Worst Cooks Finale: He Said, She Said

by in Shows, February 21st, 2011

Chefs (and Boot Camp Sergeants) Anne Burrell and Robert Irvine let us in on their candid conversation about the two Worst Cooks finalists, Joshie and Georg.

Anne on Joshie: If you had asked me at the beginning if Joshie was going to win, I would have said no way. But at the same time, I had a little glimmer that this was going to be my Rachel Coleman [last season’s winner]. You know, I really did. I said it on the first day, Robert, when you put him on my team.

He got it together after a while of me being like “Dude, take this seriously.” He came in to do his flambé or something and he’s like “I’m not going to that…” and I’m like “You’re what?” And he’s like “I mean, I AM going to do that.” His girlfriend was like “Wow, how did you get him to do that?” I whipped him into shape. I put the fear of Chef Anne into him. He grew not to irritate me.

I wouldn’t say that Joshie and I are going out to drinks anytime soon, but at the beginning I thought I was going to kill him. He kind of grew on me like a wart. He was not the crowd favorite, the team favorite, or my favorite. That he could transform himself and buckle down and take it seriously, I have to applaud him for that. I think he really wanted it; his eyes were opened up to so many different things. On the first day, when he was making his mess of a dish and brought it up to us, he said “I feel bad because my station was so messy and someone had to come behind me and clean it up.” I thought, that right there is the door opening. That right there, that is my Rachel Coleman. I can probably do something with this kid if he can get out of his own way.

Robert on Georg: If Joshie had been with me, he would have been gone like that. He’s childish. He comes to me, he’s done. About halfway through, I thought it could be Georg, and then Kelsey came over; for a while I also thought it could be Anna. It was up in the air.

Georg really wanted it. She tried harder; she tried longer; she worked faster. She had a lot of issues; she was afraid of the knife and all these things. But you could see that she wanted it and every challenge she did, she got better. I never believed this but when Anne told me, when I first found out I was going to do this, she said you will get so attached to these people. I was so attached to Georg at the end; it was like having a child. You want them to do so well, and when they do something stupid you just want to go up to them and (smack). She kept doing the same things and the same things and the same things, and the last day I just told her, you can’t be doing them things anymore. It’s not me and you anymore; it’s you and Joshie.

I was so proud of her, and I still am so proud of her. She did an amazing job. She was pissed at the end. There was an issue with the tempura on the banana. It’s tempura; chefs can’t even make tempura. We didn’t use packets or boxes, and it didn’t work. Her lamb was cooked perfectly; her vegetable knife cuts were amazing; she did an amazing job. Food is like wine; it’s up to interpretation. I think Joshie did a great job. It is what it is. I’m very proud of all of them actually.

Anne: She did do an amazing job. I really liked Georg a lot. I just felt bad that she was on the wrong team; if she was on my team she would have won! She’s just someone who would commit to something. You could just tell that about her personality.

Robert: Georg definitely will keep cooking. That was a huge sticking point in her relationship, not just with the child but with Teresa. I think definitely she would have gone home and continued to cook. That’s just the type of person that she is.

Anne: Joshie always did cook. He just had so many weird rules in the kitchen, like no fruit in salad, etc. One by one we took each one of those and busted down every one. I bet he still cooks but I wonder what weirdo rules he’s gone back to because I’m certain he’s reverted to a number of them.

Robert: Anne, I don’t want to make your head big because I’ve told you this before, but you are such a great teacher. I don’t normally do this kind of thing. I get in the kitchen [on Dinner: Impossible and Restaurant: Impossible] and we do our thing. I learned a lot from doing this and teaching people. I told Anne every day when we shot this show; she is so good at dragging that stuff out of people. It’s amazing to watch. Everybody won because they learned something.

Anne: We told them from the beginning: This will change your life. It will have a forever effect on you. It’s totally overcoming personal struggles.

Read Joshie and Georg‘s exit interviews and check out our behind-the-scenes gallery of the Worst Cooks in America finale.

Did Worst Cooks inspire you to whip yourself into a Kitchen Hero? Check out our 25 Top Tips From Boot Camp and you’ll be well on your way.

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Comments (55)

  1. SaratogaCritic says:

    I agree with Robert. Joshie is childish. He seems to be an arrested adolescent who has never grown up. He may be an attorney, but I wouldn't want him to represent me. Robert has a background in the military, as I do, and I expect we both saw numerous examples of children who couldn't handle the pressures of adulthood. Most of them never get through boot camp. But the Joshes of the world never get to test themselves in that pressure cooker. And he lucked out in this version of the cooker. George should have taken the prize.

  2. CJ Darlin says:

    Cooking is complex. I commend both contestants. Learning food "terminology" is hard enough, not to mention the technical skills, i. e., knife skills, timing, multi-tasking, expanding the palate, etc.

    Hosts: Robert made the show better. Anne is AWESOME…period! I enjoyed seeing Robert "teach" and the passion/caring that exuded from him. Anne is just a blast. Her person is MATCHLESS!

    I like the show; however, I get stressed out watching it because I am "into" it so much– it feels as though it is me in that kitchen. lol :o)

    Oy Gevalt!

    Way to go Robert and Anne!

    Job well done.

    Congratulations to all the contestants.

  3. tail11 says:

    I hope the folks at the Food Network consider bringing back some of the cooks for an all star show. Or take the two finalists from both seasons and do a food cook off show.

  4. LisaM says:

    I love this show! Ann rocks……. Josh deserved to win.

  5. John says:

    Hey Food network , what about the Fan Vote ,Carlos at 50% , why did you guys make us Vote , what is the reason behind this. ,
    please if it has no purpose then take out next year , thank you

  6. Kristie says:

    I was hoping Georg would win, not only because she was more accomplished (won more weekly challenges) but because I SOOO wanted chef Anne to get a new look!!! She's a great lady and she can cook and teach but her presentation…YIKES! Joshie seems to have won on personality rather than anything else. Georg was by far the better cook. If you go back and listen to the criticisms from the judges, JOSHIE had more problems with his dishes than George. Still, they both came a long way and should both be proud. Maybe the runner up should win something next season, like $1000. Just an idea.

    • Grace A. Hahl says:

      Please…..Joshie smoked the **** out of Georg.I really love that Anne won season 2 of Wosrt Cooks. Why? Cuz I did'nt want Anne to lose her tradition spikey hair. So..Well as Anne would say..IN YOUR FACE IRVINE!! >:)

  7. Hans says:

    You're going to freak out over a kiss? Come on. Straight people can kiss all they want in public, but if someone is gay, oh nonono!! You are a hypocrite. Either everyone can kiss in public, or no one can. PICK ONE!!

  8. Kelly says:

    Sloppy sloppy crappy trashy double double dipping Joshie , how can any one eat his food , you people are weird, and he won !!!!! How …. grooooosssss ….. Yuk

  9. diana says:

    I was really disappointed in the ending of The Worst Cooks this time. For one thing , " Joshie" is an adult, call him Josh. Another thing the first time he tasted twice with the same spoon I would have been watching him. When he did it the second time he would have been gone. I don't even do that at my home when I cook. Why did you let the blood he got on the bowl slip through. Get a band-aid. I like Chef Anne's shows but I think she slipped just a little bit this time. Do you let these things go by in your kitchen? I certainly hope not.

  10. Tyron says:

    I can't believe that Joshie won , you guys at Food Network are either bias or something else ,you just want to upset your Viewers , there is no way that Joshie should even made it to the final 8 .you guys need to read his facebook. Is this the person that you want to represent Food Network !. You guys are crazy or just think this will give Food Network ratings , what producer approved that , someone should get fired .

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