Worst Cooks in America - Episode Guide
Final Food Fight
Season 6 - July 6, 2015
With the final Recruit for each team chosen, Chef Anne Burrell and Chef Tyler Florence work with their Recruits to choose a refined three-course menu to be served to a panel of expert judges. While the Recruits cook, one must work through excruciating pain when she gets a taste of the real dangers facing professional chefs daily. The two final Recruits work tirelessly in a professional kitchen to determine who will be named the winner of the Worst Cooks in America and win $25,000.
Blast From the Past
Season 6 - June 29, 2015
The Recruits are down to the final four when they are faced with their most-important challenge so far. They re-create their signature dishes from the first episode, using their newfound skills and food knowledge, showing who has truly improved and who is still a Worst Cook. The next day, the Recruits are shocked to find they will be cooking for their family members. As this is a blind tasting, the Recruits risk being sent home by their very own loved ones.
Season 6 - June 22, 2015
The Recruits are faced with their biggest struggle yet: cooking for others in larger quantities. They are asked to make a breakfast for a special guest star, Good Morning America's Chief Meteorologist Ginger Zee, who happens to know a thing or two about how important breakfast is. Then they complete this week's challenge by throwing a dinner party for past Recruits, who know exactly what it's like to be in their shoes.
Scared Straight Into the Kitchen
Season 6 - June 15, 2015
This week, the Recruits huddle up to tackle game day dishes as they as they create deep-fried fan favorites for Chefs Anne and Tyler. Will they make crowd-pleasing dishes, or be defeated by the fryer? After the big game, the Recruits try not to lose their noodles when they break down a raw squid to make squid ink pasta with calamari.
Spice Up Your Life
Season 6 - June 8, 2015
The Recruits try their hands at experimenting with flavor combinations with a Skill Drill where they serve their crepe creations in a blind tasting. Then the Recruits make their own international tacos: Some flavor combinations are good enough to take over the world while some are truly Worst Cooks worthy!
Prepping for Success
Season 6 - June 1, 2015
Chef Anne and Chef Tyler test the Recruits' knowledge of food, putting the teams head to head in an effort to gain recipe steps through food trivia. As the Recruits attempt to cut down the competition, they learn and execute knife skills to prepare their dishes. They all make Paella, some ending up with fewer bandages than others.
It Just Keeps Getting Worse
Season 6 - May 25, 2015
With Chef Tyler Florence now beside her in the kitchen, Chef Anne Burrell is out to claim her turf and take the win. After an open call brings some truly horrible cooks right to Anne and Tyler, the pair chooses 14 Recruits to bring back to Boot Camp. These "home cooks" make the chefs their signature dishes, and upon tasting, Anne and Tyler choose their Recruits and give them a lesson in creating the ultimate romantic meal.
Worst to First
Season 2 - July 26, 2013The final two recruits face their toughest challenge yet: to 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 famed Tribeca Grill, where they must cook for three culinary experts: Marc Murphy, Donatella Arpaia, and Drew Nieporent. After much deliberation, the panel reveals its choice for the best-executed meal. The winner receives $25,000 and bragging rights that they are no longer one of the Worst Cooks in America.
Season 2 - July 25, 2013The final four compete in a "Culinary Decathlon" Skill Drill to test their knowledge thus far. Then, the chefs teach their recruits a complicated dessert technique featuring a flambé presentation. For the Main Dish Challenge, some special guests arrive for the recruits as their loved ones reveal a favorite dish for them to prepare. The recruits must then make that dish using a recipe written by their chef and serve the flambé dessert tableside. After the tasting, each chef decides who will advance to the final challenge.
Facing Food Fears
Season 2 - July 24, 2013The remaining six recruits attempt to conquer intimidating ingredients when they visit The Meat Hook, a New York butcher shop, where they learn to make a sausage meal from scratch for their Skill Drill. Back at Boot Camp, the recruits face their seafood fears in the Main Dish Challenge. Each cook must clean and prep a squid or whole fish for an entrée and make a side dish that features the recruit's least favorite ingredient. The competition narrows as two more worst cooks leave the competition.
Season 2 - July 23, 2013At midterm time, Chefs Anne and Robert want to see how the recruits perform without supervision. Via video message, the chefs assign their teams a scrambled recipe for the Skill Drill. Each team works together to unscramble the recipe and cook the dish while the chefs secretly watch their attempt on closed circuit TV. For the Main Dish Challenge, the chefs shock their recruits with the news that they must cater an hors d'oeuvre party for NFL star Kris Jenkins, his wife, and 30 of their guests! It's game time, and the two least successful cooks are cut.
Season 2 - July 20, 2013The recruits arrive in a park for a burger grilling Skill Drill, and when Chefs Anne and Robert encourage them to put their own spin on this classic, some cooks struggle to find inspiration. The chefs choose the most creative burger after a blind taste test, and reveal a "Chef Advantage"- the chef whose recruit wins the Skill Drill gets to trade a team member. The next day at Boot Camp for the Main Dish Challenge, the recruits must execute elegant meals for two, sit down to eat with their chef, and defend their dishes. The losing recruits are eliminated.
Frozen to Fabulous
Season 2 - July 19, 2013To build the recruits' understanding of flavor, Chefs Anne and Robert set out three sauces for each team to replicate by taste alone in hopes of winning the honor of "top taste buds". Each chef then incorporates one of the sauces into a seafood dish, and their team members must recreate the recipe for the Skill Drill. After some difficulties, the recruits start in on the Main Dish Challenge where Chefs Anne and Robert demo a multi-component "Frozen Meal Makeover" using fresh and flavorful ingredients for the recruits to replicate. After sampling the results, two more worst cooks must turn in their aprons and leave Boot Camp.
Season 2 - July 18, 2013Awakened by a live chicken in their penthouse, the 14 remaining recruits take a field trip to a farm where Chefs Anne and Robert challenge them to prepare the perfect omelet for their Skill Drill. Back at Boot Camp, in the Main Dish Challenge, both chefs demonstrate a pork dish, and each recruit participates in a step of the demo. Halfway through prep, the chefs surprise the recruits by taking away their notebooks. To finish the task, the recruits must rely on their own memory and each other. After mixed results, the two worst cooks are eliminated.
Worst Food Forward
Season 2 - July 17, 2013Hundreds of terrible home cooks came out for the nationwide auditions, but only 16 of the country's worst home cooks travel to New York City to compete in a culinary Boot Camp run by Food Network chefs Anne Burrell and Robert Irvine. For the first Skill Drill, the recruits have 60 minutes to prepare a dish from scratch, and after sampling the terrible cooking, each chef chooses a team of eight for the other chef to teach. For the first Main Dish Challenge, the recruits must butcher a whole chicken and replicate an entrée as taught by their chef. Things get fiery, and the competition heats up as the least successful cook on each team is eliminated.
Season 1 - April 9, 2014The remaining two recruits meet their Chefs at Boot Camp, where they devise and plan menus for their final challenge: to prepare a three-course meal for food critics who think that the dishes were cooked by Chef Beau and Chef Anne. After shopping for ingredients, each recruit has three hours to practice their meal with guidance from their Chef. The next day, the recruits meet the Chefs at Compass Restaurant, where they proceed to cook, unseen, for the food critics. Upon completion of the meal, the Chefs reveal that the dishes were actually prepared by home cooks, who until ten days ago were two of the "Worst Cooks in America." The critics reveal their choice for best-executed meal-and the winner is declared.
Are You Ready
Season 1 - April 8, 2014Each Chef teaches their two recruits a complicated dessert. Then, to test their retention of the recipe, the recruits must teach the dish to someone who knows even less about cooking than they do: high school football players! The recruits will be judged on how well the football player's dish comes out. Then for their final Main Dish Challenge, each recruit must completely reinvent the terrible dish they cooked for the chefs on the very first day, using everything they've learned so far. The recruits cook in a private kitchen at Benoit restaurant, and in addition to the chefs, they each serve a surprise guest-a beloved family member. After tasting all the dishes, each Chef decides who will represent them in the final challenge, cooking for the food critics.
Season 1 - April 5, 2014To show the importance of multitasking, each Chef teaches their team how to make fresh pasta, filling and sauce. Then for their Main Dish Challenge, the recruits are surprised to learn that they must cater a cocktail party for 30 guests. The Chefs demo how to make a basic crostini, and each recruit must put his/her own personal spin on that dish, as well as make an additional hors d'oeuvre from a recipe created by their Chef. The party guests weigh in on the results.
Feelin' the Flavour
Season 1 - April 4, 2014To illustrate the importance of flavor, the Chefs provide the eight remaining recruits with a "blank canvas," jointly demonstrating a basic crepe dish. Each recruit must then flavor their own crepe, and the Chefs do a blind taste test. The Chef whose team has the best-tasting crepe gets to steal a player from other team and give up one of their own. Then as a further exploration of flavor, the Chefs demonstrate the basics of marinating and grilling. Each recruit must devise their own marinade, using ingredients from one of four international flavor profiles-France, Greece, Spain and Thailand. Each recruit must also follow a recipe for a side dish to go with their marinated grilled protein, and complete everything within the time allotted.
Season 1 - April 3, 2014The ten recruits take a trip to Arirang Hibachi Steakhouse, where, in their first Skill Drill, they must learn to execute five fundamental knife cuts. Then each Chef teaches their team a Teppanyaki-style dish, cooked directly on a blazing hot flattop grill. The recruits' results are varied, to say the least. Back at Boot Camp for the Main Dish Challenge, the Chefs demo only a few key techniques for a dish; the rest of the recipe is posted on the blackboard. The Chefs repeatedly emphasize that a good cook must read and know their recipe completely. So, halfway through prep, to test whether the recruits have followed their directions, the Chefs surprise them by erasing the recipe!
Into the Fire
Season 1 - April 2, 2014Twenty-four of the country's worst home cooks come to New York City, in hopes of participating in a ten-day Culinary Boot Camp with Chefs Beau MacMillan and Anne Burrell. The eager applicants must prepare a sample of their terrible cooking, and then each chef chooses a team of six for the other chef to teach. Only one "recruits" from each team will make it to the final challenge: to cook a three-course meal for a panel of food critics who think the chefs did the cooking. The winner will receive $25,000. Boot Camp begins, and for their first challenge, each chef demonstrates a dish which the recruits must replicate exactly. The least successful recruit on each team is eliminated.