Susie Babin’s husband nominated her for “Worst Cooks in America,” and yes, they’re still married.
The retiree from Bush will work on her culinary deficiencies when the Food Network reality competition series returns for its sixth season Sunday night.
In the seven-episode series, returning chef Anne Burrell and first-time opponent c hef Tyler Florence will each direct a team of horrible cooks, including Babin, in a “grueling culinary boot camp” designed to turn them into skilled cooks, according to a news release. The contestant making the biggest cooking transformation takes home a $25,000 grand prize.
Wed to Rodney Babin for 38 years, the Louisiana contestant admits her kitchen repertoire is limited.
“When I cook something, it’s usually the same things over and over again, but then he (Rodney) gets tired of eating it. For a long time, I cooked chicken every single night!”
Her husband often steps in, doing a lot of the cooking.
“And he’s a good cook,” she said.
Rodney Babin recently learned he has type 2 diabetes, making it even more important for him to get the right diet.
“That’s one of the main reasons I wanted to get on the show. I wanted to learn how to cook healthy,” Babin said.
For her audition video, Babin no doubt surprised the casting staff, making spaghetti sauce with pigtails and boiled eggs while her husband recorded her.
“It looks disgusting but my husband loves it. I don’t think the people from the show had ever seen that, either.”
Taping of this season’s “Worst Cooks” took place in New York City in October. Although it was Babin’s first time in the Big Apple, there was no time for sightseeing, she said. Episodes shoots took up most of her waking hours.
Show rules prohibit contestants from revealing specifics of the show before airing, but Babin could say she loved the “Worst Cooks” experience.
“It was fantastic. I met the most amazing and talented people,” she said. “They just made you feel so at ease — producers, directors, everybody. It was an experience, just to see how everything worked in the background.”
In the process, the mother of two and grandmother of three said she learned to cook a few things she’d never cooked or even heard of before.