December 20, 2010 04:00 PM by Lisa Princ
Worst Cooks In America on Food Network is returning for it’s second season on January 2nd, 2011 and this season Anne Burrell will be joined by Robert Irvine in the ultimate battle of the horrible home cooks. Robert Irvine took the time to dish about the new season in a recent interview – keep reading for all the details!
Food Network’s Robert Irvine will be joining Anne Burrell this season on Worst Cooks In America. Robert, who is best known for his popular Food Network show “Dinner Impossible” recently sat down to talk about season two of the hit series. Here is what Robert wanted to share with his fans:
Question: Since you are new to the show and Anne is more seasoned, what is your strategy to beat her?
Robert Irvine: My strategy is really simple – teach the best I can and make them feel as comfortable as possible. The contestants need to feel comfortable and you really need to earn their trust and respect and make them feel as though anything is possible. I have a more complex cooking style, but I will also not change that for anyone. In fact, the final dish was very difficult but I felt it showed the contestants skills.
Question: What was your initial thought when you signed on for the show?
Robert Irvine: That is was a challenge to see who could teach better. For me it was interesting and scary at the same time. I mean, it’s one thing to teach students, but another when someone has no knife skills or doesn’t even know what bacon is. It was definitely scary but exciting at the same time.
Question: What is the biggest mistake that you see these amateur cooks making?
Robert Irvine: The first one would be controlling the heat. The knobs on the oven are there for a reason [chuckles]. The second would be knife skills and planning. If you have everything ready and cut the same size, you can’t go wrong.
Question: You face so much pressure in all of your shows, what about off camera?
Robert Irvine: In my restaurant it is very different because everything is organized and controlled. I love the pressure though, I think it is a great equalizer – like can you deal with it under pressure. Personally I thrive much better under pressure.
Question: You mentioned the complex end dish, were you confident in that contestant?
Robert Irvine: 4 weeks prior I did not have the confidence in that person, just because they were very inconsistent. On the final day I was extremely confident and proud. It’s like a child, seriously all the time that I have spent with these contestants in the 8 week period made me feel proud.
Question: So will we see any tears from you this season?
Robert Irvine: No, no tears from me.
Question: What did you think of all the bad food you had to try and how did you handle that?
Robert Irvine: I didn’t believe it could actually be that bad, but it was. It was amazing that these people actually thought they were good cooks and would eat this stuff every day. I mean there was one contestant who gave her husband food poisoning about 3 times from her cooking. Let’s just say I had about 3 rolls of tums, some halls cough drops (to get rid of the taste) and a lot of water.
Question: You’ve done a lot of cooking for people and events, who or what has been your favorite?
Robert Irvine: Each person and event was different but I would have to say my favorite and what I get the most satisfaction from is cooking for our troops. I love serving the troops and it makes me very proud to do so.
Be sure to tune in for a brand new season of Worst Cooks In America on Food Network on January 2nd, 2011 at 9 pm EST, as well as Robert Irvine’s other new series “Restaurant Impossible” which premieres on January 19th, 2011.
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