Expectations for Herschel Walker on 'Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-off 2014'

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJanuary 5, 2014

September 29, 2012; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs former player Herschel Walker on the sidelines before the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Sanford Stadium. The Bulldogs won 51-44.  Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports
Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

What can't Herschel Walker do?

A Heisman Trophy winner. A successful NFL pro. A man athletic enough to try his hand at mixed-martial arts and bobsledding. A restaurateur. And now a reality show cook?

Sure, why not?

From Rodney Ho of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Now Walker is back on reality TV, courtesy of the Food Network and its competition show “Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook Off.” This third season, debuting at 9 p.m. Monday, features Walker on Guy Fieri’s team with “SNL” comic Chris Kattan, 1980s pop star Tiffany and early 1990s rapper and current DIY Network reality star Vanilla Ice. Walker is no stranger to this genre: He was on Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” in 2009.

Walker will also be competing against Judy Gold, Florence Henderson, Penn Jillette and Jake Pavelka. Lou Diamond Phillips and Dean McDermott are the previous winners of the show.

Rumor has it Rachael vs. Guy traded Celebrity Apprentice eight draft picks and five reality stars to be named later to get him to appear on the show. Quite a lot to give up for one reality contestant, wouldn't you say?

Walker gave Ho a bit of insight on his cooking background and also elaborated on what he learned during his time on the show:

Q: What’s your cooking background?

A: I’ve been doing it a long time. Most Southern boys clean, cook and sew. Cooking is something I gravitate to.

Q: What’s your specialty?

A: I think I’m more of a dessert guy. My mom and I when I was little used to make these apple tarts. It’s something I’m comfortable with.

Q: What did you learn on the show?

A: I’ve definitely become a better cook. Guy showed me things I never would have tried in the kitchen. I’ve really improved my knife skills! I used to do things that would have cut my hand off!

It's good to know that Walker still has both hands after taping. It seems safe to say that watching a man cut his hand off on a cooking show would ruin a few appetites.

Really, Walker has all the ingredients necessary to be successful on this show. He's a former athlete, so we know he's competitive. He has plenty of experience in the food industry. He's already been on a reality show, so he knows what's in store. And he grew up cooking as a Southern child, so it's always been a part of his life.

Of course, he's up against a pretty strong group of reality mainstays. Jillette is another Celebrity Apprentice alum. Vanilla Ice has made the reality rounds. Pavelka appeared on The Bachelor.

And this competition won't be without its risks. After all, have you seen Fieri’s hair? It's sharp enough to impale a man and bright enough to blind him. It's basically the ultimate weapon, and Walker will have to avoid getting sucked into its siren song.

Jokes aside, Walker has an excellent chance of walking away from this competition as the winner. It's fair to expect big things from the man who owns his own restaurant, Herschel’s Famous 34 Pub & Grill, in Athens, Ga.

Let's go ahead and call Walker the front-runner. And add another notch on his belt, at that.


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