This season on Worst Cooks in America, 14 new hapless home cooks have joined the ranks to be mentored by chefs Tyler Florence and Anne Burrell. Split into the Blue Team and the Red Team, the recruits face new cooking challenges every week, gathering new cooking skills until just two finalists remain to face off in the last cook-off. That winner will walk away with $25,000 in cash, and his or her mentor will win bragging rights. Unfortunately, every week the two lowest-scoring recruits will be kicked out of Boot Camp. They lose the chance to win the prize money, but they leave with new skills learned from their mentors.
Every Sunday night, FN Dish has the exclusive interviews with the eliminated recruits, one from the Red Team and one from the Blue Team.
Unfortunately for Ty, this week’s Main Dish challenge was his downfall. Ty did pretty well in the Skill Drill challenge, but it was the number of components and steps in creating the stuffed filet mignon that led to his many issues. His anger and frustration almost boiled over when he couldn’t keep up with the rest of the team, and any little issue became his enemy as he tried to complete the dish. Luckily he served his mentor, Anne, a complete dish, unlike Glenda, who plated only the filet. Both teammates ended up in the bottom, but Anne chose to send Ty home, seeing that he had let his frustrations get the better of him.
Why did you sign up for Boot Camp? Why did you want to be here?
Ty Snow: The reason I signed up for Boot Camp is because I really wanted to learn some culinary skills and some different stuff to cook, and to see how far I could push myself when it comes to cooking and recipes and retention. So, it was one of those things where I said, “I want to see if I can do it, see if I can make it, see how far I could go.” And that’s what I did.
How do you think you did during the Skill Drill challenge?
TS: I felt alright. It kind of got away from me a little bit, but I thought I did pretty well. I mean, I was trying to master a lot of different things at the same time, so I thought I felt pretty cool. … I didn’t think I was the best, but I know [Anne] said … the chicken was perfect. So, I felt pretty good about that. So, I felt like I was making strides in the right direction. I didn’t set nothing on fire or stab anybody. … Take what you can get.
In the Main Dish challenge it looked like you got a bit scattered. How was the cooking process for you? What was on your mind to get you so frustrated that you almost walked out?
TS: I just felt like it was way too much for me to process at the same time, and normally I’m good at multitasking, because I work with a lot of kids. I’m a teacher, and I work with children. So, normally I’m able to do that, but to me, it was just, like, once the ball started going downhill, it was downhill from there, and I really couldn’t get my footing back in. So, I got really angry with myself, and then frustrated, and Chef Anne was trying to help me, which was frustrating me, and everyone seemed to be, like, progressing, and I was standing still. So, it just became emotionally overwhelming, and when I get emotionally overwhelmed, I get really angry. So, I have to try to release the steam. That’s why I was trying to leave, because I didn’t want nobody to see me have an explosion, and that wasn’t successful, but the team came to the rescue, so they kind of held me down. So, it was good.
Do you think it’s fair that Glenda’s safe even though she plated just one component of the dish?
TS: She had an awesome-tasting piece of food. So, yeah, definitely. She should have stayed. I mean, Chef Anne sent the right person home. I knew I was going home already. So, it wasn’t like it was a big shock to me, like, “Oh, my God, you went home.” … I weighed the fact that [Glenda] was missing two items. So, I get it. So, I’m cool with it. I expected it.
How was it being coached by Anne, having her as your mentor?
TS: It started off kind of rocky, because … I knew she didn’t like me, and I didn’t like her. So, it was like, I hope I don’t get her when we get to … Boot Camp. So, I wanted Chef Tyler, and when I got Chef Anne, I was kind of pissed off real good, because I figured … she was going to try to just torment me the whole time. And then as the Boot Camp went on, she really showed me a gentle side of her, and that she really was concerned, and that she really wanted to mentor me. And then we had some great happy moments, and she told me some great stuff and was really encouraging, and then I gained a new respect for her, and I think she gained a new respect for me. So, we actually started getting a connection and a bond. So from that perspective, I wish I could [have] stayed longer, because I know we would have had some great times cooking in the kitchen. But I do think she did an awesome job showing what she did, and even taking a chance on me on her team, because she said she wanted to try to work with me, and I did learn a lot. So, it was a great experience, and like I said, I’m not mad at her for cutting me. I know she had to do it. I know she wants to win. I know she … is going to win, because the Red Team rocks. So, I get it. I get it. … If I ever was to see her again, I would give her a hug. She came to my rescue when I was having my meltdown, and she really … had me in mind. So, I love Chef Anne. She was great.
Is there a cooking skill or technique that you learned from her that you think you’re going to try again?
TS: Knife cuts. If I don’t remember anything else, I want to know how to do knife cuts. I want to cut everything fine. It’s all going to be the same size. … And I also learned brown food tastes good. Brown food tastes good. Brown it. It taste good. So, I will take that with me back to California and use that toward what I’m going to do next.
What are you going to do next, actually? Do you think you’ll be cooking more, or anything else?
TS: I have a choir called Ty Snow & Xtreme Purpose. I’m a gospel singer. We do a lot of different … engagements. So, I’m going to go back to doing music, and I work with my kids, my special needs children and my day camp kids, and just go back to being me. I think, I mean, I’ll keep cooking. I just know how to make sure that if I touched raw chicken, don’t touch anything else. You know what I mean? That kind of stuff. I can make prosciutto-wrapped pork tenderloin. I’m so proud of myself. I couldn’t even say that before, but now I can make that. … I learned some great stuff. I know how to salt everything, when I was told always not to salt. She told me to salt. So, salt elevates flavor. So, I’m going to do some cooking.
Is there someone on your team you’re rooting for, someone you think might make it to the end?
TS: I think Nick’s gonna win. I think Nick’s gonna wipe the floor with everybody, and I love everybody on my team. I think they’re all spectacular, but I think they all have different little quirks about them. I think Taylor — I love my Taylor. I think Taylor is good, but Taylor tends to speed up and slow down and get kind of shaken. I think Donna panics. I think Glenda lets the language barriers sometimes get in her way, and I think Chanda is just [for] entertainment purposes. I think she’s just beautiful and funny. I think she gets a kick out of that. … If I was to root for somebody, I’d probably root for the whole team just to wipe the floor with the Blue Team, but … I think Nicholas is going to win the money. I think Nicholas will take it to the end.
Overall, how has this experience been for you? What has it meant to you?
TS: I pushed myself to levels I never thought I would. I’ve never thought I’d be in a kitchen with chefs who’ve been doing this all their lives, cooking dishes that they make for restaurants that people pay money to buy. So, I never would have seen myself doing that. So, it’s been, like, one of those situations where I loved it. It terrified me. It made me mad at the same time. I did a lot of crying. … So, it’s like a big ball of confusion all at the same time, but a positive ball of confusion. So, I think it was great, and it was something I needed to do. I got away from real life for a week. Got to relax. Got a nice trip. Met some awesome people. Everyone was wonderful and kind. … It was great. I can’t complain at all.
Watch Worst Cooks in America on Sundays at 9|8c to find out which recruit goes home next.
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