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Dec 19, 2010 12:38 PM

Worst Cooks in America is Back!

With Robert Irvine taking over for Beau MacMillan. Should be an even bigger train wreck than last time. Can't wait.

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  1. I don't really get the concept of this show. Couldn't anyone screw up intentionally to "win"?

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    1. re: yfunk3

      I watched it first time around and it seemed they want you to be a bad cook and then within a day be a good cook. I didn't like it and probably won't watch it.

      1. re: yfunk3

        Or just to get a television.... or free looking lessons....

      2. I enjoyed the similar-themed show on TLC "Inedible to Incredible" with chef John Besh but they seemed to do very few episodes.

        1. Was Beau removed for his little run in with the last he recently had? Than if so, odd choice to bring in Irvine considering his past track record.

          1. Just finished it and I really hope we are missing something. When Irvine told the guy if he reduced his sauce too much to just at more stock..... how would this guy know that??? I didn't even know that!

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            1. re: libgirl2

              I thought boning a chicken was a pretty tough 1st step, and "airline style"? And what's harder than cooking a tasty, moist boneless chicken breast? the bone in, dark meat challenge was easier.

            2. I remember watching a little of this show last time it was on. I watched a little of it tonight. (How can a 60 year-old retired school teacher not know the basics of cooking?)

              This show is like a gawker slowdown on the freeway; you don't want to look, you know you shouldn't look, you know it slows down traffic if you look, and yet you look anyway.

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              1. re: John E.

                i tried last season - couldn't make it through an episode so i didn't even bother this time around. i just remember being so infuriated by the utter cluelessness of all the competitors that i wanted to whack each of them over the head with a skillet.

                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  I'm more annoyed at FN for giving this crap time on their network. There is so much more worthwhile subjects on which they could produce a show. I still don't know how anybody can get through life that clueless about cooking. Who ties their shoes?

                  1. re: John E.

                    Really? Because they give Sandra Lee time!

                    1. re: John E.

                      JohnE, I was thinking of starting a thread about that very question. How can anybody not know how to feed themselves? I understand not knowing how to fix a car and I even get those HGTV participants who have never painted a wall before (??!!)
                      But food is a basic physical need. I really would like to know how they get this old without ever cooking a meal for themselves. If anyone out there knows the answer, we would love to hear what you can tell us about it.

                      Of course, everything on TV is fundamentally entertainment, so FN is perfectly within its rights to do whatever it takes to entertain us. This show gets the rubberneckers who like disaster shows to join the FN audience. It's all about the dollars, and that's fine as long as we understand the difference between entertainment and education.
                      Since I am a big Anne Burrell fan, I will watch this show just to see her reactions to the disasters in her TV kitchen.( And I did do my share of gawking at the derailed train I drove by today) . ;-)

                      1. re: jmcarthur8

                        Well... I have a sister just a year younger than me who absolutely positively could be on this show. The list of things she makes which is inedible is astounding. My favorite memories: The 1/4 inch tall birthday cake she made with a mix but didn't have eggs so she just made them without them. A pot roast she covered in foil without any liquid and baked for about four hours at 400 degrees - a desert-dry, shoe-leather mess and my husband, g*d love him, ate a second helping to be polite. And finally, as a tribute to me she made an apple pie with a recipe I gave her. She put half a tall bottle each of cinnamon and nutmeg in the filling because "the meager" amounts I listed "just had to be wrong."

                        So, I think the reason "these" people can't they really are clueless when it comes to food.

                        1. re: TrishUntrapped

                          believe it or not, my sister is even worse. she's attempted to "cook" exactly twice in her life, and she's in her mid 30's. the first attempt was in college, when she wanted to bake cinnamon buns for her study group. she put the UNOPENED CAN on a cookie sheet and shoved it into a hot oven. the second try was about 10 years later when she decided she wanted to make her own hard-cooked eggs instead of buying them from the salad bar at the supermarket. she then called my mother to ask if she could just stick the entire carton in the microwave and cook them that way. no joke.

                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                            GHG, you reminded me of something my sister did when she was a teen. My mother called in the late afternoon and said she was running late so she asked my sister to take a roast beef that was waiting in the fridge, and put it in the oven at 350. She did... she took the packaging off and put the roast in the oven, without a pan. My mother came home to a smoke filled kitchen. (I was off babysitting that day.)

                            It's just this cluelessness thing. Most of us have it in some way. Ask me to fix a problem with my car... yeah it should be simple but I just don't do it and I drive my car every day. That's how it is with some people and cooking.

                            1. re: TrishUntrapped

                              Wow, those are some really clueless examples. I am not a fantastic cook, but I can at least make enough meals that no one starves in my house. And I certainly know to put a roast in a pan!

                          2. re: TrishUntrapped

                            My sister also could have been on this show. She was a good school teacher and a fantastic musician but had absolutely no instincts for cooking and apparently not much desire to develop them. My mother tried to help (she was an accomplished home cook). My mother told her that Bisquik oven fried chicken was easy. I guess my sister made it without actually reading the recipe on the box. She made biscuit dough and attempted to wrap it around the chicken before putting it in the oven. My sister once told mom that she would be a better cook if she had better pots and pans. My mom told her that if she were a better cook she would already HAVE better pots and pans.

                          3. re: jmcarthur8

                            What I find most interesting about last season was when they had the contestants' loved ones come on the show to try the food. Especially the winner's "mommy" (what is it with grown people still using this term?!?)...who offered no explanation as to why she raised a daughter with absolutely no cooking skills. Do all of these people have parents who are awful cooks, too? Or did they just never take the time to teach their kids?

                            1. re: teemo

                              It's not always the parents' fault. I'm sure my mother attempted to teach my sister how to cook but she wasn't interested.

                              1. re: John E.

                                Ditto. Somehow I learned, somehow sis didn't.

                            2. re: jmcarthur8

                              I just remembered something sort of funny. Last winter I had to fly south to help out my father after some surgery (his). After he got home from the hospital his neighbors behind him brought over some really good homemade soup. They then brought over a couple of plated meals (they called first) that were great. They did this probably thee or four times (much appreciated). But the fourth time there were 4 racks of just smoked baby back ribs that I made cooling on the counter. They didn't bring anymore food over and I gave them a rack of ribs. I guess they figured I could cook well enough so we wouldn't go hungry or have to eat frozen pizza.

                            3. re: John E.

                              If my house wasn't so messy right now, I'd invite all of you over to observe my 60+ year old husband. I broke my arm in December and we're dining on what I can cook with his help. Watching him peel an onion is terrifying. Having to tell him that scrambled eggs need to go into a buttered, not dry, pan is just plain irritating. This is someone who can tackle the most daunting DIY project around the house and who has saved us untold thousands of dollars with his carpentry, electrical and plumbing skills so I'm trying to be patient.

                            4. re: goodhealthgourmet

                              I'm with you, GHG! I looked at the first little bit of the show, and I was so appalled by the sheer incompetence and idiocy of the participants, that I agreed to watch my husband's show on Speed channel, lol!

                              1. re: roxlet

                                Roxlet, we have the same argument over shows at my house!!

                                Damn you, Speed Channel...