The Best Episodes of Worst Cooks in America

Last Updated: Feb 14, 2019

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.

Face Your Fears Of Feeding Others

#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.

star 8.43
7 votes
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Carnival Chaos

#2 - Carnival Chaos

Season 15 - Episode 6

After finding that boot camp has been turned into a carnival, the recruits are asked to participate in a pie-eating contest for the chance to dunk their opponent's chef. Next, the recruits must make their very own carnival churros tasty enough to impress Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence. For the main dish challenge, the recruits must make good old-fashioned American pies with ice cream and whatever fruit they want.

star 8.14
14 votes
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Worst to First: The Final Battle

#3 - 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.

star 8.10
20 votes
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Sweet Surprise

#4 - Sweet Surprise

Season 2 - Episode 7

The final four compete in a culinary decathlon. Later, their loved ones show up and reveal a favorite dish they'll have to prepare.

star 8.05
39 votes
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Worst to First

#5 - 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.

star 8.05
39 votes
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Worst Food Forward

#6 - 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.

star 8.00
53 votes
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Spice Up Your Life

#7 - Spice Up Your Life

Season 15 - Episode 5

The recruits begin by getting up-close and personal with their spice cabinets in a Skill Drill game that requires the teams to identify various commonly used spices. Next, they must make their very own spice rubs in hopes of impressing the chefs. For the main dish challenge, the chefs teach their recruits how to make an Indian-inspired curry dish. The recruits who can't master their spices will be asked to leave boot camp.

star 8.00
16 votes
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#8 - 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.

star 7.97
34 votes
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Feelin' the Flavor

#9 - Feelin' the Flavor

Season 1 - Episode 3

The importance of flavor is emphasized when the recruits learn to make crepes. Then, Anne and Beau teach the basics of marinating and grilling.

star 7.97
58 votes
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Facing Food Fears

#10 - Facing Food Fears

Season 2 - Episode 6

The six remaining recruits make sausage from scratch during a trip to a butcher shop. Then, they face their seafood fears when tasked with cleaning and prepping whole fish and squid.

star 7.95
40 votes
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The Final Countdown

#11 - 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.

star 7.94
31 votes
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The Perfect Bird

#12 - The Perfect Bird

Season 15 - Episode 1

Fifteen of the worst cooks in America enter boot camp with dreams of putting their kitchen nightmares behind them. Chefs Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence want to see what they're dealing with so they begin by asking the recruits to make their signature dishes -- a request with truly disastrous consequences! After being sorted into teams, the recruits must flock together like birds of a feather to make the perfect chicken dish. The recruits whose dishes don't fly will be sent home.

star 7.92
24 votes
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Meat Me at the Game

#13 - Meat Me at the Game

Season 15 - Episode 4

The recruits must put on their game faces because it's time for Game Day! First, the teams go head-to-head in a potato sack relay race to collect ingredients for game-day meatballs. They must then make their very own meatballs fit for tailgating. For the main dish challenge, the recruits learn how to make the perfect game-day sandwich and side dish. Those who score big will be named kitchen MVPs -- those who fumble may be cut from their teams!

star 7.90
20 votes
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Duck, Duck ...

#14 - Duck, Duck ...

Season 14 - Episode 6

The final four recruits start thinking about life after boot camp and learn to navigate a grocery store when boot camp is transformed into Worst Cooks General Market. Then they're reunited with their loved ones and asked to make them a dish to show off their new skills. Chefs Anne Burrell and Robert Irvine teach their ducklings how to make impressive duck two ways, and when the loved ones taste each of the dishes in a blind taste test, the recruits that fail to impress risk being eliminated.

star 7.89
19 votes
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Celebrity: Oktoberfest Feast

#15 - 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.

star 7.86
96 votes
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Kicked Off By Kinfolk

#16 - 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.

star 7.84
19 votes
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Looking Good

#17 - 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.

star 7.83
53 votes
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Cowboy Cuisine

#18 - Cowboy Cuisine

Season 15 - Episode 3

The recruits enter boot camp and discover they will be going back to the basics with meat-and-potatoes challenges. First, they learn that cooking is about more than just taste in a Skill Drill that tests all five of their senses. Next, the chefs ask the recruits to create their own potato hash dish. Finally, the recruits must make a meat-based dish fit for a cowboy in the main dish challenge. Those who can hold onto their horses will continue on in boot camp while the others are sent home.

star 7.83
23 votes
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Celebrity: BOOOOT Camp!

#19 - 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.

star 7.82
85 votes
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The Proof Is in the Pudding

#20 - 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.

star 7.81
91 votes
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Grill Skills

#21 - Grill Skills

Season 2 - Episode 4

The recruits construct creative burgers in a grilling Skill Drill. They then prepare elegant meals for two and dine one-on-one with their chef, defending their dishes.

star 7.81
42 votes
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Celebrity: Finale the End!

#22 - 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.

star 7.81
47 votes
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Timer's Up

#23 - 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.

star 7.80
25 votes
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Game-Day Party

#24 - 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.

star 7.79
38 votes
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Blast From the Past

#25 - 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)

star 7.78
59 votes
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