The Best Episodes of Worst Cooks in America
Last Updated: Aug 9, 2018
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.
#1 - Face Your Fears Of Feeding Others
Season 4 - Episode 5
Chefs Anne Burrell and Bobby Flay take the remaining six recruits to the grocery store to make samples for the shoppers and then they face their toughest critics yet, as they host a party for some large hairy, scary bikers.
#2 - Worst to First: The Final Battle
Season 3 - Episode 8
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.
#3 - Worst Food Forward
Season 2 - Episode 1
Sixteen unskilled home cooks arrive in New York City to begin a culinary boot camp in the Season 2 opener. Hosts Anne Burrell and Robert Irvine divide the recruits into two teams and challenge them to butcher a whole chicken and replicate the entrées they've been taught.
#4 - Worst to First
Season 2 - Episode 8
The final two recruits must 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 Tribeca Grill, where they'll cook for culinary experts Marc Murphy, Donatella Arpaia and Drew Nieporent. After much deliberation, the panel reveals its choice for the best-executed meal.
#7 - Surprise!
Season 5 - Episode 4
The recruits may have mastered putting out one plate of food but they are still a far cry from being able to cook for their families. This week's challenges teach them how to cook quantity — first rolling sushi for a hungry lunch rush via conveyor belt and then catering a huge party for surprise guest Betsey Johnson.
#9 - Celebrity: Oktoberfest Feast
Season 9 - Episode 3
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.
#10 - The Final Countdown
Season 12 - Episode 10
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.
#11 - Celebrity: BOOOOT Camp!
Season 9 - Episode 4
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.
#12 - Looking Good
Season 1 - Episode 2
The recruits learn five fundamental knife skills at the Arirang Hibachi Steakhouse. Then, each attempts to prepare a teppanyaki-style dish. For the Main Dish Challenge, Anne and Beau post a recipe on the blackboard, only to erase it halfway through the challenge.
#14 - Kicked Off By Kinfolk
Season 3 - Episode 7
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.
#15 - Game-Day Party
Season 2 - Episode 5
The recruits cater a cocktail party for Kris Jenkins of the New York Jets. Later, there's a double elimination.
#16 - The Proof Is in the Pudding
Season 10 - Episode 6
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.
#17 - Celebrity: Finale the End!
Season 11 - Episode 8
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.
#18 - Timer's Up
Season 5 - Episode 7
It's Chef Bobby's last recruit versus Chef Anne's last recruit to determine the ultimate winner of Worst Cooks in America. In one last face-off, finalists will cook a refined three-course meal in a professional restaurant kitchen for a panel of culinary experts who will decide which chef-mentor is the better teacher by leading his or her recruit to a $25,000 victory.
#19 - Can It Really Be This Bad?
Season 12 - Episode 1
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.
#20 - Blast From the Past
Season 8 - Episode 6
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! (Special airtime - 10 PM ET)
#21 - Final Test
Season 1 - Episode 6
Season 1 comes to a close as the final two recruits prepare a three-course meal for food critics, who think they're eating dishes prepared by Anne and Beau. Then, the amateur chef who serves the best-executed meal is declared the winner.
#22 - Scratching the Surface
Season 5 - Episode 2
Since Chefs Bobby and Anne are starting from scratch with these bad cooks, the lessons for the week involve learning to cook from scratch — including an "udder-ly" hands-on experience sourcing milk for homemade cheese.
#23 - Frozen to Fabulous
Season 2 - Episode 3
The hopefuls must replicate three simple sauces and incorporate them into seafood dishes. Later, they re-create frozen meals using fresh and flavorful ingredients.
#24 - Flair Flair Everywhere
Season 12 - Episode 9
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.
#25 - Sausage Party
Season 12 - Episode 7
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.