8-episode series premieres Wednesday, Aug. 23, on Food Network
Food icons Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray return to lead a star-studded culinary boot camp for cooking-challenged celebrities this summer with a brand-new season of "Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition," premiering Wednesday, Aug. 23 (9 p.m. ET/PT), on Food Network.
Burrell and Ray will each lead a team of recruits through the intense kitchen challenges, but only the most improved star wins a $25,000 grand prize for the charity of their choice - and bragging rights for their team master. The new celebrity recruits are: Nora Dunn, Carmen Electra, Erik Estrada, Vivica A. Fox, Perez Hilton, Carson Kressley, Sean Lowe and Melissa Peterman.
"Anne and Rachael have their culinary work cut out for them with this batch of celebrity recruits - and the results are high-energy and hilarious," said Courtney White, senior vice president, programming, Scripps Networks Interactive. "These stars enter boot camp with less-than-impressive cooking skills, and watching them gain confidence in the kitchen is remarkable."
In the first episode, Burrell and Ray kick things off with a social media-inspired challenge. The celebrities must make a dish inspired by their tastiest food snaps on social media. Judging from their pages online, these stars love a good meal, but clearly do not know how to cook one.
The mentors follow with a lobster lesson, which proves to be a disaster for some of these clueless cooks. Burrell and Ray then choose their teams, and the culinary training begins.
Upcoming episodes feature international flavors, dessert-themed milkshake and cupcake challenges, and the return of trivia game "Family Food," this time with a "freaky food" twist. The most-improved celebrity cook is awarded a $25,000 grand prize for the charity of their choice in the season finale on Wednesday, Oct. 11.
Viewers can learn more about the famous faces competing for kitchen glory at FoodNetwork.com/WorstCooks
, and watch video highlights, see photos from the challenges and take quizzes to improve their own cooking. Tell Food Network who your favorite celeb is on social media using the hashtag #WorstCooks.