Worst Cooks in America

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Worst Cooks in America
Genre Reality show/cooking show
Directed by Michael Pearlman
Judges Anne Burrell, Beau MacMillan (Season 1), Robert Irvine (Season 2), Bobby Flay (Season 3–5)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 29
Production
Executive producer(s) Bob Kirsh, Nicola Moody, Pip Wells
Location(s) Los Angeles, California and New York City
Running time 42 Minutes
Production company(s) Optomen Productions, Inc.
Broadcast
Original channel Food Network
Original run January 3, 2010 (2010-01-03) – present
External links
Production website

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 and a Food Network cooking set.[1][2] 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 Anne Burrell and Beau MacMillan in Season 1. In subsequent seasons, MacMillan was replaced by Robert Irvine and Bobby Flay. Burrell was the winning instructor in seasons 1, 2, and 3 and Flay winning in seasons 4–5.

Season 1: 2010[edit]

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.[3][4] 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 progress[edit]

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

Key[edit]

     (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.

Episodes[edit]

Chef Anne and Chef Beau each assigned 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., teaching them 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: 2011[edit]

Casting for season 2 of Worst Cooks in America was held at the LA Marriott Burbank Airport, Hotel & Convention Center on March 27, 2010.[5] The Food Network also began accepting online video applications for season 2.[6] Food Network's website announced that Robert Irvine would replace Beau MacMillan for season 2. Season 2 debuted on January 2, 2011.[7] In this season the chefs had eight recruits each.

Recruits[edit]

Contestant Age Hometown Occupation Status
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]

Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Joshie
IN IN IN WIN WIN BTM IN IN BTM IN WIN WINNER
Georg
IN WIN IN IN IN WIN IN WIN BTM WIN WIN RUNNER-UP
Carlos
IN IN WIN WIN IN IN WIN WIN WIN WIN OUT
Kelsey
WIN IN IN WIN BTM IN BTM IN WIN IN OUT
Kat
WIN IN BTM IN IN BTM BTM BTM OUT
Ty
IN IN IN IN BTM IN IN BTM OUT
Jen
IN BTM IN WIN IN IN IN OUT
Kelly
IN IN IN IN IN IN WIN OUT
Erika
BTM WIN IN WIN IN IN OUT
Anna
IN IN IN IN WIN IN OUT
Priscilla
IN IN BTM WIN OUT
Matt
BTM IN WIN IN OUT
Anthony
IN IN OUT
Jeff
IN BTM OUT
Lina
OUT
Eric
OUT

Key[edit]

     (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.

Season 3: 2012[edit]

Anne Burrell and Bobby Flay hosted season 3.[8][9]

Recruits[edit]

Contestant Age Hometown Occupation Status
Kelli Powers 40 Valley Village, California Stay-at-home mother Winner April 1
Vinnie Caligiuri 47 Jenkintown, Pennsylvania Mortgage broker Runner-up April 1
Melissa Rhodes 28 Naples, Florida Nursing Student Eliminated March 25
David K. Shelton 26 Pittsburgh, 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 Frisco, Texas Stay-at-home father
Sean "Bennett" 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 Rego Park, New York Attorney Eliminated February 12
Libby Floyd 46 Eden Prairie, Minnesota ShopNBC host[10]

Contestant progress[edit]

Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Kelli
WIN IN IN IN IN IN BTM WIN BTM WIN WIN WIN WIN WINNER
Vinnie
IN WIN WIN IN IN IN WIN IN BTM IN BTM WIN WIN RUNNER-UP
Melissa
IN IN IN IN IN IN IN WIN WIN IN WIN IN OUT
David
IN IN IN BTM IN IN WIN WIN IN WIN BTM IN OUT
Tiffany
WIN IN IN WIN IN BTM BTM IN BTM IN OUT
Dorothy
IN IN WIN IN BTM WIN IN WIN WIN WIN OUT
Anthony
IN IN IN IN IN IN IN WIN OUT
Benjamin
IN IN IN IN WIN WIN IN IN OUT
Bennett
IN IN BTM BTM WIN BTM OUT
Sarina
BTM IN IN IN BTM IN OUT
Erica
IN IN BTM IN OUT
Bob
IN WIN IN IN OUT
Sherrill
IN BTM OUT
Rachel
BTM BTM OUT
Richard
OUT
Libby
OUT

Key[edit]

     (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

Season 4: 2013[edit]

Recruits[edit]

Contestant Age Hometown Occupation Status
Alina Bolshakova 28 Riga, Latvia Caretaker/Actress[11] 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 Single Mother
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[12] Eliminated March 10
Crystal Lonneberg 30 Weehawken, New Jersey Actress/Artist[13]
Aadip Desai 36 Sacramento, California Writer/Musician[14] 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 Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Alina
BTM WIN WIN IN IN IN WIN WIN WIN IN WIN WINNER
Rasheeda
IN IN BTM IN IN WIN WIN WIN BTM WIN WIN RUNNER-UP
Chet
WIN IN IN IN WIN WIN IN WIN BTM IN OUT
Sue
IN IN WIN BTM BTM IN BTM IN WIN WIN OUT
Carla
IN IN BTM WIN IN BTM BTM WIN OUT
Michael
WIN IN IN BTM WIN IN BTM IN OUT
Carrie Lee
IN IN IN BTM BTM IN OUT
Crystal
IN WIN IN IN IN BTM OUT
Aadip
IN IN IN IN OUT
Alex
IN IN IN IN OUT
Mike
IN BTM OUT
Bob
BTM BTM OUT
Tim
OUT
Diana
OUT

Key[edit]

     (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.

Season 5: 2014[edit]

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
Carol Holder 64 New York City Real Estate Broker Eliminated March 10
Danielle Ruiz-Wiley 25 Staten Island, New York Stay at Home Mom
Joe Slaughter 28 Los Angeles, California Actor/Dancer Eliminated March 3
Ken Hsu 29 Seattle, Washington Personal Trainer
Benjamin "Benji" Hunter Brown III 29 Nashville, Tennessee Live Music Booking Agent Eliminated February 24
Lance Green 31 New York City Music Producer
Casey Pentony 26 Hollywood, California Nurse Eliminated February 16
Muneerah Warner 33 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Abstinence Advisor

Contestant progress[edit]

Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Amber
WIN IN IN IN WIN WIN IN WIN IN WIN WINNER
Jamie
WIN IN WIN BTM IN IN WIN WIN WIN WIN RUNNER-UP
Mike
IN IN IN WIN WIN IN IN BTM WIN OUT
Danny
IN IN BTM IN IN WIN WIN BTM IN OUT
Carie
IN IN IN S/W IN IN BTM OUT
Stephanie
IN IN BTM S/W IN WIN BTM OUT
Carol
IN WIN IN BTM BTM IN OUT
Danielle
IN WIN IN IN BTM WIN OUT
Ken
IN IN IN IN OUT
Joe
IN IN WIN IN OUT
Benji
BTM IN OUT
Lance
BTM IN OUT
Casey
OUT
Muneerah
OUT

Key[edit]

     (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.
     (S/W) Anne's team won the challenge and she decided to switch Stephanie over to Bobby's team and in return she decided to steal Carie for her team.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Worst Cooks in America' isn't just a title: They're horrible". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ "'Worst Cooks in America': Worst thing I watched most of last night". Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Worst Cooks in America: Red Team (Chef Anne Burrell)". Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Worst Cooks in America: Blue Team (Chef Beau MacMillan)". Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
  5. ^ Scattergood, Amy (March 16, 2010). "Casting Calls: Season 2 of Worst Cooks in America Wants You! – Los Angeles Restaurants and Dining – Squid Ink". Blogs.laweekly.com. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Food Network is looking for HOPELESS HOME COOKS!". Worstcookscasting.wordpress.com. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Powered by Google Docs". Docs.google.com. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Superstar Chefs Anne Burrell And Bobby Flay Transform Kitchen-Challenged Contestants in Season Three of Primetime Competition Series Worst Cooks in America" (pdf). Food Network. Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
  9. ^ "WORST COOKS IN AMERICA: Season Three – Contestant Overview" (pdf). Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
  10. ^ "National Television Host on Shop NBC". Libby Floyd. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  11. ^ "IMDB: Alina Bolshakova". IMDB.com. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  12. ^ "IMDB: Carrie Lee Riggins". IMDB.com. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  13. ^ "IMDB: Crystal Lonneberg". IMDB.com. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  14. ^ "IMDB: Aadip Desai". IMDB.com. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 

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