Last year, 24 home cooks were nominated
by their loved ones to take part in an experiment: can two classically
trained and experienced chefs turn a kitchen zero into a kitchen hero?
That was answered to the tune of $25,000 by one Rachel Coleman, as Anne
took season 1 by a razor-thin margin. But she's not content with that
victory. To that end, she accepts the challenge of another classically
trained and experienced chef, Chef Robert Irvine. To that end, Food
Network's paying out another $25,000 for the cook - and bragging rights
for the chef - as we embark with Chefs Anne & Robert upon the biggest
culinary abortions that are.... THE WORST COOKS IN AMERICA!
We've scoured the country for the WORST
dinners that can come out of the heads of people who watch Food Network
and say to themselves... "Heh.. I can totally do that." Sixteen of them
will be chosen for boot camp. I don't know if that's a compliment or an
- Pound cake that reads like "ten pound
- Baby food that looks like dog food.
- Cholent that, for lack of a better phrase, isn't exactly on the kosher
- Glowing cheesy chicken.
- Korean refried beans.
- A dish that apparently committed suicide before the chef's eyes.
And those are the dishes that Food
Network actually deemed fit to air. From that, we get the 16
- Anna Altomari; 44; Aliso Viejo, CA -
wants to cook to impress a man, and by "a man", we mean "Robert".
- Joshie Berger; 36; Brooklyn, NY
- Georgann "Georg" Coleman; 38; Chicago
- Matt Crespi
- Kelly Gray; 32; NYC
- Priscilla Harden; 60; Sugar Land, TX
- Jeff Longcor; 25; Somerville, MA
- Jen MacLean; OR nurse
- Carlos Manuel; 26; Atlanta
- Ty Miller; 33; Trenton, NJ
- Kelsey Milos; 22; Kings, IL - Has given her husband food poisoning
- Eric Ricupero; 34; Quincy, MA
- Kat Rose; 37; Newnan, GA
- Erika Rumsey; 27; Elgin, IL
- Anthony Scinto; Crestwood, IL
- Lina Yu; 28; Arcadia, CA
Prepare a dish from the ingredients on
the pantry FROM SCRATCH. And you have 60 minutes to do so. The chefs
will be watching to see who will get to be on THE OTHER CHEF'S TEAM.
The moment of the series is Kelsey's
cayenne chicken, prepped without an oil and with the chicken thoroughly
peppered. The resulting smokeout rivals the effect of mustard gas. And
we're only nine minutes in.
One by one, the chefs taste... what
they're given. After Robert & Anne have a moment to clear the junk out
of their systems, we go into playground pick'ems.
TEAM ROBERT: Kelly, Kat,
Georg, Jeff, Ty, Matt, Eric, Anna
TEAM ANNE: Joshie, Priscilla, Kelsey,
Anthony, Lina, Jen, Erika, Carlos
Boot camp begins bright and early
tomorrow. Right now, it's time to move in.
MAIN DISH CHALLENGE:
TEAM ROBERT: Seared
Airline Breast with Vegetable Breast
Chicken Cacciatore with Sauteed
Day 1 begins with this challenge: get
organized and make a chicken-on-the-bone dish. That requires...
butchering the chicken. If you can't do that, then you really have no
biusiness being in a kitchen even to toast bread. Knife goes through the
joint, along the bone. As for the actual cooking, you have to cut all
your veggies evenly so they cook evenly. Then reduce your wine stock (to
cook the water out of it).
On Robert's side, we learn to french a
bone, that means to take the fat and tendons off of it. Then we make our
hash by shredding the vegetables. Sauce is white wine, thyme, and
rosemary, reduced. This is simple. You want the recipe, go to the
website and get in the kitchen.
You have 60 minutes to recreate this
On the Red Side, Jen's the first to
finish butchering her chicken. She's at home in the kitchen because
she's an OR nurse. On the other end, Priscilla... done gone crazy. And
Erika creates the first fire of the season! And Carlos is #2!
On the Blue Side... did we mention that
Kelly was a vegetarian? She does learn the Travis Eberle Law, though...
That being, "Get over yourself if you want to win." Ty, on the other
hand, is keeping spirits high on his side... yet he's burning his own
dish. And so is Matt.
Two minutes left. If you are not plating,
then you will have a serious problem proving to the chefs and to America
that you belong here.
And TIME! Let's see what crap you came up
None of Robert's dishes are without
fault, but there are some with redeeming qualifies. Then Kat shows up
with her chicken... and she's the top mark on that side. Eric, on the
other hand... not so much. Georg needs to learn how to manage the clock.
Over to Anne's team. Again, there are
little faults to GLARING ERRORS on the part of the cooks. Lina had the
most glaring of all.
A lot of potential, but... and you know
this is coming... ONE person from each team is going home TODAY.
The BLUE winner today... KAT! Her cohort
on the RED side... KELSEY! Joining Kelsey, Carlos, Jen, Joshie,
Priscilla, and Anthony. Erika & Lina are in the bottom two for the Red
Team. Joining Kat on the safety bench, Kelly, Ty, Anna, Jeff, and Georg.
Matt & Eric, step forward.
Going home today... ERIC from the Blue
Side, and LINA from the Red Side.
So what did we learn this week?
- An even cut in your vegetables means an
- Breasts are soft when you poke them. That's how you tell a chicken's
front from its back, you pervs.
- And crud on the side of your plate is a sure ticket home.
What more can we learn from the Worst
Cooks in America? Find out next week.
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