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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.

Sundays at 10:00 PM et/pt on Food Network
1 Season, 137 Episodes
January 3, 2010
Reality
6.4/10
Cast: Anne Burrell
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Worst Cooks in America Full Episode Guide

  • 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 recruits enter boot camp and see it transformed for a Chinese New Year celebration. First, they play a game where fortune cookie clues lead them to ingredients, and they learn to make fried rice. For the main dish challenge, Anne Burrell and Alton Brown mentor the recruits as they make dumplings, and while some dumplings are great, others are filled with disappointment.

  • The recruits enter boot camp and find out that the theme is indulgence. Their first lesson is that salads can be indulgent, too, and the recruits play a game where salad elements are tossed into a bowl on their teammate's head. Alton Brown and Anne Burrell teach the recruits how to make fresh mozzarella for a salad, and for the main dish challenge, the recruits re-create their chef's craveable dish. The recruits who indulge their worst tendencies in the kitchen will be sent home.

  • Sixteen of the worst cooks in America enter boot camp with dreams of putting their kitchen nightmares behind them. Food brainiac Alton Brown and Chef Anne Burrell want to see what they're dealing with, so they ask the recruits to make a baseline dish, and the results are truly disastrous. After being sorted into teams, the recruits try to make their chef's chicken soup and sandwich dish, and the recruits with the worst dishes are sent home.

  • Four former recruits return for a Thanksgiving dinner competition.

  • The final two recruits return to boot camp to face one last Skill Drill. They attempt to create dishes that require skills they've learned in boot camp while their mothers secretly watch from the next room.

  • In the penultimate week of boot camp, the remaining recruits battle it out for their spot in the finale. They are each given $15 and 20 minutes to scour Aldi supermarket for the ingredients to make a meal of their choice.

  • Boot camp has gone retro and the recruits must work together as a family while tasting and describing dishes while blindfolded. The retro theme continues as the recruits learn how to make fondue and receive a visit from Cindy Brady herself, Susan Olsen.

  • The recruits return to boot camp and find themselves south of the border. Things start with a game where the recruits must smash pinatas filled with various ingredients before making their tostadas.

  • The recruits enter the world of poultry where they start off with a bird-based quiz game before making their very own omelets. For the main dish challenge, they learn how to make fried chicken. Then, the recruits who cook the perfect bird will soar on in the competition, while those at the bottom of the pecking order will be sent home.

  • The recruits enter boot camp prepared for summer fun. They begin by taking a taste buds challenge where they must identify ice cream flavored with spicy peppers. Next, chefs Anne Burrell and Bobby Flay ask the recruits to create their own pretzel.

  • The remaining recruits return to find boot camp has been transformed into a Mediterranean paradise. They explore Greek cuisine with a game that explores the tradition of plate smashing before learning how to make the Greek classics tzaziki and dolmas.

  • August 5, 201942minTV-GSubtitlesAudio LanguagesFourteen bad cooks attempt to put their kitchen nightmares behind them.

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