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Worst Cooks in America, Feb. 12 – “It’s Like The Exxon Valdez in My Mouth”

How does the Food Network improve on one of the most entertaining food challenge shows on television? The answer is easy, add Bobby Flay to the mix!  As someone who really enjoys cooking shows, this one is always fun to watch.  They aren’t learning how to cook some weird dish with ingredients you will never find in the store.  Instead, they are learning some of the basics and you can always pick up a tip or two.

This season I don’t have to listen to Robert Irvine’s weird voice, instead I get to look at Bobby!  Anne and Bobby are two of my favorite celebrity chefs who really seem to cook down-to-earth fare my family can enjoy.  No one in my clan wants to eat slug slime over raw oysters.  Thank you for taking the time to enjoy this season of Worst Cooks in America with me; I hope I can make you smile.

If you have never watched, the rules are simple.  The producers cast sixteen really bad home cooks to compete; eight will be on Anne Burrell’s team, eight on Bobby Flay’s.  The worst dish on each team will go home weekly; it’s that simple. In the end, the two remaining contestants will cook a meal for a panel of distinguished chefs.

The beginning of the season starts off similar to American Idol.  Anne and Bobby travel across the country stopping in various cities to meet potential contestants who have been nominated by family and friends.  People bring in dishes that they have prepared to showcase their lack of culinary prowess.

One man brings in hot dogs with ramen noodles served over raisin bread.  I don’t know if a dish like that shows that you don’t know how to cook, or you simply have a very weird sense of taste.  A woman is nominated by her daughters for making banana bread with paper towel in it.  Again, bad cooking skills or pure laziness?  You get the picture though.  Whether it’s always hurting yourself or an addiction to meat tenderizer, the contestants have been chosen and brought to Los Angeles.

Right off the bat, Bobby and Anne need to choose their teams.  The contestants are told to cook anything they want using the fully stocked pantry.  They need to express themselves through their dish so that Anne and Bobby can decide who they want on their teams. The contestants are given forty-five minutes to complete the challenge.

Usually when I recap a cooking show I wait until they are presenting their dishes to be judged to comment on the dish.  This season some of the people who have made it onto this show are making it impossible for me to hold off commenting.

There is Libby; she is 46.  She sells kitchenware on a tv shopping channel, but is not sure what a can opener looks like or how to use it.  If that is not weird enough, there is David; he is 26.  He is going to prepare for Iron Chef Master Bobby Flay a salmon dish.  That sounds great, right?  He is wrapping it in mayonnaise lined foil and he wants to stick it in the dishwasher for 45 minutes.  Poor David, there is no dishwasher in the studio kitchen, so he will have to cook it in an oven.  I hope he has enough sense not to cook it for 45 minutes.

Now comes the fun part, Anne and Bobby need to taste everything to decide between them who they want on their team.

First up is Erica, 53.  She has made an Everything Omelet.  Bobby thinks that it is good hangover food.  When asked why she is here she says she just thinks she cooks differently than anyone else.

Bob, who looks like a 1980’s head-banging rocker, prepared Chicken and Smashed Cauliflower.  Bobby tells him the cauliflower is raw. Yuck. Anne thinks he looks sad, and his sadness went into the cooking.  My guess is that he impresses them because he believes he will be as good as he can be.

Libby, 46, cooks Libby’s Sparkalicious Salmon.  When prompted, she says that the Sparkalicious element in the dish is the décor.  Bobby thinks it is the most undercooked underwhelming dish you could see.  You would think as a TV Shopping host she would be able to better sell her dish, but she is as bland as the food.

Dorothy, 38, makes Vanilla Fried Chicken.  She likes the idea of mixing dinner with dessert.  Her dish makes Anne gag; she tells Dorothy she clearly don’t understand flavor.  Anne questions whether she even wants to learn.  Dorothy admits she has no clue what she is doing and thinks anything she can learn will help her.

Bennett whips up something he is calling Cheesy Party.  Bobby doesn’t want to go to this party; it has no flavor, and it’s weird.  It is some kind of dip, but I can’t tell if it is potato skins they are dipping in or toast.

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