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Houston Is Home To One Of The ‘Worst Cooks In America’

Longtime Houston-area resident Allison Wolfe talks about winning the Food Network’s cooking competition

Longtime Houstonian Allison Wolfe in season 15 of the Food Network’s show Worst Cooks in America.

We’ve heard a lot in recent years about Houston’s amazing food scene, which has been recognized with several James Beard awards, meaning our city is home to some of the nation’s best chefs.

But could Houston be home to one of the nation’s worst cooks too? Yes — at least according to a reality TV cooking show.

In its most recent season, the Food Network competition show Worst Cooks in America featured longtime Houston-area resident Allison Wolfe, who ended up winning the competition.

Worst Cooks In America Chefs
Chefs Tyler Florence and Anne Burrell of the Food Network’s Worst Cooks in America.

In the audio above, the mother of three tells Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty that her husband is usually the family’s chef.

However, during Hurricane Harvey, her husband was stuck at work for an extended period — he’s a nurse — meaning she was on her own to make meals for her kids.

Up until that point, she says she could only really make eggs.

Fried Chicken
A fried chicken dish Allison Wolfe made since winning season 15 of the Food Network’s show Worst Cooks in America.

She says the experience of being on the show allowed her to feel more confident providing for her children, and she’s begun blogging about her cooking exploits.

Since the experience on Worst Cooks in America, Wolfe and her family have relocated to the San Antonio area.

Allison Wolfe - Worst Cooks in America
Longtime Houstonian Allison Wolfe on the set of the Food Network’s Worst Cooks in America.

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Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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