One-on-One with the Latest Recruit Eliminated from the Red 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.
Time management is a very important trait to have when it comes to competing on Worst Cooks in America. Unfortunately, Susie found herself running out of time in every challenge this week. Her nicoise salad had unpitted olives and was missing key ingredients. And in the Main Dish challenge, she was unable to complete her paella because of all the time spent on prep, which meant undercooked rice that Anne pointed out bluntly: "You need your razor teeth to eat that rice." In the end Anne eliminated her, saying "Your attitude is great, but again, it's what's coming out of your hands that's the problem."
FN Dish: How did you come up with your dish of spaghetti with pigtails and boiled eggs?
Susie: My mother-in-law used to make this all the time and my husband loves it. It gives the spaghetti sauce a good flavor. Sometimes I put meatballs in it too.
You seemed really excited to be chosen by Anne. What was it like being coached by her?
I was very intimidated by her at first. I didn't know if she was going to yell at me or not. But when I met her, she gave me the biggest hug and I loved her from then on. I loved watching her demonstrate how to cook the dishes. She is so funny and matter-of-fact. She always let me know when I was doing something wrong. Whenever I held the knife wrong she would come up behind me and mark my finger with a colored marker. I would love her to coach me more. She is a great chef!
What was going through your mind when making paella?
I started out really good, but she wanted us to make exact cuts in our vegetables. I was having a lot of trouble cutting up the bell peppers into the exact size, so I had to do it all over again. It made me run really late on the time. Then my rice didn't get cooked.
At elimination Anne told you that you had the right attitude but that you just couldn't connect with the task at hand. Why do you think you struggled?
I had very bad time management skills. I had trouble finding the ingredients in the pantry. Things were all over the place.
You came into the competition saying that you needed to learn how to cook healthier for your husband. Do you think you'll try to do that more despite being eliminated?
I learned a lot from Chef Anne even though I was there a short time. I am definitely going to learn how to cook healthier. I need to and have to.
Is there anyone you think might make it to the end to possibly win?
I have three that I think will make it to the end: Norman, Kristen and Genique.