Season 27 of Worst Cooks in America is back with a twist! This season, titled “Spoiled Rotten,” the show is taking on a group of culinary novices who have never stepped foot in a kitchen. Enter Serious Williams, along with the other 15 recruits, under the tutelage of culinary veterans Anne Burrell and Tiffany Derry.
From Spoiled to Serious
Chicago’s own Serious Williams is about to trade delivery apps for spatulas in the upcoming season of “Worst Cooks in America: Spoiled Rotten.” Don’t let the name fool you, though – this sweet-toothed jokester with the gravity-defying hairstyle is a self-proclaimed culinary novice. His mom might be a chef, his grandma a culinary sorceress, but Serious? He’s a champion of the cereal bowl, not the chopping block.
But that’s all about to change. Food Network’s Worst Cooks of America is throwing him headfirst into kitchen boot camp, and Serious is ready for the laugh-out-loud chaos (and maybe a little learning). We caught up with him before the cameras started rolling to chat about his culinary journey (or lack thereof), his funniest kitchen mishaps, and what viewers can expect from his hilarious and heartwarming transformation on the show.
JNL: Can you share your earliest memories of being in the kitchen, and how has your mom’s and grandmother’s influence shaped your perception of cooking?
SW: My earliest memories were like at three-years-old, in the kitchen, just ready for the food to be done, because I was hungry. There’s thousands of memories of, “Is the food done yet?” so it was like supervising. I really never cared to cook, because I knew their food would be better than mine, so why go with normal quality when you get have high [quality]
JNL: A bowl of cereal is your only dish you know how to cook, you can learn a lot about a person by the cereal they eat. We have to know what’s your favorite cereal?
SW: My favorite cereal is Rice Krispies, because the noise they make goes with the smacking I do. Let me make a new dance mix with all the noise!
JNL: If your signature hairstyle had its own cooking show, what would it be called, and what kind of dishes would it feature?
SW: The cooking show mos def would have to be Glazing That Hair, simply because I can bake and glaze-dripping is a must-have.
JNL: If you could trade cooking skills with a famous chef for a day, who would it be, and what would you teach them about your unique kitchen style?
SW: If I had to…? I wouldn’t dare want anyone else’s skills but my own, but def super chef Darnell Ferguson. I would teach to cook, and taste while we’re cooking, so that you like it when it’s done.
JNL: In a culinary showdown between your mom and grandmother, who do you think would come out on top, and what dish would seal the victory?
SW: My mom would try to hold her own, but my grandma would cook her under, around, on top, in the box of that table. Grandma’s Spoiled Serious Breakfast would be everything from scratch, even the oatmeal picked fresh off the trees.
JNL: If your kitchen had a soundtrack, what three songs would be on the playlist to keep the cooking vibes going?
SW: I love to dance, pop it all that, so “Pop Baby” is number 1, “Get Down Lil Momma” number 2, and 3 DJ Denn Chicago Juke Mix.
JNL: If your sweet tooth had a voice, what would it say to motivate you during a challenging cooking task?
SW: The sweet tooth would say: “Serious don’t forget the sugar on the food making everything sweet.”
JNL: Can you recall a specific dish or meal that your mom or grandmother prepares for you that you absolutely love and hope to learn to make during the competition?
SW: My grandma made me the Spoiled Serious Breakfast. I remember I went over to my grandmother’s house after being sad; I couldn’t go to school with my brother, and my mom took me to my grandma’s house. She asked me what was wrong, and I said I wanted to go to school with my brother and just have breakfast. My grandma said, “I’ll make some for me and you,” but when I looked in the fridge there was nothing in there: no pancake mix, no sausage patties, links, or ground meat, and the oatmeal box was filled with sugar. But my grandma took me outside, grabbed oats off a tree and put it in a bowl then brought me back in the house, got flour, butter, sugar and some other stuff, started mixing up the pancake batter. She got some Vienna sausage links out the can, seasoned them and put them in the pan, boiled the oats from the tree. I just was seeing her mixing and tasting and letting Baby Serious sample until it was to my liking, and everything was done. After that, my mom wasn’t the best breakfast maker. If it wasn’t my grandma’s breakfast, I’d go to a bowl of cereal. That’s how that became one of my main dishes.
JNL: In what ways do you think your hilarious personality will come into play in the high-pressure environment of the competition?
SW: My personality is like a chameleon. If it’s too high of a high-pressure situation I might have to get super-serious until I’m at least a hair strand away from the win. But if I’m winning it’s going to be a party with jokes on the side.
JNL: Are there specific cuisines or types of dishes you are particularly excited to explore and learn to prepare?
SW: Yes! Some fried chicken with crispy, crunchy fries with my Serious Sauce from scratch, that’s a win any day.
JNL: If your kitchen adventures were turned into a comedy movie, who would play you, and what hilarious kitchen mishaps would be featured in the film?
SW: I would def play myself cause it’s only fair. I’m definitely going to be the cake master, when I sneak in the kitchen eating all the yummy, sweet cake and then replacing it with sponges or foam pads and frosting them to the heavens and hell and watch everyone be surprised when they don’t get the cake they thought they would.
JNL: In what ways do you envision incorporating the knowledge and skills gained from “Worst Cooks in America” into your lifestyle after the show?
SW: I have been since the show, I love to cut. So, I’m the mise-en-place prince. Oh yeah, it’s French!
Worst Cooks in America: Spoiled Rotten isn’t just about watching people make mistakes in the kitchen. It’s about the transformation that takes place as these recruits develop their culinary skills and gain confidence. Williams’ journey is a testament to that. He’s not just going to learn how to cook; he’ll learn valuable life lessons about perseverance, resilience, and the importance of stepping outside your comfort zone.
Tune in to the season premiere of Worst Cooks in America: Spoiled Rotten on January 7 8pm / 7pm CT to see if Serious Williams can continue his impressive journey from culinary novice to kitchen champion!