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Worst Cooks in America is a reality competition show on Food Network. The show takes 12 to 16 contestants (referred to as "recruits") with very poor cooking skills through an eight-week culinary boot camp, to earn a cash prize of $25,000 and a Food Network cooking set. 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.

The show premiered on January 3, 2010. The show was initially hosted by chef Anne Burrell and chef Beau MacMillan in Season 1. MacMillan was replaced by chef Robert Irvine on Season 2, followed by chef Bobby Flay for Seasons 3–5. Tyler Florence was paired with chef Anne Burrell to host Season 6, which debuted on January 4, 2015.

Burrell was the winning instructor in seasons 1, 2, 3, and 6 with Flay winning in Seasons 4–5.


Season 1: 2010Edit

Chefs Beau MacMillan and Anne Burrell lead an intense culinary boot camp. They have six recruits each, and every week they must eliminate one recruit from each of their teams until there is only one from each team left. The final two create a three-course meal to fool a panel of restaurant critics into believing that the meal was created by the acclaimed chefs.

RecruitsEdit

Twelve chefs competed in the first season of Worst Cooks in America. Hometowns and occupations are available from the Food Network website. Chef Anne's team was known as the Red Team and Chef Beau's team was known as the Blue Team.

Contestant Age Hometown Occupation Status
Rachel Coleman 23 Brooklyn, New York Marketing Website editor Winner February 1
Jennifer "Jenny" Cross 21 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Waitress Runner-up February 1
Jennifer "Jen" Vecchio 38 Cumberland, Rhode Island Dance Studio Owner Eliminated January 31
Eddie Chang 32 Jersey City, New Jersey IT project manager
Marque Hernandez 41 Brea, California Director of Clinical Operations Eliminated January 24
Rebecca Hooper 43 Sandy, Utah Salon Owner
Sophia Gettys 27 Aurora, Colorado Stay-at-home mother Eliminated January 17
Susie Shoman 53 Georgetown, South Carolina Grants administrator and entrepreneur
Kelly LoCascio 31 Scottsdale, Arizona Corporate litigation attorney Eliminated January 10
David Summey 29 Charlotte, North Carolina Salesman
Wilhelmina Josephine 29 Aliso Viejo, California Insurance claims adjuster Eliminated January 3
Hamed Hamad 24 North Hollywood, California Journalist and fashion consultant

Contestant progressEdit

Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6
Rachel
IN IN IN IN WIN BTM WIN WINNER
Jenny IN IN IN WIN IN BTM WIN RUNNER-UP
Jen IN IN WIN IN WIN WIN OUT
Eddie BTM WIN BTM BTM IN WIN OUT
Marque WIN WIN BTM BTM IN OUT
Rebecca WIN BTM IN WIN IN OUT
Sophia IN IN IN OUT
Susie IN BTM IN OUT
Kelly IN OUT
David BTM OUT
Wilhelmina OUT
Hamed OUT

KeyEdit

(WINNER) This contestant won the competition and was crowned "Best of the Worst".
(RUNNER-UP) The contestant was the runner-up in the finals of the competition.
(WIN) The contestant did the best on their team in the week's Main Dish challenge and was considered the winner.
(BTM) The contestant was selected as one of the bottom entries in the Main Dish challenge, but was not eliminated.
(OUT) The contestant lost that week's Main Dish challenge and was out of the competition.

EpisodesEdit

Chef Anne and Chef Beau each assignes one another a team of six recruits. The teams are reduced by one each episode during the elimination portion of the show. Each episode typically contains two challenges; a skill drill and a main dish challenge. The skill drill challenge is aimed at showing or teaching the recruits a skill needed for cooking (e.g. knife skills) and the main dish challenge consists of re-creating a recipe shown by the instructor of the team. Both chefs then judge their teams on their performances in the main dish challenge and eliminate one recruit per team.

Season 2: 2011Edit

Season 2 debuted on January 2, 2011. Robert Irvine replace Beau MacMillan for this season.

In this season the chefs had eight recruits each.

Season 3: 2012Edit

Iron Chef Bobby Flay replaced chef Robert Irvine for this season.

Season 4: 2013Edit

Bobby Flay returns to co-host this season with Anne Burrell.

Season 5: 2014Edit

For the third year in a row, chef Bobby Flay co-hosts with Anne Burrell.

Season 6: 2015Edit

Season 6 premiered on January 4, 2015.

Chef Tyler Florence joined Anne Burrell to co-host Season 6, replacing chef Bobby Flay.


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