Worst Cooks Exit Interview: Jen MacLean

by in Shows, January 31st, 2011

Jen, a surgical nurse, was a pro at butchering chicken. "It was a great feeling of accomplishment," she says. "Especially since I was scared to death."

Why did you need or want to be on Worst Cooks in America?
I actually thought metal measuring cups (given to me as a gift at my bridal shower) were TINY POTS!!! My younger sister had to correct me in front of all my bridal shower guests. I also served Oregano-Encrusted Lasagna (after the bottle of oregano accidentally spilled on my lasagna) at Christmas Eve dinner to my family only to make my brother-in-law choke after his first mouthful…he actually choked, and that was the end of Christmas Eve Dinner.

What was the most valuable tip or piece of advice that you received from your team leader?
My most valuable piece of advice from Chef Anne was to have confidence in myself. Confidence equals a good cook.

What did you take away from the experience?
I took some great cooking skills away from Boot Camp. I can now cut with a chef’s knife (correctly); I season food appropriately and I am not afraid to try new recipes. I am a confident cook thanks to the show.

If you could have a do-over of the challenge that sent you home, what would you do differently?
I would add chicken to my buffalo chicken potato cakes and I know they would have been great. I would have also added more citrus to my guacamole so it didn’t turn brown…

When you presented your final dish, how did you feel about it?
When I presented my final dish, I was disappointed in its appearance and taste….I knew I could have done better given more time…I was truly in Pancake Hell.

What advice would you give to future Worst Cooks competitors?
Future Competitors on Worst Cooks should be prepared for how hard you work in Boot Camp; I had no idea how tough it would be. And, they should be prepared for how big and sharp the knives are.

What was the first dish or meal that you attempted to cook back at home after being eliminated? How did it go?
The first dish I made once home from Boot Camp was Chef Anne’s omelet from the farm challenge. It turned out great and my family was quite impressed with my new culinary skills.

What was your most memorable or funniest moment while shooting the show?
My most memorable moment on the show was cutting up the chicken during the first episode and finishing first—it was a great feeling of accomplishment (especially since I was scared to death). The funniest moment was anything that was related to Priscilla. Her running with the knife at the farm challenge was over-the-top!

Read Kelly’s Exit Interview, find out more about Worst Cooks in America and catch the show on Sundays at 9pm/8c.

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Comments (9)

  1. joshie says:

    gonna miss u partner, but so glad we crossed paths, cant wait to see u again, regards to the fam…

  2. Mari says:

    Will miss u Jen, good luck wherever u go! :)

  3. Gentle Benj says:

    Your exit broke my heart, Jen. I know that steak dinner will be great, and it's awesome that you've gained confidence as a cook. But it will be a bonus, not a redemption.

  4. dorothy says:

    You were great – loved watching the show – sorry you left on Sunday

    Dorothy & Don

  5. Loretta says:

    You have so much potential and saw you helping others as you struggled with your own dishes. Never thought you'd go. I know that anniversary steak will be spectacular! Miss seeing you. Good luck!

  6. Hannah MacLean says:

    hi it's Jen MacLean's daughter here! Just saying that my momma is the best thing that ever happened to that show! She rocks!
    ,Hannah MacLean

    • Ally says:

      I KNOW YOU!!!!
      haha hi its ally sorry i was watching the food network and thought of your mom….so i googled her….sorry im a wierdo :/

  7. Fran says:

    Why, why, why would you post this very nasty comment by Joe about lovely Ina Garten?

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