One-on-One with the First Eliminated Celebrity Recruit — Worst Cooks in America
This season on Worst Cooks in America, seven celebrity recruits have signed up to be whipped into shape by mentors Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray, but unfortunately Boot Camp has room for only six, three stars per team. And that means one celebrity has had his or her time cut short. FN Dish has the exclusive exit interview with tonight's eliminated recruit.
When Anne and Rachael chose their teams, Barry and Dean were the last two left standing. After tasting both the celebs' dishes at the potluck dinner party, Anne thought Dean's baked chicken breast and sauteed broccoli dish resembled "hospital food" rather than being something enjoyable to eat, and she called out Barry for not peeling his carrots, his too cinnamon-y apple sauce and his barely edible pork chops. But in the end, Anne decided to choose Barry for her team. Despite his short time in the Worst Cooks kitchen, Dean left as a good sport and received $5,000 for his charity, the Gary Sinise Foundation.
Although it’s been short, how has your time on the show been? Is there anything that you take away from the experience?
Dean Cain: I take away a ton of … cooking tips already. It took no time at all, because I literally have never been taught to cook anything. Everything I’ve learned to cook, I’ve cooked on my own, or tried to pick up here and there. But it’s never been something that I’ve spent time doing. I’ve just been too busy. My son, he just wants real simple, easy food. He likes a meat, some pasta, some rice, and anybody, even a terrible cook, can make that — as I have evidenced.
Do you think after this you'll want to learn some new things?
DC: I’ve always wanted to take a cooking class, just to learn the basics. And even in the one meal I made here, I learned how to make each of the three things I made completely differently. So I’m excited to get home and try it. So … that’s just one meal. So, yeah, I’m going to. I actually have a couple of Rachael’s cookbooks at my house. I’ve never cracked them open. I’m going to crack them open now, and I’m going to give it a shot. It’s fun. I love it. It’s just a time thing. I’ve never had the time to … really spend … to learn how to cook.
DC: Well, it’s a little intimidating working with Rachael and Anne, because … it’s like you’re going to learn to play football from Joe Montana. Their level of knowledge is so high compared to where you are, it’s almost like you can’t even get into the nitty-gritty. They have to start "basic basics" with you. And, so you know you’re asking the dumbest questions in the world. You’re like, “What does it mean when you blanch the vegetables?” By the way, I have no concept [of] things, [but the] little sayings that they have are genius. Like, you know, the first thing you eat with is your eyes. Just stuff that I never thought of. … It’s going to affect my life. Every day that I cook, I’m going to think about stuff they’ve said. … I’ve picked up a ton of things, and it’s been really valuable in a very short period of time.
Would you have preferred either being on either Anne's or Rachael’s team? Who do you think you would have seen yourself working better with?
DC: I would have worked fine with either one of them, because they’re so good and they’re both good teachers. I might have enjoyed being on Anne’s team, because I appreciate her biting wit. When you’re not quite sure, does she hate me, or does she like me? I don’t know, that’s kind of fun.
DC: It might [be], sort of like whiplash. I thought she was going to pick Jaleel for that very reason — bring out the best he could possibly be, while making him think that she hates him.
What would you call the dish that you presented for the potluck dinner?
DC: It’s … a very simple dude-food dish. Just very simple and basic, and no-frills.
DC: Absolutely. I try to cook very cleanly, with very few ingredients. Not too much spice, because my son doesn’t like too much spice, but he likes a little spice, but not too fancy. He doesn’t like fancy, fancy foods. He wants really simple, basic meals. So that’s what he gets. If he wanted something a little more fancy-pants, then I’d have to learn how to do some more stuff, or he’d have to go somewhere else. But I’m not letting him go anywhere.
What was going through your mind when Anne and Rachael were commenting on your dish? At one point Anne said it tasted like hospital food.
DC: Yeah, I don’t get that. That doesn’t taste like hospital food, but maybe it does to her. I don’t know. I didn’t think it was that bland. I’ve been in the hospital a number of times. I’ve had six surgeries. That food didn’t taste like my food. Or maybe, maybe secretly it did, and I’ve been aspiring to cook like that for the rest of my life. I was pretty shocked it was hospital food, but I kind of thought it was funny. It made its point in a blistering-fast way.
Both Anne and Rachael also picked apart your use of garlic paste. What would you say to them about that? Do you think it would have made all the difference if you would have used fresh?
DC: Oh, no. Oh, I don’t think it would have made any difference whatsoever. It would have given them one less thing to pick on me for. I mean, for the love of God, Barry Williams screwed up all three of his dishes, and still beat me. … I was really safe. So, maybe I shouldn’t have been quite as safe on my dish.
What was the camaraderie like working with all the other celebrities?
DC: Well, it was great. You know … we were all rooting for each other. They all feel bad for me getting booted. They shouldn’t, because I have a pretty thick skin. It doesn’t bother me at all. Actually I’m glad, knowing some of the contestants, because they might have been really upset, and I wouldn’t want that.
Is there any one celebrity that you’re rooting for from this point on?
DC: I think it’s either going to be Jenni or Jaleel, because they both cooked great meals. I would say Jenni probably has the advantage, so that being said, I’m going to root for my man. I’m going to root for Jaleel to win it, because I know he’s insanely competitive, and I think he’ll cry if he loses. I don’t want him to cry. [Laughs] … But either one of them could certainly win. And there’s always a chance a dark horse comes in and does something.
Tune in to Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition next Wednesday at 9|8c to find out which celebrity will be eliminated next.