Worst Cooks in America, Season 12: Craziest Moments
Relive some of the top moments from Boot Camp, including hilarious mishaps, epic cooking fails and bittersweet eliminations.
Photo By: Chris Amaral
Photo By: Scott Gries
Photo By: Scott Gries
When professional balloon artist Robyn entered Boot Camp, she didn't come alone. Balloon versions of Tyler and Anne came along to add some humor to the stressful Baseline Challenge.
Please Egg-splain Yourself
The Baseline Challenge always brings out some interesting cooking techniques, but Asaf's strategy for cracking an egg had Anne and Tyler scratching their heads.
Melted Bag of Eggs
Eggs were also a challenge for Spencer who used a technique he'd learned as an Eagle Scout. "I'm doing signature eggs in a bag," he said with confidence. "It has ham, green pepper, eggs, and you pretty much throw it in a bag and put it in boiling water." "That could either be horrible or genius," Tyler said. Unfortunately for Spencer, the heat from the pot melted the plastic bag.
Nothing like some light exercise to make you forget about your cooking skills.
Cheesy Toaster Technique
Everybody is always looking for shortcuts to save time in the kitchen. That's why Priscilla put slices of bread covered in cheese into a toaster laying on its side. "It cooks the bread faster," she said.
Pop Goes the Sandwich
Next time she'll have to remember to catch it when it pops out of the toaster.
Oomph & Thickness
Nobody wants a loose filling in their chicken pot pie, but instead of adding flour to it, Shatima threw flour right onto the pie crust. "It gives it extra oomph and the thickness," she said.
Cutting Board Confusion
Despite its name, a cutting board is not actually used to cut onions. Better luck next time, Asaf.
Sylvia Takes a Tumble
Sylvia was so excited to start the second week of Boot Camp, she could barely stand it.
The lesson in week two was knife cuts, and what better way to start than with a man juggling meat cleavers.
Red Finger Flop
There is one thing you can always be sure of when you step into Boot Camp. If you hold your knife wrong, Chef Anne will color your finger red.
Smoke Is No Joke
Brown food tastes good. Burnt food does not.
Tyler didn't seem too pleased when Kevin accidently splattered cream on his shirt.
Even with both of Skyler's hands, one of his hands, and his mouth, Sharon just could not open that plastic bag.
A vegetable-themed challenge calls for a dancing carrot, right?
The Lily Shuffle
Lily started the third week of Boot Camp with her new signature dance. "I love doing The Lily Shuffle," Tyler said.
Robyn was finally holding her knife properly, but that doesn't mean she ws using it properly. "Please don't cut towards your hand," Anne warned.
Brandon's Taste Test
"I know you're going over to wash that hand right now, aren't you?" Anne questioned.
Sylvia's Shattered Dish
There was an unfortunate surprise waiting for Sylvia when she checked on her dish.
During the fourth week of Boot Camp, the recruits were challenged with making Nachos, and Sylvia tried to bring more flavor to her Cajun nachos by pounding crawfish in a mortar and pestle. "No. Just no. Mnh-mnh. No. No. Gross," Anne said in shock.
Everyone on the blue team was confused about the same thing: the difference between a dip and nachos. "You're not making a dip. You're making nachos," Tyler said repeatedly.
One of the most important elements of cooking is time management. Brandon learned that the hard way.
French ... Salad?
The recruits were tasked with making a stuffed burger and fries, but Lily decided to serve a bed of lettuce and tomatoes as her side. "The simpler the better," she said. "Knock yourself out," Tyler said hesitantly.
Raw Garlic Burger
Brandon intended on making a garlic mayonnaise, but since time got away from him, he slathered normal mayo on his burger buns and added a few cloves of raw garlic to his burger. "My mouth is burning from raw garlic," Anne said in disgust.
"I think it's time for me to call it a day," Sylvia said during elimination. "You either can retain information in this type of environment, or you can't, and I-I can't. I would rather leave on my terms than be told that I didn't make the cut."
The Big Pine-Apple
For the fifth week of Boot Camp, the recruits made pizza from scratch. "I'm a native New Yorker. I've been eating pizza since I was, like, four-years-old," Sharon said with confidence. "I'm going to make a New York-style, barbecue chicken pizza with pineapple. “I live in New York," Steven responded. "Pineapple? I don't think so."
Balloon Chefs Part Deux
Anne and Tyler weren't around for this week's main dish challenge, but luckily their balloon counterparts were!
"I go to slide my pizza on the pizza stone, and it doesn't budge," Robyn said with concern. She tried to fix it on her own, but she kept burning her fingers on the pizza stone. Luckily Brandon jumped in to help his fellow teammate out.
Raw Garlic Returns
Apparently Shatima didn't learn from Brandon's mistake last week, and unfortunately for Tyler, he was the one biting into raw garlic this time around.
Luckily for the recruits, nobody was going home this week, but the cooks with the worst dish on each team would switch places! Lacey was now on the red team, and Spencer was on the blue team.
Cooking for Cupid
For Valentine’s Day in Boot Camp, the recruits got a special visit from Cupid. "I'm going into Boot Camp, and all I see is the hairiest Cupid I've ever seen in my life, jumping like a ballerina," Asaf said.
Whipped Cream Chefs
The first challenge this week was making whipped cream from scratch. The recruits tested the thickness of their whipped cream by holding it over the mentors' heads. Unfortunately for Anne and the red team, they weren't able to whip their cream into shape.
The first dish the recruits made this week was a molten chocolate lava cake topped with whipped cream. Robyn's cake turned out great, but it was too, too hot when she started plating, leaving her whipped cream a runny mess.
Always looking for a quick trick, Asaf thought whipping his cream in the freezer would help it firm up faster, but all that time whisking in the freezer left him with frozen fingers. "I don't feel my hand," he said with concern.
"Did you come here wanting to be on the red team?" Anne asked Robyn while assisting her in the main dish challenge. "I'm going to be honest, no," Robyn said. "I was scared that I wouldn't respond well to your teaching, because you have that harder love, but I've actually grown to really love it. I think it's like Stockholm Syndrome."
Steven won the first challenge of the week, so for the Main Dish challenge, he got a special advantage: 5 minutes of help from Tyler, but Steven was feeling confident in his dish. "I may not use the advantage," he said. Unfortunately, that decision would come back to bite him during the tasting. "You should have used my help, because it's not perfect," Tyler said.