The Best Episodes of Worst Cooks in America

Last Updated: Jan 22, 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.

Worse Than Ever

#1 - Worse Than Ever

Season 4 - Episode 5

star 8.17
6 votes
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Face Your Fears Of Feeding Others

#2 - 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 8.17
6 votes
Worst Food Forward

#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.

star 8.02
44 votes

#4 - 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 8.00
29 votes
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Worst to First: The Final Battle

#5 - 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 7.93
15 votes
Looking Good

#6 - 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 7.91
47 votes
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Worst to First

#7 - 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 7.90
30 votes
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Celebrity: BOOOOT Camp!

#8 - 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 7.88
78 votes
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Celebrity: Oktoberfest Feast

#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.

star 7.88
88 votes
Blast From the Past

#10 - 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 7.85
53 votes
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Celebrity: Finale the End!

#11 - 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 7.84
43 votes
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Sweet Surprise

#12 - 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 7.83
30 votes
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The Proof Is in the Pudding

#13 - 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
86 votes
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Can It Really Be This Bad?

#14 - 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.

star 7.81
32 votes
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Eat, Pray, Love

#15 - Eat, Pray, Love

Season 5 - Episode 6

It's down to the final four and in order to make it to the finale, and after a touching reunion, the remaining recruits will be cooking for the loved ones who nominated them for boot camp. Though they have a chance for redemption showcasing their new cooking skills for their family members, it's also a blind-tasting challenge that could mean getting sent home by the very people they love.

star 7.79
24 votes
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Feelin' the Flavor

#16 - 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 7.78
50 votes
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Timer's Up

#17 - 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 7.76
21 votes
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The Reason You're Here

#18 - The Reason You're Here

Season 10 - Episode 9

In 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.

star 7.72
87 votes
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Facing Food Fears

#19 - 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 7.70
30 votes
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Celebrity: Live and Let Dough

#20 - Celebrity: Live and Let Dough

Season 9 - Episode 7

For the skill drill challenge, the celebrities must execute a simple recipe that is missing some key words. Then, for their main challenge, the remaining recruits must cook complicated pasta dishes for special guests and former Worst Cooks contestants Jenni "Jwoww" Farley and Kendra Wilkinson. The celebrities with the best dishes head to the finale.

star 7.70
79 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 7.69
32 votes
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Kicked Off By Kinfolk

#22 - 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 7.64
14 votes

#23 - Two-a-Day

Season 5 - Episode 5

The recruits wake up to surprise houseguests Chef Bobby and Chef Anne who crave the most important meal of the day, breakfast. While the most important meal, it's not the only meal and the recruits get in the habit of cooking on a regular basis with two challenges in a single day.

star 7.64
25 votes
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Celebrity: The Final Showdown

#24 - Celebrity: The Final Showdown

Season 9 - Episode 8

The last two recruits face their final, ultimate challenge: to cook a restaurant-quality meal for a panel of culinary experts, including TV host Sarah Gore, chef Akhtar Nawab and Cooking Channel's Laura Vitale. Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray coach their recruits, who must put all the skills they have learned over the past eight weeks to the test in order to be named the winner and awarded $50,000 for their charity.

star 7.62
77 votes
A Fine Finale

#25 - A Fine Finale

Season 10 - Episode 10

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.

star 7.61
75 votes
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