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Hattiesburg Resident to Compete on Food Network's 'Worst Cooks in America'


Priscilla Nguyen, a resident of Hattiesburg, is set to appear on Food Network's upcoming season of Worst Cooks in America. Renowned chefs Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence return to whip a fresh crop of bumbling cooks into culinary shape in a new season of the show. In the ten-episode series that transforms kitchen disasters into skilled cooks, Anne and Tyler each lead a team of cooking-challenged recruits in an intense culinary boot camp designed to improve their food skills. In the end, only the one contestant who makes the most impressive transformation wins a $25,000 grand prize and bragging rights for their team mentor.

Nguyen said that she decided to randomly apply one night, and the next thing she knew, she was on a FaceTime interview and was asked to compete.

"I've always been told that I can't cook, so I just decided to apply one night," Nguyen said. And the rest is history.

Even though the show is centered around the "worst cooks," Nguyen said that she was able to learn a few skills in the Food Network kitchen that she was able to bring back to her own kitchen in Hattiesburg.

"I learned how to prep food, and that really made things go a lot smoother," Nguyen said. "It really sets the basis and sets the tone. Preparing components ahead of time is the key thing that I learned and it really does help the process."

Nguyen said that since competing, she enjoys cooking more now and wants to cultivate memories that are built around food with her family.

Catch Nguyen and her team members on Worst Cooks in America on January 7th at 8 p.m. CST.


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