food Network's "Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off" (Sundays) is knowing that the two remaining contestants who are not self-proclaimed, gotta-win-it foodies have done well so far.

Until this week. Low-key Hines Ward continues to turn out some of the most-liked plates. In this week's episode, he managed to create some nicely done quesadillas and miniature cupcakes.

Not so fortunate is figure skater Johnny Weir, who knew he was in trouble from the get-go. When the chefs arrived to find the grounds done up for two kids' birthday parties, Mr. Weir said, dryly, "This could be an issue. In general, kids don't like me."

His teammate, Dean McDermott, is trying to build a brand as "The Gourmet Dad," so he was thrilled and riding on his culinary coattails. They almost pulled out the win. When there was a tie between Team Rachael and Team Guy, the lowest-scoring celebs were given 10 minutes to cook up a creative hot dog plate.

Singer Carnie Wilson went nuts, making homemade potato chips as a side. Mr. Weir made a gourmet sausage sandwich, which scored points for taste but missed the point: There was no hot dog there.

Johnny, we hardly knew ye.

Next up Sunday, food trucks!


Pittsburgh drag queen Alaska acquitted herself well on the Season 5 premiere of "RuPaul's Drag Race" (Logo, Mondays), although things did not go swimmingly at first.

After the usual meet-and-greet (air kisses all around), the contestants were hustled off to a photo shoot where they had to jump into a huge tank of water and try to look glamorous.

A few took to it in fishy fashion, others floundered. Alaska, aka, Justin Honard, outright fretted and was washed out almost from the start.

He made up for it later, however, when the 14 queens went dumpster diving in Hollywood.

Trash bins filled with bolts of fabric (thank you, Mood) and artsy materials were made available for one minute of frantic hoarding. Editing made it look as though Alaska was going to be down in the dumps, but in fact, he pulled off a chic runway look made of aqua-colored plastic: one of the night's best looks. …

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