Vending Operator Jeff West Vies For Top Spot On Food Network's 'Worst Cooks In America'

Posted On: 1/3/2017

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Jeff West Jr., vending, Worst Cooks in America

PARKER FORD, PA -- A prominent face in the vending industry, Jeff West Jr. is stepping it up to national celebrity status as a contestant on this season's "Worst Cooks in America," a reality competition show on the Food Network.

The Food Network chose West as one of the nation's "worst cooks." He will join 16 others in a culinary training program led by celebrity chefs Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray. The competitor who makes the most progress throughout the 10-episode series will win the $25,000 grand prize.

The new season of "Worst Cooks in America" premiered on Sunday, Jan. 1. It airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. EST (8 p.m. CST).

West is president of West Dairy, a family-operated vending business in Parker Ford, PA. He is also president of the Tri-State Automatic Merchandising Council, which represents the vending industry in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

In 2006, West Dairy became the Canteen franchise for the Berks County area. William West Sr. started West Dairy in 1960 and it has grown into the largest milk and ice cream vending company in the country.

West told Pennsylvania's Berks-Mont News that he is a master of the microwave, but never developed a knack for cooking. When he's on dinner duty, the meals consist primarily of the unsold sandwiches he brings home from his refrigerated food machines. So when West heard the show was auditioning for contestants in the summer, he decided he just might qualify.

Pam Gilbert, director of association services for the National Automatic Merchandising Association, said that West negotiated with the Food Network to delay his audition in July so that he would not miss its Fly-In lobbying event in Washington, DC. The show was filmed in New York.

"Jeff was not able to tell me how he fared in the overall competition (of course), so we'll have to tune in each week to see how well he does," Gilbert said.