And the Worst Cooks Winner Is…

by in Shows, April 2nd, 2012

worst cook judges and team

It all started with a nation-wide search for the worst cooks in America. After narrowing that search down to 16 recruits, Bobby Flay and Anne Burrell each chose eight, making up their new teams for the season.

A new addition this season was Bobby Flay, who joined the show to battle it out against seasoned champ Anne Burrell. Each hopeless cook competed for a chance to win $25,000, which would be awarded to the winning contestant who achieved the most progress and best performance, in addition to a victory for his or her culinary mentor.

It can be argued that the recruits were handed some pretty difficult tasks this season, tasks that every day home cooks probably don’t tackle, like making their own noodles and cooking fresh seafood. But in addition to those, Bobby and Anne made sure they could handle the basics like making breakfast, cooking chicken to the proper temperature and rolling the perfect meatball.

We also saw the recruits get creative with their techniques. Early in the season, we learned that Erica Weidner from Team Bobby was talented in creating double-duty uses for gadgets in the kitchen, like scissors to cut a bell pepper instead of a knife. In the past, she’s also used disposable razors to peel turnips and plyers to remove giblets from a frozen chicken.

Week after week, one recruit from each team said goodbye to their mentor. The final episode pitted Vinnie from Team Bobby against Kelli from Team Anne — each recruit cooked up the ultimate three-course meal with the guidance of their mentors.

kelli powers winnerSo who weathered the storm and took home the grand prize?

Anne Burrell is now a three-time champion as Kelli Powers took home the win with her Sweet Potato Crab Cannelloni, Porterhouse Steak and Roasted Cauliflower and an Apple Crostada With Caramel Sauce.

The three judges, Marcus Samuelsson, Susan Feniger and David Burke — who were given the final dishes blindly — did not come about this decision easily. Vinnie’s Yellowtail Tartare and Squab Marsala left a lasting impression. However, the Pistachio Crème Brule brought him down in the last round when the custard wasn’t cooked thoroughly for Marcus. Did water get into the brulee dish when Vinnie put them in the oven? I guess we’ll never know, but I’d happily eat either one of the finalists’ final meals.

More Worst Cooks

Photos: Top Moments From the Finale

Chef Anne’s Best Worst Cooks Reactions

Chef Bobby’s Best Worst Cooks Reactions

Worst Cooks in America Season 3 Recipes

Similar Posts

What to Watch: Family Bonding on Farmhouse Rules and the Series Premiere of All-Star Academy

This weekend, get great recipes from The Kitchen and Farmhouse Rules and tune in for three hours of competition starting Sunday at 8|7c, featuring the...

Comments (196)

  1. The question I have about the recent internet postings that say that the Big 12 brings in more money per school . . .

  2. Vanna Pickl says:

    Kevin, the rule in college basketball is that each conference gets one automatic bid and they can give it out however they please. The Ivy League still doesn’t play a conference tournament. The Big 10 didn’t for the longest time. Both opted to give their automatic bid to the conference champion.

  3. Full Video says:

    Somebody necessarily help to make severely articles I might state. That is the first time I frequented your website page and thus far? I surprised with the analysis you made to create this actual submit amazing. Fantastic task!

  4. Michael, the Big 12 expands just as soon as Maryland wins their suit. Now if Delaney swoops in and offers two more schools from tobacco road to give Maryland allies it could be sooner. Past FSU, Clemson, and whomever else is left in the ACC the Big 12 stays at 10-teams. I just don’t believe the Big 12 goes to 12-teams by adding SMU and Houston. Or Cincy and S. Florida, etc. One of those teams may end up in the mix to round out expansion, not to start it.

  5. Damn guys, nice work. I really want that VQ37 kit they made with Stillen.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>