Executive Chef Beau MacMillan of elements at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain is somewhat of a local legend. He's been on NBC's The Today Show three times. He cooked at The James Beard House. He even beat Chef Bobby Flay with his delicious Kobe beef dishes on a 2006 episode of Iron Chef.
MacMillan's headed back to the Food Network in January for a new show called Worst Cooks in America. He and Anne Burrell, host of Secrets of a Restaurant Chef, are charged with whipping a ragtag bunch of bad home cooks into shape during the six-week series.
It basically sounds like a foodie version of a makeover show, with contestants learning how to fold eggs or chop vegetables, rather than how to put on makeup and style their hair. The show begins with 12 students: 6 on MacMillan's team and 6 on Burrell's. Each week, a cook for both teams will be voted off the island, so to speak. The last two standing will compete for a $25,000 cash prize.
We can't help but wonder if this is a test for MacMillan as well. He's already made several television appearances, and he comes across well on the small screen. Could he be the next in a line of celeb-chefs to get his own Food Network show? We'll just have to wait and see.
Worst Cooks in America premieres on Sunday, January 3 at 10 p.m./9 p.m. Central on the Food Network.