January 04, 2010 08:42 AM by Lisa Princ
Tonight Food Network aired a brand new elimination competition series Worst Cooks In America. Watch Anne Burrell and Beau MacMillan as they attempt to turn this horrible cooks into good cooks with a $25k prize for the winner. Will any of these hopeless cooks have a chance? Keep reading to find out!
On the premiere of Worst Cooks In America on Food Network 24 people whom either friends or family have nominated as bad cooks have all come to New York for a chance to compete and win $25k. Immediately upon arriving they are asked to create their signature dish in which Anne Burrell (whom you probably remember best as Mario Batali’s sous chef on Iron Chef) and Beau MacMillan, Executive Chef of Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain and its signature restaurant, Elements (he has also appeared on Iron Chef America) will tasteÂ to choose the 12 absolute worst cooks in America in this culinary boot camp competition.
What these hopefuls don’t know is that they are choosing the absolute worst of the worst. Anne chose 6 contestants for Beau’s blue team and Beau chose 6 contestants for Anne’s red team. Each team will then have to cook a dish after watching their captain, Beau or Anne demonstrate how to to do it and at the end of their session, the 2 worst cooks will be sent packing. Easy enough, right? Not for these folks!
Anne’s team on Worst Cooks In America which consists of Eddie Chang, an IT manager from NJ; Hamed Hamad, a fashion consultant from CA; Jennifer Cross, a waitress from Philly; Kelly LoCascio, an attorney from AZ; Rachel Coleman, a website editor from Brooklyn and Rebecca Hooper, a UT salon owner attempted to recreate Anne’s Tuscan Fish Stew.
Beau’s team on Worst Cooks In America which consists of David Summey, a salesman from NC; Jennifer Vecchio, a dance studio owner from RI; Marque Hernandez, an operations director from CA; Sophia Gettys, a stay at home from CO; Susie Shoman, an administrator from SC and Wilhelmina Josephine, a stay at home mom from CA attempted to recreat Beau’s poached tiger prawns with little neck clams.
Anne’s team was first up and she immediately tells Rebecca that she had the best dish of the team and she was safe from elimination. Next, Beau is up and lets Marque know that he had the best dish on the blue team and he was also safe from elimination. Anne and Beau then go one by one through their teams letting them know they are safe until they have only 2 contestants left per team.
On Anne’s red team she was left with Eddie, whom she advised that his dish was overdone with saffron and Hamed, who completely forgot the clams in his dish. Hamed was sent home after as Anne told him he relied too much on his teammates and was easily flustered.
On Beau’s blue team he was left with Wilhelmina, as she was advised her dish was way off with not many positives going on and David who did not decorate the dish properly. Having a touch decision, Beau let Wilhelmina know that she was the first on his team to go home.
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