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Into The FireWorst Cooks In America Episode   Review by Pattye Grippo

Red Team - Anne Burrell
Blue Team - Beau MacMillan

Twelve of the most hopeless cooks in the country will compete in a high-stakes elimination series in Worst Cooks in America. At stake for the last two standing is the chance to cook for a panel of esteemed culinary critics and win the grand prize of $25,000. This series will put the "recruits" through a culinary boot camp led by two acclaimed chefs. The series premieres on FOOD on January 3, 2010.

All around the country, people lined up around the block. Were they waiting for concert tickets or to see a famous celebrity? No! These people were each holding dishes of food, cooked by themselves, in an attempt to prove they were the worst cooks in America. People were nominated by their friends, family, and even themselves to try out for the show. The twenty-four worst from all those people were brought to New York City by Chefs Anne Burrell and Beau MacMillan, in order to get them ready to be on the show.

When they walk into the kitchen for the first time and first see Anne and Beau, they are intimidated. Chefs Anne and Beau announce they will give an intense "boot camp" cooking course over the next ten days, but not everyone will make it. They are told only 12 of them will make it past the next round. Chef Anne and Chef Beau will each be picking six of those final twelve contestants for their teams, and only two of the contestants out of the original twenty-four will make it to the final. Those two finalists will cook for a panel of food critics who believe that Chef Anne and Chef Beau have cooked the food for them. The contestant that wins will receive $25,000. In addition to being a competition for the cooks, it is a competition between Chef Anne and Chef Beau, who each believe they can out teach each other.

Each potential contestant was asked to cook a dish representative of their cooking skills in order to allow the chefs to assess their potential. What the contestants don't know is that the chefs plan to choose the worst of the worst - and they intend to choose contestants for each other! As the contestants begin cooking it becomes apparent they belong on a show about the worst cooks. The chefs decide this process may be scarier than they thought it would be after tasting the potential contestants' dishes. The chefs each choose the other's teams for them and the remaining twelves cooks are sent home knowing they are not one of the worst cooks in America. The twelve contestants are sent home to the penthouse they are all sharing for a night of sleep before boot camp begins early the next morning.

Kitchen boot camp begins with the contestants watching the chefs each demonstrating a dish for their teams which they must replicate exactly. After they watch the chefs, the contestants are given one hour to make the dish. This challenge will decide who continues in the competition and who goes home. The chefs work hard and even try to help one another a little despite this being a competition. They plate their food and serve it up for the chefs to taste.

Who has replicated the dish and who has not? This is the criterion that the judges will use. Watch to find out who will stay and who will go.

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