Know Your Knife Skills: Worst Cooks Recruits Butcher Proper Cutting Techniques

by in Shows, February 25th, 2013

When it comes to meal prep, not much can be done in the kitchen without a knife, so it’s no surprise that Chefs Bobby Flay and Anne Burrell devoted an entire week to demonstrating basic knife skills on Sunday’s episode of Worst Cooks in America. Both mentors showed off the whats and hows of various cuts like a fillet, slice, dice, julienne and chiffonade to their team members, some of whom were even unfamiliar with how to hold a knife and admitted to a strong fear of the sharp objects.

In the Skill Drill, the recruits were tasked with filleting whole black sea basses plus chopping oddly shaped produce to practice what they’d learned, and while some proved to be successful, a few contestants managed to cut their fingers and hands on the stainless-steel blades. Perhaps the most difficult test came during the Main Dish Challenge, however, when each recruit lifted a cloche to find an entire chicken with its head and feet still attached. Chefs Bobby and Anne both detailed the proper method for butchering the bird, but Chef Anne treated her team to a spine-ectomy how-to so that they could recreate her dish of chicken chasseur.

Want to see what went down in the kitchen? Click the play button on the video above to watch the recruits practice their cuts with help from their mentors, then flip through this photo roundup to relive the highlights of the episode.

Tune in to an all-new episode of Worst Cooks in America on Sunday, March 3 at 9pm/8c.

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Comments (8)

  1. Nancy says:

    Hi Bobby Flay! My daughter and I absolutely adore you and we have both learned so much over the years from you. We were trying to figure out a way to get to New York to meet you, and someday we hope we can. We just think you're super sassy and love your sense of humor as well as your teaching techniques. We like the way that you always take the 'high road' especially when it comes to Giada lol. Also, thank you for choosing Jeff Mauro for the next food network star. We set our alarm every sunday so that we never miss you and Jeff's shows. The reason why we have never written before is because the food network website is not secure/https. We have mentioned this to the editor, but see nothing has changed. We don't know anyone who would want to submit their personal information on an unsecure website. Jeff Mauro and you would have had tons of hits from us already. Maybe you can pass this along to Bob. We just love you so much and we're rooting for you. We know you'll take Anne down! You rock! We love you, Nancy and Erin Compton– Minnesota

  2. Christeen Nichols says:

    Are these people for real or are they just acting? I have a hard time believing anyone could be that clueless. Bobby I watch all of your shows you are the best. My family picks on me all the time because all I watch on tv is the food network. I hope to be a great cook some day by paying attention to all of you on the food network. God bless you all and thank you all for doing what you do. Christeen Nichols

  3. donna says:

    I love Adeep with his Elvis pork chop side burns and his gentle spirit. Hysterical butchering chicken when he said he lived a good life and hoped he wouldnt be haunted by chicken ghosts. this is a great cast of WCs ..really enjoying this one :)

  4. madelina says:

    this is the STUPIDEST show i have heard of….come on even I can be a WORST COOK…what a waste of t v space…do not and will not watch…wonder WHY this stupid show is still on

  5. Linda says:

    This show is fake! Alex was on another reality show! the knock off Big Brother! Hated him then and I hate him now! Fake show. I was a big fan of food network, Not anymore!

  6. Dawnskye says:

    WOW! when I saw the head and feet on the chicken I thought I'd die laughing! Those poor contenstants! Most of your average cooks do not see a chicken looking like that so I thought that was a bit unfair. Still FUNNY!!!!

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