As a chef and teacher on “Worst Cooks in America,” Anne Burrell always says that “If you like what happens in your kitchen, then that’s great.” But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good. Or safe.
Season 6 of the Food Network series begins Sunday (Jan. 4), bringing with it more astonishingly inept and sometimes dangerously deluded home chefs. Burrell and newcomer Tyler Florence are there to show them the error of their ways — and hopefully correct them.
One was the woman whose approach to making a microwaved baked potato left Burrell dumbfounded.
“She took a potato, washed it and left it wet, and then put it in a plastic grocery bag, put it in the microwave with a little bit of butter in there for like two minutes, only, and made sure that the letters were facing up on the bag — that was part of her rules,” Burrell tells Zap2it. “And I asked her why, and she was like, ‘Well, so the letters won’t go on the potato or on the microwave.’
And she microwaved it for two minutes. I said, ‘Why only two minutes?’ And she was like, ‘Well, because the butter was melted so it was done.’ So the potato was completely raw.”
The reactions of her co-stars, Burrell says, are priceless.
“When I did it with Bobby Flay for the first time,” she says, “he looked at me and he was like, ‘Are you kidding me?’ And as soon as they started cooking this time, Tyler said, ‘Oh my God! Where has this show been all my life? … This is like cooking in Bellevue.'”