In 2010, "The Oprah Winfrey Show" launched its search for the worst cook in America -- and found her. Victoria Arbiter was nominated by her husband, Ryan Brown, and was flown to Chicago for a one-on-one cooking lesson with cookbook author Jessica Seinfeld (wife of comedian Jerry Seinfeld). Then Arbiter's new skills were put to the test in front of a national audience as she served a home-cooked meal to her husband and son on "The Oprah Show." The result? Rave reviews from her family.
That episode did more than just improve Arbiter's cooking skills: It also helped her land the job of her dreams. "This is a classic example of where opportunity met hard work," Arbiter says in this clip from "Oprah: Where Are They Now?"
In the clip, the native Brit says she had always dreamed of becoming a royal correspondent on national television -- and even had royal connections, as she had once lived in Kensington Palace and her father had been a press secretary to the Queen. Yet the networks had been uninterested. "They were like, 'We don't know her,'" Arbiter recalls. "My agent then sent in the clip of my family appearing on 'The Oprah Show' and suddenly it was, 'Yeah, okay, we'll give her a shot… Have her come in.'"
That's when Arbiter's career took off. "Suddenly, I was working for 'Entertainment Tonight,' 'The Insider,'" she says. "I was working as a royal correspondent for Canadian television, for Australian television. Then the BBC picked up. It was like the stars had aligned. I could have died and gone to heaven on the spot."
But what about those new and improved cooking skills? Have they remained intact?
Not so much, Arbiter admits. "I would say that I am perhaps no longer the worst cook in America, but I would still go with 'the most dubious cook,'" she says. "We don't have fires [in the kitchen] anymore, but I would say probably five nights out of seven, the smoke alarm goes off."
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