Glenda Galeano has no problem admitting weakness.
“My food always tasted like shoe,” says the Midtown resident, a contestant on Food Network’s Worst Cooks in America, airing at 9 p.m. Sundays. “I know the fundamentals but have no creativity at all.”
Despite the fact that the native Venezuelan grew up in a large Latino family who knew what they were doing, Galeano somehow missed the (gravy?) boat.
“My mom, my grandma, my cousins, everybody made amazing food,” she says. “I think something is wrong with my genes.”
Hence the reason Galeano’s 19-year-old son Sebastian submitted her application to the televised competition, which awards the most improved amateur chef $25,000 as well as bragging rights.
“He was always complaining about my cooking,” Galeano says. “He said, ‘Mom, this dish has no flavor.’ I could really only make grilled chicken and pasta and rice, with not even salt.”
All that’s changing. As the series progresses, we’ll witness Galeano and her fellow culinary newbies gain knowledge from celebrity chefs, stars Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence.
“Never in a thousand years would I think I would be getting private, free lessons from these famous people,” says Galeano, an actress and infomercial personality. “Behind the scenes we have so much fun. I’m super thankful.”
Her dream at the end of the journey is to be able to effortlessly whip up a mean meat dish like, say, pork loin stuffed with prosciutto.
“I used to be into salads and plain stuff but have learned more about proteins. Sorry, the vegans are going to kill me, but beef can taste amazing. It’s what I really enjoy.”
If Galeano wins, what will she do with the dough?
“First I’ll have a few drinks. There’s been a lot of stress!” she says, adding she is looking into getting her master’s in journalism. “Plus I have to give some money to my son because he put me here.”