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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 21 seasons (166 episodes). The series first aired on January 3, 2010.

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Sundays at 10:00 PM et/pt on Food Network
21 Seasons, 166 Episodes
January 3, 2010
Reality
6.4/10
Cast: Anne Burrell
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Worst Cooks in America Full Episode Guide

  • Anne Burrell and Carla Hall teach their final two recruits how to make a three-course, restaurant-quality meal. Adrienne Cheatham, JJ Johnson and George Mendes sample the recruits' final dishes in a blind taste test and award the $25,000 prize.

  • The recruits learn how to cook an elaborate breakfast spread. Then they hope to earn a spot in the finale as they execute dishes requested by their loved ones and serve them family-style for the remaining recruits and Anne Burrell and Carla Hall.

  • 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.

  • The recruits play a seafood identification game before chefs Anne Burrell and Carla Hall ask them to make mussels and seafood risotto. Then former recruits watch an international food-themed episode of Worst Cooks in America featuring mentors Chef Anne and Rachael Ray.

  • Chefs Anne Burrell and Carla Hall challenge their recruits to put a new spin on fried chicken sandwiches, and the recruits are judged on their unique roulades. Then former recruits react to a finale episode of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition featuring Chef Anne and Chef Tyler Florence.

  • The recruits learn about different sauces before chefs Anne Burrell and Carla Hall teach them how to make meatballs and sauce from scratch. They also have to make saucy enchiladas before two recruits are sent home. Then former recruits settle in at home to watch a boardwalk-themed episode of Worst Cooks in America with Chef Anne and Chef Alex Guarnaschelli as mentors.

  • 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.

  • Chefs Anne Burrell and Carla Hall ask 14 recruits to make their favorite homemade recipes, and the chefs choose their teams. Then the recruits must replicate their chef mentor's favorite Asian takeout dish before the least successful cooks are sent home. Former recruits react to a Derby Day-themed episode of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition featuring Chef Anne and Chef Tyler Florence.

  • 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.

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