The kitchen is hot and so are tempers and nerves. The prize is a big one – $25,000 – for the "Worst Cooks in America". Not only are Rachel and Jenny anxious, but so are chefs' Anne Burrell and Beau MacMillan, who have a lot riding on the newest Food Network show.
Worst Cooks in America Finalists
Jennifer Cross is 21, and a waitress from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Jenny claims she's always been obsessed with the 50s, and cooks with heels and in 1950s style clothing. "I want to be like this perfect housewife, to cook and clean, and take of everything, and I just can't, I can't do it. I've been a waitress serving delicious food for years, and none of it has rubbed off. I can't cook to save my life. I want to be able to cook so bad. I want to be able to do something that I love, well. And honestly, I can't do anything well, except my hair!"
Rachel Coleman, 23, is a Website Copy Editor from Brooklyn New York. Rachel's audition starts off, "The reason I want to learn how to cook now is because I finally feel like I'm becoming an actual adult, so I think it's pretty unacceptable that I can't feed myself. I feel one of my problems is I reach for the stars and then I fall short. I believe I'm here because I know what good food is, I just can't make it. But, I'm a fast learner, and I'm going to be more awesome that anyone else."
Rachel seems confident, but fidgety, "It's me vs Jenny, and the chef's reputations are on the line. One of us is gonna win $25,000. The pressure is on."
Jenny's honest about her feelings, "This is everything to me right now. I'm pretty tense right now."
Anne Burell says to Rachel, "Be aggressive with this, I'm tired of this like little wimpy Rachel." "I'm scared to death she's gonna cut her fingers off."
Chef Beau seems fed up as he throws down his ladle, "If you want to do it your way, you're welcome to to, but I'd prefer you do it the way I showed you. He comments, "It's like watching a horror movie. It's like your worst nightmare unfolding before your eyes. Now's not the time to have a breakdown, so let's do it.
Then Anne lets Beau have it, "Are you trying to psyche your own team member out, that's a good strategy," and gives him a sarcastic "thumbs up" gesture. Way to go Beau.
Chef Anne comments, "This is an incredibly difficult group of critics to impress." Rachel says, "I have no idea what they thought about my food."
One of the judges compliments the girls, "I think this dish is very well executed," then another judge exclaims, "How could you have been so bad?" The girls just can't win.
The bottom line? Jenny says it like it is, "This is it. $25,000 lies in the hands of food critics."
Watch Food Network's "Worst Cooks in America" tonight, February 1, 2010, at 10:00pm/9:00pm EST/PT.
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Written by Donna Diegel
Source and photo: Food Network.com