Worst Cooks Exit Interview: Jeff Longcor by FN Dish Editor in Shows, January 10th, 2011
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Why did you need or want to be on Worst Cooks in America?
My last girlfriend stormed out when I tried to serve her pasta for the sixth night in a row. Eventually she started making me do all the dishes and clean the floors instead of making meals. When I go on outdoor trips, my friends will actually starve themselves instead of eating my food. I mean, that’s just dangerous, when starving people won’t eat your food even when their life depends on it. I owe it to them to learn how to cook a decent meal and I owe it to myself to improve enough to avoid embarrassing myself in front of friends, family members, coworkers, and cute girls.
What was the most valuable tip/piece of advice that you learned from Chef Robert?
The chefs forced us to prepare everything in advance to make sure all the ingredients were ready before we needed them. This high level of forethought and preparation is a great strategy for approaching any challenge in life.
Will you continue to work on your culinary skills?
I will try to continue to develop my culinary skills, but my busy schedule, limited budget, and undistinguished palate often prevent me from experimenting with food on a regular basis. While I may keep eating pasta every night, at least I have a few spectacular Food Network dishes I can make when I need to impress someone special.
If you could have a do-over of the challenge that sent you home, what would you do differently?
I would try to pay more attention to the details, especially when it comes to food preparation. The way food looks on the plate can directly influence how someone feels about eating it. My presentation was terrible so the quality of my cooking was immediately called into question. If I had a do-over, I would pause at the important moments, take a deep breath, and review the next few steps to make sure I didn’t make an irreversible mistake.
When you presented your final dish, how did you feel about it?
I looked around at other dishes, realized they looked different from mine, and knew the competition was probably over for me. I refrained from trying to argue or defend myself during the review since I felt like I should take responsibility for my mistakes. I was incredibly frustrated and disappointed in myself for failing to achieve my goal of winning the competition.
What advice would you give to future Worst Cooks competitors?
Stay relaxed and take one step at a time. Work as a team but never forget that this is an individual competition.
What was the first dish or meal that you attempted to cook back at home after being eliminated? How did it go?
I managed to cook eggs without deep-frying them! I was really excited by my progress after learning proper techniques in the competition. Eventually, though, I returned to my standard diet of yogurt, pasta, and energy bars. I’m still hoping for a good opportunity to try out my culinary skills. Maybe at the next time friends are over or maybe when I finally get a date.
What was your most memorable or funniest moment while shooting the show?
I really enjoyed the first cooking session we all shared together. I remember that some of the dishes looked absolutely terrible. Then we suddenly all started coughing and gagging without knowing why. After a few minutes, we realized that Kelsey’s dish was spewing poisonous fumes all over the room! It was at that moment that I realized I was in the right place because everyone was as clueless as me.