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Worst Cooks in America is a reality television competition show from the Food Network. The show pits 16 different competitors, called recruits, against each other in team and individual competitions. The goal of the show is to see which person can most improve their cooking skills with the help of one of the Food Networks talented personalities.

The recruits who compete on Worst Cooks in America are considered by their friends and families to be hopeless in the kitchen. When they arrive at the start of the show, each recruit is put on one of the 2 different teams. Each team is led by an experienced Food Network chef. Some of the chefs featured on Worst Cooks in America have been Anne Burrell, Beau MacMillan, Robert Irvine and Bobby Flay. Each chef then leads their team and teaches them the basics of food preparation, from proper seasoning to various cooking techniques and tricks.

Each episode of Worst Cooks in America features a skill drill where the teams work on mastering a basic skill, like properly cooking fish, and then a competition to recreate a main dish that the head chefs have prepared. The two teams then compete against each other to see which group best learned the technique being focused on during the episode. A member of each team is eliminated at the end of every episode. At the end of the 8 week challenge the two remaining contestants face each other and cook three-course meals for food critics. The winner of this challenge wins the show and $25,000.

Worst Cooks in America is a series that is currently running and has 20 seasons (158 episodes). The series first aired on January 3, 2010.

Worst Cooks in America is available for streaming on the website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Worst Cooks in America on demand atPhilo, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, Food Network, FuboTV, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play, iTunes online.

Sundays at 10:00 PM et/pt on Food Network
20 Seasons, 158 Episodes
January 3, 2010
Reality
6.4/10
Cast: Anne Burrell
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Worst Cooks in America Full Episode Guide

  • Four former Worst Cooks recruits return to boot camp for a shot at culinary redemption by learning how to make a holiday spread for the scariest night of the year: Halloween. Chefs Anne Burrell and Carla Hall start by asking the recruits to make a dish using an assigned mystery ingredient. After picking teams, the chefs teach them how to make a Halloween party buffet. The recruits must impress a party of Halloween fanatics, as well as culinary expert judges Danny Bowien, Jordan Andino and Gabriela Rodiles, to win kitchen upgrades worth $5,000.

  • 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 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.

  • 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 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 recruits play a game of blindly identifying Italian ingredients using touch, taste and smell. Then, Chef Anne Burrell and Chef Alex Guarnaschelli challenge the recruits to make Italian antipasto and replicate a classic Italian American dish.

  • Recruits participate in first annual Boot Camp Culinary Games, from whipping cream to stomping tomatoes; chef Anne Burrell and chef Alex Guarnaschelli teach them how to roll sushi and make traditional Japanese bento boxes.

  • Chef Anne Burrell and new mentor Chef Alex Guarnaschelli welcome 14 of the worst cooks into boot camp with frightened but open arms. In order to pick teams and see what they're working with, Chef Anne and Chef Alex task the recruits.

  • There's a quick trip down memory lane waiting for the final four recruits before chefs Anne Burrell and Alex Guarnaschelli task them with cooking for their toughest critics; celebrity recruits show off their own kitchen shortcomings.

  • The two final celebrity recruits are greeted by former celebrity recruit and referee for their final skill drill challenge, Carson Kressley! The recruits team up with their chefs in a recipe relay race where they work together to make steak fajitas. Then chefs Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence break off to teach their recruits their menus for the three-course, restaurant-quality final challenge meal. Judges Dan Churchill, Jeff Mauro and Grace Mitchell blindly taste each course and pick the winner of $25,000 for their chosen charity.

  • The final four celebrity recruits enter boot camp to find a sweet surprise! To kick things off, they play a dessert scramble game before they're tasked with making their own sweet parfaits. Then, things get competitive for the main dish challenge as chefs Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence challenge the final two recruits on each team to cook head-to-head to earn their spot in the finale. Each team is given an ingredient to use in a composed meal. The two recruits with the best dishes move onto the finale while the bottom two recruits say a bittersweet goodbye to boot camp.

  • The celebrity recruits enter boot camp to find it transformed into a nautical oasis equipped with fish tanks and a live mermaid! For their skill drill challenge, the recruits dive into the world of seafood by solving a recipe riddle to make ceviche.

  • The celebrity recruits enter boot camp to see chefs Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence sporting fabulous derby hats! In honor of the Triple Crown, the recruits enter a race of their own to test how well they can identify and put together flavors on a crostini. For the main dish challenge, the chefs show the recruits how to make a fancy steak dinner worthy of any celebrity table. The least-successful recruits face a blind elimination challenge where the "steaks" have never been higher.

  • Chef Anne Burrell and Chef Tyler Florence are back in boot camp to whip seven of the worst celebrity cooks in America into culinary shape. For the baseline challenge, the recruits are tasked with making their go-to dish for a dinner party.