This Ocean Springs business owner may be one of the ‘Worst Cooks in America’

Priscilla Nguyen on the set of Food Network’s “Worst Cooks in America.”
Priscilla Nguyen on the set of Food Network’s “Worst Cooks in America.”

Priscilla Nguyen said she will never live down the Italian sausage taco fiasco.

“I thought Italian sausage would be a good filling for tacos. I thought I was being creative like on ‘Chopped,’ where they just used random stuff,” Nguyen said. “It made one of my friends sick.”

Between the taco fail and the kitchen fires — and a slow cooker she said she “blew up” by trying to use it on a stove top — the divorced mom from Hattiesburg said she has a built a reputation among family and friends as someone who is culinary inept.

But the Food Network thinks Nguyen may be one of America’s worst cooks.

Her big debut

Nguyen, who is a part of owner of The Sandy Dog Clothing Company in Ocean Springs, will join 15 other cooking novices as a contestant on season 12 of “Worst Cooks in America.” She will make her national television debut at 8 p.m. Sunday on the Food Network.

“My friends and family have been telling me that I’m not a good cook, so I filled out an application and went through an interview process and they picked me to be on the show,” she said.

On “Worst Cooks,” the contestants are divided into teams of eight where they are coached by Food Network stars Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence. The contestants are giving a different cooking task and are eliminated one by one. A synopsis at FoodNetwork.com claims the contestants will face off in a breakfast cooking competition.

Team Anne or Team Tyler?

Nguyen said she could not divulge on which team she landed.

“People will have to watch and see,” she said.

But she did have high praise for both chefs, particularly Burell.

“I’ve always loved Anne Burrell,” Nguyen said. “She may seem really intense on television, but she is way more intense in person — they both are.”

Mission accomplished

Although Nguyen was not allowed to discuss the outcome of the televised competition, the mother of three boys (ages 2 to 7) said she accomplished her goal.

“I wanted to learn more about cooking so that I could do it with my boys,” she said. “I want to spend more time with them in the kitchen and cook with them and I want them to grow up having that experience and we are doing more things together in the kitchen.”

She said she is also becoming more adventurous in the kitchen.

“I actually tried to make pho, which is a very labor intensive dish,” Nguyen said. “It didn’t turn out perfect but it wasn’t terrible.”