One-on-One with the Latest 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.
FN Dish has the exclusive interviews with the eliminated recruits from the Red Team and the Blue Team.
This week the recruits faced their fears in two challenges, first deep-frying, and then making pasta with squid ink. For Kortni, both challenges were far above her experience level. While making her chicken wings for the Skill Drill, she tossed them in honey before cooking them, which led to the wings burning in the fryer. Then while making pasta in the Main Dish challenge, she ran out of time to make her sauce, presenting one naked ravioli. Her elimination didn't come as a surprise.
FN Dish: After winning with your Greek taco last week, were you excited going into this week's challenges?
Kortni: Yes, I was really excited and shocked that both chefs actually enjoyed my cooking. If the chefs like it, then my family at home should love it!
You seemed nervous during the challenge while cooking your chicken, and you ended up kind of burning it in the deep fryer. What was going on in your mind?
In my mind I kept praying: "Lord, please don't let me start a fire! I can replace burnt chicken, but I can't buy Food Network a new kitchen."
What did you think when you saw the squid in the main cooking challenge? Were you ready to cook with it?
I actually thought it was a baby octopus and I didn't want to cook it.
You ended up getting help from Tyler and Genique during the challenge. What was it like working on a team?
I love my team! Chef Tyler is a great coach and my teammates are all amazing. If it wasn't for me sharing stations with Genique and Sarah (oh, and Stephanie), I probably wouldn't be in Episode 4.
Things got tough when you were making the pasta and you ended up forgetting to make a sauce, plating your dish without one. What happened?
I ran out of time, so I was left with a raviolo that looked like a spaceship on the moon inside of my empty white plate.
At elimination you joked you won't need flash cards at the supermarket anymore. Do you think you'll be cooking more?
Yes, I will definitely be cooking at home now. In fact, don't be surprised if the next time you see me I'm challenging Bobby Flay.
Is there one thing you leave the competition with — something you learned from Tyler that you think will help you cook better in the future?
Tyler taught me so much. I came into Boot Camp thinking a zucchini was an instrument and a pomegranate was a part of the apple family. I'm now leaving more knowledgeable and confident. And thanks to Tyler I can create fancy meals that don't require a bag or microwave.
Is there anyone on your team who you think will make it to the end?
Genique was my roommate, so I can't help but to cheer her on, but I'm wishing everyone on my team the best of luck. I really hope someone from the Blue Team wins.