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'Worst Cooks in America' is casting in L.A.

September 2, 2011 |  6:00 am

As a general rule, I try to avoid writing about bad cooks. But in this case, I just had to. Food Network is currently casting in L.A. for the third season of its primetime reality show, "Worst Cooks in America."

So if you know a truly terrible cook, nominate them as the very worst! If they get cast they'll have an opportunity to burn toast on national TV, as well as a shot at winning $25,000.

They'll also get to study with Food Network stars Bobby Flay and Anne Burrell, who each head up a team of lousy chefs on the show. The idea is to turn these culinary troglolytes into budding Betty Crockers. The most-improved gets the money, perhaps to pay back their friends and family for all of the sub-par meals they have made them suffer through.

Unfortunately due to the public nature of this post I can't tell you who the worst cook I know is. It would hurt his feelings! I also know that I wouldn't dare nominate him for this show. The man has pride, and thinks he can cook.

But he and I both know that he once undercooked 3-minute ramen so badly that it was just a semi-soggy brick of noodles in a bowl. And he did it because he was tired of waiting for the water to boil. After he ate it, he said it was really good. I'm certain he said it to spite me. Bad cooks are like that.

Full nomination information after the jump:

The following information is from the casting company:

To nominate the bad cook in your life:

1. Send an e-mail to worstcooks@theconlincompany.com
2. Explain why the person you are nominating is the most disastrous cook in
the country. Include their name, age, hometown, occupation, contact phone number, and a recent photo of the hopeless cook. Please include your contact information as well. Additional information and application available at www.theconlincompany.com


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Photo: Home cooks participate in the cooking competition series "Worst Cooks in America." With chef Anne Burrell, center. Credit: Food Network