Popular north Louisiana chef Cory Bahr of Monroe heads into the 7th week of Food Network Star. The show is Food Network’s highest honor and airs Sunday night at 8 p.m. Bahr says the hardest part of the competition is trying to get his point of view across to the judges.
“It’s a bunch of different personalities that all have their point of view and perspective when it comes to food but it’s about letting yours shine the brightest and that’s what I’m trying to do.”
Bahr is the owner of Heritage Catering and was also a champion of the Food Network show “Chopped.” Bahr owned multiple restaurants in Monroe and says the experience of cooking on the show is totally different from creating meals off air. But he credits the pressure of being a chef in a professional kitchen to helping him be successful on the show.
“A studio filled with cameras and producers and assistant producers and directors and all this going on while you’re cooking, while you’re trying to be yourself, it’s not the easiest thing in the world.”
Bahr just squeaked by in week 6 after being safe from the bottom five, but he struggled cooking with canned croissants, some the fine dining chef isn’t used to.
Bahr says the work that goes into filming each episode is unreal, not only from the chefs but also the production staff. He says his main goal while competing is to show the world what Louisiana has to offer.
“The most important part about this competition was representing the real Louisiana. Who were are as a culture, a society and mostly what our personality is with food in the country.”
Bahr encourages fans to vote for him online. Watch parties at the Flying Tiger Brewery in Monroe will be held for as long has Bahr remains on the show.