Worst Cooks in America is a reality competition show on the Food Network. The show takes 12 to 16 contestants (referred to as "recruits") 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.
The new recruits enter boot camp with dreams of becoming great chefs, but their dreams become nightmares when they see photos of their culinary failures mounted on their stations. To start off, mentors Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray have the recruits cook their signature dishes so that they can assess their skills in the kitchen. Then, the recruits dive headfirst into a main dish challenge where they must cook shrimp and live lobster. The recruits with the least successful dishes on each team will be sent home.
Mentors Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray help the recruits break out of their shell by starting with the most important meal of the day: breakfast. First, the teams get cracking in a game that will get their hands messy and show how much they know about the many different egg dishes. The mentors then bring the day full circle in the main dish challenge by teaching the recruits how to ditch frozen microwave meals and create a home-cooked dinner that will have their friends and family coming back for more.
Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray teach the recruits all about flavor, starting with a skill drill that puts their tongues and taste buds to the test. For the main dish challenge, the recruits put their newly-learned flavor combination skills to work as they take a culinary trip around the world and make a roulade inspired by a basket of ingredients that corresponds to the cuisine of a foreign country.
Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray are replaced with two surprise culinary giants who don't "kid" around as they mentor the recruits through the skill drill of making unconventional pizzas. For the main dish challenge, the recruits have to get their hands dirty and face their fishy fears by learning to fillet and prepare a fish dinner.
Competition is in the air as the recruits enter boot camp to see that it has been transformed into a game day arena. They must put their culinary knowledge to the test in a game of Family Food, where only one team can be named the winner. For the main dish challenge, the recruits must cook for a crowd and impress their guests with the ultimate game day sandwich and an appetizer.
For the skill drill, the recruits must face the foods they fear most by creating a dish that utilizes both their least favorite ingredient as well as a more obscure ingredient not used in everyday cooking. Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray strive to expand their recruits' culinary horizons to help them in main dish challenge, where they have to spatchcock a Cornish game hen and put their own flavorful twist on a special side dish.
Boot camp has been transformed into one of America's greatest culinary cities, New Orleans, where the recruits will learn how to tackle the cuisine's melting pot of flavors and techniques. For the skill drill, the recruits must work as a team to fill in the missing words on a recipe that they then have to execute. For the main dish challenge, the recruits must individually replicate their mentors' New Orleans-inspired dishes.
In order to demonstrate how well they have learned cooking skills and techniques over the last nine weeks, the final four recruits step into their mentor's shoes and direct Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray to make a dish. Then, for the main dish challenge, Anne and Rachael bring in VIP guests that hit very close to home and who will be key in deciding which recruits move onto the finale for the chance of winning $25,000.
The final two recruits face their last challenge: to prepare a three-course, restaurant-quality meal for a panel of culinary experts. Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray will help coach their recruits, but ultimately it is each recruit's final chance to show how much they have improved since week one. The culinary experts will pick a winner based on a blind tasting, and the winning recruit will walk away with $25,000.
Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray play a unique taste and describe game with the celebrity recruits, which get them a little "hot under the collar." After testing their taste buds, the mentors demonstrate hors d'oeuvres, which their recruits must replicate exactly, as well as make their own. The two celebrities with the worst dishes go head-to-head in an elimination challenge.
Boot Camp is transformed into "Cafe Worst Cooks" as the celebrities learn how to make classic crepes. The main challenge proves to be a lot scarier for these novice cooks when they have to butcher whole chickens, grill them, and create their own unique side dishes. The two least successful recruits go head-to-head in a chicken challenge, and one recruit is sent packing.
It's time for the celebrity recruits to tackle international food, so Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray test their knowledge of world cuisine by playing a fast-paced food game called "What in the World?!" Then, the recruits are forced to stretch their cooking boundaries by making their own hand-pulled noodles from scratch. The two celebrities with the worst dishes battle it out in an international-themed blind elimination challenge.
The celebrity recruits put their culinary knowledge to the test by playing Family Food, a game of food trivia and culinary tasks. Unfortunately for the celebrities, it's the "freaky food" edition, so some of the rounds are not for the faint of heart! Afterwards, the recruits learn the art of beef butchering and the least successful recruits go head-to-head in a high "steaks" challenge.
The celebrity recruits finally tackle desserts, starting with a fast-paced assembly line challenge. Then, it's on to over-the-top milkshakes topped with decadent sweets. The two recruits with the worst desserts battle it out in a cupcake challenge.
As the competition nears its end, the oven mitts come off and the celebrities fight for a spot in the finale! They face their toughest challenge yet: a Worst Cooks battle inspired by Iron Chef called Tin Foil Chef. The celebrities with the best dishes head to the finale.
The final two recruits face the ultimate challenge -- to cook a restaurant-quality meal for a panel of culinary experts. Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray coach their recruits, but all the skills the celebs have learned are put to the test. In the end, one recruit will be named the winner and awarded $25,000 for their charity.
Sixteen of the worst cooks in America, including a sportscaster, a feisty granny and a professional balloon artist, arrive at boot camp with dreams of putting their kitchen nightmares behind them. Mentors Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence need to assess the level of disaster they're facing, so they ask the recruits to make their own specialty dishes -- and the results are worse than the chefs could have imagined! For the first main dish challenge, the mentors teach the recruits how to make the most important meal of the day, and the recruit on each team with the worst breakfast dish is sent home.
Mentors Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence introduce a game in which the recruits meet some magical and mysterious kitchen gadgets. The recruits become fast friends with the most important tool of all, a knife, to make fajitas while demonstrating their knife skills. Then boot camp transforms into a fish market, and the recruits get up close and personal with the catch of the day as they learn to fillet and prepare fish. The recruits who don't get along with their new friends end up sleeping with the fishes.
The Worst Cooks boot camp is transformed into a game show, Family Food, and the teams of recruits go head-to-head in trivia rounds and culinary tasks that test their knowledge. For the main dish challenge, they're finally ready to put down roots in the kitchen and learn about cooking vegetables. Some will make dishes that taste fresh from the garden, but some recruits will leave mentors Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence missing the meat.
It's game day at Worst Cooks boot camp, and the recruits must make varsity-worthy nachos inspired by different flavor profiles. They get into the game day spirit by competing in a game of cornhole to determine what flavor profile they will use. For the main dish challenge, mentors Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence teach their recruits how to make irresistible, stuffed burgers. The recruits step up to the plate and throw darts at a map to determine which of the 50 states will inspire their own craveable creations. The recruits who score touchdowns with their burgers will continue on, but those who fumble in the kitchen will be cut from their teams.
The recruits are halfway through boot camp and they're learning how to create new dishes from common leftover ingredients. They play a taste and describe game, "What's in My Mouth? Leftovers Edition," and then Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence leave the recruits alone for the first time to make pizza from scratch. Some pizzas impress the Chefs in the blind taste test, but others get boxed out.
It's Valentine's Day and love is in the air at boot camp. A prancing cupid finds his way into the kitchen and the recruits learn how to make sweets for their sweeties, test their ability to whip cream and create molten chocolate cakes. For the main dish challenge, they'll have to make a swoon-worthy, multi-component dessert to win over Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence's affection. In the end, the romance will be over for two of them and the Chefs will each have to break up with one of their recruits.
Each team gets an out-of-order recipe and the recruits must work together to figure out how to unscramble it. Then Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence tell the recruits they are being left alone in boot camp, but secretly watch every move from a remote command post. For the main dish challenge, the recruits learn the ugly truth of sausage making. The tasting is a potluck dinner, so their sausages must impress both the Chefs and their fellow recruits.
The remaining recruits take charge during "Remote Control Chef" by tasting a dish put in front of them and describing it so Tyler Florence and Anne Burrell can recreate it. For the main dish challenge, recruits attempt the difficult task of making fresh pasta from scratch with a little help from Italian nonnas who have years of pasta-making experience. The top recruits earn a spot in the semi-finals.
The final four recruits learn the art of showing off as they compete to represent Anne and Tyler in the finale. First, they learn high-flying bartending tricks and make happy hour cocktails with bar snacks for Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence. For the main dish challenge, the recruits must cook a dish and perform a flashy tableside demonstration for some very special guests. After dinner is served, Anne and Tyler decide which recruits will represent them in the finale for a chance to win $25,000.
The final two recruits face off in the ultimate challenge -- cooking a 3-course, restaurant quality meal for a panel of culinary experts. Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence coach their recruits from the sidelines, but it all comes down to the skills that the recruits have learned over the past 10 weeks. Judges Paulette Goto, Jordan Andino and Michael Chernow taste the recruits' dishes in a blind taste test and determine the winner of the $25,000 prize.
The new cast of celebrity recruits arrive at Boot Camp, and chefs Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence immediately hit them with their first challenge to cook their signature dishes so the chefs can assess their skills in the kitchen. Then the chefs teach the celebrities how to make a classic breakfast dish, and the lesson proves to be disastrous for the clueless cooks. After Anne and Tyler choose their teams, the celebrities are ready to officially start their culinary training.
Chefs Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence throw the celebrities into the deep end and start off the day with a fast-paced seafood tower relay game. After that, things get ugly when the recruits tackle monkfish and learn how to make fish and chips. The two celebrities with the worst dishes go head-to-head in an elimination challenge.
Anne and Tyler watch their teams go head-to-head in the kitchen playing multiple rounds of celebrity-driven food games; the recruits have to make their own unique pizzas; the two least successful recruits face off in a bruschetta challenge.
The oven mitts come off as the celebrity recruits fight for a spot in the finale. In the first challenge, the celebrities must tell mentors Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence how to cook a dish. After that, they face their toughest challenge yet in the Worst Cooks version of Iron Chef, Aluminum Foil Chef, and the two celebrities with the best dishes head to the finale.
The two remaining celebrities face their final challenge: cooking a restaurant-quality meal for chefs Rocco DiSpirito and Aarthi Sampath and Tony Award winner Cady Huffman. However, before the celebrities impress the panel of culinary experts, they must first impress their biggest fans. With coaching from their mentors Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence, all the skills the celebrities have learned over the past eight weeks are put to the test. One recruit is named the winner and awarded $25,000 for the charity of their choice.
The new cast of celebrity recruits quickly learn that boot camp is no walk down the red carpet! To assess everyone's skill, Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray have the celebrities cook a dish using some unique ingredients from their swag gift bags. Then, they teach them a simple steak and eggs dish, which proves to be much harder than expected for the clueless cooks. After Anne and Rachael pick teams, one celebrity is sent back to Tinseltown.
Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray play a unique taste and describe game with the celebrity recruits in order to introduce them to unique tropical flavors. Then, the mentors demonstrate Hawaiian poke and pork dishes, which their recruits must replicate exactly. The two celebrities with the worst dishes go head-to-head in an elimination challenge.
In the spirit of Oktoberfest, Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray have their teams cook a traditional wiener schnitzel -- but in a relay-race while playing beer pong! Afterwards, the celebrities learn Oktoberfest-inspired meals, which includes making sausages from scratch. The two least successful recruits go head-to-head in a sausage challenge, and one recruit is sent packing.
Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray have scary things in store for a Halloween-themed boot camp. First, the celebrities must make unique monster Bloody Marys. Then, they tackle some frightening foods in their main dish challenge, and the two celebrities with the worst dishes battle it out in a "devilish" blind elimination challenge.
The celebrity recruits put their culinary knowledge to the test in a game of food and pop-culture related trivia. Afterwards, Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray demonstrate their own versions of the ultimate comfort food, chicken and waffles, which their teams must replicate exactly. The least successful recruits go head-to-head in a high-stakes butchering challenge.
The tables turn during the skill drill challenge, as the remaining celebrities become the teachers and direct Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray to make a dish. Then, the celebrities are introduced to the often-intimidating world of Indian cooking in their main dish challenge. The two recruits with the worst Indian dishes go head-to-head in a blind elimination challenge.
For the skill drill challenge, the celebrities must execute a simple recipe that is missing some key words. Then, for their main challenge, the remaining recruits must cook complicated pasta dishes for special guests and former Worst Cooks contestants Jenni "Jwoww" Farley and Kendra Wilkinson. The celebrities with the best dishes head to the finale.
The last two recruits face their final, ultimate challenge: to cook a restaurant-quality meal for a panel of culinary experts, including TV host Sarah Gore, chef Akhtar Nawab and Cooking Channel's Laura Vitale. Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray coach their recruits, who must put all the skills they have learned over the past eight weeks to the test in order to be named the winner and awarded $50,000 for their charity.