For Bill and Kelly have won the DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Network and Food Network Magazineâ€™s contest in the first-ever search for the worst kitchen in America.
And the coupleâ€™s grand prize is a $50,000 renovation of the kitchen in their Winthrop Street home. The construction/renovation project is being documented for a one-hour TV special. â€œWorst Kitchen in America,â€ hosted by licensed contractor Matt Blashaw, that will premiere on the DIY Network on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, at 8 p.m.
Commenting on why their kitchen is the worst, Bill and Kelly said, â€œIt hasnâ€™t been upgraded for decades. From layers of wallpaper and bad linoleum floors to pink laminate counters and painted beige appliances, itâ€™s certainly not a good space for food lovers.â€
Add thick grey tile, a range with only one operating burner, a dishwasher kept together by duct tape, the refrigerator in the pantry and the laundry room in the kitchen, this couple’s fixer upper is definitely in need of a unique and specially tailored renovation.
Courtesy of DIY Networkâ€™s home improvement experts and Food Network Magazine, the Andersons will have their ultimate chefâ€™s $50,000 kitchen completed by October 6.
Executive producer and designer Patrick Jager said the Andersonsâ€™ kitchen was selected from thousands of entries. â€œThe scouts loved Bill and Kellyâ€™s kitchen â€“ but this was a challenging job. This one meant we had to do a full demo of plaster walls, electrical, plumbing, ceiling â€“ everything had to go, which was daunting. But we embraced them.â€
Jager said the construction crew gutted out the Andersonsâ€™ entire kitchen last Friday. â€œWeâ€™ve started from scratch. Weâ€™re trying to pay homage to the house which was built in 1900. So we have hickory floors, venetian plaster walls, really strong subway tile, a tin ceiling, andÂ 1905 reproduction pieces for the lights.â€
But there will be a modern look to the kitchen with sleek countertops and state-of-the-art appliances. â€œBy next Wednesday, theyâ€™ll have a new kitchen,â€ said Jager.
Billy Anderson, a musician who is originally from Oregon and works at Berklee College of Music, said winning the contest was â€œcompletely amazing.â€
â€œItâ€™s like Iâ€™m living in a dream,â€ said Anderson, 33, who moved to Winthrop in December. â€œPatrick first called us to tell us that we hadnâ€™t won and that sort of took the wind out of or sails. We came downstairs for breakfast and then we looked outside and we saw a cameraman running toward our front door. Sure enough, the doorbell rings and there are 12 people standing there and it was chaos. The crew is great. Theyâ€™re the nicest people in the world.â€
Kelly Anderson, 27, who is expecting the coupleâ€™s first child in November, said about winning the contest, â€œThis is absolutely surreal â€“ the most exciting thing that has ever happened in my life. On a whim, we entered a contest, thinking that we would never win. The next thing you know, thereâ€™s a television crew and a construction crew all in my house â€“ which is totally awesome.â€
In addition to the grand prize, Bill and Kelly are receiving a lifetime subscription to Food Network Magazine and their brand new kitchen is being featured in the January/February 2011 issue.