The Best Episodes of Worst Cooks in America
Last Updated: May 2, 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 - 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.
#2 - 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.
#3 - 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.
#4 - Taking It to the Streets
Season 8 - Episode 4
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.
#5 - Celebrity: Around the World in a Day
Season 11 - Episode 4
It's time for the celebrity recruits to tackle international food, so Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray test their knowledge of world cuisine by playing a fast-paced food game called "What in the World?!" Then, the recruits are forced to stretch their cooking boundaries by making their own hand-pulled noodles from scratch. The two celebrities with the worst dishes battle it out in an international-themed blind elimination challenge.
#6 - Do It Yourself Cooking
Season 4 - Episode 4
The recruits are encouraged to rely on themselves when they make their own Chinese takeout. Later, Ron Ben-Israel ("Sweet Genius") joins them in the kitchen as they attempt to bake cakes.
#7 - Takeout or Get Out
Season 7 - Episode 2
The celebrity recruits put their palates to the test in a blindfolded taste and identify game. After seeing what they're working with, Chef Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray focus on getting the celebs to lose their biggest kitchen crutch — takeout. The two recruits with the worst takeout dishes go head-to-head in an elimination challenge.
#8 - Fire and Ice
Season 4 - Episode 3
Chefs Anne Burrell and Bobby Flay train the remaining 10 recruits' palates as they work on creating their own unique flavor combinations. The worst cooks freeze while making gelato and play with fire — as well as burgers — in this week's challenge with special guest Willie Degel.
#9 - Celebrity: Celebrity Dish-asters
Season 9 - Episode 1
The new cast of celebrity recruits quickly learn that boot camp is no walk down the red carpet! To assess everyone's skill, Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray have the celebrities cook a dish using some unique ingredients from their swag gift bags. Then, they teach them a simple steak and eggs dish, which proves to be much harder than expected for the clueless cooks. After Anne and Rachael pick teams, one celebrity is sent back to Tinseltown.
#10 - Celebrity: Tin Foil Chefs
Season 11 - Episode 7
As the competition nears its end, the oven mitts come off and the celebrities fight for a spot in the finale! They face their toughest challenge yet: a Worst Cooks battle inspired by Iron Chef called Tin Foil Chef. The celebrities with the best dishes head to the finale.
#11 - Celebrity: Hawaiian Pig and a Poke
Season 9 - Episode 2
Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray play a unique taste and describe game with the celebrity recruits in order to introduce them to unique tropical flavors. Then, the mentors demonstrate Hawaiian poke and pork dishes, which their recruits must replicate exactly. The two celebrities with the worst dishes go head-to-head in an elimination challenge.
#12 - Into the Fire
Season 1 - Episode 1
In the series premiere, 24 terrible home cooks arrive in New York City, hoping to be selected for a 10-day culinary boot camp with chefs Beau MacMillan and Anne Burrell. Then, the field is narrowed down to 12 hopefuls and they begin competing for a $25,000 grand prize.
#13 - Game Day!
Season 12 - Episode 4
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.
#14 - Worse Than Ever
Season 5 - Episode 1
Coming off her first loss in four seasons to Bobby Flay last year, Anne Burrell is out for revenge in season five. Step one is scouring the country for the 14 worst cooks in America, picking teams and giving them the recruits their first lesson in cooking, starting with an American favorite: pizza.
#15 - Baseline Challenege
Season 3 - Episode 1
Sixteen hapless home cooks begin culinary boot camp in the Season 3 opener. First, the recruits prepare signature dishes, which are then critiqued by hosts Anne Burrell and Bobby Flay. Later, they learn the basics of cooking breakfast.
#16 - Glazed and Confused
Season 5 - Episode 3
It's time to learn how to build flavors. From a sweet skill drill making doughnuts to a savory main dish challenge making roulades, the recruits are asked to experiment for the first time in the kitchen and create their own take on these dishes to drastically unpredictable results.
#17 - Riddle Me This
Season 7 - Episode 4
When the remaining celebrity recruits walk into Boot Camp, they find two huge boards with incomplete recipes. As a team, they work to fill in the blanks and cook the recipe. Then the recruits are tasked with making fresh pasta with seafood, pushing the culinary boundaries of the seafood-averse.
#18 - Feeding Frenzy
Season 6 - Episode 5
The Recruits are faced with their biggest struggles yet: cooking for others in larger quantities. They are asked to make a breakfast for special guest star, Good Morning America's 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.
#19 - Spice Up Your Life
Season 6 - Episode 3
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!
#20 - Celebrity: Celebrity Cheat Meals
Season 9 - Episode 5
The celebrity recruits put their culinary knowledge to the test in a game of food and pop-culture related trivia. Afterwards, Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray demonstrate their own versions of the ultimate comfort food, chicken and waffles, which their teams must replicate exactly. The least successful recruits go head-to-head in a high-stakes butchering challenge.
#21 - Final Food Fight
Season 7 - Episode 6
Chef Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray lead the final two celebrity recruits to a professional kitchen for their final challenge: Cook a refined three-course menu for a panel of culinary experts. The recruits work tirelessly to determine which mentor gets the bragging rights, which recruits' charity will win $50,000 and who will be crowned the first winner of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition.
#22 - Celebrity: Shabby to Chic
Season 11 - Episode 2
Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray play a unique taste and describe game with the celebrity recruits, which get them a little "hot under the collar." After testing their taste buds, the mentors demonstrate hors d'oeuvres, which their recruits must replicate exactly, as well as make their own. The two celebrities with the worst dishes go head-to-head in an elimination challenge.
#23 - The Worst of the Worst
Season 4 - Episode 1
Chefs Anne Burrell and Bobby Flay are back to turn teams of charmingly helpless recruits into fearless culinary masters.
#24 - Fish Are Food, Not Friends
Season 12 - Episode 2
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.
#25 - Celebrity: Hit Me With Your Best Dish
Season 13 - Episode 1
The new cast of celebrity recruits arrive at Boot Camp, and chefs Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence immediately hit them with their first challenge to cook their signature dishes so the chefs can assess their skills in the kitchen. Then the chefs teach the celebrities how to make a classic breakfast dish, and the lesson proves to be disastrous for the clueless cooks. After Anne and Tyler choose their teams, the celebrities are ready to officially start their culinary training.