Worst Cooks, Episode 5: He Said, She Said

by in Shows, January 31st, 2011
NFL star and food enthusiast Kris Jenkins wasn't a fan of the game-day fare prepared by Kelly and Jen.

After each elimination on Worst Cooks in America this season, chefs Anne Burrell and Robert Irvine share their candid impressions of the booted recruits with the FN Dish. This week, they bid farewell to Kelly from Robert’s Team and Jen from Anne’s Team.

Assigned to make both potato pancakes and corn cakes, Jen was in "pancake hell."

Anne on Jen: That party challenge, every time, is a tough day. That’s the one on the first season where Jenny Cross had her big crash and meltdown; and that’s the one when I cried. Jen came in and she would start off really well in the challenges, and then she’d take a big fat nose-dive. She had no confidence, and she didn’t seem very happy. She’s a surgical nurse. I would always say to her, “I want to see happy Jen. I want to see strong, confident Jen.” And I think towards the end, she had a little bit of fun with it. By the end, when she left, she told me, “thank you, you made happy Jen reappear.” She wrote me a really sweet card with a picture of her family. She was really sweet and it was hard to send her home. She started to peek open but she never could let herself go to get there. She couldn’t deal with the pressure of it. I bet she handles stress fantastically in the operating room. This [cooking] is like surgery; you have to learn how to do it. And here we are, giving you an opportunity to learn how to do it.

Kelly feared cooking meat, but in the end she went home for her vegetarian black-bean fritters.

Robert on Kelly: Kelly wouldn’t touch meat because animals are her friends. She kept calling them her friends: “I don’t want to eat my friends.” But she butchered the chicken and actually did a really good job with it. She started to do better. In the Game Day Challenge, Kelly added too much liquid to a black bean fritter and they wouldn’t fry because they were so soft; they were so wet. She didn’t season one thing. She couldn’t put out enough food. Neither did Ty, but all the football players liked his food, so that’s what saved him.

See what Kelly and Jen are up to in their exit interviews. And don’t forget to vote for your favorite Worst Cooks recruit in our Fan Vote, up to 10 times per day.

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Comments (27)

  1. dog girl says:

    I totally think that Ty should have been sent home insted of Kelly. I was so mad. Ty has not won anything and Kelly had won one. Way to go Kelly, we will miss you.

  2. Leni says:

    Though Jen has serious difficulties with time management, she never gives up and is sincerely trying. No matter what Kat says, I do not think she is serious about this. She has no focus, no time management and has a "give up" attitude when chips are down. Though I would not want either in my kitchen, I would have given Jen the extra chance. Kat is seriously challenged in the kitchen. She just doesn"t get it!

  3. tail11 says:

    I agree. It would be cool to see what they have cooking in the kitchen now or hopefully not back to square one.

  4. BJL. says:

    I think the show is like taking 1st graders and making them cook like 12 graders.
    When someone doesn't know how to slice and dice or make mashed potatoes the chefs are asking a lot. Why not start them out with simple basic things?
    I have been cooking for a long time but don't think I could cook the dishes in the time limits Chef Ann and Chef Robert set.

  5. Nancy says:

    I would like to know if all these shows are taped at once as you never see Chef Anne in any thing else but that same floral skirt and chefs smock. Does the show have that small of budget for uniforms that she wears the same thing show after show?

  6. ShowFan says:

    My favorites are/were Kelly, Ty, Joshie and Carlos. It was hard to see Kelly leave. I'm all for the all-star show! Bring them back!

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