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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.

5 questions with Brian Boitano about his new Food Network show

A former Olympic figure skater with a cooking show on The Food Network? For those of you who thought this was a joke when you first heard about it, we’re willing to bet you were pleasantly surprised at how entertaining “What Would Brian Boitano Make” is. The show premiered last Sunday and this Sunday’s episode (we saw a screener of it) features Boitano cooking four different bacon-centric dishes for a roller derby team. Not only is Boitano a natural in front of the camera, his recipes look amazing…..well, anything with bacon looks amazing, but trust me, you’re going to want to try them.

We had the chance to ask Boitano a few questions about his new show and newfound culinary career:

Premium Hollywood: You seem like a natural in front of the camera cooking. I’m curious if you approached Food Network or if they found you, and basically how that all transpired?

Brian Boitano: I have always loved cooking, entertaining and skating. I approached a producer with an idea for a combination cooking and skating show. He liked the idea of me just cooking and convinced me to give it a go. We produced a pilot and sold it to Food Network.

PH: Do you come up with the themes and create your own recipes, and/or how much of that is done by producers?

BB: I came up with most of the themes and recipe ideas, as they are taken from my life, but the producers and I collaborated on the twists that made the show evolve into what it is now.

PH: The roller girl/bacon theme was awesome…can you give away any other upcoming themes?

BB: I have already filmed four episodes, including cooking with my handy man that never works and cooking a paella-inspired meal for my Spanish friend. The first show was called “Brian and the Bachelor” because I created a menu and event around finding a girl for my friend Tony. I invited 15 girls over and surprised him!

PH: Do you think being a world class skater and performing in front of huge crowds helped you in your new role as TV personality, and why or why not?

BB: Certainly, but it is definitely a different process to cook and talk to the camera then to skate in front of the camera.

PH: Your bacon looked like it was cooked so perfectly, I wanted to jump through the screen and eat it. In your mind, what is the key to perfectly cooked bacon?

BB: Using a baking rack and putting it in the oven is the best way for me. It all comes out perfectly shaped and symmetrical.

Catch “What Would Brian Boitano Make” on The Food Network Sundays at 1pm/12 central.

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