Fan-favorite series kicks off Sunday, Jan. 6
Chefs Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence are back in January to whip disastrous cooks into tip-top culinary shape in the return of fan-favorite series "Worst Cooks in America." In the nine-episode season, Burrell and Florence each lead a team of kitchen nightmares through a rigorous culinary boot camp designed to improve their food skills. In the end, only the one recruit who makes the most impressive culinary transformation wins a $25,000 grand prize and bragging rights for their mentor.
"Worst Cooks in America" premieres Sunday, Jan. 6, 2018 (9 p.m. all times), on Food Network.
"Our viewers love the hilarious and inspiring journey of 'Worst Cooks in America' recruits," said Courtney White, president, Food Network. "When they meet Anne and Tyler, most can barely boil water, and by the end the recruits are preparing restaurant quality meals; the progress is remarkable."
This season's recruits are: Brett Azar (Rahway, New Jersey); Carmelle Bull (Atlanta); Brittany Carel (Fort Lauderdale, Florida); Travele Judon (Chicago); Cody Medler (Los Angeles); Chaz Oakley (Ninilchik, Alaska); Sponjetta Parrish (Athens, Georgia); Cameron Pennington (Grayson, Kentucky); Alten Poblete (San Diego); Kat Schuessler (Kent, Ohio); Caitlin Stolzenthaler (Brick, New Jersey); Mickey Wentz (Denver); Antoinette Wills (Washington, D.C.); Allison Wolfe (Richmond, Texas) and Terry Yu (Stockton, California).
In the season premiere, 15 terrible cooks enter boot camp with dreams of putting their kitchen nightmares behind them. Chefs Burrell and Florence want to see what they're dealing with, so they ask the recruits to make their signature dishes - and the results are truly disastrous. After teams are selected, the competitors must flock together like birds of a feather to prepare a chicken dish. The least successful member of each team is sent home, and the remaining recruits head into week two.
Upcoming episodes include a casino-night challenge featuring a game of "egg roulette," carnival-themed pie battle and the return of crowd-pleasing game "Remote Control Chef." The season culminates in the finale on Sunday, March 3, with the two most-improved recruits preparing a three-course restaurant quality meal for guest judges Debi Mazar, Michael Psilakis and Jessica Tom, who will sample the dishes in a blind taste test and determine the winner of $25,0000 (and bragging rights for their team leader).