One-on-One with the First Recruit Eliminated from the Blue Team — Worst Cooks in America
This season on Worst Cooks in America, 14 new helpless home cooks have joined the ranks to be mentored by chefs Tyler Florence and Anne Burrell. Split into the Blue and Red teams, they'll face new cooking challenges every week, honing their skills until just two finalists (one from each team) remain to face off in one final cook-off, the winner of which will walk away with $25,000 in cash, along with bragging rights for his or her mentor. Unfortunately, however, every week the two lowest-scoring recruits will be kicked out of Boot Camp, losing the chance to win the prize money, but leaving with new skills they've learned from their mentors.
Every Sunday night, FN Dish has the exclusive interviews with the eliminated recruits from the Red Team and the Blue Team.
In the first episode, before choosing their teams, Tyler and Anne tested the recruits by having them cook their best dishes. Jason's unusual offering definitely left an impression on the mentors — or, more accurately, a bad taste in their mouths. Tyler ended up choosing Jason for his team. For their first cooking challenge, Tyler had his team cook a rustic and romantic chateaubriand. Unfortunately, Kortni's and Jason's dishes put them in the bottom two. In the end Tyler chose to send home Jason, who couldn't follow instruction and instead went off on his own.
FN Dish: Where did you come up with your dish of crisscross applesauce?
Jason: I really wanted a food that could bring young and old together, so what better dish than crisscross applesauce? You have the mature taste of mashed potatoes combined with the youthful taste of applesauce. It's a real bridge to two worlds.
Good. Tyler reminds me of a cop.
During the cooking challenge of the chateaubriand, you burned your sauce and cut your finger. Can you talk about how it all happened? What was going through your mind?
Look, it's hard to cook under pressure; most people don't know how intense it is in that kitchen. I'm like a brain surgeon when I work. You wouldn't yell at a brain surgeon when he's making gravy… . Yes, I cut my hand, but like many a surgeon, you have to do a few practice cuts before you dive into the real thing.
Do you think you might have veered too far from Tyler's directions, maybe improvising a little too much?
No, if anything maybe I should have improvised a little bit more. I'm an artist, and the whole time I was too worried about showing Tyler how my food tasted when I really should've been trying to show him how my food felt. This could have been done easily through an interpretive dance or performance. But I was held prisoner to the tasting format.
After the tasting you seemed sure that you would be eliminated. Do you think there was something you could have done differently in the main challenge?
I could've made the gravy. That's not the first time that's been a regret in my life, and I'm sure it won't be the last.
In your time on the show, do you think you learned something from your coach, Tyler?
I learned how to hold a knife and how to say goodbye.
Is there someone on your team that you think has what it takes to make it to the end?
Well, I don't mean to stereotype, but Sarah can crochet, and I've never met anyone in my life that could crochet and not cook.