Why did you need or want to be on Worst Cooks in America?
I needed to be on Worst Cooks in America because I just got married and I kept screwing everything up! I tried to cook all the time and the outcome was never good. I have: Given my husband food poisoning twice, once from not cooking the turkey burgers all the way, once from old food; blown up a gas grill and burned off my eyebrows, eyelashes and bangs; tried to make seven different kinds of Christmas cookies and ruined every single one; made chicken for two of my close friends and somehow it came out purple; set a whole pan of bread on fire — I mean actual flames! Despite what my husband says, he can’t cook either. We want kids soon and one of us needs to be able to cook or they will starve!
What was the most valuable tip or piece of advice that you received from Chef Anne or Chef Robert?
The most valuable thing I learned from the chefs is how to dice an onion. Normally when I dice onions I am crying and just trying not to cut off any fingers. It always ends up different sizes and with pieces of the skin in with it too.
What did you take away from the experience?
I have learned so much from this experience. I actually love to cook now! I literally cook three to five nights a week. When I first started this journey, I said my dream is that 10 years from now my husband will have gotten nice and fat and he will say, “I wouldn’t be so fat if Kelsey wasn’t such a good cook!” Just the other day he came out of the bathroom and said he gained 8 pounds which he blames on my cooking. My dream has come true! I feel like we will now be able to start our perfect little family complete with a mom/wife who is a whiz in the kitchen.
Will you continue to work on your culinary skills?
I will for sure continue to work on my culinary skills. Learning how to cook is something I always planned to do. The thing is, before Worst Cooks I thought that the prepackaged meals you have to put in the oven meant cooking! Now I know how to start from scratch and complete an amazing dish. I am thinking about taking culinary classes with my little sister next fall. I am just nervous because I know she will show me up!
If you could have a do-over of the challenge that sent you home, what would you do differently?
OMG, I can’t stop thinking about my last challenge! I screwed the whole thing up big time. If I would have just calmed down and focused I would have done great. Everything was going fine until Kris came in the kitchen, then I got all giddy and couldn’t think straight. I knew that the venison wasn’t done but I took it off anyway. I keep kicking myself over it; I have thought about that moment 1000 times over. I feel like I need to prove to myself that I am capable of making that dish properly but I am still too distraught over it. I was sooooo close to winning $25,000 and I screwed it all up!
When you presented your final dish, how did you feel about it?
When I presented my final dish, I knew it wasn’t any good! I was just happy to get to see Kris again. I was really nervous that he wasn’t going to eat it. I have made him sick so many times he won’t eat anything if it is even a little “pink.” This piece of meat wasn’t just “pink”, it was “red”!
What advice would you give to future Worst Cooks competitors?
If I could tell future worst cooks anything it would be to relax and enjoy the experience! It is a once in a lifetime experience and $25,000 is nice but it doesn’t hold a candle to the amount of knowledge you will get in return.
What was the first dish or meal that you attempted to cook back at home after being eliminated? How did it go?
When I got home the first thing I did was teach my mom and sister how to flambé. We didn’t have a small pan like we did in the last challenge so I used a big one. Oh my gosh, those flames got much bigger! It was really scary. No one should have taught me how to do that; I am lucky I still have a kitchen.
What was your most memorable or funniest moment while shooting the show?
My most memorable/embarrassing moment from the show was on the first day when I practically smoked out the kitchen. At first when it was just Chef Anne coughing I thought she was just being dramatic. Then I looked around and saw that I was the only one not coughing and I started to feel really stupid. It was so bad that even the camera man had to put the camera down to get some water!
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