Worst Cooks in America, Season 4: Top Moments of Episode 3

Get an insider's look at the recruits' challenges and relive the most memorable moments from the third episode of Food Network's Worst Cooks in America, Season 4.

Photo By: David Lang ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: David Lang ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: David Lang ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: David Lang ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: David Lang ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: David Lang ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: David Lang ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: David Lang ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: David Lang ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: David Lang ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: David Lang ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: David Lang ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: David Lang ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: David Lang ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: David Lang ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Ice Cream Social

Meeting at Il Laboratorio del Gelato for a day of ice cream making, the recruits find Chefs Bobby and Anne and an array of sweet and savory ingredients, plus herbs, spices and produce with which they'll develop signature gelato flavors. As if that's not enough to do in 90 minutes, they must also create from-scratch waffle cones. "Go bold or go home," Chef Bobby advises them.

Down by Dairy

Despite lactose intolerance, Bow Tie Mike can't refuse heaping spoonfuls of gelato; he warns his fellow competitors, saying "there's going to be a problem, people." Sure enough, he soon faces a problem in the form of indigestion and profuse sweating, but teammate Sue is quick to his aid. "I'm a mom," she says. "My first instinct is to help someone."

Scrambled Situation

During their gelato demonstration, the chefs are sure to emphasize how important it is to closely monitor the creme anglaise once it's added to the milk, so that the eggs don't cook. Despite these warnings, however, several recruits find themselves with pans full of coarse, dense scrambled eggs instead of smooth cream. "I have a sieve full with eggs," Carrie Lee says. "What a loser."

Team Tasters

Sue, Rasheeda and Crystal come together for a few moments during the Skill Drill to sample each other's flavor combinations. After tasting Crystal's mixture of maple syrup, cayenne and lemon, Sue admits that it's "fantastic."

Cooking on Their Own

Now that the recruits are in their third week of the competition and are at least somewhat familiar with Boot Camp, Chefs Bobby and Anne leave the kitchen during the challenge, returning afterward for a blind tasting of each gelato. While a few scoops turn out well, Chef Anne says that others are simply bizarre.

Burger Basics

Back at Boot Camp, the chefs meet with their teams for the ultimate how-to in burger making. Chef Anne preps a Greek-inspired lamb burger and Chef Bobby "crunchifies" a Louisiana-style patty with potato chips. Then both chefs give their recruits just 45 minutes to put their own creative twists on an everyday burger.

Worst Cooks Stakeout

Although the recruits are under the impression that this Main Dish Challenge is a blind tasting like the earlier Skill Drill, the mentors have brought in Willie Degel, host of Restaurant Stakeout, to outfit the kitchen with hidden cameras so they can see exactly what's happening.

Chef Bobby on the Brain

Fresh off of her first-place finish in the gelato tasting, Carla sets off to prepare her Dream a Burger, a between-bun creation meant to woo Chef Bobby, as it's made with some of his favorite flavors. While her burger isn't the best on the Blue Team, Chef Bobby deems it very satisfying and admits that it tastes good.

Produce Mix-Up

Thanks to the hidden cameras, Chef Anne knows that what Rasheeda intended to be cucumber in her burger topping is actually zucchini. Rasheeda's mistake aside, her dish is still far too similar to her mentor's to be considered wholly original. "Your burger is not horrible, but I think you could have done better," Chef Anne tells her.

Grease Fires Aplenty

Several recruits learn the hard way that if too much oil is warmed atop an extremely hot griddle, a grease fire will surely ignite. After extinguishing the flare-up at his station, Alex serves his mentor a "burg-dog" that he says "bites you back a little bit when you take a bite." The combination of flavors and ingredients proves to be too much for Chef Bobby, who isn't impressed that Alex argues with him after every point.

Grilled Cheese Struggle

In perhaps the most disappointing flop of the day, the Red Team's Aadip — a vegetarian — chooses to make a grilled cheese in this clearly defined burger challenge, even though Chef Anne has given him many tips for making a meatless burger. She's ultimately unable to taste Aadip's sandwich anyway, as it became tainted when he licked his fingers during food prep.

Inspired by Home

A bit homesick for New Orleans, Chet serves Chef Bobby an olive-and-pickle-topped burger inspired by the flavors of a muffaletta, a traditional sandwich from his hometown. The Blue Team mentor is wowed by it: "Very smart idea," he tells Chet. "It tastes like a muffaletta." Chet's burger is ultimately named the most successful of the day, and he survives elimination.

Missing Moisture

Sue decides to incorporate mozzarella cheese directly into her burger, but the plan proves less successful than she anticipates. The patties nearly fall apart on the grill, and she's forced to press down on the meat and squeeze out all of its delicious juices. "Because it's cooked to death," Chef Anne tells her, "it's pretty dry."

Somehow Successful

"You do a lot of things wrong and it tastes good," Chef Bobby tells Alina after tasting her cinnamon-grilled burger topped with bacon and mushrooms. "I don't know how you do it."

Failure to Follow Directions

At the end of week 3, Chefs Anne and Bobby say goodbye to Aadip and Alex, respectively, although both still have much to learn. Anne's disappointed that her Red Team recruit didn't embrace the burger aspect of the challenge, while Chef Bobby has serious questions as to whether Alex is teachable. Before he leaves, Aadip promises, "This is really just the beginning for me in terms of learning how to cook."

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