Worst Cooks in America - Episode Guide
The Final Countdown
Season 12 - March 11, 2018
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.
Can You Please Pas-Ta Sauce?
Season 12 - February 25, 2018
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.
Season 12 - February 18, 2018
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.
Sweets for my Sweetie
Season 12 - February 11, 2018
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.
Season 12 - February 4, 2018
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.
Season 12 - January 28, 2018
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.
Show Me the Vegetables!
Season 12 - January 21, 2018
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.
Fish are Food, Not Friends
Season 12 - January 14, 2018
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.
Can It Really Be This Bad?
Season 12 - January 7, 2018
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.
A Fine Finale
Season 10 - March 5, 2017
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.
The Reason You're Here
Season 10 - February 26, 2017In 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.
Mardi Gras Mad
Season 10 - February 19, 2017
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.
Facing Your Fears
Season 10 - February 12, 2017For 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.
The Proof Is In The Pudding
Season 10 - February 5, 2017
Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray bring in a special guest mentor to teach the recruits how to make a decadent chocolate dessert to set the mood for Valentine's Day. Their desserts will be judged in a blind taste test, and the winning recruit will receive a special advantage for the main dish challenge, where they must cook a romantic meal to wow their loved ones.
All Fun And Game Day
Season 10 - January 29, 2017
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.
Season 10 - January 22, 2017
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.
Season 10 - January 15, 2017
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.
Frozen Freak Out
Season 10 - January 8, 2017
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.
A Decade Of Dish-Asters
Season 10 - January 1, 2017
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.
Final Food Fight 8
Season 8 - April 3, 2016
Chef Anne Burrell and Chef Tyler Florence each work with their final remaining recruit to plan a refined three-course menu that will be served to a panel of culinary experts. Anne and Tyler battle for bragging rights as the recruits' cooking skills are put to the ultimate test in a professional kitchen, but in the end, only the dishes can prove which recruit has gone from worst to best and will win the $25,000 prize!
Blast from the Past
Season 8 - March 27, 2016
For the last Skill Drill, Chef Anne Burrell and Chef Tyler Florence challenge the final four recruits to replicate a dish. With no help from their mentors, the recruits must rely on their taste buds and newfound skills. The trials continue when the recruits must cook a revamped version of their Day 1 signature dishes for their loved ones -- but their loved ones don't know which recruit cooked what dish and could unwittingly send their own loved one packing!
The Cod Squad
Season 8 - March 20, 2016
The remaining recruits must use exotic proteins to grind out some unforgettable burgers. After serving their original sliders to Chef Anne Burrell and Chef Tyler Florence, the recruits learn they must each fillet a whole cod to make homemade fish and chips.
Taking It to the Streets
Season 8 - March 13, 2016
Chef Anne Burrell and Chef Tyler Florence give the recruits a hard lesson in kitchen multi-tasking, as they must cook four eggs, each in a different style — leaving some of them scrambling for time, and others cracking under the pressure! Then, the kitchen gets even hotter when the recruits make four different Asian street food dishes.
50 Shades of Flavor
Season 8 - March 6, 2016
The recruits learn all about flavor combinations by taste-testing some unlikely pairings, then then the Skill Drill tests their creativity as they construct unique ice cream sandwiches. The flavor showdown continues when the recruits must create their own unique filling for empanadas, and two recruits fail to deliver.
Season 8 - February 28, 2016
Chef Anne Burrell and Chef Tyler Florence test the recruits' food knowledge in a game show-style battle of "Family Food," where they go head-to-head to win steps for an incomplete recipe. After the game, they clumsily attempt to fill in the blanks in their partial recipes and cook the dish. Then, they all must stuff and prepare a delicate cut of meat.
Fear the Worst
Season 8 - February 21, 2016
Chef Tyler Florence returns to the kitchen to challenge reigning champ Chef Anne Burrell to a rematch. An open casting call attracts some of the worst cooks that they've seen yet, but they choose 14 recruits to train back at culinary boot camp. These "home cooks" make their signature dishes, and after an unsavory tasting, Anne and Tyler pick their teams and attempt to teach them how to make a well-balanced dinner.
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.
Season 3 - March 26, 2015It's all about flavors for the recruits as they have to make and top their own pizza and have their palates tested with extreme and odd flavor combinations. With 12 recruits left, they will all have to fight to taste victory!
Season 3 - March 25, 2015The recruits will be tested on an international level as they attempt to learn to make Hand Pulled Chinese Noodles and meatballs from around the globe. Will the recruits pull through or will they create an international disaster?
Best Of The Worst
Season 3 - March 24, 2015Sixteen of the Worst Cooks In America arrive at Base Camp and attempt to "impress" Anne Burrell and Bobby Flay with their own signature dish. From there the chefs will take the recruits back to basics with the most important meal of the day: breakfast. Let's hope the recruits don't get egg on their faces!
Kicked Off By Kinfolk
Season 3 -The recruits have to impress their hardest critics yet in hopes of moving on to the finale. First they'll feed 30 screaming third-graders, then they'll have to cook a family-style meal for their loved ones who sent them to boot camp.
Late Night / Date Night
Season 3 -The 10 remaining recruits will be up all night learning how to make a late-night treat at a local diner, then Anne Burrell and Bobby Flay will take it up a notch and teach them all an exquisite romantic entrée for two.
Luck Of The Irish
Season 3 -Eight recruits will be asked to re-create one of Anne Burrell and Bobby Flay's favorite meals using nothing but their sense of taste, smell and sight while their teachers secretly watch and judge. Then it's a St. Patrick's Day surprise as the recruits have to cater a party for 40 hungry Irish New Yorkers.
Season 3 -It's time to get down and dirty as the recruits visit a fish market and have to make a colossal raw bar tower. Anne Burrell and Bobby Flay will then put their names on the line as the recruits cook for the chefs' own families!
Worst To First: The Final Battle
Season 3 -In the final battle, the two remaining recruits must execute their own three-course menu for a panel of culinary titans at David Burke Kitchen, a restaurant in New York City. Bobby and Anne work with their respective recruits to design the menus, taking into account their personal culinary journeys. The contestants learn new techniques, shop for groceries, practice their menus and execute all three courses in a dramatic end to an exhausting competition. Finally, the panel of culinary experts — including David Burke, Marcus Samuelsson and Susan Feniger — determine which chef has moved from worst to first and will walk away with the $25,000 grand prize.
Facing Food Fears
Season 2 -The 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 -Awakened 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.
Frozen to Fabulous
Season 2 -To 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 -At 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 -The 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.
Season 2 -The 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.
Worst Food Forward
Season 2 -Hundreds 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.
Worst to First
Season 2 -The 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.
Worst Cooks In America IV - 407
Season 1 - April 29, 2015
The recruits have to impress their hardest critics yet in hopes of moving on to the finale. First they'll feed 30 screaming third-graders, then they'll have to cook a family-style meal for their loved ones who sent them to boot camp.
Worst Cooks In America IV - 406
Season 1 - April 28, 2015
It's time to get down and dirty as the recruits visit a fish market and have to make a colossal raw bar tower. Anne Burrell and Bobby Flay will then put their names on the line as the recruits cook for the chefs' own families!
Worst Cooks In America IV - 405
Season 1 - April 25, 2015
Eight recruits will be asked to re-create one of Anne Burrell and Bobby Flay's favorite meals using nothing but their sense of taste, smell and sight while their teachers secretly watch and judge. Then it's a St. Patrick's Day surprise as the recruits have to cater a party for 40 hungry Irish New Yorkers.
Worst Cooks In America IV - 404
Season 1 - April 24, 2015
The 10 remaining recruits will be up all night learning how to make a late-night treat at a local diner, then Anne Burrell and Bobby Flay will take it up a notch and teach them all an exquisite romantic entrée for two.
Worst Cooks In America IV - 403
Season 1 - April 23, 2015
It's all about flavors for the recruits as they have to make and top their own pizza and have their palates tested with extreme and odd flavor combinations. With 12 recruits left, they will all have to fight to taste victory!
Worst Cooks In America IV - 402
Season 1 - April 22, 2015
The recruits will be tested on an international level as they attempt to learn to make Hand Pulled Chinese Noodles and meatballs from around the globe. Will the recruits pull through or will they create an international disaster?
Worst Cooks In America IV - 401
Season 1 - April 21, 2015
Sixteen of the Worst Cooks In America arrive at Base Camp and attempt to "impress" Anne Burrell and Bobby Flay with their own signature dish. From there the chefs will take the recruits back to basics with the most important meal of the day: breakfast. Let's hope the recruits don't get egg on their faces!
Are You Ready
Season 1 -Each 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.
Feelin' the Flavour
Season 1 -To 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 -The 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.
Into the Fire
Season 1 -Twenty-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.
Season 1 -The 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!
Season 1 -To 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.