'Worst Cooks in America': Robert Irvine's antacid strategy


It takes strong leadership to mentor the "Worst Cooks in America," but Chef Robert Irvine finds it also takes a strong stomach.

"I used three tubs of Tums, Halls cough drops and a lot of water," Irvine tells Zap2it about his strategy for eating the food on "Worst Cooks," which kicks off its second season on Sunday, Jan. 2 at 9 p.m. ET on Food Network.

This time around, Irvine and Chef Anne Burrell take part in the casting process, which involves tasting -- but not always stomaching -- the concoctions brought in by the hopeful but often hopeless home cooks.

"One of these people who made the show, [Joshie Berger] made the most horrendous dish," says Irvine, known for starring in the network's "Dinner: Impossible." "I was so amazed that this person and his girlfriend ate this every day, and he thought it was so good. Oh my word, it was awful."

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