Worst Cooks in America, Season 4: Chef Bobby Flay's Team

Meet the recruits competing on Chef Bobby Flay's team on Food Network's Worst Cooks in America, Season 4.
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Photo By: David Lang ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: David Lang ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: David Lang ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: David Lang ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: David Lang ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: David Lang ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: David Lang ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Chef Bobby Flay

Chef Bobby Flay is hoping to lead the Blue Team to Worst Cooks glory with a first-time win over the Red Team this season.

Alex Stein (Los Angeles)

A notoriously fearless eater who's been known to down hot sauce straight up and face off in speed-eating contests, Alex Stein eats only at fast-food restaurants and believes that his stomach can tolerate just about anything. He's hoping that Boot Camp will give him the tools to create home-cooked meals that will wow his family and impress the ladies.

Alina Bolshakova (Los Angeles)

Alina Bolshakova is a Latvian native and professional caretaker who's eager to cook comforting, nourishing meals for the elderly man she cares for. She also hopes that being on Worst Cooks will give her the culinary confidence to entertain for her family and friends.

Carrie Lee Riggins (New York)

While professional ballet dancer Carrie Lee is known for gracefully pirouetting across the stage in front of thousands of people, she is petrified to stand behind a stove and often gets injured when she attempts to cook. She eats breakfast, lunch and dinner in restaurants and has even deemed her oven a second closet. She strives for the same level of perfectionism in cooking that she pursues in dancing.

Carla Johnson (Long Beach, Calif.)

By using excessive amounts of salt and seasonings in each meal she makes, Carla Johnson has developed her signature style of cooking called "Fake & Baking," and has even been known to pass off store-bought frozen meals as her own. She's recently become engaged for the second time to her ex-husband and hopes that she'll come away from Boot Camp with the skills to feed her family and make the marriage work.

Chet Pourciau (New Orleans)

Born and raised in New Orleans, Chet craves classic Cajun dishes but struggles to pull off meals from his grandmother's recipe book. He's an interior designer who knows how to set a beautiful table and now wants to learn to cook delicious food to fill it. He's hoping to overcome his fear of knives and start contributing to mealtime preparations in the kitchen with his partner.

Michael "Big Mike" Paul (Thomson, Ga.)

For powerlifter Big Mike, even cooking a bag of popcorn is a challenge. This self-described people-pleaser is a mama's boy, and although he's eager to move into his own home, he's worried that he'll eat at restaurants for every meal. He's hoping this competition will give him the tools he needs to become more self-sufficient in the kitchen so that he can live independently.

Tim Burger (Newport, R.I.)

For marine vet Tim Burger, learning how to cook is important not just for his own life but for his wife and their 4-year-old twins. He hopes that cooking from-scratch meals at home will help keep the family finances in check and instill in his daughters a love of food and appreciation of how it's made.

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