Worst Cooks in America

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Worst Cooks in America is a reality competition show on the Food Network. The show takes 12 to 16 contestants with poor cooking skills through an eight-week culinary boot camp, to earn a cash prize of $25,000. The recruits are trained on the various basic cooking techniques including: baking, knife skills, temperature, seasoning and preparation. The final challenge is to cook a restaurant quality three-course meal for three food critics.

TV Shows Info

  • Title: Worst Cooks in America
  • IMDB: tt1570957
  • Seasons: 15

Series Cast

Anne Burrell

Anne Burrell

Herself - Host

Alton Brown

Alton Brown

Himself - Host

Latest Worst Cooks in America Episodes

  • 21x6 | Bonkers for Baked Goods

    It's time for the recruits to learn about the wonderful world of desserts. They get a crash course in cake decorating from pastry chef Zac Young, and then their cake decorating skills are put to the test. For the skill drill, chefs Anne Burrell and Carla Hall teach the recruits how to make anything-but-ordinary cupcakes. Then the recruits return to the savory side when they have to make fresh pasta from scratch. The least successful dishes earn their recruits a trip home.
  • 21x5 | Hook, Line and Sink 'Em

    Chefs Anne Burrell and Carla Hall congratulate the recruits for mastering the land, but now it's time to conquer the sea. First, the teams go head-to-head in a seafood identification game with trivia questions and traveling by boat to grab ingredients. The skill drill challenge has them whipping up steaming bowls of mussels, and in the main challenge, the chefs task their recruits with making seafood risotto. The least successful recruits who are still lost at sea are sent home.
  • 20x7 | Fight for Food Fame

    In the last skill drill, the final two recruits are challenged by a couple of cooks who aren't kidding around -- Chopped Junior Champions! Then, Chef Anne Burrell and Chef Alex Guarnaschelli teach the recruits their finale menus. For the final main dish challenge, the recruits put their newly learned skills to the test by cooking a three-course restaurant quality meal for a panel of culinary experts. Judges Mary Giuliani, James Tahhan and Julian Rodarte blindly taste each course and determine the winner who will take home $25,000!
  • 20x6 | Eat Your Heart Out

    The final four recruits walk into boot camp to find photos of their past kitchen disasters and play a quick game that takes them on a trip down memory lane. Then, Chef Anne Burrell and Chef Alex Guarnaschelli show the recruits how to make classic comfort food dishes before the recruits cook for their toughest critics and the people who sent them to boot camp -- their loved ones! With hearts and bellies full, only two recruits move on to the finale, while the bottom recruits will be sent home.
  • 20x5 | The Cost of Cooking

    Chef Anne Burell and Chef Alex Guarnaschelli are in full game-show mode as the recruits play a game to see if they can determine a higher quality ingredient from a lower quality ingredient solely by taste. Then, things take a turn in the skill drill challenge when the red team goes head-to-head with the blue team. For the main dish challenge, the recruits tackle breaking down a full fish to make a "sofishticated" dinner. The least successful recruit on each team will be sent home.
  • 20x4 | Boardwalk Bites

    The recruits kick off the day with a doughnut eating game to learn about flavors -- Glaze of Glory! Then, they put their newfound knowledge to the test by making their own uniquely flavored doughnuts for the skill drill. For the main dish challenge, Chef Anne Burrell and Chef Alex Guarnaschelli teach the recruits how to make sausages from scratch, and the recruits must grind, case and flavor their own sausage sandwiches. The two bottom recruits who don't "meat" the chefs' expectations will be sent home.
  • 20x3 | When in Boot Camp

    The recruits take a trip to Italy by playing a game of blindly identifying Italian ingredients using touch, taste and smell. Then, Chef Anne Burrell and Chef Alex Guarnaschelli test the recruits on making Italian antipasto in the skill drill challenge. In the main dish challenge, the recruits must replicate a classic Italian American dish in order to stay in boot camp for another week.
  • 20x2 | Culinary Games

    The recruits participate in the first annual Boot Camp Culinary Games and compete in culinary-related events, from whipping cream to stomping tomatoes. Then, Chef Anne Burrell and Chef Alex Guarnaschelli teach them how to roll sushi for their skill-drill challenge and make traditional Japanese bento boxes for the main dish challenge. The bottom recruit on each team will say "sayonara" to boot camp.

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