Worst Cooks in America

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Worst Cooks in America
Worst Cooks in America foodn logo.png
Genre
  • Reality television
  • Cooking show
Judges
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 11
No. of episodes 39
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.
Release
Original network Food Network
Original release January 3, 2010 (2010-01-03) – present
Chronology
Followed by Worst Bakers in America
External links
Website www.foodnetwork.com/worst-cooks-in-america/
Production
website
www.foodnetwork.com/shows/worst-cooks-in-america.html

Worst Cooks in America is an American reality television series that premiered on January 3, 2010, on the Food Network. The show takes 12 to 16 contestants (referred to as "recruits") with very poor cooking skills, starring Boston’s own Fatima T., through a 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.

History[edit]

The show premiered on January 3, 2010. The show was initially hosted by chef Anne Burrell and chef Beau MacMillan in Season 1. MacMillan was replaced by chef Robert Irvine on Season 2, followed by chef Bobby Flay for Seasons 3–5. On November 20, 2014, a Food Network press release announced that chef Tyler Florence will be paired with chef Anne Burrell to host Season 6, to debut on January 4, 2015. Burrell was the winning instructor in seasons 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8 with Flay winning in Seasons 4–5. Rachael Ray and Anne Burrell hosted the Season 7 special celebrity edition, which premiered September 23, 2015. During the finale of Season 7, a trailer previewing Season 8 was shown and was aired in January 2016 with the return of Tyler Florence.

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 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 24 North Hollywood, California Journalist and fashion consultant

Contestant progress[edit]

Rank Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6
1
Rachel
IN IN IN IN WIN BTM WIN WINNER
2
Jenny*
IN IN IN 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 IN WIN IN OUT
7
Sophia*
IN IN IN 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.

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[disambiguation needed] 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, New York 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]

Episode
Rank Contestant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1
Joshie
IN IN WIN WIN WIN 9th IN IN BTM BTM IN 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 BTM IN WIN IN OUT
5
Kat*
WIN IN BTM IN IN BTM 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 and Bobby Flay hosted season 3.[8][9]

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, New York Fundraiser Eliminated February 19
Rachel Margolin 31 New York, New York Night Club Promoter
Richard Chen 55 Queens, New York Attorney Eliminated February 12
Libby Floyd 46 Eden Prairie, Minnesota ShopNBC host[10]

Contestant progress[edit]

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 IN IN IN WIN WIN IN BTM IN OUT
4
David1
IN IN IN BTM 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 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 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]

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 BTM 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.

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, New York 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, New York 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, New York 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]

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 IN IN BTM IN OUT
6
Stephanie1
IN IN BTM IN IN WIN IN IN OUT
7
Danielle
IN WIN IN IN BTM WIN OUT
8
Carol
IN WIN IN BTM BTM IN OUT
9
Joe
IN IN WIN WIN OUT
10
Ken
IN IN IN IN OUT
11
Lance
BTM IN OUT
12
Benji
BTM IN OUT
13
Muneerah
OUT
14
Casey
OUT

^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.

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 joins Anne Burrell to host seasons 6, replacing Bobby Flay after 3 seasons. The season premiered on January 4, 2015 to 2,123,000 viewers.[11] The second episode was lower at 1,456,000 viewers,[12] with the third episode rising to 1,732,000 viewers[13] and the fourth episode reached 1,689,000 viewers.[14] the 5th episode reached 1,634,000 viewers. The sixth episode received 1.55 million viewers.[15]

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
Leopold "Leo" Nunan 36 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Performance Artist Eliminated February 8
Sarah Bettendorf 33 Los Angeles, California Art Teacher
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
Stephanie Streisand* 25 Los Angeles, California Writer Withdrew January 11
Susie Babin 61 Bush, Louisiana Retired Eliminated January 11
Jason Dixon 30 Chicago, Illinois Artist Eliminated January 5
Christina Oster 38 Zion, Illinois Single Mom
  • Contestant Stephanie Streisand was deemed too ill to continue on January 11

Contestant progress[edit]

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
Leo
IN IN IN IN IN IN WIN IN BTM WIN OUT
4
Sarah
WIN IN IN BTM BTM IN WIN WIN 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
Stephanie
IN IN WDR
12
Susie
IN BTM OUT
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[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]

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 Hvard 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]

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 IN 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 IN OUT
11
Ty
IN IN OUT
12
Cindy
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.[16]

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 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

Contestant progress[edit]

Rank Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 Loni IN IN TIE IN WIN IN IN WINNER
2 Nicole IN WIN IN BTM WIN IN IN RUNNER-UP
3 John WIN WIN BTM WIN IN BTM OUT
4 Mike IN BTM WIN WIN IN WIN OUT
5 Matt WIN IN IN IN BTM OUT
6 Mindy IN IN TIE BTM OUT
7 Tommy IN IN OUT
8 Barbara BTM OUT
9 Kenya 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 10: 2017[edit]

Rachael Ray joins Anne Burrell to host season 10. The season premiered on January 1, 2017.[17]

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 Eliminated February 26
Adam Cooke 32 Rancho Cucamonga, California Auto Mechanic Eliminated February 19
Brittany Lenore 27 Chicago, Illinois Spiritual Speaker Eliminated February 19
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 Eliminated January 29
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 Eliminated January 15
Stephen Hawkins 67 Temecula, California Retired Eliminated January 8
Buffy Mykkanen 29 Portland, Oregon Tech Support Eliminated January 8
Cedrick Miller 22 El Paso, Texas Cashier Eliminated January 1
Lester Turchin 65 Fort Lauderdale, Florida Retired Eliminated January 1

Contestant progress[edit]

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 IN WINNER
2
Ann
WIN IN IN WIN BTM BTM IN BTM IN SAVE IN IN RUNNER-UP
3
Mandy
IN IN IN TIE IN WIN WIN BTM IN BTM IN OUT
4
Laura
IN WIN IN IN IN WIN IN BTM WIN WIN IN OUT
5
Brittany
WIN IN IN TIE WIN IN IN BTM IN WIN OUT
6
Adam
IN IN BTM BTM IN IN IN WIN IN IN OUT
7
Jeff
IN WIN IN IN IN BTM IN WIN IN OUT
8
Maria
IN IN WIN IN WIN OUT
9
Kayla
IN IN IN TIE SAVE OUT
10
Matt
IN IN IN IN OUT
11
Jetta
IN IN BTM OUT
12
Jake
BTM IN IN 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[18] [19]

Recruits[edit]

Contestant Age Occupation Status
Perez Hilton 39 Gossip Blogger Winner October 11
Melissa Peterman 46 Actress & Comedienne Runner-up October 11
Nora Dunn 65 Actress & Comedienne Eliminated October 4
Vivica A. Fox 53 Actress Eliminated October 4
Sean Lowe 33 Reality Star Eliminated September 27
Carmen Electra 45 Model & Actress Withdrew September 13 due to injuries
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 following the main challenge.

Contestant progress[edit]

Rank Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 Perez IN IN IN IN IN WIN IN IN IN IN IN IN WIN WINNER
2 Melissa IN WIN IN WIN WIN IN SAVE IN BTM IN IN IN WIN RUNNER-UP
3 Nora SAVE TIE IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN BTM IN OUT
4 Vivica IN IN IN IN WIN TIE SAVE IN OUT RTN OUT
5 Sean IN IN IN IN BTM TIE IN IN IN IN OUT
6 Carmen BTM IN BTM WIN IN WDR
7 Carson IN TIE WIN IN OUT
8 Erik IN TIE 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.
     (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.
     (SAVE) The contestant lost that week's Main Dish challenge but was saved by their respective team mentor.

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