When I was in college, I used to fall asleep to shows on Food Network. I actually learned quite a bit about cooking from watching those shows, which was really valuable for me. Now, the only way I watch shows from Food Network is when they’re available on Netflix. I was so happy to see that they added Worst Cooks in America. It’s fun to see new and different shows added to Netflix, because then there are more unique things to watch.
Worst Cooks in America is a reality competition show where people “audition”, showcasing their cooking. The seasons on Netflix have Bobby Flay and Anne Burrell choosing the people that are the worst cooks in the country, splitting them in two teams, and having everyone compete to see who improves the most. Throughout the show, the contestants learn necessary kitchen skills and learn how to make restaurant-quality food. Every week, the worst performer on each team is sent home.
I don’t normally like reality tv. Or reality competition shows. I do appreciate, though, that this show teaches the contestants relevant and useful skills. People who start off by making terribly unsuccessful omelettes and vanilla fried chicken learn how to make pan sauces and perfect pork chops. They learn what kinds of ingredients work well together. They learn how to work within time constraints. The finalists cook a meal for 3 famous chefs, and the winner gets $25,000.
This show is really entertaining, because you get to watch people try to learn how to cook, while making some really questionable cooking choices. The commentary of chefs Flay and Burrell adds even more humor. There are definitely some cringe-worthy moments in the show, but it’s so exciting when things go well!
There are times when I’m not sure that I like that the whole point of the show is to make fun of people who didn’t learn how to cook, but they mostly understand that they are really bad at it, and so they add to the jokes. No one really takes themselves too seriously, though they are disappointed when they do not do well in a challenge.
This show is perfect for people who love cooking shows and reality competitions. This show is not for people who get squeamish watching cooking shows (people cut themselves, meat is accidentally served raw, and there is some mild butchering (nothing too bad though).
Have you ever seen this show? What’s your favorite cooking show? Let me know in the comments!