The Best Episodes of Worst Cooks in America
Last Updated: Jun 15, 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.
#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 - The Day We've Been Waiting For
Season 15 - Episode 9
The final two recruits begin with one last Skill Drill before Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence give them the opportunity to pick any dish they'd like to learn in a private lesson. The recruits then learn a three-course, restaurant-quality meal before the Main Dish Challenge where all their newly learned culinary skills are put to the test. Judges Debi Mazar, Michael Psilakis and Jessica Tom take the recruits' dishes into a blind taste test to determine who will win the $25,000 grand prize.
#3 - Celebrity: There's No "We" in Food
Season 16 - Episode 6
The celebrity recruits are left to run free in boot camp, working in teams to recreate a dish from taste alone. Unbeknownst to them, though, chefs Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence are secretly watching their every move. Then the celebs battle it out in their toughest competition yet, a Chopped-style showdown to determine which two will make it to the finale.
#4 - 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.
#5 - 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.
#6 - Celebrity: That's a Wrap
Season 16 - Episode 7
In the final week of boot camp, mentors Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence want to remind their celebrity recruits just how far they've come. After watching a highlight reel of their not-so-finest moments, the final two celebrities are asked to recreate their baseline dishes using all the techniques they've learned over the past six weeks. For the final challenge, the two finalists must create a three-course meal for culinary experts Leah Cohen, Zac Posen and Melba Wilson, who decide which celebrity takes home $25,000 for the charity of their choice.
#7 - 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.
#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.
#9 - 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.
#12 - 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.
#13 - Aloha, Recruits!
Season 15 - Episode 7
The recruits begin by embarking on a treasure hunt fit for a pirate when their teams are tasked with discovering clues left for them by pirate captains Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence. Then, the recruits are asked to make poke bowls fit for a swashbuckler before the main dish challenge that converts boot camp into a Hawaiian luau complete with fire dancers. Those who can summon the spirit of the islands with their Hawaiian-inspired dishes will sail toward the finale while the rest must say "aloha" to boot camp.
#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.
#16 - In It to Win It
Season 15 - Episode 8
It's the penultimate week of boot camp and if the remaining recruits want a spot in the finale, they must first work in teams to play Remote Control Chef. For the main dish challenge, the recruits must prove they are finale ready by recreating the finale dishes of past Worst Cooks finalists. After tasting, Chefs Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence will each pick the recruit they will be taking with them to the finale.
#17 - 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.
#18 - Celebrity: Waited on Hand and Foot
Season 16 - Episode 5
Boot camp is transformed into an elegant cocktail party; mentors Anne and Tyler announce that the recruits each have to make their own champagne cocktail and a tray of blinis from scratch; celebrities must cater lunch for the entire crew.
#19 - 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.
#20 - 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.
#22 - 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.
#23 - 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!
#24 - 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.