One-on-One with the First Recruit Eliminated from the Blue Team — Worst Cooks in America

On Worst Cooks in America, 14 recruits have the opportunity of a lifetime: to be mentored by two renowned chefs, Anne Burrell and Bobby Flay. They arrive at Boot Camp with some of the worst skills imaginable in the kitchen, but if they're able to last seven weeks of competition without getting cut, they get the chance to be named the best of the worst and win $25,000 in prize money. Plus their mentor gets bragging rights — and this year Anne is fighting to win her title back after losing it to Bobby last season. Unfortunately, every week two recruits, one from each team, must be eliminated.

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During the first challenge, a baseline Skill Drill that had each recruit make his or her best dish, Muneerah cooked a spaghetti sauce that both Anne and Bobby wouldn't taste — because it looked like a cow pie. In the end Muneerah was named the Worst Cook among the bunch, and her award was choosing her team mentor. Once on Bobby's team, Muneerah had to make a pizza, but unfortunately she didn't take the best notes and ended up turning out a pizza with what Bobby called "a reverse tomato sauce" because she cooked the onions in the tomatoes, instead of the other way around. Her dough also turned out more like a giant cracker than a pizza. At elimination time, Bobby felt she just wasn't "getting it" and sent her home, leaving the Blue Team with one less teammate.

Cast Member Muneerah Warner presents her first main dish challenge to Chefs Bobby Flay and Anne Burrell as seen on Food Network’s Worst Cooks in America, Season 5.

Photo by: Rich Freeda ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Rich Freeda, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Do you think Anne was a little rough on you when you presented your spaghetti casserole dish and she compared it to a cow pie?

No, not at all.

You won the worst dish after the first challenge and got to pick your team. Why did you choose Bobby's team?

I picked Bobby's team because I thought he would be the best chef to teach me.

Do you think you should have taken more notes during Bobby's pizza demo? During the challenge it looked as though you were confused by your own notes. Do you regret not paying more attention?

I did pay attention and took plenty of notes. But I also thought it was wise to pay attention to technique and not have my head buried in my notebook.

When making your pizza, you made your sauce in reverse and Bobby thought your dough tasted like a saltine cracker. You seemed like you didn't care about the results. Do you think you gave up?

I did care. I didn't give up.

What did you learn from your team leader, Bobby?

I learned how to use a blender.

Looking ahead, is there someone on your team you think has the potential to make it all the way to the finale?

Joe, because he has the knowledge and expertise to make it!
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