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Worst Cooks in America

Worst Cooks in America

Food Network 2010

Recruits with poor cooking skills go 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.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Worst Cooks in America

Worst Cooks in America - S21E4

#1 - Between Two Buns

8.54

Season 21 - Episode 4

The recruits start the week learning about flavor pairings in a wacky sandwich tasting game. For the skill drill, chefs Anne Burrell and Carla Hall have their teams put their own spin on fried chicken sandwiches. In the main challenge, the recruits rock and roll while creating unique roulades, but it may be the last week of boot camp for the least successful recruits.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Worst Cooks in America from 13 votes.

Worst Cooks in America - S20E6

#2 - Eat Your Heart Out

8.44

Season 20 - Episode 6

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.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Worst Cooks in America from 16 votes.

Worst Cooks in America - S4E5

#3 - Face Your Fears Of Feeding Others

8.43

Season 4 - Episode 5

Chefs Anne Burrell and Bobby Flay take the remaining six recruits to the grocery store to make samples for the shoppers and then they face their toughest critics yet, as they host a party for some large hairy, scary bikers.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Worst Cooks in America from 7 votes.

Worst Cooks in America - S21E2

#4 - Farm-to-Table and Horse Racing

8.18

Season 21 - Episode 2

Boot Camp challenges help the recruits understand how food gets from the farm to their fork. Chefs Anne Burrell and Carla Hall show them how to make meatless meals, and the recruits are judged on their pairings of seasonal fruit and meat. Former recruits react to a Derby Day-themed episode of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition featuring Chef Anne and Chef Tyler Florence.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Worst Cooks in America from 11 votes.

Worst Cooks in America - S16E6

#5 - Celebrity: There's No "We" in Food

8.17

Season 16 - Episode 6

The celebrity recruits are left to run free in boot camp, working in teams to recreate a dish from taste alone. Unbeknownst to them, though, chefs Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence are secretly watching their every move. Then the celebs battle it out in their toughest competition yet, a Chopped-style showdown to determine which two will make it to the finale.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Worst Cooks in America from 23 votes.

Worst Cooks in America - S3E8

#6 - Worst to First: The Final Battle

8.17

Season 3 - Episode 8

In the final battle, the two remaining recruits must execute their own three-course menu for a panel of culinary titans at David Burke Kitchen, a restaurant in New York City. Bobby and Anne work with their respective recruits to design the menus, taking into account their personal culinary journeys. The contestants learn new techniques, shop for groceries, practice their menus and execute all three courses in a dramatic end to an exhausting competition. Finally, the panel of culinary experts — including David Burke, Marcus Samuelsson and Susan Feniger — determine which chef has moved from worst to first and will walk away with the $25,000 grand prize.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Worst Cooks in America from 24 votes.

Worst Cooks in America - S15E9

#7 - The Day We've Been Waiting For

8.16

Season 15 - Episode 9

The final two recruits begin with one last Skill Drill before Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence give them the opportunity to pick any dish they'd like to learn in a private lesson. The recruits then learn a three-course, restaurant-quality meal before the Main Dish Challenge where all their newly learned culinary skills are put to the test. Judges Debi Mazar, Michael Psilakis and Jessica Tom take the recruits' dishes into a blind taste test to determine who will win the $25,000 grand prize.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Worst Cooks in America from 19 votes.

Worst Cooks in America - S20E7

#8 - Fight for Food Fame

8.14

Season 20 - Episode 7

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!

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Worst Cooks in America from 14 votes.

Worst Cooks in America - S2E1

#9 - Worst Food Forward

8.05

Season 2 - Episode 1

Sixteen unskilled home cooks arrive in New York City to begin a culinary boot camp in the Season 2 opener. Hosts Anne Burrell and Robert Irvine divide the recruits into two teams and challenge them to butcher a whole chicken and replicate the entrées they've been taught.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Worst Cooks in America from 59 votes.

Worst Cooks in America - S2E7

#10 - Sweet Surprise

8.05

Season 2 - Episode 7

The final four compete in a culinary decathlon. Later, their loved ones show up and reveal a favorite dish they'll have to prepare.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Worst Cooks in America from 42 votes.

#11 - Carnival Chaos
8.04
Season 15 - Episode 6

After finding that boot camp has been turned into a carnival, the recruits are asked to participate in a pie-eating contest for the chance to dunk their opponent's chef. Next, the recruits must make their very own carnival churros tasty enough to impress Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence. For the main dish challenge, the recruits must make good old-fashioned American pies with ice cream and whatever fruit they want.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Worst Cooks in America from 28 votes.

#12 - Worst to First
8.02
Season 2 - Episode 8

The final two recruits must prepare a three-course meal in a real restaurant kitchen for a panel of demanding gourmands. Chefs Anne and Robert devise a menu, send the recruits shopping for ingredients and then help their recruit practice the menu for three short hours. The next day, the recruits find themselves at New York’s Tribeca Grill, where they'll cook for culinary experts Marc Murphy, Donatella Arpaia and Drew Nieporent. After much deliberation, the panel reveals its choice for the best-executed meal.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Worst Cooks in America from 42 votes.

#13 - Sauce Boss
8.00
Season 21 - Episode 3

Boot camp gets a retro, '80s makeover, and the recruits use their palates and culinary senses to learn about different sauces in a zany "Balls to the Wall" game. Then chefs Anne Burrell and Carla Hall teach their recruits how to make meatballs and sauce from scratch. In the main challenge, the recruits are tasked with making the ultimate saucy dish, enchiladas. Unfortunately, the fiesta is over for the two recruits with the least successful dishes.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Worst Cooks in America from 13 votes.

#14 - Boardwalk Bites
8.00
Season 20 - Episode 4

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.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Worst Cooks in America from 18 votes.

#15 - Kicked Off By Kinfolk
8.00
Season 3 - Episode 7

The recruits have to impress their hardest critics yet in hopes of moving on to the finale. First they'll feed 30 screaming third-graders, then they'll have to cook a family-style meal for their loved ones who sent them to boot camp.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Worst Cooks in America from 24 votes.

#16 - Surprise!
8.00
Season 5 - Episode 4

The recruits may have mastered putting out one plate of food but they are still a far cry from being able to cook for their families. This week's challenges teach them how to cook quantity — first rolling sushi for a hungry lunch rush via conveyor belt and then catering a huge party for surprise guest Betsey Johnson.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Worst Cooks in America from 39 votes.

#17 - Celebrity: That's a Wrap
8.00
Season 16 - Episode 7

In the final week of boot camp, mentors Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence want to remind their celebrity recruits just how far they've come. After watching a highlight reel of their not-so-finest moments, the final two celebrities are asked to recreate their baseline dishes using all the techniques they've learned over the past six weeks. For the final challenge, the two finalists must create a three-course meal for culinary experts Leah Cohen, Zac Posen and Melba Wilson, who decide which celebrity takes home $25,000 for the charity of their choice.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Worst Cooks in America from 18 votes.

#18 - The Cost of Cooking
8.00
Season 20 - Episode 5

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.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Worst Cooks in America from 14 votes.

#19 - Facing Food Fears
7.98
Season 2 - Episode 6

The six remaining recruits make sausage from scratch during a trip to a butcher shop. Then, they face their seafood fears when tasked with cleaning and prepping whole fish and squid.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Worst Cooks in America from 42 votes.

#20 - Simple Yet Sophisticated
7.96
Season 18 - Episode 4

The recruits enter the world of culinary sophistication, starting with a game where they have to taste and identify different crepe fillings. Then Anne Burrell and Alton Brown show them how to make their own crepes. For the main dish challenge, the recruits create a duck dish, and the recruits who "quack" under the pressure will be going home.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Worst Cooks in America from 25 votes.

Last updated: feb 25, 2021

Comments

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I super want to love this, but its super edited and auditioned. You can totally tell that Anne Burrell is super to the script and Alex Guarnashelli just wants a good chef. Anne is lovey dovey (boring, bye) and Alex is hardline (shes an iron chef, what do you expect, oh perfection? Thats right.) Its super edited, and hammed up. Obv the blue team got the better chef.

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