On Sunday evening, the Food Network debuted the latest season of “Worst Cooks in America.” Now in its second season, this time hosted by chefs Anne Burrell and Robert Irvine, the show follows the journey of 16 of America’s most talentless kitchen oafs in their quest to gain the skills necessary to put together an edible meal. This season features two Massachusetts natives, both from the Greater Boston area. Eric Ricupero of Quincy, MA, is the 34-year-old owner of Yesterday’s bar, and Jeff Longcor, 25, is an environmental contractor from Somerville.
For the audition, Ricupero soured the palates of the judges with his version of sweet and sour chicken. Longcor butchered a burrito. Both men earned their place on the show by showing a startling lack of culinary common-sense, and both were picked by Chef Burrell to be on Chef Irvine’s blue team. In the very first challenge, contestants had to replicate a recipe taught to them by each of their head chefs using a chicken they butchered themselves.
Ricupero had hoped to use the prize money to help improve his bar, and use his newly acquired culinary schools to help improve the menu at his establishment, but it was not to be. Unfortunately for the bar owner, his lack of skills were far too glaring to ignore, and he was cut after the very first episode. For Longcor, he gets to continue on learning how to become a better, more competent cook, in an attempt to win the $25,000 top prize. The show will continue for the next seven weeks, airing at 9PM every Sunday on the Food Network.