One-on-One With the Latest Blue Team Recruit to Go Home — Worst Cooks in America

by in Shows, March 17th, 2013

Worst Cooks in America Blue TeamFor the 14 recruits competing on Worst Cooks in America, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime to learn kitchen basics and culinary how-tos from Anne Burrell and Bobby Flay — two of New York City’s top restaurant chefs and some of Food Network’s most celebrated stars. It’s up to the contestants to use the tools the chefs provide to learn how to master certain skills on their own and demonstrate progress in the kitchen. Despite their best efforts, however, one recruit from Chef Anne’s Red Team and another from Chef Bobby’s Blue Team will ultimately succumb to the challenges of Boot Camp week after week as they compete for $25,000 and bragging rights for their coach.

Check back with FN Dish every Sunday after the episode for the first interviews with the latest eliminated contestants to read their exclusive reflections on the competition, thoughts on difficult challenges, plans for the future and more.

Also see:
Find out who went home from Chef Anne’s Red Team
Top Photo Moments of Episode 5
Video Highlights
Sneak Peek at New Week’s Show

After just one month of Boot Camp, the recruits faced their ultimate test of progress in this week’s Skill Drill: the challenge to feed complete strangers. The contestants met at a local supermarket where, for the first time, they worked in teams to track down a grocery list full of necessary ingredients and to prepare a platter of Asian-style dumplings to feed a crowd of shoppers. Although she nearly forgot to cook two of her required 20 gyoza, Chef Bobby’s Carla managed to finish the challenge with just seconds to spare, and she and her teammates ultimately dished out snacks that were deemed to be superior to Chef Anne’s team’s. Come the next day’s Main Dish Challenge, however, the company they were to feed would be a bit less forgiving of their culinary shortcomings. At a waterside bar in Brooklyn, the recruits were given just 90 minutes to put their own spins on a traditional bar snack — the chicken wing — and create crowd-pleasing appetizers for a hoard of hungry motorcycle riders. In this test, both Carla and Chet struggled to turn out acceptable party fare, as her chicken wings lacked their promised lemon flavor and his grilled potatoes — the few of those that he plated — were sloppily arranged. In the end, however, it was Carla Johnson who was asked to turn in her Blue Team apron, which meant that she’d be leaving her culinary crush, Chef Bobby.

On the first day of Boot Camp, you told us, “I’m in love with Bobby Flay,” and you created a few dishes with him in mind during several challenges. How did you manage to stay focused and efficient in the kitchen when surrounded by your “honey”?

CJ: I focused on my family at home, and I tried to focus, but that Bobby Flay is soooo … well, y’all know. But I focused and tried to do my best so that my family can have great meals.

Carla JohnsonDid you ever find your nail that fell off during the first baseline Skill Drill? If not, where do you think it was?

CJ: No, I did not find my nail. It could have been in the food, but I thought if I did not say anything, they would have not found out. I think it was in the food … but where, I don’t know.

What’s your best memory from the competition?

CJ: Having Bobby Flay tell me I could start my own restaurant. But I guess I would have to hire a chef.

Tell us about your culinary endeavors since you’ve been home. What’s been the most-successful dish you’ve made, and how did your family react to it?

CJ: I have made the fish and steak with the sides that went with them. I also tried to make the chicken chasseur. They all enjoyed it very well.

Now that you’ve completed five weeks of Boot Camp, do you still consider yourself the “Fake ‘n’ Bake Queen?” Have you given up “fake ‘n’ bake” in favor of from-scratch cooking?

CJ: YEESSSSS! I am still the queen of fake and bake for life. But I do like cooking, and I will try and cook from scratch first … if I’m sure that it won’t make anyone sick.

Carla Johnson and Chef Bobby FlayWhat do you consider to be the most-valuable piece of culinary know-how you picked up during the competition?

CJ: How to be patient and cook, read the directions. I am thinking about taking a culinary class when I can afford it. I really liked cooking natural, or, as you say it, from scratch.

The Blue Team is down to just Chet and Alina. If you were to choose one of them to represent your team in the finale, who would it be?

CJ: Chet, Chet, Chet. But I like both of them. But I’m all the way Chet. Cheterize it.

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Comments (40)

  1. Tanya says:

    I miss you already Carla! You were so funny and really made the show more fun to watch. I love Worst Cooks. Second best show on food Network. ICA comes first. I MISS YOU CARLA
    I think Alina and Rasheeda are going to the finals. I have a hunch Alina will win, but I want Anne to stay undefeated.

  2. sam says:

    I wonder how many woman would have thought it was funny if it had been a Carl being that agressive with a Betty. Instead of Carla and Bobby. All the feminist would be wanting to sue a Carl.

  3. Susie says:

    I'm so happy that she's gone.I'm tired of hearing her telling that she loves Bobby,and all that kind of stuff is annoying.Even after Bobby told her that she didn't have lemon in her chicken wing.She kept telling him that she loves him.I didn't think she took it seriously when Bobby told her that she didn't add the lemon.But I knew she wouldn't make the final cut.Now its either Alina or Chet.I'm rooting for one of them to win.Since they both were the strongest in the team.If Bobby,want's someone with the mad scientist skills for such as dessert.Than Alina,should be in the final.But I'm gonna guess its gonna be Alina.It doesn't matter to me.Because I'm rooting for either one of these two on the blue team.

  4. Marta says:

    Carla, Don't listen to the haters! You made me laugh. You made Bobby laugh! Your delivery is a hoot. You are a delight. I hope to see you again on the Food Network!!!

  5. Grace says:

    Aww, poor Carla :( I loved watching her!! She was so much fun!

  6. vonnie says:

    I am glad that Carla is gone too. At first when it started it was cute that she was flirting with Bobby, but then it got old real fast. I did not think she took it serious she took it to far with the fun and games. Or do you think she knew how to cook and was just acting. (IDK)

  7. Shannon says:

    I just can't put my finger on the reason why, but I just don't like Alina. It's not just one thing, it's everything. I find her annoying, I sure hope she is not in the finale and absolutely hope she is not the winner. I think she is very phony.

    • ChefAnneWatcher says:

      I totally agree! Chet is another that I don't like and his behavior on Sunday was really rude (whining about not winning the challenges…) HE totally blew it with the Biker's challenge so he can't blame anyone but himself!

      Until Sunday's show, I was rooting for him, especially after that cake he baked (heck, I couldn't create something that nice!) His mouth is going to do him in, and we'll have Alina (who I think is a drama queen, but really does know how to cook) and Anne's finalist.

    • LADYDEATH says:

      she is such a fake I'm sure Bobby has to realize it

  8. Julia Hoffman says:

    Carla we love you!! You made the program this year so much more fun. We will miss you so much. If you are on Facebook, I would love to be friends. Let me know, please. Bobby has to be proud of you, as we are. You need to be super happy and proud of yourself. I like that you did not complain but had so much good to say about everyone. How nice!!

  9. ????????? says:

    Carla was the best

  10. Nita says:

    There was nothing funny or cute about Carla, are her loud, irritating act. That laugh and ever few seconds proclaiming her love for Bobby Flay was like nails on a chalk board. I guess TPTB kept her each week for comic relief, but the act was irritating.

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