Chef Robert Irvine returned to battle Chef Anne Burrell in a much-anticipated Worst Cooks in America rematch, where the renowned chefs whip a roster of disastrous cooks into tip-top shape.
For Season 14 of Worst Cooks in America, which began on August 12, 2018, there is a North Carolina connection in recruit Janese Henry. The Spring Lake, North Carolina resident has joined recruits from across the US on this competitive TV show that helps them to improve their culinary skills. One recruit will win a $25,000 prize.
Janese was first nominated for the show as a joke by her friends. It became serious when friends commented that she could probably win with her “worst-ever” green bean casserole dish.
According to her mother, Michelle Bryant, Janese didn’t learned to cook because she was involved in many extracurricular activities growing up. Mrs. Bryant is hoping that the training on Worst Cooks in America will help Janese to become a better cook for her daughters.
Said Mrs. Bryant: “It has really been surreal seeing my daughter on such a popular television show. We held a viewing party at our restaurant, Saucy Wings, in Spring Lake that was attended by many of our close family and friends.”
Mrs. Bryant added that, while she currently does not eat what Janese makes, after seeing her on the first episode she might give her daughter’s cooking another try.
In addition to Janese, this season’s recruits are:
- Copan Combs (Stillwater, Oklahoma)
- Robbie Deraffele (Hackensack, New Jersey)
- Marcus Ellis (Queens, New York)
- Bradley Garcia (Miami, Florida)
- Sarah Harris (Porum, Oklahoma)
- Linda Martin (Manchester, New Hampshire)
- Jessica Paulson (Oakley, California)
- Mary Ann Rapisarda (Valdosta, Georgia)
- Rudy Rehberg (Chicago, Illinois)
- Frank Scuderi (Maple Shade, New Jersey)
- Timmy Thok (New York, New York)
- Carla Waddell (Alexandria, Virginia)
- Kimberly D. Worthy (Atlanta, Georgia)
In the season premiere, fourteen of the country’s worst cooks entered boot camp with dreams of putting their kitchen nightmares behind them. Chefs Anne and Robert wanted to see what they’re dealing with, so they asked the recruits to make their signature dishes and the results were truly disastrous!
After being sorted into teams, the recruits dove right into the deep end of the kitchen by learning to make a surf and turf dish. The recruits on each team with the worst dishes were sent home.
Upcoming episodes feature the return of food trivia game Family Food!, a chicken challenge that forces the recruits to spread their wings and guest appearances by Food Network personalities Gesine Prado and Jason Smith.
The season culminates in the finale on Sunday, September 23, 2018 with the two most-improved recruits preparing a restaurant quality meal for judges David Burtka, Daphne Oz and Melba Wilson, who will sample the dishes in a blind taste test and determine the winner of the $25,000 prize and victory for their mentor.
Be sure to watch on Sundays at 9pm ET/PT and cheer on North Carolina’s own Janese Henry!
For more from culinary boot camp head to FoodNetwork.com/WorstCooks where you can browse photo highlights, watch funny videos and catch behind-the-scenes moments.
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Source: Lauren Sklar, Food Network
Edited by Kay Whatley