Worst Cooks in America

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Worst Cooks in America
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Genre
  • Reality television
  • Cooking show
Judges
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons24
No. of episodes188
Production
Executive producers
  • Rowena DeLaRosa
  • Bob Kirsh
  • Nicola Moody
  • Pip Wells
Production locationNew York City
Running time60-90 minutes
Production companyOptomen Productions, Inc.
Release
Original networkFood Network
Original releaseJanuary 3, 2010 (2010-01-03) –
present
Chronology
Followed byWorst Bakers in America

Worst Cooks in America is an American reality television series that premiered on January 3, 2010, on Food Network. The show takes 12 to 16 contestants (referred to as "recruits") with very poor cooking skills through a culinary boot camp, to earn a cash prize of $25,000 and a Food Network cooking set. In the celebrity edition of the show, the winning celebrity gets a $50,000 prize to donate to the charity of their choice.[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.

History[edit]

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 14 February 17, 2013 March 31, 2013 Bobby
5 Bobby Flay 14 February 17, 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 Anne
23 Cliff Crooks 12 January 5, 2022 February 23, 2022 Cliff
24/ Celebrity 7, That's So 90's Jeff Mauro 9 April 24, 2022 May 29, 2022 Anne

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.[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]

  • Red: Team Anne
  • Blue: Team Beau
Rank Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 Rachel IN IN IN IN WIN BTM WIN WINNER
2 Jenny* IN IN IN/SWAP WIN IN BTM WIN RUNNER-UP
3 Jen IN IN WIN IN WIN WIN OUT
4 Eddie BTM WIN BTM BTM IN WIN OUT
5 Marque WIN WIN BTM BTM IN OUT
6 Rebecca WIN BTM 2nd WIN IN OUT
7 Sophia* IN IN IN/SWAP OUT
8 Susie IN BTM IN OUT
9 Kelly IN OUT
10 David BTM OUT
11 Wilhelmina OUT
12 Hamed OUT
Key
  (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.
* Initially a member of the other team but switched after Chef Beau won the bet on whose team member made the best crepes.

Episode 1:

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.

Episode 2:

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

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.[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]

  • Red: Team Anne
  • Blue: Team Robert
Episode
Rank Contestant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 Joshie IN IN IN WIN WIN 9th IN IN BTM IN WIN WINNER
2 Georg IN WIN IN IN IN WIN IN WIN BTM WIN WIN RUNNER-UP
3 Carlos IN IN WIN WIN IN 6th WIN WIN WIN WIN OUT
4 Kelsey* WIN IN IN WIN BTM 2nd/Swap BTM IN WIN IN OUT
5 Kat* WIN IN BTM IN IN BTM/SWAP BTM BTM OUT
6 Ty IN IN IN IN BTM 3rd IN BTM OUT
7 Jen IN BTM IN WIN IN 7th IN OUT
8 Kelly IN IN IN IN IN 5th WIN OUT
9 Erika BTM WIN IN WIN IN 8th OUT
10 Anna IN IN IN IN WIN 4th OUT
11 Priscilla IN IN BTM WIN OUT
12 Matt BTM IN WIN IN OUT
13 Anthony IN IN OUT
14 Jeff IN BTM OUT
15 Lina OUT
16 Eric OUT
Key
  (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.
* Initially a member of the other team but switched after Chef Robert won the bet on whose team member made the best burgers.

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.

Season 3: 2012[edit]

Anne Burrell hosted season 3 with Bobby Flay, who replaced Robert Irvine.[9][10]

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" 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]

  • Red: Team Anne
  • Blue: Team Bobby
Rank Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 Kelli WIN IN IN IN IN IN BTM WIN BTM WIN WIN WIN WIN WINNER
2 Vinnie IN WIN WIN IN IN IN WIN IN BTM IN WIN WIN WIN RUNNER-UP
3 Melissa1 IN IN IN IN/SWAP IN IN IN WIN WIN IN BTM IN OUT
4 David1 IN IN IN BTM/SWAP IN IN WIN WIN IN WIN BTM IN OUT
5 Tiffany WIN IN IN WIN IN BTM BTM IN BTM IN OUT
6 Dorothy IN IN WIN IN BTM WIN IN WIN WIN WIN OUT
7 Anthony IN IN IN IN IN IN IN WIN OUT
8 Benjamin IN IN IN IN WIN WIN IN IN QUIT
9 Bennett IN IN BTM BTM WIN BTM OUT
10 Sarina BTM IN IN IN BTM IN OUT
11 Erica IN IN BTM IN OUT
12 Bob IN WIN IN IN OUT
13 Sherrill IN BTM OUT
14 Rachel BTM BTM OUT
15 Richard OUT
16 Libby OUT

^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.

Key
  (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
  (QUIT) The contestant volunteered to quit

Season 4: 2013[edit]

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]

  • Red: Team Anne
  • Blue: Team Bobby
Rank Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 Alina BTM WIN WIN IN IN IN WIN WIN WIN IN WIN WINNER
2 Rasheeda IN IN BTM IN IN WIN WIN WIN BTM WIN WIN RUNNER-UP
3 Chet † WIN IN IN IN WIN WIN IN WIN BTM IN OUT
4 Sue IN IN WIN BTM BTM IN BTM IN WIN WIN OUT
5 Carla IN IN BTM WIN IN BTM BTM WIN OUT
6 Michael WIN IN IN BTM WIN IN BTM IN OUT
7 Carrie Lee IN IN IN IN BTM IN OUT
8 Crystal IN WIN IN IN IN BTM OUT
9 Aadip IN IN IN IN OUT
10 Alex IN IN IN IN OUT
11 Mike IN BTM OUT
12 Bob BTM BTM OUT
13 Tim OUT
14 Diana OUT
Key
  (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.

†: Contestant died after filming.

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
Danielle Ruiz-Wiley 25 Staten Island, New York Stay at Home Mom Eliminated March 10
Carol Holder 64 New York City Real Estate Broker
Ken Hsu 29 Seattle, Washington Personal Trainer Eliminated March 3
Joe Slaughter 28 Los Angeles California Actor/Dancer
Lance Green 31 New York City Music Producer Eliminated February 24
Benjamin "Benji" Hunter Brown III 29 Nashville, Tennessee Live Music Booking Agent
Casey Pentony 26 Hollywood, California Nurse Eliminated February 17
Muneerah Warner 33 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Abstinence Advisor

Contestant progress[edit]

  • Red: Team Anne
  • Blue: Team Bobby
Rank Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 Amber WIN IN IN IN WIN WIN BTM IN WIN IN WIN WINNER
2 Jamie WIN IN WIN BTM IN IN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN RUNNER-UP
3 Danny IN IN BTM IN IN WIN WIN WIN BTM IN OUT
4 Mike IN IN IN WIN WIN IN IN IN BTM WIN OUT
5 Carie1 IN IN IN IN/SWAP IN IN BTM IN OUT
6 Stephanie1 IN IN BTM IN/SWAP IN WIN IN IN OUT
7 Danielle IN WIN IN IN BTM WIN OUT
8 Carol IN WIN IN BTM BTM IN OUT
9 Ken IN IN IN IN OUT
10 Joe IN IN WIN IN OUT
11 Lance BTM IN OUT
12 Benji BTM IN OUT
13 Casey OUT
14 Muneerah OUT

^Note 1 : In Episode 3, Team Anne (red team) won the first challenge. She was allowed to steal one person from Team Bobby (blue team) and send one person from her own team as a replacement. She decided to steal Carie, and sent Stephanie to Team Bobby.

Key
  (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.
  (IN) The contestant get switched by the host to the other team. Ex: A member of the red team goes to the blue team, and a member of the blue team goes to the red team.

Season 6: 2015[edit]

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 Age Hometown Occupation Status
Kristen Redmond 25 Austin, Texas Singer/Songwriter Winner February 15
Genique Freeman 33 Fayetteville, North Carolina Esthetician Runner-up February 15
Sarah Bettendorf 33 Los Angeles, California Art Teacher Eliminated February 8
Leopold "Leo" Nunan 36 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Performance Artist
Norman Wilson 46 Detroit, Michigan Executive Protection Eliminated February 1
Sharif Dean 27 Los Angeles, California Personal Trainer
David Eric Rosenberg 51 Las Vegas, Nevada Theatre Usher Eliminated January 25
Kortni Montgomery 25 New Orleans, Louisiana Customer Service Rep
Michael "Six" Muldoon 25 Queens, New York Magician Eliminated January 18
Mike Kennedy 45 Scottsdale, Arizona Private Investigator
Susie Babin 61 Bush, Louisiana Retired Eliminated January 11
Stephanie Streisand* 25 Los Angeles, California Writer Withdrew January 11
Jason Dixon 30 Chicago, Illinois Artist Eliminated January 4
Christina Oster 38 Zion, Illinois Single Mom
  • Contestant Stephanie Streisand was deemed too ill to continue on January 11

Contestant progress[edit]

  • Red: Team Anne
  • Blue: Team Tyler
Rank Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 Kristen IN WIN WIN IN IN WIN BTM IN WIN WIN WIN WINNER
2 Genique IN IN WIN IN IN WIN IN IN WIN WIN WIN RUNNER-UP
3 Sarah WIN IN IN BTM BTM IN WIN WIN BTM WIN OUT
4 Leo IN IN IN IN IN IN WIN IN BTM WIN OUT
5 Norman WIN IN IN IN BTM IN IN WIN OUT
6 Sharif IN WIN BTM WIN IN IN BTM IN OUT
7 David BTM IN BTM IN WIN BTM OUT
8 Kortni BTM IN BTM BTM WIN BTM OUT
9 Six IN IN IN IN OUT
10 Mike IN BTM IN IN OUT
11 Susie IN BTM OUT
12 Stephanie IN IN WDR
13 Jason OUT
14 Christina OUT
Key
  (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 or Skill Drill 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.
  (WDR) The contestant withdrew from the competition due to illness.

Season 7: Celebrity Edition 1[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]

  • Red: Team Anne
  • Blue: Team Rachael
Rank Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 Jenni IN WIN IN WIN WIN WINNER
2 Kendra IN WIN BTM WIN BTM RUNNER-UP
3 Ellen WIN IN WIN BTM OUT
4 Barry BTM BTM WIN OUT
5 Chris WIN IN OUT
6 Jaleel IN OUT
7 Dean OUT
Key
  (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 or Skill Drill 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 8: 2016[edit]

Tyler Florence joins Anne Burrell to host season 8.

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
Cindy Nguyen 28 Las Vegas, Nevada Bartender Eliminated January 10
Ty Snow 39 Pasadena, California Special Education Teacher
David Fouts 42 Wales, Wisconsin Senior Project Manager Eliminated January 3
Jeni Erdman 51 Dousman, Wisconsin Group Tour Coordinator

Contestant progress[edit]

  • Red: Team Anne
  • Blue: Team Tyler
Rank Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 Nick WIN WIN IN IN IN IN IN IN TIE WIN WINNER
2 Lawrence IN IN IN IN IN IN WIN IN BTM WIN RUNNER-UP
3 Ginny WIN BTM WIN IN BTM TIE IN WIN WIN OUT
4 Taylor IN IN IN IN BTM IN WIN WIN TIE OUT
5 Holgie IN WIN IN IN IN TIE BTM IN OUT
6 Chanda BTM IN IN BTM WIN WIN BTM IN OUT
7 Donna IN BTM WIN IN IN BTM OUT
8 Rachel BTM IN BTM WIN WIN BTM OUT
9 Ernie IN BTM IN IN OUT
10 Glenda IN BTM BTM BTM OUT
11 Cindy IN IN OUT
12 Ty IN IN OUT
13 David OUT
14 Jeni OUT
Key
  (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 or Skill Drill and was considered the winner.
  (TIE) The contestant tied with another contestant as the best on their team in the week's Main Dish challenge or Skill Drill.
  (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 9: Celebrity Edition 2[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

Season 10: 2017[edit]

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]

  • Red: Team Anne
  • Blue: Team Rachael
Rank Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 Daniel IN IN WIN BTM BTM IN IN IN WIN IN IN WIN WINNER
2 Ann WIN IN IN WIN BTM BTM IN BTM IN SAVE IN WIN RUNNER-UP
3 Laura IN WIN IN IN IN WIN BTM BTM WIN WIN IN OUT
4 Mandy IN IN IN TIE IN WIN WIN BTM IN BTM IN OUT
5 Adam IN IN BTM BTM IN IN IN WIN IN IN OUT
6 Brittany WIN IN IN TIE WIN IN IN BTM IN WIN OUT
7 Jeff IN WIN IN IN IN BTM IN WIN IN OUT
8 Kayla IN IN IN TIE SAVE OUT
9 Maria IN IN WIN IN WIN OUT
10 Matt IN IN IN IN OUT
11 Jake BTM IN IN OUT
12 Jetta IN IN BTM OUT
13 Stephen BTM IN OUT
14 Buffy IN IN OUT
15 Cedrick OUT
16 Lester OUT
Key
  (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 or Skill Drill and was considered the winner.
  (TIE) The contestant tied with another contestant as the best on their team in the week's Main Dish challenge or Skill Drill.
  (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.
  (SAVE) The contestant lost that week's Main Dish challenge but was saved by their respective team mentor.

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

Season 11: Celebrity Edition 3[edit]

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]

Contestant Age Occupation Status
Perez Hilton 39 Gossip Blogger Winner October 11
Melissa Peterman 46 Actress & Comedian Runner-up October 11
Nora Dunn 65 Actress & Comedian Eliminated October 4
Vivica A. Fox* 53 Actress
Sean Lowe* 33 Reality Star Eliminated September 27
Carmen Electra 45 Model & Actress Withdrew September 13
Carson Kressley 47 TV Personality Eliminated September 6
Erik Estrada 68 Star of CHiPs Eliminated August 30
  • 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]

  • Red: Team Anne
  • Blue: Team Rachael
Rank Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 Perez WIN IN WIN IN IN WIN IN IN IN WIN IN IN WIN WINNER
2 Melissa WIN WIN IN WIN WIN IN BTM WIN BTM IN IN IN WIN RUNNER-UP
3 Nora BTM WIN IN IN IN IN IN WIN IN IN BTM IN OUT
4 Vivica IN IN IN IN WIN WIN BTM IN OUT RTN OUT
5 Sean IN IN IN IN BTM WIN IN IN IN WIN OUT
6 Carmen BTM IN BTM WIN IN WDR
7 Carson IN WIN WIN IN OUT
8 Erik IN WIN OUT
Key
  (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 or Skill Drill 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.
  (WDR) The contestant withdrew from the competition due to illness or injury.
  (RTN) The contestant won the redemption Skill Drill and returned to the competition.

Season 12: 2018[edit]

Tyler Florence joins Anne Burrell to host season 12.

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
Lacey Stout 28 Collinsville, Oklahoma Stay-at-Home Mom Eliminated February 25
Shatima Ruffin 34 Hampton Roads, Virginia Receptionist
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
Lily Frey 63 Anaheim, California Retired Eliminated January 28
Sylvia Jefferies 47 Charleston, South Carolina Stay-at-Home Mom Quit 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
Jonathan Farhat 37 Livermore, California Safety Professional Eliminated January 7
Kayrene Curtis 44 Rocky River, Ohio Stay-at-Home Mom

Contestant progress[edit]

  • Red: Team Anne
  • Blue: Team Tyler
Rank Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 Hazell WIN IN IN IN IN IN IN WIN WIN WINNER
2 Steven BTM IN WIN IN IN BTM TIE WIN WIN RUNNER-UP
3 Asaf IN IN WIN IN IN WIN IN BTM OUT
4 Sharon WIN IN IN WIN WIN IN TIE BTM OUT
5 Lacey* IN IN IN IN BTM/SWAP IN WIN OUT
6 Shatima IN IN BTM BTM BTM WIN BTM OUT
7 Robyn IN IN IN WIN BTM BTM OUT
8 Brandon IN WIN IN BTM WIN OUT
9 Spencer* BTM IN BTM IN BTM/SWAP OUT
10 Lily IN WIN IN OUT
11 Sylvia IN BTM BTM QUIT
12 Skyler IN BTM OUT
13 Priscilla IN OUT
14 Kevin IN OUT
15 Jonathan OUT
16 Kayrene OUT
Key
  (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 or Skill Drill and was considered the winner.
  (TIE) The contestant tied with another contestant as the best on their team in the week's Main Dish challenge or Skill Drill.
  (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.
  (QUIT) The contestant volunteered to leave the competition.

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.

Season 13: Celebrity Edition 4[edit]

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-songwriter Winner May 20
Ian Ziering 53 Beverly Hills, 90210 star Runner-up May 20
Oscar Nunez 59 The Office Star Eliminated May 13
Catherine Bach 64 The Dukes of Hazzard 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]

  • Red: Team Anne
  • Blue: Team Tyler
Rank Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 La Toya WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WINNER
2 Ian WIN IN WIN WIN WIN RUNNER-UP
3 Oscar BTM BTM BTM IN OUT
4 Catherine IN WIN IN BTM OUT
5 Maria IN IN IN OUT
6 Nolan BTM IN OUT
7 Bronson IN OUT
Key
  (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 or Skill Drill 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 challenged and was out of the competition.

Season 14: 2018[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
Timmy Thok 29 New York City Underwear Model, Bartender Finalist September 24
Janese Henry 30 Spring Lake, North Carolina Stay-at-Home Mom
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]

  • Red: Team Anne
  • Blue: Team Robert
Rank Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 Bradley IN IN WIN WIN WIN IN WINNER
2 Sarah WIN WIN IN BTM WIN IN RUNNER-UP
3 Timmy IN WIN BTM IN BTM IN FINALIST
4 Janese IN IN BTM WIN BTM IN
5 Carla IN IN WIN IN OUT
6 Frank WIN IN IN BTM OUT
7 Rudy IN BTM IN OUT
8 Jessica IN IN IN OUT
9 Kimberly IN BTM OUT
10 Copan BTM IN OUT
11 Linda IN OUT
12 Marcus BTM OUT
13 Maryann OUT
14 Robbie OUT
Key
  (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 or Skill Drill 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 15: 2019[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
Carmelle Bull 66 Atlanta, Georgia Server Eliminated February 17
Mickey Wentz 50 Denver, Colorado Math Teacher
Kat Schuessler 27 Kent, Ohio Fast Food Employee Eliminated February 3
Cameron Pennington 19 Grayson, Kentucky Sandwich Artist
Antoinette Wills 49 Washington D.C. Secretary Eliminated January 27
Terry Yu 52 Stockton, California Prison Pharmacist
Alten Poblete 27 San Diego, California Dog Walker Eliminated January 20
Sponjetta Parrish 40 Athens, Georgia Online Saleswoman
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
Rank Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 Allison IN IN BTM IN BTM WIN WIN WIN WINNER
2 Brittany IN IN IN IN BTM BTM WIN WIN RUNNER-UP
3 Travele IN IN IN WIN WIN WIN BTM OUT
4 Brett IN IN WIN IN WIN BTM BTM OUT
5 Carmelle WIN IN IN WIN IN BTM OUT
6 Mickey IN IN WIN BTM IN BTM OUT
7 Kat IN BTM IN BTM OUT
8 Cameron BTM WIN IN IN OUT
9 Antoinette WIN IN BTM OUT
10 Terry IN WIN IN OUT
11 Alten IN BTM OUT
12 Sponjetta BTM IN OUT
13 Cody BTM OUT
14 Caitlin BTM OUT
15 Chaz OUT
Key
  (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 or Skill Drill 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.
  • Chaz was eliminated after the baseline challenge because his dish was the worst.

Season 16: Celebrity Edition 5[edit]

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]

  • Red: Team Anne
  • Blue: Team Tyler
Rank Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 Tonya IN IN WIN WIN BTM WIN WINNER
2 Alec IN WIN WIN BTM BTM WIN RUNNER-UP
3 Jim WIN WIN IN IN IN OUT
4 Kym WIN BTM IN WIN IN OUT
5 Jonathan BTM BTM BTM OUT
6 Morgan IN IN OUT
7 Taryn IN QUIT
8 Jimmie OUT
Key
  (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 or Skill Drill 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.
  (QUIT) The contestant volunteered to leave the competition.

Season 17: 2019[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
Jonathan Beyer 37 New York, New York Opera singer Eliminated August 11
Terry Grawey 62 Peoria, Illinois Hypnotist
Idriss Allison 30 Bronx, New York Transformational Coach Eliminated August 4
Nina Kharoufeh 25 Cliffside Park, New Jersey News Curator

Contestant progress[edit]

  • Red: Team Anne
  • Blue: Team Bobby
Rank Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 Adrian WIN IN IN/SWAP WIN IN IN BTM WIN WINNER
2 Juliann IN BTM IN WIN IN WIN BTM WIN RUNNER-UP
3 Kayla BTM WIN IN IN IN WIN WIN OUT
4 Adam IN WIN IN BTM BTM BTM WIN OUT
5 Gina IN IN IN BTM BTM BTM OUT
6 Peter IN IN IN BTM IN IN OUT
7 Laith IN BTM IN BTM WIN OUT
8 Sharon IN IN IN/SWAP IN WIN OUT
9 Sadie WIN IN IN IN OUT
10 Karma IN IN IN IN OUT
11 Jonathan IN OUT
12 Terry BTM OUT
13 Idriss OUT
14 Nina OUT
Key
  (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 or Skill Drill 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 18: 2020[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
Monica Colwell 25 Hazard, Kentucky ER Records Coordinator Eliminated February 9
Dr. Lulu Boykin 67 Pittsboro, North Carolina Teaching Artist
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]

  • Red: Team Anne
  • Blue: Team Alton
Rank Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 Shannon IN WIN IN IN WIN WIN BTM WIN WIN WINNER
2 Leo WIN IN IN IN WIN WIN BTM WIN WIN RUNNER-UP
3 Kelly BTM WIN BTM IN IN BTM WIN BTM OUT
4 Leslie WIN IN IN BTM IN BTM BTM BTM OUT
5 Mike IN IN WIN IN IN IN BTM OUT
6 Bridget BTM IN WIN IN IN IN WIN OUT
7 Monica IN IN IN BTM BTM OUT
8 Lulu IN BTM BTM WIN BTM OUT
9 Jefferson IN IN IN IN OUT
10 Ryan IN IN IN IN OUT
11 Curtis IN IN BTM OUT
12 Jolynn IN BTM BTM OUT
13 Kevin IN OUT
14 Alex IN OUT
15 Dakota OUT
16 Joe OUT
Key
  (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 or Skill Drill 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.

In episode 4, Chef Alton deemed the recruits' performances in the Main Dish challenge are too flawed to declare a winner in his team.

Season 19: Celebrity Edition 6[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]

Rank Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 Wells IN WIN IN IN WIN WINNER
2 Johnny BTM WIN BTM WIN WIN RUNNER-UP
3 Dave WIN IN WIN BTM OUT
4 Bridget IN IN IN WIN OUT
5 Robin WIN IN WIN OUT
6 Sonja BTM BTM OUT
7 Brian IN OUT
Key
  (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 or Skill Drill 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 20: 2020[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 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[B] 28 San Gabriel, California Nursing Supervisor/Trans Actress-Writer Eliminated July 19
Eric Smart 59 Los Angeles, California Special Investigator
Louisa Sharamatyan[C] 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]

  • Red: Team Anne
  • Blue: Team Alex
Rank Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 Ari IN WIN WIN IN WIN WIN BTM WIN WINNER
2 Zack WIN IN IN IN WIN IN WIN WIN RUNNER-UP
3 Dolores IN IN WIN WIN IN WIN BTM OUT
4 Darian IN IN IN IN IN IN WIN OUT
5 Domaine IN WIN IN IN BTM WIN OUT
6 Eric IN IN BTM IN BTM IN OUT
7 Louisa IN IN IN BTM OUT
8 Evan IN BTM BTM IN OUT
9 Denise BTM IN OUT
10 Yo WIN BTM OUT
11 Erin IN OUT
12 Brianna BTM OUT
13 Holly OUT
14 Jewels OUT
Key
  (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 or Skill Drill 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 21: 2021[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.[29] The show sees former boot camp contestants and comedians commenting on past episodes.[30]

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
Jonathan "JJ" Hurt[31] 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]

  • Red: Team Anne
  • Blue: Team Carla
Rank Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 Amber WIN IN WIN IN BTM IMM IN WINNER
2 Cameron BTM BTM IN BTM WIN WIN IN RUNNER-UP
3 JJ WIN IN IN WIN BTM BTM IN FINALIST
4 Chandali* IN IN BTM IN/SWAP IN WIN IN
5 McKayla* BTM WIN BTM IN/SWAP IN OUT
6 Tiffany IN BTM IN BTM WIN OUT
7 Ayesha IN IN IN WIN OUT
8 Laura IN IN WIN IN OUT
9 Joey IN IN OUT
10 Mo IN WIN OUT
11 Stephanie IN OUT
12 Watik IN OUT
13 Jonathan OUT
14 Joy OUT
Key
  (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 or Skill Drill and was considered the winner.
  (IMM) The contestant won immunity and was safe from elimination in the week's Main Dish Challenge.
  (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.
* Initially a member of the other team but switched instead of being eliminated.

Season 22: Best of the Worst[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]

Recruits[edit]

Contestant Original Season Hometown Occupation Status
Mercedes “Sadie” Manda Season 17 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Non-Profit Associate Winner May 30
Domaine Javier Season 20 San Gabriel, California Trans Actress, Writer, Nurse Runner-up May 30
Stephanie James Season 21 Chicago, Illinois Postal Clerk Finalist May 30
Dr. Lulu Boykin Season 18 Pittsboro, North Carolina Teaching Artist
Jefferson Goldie Season 18 Chicago, Illinois Musician Eliminated May 23
Jonathan Beyer Season 17 New York, New York Opera Singer Eliminated May 16
Eric Smart Season 20 Los Angeles, California Special Investigator Eliminated May 9
Joey Kinsley Season 21 Cleveland, Ohio Digital Marketing Specialist Eliminated May 2

Contestant progress[edit]

  • Red: Team Anne
  • Blue: Team Michael
Rank Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 Sadie WIN IN WIN IN WIN WINNER
2 Domaine WIN IN IN IN WIN RUNNER-UP
3 Stephanie IN WIN BTM WIN BTM FINALIST
4 Lulu IN IN WIN WIN IN
5 Jefferson BTM BTM IN BTM OUT
6 Jonathan BTM IN IMM OUT
7 Eric IN WIN OUT
8 Joey IN OUT
Key
  (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.
  (IMM) The contestant won immunity and was safe from elimination in the week's Main Dish Challenge.
  (WIN) The contestant did the best on their team in the week's Main Dish challenge or Skill Drill 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 23: 2022[edit]

Cliff Crooks joins Anne Burrell to host season 23. The season debuted on January 5, 2022.

This season features two additional twists. First, the cast includes 5 pairs of recruits with previously established relationships: Angie & Cheyenne (long-lost cousins), Bianca & Hector (married), Deneise & Hilda (neighbors), Eddie & Kara (married), and Marti & Peachez (best friends). Second, this season features alternating elimination weeks for each team, with the winning recruit on the non-eliminating team receiving a $1,000 prize each week.

Recruits[edit]

Contestant Hometown Occupation Status
Peachez Iman-Cummings New York, New York Drag Artist Winner February 24
Marti Cummings New York, New York Drag Artist Runner-up February 24
Kara Anderson Leitchfield, Kentucky English Teacher Finalist February 24
Cheyenne Loomis London, Kentucky Case Worker
Eddie Anderson Leitchfield, Kentucky Art Teacher Eliminated February 16
Hilda Ike Poinciana, Florida Fitness Instructor Eliminated February 16
Bianca Bencosme York, Pennsylvania Stay-At-Home Mom Eliminated February 9
Al Kingswriter Tony, Wisconsin Truck Driver Eliminated February 9
Angie Hartford-Padilla San Jose, California Executive Assistant Eliminated February 2
Melody Moore Atlanta, Georgia Beauty Bar Owner Quit January 26
Hector Peralta York, Pennsylvania Data Analyst Eliminated January 19
Deneise White Poinciana, Florida IT Manager Eliminated January 12

Contestant progress[edit]

  • Red: Team Anne
  • Blue: Team Cliff
Rank Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 Peachez IN WIN IN BTM WIN WIN WIN WINNER
2 Marti IN IN WIN IN IN WIN BTM RUNNER-UP
3 Kara IN BTM IN IN WIN IN WIN FINALIST
4 Cheyenne IN IN IN BTM* IN BTM BTM
5 Eddie IN IN IN WIN IN IN OUT
6 Hilda IN WIN BTM IN IN BTM OUT
7 Bianca IN IN WIN IN IN OUT
8 Al IN IN IN IN BTM OUT
9 Angie WIN IN IN WIN OUT
10 Melody IN IN IN QUIT
11 Hector BTM IN OUT
12 Deneise BTM OUT
Key
  (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.
  (QUIT) The contestant volunteered to leave the competition.

In Episode 4, Cheyenne was originally eliminated. Melody, feeling Cheyenne deserved to stay, voluntarily left the competition and gave Cheyenne her spot.

Season 24: Celebrity Edition That's So 90's[edit]

Jeff Mauro joins Anne Burrell to host the seventh run of the Celebrity Edition. The season premiered on April 24, 2022.[33]

Recruits[edit]

Contestant Age Occupation Status
Tracey Gold 52 Growing Pains star Winner May 29
Jodie Sweetin 40 Full House and Fuller House star Runner-up May 29
Elisa Donovan 51 Clueless star Finalist May 29
Matthew Lawrence 42 Boy Meets World star
Mark Long 50 Road Rules star Eliminated May 22
Jennie Kwan 48 California Dreams star Eliminated May 15
Lori Beth Denberg 46 All That star Eliminated May 15
Nicholle Tom 43 The Nanny star Eliminated May 8
Curtis Williams 34 The Parent 'Hood star Eliminated May 1

Contestant progress[edit]

  • Red: Team Anne
  • Blue: Team Jeff
Rank Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 Tracey IN IN IN IMM WIN IN WINNER
2 Jodie IN IN IN WIN IN WIN RUNNER-UP
3 Elisa BTM WIN IN WIN BTM WIN FINALIST
4 Matthew IN IN WIN IN WIN BTM
5 Mark WIN IN WIN BTM IN OUT
6 Jennie WIN WIN BTM IN OUT
7 Lori Beth IN IN IN OUT
8 Nicholle IN BTM OUT
9 Curtis BTM OUT
Key
  (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.
  (IMM) The contestant won immunity and was safe from elimination in the week's Main Dish Challenge.
  (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.

Mentor records[edit]

Mentor Wins Losses Win Pct.%
Alex Guarnaschelli 1 0 100%
Carla Hall 1 0 100%
Cliff Crooks 1 0 100%
Bobby Flay 3 1 75%
Anne Burrell 14 10 58%
Rachael Ray 2 2 50%
Robert Irvine 1 1 50%
Tyler Florence 1 6 14%
Beau MacMillan 0 1 0%
Alton Brown 0 1 0%
Michael Symon 0 1 0%
Jeff Mauro 0 1 0%

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Kimberly D. Worthy previously competed on the first season of Worst Bakers in America.
  2. ^ Domaine Javier is the first-ever openly transgender woman featured in the history of Food Network.[28]
  3. ^ Louisa Sharamatyan previously competed on the second season of Worst Bakers in America and placed last.

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