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Food Network Sends Out Casting Call for 'Supermarket-Themed Showdown'

Food Network Sends Out Casting Call for 'Supermarket-Themed Showdown'


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The new show is looking for 'highly skilled chefs and professional cooks from all backgrounds'

Food Network has put out a casting call for "highly skilled chefs and professional cooks from all backgrounds" for their next reality competition show, which will apparently pit them against each other in a "supermarket-themed showdown."

If you’re a chef and you want to be on TV, they’re looking for you, especially if you’re inventive in the kitchen and can "make something out of nothing." Here’s the premise, according to the release: "To navigate the aisles of this high-pressure competition, you're going to need clever cooking solutions AND supermarket savvy. From shopping on a budget to substituting out-of-stock ingredients, contestants will have to race against the clock to survive."

If you think you have what it takes to make the cut, you can email [email protected] with your city and state in the subject line. In the body of the email, put your name, photo, phone number, occupation/ title, and why you think you should win, and they’ll let you know if you’ve been selected.

If you get selected and end up winning the competition, you have a chance to win up to $20,000. So go for it!


Food Network Sends Out Casting Call for 'Supermarket-Themed Showdown' - Recipes

Welcome to the official casting page for the following shows:

HOLIDAY BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP

HALLOWEEN BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP

KIDS BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP

SPRING BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP

We are scouring the country looking for the best and most versatile bakers for the next seasons of the shows!

Please answer the questions honestly and to the best of your ability, as we want to get to know you! The more detailed information you tell us about yourself, the better! If you are having any problems with our website or filling out the casting application please feel free to email us at [email protected]

Before you begin to fill out the application, please note that you will be required to upload a photo of yourself and three photos of some of your best baked creations as well as having the option to upload a video of yourself.

Which Baking Championship do you think you would be best for? Holiday, Halloween, Spring or Kids? *

Have you ever applied for the Spring, Holiday, Halloween or Kids Baking Championship before? If so, please tell us which one and how far you made it in the process. *

SHOOT DATES (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

HALLOWEEN BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP - MAY 2021

HOLIDAY BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP - JUNE 2021

KIDS BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP - JUNE/JULY 2021

SPRING BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP - JULY/AUGUST 2021

For KBC, please write "NA" next to any question that does not apply.

Parents names (If applying for Kids Baking Championship)

If you selected OTHER, please list your job title.

Have you attended culinary and/or pastry school?

If YES, what school(s) and did you finish the program?

Please list any awards or accolades you have received for baking.

Tell us about yourself and any other details about your baking background and style.

What is your motivation for doing the show?

Please list ALL of the television programs (including without limitation all scripted, talk, game, competition, reality, and/or digital (e.g. Internet) programs) on which you have EVER appeared: *

Do you have any pre-existing contracts that may affect your ability to participate in this show? *

If YES, did you enter into any contracts prior to participation? Please explain:

Are you a legal U.S. resident? *

If you said NO, please explain.

Have you ever been charged or convicted of any crimes, including a misdemeanor or a felony? *

If “YES”, please describe in detail, tell us when and where the event occurred, and what the outcome was (include date, city, state and circumstances, including the precise charges and resolution of the case):

Please let us know if you have any food allergies. If you don't have any, please write: NONE *

How did you hear about the casting? *

Facebook or Instagram URL

WE HIGHLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO EITHER UPLOAD A VIDEO OF YOURSELF OR MAKE ONE HERE THROUGH THE VIDEO RECORDER. (Approximately three minutes).

* Tell us your name, age, what city you live in, and occupation.
* Tell us why you would be perfect for the show. We love personality so don't be afraid to be yourself and have fun!
* Please share anything about yourself that makes you stand out!

Please upload a current photo of yourself *

Please upload three photos of your best baked creations. *

Do you know someone else that would be perfect for the show? Refer a friend.

Please list your SKYPE name.

APPLICATION RELEASE *

MATERIALS RELEASE *

CONFIDENTIALITY *

IF APPLYING FOR KIDS BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP I hereby warrant that I am the parent of and/or the legal guardian of the Finalist (person(s) who signed above), that I have read and understood the foregoing, that I have caused said person(s) to sign above, that I will release, indemnify and hold harmless Company, Network and each of their parents, subsidiaries, sister companies, affiliates, partners, officers, directors, members, shareholders, employees, contractors and agents from and against any and all claims, liability, and expenses arising out of the Program and/or in the event of any breach of this Agreement by the Finalist, and that, knowing of Company’s reliance hereon, I agree to cause said person(s) to adhere to all of the terms above.


16 Cancelled Food Network Shows You Forgot You Loved

Food Network has brought all kinds of chefs into our living rooms over the past few decades, and with it, some unforgettable shows. Whether they inspired you to get cooking&mdashor just made you really, really hungry&mdashhere are the ones we wish would make a comeback.

Emeril Lagasse came to Food Network in 1995 with his cooking show Essence of Emeril. The chef offered recipes in experimental Creole, AKA the "New New Orleans" style he had become known for in the early '90s. Around this time, he'd made a name for himself at the legendary New Orleans restaurant Commander's Palace, his own restaurant Emeril's, and through his cookbook, Emeril's New New Orleans Cooking.

He made even more of a splash, however, in 1997 with his energetic live show&mdashwhich also featured a studio audience and house band, as well as musical and celebrity guests&mdashEmeril Live.

This is the show that spawned the inimitable catchphrases Lagasse would use when seasoning his food: "Bam," "oh yeah, baby!" and "kick it up a notch!"

If you need more Emeril in your life, he's now partnered with a cruise ship, taking food-filled journeys through the seas.

In an age of speedy time-lapse cooking videos, it's almost difficult to imagine the premise of Cooking Live with Sara Moulton&mdashin which the former executive chef of Gourmet Magazine did, in fact, cook live on the air, taking calls from viewers as she went&mdashbut the show was incredibly successful when it ran from 1996 to 2002.

In fact, it was so successful it then ran again briefly in 2003 and 2004, producing more than 1,200 episodes total. People loved her simplification of usually difficult recipes, and she became one of Food Network's first mega-stars.

Moulton went on to hosts "Sara's Weeknight Meals" on public television and is the author the "Kitchen Wise" Associated Press column. She released her most recent cookbook, Sara Moulton's Home Cooking 101: How to Make Everything Taste Better, a few years back.

Host Ming Tsai actually began his television cooking career while filling in for Sara Moulton during a week she was absent. His own show, East Meets West, premiered not too long after in 1998&mdashthe same year, incidentally, that his Wellesley, MA, restaurant Blue Ginger earned a nomination for Best New Restaurant from the James Beard Foundation.

On the show, Tsai shared recipes in his signature style, combining both Asian and European influences. His success continued from the restaurant to the show, which earned a Daytime Emmy win.

East Meets West went off the air in 2003, but Tsai went on to host Simply Ming on American Public Television since then, and you can check out some of the most recent episodes here.

Boyish, charming, British Jamie Oliver entered the kitchens and hearts of Americans when his BBC-produced show The Naked Chef first aired in America on the Food Network in 1999. The "naked" in the title, to the chagrin of some, referred not to Oliver but to the way he prepared food: simple, yet rich, meals involving minimal effort.

Oliver quickly became a food world sex symbol. Though The Naked Chef ended in 2001, it spawned several other series throughout the years, including Food Network's own Jamie at Home later on.

In the last few years, Oliver has dedicated a great deal of effort on ending childhood obesity&mdashand was made an Honorary Fellow by England's Royal College of General Practitioners for doing so&mdashmost recently by focusing on the problem in a 2015 documentary called Jamie's Sugar Rush.

The legendary chef had been on television before, of course, but it was beginning on the Food Network in 2000 that he had his very own self-titled show. For five seasons, Puck gave insights into his daily life and traveled around the country exploring different regional cuisines, while also cooking and sharing secrets behind the dishes that made him famous.

Once, he even fulfilled a lifelong dream by welcoming the legendary Julia Child onto his show to help him cook Guinea Fowl. Wolfgang Puck added a little bit of luxury to viewer's lives, not to mention killer cooking techniques.

Puck won an Emmy for the series in 2002, and eventually hosted or appeared on several more cooking shows. Puck's restaurants continue to thrive the world over. and no, you probably still can't get a table at Spago.

Reality show Ace of Cakes followed baker Duff Goldman's Baltimore cakery Charm City Cakes as he and his team went above and beyond to create utterly amazing cakes for a variety of events each week, sometimes in a matter of days. The storylines focused not just on cake creation and construction, but small business ownership, interpersonal interactions with the team and clients.

Combining Goldman's backgrounds in metal-smithing and classic pastry-making, these cakes had (and continue to have) everything: sound, movement, smoke. Legend has it the bakery even dreamed up a life-size baby elephant cake once upon a time.

While Ace of Cakes itself ended in 2011 after 10 seasons, Charm City Cakes is alive and kicking in Baltimore and its newest location in Los Angeles. Goldman still appears on a variety of Food Network baking shows, like Worst Bakers in America and the Holiday Baking Championship.

Now this is a show for people who love to eat, featuring where Food Network stars and celebrity chefs love to go on their days off, from breakfast foods to hamburgers to pizza, and more. The restaurants weren't just luxury establishments in big cities, but also mom and pop shops in tiny corners of America, well-loved independent bakeries, and really any place that just had good food.

It humanized favorite Food Network faces, but also gave the viewer the opportunity to go test out some flavors for themselves. The show ran for two years, from 2009-2011, but regularly reruns on the Cooking Channel if you still want to check it out.

While British journalist and food personality Nigella Lawson first made a splash in the U.S. with her show Nigella Bites on E! and Style, her Food Network debut came along with Nigella Feasts in 2006.

Known for sharing recipes that seem complex but are elegant and simple to prepare, Lawson was known as a host who was approachable.

Though Nigella Feasts was only ever meant for one season, it was favorably reviewed everywhere from Time to the New York Daily News. Lawson now regularly makes appearances on shows around the world, publishing cookbooks and even a podcast for the holiday season.

There was nothing about Unwrapped that wasn't a magical combination. The genial and forever lovely Marc Summers? Behind-the-scenes in places that make all of your favorite foods in the world? So. Much. Candy.

The show ran for nine seasons starting in 2001 (a lifetime in those days!), and viewers who missed it after t came off the air needn't have been sad&mdashAlfonso Ribeiro brought back a reboot entitled Unwrapped 2.0 back in 2015.

Rachael Ray taught us all how to dine on a budget with this show that took her on the road looking for the best food deals in the world. It lasted for four seasons, from 2002 to 2005. Her final stop was a trip to New York City.

What's incredible about the show is that it aired during Rachael's tenure as the host of 30-Minute Meals. To this day, people use Rachael's local recommendations as a guide for how to eat their way through certain cities.

Speaking of which, this was the show that empowered many home cooks to feel like they cook balance it all&mdashwork, life, and an easy, nutritious, and quick meal plan they could work through at the end of a long day.

That said, it's hard to speak about the show in the past tense, as Rachael brought it back to life on the Food Network earlier this very year.

Who doesn't look back fondly on the show that kickstarted Giada's career? The show ran for hundreds of episodes starting in 2003, most of which featured light and easy recipes as well as appearances from Giada's loved ones.

Though Giada ended the show shortly before the birth of her firstborn, a lot of her later Food Network projects featured the same gorgeous backdrops, easy-to-follow meals, and, of course, the lovely Giada.

Jeff Mauro found his niche riffing off the crew of misfit chefs on The Kitchen, but before his talk show days, he was the Sandwich King. He made us realize that you can make a case for stuffing anything between two slices of bread, and it would sorta-kinda always work.

And while the Food Network Star's first solo show wasn't long-lived, Jeff continues to do well for himself, often appearing in celeb chef showcases and specials. Oh, and maybe even a Disney production? Only time will tell.

David Rosengarten, host of Taste, was like the original Alton Brown, in that he took a deep dive into a different food every episode. If you ever wanted a 30-minute look into the perfect BLT or oysters, this was it.

At times, Rosengarten's soothing-yet-kinda-sorta-authoritative voice seemed like it belonged to a member of Anchorman's news desk, but as part of the original Food Network line-up, viewers loved him.

The tablescapes&mdashoh, the tablescapes. That's how Sandra Lee referred to her table settings, themed to match the meal she just made. They looked like the result of a long, dark Pinterest binge&mdashbut before Pinterest was even a thing.

The food was adored by people with no time at all, too: All of the recipes always include some pre-made ingredients that you could find at any grocery store.

We all knew Bobby Flay could work a grill, but this was the show that solidified his status as "Best All-Around Chef." He challenged so-called experts across the country, trying to make a dish better than them. The best part of each episode was when Flay would surprise his competitor&mdashcue the happy tears.

It's hard to believe now this competition show was on from just 2006-2011, but again, it's not like we never got to see Bobby again. He is&mdashand will forever be&mdasha Food Network mainstay.


Cookout Classics for Labor Day

Planning the last big barbecue of the season? These must-have recipes will help you send summer off in the most delicious way possible.

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The beauty of these classic burgers is that they&rsquore incredibly versatile. Load them them with traditional fixings (like American cheese, lettuce tomato and red onion) or deck them out with the most-outrageous toppings you can think of. Either way, they&rsquoll be delicious!

Corn Salsa

Foil-Pack Grilled Sweet-and-Spicy Chicken Wings

Marinate your wings in an easy sweet-and-spicy mixture, then grill them in a foil pack for mess-free cooking (you&rsquoll still need napkins for eating, though!).

Rainbow Coleslaw

It just wouldn&rsquot be an end-of-summer cookout without a few classics, coleslaw being one of them. Trisha&rsquos version is tangy and crunchy, perfect with whatever you&rsquore grilling up.

Turkey Club Kebabs

What&rsquos the one thing you probably haven&rsquot grilled all summer? Turkey. We like turning it into bacon-wrapped kebabs &mdash for sandwiches!

Grilled Picnic Corn

This kicked-up, grilled corn tastes great eaten right from the cob (stick a popsicle stick into one end for easier handling!) but it also makes a great salad. Simply cut the corn off the cob after you char it and then toss it with the other ingredients.

Frozen Sangarita

Sweet and Spicy Apricot BBQ Chicken Thighs

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Pepperoni Potato Salad

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Barbecue Cheeseburgers

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Chicken or Turkey Salad Sandwiches

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Anna's Tomato Tart

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Layered Picnic-in-a-Jar

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Fresh Blackberry Crisp

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Honeydew and Arugula Salad

Slow Cooker Beef Brisket

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Yogurt-Marinated Chicken Skewers

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Contents

Every season, between six and nine food truck teams compete in a race where they must cook, sell, and adapt to different challenges in the hopes of winning $50,000 (and in some cases, their very own food truck). While taking a journey through a specific region or route, every week the food truck that makes the least profit is eliminated and sent home, while the rest of the food trucks continue on to the next city. They're usually given "seed money" at the beginning of each episode that goes towards grocery shopping. The teams are assigned different challenges every week for a chance to earn more money (usually in the form of selling the most of a special dish or making a version of a local delicacy for Tyler and a guest judge). They're also thrown obstacles that hinder their ability to make normal sales (for example, switching their menu to vegan food or being unable to restock supplies for the day).

In the first two seasons of the Great Food Truck Race, the competitors were seasoned, professional food truck operators who were competing for a cash prize (first season was $50,000 and second season was $100,000). In the following seasons (save for season six), food trucks were provided to novices (from home cooks to former restaurateurs) who have dreamt of owning and operating their very own food truck. In seasons three, four, and five, the winning team got the money and got to keep the food truck they were provided with by the show. In season six and onward, the show reverted to awarding the winning teams only the $50,000.

Bob Tuschman, general manager of the Food Network, had gotten several pitches for a food truck themed competition show before settling on the show that would become The Great Food Truck Race. He believed it to be ideal because it combined the Survivor-style reality show competition with the rising trend of food trucks. [4] Tyler Florence was immediately on board and as the show grew and got renewed, so did the food truck scene. Florence believed the food truck trend grew in large part because of the economic slump around the early 2000s, and his show "helped invent an entirely new genre of restaurants". [5]


Worst Cooks in America

Chef Tyler Florence returns to the kitchen to challenge reigning champ Chef Anne Burrell to a rematch. An open casting call attracts some of the worst cooks that they've seen yet, but they choose 14 recruits to train back at culinary boot camp. These "home cooks" make their signature dishes, and after an unsavory tasting, Anne and Tyler pick their teams and attempt to teach them how to make a well-balanced dinner.

Getting Stuffed

Chef Anne Burrell and Chef Tyler Florence test the recruits' food knowledge in a game show-style battle of "Family Food," where they go head-to-head to win steps for an incomplete recipe. After the game, they clumsily attempt to fill in the blanks in their partial recipes and cook the dish. Then, they all must stuff and prepare a delicate cut of meat.

50 Shades of Flavor

The recruits learn all about flavor combinations by taste-testing some unlikely pairings, then the Skill Drill tests their creativity as they construct unique ice cream sandwiches. The flavor showdown continues when the recruits must create their own unique filling for empanadas, and two recruits fail to deliver.

Taking It to the Streets

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.

The Cod Squad

The remaining recruits must use exotic proteins to grind out some unforgettable burgers. After serving their original sliders to Chef Anne Burrell and Chef Tyler Florence, the recruits learn they must each fillet a whole cod to make homemade fish and chips.

Blast From the Past

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!

Final Food Fight 8

Chef Anne Burrell and Chef Tyler Florence each work with their final remaining recruit to plan a refined three-course menu that will be served to a panel of culinary experts. Anne and Tyler battle for bragging rights as the recruits' cooking skills are put to the ultimate test in a professional kitchen, but in the end, only the dishes can prove which recruit has gone from worst to best and will win the $25,000 prize!


Questions from fans of Guy Fieri

I get quite a few emails and questions from fans in the comments sections of this blog. I collected a few questions and sent them off to Guy Fieri's publicists in New York to get a few answers. Here's what I found out!

Q: Guy's Big Bite cutting board surface - The set for GBB season 7 has a beautiful HUGE cutting board, flush with the counter. I've been asked from what material it is made. Wood, we know. But what kind of wood?
A: Cross cut walnut, produced by the Vermont Butcher Block (website).

Q: Guy's Big Bite furniture - A reader just wrote in today asking about the brand of furniture in the TV area of Guys' Big Bite?
A: There is a lot of furniture, but the chairs and ottomans are Aemes (Knoll).

Q: Guy's Holiday shirt - A grey shirt with a Santa on the back. Season 6 | Episode: 10 (Airdate: 12/7/08) Guy's Holiday Spread. Don't suppose that was wardrobe's offering? Whatever info you have would be great.
A: No idea, sorry

Q: Chefography: Guy Fieri, Guy's Big Bite and Next Food Network Star Season 2 - People are looking for these on YouTube any movement or plans to release these on DVD?
A Haven't a clue.

Q: Tex Wasabi's Pork Slider recipe - I hear they're delicious. Care to share the recipes?
A: Unfortunately this is proprietary information so we can't share the recipe at this time.

Q: What is the current status of the Guy Fieri Foundation status? We've heard bits and pieces, but it's been a while since we had an update.
A: The GF Foundation is still in development stages. We'll keep you updated as it progresses.

Q: Chef Coats from the road show - They're a hit. Who made them?
A:We are looking at creating a retail version. In development right now. [Since asking this question, I've found that the chef coats were made by ChefWorks.

And just last night, I had a Twitter conversation with a fan about the red Camaro, as seen on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. It appears that the car used in the Alaska episodes is not the same as the car used in the continental United States episodes.

This, of course, makes perfect sense. It would be unreasonably costly to trailer a car all the way up to Alaska. But I've got to give credit to a viewer who noticed the small differences.


You'll see in the picture above, the Camaro used in Oklahoma (upper right) is painted black on the back and the antenna is on the rear left-hand side. Whereas the Camaro used at the Silver Gulch in Alaska (left and lower right) is painted red on the back panel, with the antenna on the front right-hand side. :)

And speaking of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, Joe's Farm Grill is celebrating "Triple D Month" during the month of March with specials and Guy Fieri-oriented events. Click here for more.

And click here to read about the "Triple D effect," a significant increase in business for the Oklahoma restaurants visited by Guy Fieri.


Austin food truck wannabes compete on Food Network's newest show

The Food Network ventured into Austin earlier this year to find dynamic duos for its newest show, Food Truck Face Off. Locals flocked to the casting call in hopes that their food truck concept might win them their own restaurant on wheels.

In the end, eight Austin teams were selected for the show, which filmed two episodes around town. Each episode of Food Truck Face Off features four new teams presenting their food truck ideas to the judges. The two teams with the best concepts face off in a two-day battle and the winning team takes home the grand prize: their very own food truck for a year.

Host Jesse Palmer hits the streets of Austin with food truck wannabes on the "Showdown on South Congress" episode, which airs October 2. Watch for struggles on day one, when one team wrestles with flavors and fryers and the other proves its concept promises more than it delivers. On day two, the teams go up against some of Austin's well-loved food trucks at a popular (but undisclosed) venue.

While the Food Network won't divulge more details about the local teams, you can tune into the show on Thursday, October 2 at 7 pm to find out which new food truck concept will be rolling around Austin in the near future. A second Austin episode will air later in the season.


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Chef Chart Edit

Chef Anne Burrell has led the Red team in every season to date.

Season Blue Team Mentor Number of Contestants Debut Date Finale Date Winner
1 Beau MacMillan 12 January 3, 2010 February 1, 2010 Anne
2 Robert Irvine 16 January 2, 2011 February 20, 2011
3 Bobby Flay February 12, 2012 April 1, 2012
4 Bobby Flay 15 February 17, 2013 March 31, 2013 Bobby
5 Bobby Flay 14 February 16, 2014 March 31, 2014
6 Tyler Florence January 4, 2015 February 15, 2015 Anne
7/Celebrity 1 Rachael Ray 7 September 23, 2015 October 28, 2015
8 Tyler Florence 14 January 4, 2016 February 14, 2016
9/Celebrity 2 Rachael Ray 9 September 14, 2016 November 2, 2016 Rachael
10 Rachael Ray 16 January 1, 2017 March 5, 2017 Anne
11/Celebrity 3 Rachael Ray 8 August 23, 2017 October 11, 2017 Rachael
12 Tyler Florence 16 January 7, 2018 March 11, 2018 Anne
13/Celebrity 4 Tyler Florence 7 April 15, 2018 May 20, 2018 Tyler
14 Robert Irvine 14 August 12, 2018 September 24, 2018 Robert
15 Tyler Florence 15 January 6, 2019 March 3, 2019 Anne
16/Celebrity 5 Tyler Florence 8 April 21, 2019 June 2, 2019
17 Bobby Flay 14 August 4, 2019 September 22, 2019 Bobby
18 Alton Brown 16 January 5, 2020 March 8, 2020 Anne
19/Celebrity 6 Tyler Florence 7 May 10, 2020 June 14, 2020
20 Alex Guarnaschelli 14 June 21, 2020 August 2, 2020 Alex
21 Carla Hall January 3, 2021 February 28, 2021 [3] Carla
22/Best of the Worst Michael Symon 8 April 25, 2021 May 30, 2021 TBA

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.

Recruits Edit

Twelve chefs competed in the first season of Worst Cooks in America. Hometowns and occupations are available from the Food Network website. [4] [5] 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 Mom Eliminated January 17
Susie Shoman 53 Georgetown, South Carolina Grants administrator and entrepreneur
Kelly Johnson 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 27 North Hollywood, California Journalist and fashion consultant

Contestant progress and episodes Edit

Baseline Challenge: 24 of the Worst Cooks in America were brought to Boot Camp. With 45 minutes on the clock, the chef had to cook a dish and whoever has the worst dishes were to be picked for teams. What the recruits didn't know was that Anne and Beau would only select the 12 worst of the worst for boot camp, and they also didn't know that Anne and Beau would pick for their opponent's team.

Team Selection: Beau gives Anne Jenny, Eddie, Hamed, Rachel, Rebecca, and Kelly. Anne Gives Beau Sophia, Susie, David, Wilhelmina, Marque, and Jen.

Main Dish: Anne made Tuscan Fish Stew, while Beau made Poached Tiger Prawns with Littleneck Clams, Bok Choy, and Shiitake Mushrooms. Each team had one hour to replicate their respective chef's dish. During the challenge, Hamed, Wilhelmina, Eddie, and David all struggled. Hamed forgot to put his clams on the plate, Eddie overcooked his shrimp and used too much saffron, Wilhelmina's Broth had too much soy sauce, and David messed up the garnish.

Elimination: After tasting, Rebecca and Marque were named the winners on their respective teams, and Sophia, Rachel, Jenny, Jen, Kelly, and Susie didn't have the best dishes, but they also didn't have the worst dishes and they were deemed safe from elimination. Hamed and Eddie were the bottom two on the red team, and Wihelmina and David with the bottom two on the blue team, but in the end, Hamed and Wihelmina were sent home.

Skill Drill: The chefs bring the recruits to Arirang Hibachi Steakhouse to teach them about classic knife skills such as Julienne and Slicing.

Casting for season 2 of Worst Cooks in America was held at the LA Marriott Burbank Airport, Hotel & Convention Center on March 27, 2010. [6] The Food Network also began accepting online video applications for season 2. [7] Food Network's website announced that Robert Irvine would replace Beau MacMillan for season 2. Season 2 debuted on January 2, 2011. [8] In this season the chefs had eight recruits each.

Recruits Edit

Contestant Age Hometown Occupation Status
Joshua "Joshie" Berger 36 Brooklyn, New York Attorney Winner February 20
Georgann "Georg" Coleman 38 Chicago, Illinois Speech pathologist Runner-up February 20
Carlos Manuel 28 Atlanta, Georgia Banker Eliminated February 13
Kelsey Milos 22 Kings, Illinois Hair stylist
Kat Rose 37 Newnan, Georgia Stay-at-home mother Eliminated February 6
Tyrone "Ty" Miller 33 Trenton, New Jersey Property manager
Jennifer "Jen" MacLean 43 Sparta, New Jersey Operating room nurse Eliminated January 30
Kelly Gray 32 New York City Aerobics instructor
Erika Rumsey 27 Elgin, Illinois Account manager Eliminated January 23
Anna Altomari 44 Aliso Viejo, California RN Case manager
Priscilla Harden 60 Sugar Land, Texas Retired teacher Eliminated January 16
Matt Crespi 24 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania PhD Student
Anthony Scinto 32 Crestwood, Illinois Mechanical engineer Eliminated January 9
Jeff Longcor 25 Somerville, Massachusetts Environmental contractor
Lina Yu 28 Arcadia, California Production manager Eliminated January 2
Eric Ricupero 34 Quincy, Massachusetts Bar owner

Contestant progress Edit

Differences between seasons 1 and 2 Edit

In the first episode, a group of selected novice cooks were to prepare a dish from scratch so the chefs would get an idea of how poor their skills were. After tasting all the items, the chefs took turns picking team members for their rival chef. The first season started off with 24 novice cooks but only the worst 12 were chosen for a team. In the second season, the first episode began with 16 amateurs and all took part for the remainder of that episode.

In the penultimate episode of the season, the remaining four recruits learned and replicated a dessert. After this, in the first season, the recruits had to instruct a group of high school students how to replicate the dessert recipe. In the second one, the recruits were assigned the dessert to serve after both chefs, and a special guest enjoyed a main dish.

After learning and replicating a dessert, the recruits had to prepare a meal for both chefs and a surprise guest, usually a spouse or other family member. The first season's main dishes were an improved version of the recruits’ audition meal. The special guests in the second season got to choose what they wanted the students to make them.

Two recruits remained in the final episode and had to prepare an appetizer, main dish, and dessert for a panel of three food critics. The critics in season 1 thought that the final meal was prepared by the chefs until after they sampled all the courses. In season 2, the critics learned their meal was prepared by the recruits immediately after entering the restaurant.

Recruits Edit

Contestant Age Hometown Occupation Status
Kelli Powers 40 Los Angeles, California Stay-at-home mother Winner April 1
Vinnie Caligiuri 47 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Mortgage broker Runner-up April 1
Melissa Rhodes 28 Naples, Florida Nursing Student Eliminated March 25
David Shelton 26 Longview, Texas Unemployed
Tiffany Michelle 27 Los Angeles, California Poker player and actress Eliminated March 18
Dorothy Strouhal 38 Cove, Texas Make-up artist
Anthony Schiano 33 Massapequa, New York Mechanical engineer Eliminated March 11
Benjamin Dennis 37 Dallas, Texas Stay-at-home father Quit March 11
Sean Bennett 36 New York City Automotive Spokesperson Eliminated March 4
Sarina Weeraprajuk 31 West Covina, California Wedding photographer
Erica Weidner 53 Long Beach, New York Court Reporter Student Eliminated February 26
Robert "Bob" Tamke 44 Massapequa Park, New York DJ
Sherrill Moss-Solomon 55 New York City Fundraiser Eliminated February 19
Rachel Margolin 31 New York City Night Club Promoter
Richard Chen 55 Queens, New York Attorney Eliminated February 12
Libby Floyd 46 Eden Prairie, Minnesota ShopNBC host [11]

Contestant progress Edit

^Note 1 : In Episode 3, Team Bobby (blue team) won the first challenge he therefore got to choose one person from Team Anne (red team) to go to his team, and then choose one person from his team to go to the other team. He chose David to go to Team Anne's team and chose Melissa from Team Anne's team to join his team.

Recruits Edit

Contestant Age Hometown Occupation Status
Alina Bolshakova 28 Riga, Latvia Caretaker/Actress Winner March 31
Rasheeda Brown 30 Germantown, Maryland Correctional Officer Runner-up March 31
Chet Pourciau † 40 New Orleans, Louisiana Interior designer Eliminated March 24
Suzanne "Sue" Mangogna 42 Northport, New York Salon manager
Carla Johnson 47 Long Beach, California Alcohol & Drug Counselor Eliminated March 17
Michael Haydin 25 Rye Brook, New York Accountant
Carrie Lee Riggins 32 Carmel, New York Ballerina/Actress Eliminated March 10
Crystal Lonneberg 30 Weehawken, New Jersey Actress/Artist
Aadip Desai 36 Sacramento, California Writer/Musician Eliminated March 3
Alex Stein 26 Dallas, Texas Bail Bondsman
Michael "Big Mike" Paul 24 Thomson, Georgia Woodworker Eliminated February 24
Robert "Dr. Bob" Schaefer 58 Pleasant Hill, California Chiropractor
Tim Burger 42 Novi, Michigan Former Marine Eliminated February 17
Diana De Rosa 62 Huntington, New York Photographer

Contestant progress Edit

†: Contestant died after filming.

Recruits Edit

Contestant Age Hometown Occupation Status
Amber Brauner 37 Redlands, California Tattoo Artist Winner March 31
Jamie Thomas 41 New York City Flight Attendant Runner-up March 31
Daniel "Danny" Beyda 43 Long Island, New York Radiologist Eliminated March 24
Mike Glazer 30 Chicago, Illinois Writer
Carie Pullano-Keller 34 Chester, Virginia Promotional Model Eliminated March 17
Stephanie St. Aubin 26 Washington, DC Secretary
Danielle Ruiz-Wiley 25 Staten Island, New York Stay at Home Mom Eliminated March 10
Carol Holder 64 New York City Real Estate Broker
Joe Slaughter 28 Los Angeles, California Actor/Dancer Eliminated March 3
Ken Hsu 29 Seattle, Washington Personal Trainer
Lance Green 31 New York City Music Producer Eliminated February 24
Benjamin "Benji" Hunter Brown III 29 Nashville, Tennessee Live Music Booking Agent
Muneerah Warner 33 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Abstinence Advisor Eliminated February 16
Casey Pentony 26 Hollywood, California Nurse

Contestant progress Edit

^Note 1 : In Episode 3 Team Anne (red team) won the first challenge, she therefore got to choose one person from Team Bobby (blue team) to go to her team, and then chose one person from her team to go to the other team. She chose Stephanie to go to Team Bobby's team and chose Carie from Team Bobby's team to join her team.

Tyler Florence joined Anne Burrell to host season 6, replacing Bobby Flay after 3 seasons. The season premiered on January 4, 2015 to 2,123,000 viewers. [12] The second episode was lower at 1,456,000 viewers, [13] with the third episode rising to 1,732,000 viewers [14] and the fourth episode reached 1,689,000 viewers. [15] the 5th episode reached 1,634,000 viewers. The sixth episode received 1.55 million viewers. [16]

Recruits Edit

Contestant progress Edit

Rachael Ray joins Anne Burrell to host season 7. The winner earns a $50,000 donation for their chosen charity. Because this season had only 7 total recruits, each team's worst recruit from that week's Main Dish challenge competed head to head in a quickfire elimination challenge instead of eliminating both recruits each week. This challenge involved more basic cooking techniques (e.g. knife skills) and the winner would be decided by a blind judging from both Anne and Rachael. The winning recruit stayed in the competition while the losing recruit was eliminated.

Recruits Edit

Contestant Age Occupation Status
Jenni "JWoww" Farley 29 Reality Television Star Winner October 28
Kendra Wilkinson 30 Former Playboy Model & Television Personality Runner-up October 28
Ellen Cleghorne 49 Saturday Night Live Actress Eliminated October 21
Barry Williams 60 The Brady Bunch Actor Eliminated October 14
Chris Soules 33 The Bachelor Star Eliminated October 7
Jaleel White 38 Actor, Television Host Eliminated September 30
Dean Cain 48 Television Actor Eliminated September 23

Contestant progress Edit

Recruits Edit

Contestant Age Hometown Occupation Status
Nick Slater 24 Rancho Cucamonga, California Construction Worker Winner February 14
Lawrence Crawford 26 Deptford, New Jersey Army Combat Medic Runner-up February 14
Ginny Meerman 50 Millersville, Maryland Project Supervisor Eliminated February 7
Taylor Hooper 24 Boston, Massachusetts Marine Veteran
Holgie Forrester 66 Twentynine Palms, California Retired/Actress Eliminated January 31
Chanda Havard 36 Chicago, Illinois Real Estate Agent
Donna Koen 60 Newburyport, Massachusetts Lunch Lady & Hairdresser Eliminated January 24
Rachel Thomas 27 Tampa, Florida Stay-at-Home Wife
Ernie Adkins 44 Mardela Springs, Maryland Truck driver Eliminated January 17
Glenda Galeano 40 Miami, Florida Event Coordinator/Actress
Ty Snow 39 Pasadena, California Special Education Teacher Eliminated January 10
Cindy Nguyen 28 Las Vegas, Nevada Bartender
David Fouts 42 Wales, Wisconsin Senior Project Manager Eliminated January 4
Jeni Erdman 51 Dousman, Wisconsin Group Tour Coordinator

Contestant progress Edit

Rachael Ray returns with Anne Burrell to host season 2 of the Celebrity Edition. The winner earns a $50,000 donation for their chosen charity. The season premiered on September 14, 2016 to 1,185,000 viewers. [17]

Recruits Edit

Contestant Age Occupation Status
Loni Love 44 The Real Co-Host & Comedian Winner November 2
Nicole Sullivan 46 Former MadTV Star, comedian, & Actress Runner-up November 2
John Henson 49 Former Talk Soup & Wipeout host Eliminated October 26
Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino 34 Reality Television Personality
Matt Dallas 33 Television Actor & YouTube Personality Eliminated October 19
Mindy Cohn 50 The Facts of Life & Scooby-Doo Actress Eliminated October 12
Tommy Davidson 52 Comedian & Actor Eliminated September 28
Barbara Eden 85 Film & Television Actress (I Dream of Jeannie & Harper Valley P.T.A.) Eliminated September 21
Kenya Moore 45 Miss USA 1993 & The Real Housewives of Atlanta Star Eliminated September 14

Rachael Ray joins Anne Burrell to host season 10. The season premiered on January 1, 2017. [18]

Recruits Edit

Contestant Age Hometown Occupation Status
Daniel Mar 35 Burbank, California Photographer Winner March 5
Ann Odogwu 34 Houston, Texas Flight Attendant Runner-up March 5
Laura Docker 36 Fort Worth, Texas Lawyer Eliminated February 26
Mandy Thornton 24 Hanover, Massachusetts Medical Assistant
Adam Cooke 32 Rancho Cucamonga, California Auto Mechanic Eliminated February 19
Brittany Lenore 27 Chicago, Illinois Spiritual Speaker
Jeff West 36 Douglassville, Pennsylvania Vending Machine President Eliminated February 12
Kayla Kurtz 27 Kent, Ohio Stay-at-Home Mom Eliminated January 29
Maria Marcello 40 Torrance, California Stay-at-Home Mom
Matt Josephs 35 Richmond, Virginia Sports Radio Producer Eliminated January 22
Jake Michaels 21 Manteno, Illinois Model & Singer Eliminated January 15
Jetta Linda Ostrofsky 66 Sacramento, California Retired
Stephen Hawkins 67 Temecula, California Retired Eliminated January 8
Buffy Mykkanen 29 Portland, Oregon Tech Support
Cedrick Miller 22 El Paso, Texas Cashier Eliminated January 1
Lester Turchin 65 Fort Lauderdale, Florida Retired

Contestant progress Edit

In Episode 6, Both Chef Anne and Chef Rachael decided not to send anyone from their teams home.

Rachael Ray returns with Anne Burrell to host season 3 of the Celebrity Edition. The season premiered on August 23, 2017. [19] [20]

Recruits Edit

  • Note: Vivica was originally eliminated on September 20. In Episode 7, airing on October 4, both Vivica and Sean returned to the competition for a redemption skill drill. Vivica won the drill, re-entered the competition and was then eliminated for the second time following the main challenge.

Contestant progress Edit

Three contestants from this season—runner-up Steven Crowley, Sharon Shvarzman, and Kevin Pettice—would compete in, and win, season 9 of The Great Food Truck Race.

Recruits Edit

Contestant Age Hometown Occupation Status
Hazell Mckenzie 36 Brooklyn, New York Graduate Student Winner March 11
Steven Crowley 31 New York City Real estate broker Runner-up March 11
Asaf Goren 25 Los Angeles, California Dancer Eliminated March 4
Sharon Shvarzman 32 Staten Island, New York Drag Performer
Shatima Ruffin 34 Hampton Roads, Virginia Receptionist Eliminated February 25
Lacey Stout 28 Collinsville, Oklahoma Stay-at-Home Mom
Robyn Hayden 31 Charleston, South Carolina Balloon Artist Eliminated February 18
Brandon Arroyo 27 Cleveland, Ohio Sports Reporter Eliminated February 11
Spencer Nick 25 Chicago, Illinois Graduate Student
Sylvia Jefferies 47 Charleston, South Carolina Stay-at-Home Mom Quit January 28
Lily Frey 63 Anaheim, California Retired Eliminated January 28
Skyler Nick 25 Chicago, Illinois Graduate Student Eliminated January 21
Priscilla Nguyen 26 Hattiesburg, Mississippi Receptionist Eliminated January 14
Kevin Pettice 24 Charlotte, North Carolina Administrative Assistant
Kayrene Curtis 44 Rocky River, Ohio Stay-at-Home Mom Eliminated January 7
Jonathan Farhat 37 Livermore, California Safety Professional

Contestant progress Edit

In episode 5, contestants Lacey and Spencer switch teams instead of being eliminated, Lacey on Chef Anne's Team and Spencer on Chef Tyler's team.

Tyler Florence returns with Anne Burrell to host season 4 of the Celebrity Edition. This is the first Celebrity Edition to not feature Rachael Ray as a judge. The season premiered on April 15, 2018. [21]

Recruits Edit

Contestant Age Occupation Status
La Toya Jackson 61 Singer & Icon Winner May 20
Ian Ziering 53 Beverly Hills, 90210 star Runner-up May 20
Catherine Bach 64 The Dukes of Hazzard Star Eliminated May 13
Oscar Nunez 59 The Office Star
Maria Bamford 48 Comedian Eliminated May 6
Nolan Gould 19 Modern Family Star Eliminated April 29
Bronson Pinchot 58 Perfect Strangers star Eliminated April 22

Contestant progress Edit

Robert Irvine rejoined Anne Burrell to host season 14.

Recruits Edit

Contestant Age Hometown Occupation Status
Bradley Garcia 22 Miami, Florida Model Winner September 24
Sarah Harris 23 Porum, Oklahoma Equine Therapist Runner-up September 24
Janese Henry 30 Spring Lake, North Carolina Stay-at-Home Mom Finalist September 24
Timmy Thok 29 New York City Underwear Model, Bartender
Carla Waddell 46 Alexandria, Virginia Human Resources Eliminated September 10
Frank Scuderi 40 Maple Shade, New Jersey Operations Manager
Rudy Rehburg 30 Chicago, Illinois Property Preservation Specialist Eliminated September 3
Jessica Paulson 26 Oakley, California EMT
Kimberly D. Worthy [A] 33 Atlanta, Georgia Writer Eliminated August 26
Copan Combs 30 Stillwater, Oklahoma Academic Recruiter
Linda Martin 60 Somerville, Massachusetts Retired Eliminated August 19
Marcus Ellis 51 Queens, New York Mental Health Counselor
Maryann Rapisarda 67 Valdosta, Georgia Retired Eliminated August 12
Robbie DeRaffele 30 Hackensack, New Jersey Superman Impersonator

Contestant progress Edit

Tyler Florence joins Anne Burrell to host season 15. Since the number of contestants is odd, one of them is eliminated before getting into the teams.

Recruits Edit

Contestant Age Hometown Occupation Status
Allison Wolfe 31 Richmond, Texas Stay-at-home Mom Winner March 3
Brittany Carel 23 Fort Lauderdale, Florida Model Runner-up March 3
Travele Judon 32 Chicago, Illinois Insurance Sales Eliminated February 24
Brett Azar 31 Rahway, New Jersey Arnold Schwarzenegger Body Double
Mickey Wentz 50 Denver, Colorado Math Teacher Eliminated February 17
Carmelle Bull 66 Atlanta, Georgia Server
Cameron Pennington 19 Grayson, Kentucky Sandwich Artist Eliminated February 3
Kat Schuessler 27 Kent, Ohio Fast Food Employee
Antoinette Wills 49 Washington D.C. Secretary Eliminated January 27
Terry Yu 52 Stockton, California Prison Pharmacist
Sponjetta Parrish 40 Athens, Georgia Online Saleswoman Eliminated January 20
Alten Poblete 27 San Diego, California Dog Walker
Cody Medler 24 Los Angeles, California Service Car Driver Eliminated January 13
Caitlin Rose 32 Brick, New Jersey Salon Receptionist
Chaz Oakley 53 Ninilchik, Alaska Artist Eliminated January 6

Contestant progress Edit

  • Red : Team Anne
  • Blue : Team Tyler
  • Chaz was eliminated after the baseline challlenge because his dish was the worst.

Tyler Florence returns with Anne Burrell to host the fifth run of the Celebrity Edition. The season premiered on April 21, 2019. [22]

Recruits Edit

Contestant Age Occupation Status
Tonya Harding 48 Retired Figure Skater/Reality TV Personality Winner June 2
Alec Mapa 53 Actor/Comedian/Writer Runner-up June 2
Jim J. Bullock 64 Actor/Comedian Eliminated May 26
Kym Whitley 57 Comedian/Actress
Jonathan Lipnicki 28 Actor/Producer Eliminated May 12
Morgan Fairchild 69 Actress Eliminated May 5
Taryn Manning 40 Actress/Singer Walked off show April 28
Jimmie Walker 71 Actor/Comedian Eliminated April 21

Contestant progress Edit

Bobby Flay joins Anne Burrell to host season 17. The season, featuring 14 recruits, debuted on August 4, 2019. [23]

Recruits Edit

Contestant Age Hometown Occupation Status
Adrian Read 29 Bronx, New York Zumba Instructor for Seniors Winner September 22
Juliann Sheldon 28 Charlotte, North Carolina Professional Cheerleader Runner-up September 22
Kayla Longstreth 23 Firestone, Colorado Dance Instructor Eliminated September 15
Father Adam Young 34 Cranston, Rhode Island Priest
Gina Lam 28 San Diego, California Banker Eliminated September 8
Peter Smerlas 36 Waltham, Massachusetts Construction Worker & Rapper
Laith Wallschleger 26 Tampa, Florida Former Professional Football Player Eliminated September 1
Sharon Grant 53 Dallas, Texas Minister
Mercedes "Sadie" Manda 20 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania College Student Eliminated August 25
Karma Ann Moody 47 Hayesville, North Carolina Bridal Shop Owner
Terry Grawey 62 Peoria, Illinois Hypnotist Eliminated August 11
Jonathan Beyer 37 New York, New York Opera singer
Idriss Allison 30 Bronx, New York Transformational Coach Eliminated August 4
Nina Kharoufeh 25 Cliffside Park, New Jersey News Curator

Contestant progress Edit

Alton Brown joins Anne Burrell to host season 18. The season, featuring 16 recruits, premiered on January 5, 2020. [24]

Recruits Edit

Contestant Age Hometown Occupation Status
Shannon Akins 24 Tempe, Arizona Aspiring Cosmetologist Winner March 8
Leo Lech 58 Washington, West Virginia Chemist Runner-up March 8
Kelly Ngoc Mac 55 Pasadena, California Fitness Instructor Eliminated March 1
Leslie Rivera-Silva 35 Washington, D.C. Hairstylist
Michael "Mike" Jones-Better 24 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania EMT Eliminated February 23
Bridget Praytor 41 Colorado Springs, Colorado Volleyball Coach
Dr. Lulu Boykin 67 Pittsboro, North Carolina Teaching Artist Eliminated February 9
Monica Colwell 25 Hazard, Kentucky ER Records Coordinator
Jefferson Goldie 36 Chicago, Illinois Concierge Eliminated February 2
Ryan Grovey 30 Phoenix, Arizona Mortician/Fitness Instructor
Curtis Long 38 Seneca, South Carolina Plumber Eliminated January 26
Jolynn Singh 52 Allen, Texas Nurse
Kevin So 24 Brooklyn, New York Online Marketing Eliminated January 12
Alexandra "Alex" Tiso 23 Eastchester, New York Radio Promotions Assistant
Dakota Klaes 30 New York, New York Account Executive Eliminated January 5
Joe Deese 30 Fultondale, Alabama Inventory Clerk

Contestant progress Edit

Tyler Florence returns with Anne Burrell to host the sixth run of the Celebrity Edition. The season premiered on May 10, 2020.

Recruits Edit

Contestant Age Occupation Status
Wells Adams 35 Bachelor in Paradise Star Winner June 14
Johnny Bananas 37 The Challenge Star Runner-up June 14
Dave Coulier 60 Full House Star Eliminated June 7
Bridget Everett 47 Comedian & Actress
Robin Givens 55 Actress Eliminated May 31
Sonja Morgan 56 The Real Housewives of New York City Star Eliminated May 24
Brian Posehn 53 Comedian and Actor Eliminated May 17

Contestant progress Edit

Alex Guarnaschelli joins Anne Burrell to host season 20. The season debuted on June 21, 2020. [25]

The entire run of this season, along with text summaries of it, was pulled from all Discovery platforms on January 23, 2021, after the season's champion, Ariel Robinson, was charged with homicide by child abuse with her husband for the death of her three-year-old adopted daughter. [26] [27]

Recruits Edit

Contestant Age Hometown Occupation Status
Ariel "Ari" Robinson [B] 28 Simpsonville, South Carolina Teacher Winner August 2
Zack Ignoffo 26 Chicago, Illinois Model Runner-up August 2
Dolores Aguilar-Fernandez 45 Cypress, Texas Recruiter Eliminated July 26
Darian Barnes 40 Rahway, New Jersey Teacher/Ex-Football Player
Domaine Javier [C] 28 San Gabriel, California Nursing Supervisor/Trans Actress-Writer Eliminated July 19
Eric Smart 59 Los Angeles, California Special Investigator
Louisa Sharamatyan [D] 30 Glendale, California Social Media Manager Eliminated July 12
Evan Baker 35 Bismarck, North Dakota Professional Fundraiser
Denise Schroder 47 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Real Estate Agent Eliminated July 5
Johannes "Yo" Phelps 46 Davenport, Iowa Realtor
Erin Sullivan 38 Mayfield, Kentucky Federal Employee Eliminated June 28
Brianna Weidenbach 24 Martin, Tennessee Caregiver
Holly Brooks 66 Lancaster, Pennsylvania Intuitive Psychic Counselor Eliminated June 21
Julie "Jewels" McIlroy 50 Syracuse, New York Community Habilitation Specialist

Contestant progress Edit

Carla Hall joins Anne Burrell to host season 21. The season debut on January 3, 2021 with a 90-minute premiere. Immediately following, spin-off companion series Worst Cooks in America: Dirty Dishes begins its first-ever run. [30] The show sees former boot camp contestants and comedians commenting on past episodes. [31]

An additional twist added this season is the "Danger Zone," in which the worst recruit on each team in the Skill Drill must cook their Main Dish at the stations used by Burrell and Hall in demonstrating the recipe, giving the mentors the ability to keep a close eye on them as they cook.

Recruits Edit

Contestant Age Hometown Occupation Status
Amber Leverette 37 Banner Elk, North Carolina Bartender Winner February 28
Cameron Bartlett 20 Norman, Oklahoma Student Runner-up February 28
JJ Hurt 35 Atlanta, Georgia Tech Support Supervisor Finalist February 28
Chandali Gullick 29 Wichita, Kansas Customer Service
McKayla Carter 21 Blackshear, Georgia Model Eliminated February 14
Tiffany Billingsly 35 Greenwood, Indiana Music Teacher
Ayesha Dwyer 43 Wadsworth, Illinois Children's Book Author Eliminated January 31
Laura Marie Moore 23 Los Angeles, California NHL Cheerleader
Joey Kinsley 26 Rocky River, Ohio Digital Marketing Specialist Eliminated January 17
Mo Nooreldin Kirkland, Washington Dental Assistant
Stephanie James 40 Chicago, Illinois Postal Clerk Eliminated January 10
Watik Aleem Aurora, Colorado Army Veteran
Jonathan Hanna New York, New York Hand Model Eliminated January 3
Joy Blessing 65 Jacksonville, Florida Wedding Officiant

Contestant progress Edit

Michael Symon joins Anne Burrell for the first time to host a new Best of the Worst season where fan-favorite recruits from past seasons return for another chance at redemption. The season premiered on April 25, 2021. [32]


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