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.
FN Dish has the exclusive interviews with the eliminated recruits from the Red Team and the Blue Team.
This week in Boot Camp the recruits were tested on multitasking and multiple dishes. Norman, who had been doing pretty well these past five weeks, struggled a bit in the breakfast Skill Drill challenge but ended up winning it. In the Main Dish challenge, which required teamwork to turn out a three-course dinner, Norman was unable to pull off the perfect entree. Although team member Leo had issues with his dish as well, it came down to the details, and Norman was eliminated.
FN Dish: In the breakfast challenge you made the eggs over three times until you got it right. How good did it feel to hear Anne's praise?
Norman: It was good hearing Anne's praises after the hard two weeks. After having poached eggs myself, I knew how the eggs were supposed to be, and I wasn't going to serve eggs over- or undercooked.
The pancake, however, didn't turn out as good. What do you think held you back from putting out a better dish?
My pancakes did not turn out well because of measurements we were given in our recipe. However, none of us had great pancakes. That is why she gave us a pass on them.
It felt good to win the breakfast challenge. Since I have been on the show, I have made the dish several times with the proper measurements and the pancakes have come out delicious.
When it came to browning the chicken in the dinner challenge, Anne didn't seem happy with the results. Can you talk about that?
Anne said my chicken was golden brown, but wasn't brown enough. I felt it was just as brown as the chicken in week one. What do you do? I am the worst cook, and she is the chef.
At elimination you and Leopold ended up in the bottom, with Anne pointing out it came down to the details. What would you have done differently in the dinner challenge?
I can't second-guess what I would have done differently. I gave it my best shot … . Congrats to Leo.
What's the best piece of advice you got from Anne during the competition?
Wow, Anne was such a great teacher. I would have to go with making sure that my mise en place is complete before cooking.
Actually, I have been cooking well-balanced meals often since leaving the show. As a result of Anne's teaching and my healthy cooking and eating, I have lost 20 pounds.