Review: “Worst Cooks in America”

Kitchen zero, to kitchen hero. On Jan. 2 Chefs Anne Burrell and Robert Irvine have kicked off Season 2 of Food Network’s self-deprecating show, “Worst Cooks in America.” Sixteen of America’s shabbiest chefs will go head-to-head each week and try to prove that they aren’t the worst cooks in America. They can at least try. If they’re anything like last season’s contestants, they should just give up now. The best part about the show is how good you’ll feel about the mac and cheese and boxed wine you’re having for dinner in front of the TV.

Worst Cooks in America

We know Anne Burrell as Mario Batali’s sous chef on “Iron Chef America,” and “Secrets of a Restaurant Chef.”

On “Worst Cooks in America,” alongside Robert Irvine from “Dinner Impossible,” Burrell coaches 8 contestants as they try to learn how to cook.

The students who make it to the final will have to produce a restaurant quality meal, cooked in a professional setting for some of the country’s most esteemed culinary professionals. Each of the students seemed utterly shocked at this news, what, like you didn’t watch Season 1? Give me a break.

Right off the bat my favorite student is Kelly, a self proclaimed “poor, single spinster girl in the city.” She’s amazing.

Another notable mention is Jeff. For some reason his rugged outdoorsy lifestyle means he doesn’t really know how to use a knife to cut chicken; use those hands, Jeff, grrrr.

For their first challenge, the students have to cook a dish with no recipe in 60 minutes. From there, both Burrell and Irvine will pick students for the opposing team, hoping that their own team doesn’t suck as much as the other team.

It is fun to watch, kind of like when the skinny kid doesn’t get chosen for dodge ball, except these misfits chose to be there.

For the second challenge, an elimination challenge, the students are shown how to take apart a chicken and then cook it after both Burrell and Irvine demonstrate how this is done.

I feel for Burrell’s team—with hair like that, who could concentrate on what comes out of her mouth? In the end, two were sent home, one from each side. Apparently basic replication of a dish just didn’t quite cut it for Eric and Lina.

No matter what you think of “Worst Cooks in America,” after watching 60 minutes of these tragic souls’ failed attempts, you will walk away feeling like Julia Child.


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