Worst Cooks in America, Season 2: Behind the Scenes of Episode 7
The Final Four
Kelsey, Georg, Joshie and Carlos are the last recruits left standing. It's getting intense: For this week's Skill Drill, the four compete in a Culinary Decathlon that tests everything they've learned.
Neck and Neck
Georg defeats Kelsey in the Decathlon for the Blue Team, but she makes sure to keep her eye on the real prize: "Kelsey and I really are neck and neck."
The recruits are thrilled to learn that their next challenge involves dessert. Even better: They're learning to flambé and will present their flaming desserts tableside. Chef Anne gives her recruits some tips for successful — and safe! — flambé.
Chef Anne's Flambé Dessert
Joshie and Carlos will replicate Chef Anne's crepes with flambéed cherry sauce. She can't predict who will prevail: "One is flying all over the place, the other one is slow and methodical."
Get the Recipe: Flambeed Crepes with Mascarpone and Cherries
Chef Robert's Flambé Dessert
Kelsey and Georg will prepare Chef Robert's bread pudding with flambéed peaches.
Get the Recipe: Vanilla Brioche Bread Pudding with Peach Suzette Sauce
"You told us you wanted to learn to cook for your loved ones," says Chef Anne. "Now that is exactly what you are going to do." Joshie's girlfriend, Carlos' sister, Georg's wife and Kelsey's husband arrive at Boot Camp.
The visiting family members are asked what they would like their recruit to prepare. Joshie's girlfriend, Mars, requests a "chicken dish with a sweet twist."
Sweet and Spicy Chicken
"Joshie has all kinds of rules with cooking," Mars explains. "Certain flavors don’t mix for him. I'm looking forward to him making some chicken that's sweet." Chef Anne gives Joshie a recipe for this maple-glazed chicken.
Get the Recipe: Maple and Cayenne Glazed Chicken
Dinner and a Show
"I'm really excited for the crepes, which I love and which my girl Mars loves," says Joshie. "I'm really in a good mood at this point." He's even more thrilled when Chef Anne chooses him to represent her in the final challenge.
Georg's wife, Teresa, requests a dish with fresh seafood. "It's something we both love, but it isn't necessarily the easiest thing to do," she says.
Chef Robert shows Georg this seared mahi-mahi with fragrant rice and mango salsa. She then gets to work replicating it for Teresa.
Get the Recipe: Seared Mahi-Mahi with Mango Sauce and Fragrant Rice
Georg has a little fun with the flambéed peaches for her dessert. "In the past, I would lose confidence, but now I have a whole new level of confidence in the kitchen," she says.
Chef Anne calls her remaining recruits the tortoise and the hare: Carlos works slowly and carefully on his crepes, while Joshie is a "whirling dervish."
Carlos' sister, Rena, requests a Thai dish — it's a cuisine that she and her kids love. Chef Anne gives Carlos a recipe for Thai red curry with shrimp. Unfortunately, under-seasoning is his downfall.
Get the Recipe: Thai Red Curry Shrimp with Jasmine Rice
Playing With Fire
"The first day I was here, I had my own flambé going on," says Carlos. "I'm excited that we're going to make a fire in our pan, and it's supposed to be there."
In It to Win
"I really need to beat Georg. I need to show Chef Robert that I'm ready to represent him," says Kelsey.
Kelsey's husband, Kris, asks for a venison dish. Accustomed to burning everything, Kelsey makes sure not to overcook the meat, but ends up undercooking it instead.
Get the Recipe: Venison Tenderloin with Berry Sauce and Creamy Potatoes
Although Kelsey's husband is thoroughly impressed with her flambé skills, she doesn't prevail. Chef Robert chooses Georg to move on to the final challenge.