Worst Cooks Skill Drills: Ingredient Shmingredient

by in Shows, February 22nd, 2014

Anne Burrell and MichaelHave you ever shopped for a recipe and discovered that you forgot an ingredient or two once you got home? If it’s any consolation, it happens to the best. Or maybe you just can’t find an ingredient you thought you had for a recipe you planned to make. Your immediate reaction might be to come up with a substitution, but that’s not always the best idea. As Boot Camp recruits from Worst Cooks in America (Mondays at 9|8c) prove, some ingredients are not that easily exchangeable. Blue cheese for feta? Not really. Cilantro for parsley? It depends on the recipe (going for Mex-Ital?). Salt for sugar in a baked good? OK, it might have been an accident, but you can’t serve that!

If there’s one lesson to learn it’s this: You’ve got to know your ingredients and understand them. Watch the video to see some of the ingredient-swap sins committed in Seasons 3 and 4 — and you’ll know exactly when to point them out while watching the new season.

Watch the video above to relive some top moments and learn a lesson or two on why substituting ingredients is not always a bright idea. Next time you’re following a recipe, don’t get too creative — it might not end up tasting right.

Watch additional Skill Drills videos on the Worst Cooks in America page.

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Comments (6)

  1. alexis says:

    love a funny chef and those chefs are real funny

    lo re

  2. Ed Tom says:

    OMG! Such bad acting! Everybody wants to be an actor! So fake! I love food networks and watches daily but this show is really bad! Every body wants to out stage one another by faking bad acting and says the stupid things! Yes, this is definitely a "reality " show b/c no writer can made up such silly words, Ouch!

  3. JDP says:

    I use to like Ann but she is so full of herself now I can't stand her and Bobby totally gave her the win his first year by offering advice to her contestant in the final show and she only offered trash talk. Bye Ann, hope you go soon.

  4. Deb says:

    Ann is just getting rude and nasty. Her comments are far from constructive – especially when she's rolling her eyes like a teenager. It's hard to concentrate and focus when your "team leader" is yelling insults at you. Wow. I'm getting over her very quickly.
    At least Flay tries to be supportive. And he keeps his sense of humor.

  5. James Anderson says:

    Phony, Phony, Phony…this season is a joke….total tv scripted bullsxxt. If anyone in real life was as stupid and dumb as the people they have acting this season, they would have expired by now, because their to dumb to have survived life this long. Food Network really needs to regroup this show for next season, NO …CANCEL THIS NOW…ADMIT IT WAS A FULL SCRIPTED TV SHOW AND REDO IT FOR NEXT SEASON….BOBBY AND ANN SHOULD BE ASHAMED TO BE HOSTING THIS TOTAL WASTE OF TIME.

  6. Gross Nails says:

    I like Anne.

    Please get rid of the woman with the nails! It is so disgusting to watch her work with food, especially when she uses her nails in the food and says, "This is when these nails come in handy." Can you imagine someone scraping food into a dish with normal length nails? How would you like to know a person shaved some pieces of some part of your dish with their fingernail? Picking that person to be on a the show was a real mistake. So unsanitary! Anne got mad when that person licked her fingers when she cooked…how is that much worse than nails in your food???

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