They are an adorable couple, but Eddie and Kara Anderson are terrible cooks.
"I nearly caught the house on fire just trying to boil water so I could clean our face masks," Kara Anderson told The Courier Journal.
And her husband, Eddie Anderson, tried to help out a neighbor by cooking a fish dinner, and the poor man ended up in the hospital.
"We really are disasters in the kitchen, but it's not all our fault," Eddie Anderson said. "I had older sisters, and they never let me do any cooking, and Kara's mom kept her out of the kitchen because, as she told you, she came close to burning down the house several times."
And if those reasons don't convince you this Kentucky couple will make great contestants on the new season of the Food Network's "Worst Cooks in America" maybe this will — the Andersons, who are high school teachers in Leitchfield, Kentucky, admit to picking up their breakfasts at a local gas station on the way to school and fast food on the way home for dinner.
"We eat gas station food," said Kara Anderson. "We really, really can't cook."
On Wednesday, Jan. 5 at 9 p.m., the Andersons will be joining the next batch of 12 nightmarish culinary recruits on the new season of "Worst Cooks in America." The contestants will be sent through a rigorous cooking boot camp in their quest to become kitchen masters.
The contestants include married couples like the Andersons plus a pair of drag artists, best friends and two long-lost cousins (one is from London, Kentucky.) The recruits will battle through their kitchen chaos and food fumbles hoping to improve their horrific cooking skills enough to win the $25,000 grand prize.
"We didn't really do anything to prepare for this competition, how could we? We don't know anything," Eddie Anderson told the Courier Journal. "I did buy a lot of new clothes, so at least I should look good."
Chef Anne Burrell, star of Food Network’s primetime franchise, will once again host the popular series. She'll be joined for the first time by Chef Cliff Crooks to lead the newest batch of 12 culinary nightmares.
"I have the greatest time hosting 'Worst Cooks in America' and look forward to teaching our contestants and viewers on this show, how to cook like rock stars," said Burrell.
The journey toward kitchen success kicks off as soon as the recruits walk through the doors. In an arena sure to be filled with overcooked food, bad knife cuts and atrocious flavors, the cooks will be divided into two teams with the red team led by Burrell and the blue by Crooks.
Upcoming episodes include a gladiator-style arena challenge, a Mad Hatter-inspired tea party and the return of the fan-favorite game, Remote Control Chef. In the finale on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 9 p.m., the two most improved recruits put their culinary skills to the test and serve a three-course restaurant-quality meal to a panel of food experts.
"Our dream is that by the end of the show we'll have learned enough cooking skills that our families will invite us to help with holiday meals instead of assigning us to play with the kids, as far away from the kitchen as possible," the Andersons said.
How can I watch the 'Worst Cooks in America?'
"Worst Cooks in America" is currently ranked among the Food Network’s top five programs of the year. The newest season premieres Wednesday, Jan. 5 at 9 p.m. with a super-sized 90-minute episode. The season finale is on Feb. 23 at 9 p.m.
Where can I watch 'Worst Cooks in America?'
Catch all the cooking disasters on the Food Network and streaming on discovery+. In addition, discovery+ subscribers can access the premiere episode a week earlier on Dec. 29.
What if I need to learn better skills in the kitchen?
You, too, can learn to cook: Fans can get an exclusive extended look at boot camp demos at FoodNetwork.com/WorstCooks.
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This article originally appeared on Louisville Courier Journal: Food Network Worst Cooks in America features Kentucky couple 2022