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Worst Cooks in America two part finale Sunday and Monday

If you blinked, you may have missed the inaugural season of Worst Cooks in America on Food Network. The show premiered January 3, and the two-part finale is set for this coming Sunday and Monday. With all of the other shows I’m covering at the moment, I couldn’t commit to watching every episode or blogging about the show regularly, but I did want to catch some of it because the premise is very intriguing.

Basically two professional chefs and Food Network personalities, Anne Burell and Beau MacMillan, have the daunting task of teaching a group of people who have zero cooking ability, to cook and to cook well. Each week a chef from each team is eliminated until there is one chef remaining under Anne and one under Beau. Those two chefs then have the task of cooking a gourmet meal for a group of restaurant critics–critics who believe that Burrell and MacMillan have cooked the meals themselves.

Not only is the reputation of each chef on the line, but the grand prize for the chef that wins is $25,000.

It’s truly incredible and at times horrifying to see the utter lack of ability in some of these folks, and I can’t even imagine what it must be like to try and teach them. But some of them learn quickly and keep advancing. So now they are down to the final four, two on each side, and that will be cut down to the final two, who will square off in the grand finale on Monday night at 10pm/9pm central.

Food Network tries to transform hapless cooks into something on “Worst Cooks in America”

We’ve seen all sorts of new shows come down the Food Network pike lately, including the exciting “Chefs vs. City,” the hilarious “What Would Brian Boitano Make?” and now a show that tests the very mettle and reputation of two professional chefs, Anne Burrell and Beau MacMillan.

The show is called “Worst Cooks in America,” and it takes twelve of the country’s most hopeless cooks and puts them under the tutelage of Burrell and MacMillan, after which they compete in a weekly show on Food Network beginning January 3 at 10pm ET/PT/9pm central. There will be five episodes, each week with challenges to see who will move forward.

“Watching the Worst Cooks in America struggle to become great cooks, makes a show that is very funny, dramatic and moving,” said Bob Tuschman, Senior Vice President, Programming and Production, Food Network. “Ultimately, it offers hope for even the most kitchen-challenged of our viewers.”

The final two will compete in the finale on February 1, and for their final task they will have to create a 3-course meal which will be judged by restaurant critics. The catch? The critics believe the meals have been prepared by the tutors, which means reputations are clearly at stake. Also at stake for the winner is a $25,000 grand prize.

Now this is a show that is set up to be a train wreck from the start, but it also should be fun to see just how fast bad cooks can be transformed into good ones under the right supervision. Maybe it will give hope to many of you whose favorite cooking utensil is the telephone to order takeout.

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