If your New Year’s resolution is to learn how to cook, then the new season of Worst Cooks in America, premiering Sunday, Jan. 1 at 9|8c, is the perfect place to start. Kick off the first day of 2017 with Anne Burrell, Rachael Ray and a brand-new roster of 16 hapless cooks. In the 10-episode season, mentors Anne and Rachael will lead a team of bumbling cooks in an intense kitchen Boot Camp designed to whip them into culinary shape. The contestant who makes the most-impressive transformation will be awarded a $25,000 grand prize, along bragging rights for his or her team leader.
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When it comes to Worst Cooks in America, there aren’t many other mentors who can beat Chef Anne Burrell, who holds the record for most wins (six out of eight). But in Season 9, mentor Rachael Ray — coaching only her second season in the series — rose to the top with celebrity recruit Loni Love. Rachael’s strategy of finding what her recruit loves about food and bringing that to the forefront worked successfully. Loni cooked a Southern comfort menu that came straight from the heart. It touched and impressed the judges, who awarded her the win. Loni left with $50,000 for her charity, the American Red Cross. And Rachael left with quite amazing bragging rights, having broken Anne’s record.
FN Dish sat down with Rachael on the set of Worst Cooks to find out more about how she approached the finale and coaching Loni to the win, as well as what she thought about being in the competition with Anne.
Looking at the original nine celebrity Worst Cooks recruits, you never would have guessed the final two. But after seven weeks of tough competition, the Blue Team’s Loni and the Red Team’s Nicole rose to the top. And it all would come down to one last cook decided upon by a panel of experts in a blind tasting. At the end one winner would be crowned and awarded $50,000 for her charity, and her mentor would win bragging rights. Would Anne keep her record unbroken, or would Rachael clinch her first win? History could be made on this night.
Not everyone can be a winner, but on Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, both Loni and Nicole were winners just for making it to the finale. After weeks of difficult cooking challenges, the ladies showed they could cook like the best of them. Going into the finale, they represented their mentors Rachael and Anne in one last cook-off. If Anne won, it would mean another season with an unbroken record. But for Rachael it would mean her first win. Determining the outcome came down to a blind tasting by a panel of experts, who tried all three courses from both recruits before awarding the winner $50,000 for her chosen charity.
In the penultimate episode of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, the recruits faced their last Skill Drill and Main Dish challenges that would test how well they could decipher a recipe and cook without their mentor present. Last season’s winner and runner-up, Jenni “JWoww” Farley and Kendra Wilkinson, respectively, showed up to lend some help to Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray too. At the end, the mentors would have to choose which recruits gave them the best chance of winning in the finale, which meant there would be a double elimination. Find out who got eliminated from Rachael’s Blue Team below, and get the exit interview from Anne’s Red Team recruit here.
In this semifinal round of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, every detail counted, and Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray had to take into account past performances as well as competitive resolve in choosing their finalists. The day began with a recipe challenge, which the Red Team excelled on. The Main Dish pasta-making challenge presented problems for most of the recruits. Last season’s winner, Jenni “JWoww” Farley, and last season’s runner-up, Kendra Wilkinson, returned to help the mentors and test how well the recruits could manage without their authority figures. At the end of the day came the double elimination. Find out who got eliminated from Anne’s Red Team below, and get the exit interview from Rachael’s Blue Team recruit here.
This week on Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, the recruits were tested on teamwork, communication skills and complex cooking techniques. We saw the return of Remote Control Chef, which had each team directing their mentor in cooking a recipe. The teams came together and worked well under the pressure. The Main Dish challenge, however, would prove to be an exercise in frustration for some, especially when it came to using a vast array of unfamiliar spices. The Red Team’s Matt and the Blue Team’s John ended up being nominated for the elimination challenge, where both had to create their own kebabs in order to save themselves. But an accident almost derailed one of the recruits. Find out who got sent home and who saved himself to cook another week.
In a surprise turn of events last week on Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, no recruit was eliminated from Boot Camp. But this week that wasn’t the case. Facing a chicken-and-waffles challenge may have seemed dandy at the first mention, but once Chef Anne revealed there would be chicken butchering involved, everyone was terrified. Executing that task was a challenge, and cooking the chicken through was yet another — one that Matt and Mindy couldn’t accomplish. The two ended up in the elimination round, where (surprise!) they had to butcher chickens once again for the mentors to judge blind. The recruit with the best and most pieces would get a pass to next week, and the other would be sent home.
With every week of Worst Cooks in America, Boot Camp gets more difficult — and sometimes a bit more cringe-worthy. This week’s challenges forced the teams to make sausages from scratch. And sausage isn’t the easiest thing to watch being made, especially if you’ve got a dirty mind like the remaining seven celebrity recruits, most of whom are comedians. At the end of the challenge, it all came down to who made the best links. Having the most trouble among all the recruits, John and Tommy turned out the worst sausages, and they were chosen for the elimination round — where they had to fill sausages again! The one who passed with the best quantity and quality would advance to next week; the other would go home.
After their first week of Worst Cooks Boot Camp, the celebrity recruits had their official day of lessons and challenges in tonight’s second episode. Both teams faced a Hawaiian cooking challenge, preparing not one dish, but two: an appetizer and an entree. For those with limited culinary experience, and just 60 minutes on the clock, that’s a feat easier said than done. Unfortunately two recruits ended up being nominated for the elimination challenge, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and I Dream of Jeannie’s Barbara Eden. The one who passed the blind judging would live to see another week of grueling Boot Camp, but the other would be going home.