The Cooking Competition You May Not Have Known Gilbert Gottfried Was On

You may have known Gilbert Gottfried for his iconic voice acting roles or hilarious stand-up performances, but did you know that the late comedian also dabbled in cooking? Back in 2013, according to the Los Angeles Times, Gottfried had a brief stint on the second season of Food Network's "Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook Off." In the miniseries, celebrity competitors were divided into two teams (either Team Rachael or Team Guy) and had to face a different set of cooking challenges in each episode. 

Gottfried, who was placed on Rachael Ray's team, started off the first round by showcasing his "skills" at making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Admitting it was the only thing he actually knew how to make, Gottfried attempted to spruce his recipe up by adding cinnamon sugar. Immediately landing himself in the bottom two contestants, Gottfried was ultimately eliminated from the show after making a second peanut butter and jelly sandwich in the following round.

Gottfried liked to poke fun at his (lack of) cooking skills

Although he participated in a Food Network cooking competition, the actual "cooking" Gilbert Gottfried did on "Rachael vs. Guy" was more for comedic effect than anything else. Ahead of his appearance on the show, Gottfried did an interview with the Food Network, establishing that he was the furthest thing from a chef or foodie. He shared that his favorite kitchen tool was a screwdriver; he had neither a sweet tooth nor a salt tooth, but rather an abscess; and his favorite music to listen to while cooking was "the dinging of the microwave."

Flash forward to 2020, and Gottfried still hadn't managed to master any culinary skills. In an episode of Food & Wine's "Can They Hack It?" series, Gottfried attempted to cut an onion using both Gordon Ramsay's technique and a simpler hair-pick hack. Needless to say, it worked out just as well as his PB&Js did on "Rachael vs. Guy." Gottfried may not have been the best at cooking, but he sure knew how to get a good laugh out of it.