Two Louisville natives are taking Wednesday night TV by storm. Here’s how to watch and cheer on the competitors on Fox’s “Lego Masters” and Food Network’s “Tournament of Champions.”
Louisville native is a budding ‘Lego Master’For the past five weeks, 23-year-old Christian Cowgill has been racking up the accolades from judges on FOX’s “Lego Masters.”
The new series pits 20 Lego-obsessed contestants against each other in various challenges. The contestants, who are divided into teams of two and range from ages 23 to 65, put their building expertise to the test each Wednesday at 8 p.m. on FOX.
Cowgill, the son of WLKY Sports Director Fred Cowgill, is paired with Aaron Newman, a Lego educator from New Hampshire.
The dynamic duo has impressed judges and fans with their inventive designs during the first five episodes of the 13-week elimination-style competition.
Last Wednesday it looked like the pair’s spectacular run may have come to an end when a large portion of the cityscape they had spent 14 hours constructing collapsed. Cowgill and Newman were moving the scene into position for the judges when five stories of a skyscraper toppled and smashed on the studio floor.
“Yeah that was devastating and it’s definitely the video clip I hear people comment about the most,” Cowgill told The Courier Journal. “Luckily the competition wasn’t quite over when that occurred and Aaron and I were able to rally and over the next four hours rebuild to the point that we ended up in the top two finishers.”
With eight weeks of competition left on the show, there is still time to tune in and see how this Louisville Lego Master finishes in the premiere season of “Lego Masters.”
Louisville chef wows on ‘Tournament of Champions’Louisville SuperChef Darnell Ferguson won his first-round of a new super-competitive Food Network show.
The owner and chef of “SuperChefs Breakfast and More” at 1702 Bardstown Road in the Highlands neighborhood, smoked his competition on the first episode of the Food Network’s “Tournament of Champions” hosted by culinary guru Guy Fieri.
“The level of competition is the most intense I have ever been part of or seen on any cooking competition,” Ferguson told The Courier Journal. “Out of everyone on the show, I am probably the newest on the cooking scene, and that was intimidating — at first.”
In the first round of the show, Ferguson had to compete against celebrity chef and Iron Chef winner Alex Guarnaschelli. He upset Guarnaschelli in a blind tasting by the judges.
Taped in front of a live audience, Ferguson said the show feels like competing in an NBA All-Star Game for culinary experts.
A fun aspect of this new show, viewers can play along as “Tournament of Champions” progresses. Head to the Food Network’s Twitter to complete your own bracket for the chance to win unique prizes, and use #TournamentOfChampions to track the action week-to-week.
Tune at 9 p.m. Wednesdays for “Tournament of Champions” on The Food Network to find out how this Louisville chef fairs as the competition heats up.